Angelica Panganiban And JM De Guzman Read That Thing Called Tadhana's Script Live

Director Antoinette Jadaone also talked about a possible sequel!
by Clara Rosales for   |  Apr 13, 2020
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The 2014 film That Thing Called Tadhana has cemented its place in Pinoy pop culture—it gave rise to the word "hugot" which has become part of the colloquial Filipino vocabulary, it made Sagada a go-to local destination, and it encouraged brokenhearted folks to belt out Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go." Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz read the film's script live for Valentine's Day, but OG actors Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman brought their own charm and personality to the hit flick when they revisited the heartache and read the script via Facebook Live on April 12 for Lockdown Cinema Club Nights, an initiative that aims to raise funds for the benefit of film workers and crew who currently have no jobs due to the enhanced community quarantine temporarily halting production.

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Poet and actor Juan Miguel Severo hosted the livestream and encouraged fans to donate and ask questions. Panganiban and De Guzman reenacted the bus scene, where their characters Mace and Anthony were talking about how to forget past loves while on the way to Baguio. Jadaone, who was also present during the livestream, shared that "'Yong isang eksena doon, deleted. Hindi siya nasama sa pelikula. 'Yon 'yong mahabang litanya ni Anthony."

Fans also asked actors if they would take a chance and go on a spontaneous trip with a stranger. The possibility was one in a million, but both Panganiban and De Guzman said that it could totally happen in real life, if the circumstances were right.

The 2014 hit has inspired several hugot films featuring characters navigating the rocky terrain of love, but there's just something about Mace and Anthony's chemistry that has fans wishing for a sequel. Jadaone revealed that she's worked on the first few sequences. "Pero hindi ko pa siya naitutuloy. So siguro, like kung paano namin ginawa yung una, huwag siyang pilitin," she added.


When asked about the plot, Jadaone said it really isn't up to her right now, as the story can change depending on where she would be if she decides to finish it: "Nagbabago naman ang kwento base sa kung nasaan ka or kung ano ang paligid mo sa time na sinusulat mo."

Though no plot is set in stone, Panganiban and De Guzman have both indicated that they'd be open to playing Mace and Anthony again.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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