Here’s one love story movie petrolheads will love
When Robertson Sy, founder and CEO of Blade Auto Center, the country’s largest car accessories chain celebrated his 50th birthday, he decided that producing a movie will be one of things he will accomplish as part of his “big 50” bucket list. He established Blade Entertainment, the multimedia arm of Blade Asia Inc., the parent firm of Blade Auto Center. Blade revolutionized the concept of specialty car accessories retailing in the country by bringing his stores into the malls.
Blade Entertainment is involved in production and distribution of film, television, print, radio, and social media content with the mission to produce creative work and serve as a platform for homegrown talents to showcase their work. The first full-length movie had its premiere last August 6th with the title “Dito Lang Ako” (I’m just here).
The movie was ubiquitously set in one of Blade’s retail stores with Star Magic talent Michelle Vito and Jon Lucas is their first-ever big screen pairing that started in August 8th.
JonChelle, as the new pairing is called, play the role of Delfin and Nelia respectively, the young lovers whose resolve and affection have been tested by time and circumstances. The story centers on how Nelia waits for Delfin, a man that she lost 40 years ago–to comeback. Unwilling to forget the romance that she spent with him, she recalls their tale set in Quezon City.
While he admits to being pressured at first since he doesn’t have any “hugot” (drawn emotions) yet, Jon eventually enjoyed the fact that he had a chance to work with Michelle and as her leading man at that. The entire journey of creating the film has been nothing short of enjoyable for Michelle and Jon as they’ve gotten closer to each other. Not too long, they’ve also forged a new friendship with their co-stars, including their characters’ third party named Victor, played by Akihiro Blanco. But with joy comes certain challenges, JonChelle also had their fair share of them while creating the film last year.
While she also enjoyed the flashback moments of their film, Michelle singled out that it has been particularly challenging because it involved so many other aspects, aside from acting.
So why is it a movie that petrolheads can relate? Aside from scoring points with your movie date who loves tear-jerkers, petrolheads get to see classic nostalgia cars rarely seen in today’s movies. Sy invited members of the Old Schooler Club, led by Manny Martinez who helped organize the cars used in the movie set. These classic compact cars included an orange Toyota Sprinter, a white E30 Toyota Corolla, a Ford Zakspeed Escort, a Mitsubishi Galant coupe, A Ford Mk1 Escort, a Mitsubishi Dodge Colt and a “boxtype” Mitsubishi Lancer.
Directed by Roderick Lindayag and produced by Blade Entertainment, “Dito Lang Ako” is written by Harvey C. Aquino and Fanny P. Dychiao. Catch Jon Lucas, Michelle Vito, Akihiro Blanco, Boots Anson-Roa, Freddie Webb, Rey ‘PJ’ Abellana, DJ Durano, James Deakin, Garie Concepcion, Senpai Kazu and Roadfill of Moymoy Palaboy in cinemas nationwide starting August 8, 2018.