The entertainment industry recognizes Buboy Villar for his versatility as an actor. Although he’s mostly known for his work in comedic pieces, Buboy can also adapt well to dramatic ones. Who could forget his performance as the young Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, a former senator and boxing legend, in Kid Kulafu?
Yet if there’s one thing that Buboy has yet to experience on the silver screen, it’s sharing the spotlight with a love team. His upcoming movie, Ang Kwento Ni Makoy, changed that.
In the movie, he stars alongside Bella Thompson, bringing life to the character of Ched Herrera, an author who believes that it’s best to live alone. Ched contracts COVID-19 during its peak and find herself confined in a hospital.
Ched’s outlook will cause attending nurses to find her difficult—until she meets Makoy, played by Buboy. Eventually, the pair will develop a strong bond as they navigate through the challenges of life amid a pandemic.
Their on-screen pairing was a good decision as Bella and Buboy bring a certain level of kilig that’s pure and light-hearted.
“Hindi ako makapaniwala na may kinikilig sa akin,” Buboy said during the film’s special screening at the Gateway Cinema last November 22, Tuesday. The role became relevant for Buboy as he admits to finding his co-star beautiful and how her character brought joy to him.
“Iba ang saya na ibinibigay sa akin ni Ched kapag ako si Makoy. Iba ang kilig ko pag nandiyan si Ched, espesyal si Ched sa akin,” the former child actor said.
Meanwhile, Bella is grateful for the opportunity to land a leading role in Ang Kwento ni Makoy. She’s currently under GMA Sparkle and has several other projects in the Kapuso network.
Besides bringing butterflies to viewers’ stomachs with his pairing with Bella, Buboy also pays homage to nurses with Ang Kwento ni Makoy. His character is immensely optimistic even when everything around him seems bleak. Buboy effectively combines two genres, comedy and drama.
“When we were conceptualizing the story of Makoy, it was very, very difficult on our part because we were doing and shooting this at the height of COVID,” said Director HJCP.
He added that some shots were difficult to film because of health restrictions. Nonetheless, they created an emotional story about a simple person to show the struggle of Philippine nurses to the public.
One aspect of the movie that left an impression on the cast and crew (not to mention the audience), it’s how one person can stay kind despite unfair treatment from those around him.
“Huwag nating hayaan ang mga taong nagsa-sacrifice o kasiyahan, maliit man o malaki. Hindi naman habangbuhay, lahat may hangganan,” Buboy encouraged.
Makoy serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration, telling everyone to use their one hand to help themselves and the other to help others in need.
Ang Kwento ni Makoy opens in cinemas nationwide this December 7.
For more information, like and follow the official Facebook page of Ang Kwento ni Makoy at https://www.facebook.com/KuwentoniMakoy or visit Masaya Studio’s official website at www.masayastudio.com.