After courting his father, Piolo Pascual, Iñigo, the 15-year-old son of “the Ultimate Hearthrob” will finally enter showbiz through an indie film co-produced by Piolo himself.
In an interview with the Yahoo! Philippines OMG!, box-office director Joyce Bernal, Piolo’s co-executive producer for the movie “Relaks, It’s Just Pag-ibig” revealed that convincing Piolo to get his son act in front of cameras was not a simple chore, “Ang tagal naming niligawan [si Piolo] ayaw niya talaga. When finally pumayag siya, sabi niya, ‘Pelikula lang, hindi siya magpo-promo. Hindi dapat makaka-abala sa studies niya.”
(We courted Piolo for a long time, but he didn’t really want Iñigo to enter showbiz . When he finally agreed, he said, ‘He will do the movie only, he will not promote. His studies should not be affected).
To make sure that the production meets all the conditions of Pascual, they finished shooting the movie in 16 working days.
Star Magic artists Julian Estrada and Sofia Andres are among Iñigo’s co-stars in the movie, “Relaks, It’s Just Pag-ibig”, which is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers who want to show that the love they feel is genuine.
‘More to offer’
Though it was only Iñigo’s first starring role in a movie, Bernal believes that the 15-year-old Pascual can still show more in terms of acting, “Passionate siya and nag-eenjoy siya (Iñigo). Parang feeling ko meron talaga, pero medyo nagpipigil pa rin. Ayaw niya tumodo dahil alam niyang kailangan pa niya tapusin ang pag-aaral niya. Pero sa’kin screen presence at chemistry pa lang nila Iñigo, Julian and Sophia, ang ganda na.”
(Iñigo is passionate and enjoys what he’s doing. I can really feel that he can show more, but he is holding back. He doesn’t want to put all his efforts in acting because he knows that he still needs to finish his studies. But for me, Iñigo, Julian and Sophia’s screen presence and chemistry equate to a beautiful movie).