Aga Muhlach's fondest memory in filming the 1993 Star Cinema romantic-comedy "May Minamahal" involves his leading lady Aiko Melendez.
At the film's digital restoration special screening yesterday, February 18, Aga said:
"I remember the feeling of coming to the set excited. 'Yung [feeling na] gusto kong makasama si Aiko, nung nakita ko nga ulit 'yung movie ngayon, nakita ko 'yung itsura ni Aiko, sabi ko, 'My god, wow, ang galing-galing ni Aiko.'" Ang galing [din] ni Tito Ronaldo [Valdez]."
After seeing the remastered film, Aga also couldn't help but notice how simple life was before.
"Ang daming nangyayari nung panahon na 'yun, pero napaka-simple. Compared to now, it's very different. It's nice to go back to that era," he said.
He took as an example a scene where his character Carlitos had to fetch his sister Trina (Agot Isidro) because her car was wrecked. But Trina had to wait for hours because back then, they had no mobile phones to easily contact each other.
"Parang 'yung telepono na 'yun, yung kotse na nasira, maghihintay ka talaga kasi walang communication. So, patience. There was a lot of patience before," Aga described.
The "Seven Sundays" actor is happy that 25 years after, their film got remastered, and will get a special showing.
"Honestly, sa'kin, mapapanood ko. Kasi I never got to see all my films. Napapanood ko lang ang pelikula ko 'pag may premiere. After that, 'di ko na nakikita. So, now that there's a chance, mapapanood na rin ng mga anak ko, and the next generation. Makikita nila how it was before," he said.
Aga also thinks that time may change things, but the value of family and love in "May Minamahal" remain relevant.
He said, "Family, love. It's always the same. No matter what, it's always the same feeling. When you get hurt, you get hurt. When it's pain, it's pain."
"May Minamahal" is among the digitally-restored films that will be shown in Power Plant Cinema from February 21 to 27.