“Hindi s’ya true to life pero base s’ya sa mga totoong experiences. Wala kaming detalye nilagay or ilalagay sa kwento na hindi totoong nangyar,” describe by the Award-winning screenwriter and author Ricky Lee of his upcoming movie “Culion” during a recent press conference held in San Juan City.
The film, which Lee is writing, will be directed by Alvin Yapan and to be produced by Mark Shandii Bacolod.
Culion is a third class municipality in the province of Palawan. It was a former leprosarium, starting in 1906 under the American Colonial Regime until the American Commonwealth of the Philippine era.
“Culion” the movie is a story of the three best friends (Anna, Doris and Ditas), who were afflicted with leprosy and lived like virtual prisoners in the 1940’s. It tries to negotiate a life of stigma that seesaws between hope and despair, redefining their roles as women, mother, friend, and human beings.
Lee wrote films like “Himala,” “Anak,” “Jose Rizal,” “Muro-Ami,” “Dubai,” “Nasaan Ka Man” and “Bagong Buwan.” He was the creative manager for ABS-CBN such shows as “Lobo,” “Maging Sino Ka Man,” “Magkaribal,” “Maalala Mo Kaya” and others. He was also a creative consultant for Star Cinema. Since 1982, he has been is conducting free scriptwriting workshops.
Casting process for the movie is still ongoing.
Watch the full video to see Lee talk about “Culion.” (Report by Daisy Liezel Cuison)