Kun Maupay Man It Panahon has yet to premiere in the Philippines, but the film starring Daniel Padilla, Rans Rifol, and Charo Santos-Concio is making waves overseas. At the recent 74th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, it took home the Cinema e Gioventù Prize from the Conscoso Cineasti del presente Junior Jury. The prize, which was given by the youth jury evaluating films in the festival, is “an educational initiative of the festival aimed at students between 18 and 23.”
Next up: premieres at the Bucharest International Film Festival (September 3-12) and Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-18, 2021).
Curious? Here are four things to know about the movie that Panos Kotzathanasis from Asian Movie Pulse (Greece) called a “visually impressive package that is both contextually rich and rather entertaining.”
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon: It’s told in the Waray dialect.
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon is Waray for “Whether the Weather is Fine.” The title refers to Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which slammed Samar and Leyte in 2013, leaving scores dead and billions of pesos in damages. (Read: How Typhoon Yolanda Inspired This Millennial to Fight for Climate Justice)
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon: It’s based on a true story.
Reeling from the widespread devastation caused by Yolanda’s torrential rains and giant storm surge, Miguel (Daniel Padilla) tries to convince his mother (Charo Santos-Concio) and girlfriend (Rans Rifol) to leave their home as another super storm looms.
In an interview, director Carlo Francisco Manatad calls his film “my love song to my hometown. The tragedy that hit Tacloban really struck me. (I myself experienced this tragic event.)” Apparently, as residents were scrambling to leave the city in the wake of Yolanda, Carlo made a call to Atty. Joji Villanueva Alonso begging for help to search for his family in Tacloban. (Read: ‘Pope Francis Village’ offers a fresh start for Yolanda survivors)
“This is a personal account of Carlo,” affirms Atty. Joji, one of Maupay’s producers. “There were no flights then during the surge and aftermath of Yolanda but I was able to seek assistance using a military plane for Carlo. And what did he experience? There wasn’t a meter that he walked on without seeing dead people everywhere.”
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon: It was expensive to make.
Sets were built from scratch to aptly capture the ravages of Yolanda. According to Atty. Joji, a home setting created for Daniel and Charo cost a cool P4 million—then was destroyed for realistic purposes.
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon: Daniel Padilla can speak Waray.
The matinee idol lived and studied (Grade 4) in Tacloban for a year. Yet despite being fluent in Waray, he initially hesitated to accept the role of Miguel.
“Kasi noong ikinukuwento namin kung ano iyong pelikula about, ano iyong role niya, feeling niya, hindi siya fit to do it,” explained Direk Carlo in an interview. “Kasi, parang ambigat. Feeling niya, hindi siya iyong perfect person to portray the role. Natatakot siya doon. And then, after two weeks, he said yes. Tapos, ayun… parang feeling ko, hindi lang siya portraying as an actor but also as an artist. (Read: KathNiel fans, other celebs launch campaign against cyber trolls)
“Gusto niyang maintindihan at i-portray nang maayos iyong mismong role niya, and that’s what I learned during the conversation. Nirespeto ko siya as an artist.”