Janine Gutierrez, other stars excited to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Published February 6, 2021, 10:26 PM

by Robert Requintina

Janine Gutierrez and JC Santos

Bring it on!

Award-winning actress Janine Gutierrez and the cast of the upcoming movie “Dito at Doon” are all excited for the rolling out of vaccines against COVID-19 here.

During a Zoom press conference, the stars and director of the new “hugot” flick have expressed willingness to receive a vaccine.

“Yes! I’m really looking forward to it because it will be the start of more hopeful days after the pandemic. So when it’s available, pipila ako,” said Gutierrez.

JP Habac, director of the movie, said: “Ako sobra! Noong nag-two months na yung lockdown, ready na talaga ako sa vaccine. What more ngayon na mag-iisang taon na (under quarantine).”

Incidentally, the movie, shot with lockdown in the background, will be shown on March 17, two days after the first year anniversary of quarantine in the Philippines.

Yesh Burce, who debuts in this film, said: “Yes! reading-ready na! Para masaya na tayong lahat uli!”

“Yes ready na rin! Na mi miss ko na rin mag-cinema! Iba pa rin yung experience na malaki ‘yung (pinapanood na) screen. Tapos may mga physical strangers na kasama na nag-e-enjoy,” said Victor Anastacio.

JC Santos said: “Ready na ako (for a possible vaccine). I miss performing live. Lahat ng mga live theater, live musicians, nawawala. Gusto ko na rin manood ng premier night.”

Ting Nebrida, co executive producer of the romantic-comedy movie, said that TBA Studios is excited for its initial offering for 2021.

“We’re very excited. We think it’s the perfect time to start the year and it is set during the time of pandemic. It’s the kind of entertainment we’re looking for. It’s the kind of movie that TBA traditionally comes out with. It’s intelligent entertainment.

Nebrida admitted the movie was a big challenge to be shot during the pandemic.

Yesh Burce

“It is challenging but it can be done. There’s still TV shows to be produced and everything. Mabusisi lang but it can be done. We feel that we picked the right project – the right cast and the right director. We’ve worked with him na sa ‘I’m Drunk I Love You.’ We’re pleased with it,” he said.

Victor Anastacio

Habac said that he was both excited and nervous when he accepted the project.

“Kinakabahan ako kasi initially, it was intended to be shot online lang talaga, as in web cam lang talaga. But na challenge rin ako noong binabasa ko siya. Tapos with the new normal production na hindi nako-compromise yung story and at the same time bago siya sa mga mata ng manonood. Ang tagal nating na-lockdown so coming into this project, may halong excitement at kaba. I’m really happy I directed this project and masaya ako sa continued support ng TBA na pingakatiwalaan nila ako sa ganitong project given all the limitations,” he said.

The stars of the movie were under lockdown for 20 days when the movie was done. “We have to leave Metro Manila to shoot. So parang nasa isang bubble lang kami.”

Gutierrez said it was a dream come true to work with Santos, also a popular stage actor. “Dream ko talaga maka-work si JC. Dumadayo pa talaga kami sa sinehan para panoorin siya.”