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LIGO NA U, LAPIT NA ME (STAR-CROSSED LOVE)

BY ERICK SALUD, NOEL FERRER AND JERRY GRACIO

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Karl Vladimir Lennon J. Villalobos, aka Intoy, is secretly in love with his friend Jenny, the most beautiful girl in the campus.  Jenny is rich and quirky;  Intoy is street-smart and ordinary.  But this friendship is not simple, since Jenny has bestowed on Intoy some perks and privileges, including going to bed with her on the condition that they will not fall in love with each other.  Before graduation, Intoy feels that he has to shed his pretensions of being astig and finally profess his love for Jenny.   But he is devastated to learn that Jenny is pregnant.  Worse, Jenny tells him:  “Don’t worry, this is not yours.”  Based on the bestselling novel of Eros S. Atalia,  Ligo na U, Lapit na Me is an examination of postmodern love and relationship and the way this generation deals with their love and fear.

 

Filmmaker’s Profile

 

Erick C. Salud started working for ABS-CBN twenty years ago via shows Teysi Ng Tahanan, Mel & Jay, Eh Kasi Bata and Showbiz Lingo.  He was the Associate Producer of Showbiz Lingo and ASAP and eventually became the Executive Producer for these shows as well as for The Maricel Drama Special, Kaya  ni Mister Kaya ni Misis and Richard Loves Lucy.  He directed Twinhearts on GMA 7, moved back to ABS to direct Marina, Gulong Ng Palad, Bituing Walang Ningning, My Girl, Palos, I Love Betty LaFea, Rubi, Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo (where he won Best Director Award in the Guillermo Mendoza Scholarship Foundation) and the recently concluded highly rated teleserye, Mutya.

 

Noel D. Ferrer is known as a Kapamilya, Kabarkada, Kapuso and Kapatid of the Philippine entertainment industry.  He is a respected writer, critic, talent manager and film, record and television producer.  He has produced acclaimed and hit independent films like Daybreak, Imoral, Adela, Astig, Muli, Magdamag and now, Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me.  He is a philosophy graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University where he took MA units in Communication Arts.  He lectures on literature and media studies at the Departments of English, Filipino and Communication Arts of the Ateneo de Manila University as well as at UP Diliman.  He is involved in various print and broadcast writing projects.

 

Jerry B. Gracio is a multi-awarded poet and screenwriter.  He has won two National Book Awards, several Palancas, and the UP Centennial Prize for Literature, plus a number of citations and awards from the country’s award giving bodies for film.  Aside from writing for television and film, he is busy finishing a new poetry collection and a book on local history.  He is the National Chair of Socialista, the only mass organization actively campaigning for a socialist form of government in the Philippines.

 

Major Credits:  Cast:

 

Edgar Allan Guzman and Mercedes Cabral.  Also starring Mel Kimura, Simon Ibarra, Tolyts “Shalala” Reyes, Evelyn Vargas, Beverly Salviejo, Malouh Crisologo, Jojo Saguin, Joseph Bitangcol, Lucky Mark Mercado, Joe Vargas, Christian Tan, Ian Lazibal, Alex Tiglao, Ardie Bascara.  Introducing Victor Medina.  Special Guest Appearance of Luis Alandy. 

 

Production:  

 

Story-Eros S. Atalia, Screenplay-Jerry B. Gracio, Cinematogaphy-Alfred F. Hernando, Production Design-Angel Balangon Diesta, Editing-Charliebebs Gohetia, Musical Score-Monet Silvestre, Sound Design-Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia, Assistant Director-Lyan L. Suiza, Line Producer-Charliebebs Gohetia, Production Managers-Remar Mallari and Maxie Evangelista III, Executive Producer-Noel D. Ferrer, Director-Erick C. Salud

 

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