Glaiza de Castro shows off singing prowess in Cinemalaya flick 'Liway'

MANILA, Philippines – Glaiza de Castro has been a staple in Cinemalaya and this year, she's tackling another challenging role: that of an imprisoned woman in Liway.

Based on a true story, Liway is about Day, Ric, and their child Dakip's lives while inside a prison during Martial Law.

Day uses stories, music, and imagination to protect her child from trauma while in prison. As life becomes more difficult for them, Day contends with the possibility that she may not see her child again.

Aside from the acting, Glaiza will showcase her singing in the film directed by Kip Oebanda, known for his works in Bar Boys and Nay. ([WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Glaiza de Castro)

In an interview with Rappler on the sidelines of a press conference last July 4, Glaiza said that during one of the shooting days, she studied one of the songs on-the-spot before the cameras rolled.

"Pinag-aral sa akin yung 'Pagbabalik' first. Nung una, hum hum lang tapos okay, ang dali lang pala nito. Tapos nung pangalawang beses, pinaaral sa akin yung 'Himig ng Pag-ibig,' na parang 'Glaiz, may isa ka pa palang song na kakantahin today which is 'Himig ng Pag-ibig," she said. 

(They made me study "Pagbabalik" first. In the beginning it was just humming and then I was able to get it. But during the second time, they made me study "Himig ng Pag-Ibig" like 'Glaiz, you have one more song to sing, which was that.)

Glaiza said she studied it the whole day by listening and admitted that she got frustrated when they shot the scene because of mistakes that she made.

"Pero after watching it, parang sinabi sa akin ni direk Kip na gusto niya yung mga imperfections, gusto niya yung pagka-raw at naging successful siya na same day niya sinabi para hindi ako nag-over prepare, hindi siya performance level."

(But after watching it, direk Kip said he like the imperfections, he liked that it was raw and it became successful because I did not over prepare.)

Balancing TV and film

Glaiza, who is on GMA 7's Contessa said that she personally got to meet the woman whose life story inspired the movie.

"I actually met her before kami mag-shoot, and kinukwento niya yung experience n'ya sa mga panahon na iyon, noong time na nakulong siya, nabuntis at noong time na pinaganak niya yung anak niya sa kulungan."

(I actually met her before we started shooting and she told me her experience during that time — when she was imprisoned, when she got pregnant, and when she gave birth inside the prison.)

"So doon pa lang napaisip ako kung kakakayanin ko," she said, recalling the balance between shooting the movie on top of her television commitments. 

(Early on I told myself – I can do this.) 

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But the actress, who has appeared in a number of Cinemalaya movies before, said she was in for the learning experience as this is her first time working with Kip Oebanda.

"Coming from television na I'm forced to go into a very extreme emotions, and we're focusing on how many scenes we have to take, mas ma-gradual yung process, mas may time ako to absorb yung mga eksena and feel it," she said of the experience.

(Coming from television where I'm forced to go into very extreme emotions and we're focusing on how many scenes we have to take, this process was more gradual. I had time to absorb the scene and feel it.)

Liway also stars Dominic Roco, Kenken Nuyad, Sue Prado, Soliman Cruz, Joel Saracho, Sue Prado, Paolo O’Hara, Ebong Joson,  Nico Antonio, Gerry Cornejo, Diana Alferez, Julie Bautista,  Pau Benitez, Liway Gabo, She Maala, Renante Bustamante and Madeleine Nicolas.

The movie will open on August 3 and will run until August 12 in selected Ayala Cinemas and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. –