By September, he hopes to start the shooting of the first movie his company Cinemabuhay, is producing, a period drama, “Rosario,” set in the 1920s. “We will recreate Binondo during that era. The story is based on a true story that hit the headlines in 1926. It’s about a young woman, Rosario Perrera, a Spanish-Portuguese mestiza who marries an older man, Vicente. They have two kids.
When Vicente gets sick, Rosario is attracted to the boyfriend of her cousin and gets pregnant. She’s sued for adultery. At that time, ibang-iba ang moral values ng mga tao and she was punished for being immoral. May cast na kami, but I’m not at liberty yet to announce it. Saka na lang. It’ll be directed by Maryo de los Reyes who directed me before in ‘Laman’, ‘Hindi Mo Ako Kayang Tapakan’ and ‘Magnifico’.”
Why did he choose to do an expensive period film for his first project? “Me and my investor friends want to come up with something that will make us proud of Philippine cinema. We want it to qualify in film festivals abroad, so I’m getting the most competent technical people from the advertising to handle the cinematography, editing and other technical aspects to make sure world class talaga ito.”
Among those considered for the title role are Bea Alonzo, Marian Rivera, Kristine Hermosa and Angelica Panganiban. But Albert won’t reveal their final choice.
Busy din si Albert sa paghahanda sa pelikulang iku-co-produce niya with some investors. Kailangang may katulong siya’t aabot sa P50 million ang budget ng movie, titled Rosario.
Kaya ganu’n kalaki ang aabutin, dahil mula 1917-1936 ang tatakbuhin nito at iki-create nila ang buong era.
Sa Dumaguete, Binondo, Quezon, Bataan at Hong Kong ang location nito.
Under negotiation ang four major cast members, lalo na ang actress na gaganap na Rosario.
Nabanggit ni Albert sina Claudine Barretto, Bea Alonzo, Kristine Hermosa at Marian Rivera sa kanilang kinu-consider.
Si Maryo J. delos Reyes ang director ng movie tungkol sa buhay at pag-ibig ni Rosario Perrera, ang 1923 Manila Carnival Queen.