- Charo Santos will mark her big screen comeback this year in a film entitled “Ang Babaeng Humayo” by award-winning filmmaker Lav Diaz
- Lav confirmed that the film recently wrapped up shooting in Mindoro, Charo’s home province
- Charo said Lav approached her after winning the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival last February to ask if she is still willing to go back to acting
MANILA, Philippines – After a long break from acting stints, Charo Santos will mark her big screen comeback this year in a film entitled “Ang Babaeng Humayo” by award-winning filmmaker Lav Diaz.
Bayani San Diego Jr. mentioned in his article for Inquirer published on May 30 that Lav has confirmed the film recently finished up shooting in Mindoro, Charo’s home province.
The filmmaker said the shoot went well and Charo, who is the ABS-CBN chief content officer and president of the ABS-CBN University, connected with the story immediately.
“Yes, it’s true. I just finished a movie with Lav Diaz,” Charo said; confirming about the project she made with Lav Diaz.
Charo revealed that Lav approached her after the filmmaker won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival last February, and ask if she is still willing to go back to acting.
The filmmaker won the award through his film entry, “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis”. Charo Santos and her sister Malou Santos, through ABS-CBN’s film arm Star Cinema, acted as co-producers and distributor of the movie.
“I said, ‘Yes, why not? If there’s a good offer, if there’s an interesting character.’ Two days after that talk, he sent me a script. Nung binasa ko, nagustuhan ko siya (“When I read the script, I liked it”),” Charo said as quoted in an article by ABS-CBN News.
Charo said she is honored that she was approached by Lav, and said she didn’t think twice about accepting the role after she read the material.
“I had a discussion with him about the character, his expectations. I also discussed my apprehensions. I told him, ‘I feel so scared but at the same time excited so it must be the right feeling’,” she added.
Charo last appeared in Jerry Lopez Sineneng’s “Esperanza the Movie” in 1999 as the mother of the main protagonist played by Judy Ann Santos. Back in 1976, she won the best actress award at the Asian Film Festival for her debut movie, “Itim”, by Mike de Leon.