MANO PO is the biggest drama film franchise in the country, it has featured some of our brightest stars like Susan Roces, Vilma Santos, Sharon Cuneta, Lorna Tolentino, Maricel Soriano, Zsa Zsa Padilla and more. The mother and daughter tandem of Lily and Roselle Monteverde decided to produce the new edition in the highly successful film franchise because of its timely plot and insistent public clamor. This time, Chinoy actor Richard Yap gets his biggest break in the male-centric Mano Po helmed by award-winning director Ian Lorenos.
Richard Yap is a revelation in his dramatic scenes, playing a business tycoon who is overly protective and strict with his loved ones, including his wife Anne (played by Jean Garcia), and kids (Enchong Dee, Janella Salvador and Jana Agoncillo). But behind the toughness is a family man full of love for his dear ones. First-time cast members in the millennial version of Mano Po are Jean, Enchong, Janella, Jana, Jake Cuenca, Jessy Mendiola, Marlo Mortel and Kean Cipriano. Jean is the dutiful and love wife Richard neglects due to numerous business dealings. Enchong is the troublesome son who rebels against the idea of his dad losing time for the family.
Janella, meanwhile, is the daughter her father sends to music school against her wishes. She figures in several love-hate scenes with perennial screen partner Marlo Mortel in the film. Jake Cuenca portrays the role of Jean’s secret lover who was just about to propose to his cheating girlfriend. Jessy Mendiola plays Enchong Dee’s girlfriend whom he meets at a rehabilitation center. Kean Cipriano, on the other hand, is Janella’s music professor who has interest in her more than just a student.
Shot partly in Taiwan, Mano Po 7: Chinoy is dubbed as the biggest and grandest millennial edition, tackling issues like conflicts in a Chinese-Pinay marriage. But more than that, the film also shows different Chinese traditions never-before-seen in a Mano Po film. With the help of director Ian Lorenos, who directed The Leaving which gave LJ Reyes a best supporting actress award and Alagwa, which gave Jericho Rosales a Gawad Urian for Best Actor, Mano Po: Chinoy is a treat for the whole family this Christmas season.
Don’t miss the moving family drama in theaters nationwide starting December 14, 2016. “Mano Po: Chinoy” is produced and distributed by Regal Entertainment, Inc.