Meeting China

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By Rudolph Ian Alama

Durian Central

Sunday, May 11, 2014

CHINA Roces was part of the Davao-shot indie film Sabine which starred Valerie Bangs Garcia, Felix Roco, Gwen Garci, Mon Confiado and American actor James Monson.

“I was happy doing Sabine.” Says China (real name Geraldine Catalan), the film which tells the story of a young girl (Bangs Garcia) fleeing from an abusive cockfighter (Felix Roco) is China’s first film. She plays one of Gwen Garci’s friends in the movie which they shot in Davao for a week.
China says she met Sabine’s film director Ian del Carmen when she was covering as a TV show host the premiere of Ian’s full-length film “Bad Romance” (Mercedes Cabral, Aiza Seguerra, Rey PJ Abellana).

She recalls getting a call from direk Ian asking her if she is interested for a part in his indie film written by an American West Pointer now Davao-resident Tom Anthony.


After Sabine, China is working on two more indie films; “Tata Selo” directed by Leo Martinez and “Muang” which stars Mon Confiado.

Before Sabine she was involved in several TV series, she portrayed a nurse in the hit GMA My Husband’s Lover. She also appeared in TV 5’s Love Hotline and Wow Mali. Not bad for a girl who started in the showbiz industry in 2012.

Back in Manila she is busy with corporate gigs, car shows and commercial endorsements where she has a steady clientele. A few nights ago she guested at the Magic FM’s Boys Night Out and at the late night TV show “Medyo Late Night Show with Jojo A”. She is also a member of a girl group Street Beauties.

Back to Sabine, China has fond memories of the city, “mababaitangmgatao.” She remembers during her shoot. She has gone back a couple of times for corporate gigs and photoshoots with photographers from Davao City and General Santos.

During the interview she was in a middle of a photoshoot with couple Michelle and Vincent Canda., a few hours before she had a corporate show with the Fraternal Order of Eagles (Davao Durian Eagles Club) at Supladoz Bar.

Sabine status

Speaking of Sabine the movie, got a chance to talk to Tom Anthony, who is currently on vacation in the United States with the family.

They are currently ironing some details out particularly on post-production, hopefully the film could have a regular cinema run nationwide.

The film had a limited screening last December where it was shown in the cities of Davao, Tagum and General Santos.

Tom a prolific writer is finishing a draft of a sequel to Sabine, which he hopes, would be filmed. He says there were many lessons learned during the filming of the first venture and hopes it would be applied on the subsequent film productions.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 12, 2014.


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