Former senator Jinggoy Estrada makes his much-awaited movie comeback via “Coming Home,” a family story about reconciliation and redemption.
The drama pairs Jinggoy with award-winning dramatic actress Sylvia Sanchez, a familiar face among televiewers because of her top-rating ABS-CBN teleserye, “Pamilya Ko.”
Jinggoy and Sylvia play husband and wife—the pivotal characters in the inspiring family drama. Both have earned notice for their roles. Sylvia is best remembered playing a devoted mom in her TV roles in “Greatest Love” and “Pamilya Ko,” while Jinggoy earned a best actor trophy twelve years ago from the Metro Manila Film Festival for his portrayal in “Katas ng Saudi.”
“I’m very excited about working alongside all these very good actors and actresses, and above all, of course, I feel inspired by this heartwarming story about the triumphs of the typical Filipino family. That’s something that always reflects our core values,” he pointed out at the movie’s press conference last January 14 at Discovery Suites.
Making her silver screen debut is Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up Ariella “Ara” Arida, who plays the reluctant mistress whose own family issues put her relationship to the test when faced with a moral dilemma.
“Coming Home” also features a formidable ensemble led by award-winning actors Martin del Rosario and Edgar Allan Guzman, Jake Ejercito, Shaira Diaz, Vin Abrenica, Janna Agoncillo and Julian Estrada, together with Smokey Manaloto, Samantha Lopez, Almira Muhlach, Luis Hontiveros, Alvin Anson, Chanel Morales, and Orlan Wamar, with the special participation of Geneva Cruz.
Line produced by ALV Films and produced Maverick Films, Coming Home is directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr., with screenplay by Gina Marissa Tagasa. The award-winning director also penned the story’s initial concept.
“Coming Home” tackles the complex dynamics of a Filipino family dealing with issues and challenges that threaten to tear it apart, but eventually brought together in the end thanks to the prevailing power of love, forgiveness and redemption.
The story revolves around the triumphs and travails of Benedicto “Benny” Librada (Jinggoy) who rises from his humble beginnings to further his studies and eventually provide for his family’s brighter future as he works as an OFW in Qatar. But even the toughest and most loyal patriarchs can stumble and succumb to temptation.
Away from family and caught at his most vulnerable moment, Benny soon finds himself smitten by the charm of Mercy Dungca (Ara), a registered nurse working in a Qatar hospital, who ends up as the other woman.
Through all her family’s turbulent storms, Salve Librada (Sylvia) threshes out her role as martyr wife to the hilt – maxing her strength and sacrificing her own interests just to keep her family together, and even doing her best to conceal her terminal illness until it’s too late.
Adding more color to the compelling family drama are the equally intricate relationships the Librada siblings Ned (EA), Yuri (Martin), Enji (Jake) and Sally (Shaira) get embroiled in.
Inspired in part by true-to-life events, “Coming Home” opens in major local cinemas this summer.