Film director-producer Paul Soriano considers home his most prized possession.
“I feel very blessed kasi hindi madali (magkaron ng sariling bahay) but I managed to do it,” he said. “It’s a testament to how hard work pays off.”
He who has been in the filmmaking industry for some 12 years now saved up for it for many, many years.
“Minsan sinasabi ko sa sarili ko na when you think you’ve saved enough, save again and that’s what I did,” he said. “Sometimes hard work is not enough, you also have to be wise to save.”
Paul counts “tiyaga, sipag and hardwork” as main ingredients to achieving his goal.
“If you really want a home, nasa sayo ’yan eh, but I believe anybody can own a home. It doesn’t matter where you were born into (rich or poor). At the end of the day, the choice is yours,” he explained.
Paul’s latest work “Tagumpay Na Nagniningning,” is an inspiring story about the struggles of Filipinos to own their dream homes.
The movie was conceptualized, produced and written by Jacinto Ng Jr., Chairman of Joy-Nostalg Foundation (JNF), which is a non-profit organization that aims to uplift the quality of life of Filipinos by empowering them through education and counseling towards responsible home ownership.
For Paul, “Tagumpay Na Nagniningning” is a great film as it serves to put Filipinos on the right path.
“This is one great advocacy,” he said. “I am really happy to be part of it. To spread awareness na magkakaroon ka talaga ng home if you really want it is a great idea.”
“Tagumpay Na Nagniningning” recently had an exclusive screening at the Promenade Hall. It stars Neil Coleta, Jef Gaitan, Julio Diaz, Hazel Orencio, Ruby Ruiz, and Ronnie Lazaro, among others.
Having a wife (actress Toni Gonzaga) and a son (4-month-old Seve) allowed for big changes in Paul’s life.
“The marriage is already a big step for us, then we had a son now so ang laki talaga ng pagbabago,” he noted. “But it’s a great kind of change, it’s a good change, it’s a positive change.”
Providing for Seve’s future is a big ado for the couple.
“We make sure na we do our best to take care of our son. We work because we want to provide everything for him, it’s for his future,” he said.
Paul only has good words for his wife.
“Toni is fantastic. She just had gone back to work now after her five months off. But even though she’s gone back to work, she still very much hands on with our son.”
Despite the couples’ busy schedule, they make sure to spend quality time together, making a point to go out on movie dates once in a while.
“Tin and I, tag-team kami, we are partners,” he said. “We’re able to go out on movie dates but there are a lot of times na we really just want to go home. Excited kasi kami umuwi palagi dahil sa anak namin.”
Paul is excited to witness Seve growing up to be his own man noting, “Tin and I will support whatever he wants to do in his life. Our job is to educate him and give all the opportunities possible, give him all the support he needs to be successful.”
Paul shared his two cents on indie vs. mainstream films.
He said, “To me it’s all Philippine cinema, there’s no difference. This is a small industry, everyone should just come together, be supportive of each other.”
Paul, who got his start directing commercials and concerts, has established his own production company named Ten17.
According to the 35-year-old, he created his own production team so he could tell stories he is passionate about.
“Kasi it’s really hard for me to direct kapag hindi ko passion ’yung story so it’s unfair naman to my producers,” he explained. “We partner with other production din so that we could come up with great films. As long maganda ’yung story, kino-commit ko talaga ’yung sarili ko para maganda ang kalabasan ng pelikula.”
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