lourdes duque baron: feels at home with her very first filipino film

(listen to ms. lourdes baron’s great voice above. oh, so wonderful!— sssip*)

 

lou baron shoots a film
lou baron shoots a film

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She stood there with so much eloquence and grace. Power and style. Dignity and beauty.

As the host of the press conference further introduced her, she smiled so sweetly and candidly like a child. And you could already feel the greatness within her. Her name: Lourdes Duque Baron, an acclaimed international Filipina singer in Los Angeles, winning awards from L.A. Music Awards and her song on her latest CD album “Table for Two” (her own cover of the hit song) currently the no. 1 most requested song on ReverBration.

Though this time around, we’d rather not talk about her great accomplishments abroad. This time around, let’s talk about her being a Filipina, at 67 years of age. And that, she just finished shooting her scenes in her very first Filipino film entitled Butanding, directed by low-key veteran film director- Edd Palmos.

How was it like doing a film here, Ms. Baron?

“My schedules met with the shooting schedules of our director”, she answered. “And I am so proud to do my very first Filipino film, right here on my own country. I left 40 years ago, and I am 67 years old now. The shooting went fine and smooth. Director Ed was so good in motivating me and all the rest of the cast and crew were so supportive and friendly.”

Do you love Butandings, Ms. Baron?

“Yes, I love them so much”, she answered. “They are an endangered species. We must all learn on how to protect them, save them. That’s why when I learned that the film we’re doing will center on Butandings, I at once agreed. It’s my turn to do my little contributuion in saving them from extinction.”

One blogger added, the participation of Ms. Lourdes Baron in the film Butanding will create an international appeal and could help a lot- in a way that it can attract wider attention on the recent plight of the Butandings. Some people wants to kill them, actually, because they eat small fishes in the ocean and fishermen wants them away from their territories.

Ms. Baron will be back on the Philippines by the month of May. She will be attending the grand premiere night of this film here in Manila. She left a couple f weeks back after finishing shooting her scenes in the movie.

“It was a great experience”, she said. “I am a Filipina, by heart and soul. I fell in love with our culture and ways back again. And how I wish, I could live a simple life all over again as a Filipina by heart, though at this time now, I can no longer do that with all those busy schedules I have. But certainly I plan to visit more frequently this time. I may do a couple of films more soon. So definitely, I will be back.”

Counting on that, Ms. Baron. You’re greater than you think you are.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

 

lou resting after a break from a shoot
lou resting after a break from a shoot
a dramatic scene from the movie "butanding"
a dramatic scene from the movie “butanding”
ms. lou baron with veteran filipina celebrity dj tessie lagman
ms. lou baron with veteran filipina celebrity dj tessie lagman
lou in one of her great performances abroad
lou in one of her great performances abroad

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ms lou baron with bayou bennett and husband and  publicist charlie lozo
ms lou baron with bayou bennett and husband and publicist charlie lozo

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teatro santa ana presents: “hesus, ang senakulo”, with lance raymundo as jesus christ!!!

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LANCE WITH THEATER ACTORS OF TEATRO STA. ANA DURING THEIR PRESS CONFERENCE OF "HESUS, ANG SENAKULO" RECENTLY
LANCE WITH THEATER ACTORS OF TEATRO STA. ANA DURING THEIR PRESS CONFERENCE OF “HESUS, ANG SENAKULO” RECENTLY

Halos isang taon na mula ngayon, nag-text si Lance Raymundo sa isang kaibigan niya:

“Robert, hindi na ako makakapunta sa dinner meeting nating dalawa. Naaksidente ako. Babawi ako sa ‘yo pagka-galing ko.”

Ang hindi alam ng kaibigan ni Lance sa mga oras na ‘yun, pumuputok na parang fountain ang mga dugo buhat sa mukha ni Lance. Pero hindi iniinda ni Lance iyon, kailangan niyang masabihan ang kanyang kaibigan na naghihintay sa kanya nuong mga oras at sandali  na iyon.

Isa pang tao ang naalala ni Lance habang patuloy pa ring bumbulwak ang dugo sa kanyang mukha. Ang kanyang ina na si Mrs. Nina Zaldua Raymundo. Heto ang textt niya:

“Mom, don’t worry. I will be okay. I will be fine.”

