It’s not really as bad as you would think. Last weekend, I finally got to see the Piolo Pascual — Judy Anne Santos starrer “Don’t Give Up On Us,” one of the better Filipino films to greet the new year. I’ve been looking forward to seeing this movie the first time I saw the trailer last year, captivated mostly by the cinematography.
First of all, the best reason to watch the film is to enjoy the wonderful view up north. Baguio, Banaue Rice Terraces, Sagada — all in one film. The vintage pickup driven by the male lead is also something you cannot ignore, a motoring classic. The music is passable and if you’re the cheesy–type, you might actually enjoy Piolo’s singing, as he sings acceptably well.
And here’s something to watch out for — Cheska Garcia acts. I never saw her as a dramatic actress before, though for one scene she was doing it quite convincingly. Expectedly, Piolo and Juday had great screen chemistry, whether the scene was drama or light comedy. They even had a long and passionate kissing scene that was so real, you’d think Piolo was actually feeling it, until you realize
she was kissing Juday — not Claudine in Milan, but Juday. Anne couldn’t agree more. Hehehe, that was a little harsh. smile But seriously, both were excellent in the movie, just as the rest of the cast.
By now, you already know I’m recommending this movie. Yes, watch it. This isn’t a movie you’d want to watch all over again, though for entertainment value it is quite well worth it.