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Re: That Thing Called Tadhana (Angelica Panganiban, JM de Guzman)
« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2015, 10:51:30 AM »
Parang di ito masyadong pino-promote. Nakaka-sad. May something-something yata. Anyway, anong production company ang nag-produce nito? Parang mas maingay pa nga ito kaysa HSH at mixed reviews ang nakuha ng HSH samantalang ito puro positive. I'm so proud of the director/writer!

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« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2015, 06:54:59 PM »
Done watching it! Hindi ako maka-get over sa mga eksena. Ito yung film na hindi ka pinapa-expect; dinadala ka lang nang kwento. Tutok ka lang at nanonood: kikiligin, matatawa, maiiyak. Feel-good siya at hindi nakaka-stress. Hindi siya ganun ka-tearjerker pero wow talaga ako sa performance ng leads, parang may #hugot talaga. Tanggalin mo pa rin yung hugot lines, ang totoo ng buong film. Nakikita mo talaga yung indie essence.

My favorite scenes: LAHAT! Pero pinakagusto ko talaga yung "painit scene" sa Sagada. Ang quiet for like 1-2mins (walang salitaan) pero nakaka-argh. Hindi ko mapigilang hindi kiligin kahit lalake ako.

About the ending... Ayaw ko nang mag-spoil pero bitin. Similar siya sa mga Hollywood films na kapag nag-end ay may mga tanong na iniiwan. Iniiwan na lang sa audience kung paano mo ite-take yung meaning ng ending. Favorite ko rin yung "ill-go-ahead" scene ni Anthony doon. Haha! Overall, ang ganda! Sobra.

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« Reply #32 on: February 15, 2015, 07:14:14 PM »
P100M na raw ang gross nito. =D

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« Reply #33 on: February 15, 2015, 11:27:09 PM »
'That Thing Called Tadhana' breaches P100-M mark
02/15/2015 7:40 PM
ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – The movie “That Thing Called Tadhana” has already breached the P100 million mark on Sunday, less
than two weeks since it first hit theaters.
Starring Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman, the movie was a winning entry in last year's Cinema One
Originals film festival.
The romantic-comedy by Antoinette Jadaone, which won the Audience Choice Award and Best Actress for
Panganiban, was picked up by ABS-CBN film outfit Star Cinema, which distributed the movie nationwide.
In her Instagram post, Panganiban said her movie’s box office performance has left her at a loss for words.
“Salamat. Wala na kami masabi... Salamat. Napakasayang adventure ng movie na to. Salamat sa matatalino at
malalim. At mababaw. At maarte at kumapit na lang sa movie na to. Para maka move on. Or. Simpleng naka
relate lang. Salamat po,” she said.
"That Thing Called Tadhana" tells the story of Mace (Panganiban) and Anthony (de Guzman), strangers who
meet at an airport in Rome, Italy, as they decide to go on a road trip in Luzon to help each other mend their
broken hearts.
The film has become a viral hit on Facebook where producers post so-called "hugot" lines from the conversations
of Mace and Anthony.

http://mobile.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/02/15/15/thing-called-tadhana-breaches-p100-m-mark/

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« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2015, 12:15:56 PM »
Awesome! Highest grossing independent film yet! Sakto sa prediction mo erzo. Napaka-deserving talaga ang TTCT, kahit ang unti ng promotion (side eyes Star Cinema and K film) grabe ang tatak sa masa. Parang One More Chance ang apekto sa viewers.

More projects for Direk Tonet, Angelica and JM please!!  ;D ;D

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« Reply #35 on: February 16, 2015, 12:35:17 PM »


You may argue with me about this, but I know a film has left quite an impact on its audience when I open my social media accounts and see them filled with friends and other people posting quotes from it, or links to its theme song, or photos of them mimicking its poster, or photos of them going on a spontaneous trip to the film’s location in an attempt to emulate the characters’ journey. Okay, it’s also possible: maarte lang ang friends ko.
But still. All of these signs are extensively present for what’s been dubbed as “The Ultimate Hugot Movie of the Year,” “That Thing Called Tadhana”—the little Cinema One Originals film that quickly transitioned from its humble festival favorite status into a major blockbuster, commercial success.

