Once in a while, you see something that lasts forever. A gentle smile, a warm hug, a smiling set of eyes that looks upon you, deeper within your soul…
Once in a while, you see again and feel, an actor, an artist- portraying a very delicate role and offers a magnificent performance that changes everything around you. A spark of great impression and adoration. A kind of acting performance- so worthwhile, so lasting…
And yes, once in a while, you meet again Mr. Gerald Santos- the kind of artist and person that you respect so much. And the world seems to stop.
In the movie “Memory Chanel”, which became an entry to the recently-concluded World Premieres Film Festival, Gerald showed so much acting greatness, well in fact, it was his very first film. It’s like that he’s been acting forever, and delivering a role which was so hard to portray, was exactly quenchable. Satisfying. Alluring.
In one poignant scene wherein Gerald was having panic attacks, one blogger almost cried. Because he delivered it in a very sensitive and sympathetic way. Like a boy lost in a jigsaw puzzle.
He portrayed a character who suffered a brain injury after an accident- a young male singer
who became a cover boy in glossy magazines- but got lost somewhere along the way.
Many doctors tried to treat him but failed. Until one “impostor doctor” (acted-out in the film by Eppy Quizon) tried to rescue him but it was only an “act”. That doctor turned-out to be a bad one and only made him suffer more along the way.
There’s something deeper in Gerald style of acting that a blogger had never seen before. There was subtlety, restraint, innocence, rawness and charm. Like that of a boy that you’d want to hug and care for. Like that of a Teddy bear you’d want to embrace forever.
His scenes with Eppy Quizon were all so powerful. When he cried out loud shouting- “Hindi
ako bakla! Hindi ako bakla!”, Gerald simply further proved that with a simple line, he could give so much convincing power and overwhelming feelings. And that, is what we call WHAT ACTING IS ALL ABOUT.
No other actor could give so much justice to the role, except Gerald. And thanks to director Rayn F. Brizuela, because he chose Gerald to portray it.
“Memory Channel” is yes, an “edgy” film. It crosses boundaries, sexuality and mind-journeys of self-realizations.
Maybe, the game is not over yet, as what the ending of the film suggested.
Because for Gerald Santos, this is just the start of a new journey for his passion for acting.
And we feel, a new actor is indeed born. From now on, Gerald is not just a great singer-
BUT AN ACTOR OF SUCH A HIGH CALIBER.
More acting roles soon, please.
(written by robert manuguid silverio)
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BELOW, BY MS. LHYNEE Lhynne Imperial (PHOTOS TAKEN DURING THE PREMIERE NIGHT OF “MEMORY CHANNEL” AT CINEMA 5 OF SM MEGAMALL LAST JUNE 30)