Back in August 2014, we wrote an article about “Sana Maulit Muli” from our interview with Star Cinema’s Managing Director Malou Santos.
Now, we will present a set of new trivia about the movie, lifted from the opening speech of film director Olivia Lamasan during the Red Carpet Premiere of the digitally re-mastered and restored version of “Sana Maulit Muli” held yesterday, July 10 at the UP Institute Cine Adarna.
“It was a movie of firsts”
Although this movie is Direk Olive’s second movie project, which she filmed at the age of 32, it was her first time to direct a love story and it was her first time to work with Aga Muhlach and Lea Salonga, who were two of the busiest stars at that time. It was also her first time to set foot in America for this is Star Cinema’s first movie shot abroad.
“[Sila ang] Dalawang tao na nirerespeto at hinahangaan ko not only for their contributions to the entertainment industry pero most especially dahil sa pagkatao nila,” Direk Olive gushes.
Aside from featuring a love story between two people living from the different sides of the globe, it was also Star Cinema’s first OFW movie.
She once hoped Aga and Lea wouldn’t like the story
Due to time constraint, Direk Olive was only given a week to finish writing the story. Thus, she was not confident that the story would fit Aga and Lea’s capability, so she hoped the two wouldn’t like the script. But much to her surprise, both instantly fell in love with the script.
“I’ll never forget the first time that I met Lea Salonga. She flew in from New York, so Malou [Santos] asked her ‘what do you think about the script?’ ang sabi niya, ‘Oh my God! It is awesome!’” she recalls, “So sabi ko ang tsansa na lang natin si Aga. So, Aga flew in from the Philippines and sabi niya, ‘Wow! Ang ganda ng script!’”
Direk Olive considers watching “Sana Maulit Muli” a nightmare because:
“Nightmare sabi ko kasi I would again relive the painful journey that I went through, that I made my actors go through at the time that we did this film,” she explains.
Because changing the story and writing the script real-time while the cameras were rolling were taxing not only for her (she thought she'd had a breakdown), but also for the actors, the entire crew and staff.
“So that was really hell for all of us. I made my actors go through a very difficult time,” she says. “After twenty years, I would like to apologize to my producers, to the staff and crew, most especially to Aga and Lea for making them go through a difficult time.’”
“I never imagined that there will come a day that I will stand here in front of you and admit all this, and watch it all over again,” she then quips.
The master director also thanked the ABS-CBN Restoration Team for making the movie transcend time.