The Yam Laranas film, which received rave reviews from both the local and foreign press and even caught the attention of the New York Times, is set to be commercially released in the U.S. and Canada beginning May 11 (May 12 in the Philippines) through a distribution deal between GMA Films and US-based film distribution company Freestyle Releasing.
Among those in attendance were cast members Marvin Agustin, Rhian Ramos, Alden Richards, and Derrick Monasterio together with GMA Films President Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar, Freestyle Presidents Susan Jackson and Mark Borde, GMA Films Project Director Joey Abacan, and the film’s director Yam Laranas.
Also present were Congressman and Boxing’s “Pound-for-Pound” King Manny Pacquiao, MTRCB Chair Grace Poe-Llamanzares, GMA Entertainment TV Vice President Marivin Arayata, GMA Entertainment TV Asst. Vice President Redgie Magno, GMA Corporate Communications Asst. Vice President Angel Javier-Cruz, and host Tim Yap.
After the premiere screening of The Road, an after party was held at The Lure, a club beside Arclight Theater.
Prior to the red carpet premiere, GMA Films and Freestyle Releasing held a press conference on May 8 at the Barrio Fiesta Restaurant in Glendale, Los Angeles. It was attended by representatives from US-based Filipino media outfits.
Apart from the U.S., The Road will also be shown in selected theaters in Singapore beginning May 15.
Talks between GMA Films and other film releasing companies are also underway for possible distribution of The Road in other countries.
The Road premiered in the Philippines in November 2011.