A short documentary film written, produced and directed by Jhett Tolentino about his life from a slum in the Philippines to Broadway.
In November 2015, I had the chance to visit my homeland, the Philippines. After having pledged myself to only come back accomplished, it was a historic moment not just for me, not just for my family and friends but also to some Filipinos who have followed my journey in becoming the 2nd Philippine-born Tony Award winner.
It was my first return in 13 years. I thought I would document it and share my inspiring story to the world especially to the millions of indigent, uneducated children. How a child from a slum in the Philippines became a well-celebrated producer on Broadway.
This fundraising campaign will enable us to absorb production cost in filming for 3 months in New York City, Philippines, Singapore and Japan: from legal to traveling expenses, accommodations to filmmakers, meals, insurances to photography. This initiative will also fund the editing process including original soundtrack, the final stage of packaging and submission to film festivals.
I hope you could be a part of this project. No amount is too small as I believe 4 quarters make a dollar.
Let us inspire people around the world!
We would like to thank our sponsors: Philippine Airlines; Bellini Suites at Presidio Lake Front (Paranaque); Diamond Suites & Residences (Cebu City); and our official residence Injap Tower Hotel (Iloilo City). We are forever grateful!
Thank you to the following for the interview/press coverage: The Outstanding Filipino Americans – New York (TOFA-NY); Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation; Gusi Peace Prize International; MBC Network News; UNTV’s Good Morning Kuya; Mornings @ANC with Ginger Cornejo; the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); Arnel Pineda Foundation; Art2Art with Lisa Macuja; CNN Philippines Weekend Network News with Mai Rodriguez; TV Patrol with Bernadette Sembrano; ASAP’s Love Songs and Stories with Jolina Magdangal; CNN Philippines Real Talk with Rachel Alejandro; and Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro).
Thank you to the following for the warm welcome: my hometown the City of Love, Iloilo City led by the outstanding Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog; the people of Barangay Calumpang, Molo; University of Iloilo – PHINMA; Calumpang Elementary School; Teach for the Philippines; Highway Hills Integrated School; Theatre at Solaire; the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Meguko Society; Sophia University of Tokyo; ABS-CBN; Meridian International (MINT) College; Remedios E. Vilches – San Lorenzo National High School; SM City Iloilo; SM Group of Malls; Iloilo Prima Galaw; the City of Bacolod; the province of Guimaras; and the Philippine High School for the Arts.
Thank you to the following for the support: Sonny Do; Cicero Oca (OnQ Talent Agency); John Nacion Imaging; Ma. Judelfha Mabaquiao; Bal Endriga; Arvin & Melanie Lim; Agnes Jamora; Gene Fermindoza; Maricel Gange-Alojado; Yvonne McZorn; Imelda Duron; Noli Barcelona; UIHS Batch 1993; UIHS Faculty; Mario Antonio & Gennalyn Mendez; Sam & Sandra Pormilos; Arthur, Jay, Junniver Tolentino; UIBSA Class 1997; Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish; Jeffrey Norman Lewis; Don Tagala; Momar Visaya; Paul Aquino; Michael Vea; Tony Rivera; Stuart Sussman; David Michael Clark; Michael Barry; David Lam; Samedi James Alejo; Jerome Amanquiton; Monalee Teves; John Piermont Montilla; Gene & Elita Judge;Khrys Corpuz; Knights of Rizal – NY Chapter; and the Philippine Consulate General – New York.
AND thank you for the hospitality: Ma. Pia Margarita Ramos Pabelico; Jimmy Mabaquaio; Orly Calsado; Lucio Lim, Jr.; Oliver Tolentino; Richel Galvano; Adrian Pang; Cathy Brey; Audie Gemora; Kanakan Balintagos; Sophia University students; Issa Yoshida; Unit 27 Apartment Bar & Cafe; Ian Goldwyn; Virginia and Jay Corpuz; Lily Geriane Woodhead; Mark Hand; Lechon Haus; Rafael’s la Cocina del Sur; Dova Brunch Cafe; Fort San Pedro Drive Inn; Flordeliza Piodena; Congresswoman Len Alonte; Bang Pineda; Heidi Galanto; Nene Chan; Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo; Ninang Riza Muyot; Trisha Victoria Lim; Madeleine Nicolas; Eloisa Matias; and Mickey Munoz.
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