The story of ‘LIGO NA U, LAPIT NA ME’ revolves around Karl Vladimir Lennon J. Villalobos, aka Intoy (played by Cinemalaya 2011 Best Actor and now Regal baby Edgar Allan Guzman), who is secretly in love with his friend Jenny (portrayed by Mercedes Cabral), the most beautiful girl in the campus. Jenny is rich and quirky; Intoy is street-smart and ordinary. But this friendship is not simple, since Jenny has bestowed on Intoy some perks and privileges, including going to bed with her on the condition that they will not fall in love with each other. Before graduation, Intoy feels that he has to shed his pretensions of being astig and finally profess his love for Jenny. But he is devastated with the turn of events.
Based on the bestselling novel of Eros S. Atalia, and a screenplay by Palanca award-winning writer Jerry Gracio, directed by Erick Salud and produced by the respected industry critic and producer Noel D. Ferrer ---‘LIGO NA U, LAPIT NA ME” is an examination of post-modern love and relationship and the way this generation deals with their love and fear.
Aside from Edgar Allan Guzman and Mercedes Cabral, the film boasts of a strong supporting cast led by Mel Kimura, Simon Ibarra, Tolyts “Shalala” Reyes, Evelyn Vargas, Malouh Crisologo, Joseph Bitangcol, Lucky Mark Mercado and Direk Jojo Saguin; introducing Victor Medina (son of character actor Pen Medina) with a special guest appearance of Luis Alandy.
With Regal Films releasing ‘LIGO NA U, LAPIT NA ME’ it’s a good sign that indie projects are able to reinvigorate the mainstream film industry. “I am learning a lot from these young, dynamic and very creative people who tropped the Cultural Center of the Philippines and University of the Philippines just to watch the film,” said Mother Lily. “May we all support their hardwork and very impressive initiative. You will definitely enjoy ‘LIGO NA U, LAPIT NA ME’ because it will make us understand the lives and loves of young people today.”
Rated R13 approved without cuts by the MTRCB starting September 28.