Magbuwag Ta Kay is a full-length romantic comedy set in Cebu, that explores romance and relationships in today’s millennial Filipino society. It stars social media star Medyo Maldito and the Sweet n’ Sexy Siren of Cebu Akiko Solon. This is independently produced by Heritage Productions, Inc.

This Cebuano movie is the Executive Producers’ third project. They produced the Sinulog Short Film 2015 entry Lunch Box directed by Remton Zuasola, which was also an anti-bullying short film. They co-produced the Cinema One Original 2016 Lily directed by Keith Deligero which starred Shaina Magdayao and Rocky Salumbides with Natileigh Sitoy. This film earned Best Director for the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival for Keith Deligero.

Executive Producer Sunshine Lim is an entrepreneur, a thespian, an educator, cultural activist, and patron of Cebuano arts and culture. Movie production converges her passionate support for Cebu’s performance art, visual art, and music. She and her husband businessman Charles Lim also owns and operates Heritage Furniture since 1991, Sto. Niño Montessori since 2007, Goldmine Residences since 2012, and Heritage Productions since 2015.

Heritage Productions is an arts and multimedia venture dedicated to producing Cebuano short and full-length motion picture projects. They also offer top-quality digital media production, event production and management, social media marketing, and related services.

The director Reuben Joseph Aquino is a Cebuano multimedia and VFX professional now based in Manila. An alumnus of the International Academy of Film & TV, RJ solidified his career locally through Dreamline Productions, through which he was involved in post-production of several Cebuano movie projects, most notably My Paranormal Romance by Victor Villanueva, where RJ won Best Editing in the 2011 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Fest. This is his directional debut, of which he is also the editor.

Magubuwag Ta Kay also features Visayan talent in front of the camera, such as local social media sensations Medyo Maldito and Snake Princess in their first movie roles. Medyo Maldito also known as Rowell Ucat in his first leading man role, with his leading lady Akiko Solon, who rose to national attention via ABS-CBN’s Star Power (2010), then starred in several Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes and several ABS-CBN’s TV series such as the Princess and I (2012), Passion de Amor (2015), and Bridges of Love (2015). This is also Akiko’s first film as the main lead. Other notable cast members are veteran broadcasters Dante Luzon, and actress/activist Ligaya Rabago.

The screenplay is written by Jude Gitamondoc and Therese Villarente. This is their first film feature. The writers have extensive experience in the local theater scene. Jude Gitamondoc is well-known for the creative production of Siddharta the Musical, and Gugmang Giatay.

The film’s soundtrack features original and contemporary Visayan Pop and Visayan Rock songs, a majority of which was written for the film. Shot in Cebu, featuring locations in Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, Moalboal, and Dumanjug. Magbulag Ta Kay could be considered as the first Cebuano full-length motion picture shot with the Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4K Digital Cinema camera.

Distributed by VIVA Films, Magbuwag Ta Kay will be exclusively screened at SM Cinemas nationwide including SM CDO Downtown Premier this March 7, 2018. Let’s support Visayan Movie and watch the movie!

Mike A.
Author: Mike A.