Itinatakbo na si Lance nu’ng mga oras na iyon sa ospital. Sankaterbang dugo na ang bumulwak mula sa mukha niyang nabagsakan ng barbell. Halos lumuwa na ang kanyang mga mata. At ang skull niya ay half-exposed na. Just a step away from death.

Pero cool lang si Lance. Nilabanan niya ng buong husay nung mga sandaling ang pakikipagbuno niya sa kamatayan.

At isang milagro, NABUHAY NGA SI LANCE. AT NAGKAROON PA NG PANIBAGONG “MUKHA”.

That was almost one year ago from today. Nu’ng huling makita ng blogger si Lance just a month ago sa isang merienda treat, naitanong pa ni Lance sa blogger na ito: “Did your angels helped me out in those times, Robert?”

Hindi makasagot ang blogger na ito. Dahil ang alam niya, HINDI.

Iba ang tumulong kay Lance nu’ng mga oras na iyon. IISA LANG. at yun ay si Hesukristo.

Sumunod na lamang ang mga Santa, mga Santo, at mga anghel nu’ng si Lance ay papagaling na. Pero nung bumubulwak ang kanyang mga dugo at isang hakbang na lang siya sa kamatayan, ang kapiling ni Lance ay si HESUS. Iyon ang hindi niya nalaman.

OO, HALOS ISANG TAON NA NGA IYON MULA NGAYON.

Dapat ay gaganap si Lance bilang si Hesukristo sa isang natatanging Senakulo ng Teatro Sta. Ana nuong bago naganap ang kanyang aksidente. Pero hindi na natuloy iyon. Hindi na nakapag-rehearse si Lance dahil halos dalawang buwan siyang nagpagaling sa ospital.

At ngayon, tila isang “rewind moment” ang magaganap. Uulitin ang dapat na naganap nuong isang taon. Dahil sa padating na Holy Week ng taong ito, muling kinuha si Lance ng Teatro Sta. Ana ni direk Lou Veloso na gumanap bilang si Hesikristo sa kanilang Senakulo.

Sa isang interbyuhang intimado at pribado, nai-reveal pang muli ni Lance ang mga “little miracles” na nagaganap muli ngayon sa kanya- at this time na gaganap muli siya bilang si Hesus.

“Parang ang bilis kong pumayat, Robert, nagtataka ako”, sey pa ni Lance sa blogger-friend niya. “Parang inihahanda talaga ako na mag-portray ng maige bilang si Hesus. Konting reduce ko lang, payat na agad ako. May tumutulong sa aking mga hidden factors. I can say that this is a little miracle on my part.”

Sinabi pa ni Lance, ang mga physical healings na mapapanood duon sa Senakulo ay nangyari lahat sa kanya sa totoong buhay nung maaksidente siya. Ipakikita kasi doon ang tatlong miraculous healings ni Christ. Yung babaeng dinudugo na ayaw tumigil ang pagdugo at si Hesus lang ang nagpagaling, yung lalaking hindi makalakad, at yung lalaking bulag. Hindi ba, si Lance ay sobrang dinugo nu’ng naaksidente siya, at nawalan siya ng sense of balance kaya hindi siya makalakad, at halos mabulag na siya dahil lumuwa ang mga mata niya. Pero napagaling si Lance sa tatlong dulot ng aksidenteng iyon. Tatlong HIMALA.

OO, PADATING NA SI HESUS MULI NGAYONG HOLY WEEK.

PANOORIN NATIN SIYA, SA PAMAMAGITAN NI LANCE RAYMUNDO NA GAGANAP SA KANYANG PAPEL.

AT MULI, TAYO’Y LULUHA.

AT AAKAPIN NATIN SIYA.

MAGPAKAILANMAN.

(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio sa petsang marso 10, 2015)

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MR. LANCE RAYMUNDO, TAKEN DURING THEIR RECENTLY-CONCLUDED PRESS CONFERENCE FOR “HESUS, ANG SENAKULO” AT THE TWIN OAKS PLACE.

“HESUS, ANG SENAKULO”

Schedule of shows: March 28 at San Juan Plaza, N. Domingo, San Juan: March 29 at Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City:: April 1 at Plaza Hugo, Sta. Ana, Manila: April 4 at SM Baguio. 

Directed by Lou Veloso / March 28 – April 2, 2015/ The Special Performance at Greenfield Garden District will be on Palm Sunday, March 29 / 7pm /

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