We already know the lines that really got to us; they’re all over Facebook and Twitter! We may even have said them ourselves before the movie came out! (“Aren’t we supposed to be great by this time?” *cries*) So instead, let us list the things most people probably don’t know about it yet, and give its fans a chance to know a little more about this darling of a movie.

(WARNING: VERY MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!)



After having mostly sold out screenings during last year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival, the film won the Audience Choice Award at the festival awards night, together with the Champion Bughaw Award for Full Length Feature. The role of tatanga-tanga sa pag-ibig Mace Castillo on the other hand has already earned Angelica Panganiban two Best Actress awards to date: one from Cinema One Originals and another from Gawad Tanglaw where she tied with none other than the country’s Superstar, Nora Aunor herself (Dementia).

However, what a lot of people don’t know is that even before it was filmed, That Thing Called Tadhana had already received its first seal of approval from the prestigious 2014 Don Carlos Memorial Palanca Awards for Literature where Antoinette Jadaone won third place for her hugot-driven screenplay.

Funny how there’s a scene of Mace talking about how she dreamed to win a Palanca someday.



Yes, it’s hilarious. And, yes, it also sounds very much like something Kris Aquino has already appeared in.

I ask writer-director Antoinette Jadaone how she came up with this title and she says she’s always wanted to have a movie entitled a la classic, based-on-a-true-story massacre and chop-chop lady movies from the ’90s. In the end, however, she felt that the original title was too long and That Thing Called Tadhana has a better recall.

“At sa dulo,” she added, “hindi lang naman ‘to kwento ni Mace. Kwento talaga ito ng pag-ibig at, yes, tadhana.”



"Parang tadhana rin yung pagkakuha namin sa dalawang actors,”Jadaone says.

Having worked with her in the 2014 comedy “Beauty in a Bottle,” Tonette really wanted Angelica Panganiban to play Mace. She was sent the script early in pre-production and Angelica promised to read it immediately on her way abroad but the team didn’t hear from her, making them think she wasn’t interested in the part anymore. Tonette was already considering other actresses for the role when she posted a random comment on a photo in Angelica’s Instagram to which the actress replied, “Direk nabasa ko na! Ako na yang si Mace!”

JM de Guzman was the first choice for Anthony but Tonette almost gave up on getting him on board due to his lengthy hiatus from the limelight. But when Dan Villegas (director of “English Only, Please,” producer of Tadhana and Tonette’s real-life boyfriend) found out  JM was doing a cameo appearance on Cathy Garcia-Molina’s “She’s Dating the Gangster” where he was director of photography, he immediately sent his girlfriend a text suggesting they make him read the script immediately. They sent JM the script of Tadhana while he was still on set and that is why Dan and Tonette make a power couple how they got their Anthony.



Tonette told her actors to stick to the script, that there’s a reason behind her choice of words. But while the final product still remained very true to the script, she says she eventually learned to let go at some point and let the actors give their own inflections to their characters.

She’d continue rolling the camera even after a scene is done, she says, so the actors would have to improvise, leading to some of the film’s most lighthearted and funny moments like when Mace agrees to give Anthony 100 pesos every time she talks about her ex. The scene is supposed to end when Anthony extended his hand to Mace but the camera continued rolling so Angelica protested “Tange, ‘di pa start!”

The scene where Mace and Anthony goes to a spa for a massage was also improvisational. After shouting “Sabihin mo pakita niya abs niya!”instead of “Cut!”, the director let her actors play around, giving the audience a quick glimpse of JM de Guzman’s tummy and that candid moment of Mace and Anthony telling the spa personnel they want it “hard.” ‘Yung masahe, I mean.



A couple of weeks before its festival premiere, the Tadhana team met a roadblock when negotiations with the local publishers of the song left them with an already-discounted rate of 225,000 pesos to pay for the usage of the Whitney Houston hit. With their budget exhausted, the team resorted to crowdsourcing; asking friends, fans and people awaiting the movie via the movie’s Facebook page to donate 500 pesos or more so they could afford the song. Help came quickly and the team was able to raise 125,000 pesos in four days, then, eventually, enough to pay the publishers in time for its Cinema One Originals debut.



Yes. Three hours. Anthony and Mace made a contest out of bragging about their stupidity (Anthony almost bought neighboring slots in a columbarium for him and her ex!) but that, among other scenes, had been cut from the movie.

