Erik Santos in “S6parados”

Gala night of Cinemalaya’s New breed category “S6parados” was held last Sunday, Aug 3. It was a huge success from a bunch of different people who came to watch. Some of them are families and friends of the casts, most respected film critics, supporters of Cinemalaya and Indie films as well as the solid supporters of the artists and then there’s the first timers. Raising my both hands for it was my first time and I came to support Erik Santos. Yes, after 10 years of Cinemalaya’s existence, this was my first time to see an Indie film. Glad that “S6parados” was my first indie film experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It was a superb acting from all the casts. The lead casts gave justice to their characters. Quite a surprise to see staggering Victor Neri, Anjo Yllna and Ricky Davao in a serious yet laugh-worthy quip roles. Both Jason Abalos as a drug addict and Alfred Vargas as an alcoholic husband did a notable performances while Erik Santos gets nothing but love and sympathy from me for a well portrayed role of a battered husband (which kinda bothers me watching him being beaten up by Iwa Motto). With his remarkable breakdown scene, I somehow forgot that I’ve first known him for singing. His acting connects to me in a deeper and more profound way. It’s like he was tailored to fit effortlessly into acting.

“S6parados” has a solid job delivering a relevant plot and an origin story of six men who have a bittersweet separation from their wives that will lead you to a roller coaster of emotions. There was a lot to like about it like how the way they intertwined the six tragic different stories seamlessly that doesn’t need much of critical thinking. It was indeed a great movie. And more than that, a great reminder. It’s no wonder, the movie was getting well deserved praise.Congratulations to all the casts and to Direk GB Sampedro!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it on the following screening dates.

*Extended screening on Aug 10 Sunday/3:30 pm /MKP Hall

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Erik Santos ventures into acting

Singing is Erik Santos’ strongest suit as he knows perfectly how to express all emotions impeccably into his music. It’s like all he does is put his heart and soul into singing. I’ve been in love with his voice for years. It puts me in this trance, full of bliss as his voice reaches deep into my core. Undeniably, he’s one of the most relatable singers the world has to offer. So, I was pretty surprised when Erik broke the news that he’ll be doing his acting debut on MMK (Maalala Mo Kaya) entitled “Bus” last 2010. It took a really long time to finally convince Erik to entail himself into acting, and I’m talking about years. I was so enraptured for I was longing for this to happen, though it seemed to me that it would be an uncanny experience to see him expressing those deep emotions in a way more demanding job. I know it’s difficult in their business to try to move over from one area to the next, like when actors try to add singing into their profiles. Same goes with the singers turned actors and I was certain in the latter that with Erik, it’s going to work out.

And it did, when Erik proved that he can also execute well those deep emotions into acting when he played the role of an OFW (clifford) who was part of a band and applied as a singer at the Venetian hotel in Macau but became a housekeeper and met Shayne (Kristel Moreno) who will make his world turn upside down. I found myself in tears and moved by how Erik painfully delivered his lines with so much emotions just exactly like when he was delivering his songs. Here’s the full link of Erik Santos – Maalaala mo kaya Bus episode in case you missed it.

Here are some of my favorite scenes from his MMK “Bus” epi.

In late 2011, he then conquered the stage as Prince Eric in an Atlantis Production of a hit Broadway musical Little Mermaid. It was a delight to watch him on stage. He embraced the role all well maybe because this was in line with music. He has gained critical acclaim for his ability to jump in of both sides of the entertainment, acting and singing. He bagged the Best Crossover Artist Award in 2012 Broadway World Philippines Award which shows that he’s truly talented in all arenas.

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Erik’s acting gained positive feedback and so I wasn’t surprised when he had another MMK episode – “Puntod”, a year opener special last year. It was a heart-shattering love story when Roque (Erik Santos) whose love for Merlinda (Charee Pineda) was endless even after she chose to marry Roque’s brother Raul (Aaron Villaflor) and took care of their child after Merlinda died.

MMK Puntod

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Now, I’m expressing great amount of excitement as Erik’s next acting venture will be happening on the big screen, his first movie. He will be part of Cinemalaya 2014 New breed category, a prestige Philippine festival for Independent films who’s celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. He’s one of the main casts of “S6parados” along with Victor Neri, Ricky Davao, Jason Abalos, Anjo Yllana and Alfred Vargas. He also sang the themesong “Pangarap Na Ikaw”. This is a story of six men with different stories who have separated with their wives and I’m very much thrilled and looking forward for Erik’s tragic tale which is framed to be a battered husband and I’m emotionally preparing myself to be moved to tears

Don’t miss it on August 2-9 2014, CCP, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces.

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