Thousands of fans lined up at Alex Theatre in Glendale (Southern California), Fox Theatre in Redwood City (Northern California), and George W. Newman Theatre in Rutherford, New Jersey last September to watch the film and see Governor Santos, John Lloyd Cruz, and Luis Manzano who graced all the premieres.
The last time fans caught Governor Santos on screen was in Mano Po 3: My Love in 2004. “In My Life offers you a different Vilma Santos, a different John Lloyd Cruz and a different Luis Manzano,” said the film’s director, Olivia Lamasan, the woman behind the blockbusters Milan, Sana Maulit Muli, Got 2 Believe and Madrasta. “You have to see the genuine chemistry among these three actors who are together for the first time in a movie. This is also a unique film because it presents a mother in her 50s, thinking that she’s been through all and seen it all, when in actuality, a new chapter in her life is just beginning.”
Even with the sterling success of the film, Governor Santos and the stars were thinking of the victims of Typhoon Ondoy that devastated the Philippines. She asked for donations from the moviegoers to help her province of Batangas in its rehabilitation and clean-up efforts. ABS-CBN International’s Starry Starry Store donated a dollar each for every premiere ticket sold in San Francisco and New Jersey. Governor Santos also sought donations during the premiere of In My Life in Canada.
“These sold-out premieres clearly demonstrate that the Filipinos in the U.S. have fully embraced the return of the best of Philippine cinema to the big screen,” said Kerwin Du, ABS-CBN North America’s head of theatricals. “They relish the experience of watching quality films where they belong – the movie theater. They are enthusiastic about seeing their favorite stars in person. For us in ABS-CBN, we are gratified to be able to give our kapamilya what they want wherever they are: the best in Philippine entertainment.”
In My Life is now on its regular theatrical run in the following cities:
SAN DIEGO (October 2-15)
UA Horton Plaza
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
JERSEY CITY (October 9-15)
AMC Loews Newport Center
30 Mall Drive West
Jersey City, NJ 07310
LOS ANGELES-CERRITOS (October 9-15)
Cerritos Stadium Cinema
12761 Towne Center Drive
Cerritos, CA 90701
For information on the abovementioned theaters, please call 800.227.9676.
NEW YORK (October 20-22)
The ImaginAsian Theater
239 E 59th St
New York, NY 10022
CHICAGO (October 23-29)
The Pickwick Theatre 1
17 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
For more information, please visit www.abs-cbnglobalmovies.com.
From left, ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez with his wife, Gaucha, Batangas Governor and In My Life lead star Vilma Santos and her husband, Philippine Senator Ralph Recto. (Tara Kitta/ABS-CBN Intl)
In My Life lead stars Luis Manzano (leftmost) and John Lloyd Cruz (rightmost) flank ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez with his wife, Gaucha. (Tara Kitta/ABS-CBN Intl)