Sen. Loren Legarda, Nora Aunor and Brillante Mendoza has plentifully turned out victorious. The uplifting news that Taklub, one of their advocacy - Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR, Sen. Loren’s pro-environment advocacy), is a contender for the Un Certain Regard Section of the current year's 68th Cannes Film Festival, slated on May 13 to 24, 2015; the prestigious institution where Brillante Mendoza won Best Director (for Kinatay) in 2009.
In a press conference held on Tuesday afternoon at Annabel's in Tomas Morato, Sen. Legarda states that she is amazed with the work of Brillante, especially Taklub which touches the heart of the audience and at the same time focuses on DRR measures such as early warning systems, mangrove reforestation, preemptive evacuation, and designating no-build zones.
Some of the cast were also present during the presscon. Ruby Ruiz and Aaron Rivera plays a great role in this film about post-Yolanda.
During the Q and A, Director Brillante Mendoza answers why did he work on this film. He says 'Months later after Yolanda, I was asked by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources if I could do a documentary film about Climate Change. I told them (DENR) why not come up with a narrative instead, that tackles the issue on climate change having the consequence of it (climate change) as the core message. I thought that using a narrative would create a better impact.'
Moved by the devastation brought on via Yolanda, Loren proposed the creation of a full-length film about standard catastrophe aversion and readiness. Brillante concurred and got Nora as lead star of the film.
The superstar Nora Aunor admits that it was the best film she ever made. La Aunor is happy to return in Cannes after she did 'Bona' shown at the 1981 Cannes International Filmfest as an entry to the Director's Fortnight.