CineMo celebrated the birthday of the King of Philippine Cinema Fernando Poe Jr. via a successful screening of the digitally restored and remastered movie “Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko” at SM North EDSA.
The event was a star-studded success with attendees including FPJ’s co-star in the movie, Judy Ann Santos, her husband Ryan Agoncillo, Primetime King Coco Martin, Yassi Pressman, Susan Roces, wife of the late legend, and their daughter Sen. Grace Poe.
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ABS-CBN truly went all out with celebrating the birthday of FPJ not only by screening the restored version of one of his movies but also airing his other blockbuster films on ABS-CBN TVplus’ CineMo channel for the whole month.
“The whole family and I are very touched and thankful that this is being done for FPJ’s films so that young people may be able to see his works,” said Susan, FPJ’s wife of almost 36 years.
Juday, who played his daughter in the movie, shared her happiness and fond memories of Da King. “This might be one of the best experiences I’ve had while making a movie. Everyone was a pro, and we were all just so happy on set,” she said.
She added, “Finally, people will be able to see the works of FPJ. He truly is a legend. We should celebrate him and his works because he has inspired many.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Grace was very excited to watch the film and expressed how it holds a special place in her heart.
“This movie is close to my heart. There are some parts that were based on my life, so it is also a testament of my father’s love for me,” she said.
Since 2011, ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project has been restoring classic films to help preserve Philippine cinematic history. Together with Central Digital Lab, it has become the first restoration effort to be done within the country. “Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko” is one of the more than 120 films that ABS-CBN has restored, some of which were already screened internationally via film fests, screened locally via red carpet premieres, aired on free-to-air and cable television, viewed via pay-per-view and video-on-demand, distributed on DVD, and downloadable even on iTunes.
CineMo will continue to air FPJ movies during it’s “FPJ: Hari ng Aksyon” block every Sunday at 5pm.
CineMo is available on ABS-CBN TVplus. ABS-CBN is the first media and entertainment company in the Philippines to make the historic switch from analog to digital terrestrial television in 2015 to transform the TV viewing experience of Filipinos. Using digital signal transmission, ABS-CBN TVplus makes TV viewing dramatically crystal clear. Besides exclusive channels, it can also capture and broadcast channels that transmit in digital and is offered for a one-time payment fee.