Related to their upcoming film "The Ghost Bride," lead star Kim Chiu, cast members Beverly Salviejo, Elizabeth Chua, Jerome Ponce, and director Chito Rono were asked by the members of the press about what a ghost month is in the recent Media Launch for the horror film.
"Sa feng shui calendar 'yun," Direk Chito said.
"Kahit na within the ghost month, may mga days naman na auspicious. May mga days na- let's say ghost month ngayon, may auspicious date for something like moving the house, travelling, meron din naman. Pero siguro ang keen na alam natin, wag ka magbubukas or sign ng contract. Parang friday the 13th din 'yan eh," he added.
However, the acclaimed director believes that ghost month is already not evident today.
"The more modern China- actually we were talking about, 'di ba kasi if anybody here are playing with the stock market... 'Yung stock market ng ghost month pataas na ng pataas. It is at its highest now. So parang sabi nila, even the people in China, they don't really believe in it anymore kasi ang laki ng investment na pumasok noong ghost month," Direk Chito explained. "Before when the Chinese stock market was very small talagang bumababa siya ng ghost month but with HongKong, Shenzhen and Shanghai talagang pataas."
Kim shared Direk Chito's sentiments.
"Totoo 'yun. Hindi ka pipirma ng anything kasi naka-open ang gates ng hell at heaven. So parang sa bahay namin pinapractice namin 'yun, lagi kami may mga alay na malapit sa pinto kasi 'yun 'yung kakainin ng mga naglalakad na espiritu. Dito sa bahay nag-aalay lang ako ng pagkain kasi magagalit 'yung lola ko 'pag hindi ko gagawin baka multuhin ako ng mga lolo lola ko parang ganun," the Chinita Princess related.
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Elizabeth, who's a pure Chinese, schooled us about the ghost month practice.
"The lunar calendar of the Chinese calendar -- July is the ghost month which will fall mostly in August of our Gregorian calendar. A lot of people still believe that during those months nobody would get married in the Chinese community," she said.
"Although i'm already a christian, you know. You will still hear these practices still so. If you go to Hongkong or Taiwan you will see during the ghost month, at the last day they will burn something outside of their houses, they will put candles to shoo away the evil spirits," she added.
Ghost month applies in Beverly and Jerome's respective careers.
"All throughout ng aking buhay, ang napansin ko sa pagtatrabaho ko, 'yung August 'yung pinaka-konti 'yung trabaho namin. Nararamdaman ko, even before na malaman ko 'yung ghost month parang 'yung August 'yun 'yung pinakamabigat na month of the year, parang kokonti 'yung trabaho," Beverly said.
Ghost month is now a "precaution" for her.
"As far as 'yung finances mo are concerned maghanda ka na dahil baka walang dumating na trabaho that month ganun 'yung experience ko," Beverly shared.
"'Yung ghost month, noong pumasok lang din ako sa showbiz dun ko lang din po nalaman 'yung ghost month," Jerome revealed.
"'Pag sa business, ganito ganyan basta naniniwala pa din ako eh. Ano ba naman 'yung i-momove mo lang ng onting araw o linggo 'yung pagbukas mo ng store mo o 'yung paggawa mo ng desisyon. Malay mo swerte nga naman 'di ba?" he added.
"The Ghost Bride" will be out in cinemas starting November 1!