To say that the cast of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Ang Larawan (The Portrait) can carry a tune is an understatement, but they proved their talent once again in a video shared on Facebook yesterday.
In it, actors Rachel Alejandro, Sandino Martin, Celeste Legaspi, and Dulce, do their own version of Late Late Show host James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment and sing to Filipino classics including Da Coconut Nut, which we dubbed our new anthem last year.
The video starts with a little small talk as Alejandro enters Martin’s car.
“Uy, thanks for the ride, ha,” Alejandro says. “Of course. Let’s carpool so we don’t add to the traffic in EDSA,” Martin replies in Filipino. (Follow suit, people)
The two first sing Alejandro’s Mr. Kupido (Mr. Cupid) before Legaspi and Dulce join the ride and sing Aegis’ Basang Basa sa Ulan (Wet Under the Rain).
For the finale, the group sings Da Coconut Nut by Ryan Cayabyab, who composed the music for Ang Larawan.
The video now has 27,000 views, 1,400 reactions, and 291 shares.
Ang Larawan, a movie musical based on a play by late Filipino national artist Nick Joaquin, tells the story of a family living in 1940’s Manila on the eve of World War II.
The film premiered in the Philippines on Christmas Day as part of the MMFF. It was awarded Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Production Design, and Best Musical Score. Joaquin also won a special jury prize.
It was also part of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival last year.
Despite good reviews, Ang Larawan was removed from cinemas just a few days after it premiered because of low box office numbers on its first day. The MMFF is an annual event that requires all cinemas in Metro Manila to show only local films included in the festival.