June 27, 2017. One of the hopefuls of getting in the Metro Manila Film Festival was launched – the family comedy movie titled Ang Sikreto ng Piso written and directed by Perry Escaño.
“ANG SIKRETO NG PISO” (The Secret of the Philippine Peso Coin), a family-oriented comedy and historical film inspired by actual events on the smuggle of the Philippine peso coin in 2006, was recently launched to the entertainment press. The film is a wholesome, charming, and interesting story for the Filipino family perfect during Christmas season, and thus, it is humbly intended for submission to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.
The main plot is about love of family and supporting one another whenever trials in life happen. “Ang Sikreto Ng Piso” is written and directed by stage, TV and film actor-turned-director Perry Escaño, who is also one of the nine finalists of the main competition of full-length films for the 13th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival for his “Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa.”
Topbilled by Quezon City Congressman and actor Alfred Vargas (fresh from the success of Encantadia of GMA), the film is Alfred’s second collaboration with Direk Perry since the former is also the lead actor of the said Cinemalaya action-drama entry, slated this August 2017. Having been in the business for more than 15 years, Alfred has done a number of lead roles in GMA teleseryes and various independent films.
This new comedy movie is a breather for him as a dramatic actor. “We are hopeful to get a slot to this year’s MMFF with this comedy movie. It’s our gift for all Filipino families during Christmas season,” says Direk Perry Escaño.
Major roles in the film are currently being offered to the following: multi-talented ace comedian Joey Marquez, the still debonair and handsome Wendell Ramos, the cute child actor and Downy commercial model Yuan Francisco, funny comedian Long Mejia, and veteran comedienne and singer Beverly Salviejo.
Also in the confirmed cast are Paul Sy (funny comedian mainstay of Home Sweetie Home of ABS-CBN as John Lloyd Cruz’s buddy, and winner of Showtime’s “Look A Like” as Wally Walley), Lou Velsoso (versatile and award-winning actor), Andoy Ranay (stage, television, theater actor and director), Ernie Garcia (seasoned actor who has done more than 50 films and also the Supervising Producer of “Ang Sikreto ng Piso”), among others.
The production is also aiming for McCoy de Leon as Alfred’s brother in the story, and Elisse Joson as the beautiful daughter of Joey in the film.
As of press time, the production team is now negotiating with award-winning actress Judy Ann Santos for the role of the wife of Ronnie (Alfred) in the story. “Ang Sikreto Ng Piso” is produced by MPJ Entertainment Productions and JPP Entertainment, owned by beauty queen and fashion designer Joyce Peña Pilarsky, who also portrays Joey’s strict wife in the movie.
To start filming this July, other cast members of the movie include good looking young actors Akihiro Blanco (Runner-up of TV5’s Artista Academy) and Kelvin Miranda (newcomer), among others.
Watch how writer and director Perry Escaño describes his film Ang Sikreto ng Piso: