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WATCH: Indie film “Maestra” to teach the most important lessons in life


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MANILA, Philippines - Almost 10 years after the success of Nars, an indie film featuring the realities of Filipino nurses, popular educator, entrepreneur and radio personality Dr. Carl Balita will once again release an advocacy film, this time featuring Pinoy teachers.

Indie film “Maestra” to teach the most important lessons in life

Maestra, a film tribute to modern day heroes, will “immortalize stories of the lives, struggles and triumphs of teachers.” Directed by Lemuel Lorca from a screenplay by Archie de Guzman, the film will revolve around the lives of teachers coming from different generations: respected educator and most outstanding principal Esperanza Bautista, Aeta teacher to the Aetas Gennie Panguelo and social media sensation and LET topnotcher Iah Seraspi.

In this film, their paths will cross in a beautiful journey of dreaming to achieve, struggling to succeed and pursuing to find life’s greater meaning – as teachers.

The struggle of Filipino teacher.
The struggle of Filipino teacher. Screengrab from "Maestra" Facebook video.

The struggle of Filipino teacher.
Seraspi's family is her source of strength even as the same has discouraged her to be a teacher. Screengrab from "Maestra" Facebook video.

The struggle of Filipino teacher.
The struggle of Filipino teacher. Screengrab from "Maestra" Facebook video.
"Three generations of courageous women will teach you the most important lessons in life. A poor dreamer who reaches the top, an Aeta teacher who dreams of passing the licensure exam, a veteran educator who believes a teacher never quits,” Lorca wrote in the description of the trailer video.

 Seraspi and Panguelo meet Professor Esperanza Bautista
Seraspi and Panguelo meet Professor Esperanza Bautista, an old teacher who dedicated all her life teaching.  Screengrab from "Maestra" Facebook video.
Urian Best Actress Angeli Bayani (Panguelo), Anna Luna (Seraspi) and award-winning actress Gloria Sevilla (Bautista) will headline the film. Paul Salas, Karl Medina, Lou Veloso, Yayo Aguila, William Martinez and Suzette Ranillo will also star in the movie.

The upcoming film is a co-production of Spotlight Artists Center, Dr. Carl E. Balita Productions and Carl Balita Review Center (CBRC).

Maestra Bautista with Dr. Carl Balita
Maestra Bautista with Dr. Carl Balita. Screengrab from "Maestra" Facebook video.
During a presscon for FunFare, Balita, who is now a multi-awarded teacher in the Philippines, revealed the most important lesson he learned from his teachers.

“The most important lesson that I learned from my teachers is how to fail. Honestly. Failure is a fact of life, especially in business. You know, dare to fail. If you don’t know how to deal with failure, masa-shock ka. So in every failure that I experienced in quizzes and exams, I learned one thing — failure is a challenge for you to work harder for you to succeed,” Balita said.

The production team is yet to announce a playdate for the movie.

Watch: “Maestra” full trailer




--Mini, The Summit Express

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