Vhong Navarro stars in “Unli Life,” an official entry to the second Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) which sees his character going back to the past in order to fix his current love life.
In an interview, he said that while they are glad the movie made the cut, it wasn’t the aim.
“We didn’t even have a specific play date while we were shooting. So, we weren’t pressured, we just enjoyed shooting. And I think that’s good because the quality of the product didn’t suffer,” he said.
The comedy actor plays Benedict, a man who has been given the chance to reverse the breakup with his girlfriend played by Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez. By drinking magic whiskey called “wishkey,” Benedict is transported to different time periods, such as the Dinosaur era, Magellan, and the ’70s era.
He considers “Unli Life” one of his best films.
“We made the film as a team. It’s like a basketball game in that for you to win the game, you need to have a plan,” he explained.
Given the chance in real life to go back in time, Vhong said it would be when his father was alive so he could spend more time with him.
What does he want in unlimited supply?
“Unlimited wishes for more chance to help other people,” he said.
Vhong said people will see a different Winwyn in the movie.
“We know her as a good dancer and in antagonist roles on different soap operas. But this time, she showcases her ability in comedy.”
The actor likes it that Winwyn was not afraid to ask when in doubt about her scenes.
The actress returned the compliment, saying she finds him “very accommodating.” She said she grew up watching the dancer on TV and in the movies but she didn’t expect him to be down to earth.
“He treats everyone equally, he has respect for everyone and he will teach you if you don’t know what to do,” she said.
Winwyn initially had second thoughts accepting the role. After all, it was her first time to dabble in comedy and in a major role at that.
Besides, the movie had her working with his dad, Joey Marquez, an established comedy actor. He plays the role of Mang Saro, the bartender who gave the magic whiskey to Benedict.
“But when you’re surrounded with people who know what they’re doing, things become easier for you too,” she realized.
“It was my first time to do dubbing with my dad. Watching him, I was astonished that he really knows what he’s doing, and he makes it look easy. I became a fan.”
Joey was asked for advice to her daughter when it comes to love.
“Don’t rush into marriage,” he said.
He added that he wants all his children to finish their studies first, be stable in their chosen careers, and only then can he relax his stand. Joey said it’s not that he doesn’t want his kids to be happy but just for them to be prepared for the future before taking the plunge.
Vhong sees Joey as a father figure that’s why as long as the latter’s schedule permits it, he will always be part of the former’s projects.
“He’s a total package,” Vhong said of the senior actor. “He can do anything.”
Also in the cast are Ejay Falcon, Donna Cariaga, Jon Lucas, Isabelle De Leon, Alex Calleja, Kamille Filoteo, Red Ollero, and with special participation of Dimples Romana, Joem Bascon, Epi Quizon, and Jhong Hilario.
The film will starts showing on Aug. 15.