Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Repost From Glenda Villena of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

By Glenda Villena, For Yahoo! Southeast Asia Monday December 20, 2010 08:17 pm PST

Dolphy says sorry for 'Father Jejemon' scenes

By Glenda Villena, For Yahoo! Southeast Asia Monday December 20, 2010 08:17 pm PST

The Comedy King, Dolphy humbled himself yesterday as devout Catholics urged the public to boycott the movie "Father Jejemon" due to sensitive scenes that allegedly offended the Catholic faith.

Sensitive scenes

"Nag-so-sorry po ako para awayin ko ang Panginoong Diyos. Nahihiya ako sa nangyari dahil sa pasensyahan na Niya ako I was just meant to do good, pero kung ayaw nila, aalisin," Dolphy said in an interview shown through SNN last night.

Dolphy also explained that while shooting the movie which he produced with long-time partner Zsa Zsa Padilla through their film outfit, RVQ productions, they sought guidance from priests who also approved of the movie's script.

"Meron kaming advisers na pari dun e. Meron pa kaming paring pumupunta dun, tinatanong namin kung okay yung mga nasa script, okay naman," the Comedy King added.

Chairwoman Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares of MTRCB released an official statement, confirming that some scenes from the movie "Father Jejemon," those that sparked public outrage will be voluntarily removed by RVQ productions.

"RVQ Productions upon learning of the public's sentiments against some scenes on the teasers, immediately exercised self regulation, and deleted voluntarily the evoking scenes, this maybe a good example where the MTRCB ans a film production company have found a good accord, where the true benefactors are the viewing public," Llamanzares said.

Public reaction

Earlier this week, a text message condemning scenes from the movie's teasers circulated declaring that the film "Father Jejemon" had committed sacrilege.

The text message stated: "Please boycott Father Jejemon where the Holy Eucharist is accidentally dropped in between the cleavage of a female communicant. In another it is stuck between the dentures of a senior citizen. We must denounce this mockery of the highest form of worship. Let's not allow the King of comedy to make a comedy of the King of Kings!"

Zsa Zsa weighs in

Meanwhile, Zsa-zsa Padilla as a co-producer, did not escape the public's ill sentiments as negative commentaries spread like wildfire in the "blogosphere." In her recent tweets, she defended herself against the negative remarks being hurled by a concerned Filipino blogger living in the U.S.

She explained: "Totoo na halos patapos na ang pelikula nung pumasok ako, bilang co-producer ni Dolphy at ang trabaho ko ay mag-ayos ng bayarin sa pelikula na syang ginagawa ko hanggang ngayon. Kung matagal mo na sana akong kilala, sa tagal ng pagsasama namin ni Dolphy e ngayon lang ako sumali sa RVQ Productions. Dahil kinailangan nya ang tulong ko. Palagi ko ngang biro na ako ay ‘producer by default' dahil hindi makapirma ng cheke si Dolphy dahil ilang beses syang na-hospital at hindi, makapirma dahil sa dami ng tubo na nakakabit sa kanya. Napansin ko din na lalo syang nagkakasakit dahil sa "stress" sa production. Ang importante, natapos namin ang pelikula. Ito na marahil ang huli nyang pelikula. Sana naman, lalo na at magpapasko na, ipamasko mo na lang sa amin na bigyan mo naman kami ng pag-asa. Masakit ang mga isinulat mo pero kung yun ang opinion mo, wala kaming magagawa. Ang pelikulang ito ay para sa MMFF. Para sa mga Pilipino."

Zsa Zsa likewise added, "Kung makaka-uwi ka man at mapanood mo, sana pagkapanood mo na lang at saka mo kami pagsabihan ng masasakit na salita. Then it would turn out to be constructive then, right? Bago lang ako sa pag-produce ng pelikula at napakarami ko pang dapat matutunan. Kung mabibigyan ako ulit ng pagkakataon, mula pag-develop pa lang ng script, tututukan ko talaga."

Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines has yet to release its official statement regarding the issue.

Reposted From Glenda Villena of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

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