The director of “Kita Kita” (2017’s highest-grossing non-MMFF Filipino film)–Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo–is back with another romantic comedy that will tackle the issues of commitment and marriage. The title of the movie is “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz” and it will mark the first team-up of JC Santos (“100 Tula Para Kay Stella”) and Ryza Cenon (“Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23-B”) under the first movie offering of Viva Films and The IdeaFirst Company for 2018.
This time, director Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo tackles the thing that comes with love, but no one wants to really talk about: COMMITMENT. “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz” is the story of Raffy (JC) and Gela (Ryza) who went on a vacation to spend time in Palawan, but instead found themselves enjoying each others’ company. As they spend more time together, their unconventional love story begins and flourishes. But soon enough, trouble in paradise arises as their views in love, commitment and marriage clash. Will they see it through the end together? Once again, Director Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo creates a masterpiece that will hit the heart and hit reality.
JC Santos played the role of Fidel in the 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino top-grossing film, “100 Tula Para Kay Stella,” opposite Primetime TV Gem Bela Padilla. His role as Ali in ABS-CBN’s Primetime teleserye “Til I Met You” has made him TV’s newest sensation.
Ryza Cenon on the other hand is one versatile actress, whose acting career blossomed in 2017 via the romance-horror film, “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B.” Her portrayal of Georgia in GMA-7’s teleserye “Ika-6 na Utos” is considered to be her breakthrough role, earning for her a Best Supporting Actress nomination in the 2017 EdukCircle Awards.
“Mr. and Mrs. Cruz,” which was shot entirely in the picturesque and breathtaking island of El Nido, Palawan will bring all kinds of mood and vibes on screen, that will send the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Add to that the heart-tugging soundtrack performed by the hit group, The Juans and Nicole Omillo titled “Istorya” and “Before I Let You Go” (originally by Freestyle).
Shooting the film was a challenge though. “Literal na buwis buhay” as Director Sigrid describes it. In one of their shooting days, the team was almost got trapped in an exclusive beach where they filmed some of the scenes for the movie. “Sobrang chill lang kami. Nagkakantahan pa in between shots, not knowing na super high tide na pala sa labas ng exclusive beach kung saan kami nagshu-shoot. Bago ka kasi makarating doon sa exclusive beach, kailangan mo munang pumasok sa isang cave. Sinabihan na lang kami ng guide namin na kailangan na naming lumabas dahil malakas na ang ulan at mataas na ang tubig sa labas.” So, lumalabas pa lang kami ng cave ramdam na namin na mataas na talaga yung tubig. As in, kailangan mong sumisid para makalabas ka.”
Valentine’s Day will come early this 2018 when MR. AND MRS. CRUZ opens in cinemas on January 24.
Watch the official trailer of “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz” below:
Pinaghandaan ba ni JC Santos ang mga Hubad Hubad Scenes sa “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz”?