Rocco Nacino, Karen Gallman star in 'Ibong Adarna: The Pinoy Adventure' movie

Do you remember "Ibong Adarna: The Pinoy Adventure," which was shortlisted for the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival?

The magical bird is coming soon.

Relive the enchanting adventure of the Diego, played by Rocco Nacino, the youngest of three princes, as he search for the mystical bird whose song alone can heal their ailing father Fernando, portrayed by Joel Torre.

The fourth film version of the 18th-century epic  is a veritable cultural treat for the Filipino youth and for all lovers of Philippine art and literature.

Leo Martinez plays the scheming half-brother who casts a spell on the sultan with the aid of a wicked witch (portrayed by Lilia Cuntapay). Angel Aquino plays the sultan’s wife; Gary Lising, the nuno sa punso; and comedian Kuhol, the angry giant.

Binibining Pilipinas 2012 candidate Karen Gallman plays the Adarna.

It is set before the Spanish occupation. In an interview with the Inquirer, director Jun Urbano said that they "needed a location that hadn’t been seen in any other period movie." They shoot some scenes in San Pablo, Laguna. They used the area surrounding one of the Seven Lakes as the sultan’s kingdom. Other sets were in Tanay, Rizal; Calatagan, Batangas; Mountain Province and Quezon.

The long and difficult process of animation was another challenge, said Urbano. 
It took us six months to complete the animated Haribon, giants and nuno sa punso.
'Ibong Adarna: The Pinoy Adventure' is Urbano’s answer to a  clamor that he perceives for unique and sensible film projects. 
Sadly, industry people nowadays think only of making money. I see the movies being produced today and end up asking, is this all that we can come up with?

The first film version in 1939 was directed by Victor Salumbides. Urbano’s late father, Manuel Conde, was the technical supervisor. The movie starred Fred Cortes and Mila del Sol. In 1955, Conde remade it in color. A version by Pablo Santiago was released in 1972, starring Dolphy and Rosanna Ortiz.

Urbano is seeking the endorsement of the Department of Education and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. He would like his film to tour schools and universities around the country before the year ends. 
'Ibong Adarna: The Pinoy Adventure' is a co-production of Gurion and GoriotiK. - with report from Philippine Daily Inquirer

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