ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio and veteran lead actor Christopher de Leon had a memorable reunion with the cast and the team behind the 35-year-old Filipino classic, “Kakabakaba Ka Ba?”
during the world premiere of its digital restored version at a special screening of Cinema One Originals at Trinoma.
Charo, one of the lead stars of multi-awarded director Mike de Leon’s musical-comedy film in the 80s, praised Mike for the film’s satirical story and good mix of music that made it a great film. Cinema One channel head Ronald Arguelles meanwhile, shared that Filipino classic films like “Kakabakaba Ka Ba?
” are close to Cinema One as the channel shares the same advocacy with ABS-CBN’s film restoration group to expose the younger generation to classic, well-made Filipino films.
Leo Katigbak, head of ABS-CBN Film Archive and Restoration also revealed that films such as “Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising”
also by director Mike de Leon, “Haplos,” “Langis at Tubig,”
and even some of Star Cinema’s well-loved films are already part of the line-up for digital restoration. Other cast members present at the event were Boboy Garovillo, Leo Martinez, Nanette Inventor, Joe Hardi the UP Concert Chorus, original crew members Ding Achacoso, Cesar Hernando, and screenplay co-writer and the film’s production designer Raquel Villavicencio.
“Kakabakaba Ka Ba?”
officially closes the 2015 Cinema One Originals Festival as the last film to be shown in this year’s Filipino classics film program line-up. The digital restored version of “Kakabakaba Ka Ba?”
will also have a limited theatrical run in the first quarter of 2016. It is one of the classic films that ABS-CBN’s film restoration arm has restored for the younger generation to see so they can appreciate Filipino classic films. ABS-CBN film restoration and Cinema One are united in the sagip pelikula advocacy of the network.