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Ai-Ai’s latest comedy tackles fitting in with Millennials

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A SCENE from the film Feelennial

OLDER PEOPLE trying fit in with millennials and eventually finding love with each other is the crux of the story of Rechie del Carmen’s comedy Feelennial which opens on June 19 in cinemas nationwide.

“When I was given the script, I found it so funny that I thought if I already found it funny in writing, what more if it was executed properly?” singer Maria Cielito “Pops” Fernandez told BusinessWorld during the press conference on June 7 at Circles Events Place in Quezon City.

This is Ms. Fernandez’s first stint as film producer under her company, DSL Productions. The film is co-produced by Cignal Entertainment, the original content division of pay TV provider, Cignal TV.

“I always liked funny and feel-good movies,” she said, explaining why she decided on a comedy as her first venture as a film producer.

Feelennal, a portmanteau of the words “feeling” and “millennial,” is supposed to describe middle-aged individuals who feel and act like millennials (those born in the 1980s to the 1990s).

“They are your adorable titos and titas (uncles and aunts) who stumble into one misadventure after another as they try to adapt to the lifestyle of the younger generation,” said a press release.




The film stars Martina Eileen “Ai-ai” delas Alas-Sibayan as Madame Bato-bato, a rich single mom who has everything she needs except the attention of her only son Nico (played by Arvic Tan) and so she tries to do the activities that her son is into. Her “feelennial” activities include online dating where she meets Chito (played by Bayani Rogacion Jr., better known as Bayani Agbayani), a bachelor who became rich after winning a lotto jackpot.

Both hate each other on sight but a series of mishaps and misadventures lead both characters into a “funny, yet thought-provoking situations on how romance and family dynamic has changed in today’s society,” said the release.

Despite being friends for many years, this is the first time that Ms. Delas Alas-Sibayan and Mr. Agbayani have performed opposite each other in a film, and Ms. Fernandez thinks that’s why they click in the film.

“At its core, [the film] is about two middle-aged people who find themselves in this world of romance in the digital age,” James C. Meneses, senior manager for content and channel marketing at Cignal TV, told BusinessWorld in the same event.

The film’s cast includes Ina Feleo, Nicole Donesa, and Sofia delas Alas, among others. Ms. Fernandez also has a cameo as do Martin Nievera and Paolo Ballesteros.

Feelennial opens on June 19 in cinemas nationwide.

Cignal TV is the pay TV subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings which has a majority stake in BusinessWorld through the Philippine Star Group which it controls. — Zsarlene B. Chua

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