Sure, some fans may get sad about not seeing the scenes removed from the final cut, but Tonette says she really wanted the film to only be an hour and a half long, quipping that even she would probably doze off if she had to sit in a theater watching two people just talk for three hours non-stop.

Not to worry, though. You may get to know the rest of Mace and Anthony’s conversations soon enough…



Aside from being a filmmaker, Antoinette Jadaone is also an entrepreneur who’s mostly responsible for the quirky “Relaks, Puso Lang ‘Yan, Malayo sa Bituka” Planner and other products by her small company, Witty Will Save the World.

The same company is about to publish the screenplay of Tadhana and that Shel Silverstein-esque storybook by Mace and Anthony featured in the movie, “The Arrow with a Heart Pierced Through Him.” I can already feel the orders coming in.



Now, don’t go screaming in joy because it’s nothing set in stone yet. But you can cross your fingers and hope that it pushes through just in case you’re one of those who really wants to know what happens next with Mace and Anthony. (Who doesn’t!?)Teased if she wants to turn it into something like Linklater’s “Before Trilogy”, Tonette candidly responds “Ay hindi naman! Gusto lang naming dugtungan dahil kahit ako gusto silang makitang maghalikan!”

Let us know what you think about the movie in the comments section! Would you buy the published screenplay of “That Thing Called Tadhana” or Anthony and Mace’s book? Would you watch a sequel to their love story? “Aren’t we supposed to be great by this time?” Mahal mo pa ba siya? Makaka-move-on pa ba ‘ko?

*loops “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” ’til it no longer hurts*

“That Thing Called Tadhana” is still showing in over a hundred theaters nationwide.

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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2015, 12:39:30 PM »
Breaking the cycle: ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’
Written by Michael Alegre

I have a confession to make…

I don’t like Filipino movies as much as I do foreign films. I find them cheesy/baduy. The jokes are corny, the action is ridiculous, and the stories are cliché. What’s even worse is the recent trend of commercialization of a film, essentially turning movies into giant sales pitches. It’s appalling. Every now and then there are some that stand out, but for the most part, Filipino movies deteriorate into the same worn-out molds. Who cares about quality filmmaking as long as it’s making money off of Kris Aquino’s kid, right?

That said though, I DID enjoy That Thing Called Tadhana. It’s one of those few movies that break said mold. Which is why, for the first time in my life, I’m reviewing a Filipino-made movie. (Insert applause here)

‘That Thing Called Tadhana’ follows the story of two strangers who become unlikely friends. Anthony (JM De Guzman) meets a recently broken up girl (Angelica Panganiban) at an airport. He becomes somewhat of a soundboard to the girl’s heartaches and the two drown in their conversations about love, life, fate, regret, and everything in between.

The whole movie is essentially one long conversation between the two sole characters (Think Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise-Sunset-Midnight trilogy). They change venues a few times, but nothing flashy ever happens; it’s just focused on the extensive dialogue. The movie is made to feel like we’re just listening in.

It’s a very unusual and risky format. Without an engaging subject and the proper handling, it can get really boring really quick. But Tadhana manages to pull it off with its painfully relatable content, its occasional humor, and the careful pacing to keep viewers absorbed.

It starts off pretty cold. Panganiban’s acting in the first act seems a bit over the top. She gets really annoying as this hung-over ex-girlfriend. Even her profanities sound pretentious. But after a while it starts feeling more natural and candid and the chemistry between the two actors grows stronger. What first felt voyeuristic eventually feels like we are hanging out with them, making it that much more personal and grounded. From then on I just enjoy the ride, listen and tag along where their strange little adventure leads them to.

The crowd cracked up at Angelica Panganiban bawling over a movie or her ex. I’m assuming it’s because they could see themselves in Angelica’s character and that her hysteria was at one point their hysteria. Goes to show just how strong and relevant the movie’s subject is to the Philippine market.

The movie talks about break ups, getting over someone, finding new romance, opportunities, missed opportunities, hell, it even touches on some friend-zone and rebound territory. Ultimately it talks about the concept of destiny – whether the world works to guide you towards the person you’re meant to be with, or that it’s a bunch of baloney, and that you should fight for what you want. In the end, the movie doesn’t explicitly say what “That Thing Called Tadhana” is. But that’s what’s great about the movie: your personal ideologies will affect what you take away from the film. You are left to decipher its fundamental message, and it can mean what you need it to mean.

