Up and coming TV star Priscilla Fontana is one more proof that I take care of the people that have come under my care. I have always been a popular teacher, and I do maintain a good relationship with my students even when they have already gone their own ways.

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I gave Priscilla her first acting workshop in May 2010. It was also the first acting workshop I gave in Manila. Out of that workshop, also came Jeffrey Dolotina (who starred in my yet to be released 42-minute short film “Dumangas 2010”), and current gay indie favorite Anton Nolasco.

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I saw a great potential in Priscilla early on, but my first project wasn’t to be with her. Still, I reassured her that when the project and the time are right, I would keep her in mind. I still think that Priscilla is a little too white-skinned for the role of Dulce Amor, and because of budgetary constraints, I would really have preferred an Iloilo-based actress, but I also know that among Ilonggas in Iloilo, I would probably have more problems with the nudity requirement for the role.

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With her experience in fashion and art photography, and direct involvement in TV shows, I just thought that Priscilla would be a wiser choice. The show of skin is a non-negotiable part of the role, and as a director, I want my love scenes to be beautiful and sizzling even as they are tasteful and MTRCB-conscious.

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“Gugma sa Panahon sang Bakunawa” is Priscilla’s launching movie. How far will she go? She said, as far as I would take her because she totally trusts me, and is very grateful that I gave her the role of Dulce Amor. So yes, Priscilla will have her first screen kiss and first love scene in this movie.

Peter Solis Nery

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