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Jake Macapagal: Mr. “Metro Manila”


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Jake Macapagal talks about the film "Metro Manila"

INDEFATIGABLY INDEPENDENT. Jake Macapagal stars as Oscar Ramirez in the independent film, "Metro Manila." Photo courtesy of Jake Macapagal.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – That the Philippines is a treasure trove of talent is an understatement. Singers and performers abound; and in the acting stage, we are never far behind, even if we’re talking about character and independent actors. Far from the mainstream world of matinee idols, love teams, and reality-show-winners-turned-actors, these independent screen performers choose to share their knowledge with others and make films that they can be proud of, both here and abroad.

DON'T JUDGE. The lesson from the film? Don't be quick to judge others. At our core, we aren't really that different from each other. Photo courtesy of Jake Macapagal.

Such is the case of Jake Macapagal. Far removed from the spotlight, he is actually one of the acting mentors behind Star Magic’s new talents. He is also set to teach a screen acting course for aspiring thespians in Mint Meridian International this summer.

Jake, a former cast member of “Miss Saigon,” stars as Oscar Ramirez in the independent film “Metro Manila,” directed by Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated British director Sean Ellis, produced by Chocolate Frog Productions. Among his co-stars are veteran actor John Arcilla and newcomer Althea Vega. They have submitted the movie for inclusion in the 65th Cannes Film Festival on May 19-27, and are waiting with bated breath for the announcement anytime this week. – Rappler.com

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