Noel Trinidad believes ‘Family Matters’ will be his last hurrah in showbiz

Published December 7, 2022, 11:19 PM

by Robert Requintina

Noel Trinidad

At 81, Noel Trinidad is still active in show business as he stars in “Family Matters,” one of the most-awaited movies at the 2022 Metro Manila Film Festival on Dec. 25. But he apologized to his co-stars for having a very bad hearing problem.

“This is one of the difficulties I had while we were shooting. Naging running joke na nga eh kasi the director would come to us and explain. Tapos pagkatalikod niya, sasabihin ko ano raw?” said Trinidad, during a mediacon held in Quezon City last Dec. 7.

Noel Trinidad and Liza Lorena

He added: “It was frustrating for me but at the same time, doon mo makikita ang samahan namin. They were patient with me and helpful. We love one another. We had fun doing it, in spite of my hearing problem, because of these guys.”

Agot Isidro and Nonie Buencamino

“This movie is most difficult in terms of scheduling. Malayo ang bahay ko sa set. Ang hirap but it’s the most pleasant I’ve ever experienced because of these people. We were one big, happy family.

“During breaks, meron kaming sayawan. Nakasama na nga ako sa TikTok at kung ano pa ang tinuturo nila sa akin. Kahit na mahirap, ang saya saya namin.

A scene from ‘Family Matters’

“Kaming dalawa ni Liza, we spend the time singing old songs. Nagko-contest kami. O, Eto alam mo? I would sing one and then I would sing another. While we were doing that, two of the young people were dancing. They were doing it in a modern dance. So that’s what we do while waiting for the scenes,” Trinidad said.

But Trinidad believes that “Family Matters” would be his last hurrah in the entertainment industry.

“Palagay ko magtatagal pa naman ako ng konti. I always say ito na siguro ang last hurrah for me. One reason is my hearing problem. If this will be my last hurrah, this will be a terrific honor to have this as my last hurrah,” Trinidad said.

Mylene Dizon, James Blanco, Agot Isidro and Nikki Valdez

Inspiration & laughter

From the creative team that brought the Metro Manila Film Festival box-office hit, “Miracle in Cell No. 7,” comes another heartwarming tale that’s sure to bring inspiration and laughter to moviegoers of all ages. 

The winning tandem of director Nuel Naval and writer Mel Mendoza-del Rosario have joined forces again for another project; this time a light, intimate family drama entitled “Family Matters.” The movie produced by Cineko Productions features an all-star ensemble composed of Noel Trinidad, Liza Lorena, Nonie Buencamino, Agot Isidro, Mylene Dizon, James Blanco, Nikki Valdez, JC Santos, Ana Luna, Ina Feleo, Ketchup Eusebio, Roxanne Guinoo, and introducing, Ian Pangilinan.

Director Nuel Naval (left) and Noel Trinidad

The story is about senior married couple Francisco and Eleanor, and their four children: Kiko, the successful son; Fortune, the homemaker; Ellen, the unmarried daughter; and Enrico, the happy-go-lucky son. Things are shaken up when Ellen, the primary caregiver, decides to fly to the US to take a chance on finding love. Ellen’s absence makes the rest of the siblings anxious, as each one takes turns in caring for and watching Eleanor and especially the frail Francisco. 

The film’s relatable charm and touching message won the approval of Cineko executives led by Mayor Enrico Roque who wanted to produce a family-oriented movie. Mel and Direk Nuel pitched the story of “Family Matters” and Cineko quickly gave the greenlight. “They were looking for a family drama dahil matagal na ngang walang napo-produce ng ganito,” Mel said of Mayor Roque and his partners. “When they read the script, nagustuhan agad. Halos walang comment. We (Nuel and I) had a free hand in the casting and the making of the film.” 

The cast of ‘Family Matters’ with director Nuel Naval

The concept had been with Mel for some time and she and Direk Nuel had been searching for a producer since 2018 until finally, the script found its way to Cineko in 2022. “For me this is the right time for ‘Family Matters,’” declared Direk Nuel. “Because the pandemic made us realize how fleeting life is. We must make the most of our time with our family and loved ones. Bigyan natin ng halaga ang ating mga mahal sa buhay hindi bukas… kundi ngayon,” he emphasized.

With a few days away from the Dec. 25 playdate, “Family Matters” has already gained a huge following. In fact, its trailer has gotten 35 million-plus views across all platforms as of this writing. 

Mel and Direk Nuel point out that whatever your age, gender, social status or affiliation, you are bound to find yourself in the film. “Maraming light and funny moments… Totoong nangyayari sa pamilya. It’s the story of every Filipino family.” 

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