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After 26 years, Claudine Barretto, Mark Anthony Fernandez reunite via the film ‘Deception’

Deception is produced by the partnership between Viva Films and Borracho Entertainment.

After almost 26 years since their last project together, Viva Films reunited former lovers Claudine Barretto and Mark Anthony Fernandez.

The movie Deception is directed by Direk Joel Lamangan and is produced by Atty. Ferdie Topacio.

On June 7, in the virtual press conference of the upcoming movie, Barretto said yes to the project because it was different from the typical Filipino films. Not just the material, the actress also made it clear that the persons involved were one of the reasons why she gave her nod.

“This is directed by Direk Joel Lamangan [and] he’s very close to my heart. Basta pag sinabing Direk Joel Lamangan, hindi ako hihindi talaga,” revealed Barretto.

“Also, this is to support Borracho Entertainment, which my best friend, si Atty. Ferdie Topacio is the producer. So I’m really excited kasi ibang-iba talaga siya.”

Deception will also be a reunion movie for Barretto and Fernandez, making it even more interesting.

“Also a reunion for Mark and I. So parang ang tagal ng pinagpaplanuhan ‘tong reunion na ‘to at ngayon lang nangyari. So tinanggap ko ‘yung film.”

Her leading man, Fernandez also admitted that this was the project that he and Barretto are waiting for.

“Matagal na naming gustong gumawa ng project ni Clau pero wala lang kaming script na pinanghahawakan nung time na yun.

“Luckily, nakahanap ng script through Direk Joel. Syempre habang pinaghahandaan, todo ensayo, crossed fingers, at prayers,” said the actor.

The film is not just the project that they both waited for long, Fernandez also felt that the story is tailor-made to Barretto.

“Iba talaga ang isang proyekto kapag tailor-made siya or tailor-fit siya sa artista. At sa instance na ito, ginawa ‘yun para kay Claudine. So kaabang-abang yun,” described Fernandez.

Moreover, Barretto felt that with them both already in their 40s, this movie best highlights their maturity as artists.

“There are a lot of things na napag-usapan namin, napagdaanan namin, na-experience namin, na now is the perfect time to do a movie with Mark,” the actress said.

“Kaya siguro hindi natuloy yung mga dating pelikula because of this movie dahil ito ang nararapat para sa amin.”

Deception is produced by the partnership between Viva Films and Borracho Entertainment.



It tells the story of a former actress who got convicted of parricide and arson. She finally had the chance to redeem herself after serving 10 years in jail. The movie is set to start its production on June 11, in Angeles and San Fernando, Pampanga.

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