The movie’s allure lies in its simplicity and honesty. It is not bogged down by complicated backstories, or hourly plot twists. It’s about two people – a girl who’s broken-hearted, and a guy who wants to help. They talk, and travel and eventually find comfort in each other. And the way their conversations were written was the opposite of cheesy. It tried to stay as realistic as possible. The vulgar language, the references to other Pinoy movie lines, the awkward breaks within the dialogue all contributed to the whole thing feeling more genuine.

Even the humor is written to be inconspicuous. The audience would laugh (and kilig) at the simplest things, like a character quoting a movie, or the two saying the same thing at the same time, or Anthony taking a pass at the girl. They weren’t forthright “jokes” (like in Vice Ganda or Kim Chiu movies), they were more like colloquial humor, things you laugh about while having a casual conversation with a friend. No slapstick (or at least minimal slapstick) from Tadhana and just a few well-timed light laughs and low-key wittiness which I thoroughly appreciated.

Though the film was modest in its structure and script, it’s actually pretty smart beneath the surface. There were a lot of little things you spot while watching – like its allegory of the girl’s emotional baggage with her ACTUAL baggage (which was amusingly literal, btw), and the reflective story about the arrow through the heart, and its open-to-interpretation ending. It even got a little meta with all the John Lloyd jokes. Those were not lost on any of the audience.

Tadhana is a unique love story that keeps itself level-headed. It wasn’t the usual kiligfest but it DID have its moments especially with the help of its perfectly positioned soundtrack and the scenic destinations it featured (The only thing this movie is guilty of advertising is the Philippines!). Every place, every song, were all calculated to pull on your heart strings.

Kudos to the two actors who carried the whole film. Like I said, Angelica Panganiban’s acting eventually grew on me. Her emotions were strong and painfully raw, while JM De Guzman (or ‘Young John Estrada’, as I like to call him) complemented Panganiban with his muted but warm performance. And of course, none of this would have been possible without Director Antoinette Jadaone’s refined hand on the helm.

That Thing Called Tadhana had TWO characters, a whole lot of talking, AND I was a total cynic going into this, yet I still found myself having a good time at the cinema. That’s a HUGE testament to how good the writing, acting and directing of the movie was. It was grounded, unpretentious, and delightful. To be able to carry a movie with conversation and wit is a feat in itself, but where Tadhana truly deserves credit for is in trying to break Pinoy cinema tradition of cheesiness, camp, and commercialization. THIS is how Pinoy movies should be moving forward – innovative, artful, out of the box; a movie that has story and delivery at its heart rather than the spectacle and celebrity.

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« Reply #37 on: February 16, 2015, 12:41:08 PM »
‘That Thing Called Tadhana’ Strips Romance Down to the Core
by Philbert Ortiz Dyposted on Wed, 4 Feb 2015 1:00 AM

There are two things that define the Filipino romantic comedy: kilig and manufactured conflict. The former is the fuel that makes the engine run, the ephemeral feeling that fans of the genre will chase for the rest of their lives. The latter is a necessary detour to make the formula work; some strange contrivance that pushes the characters apart so they can get together in the end for more kilig. What is strange and ultimately so memorable about That Thing Called Tadhana is that it eschews both. Even with a premise that feels unlikely, it builds a relationship that feels so much closer to what people experience in real life.

Mace (Angelica Panganiban) has just had her heart broken. An eight-year relationship has just ended with her at an airport in Italy, being told that she has too much baggage. In walks Anthony (JM de Guzman), who decides to help her out by taking some of her stuff. Back in the Philippines, Anthony stays with her for a while, keeping her company as she nurses her broken heart over the course of an impromptu adventure that takes them to Baguio and Sagada.

And there isn’t really much more to it than that. The movie basically watches them as they sing karaoke, ride buses, share hotdogs, and look at art. Mace just doesn’t want to be home yet, or alone with her thoughts. Anthony is just willing to come along for the ride. Maybe he just doesn’t have anything better to do. Maybe he’s looking for an escape as well. It’s actually a bit unclear. What matters is that these two people have found themselves together. Together, mostly through the kind of idle conversation that occurs when two people are just getting to know each other, they explore the jagged geography of the human heart.

