Bela Padilla touched by Japanese audiences' love for "Mananita"

Heidi Hsia

20 Nov– Bela Padilla couldn't help but feel elated that the Japanese audiences were really interested in her new movie, "Mañanita" when it premiered at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival earlier.

As reported on Push, the actress, who spoke about her experience promoting the movie in the country, stated that she felt humbled by the enthusiasm shown by the Japanese organisers, who kept telling her and the team of the said movie how much they liked them.

"They would come to you to say how much they were affected by the movie, which I think the Japanese really resonated with Edilberta's story because she is always alone and isolated. I think the Japanese culture is very much like that," she said, referring to her character in the movie.

Padilla also expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome and the great assistance given to them at the said festival.

At the same time, she couldn't help but expressed admiration for Lav Diaz, who wrote the screenplay for the movie, directed by Paul Soriano.

"I met Lav Diaz three years ago at the Tokyo International Film Fest. And my first impression was that he was a rock star because everyone wanted to talk to him. As a Pinay, I felt so proud," she said, adding that she hopes to know the award-winning filmmaker more as a person in the future.

(Photo Source: Bela Padilla Instagram)