January 23, Chinese New Year. It was a special non-working holiday in Manila. We took advantage of the day to try to visit David at the set. The problem was we did not know where the location was. As early as 6:00 AM, I started looking for clues on Twitter. I wasn’t disappointed.
Using the ever reliable Google maps, we found our way to Dela Pena. The challenge now is finding the right street. We just knew that it was near Riverbanks. After several wrong turns, we took one last chance in a narrow street leading to what we thought was a dead end. We even had to fold one of the side mirrors for fear that we might hit one of the cars parked in the very narrow street. When we got to an intersection, we decided to ask some of the guys sitting by the road where to turn to go back to the main road. Little did we know that they will give us the last clue we needed. They told us to turn left since we might not be able to pass through if we went straight. Before we could ask why, the guy went on to tell us that the road was possibly blocked because of a shooting that was ongoing. We got excited. ‘Who were the actors involved?’ , we asked. They answered, ‘Jasmine Curtis’. TUMPAK! THANK YOU! Who would have thought that narrow, almost-impossible-to-pass-through road will lead us to our destination!
We went straight and expected to be blocked off, but nah, the security guy that was by the road even helped us park. We walked to the set holding bags of Chinese food, Spanish bread and Krispy Kreme for the cast and crew. No one stopped us as we approach the house where they were filming. Instead we were told to sit on the bench in front of the house while we wait for David because he was still on dinner break.
We did not sit on the bench, though. We decided to stand across the house and just observe everything that was going on. The crew, upon noticing how we’ve been standing there for over an hour, offered us monobloc chairs so we’re comfortable while we were watching! Wow, such good treatment to fans!
We gave some of the food to Direk Mac. We then decided to just have the food brought by the TV5 people to David’s tent so he could eat what we brought since they were already having dinner.
After a few minutes, Ana Feleo tweeted
Shortly after that, David came to the set wearing purple long sleeves and gray trousers. He stood there for several minutes talking to a few people including Jasmine’s mom. Then, he left the set. While he was away, we got to watch scenes of Anya, mom and brother (Let’s Volt in, slap scene between mom and Anya). We could also see some of it on the monitor that Direk was watching. That’s when I realized how difficult the job was both for the actors and the director to get the scenes right. For one single scene, they had to do several takes from different points of view. By the time Gelli, Jasmine and little boy they were done with their scenes, it was already 3 hours since we arrived.
We were hopeful that David would be back (our clue, the MIB guys were still there). Our only goal by then was to see/hear David act. That was answered shortly. David came back in gray shirt and black jeans. Jasmine came back wearing brown blouse and shorts. And aren’t we lucky? We got to see Gelli, David and Jasmine rehearse their scene right in front of us! Gelli shouted “Magananakaw!” and then David answered “I’m not a thief!” Then Gelli said, “Are you Josh Bradley? You are Josh Bradley! Did I scare you? Are you okay?” (not the actual words, but something along those lines) And David answered “I’m alright”. Then off they went inside the house for another round of rehearsals. Then, a very familiar voice filled the house – someone was singing loudly. LOL! It was David! I couldn’t remember what the song was but I remember Direk singing along with him when he came out of the house
During the take, we could hear Gelli and David shouting. We tried to watch the scene from the monitor outside. After the scene, Direk Mac turned to us and asked, “Nakita nyo?” Haha, Direk, you should have asked us to watch beside you! But nah, we could only see portions of it, mostly of David’s face which we could easily recognize from afar. After the take, the cast came out and watched a replay of the scene. They talked a bit about it and then we could hear everyone telling David to get some rest.
On his way to his van, he waved at us, said hi , asked if we had fun and if we enjoyed watching. Gosh, we got so tongue-tied that we just said we did and hoped he gets some good rest. He actually looked as if wanted to talk some more but there were security guards around him. We did not even attempt to approach him, we just sat there and talked to him timidly. Ha ha, cowards! But that’s okay, it was already late. He was tired. At least we knew he got to eat the food we brought , we saw/hear him act and we got to talk to him for a few minutes