And there isn’t much kilig; at least not in the traditional sense. There are no big proclamations of love. There is no big symbolic gesture that encapsulates the story between the two. There is just the thrill of seeing two people slowly opening up to each other. The film defies the tyranny of movie conflict as well. The two argue at points, but there is no overwhelming drama between them. If there is an antagonist to this picture, it is their respective pasts. It is the specter of heartbreak, the memory of loves that left them crying in the middle of an airport.

In place of these traditional components, the film just holds on to the recognizable feeling being lost following a breakup; of wanting to reject the familiar. The movie compresses the journey of getting over someone, turning it into a literal journey that also happens to involve strangers feeling each other out, developing chemistry along the way. Key to all this is Angelica Panganiban, who is just amazing in this role. Panganiban is rare talent, capable in both extremes of the romantic comedy spectrum. The film takes great advantage of the actress’ skills. JM de Guzman is solid as Anthony, but really, he’s mostly called to react to Panganiban.

That Thing Called Tadhana strips romance down to its core. Our movies have become needlessly complicated. They are stories about people from different worlds, overcoming incredible odds to end up kissing each other in the end. This movie, on the other hand, is just about two people spending time with each other, slowly falling in love. It is about just needing someone to be there when you can’t bring yourself to finish the song you’re singing at karaoke. It’s about the simple, beautiful feeling of having somebody to keep the song going.

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« Reply #38 on: February 16, 2015, 01:36:49 PM »
Nag-leak ito sa YouTube with HSH. Dapat matanggal ito agad kung hindi kakalat. That's too bad. Naka-100M pa naman.

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« Reply #39 on: February 16, 2015, 01:44:49 PM »
Nag-leak ito sa YouTube with HSH. Dapat matanggal ito agad kung hindi kakalat. That's too bad. Naka-100M pa naman.
WHAAAAATTT??? I-report na yan!

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« Reply #40 on: February 16, 2015, 01:55:31 PM »
Nag-leak ito sa YouTube with HSH. Dapat matanggal ito agad kung hindi kakalat. That's too bad. Naka-100M pa naman.
WHAAAAATTT??? I-report na yan!

Naka-10,000+ views na yata. Ayaw ko nang tignan at nakakakonsensya naman. Two days na yata sa YouTube. Paano ba i-report?

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« Reply #41 on: February 16, 2015, 02:25:45 PM »
Nag-leak ito sa YouTube with HSH. Dapat matanggal ito agad kung hindi kakalat. That's too bad. Naka-100M pa naman.
WHAAAAATTT??? I-report na yan!

Naka-10,000+ views na yata. Ayaw ko nang tignan at nakakakonsensya naman. Two days na yata sa YouTube. Paano ba i-report?

Thank God natanggal na. :)

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« Reply #42 on: February 16, 2015, 03:09:21 PM »
^Buti na lang, sana wala nang magkalat :P

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« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2015, 06:00:32 PM »
Favorite scene ko talaga yung cliff scene, feel na feel ko ung vulnerability ni Mace, ung heartbreak, anger, pain... pakshet sa hugot LOL Tapos ung silent coffee scene nila, spell: Oozing of chemistry.

I absolutely LOVED the "Arrow With A Heart Pierced Through Him" analogy, especially the last narration when the "Arrow" felt incomplete without the "Heart" , ung irony and parallelism, SO MUCH WIN! Pakshet pwede nang maging classic story tale yan! Pati yung excess baggage metaphor tapos nung "nakalimutan" na..... the Session Road 'dream,' "Illustrated by Anthony" - ULTIMATE HUGOT FILM OF THE YEAR talaga!!!



I'm really happy that the Filipino audience is starting to appreciate quality films such as this. Direk Tonet, sa iyo na nakasilalay ang bagong mukha at future ng pelikula! Konting appreciation naman dyan ABS at Star Cinema, nandito na lahat: quality film, positive reviews, box office hit, award winning... tapos ano naglalaro kayo ng Denial game?!! The shade is real.

edit. Lagi ko na kakalimutan i ask dito pero alam nyo ung kanta sa credits song?
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« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2015, 06:09:22 PM »
#THATTHINGCALLEDTADHANA now showing in over 150 theaters!

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