From playing perennial sidekick or loyal best friend in assorted TV shows and movies, singer-comedian Catherine “Kakai” Bautista finally takes on the role of lead actress in a romantic comedy film, to be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lemuel Lorca.
It’s a break that’s been waiting to happen. With her extraordinary acting ability, a knack for making people laugh, amazing hosting skills, and a mesmerizing singing voice, Kakai Bautista’s time to shine has come. The much-awaited film will be produced by Insight 360 Films in partnership with Manco Productions Inc. and iPR PLUS Consulting Group.
“Kakai is the next big thing in Philippine comedy,” Cahilig says of the multi-talented artist who started honing her singing and acting talents in theatre until finally, her impressive performance in a play caught the attention of industry bigwigs. She then worked her way through simple but noteworthy supporting roles in TV and film productions, engaging the hearts—and funny bones—of viewers.
“Kakai has always been a bright star,” Cahilig enthusiastically asserts. “I believe now is the time for her light to start shining the brightest.”
On her part, Kakai Bautista is raring to give the project her best shot. “I’m elated and ecstatic about working on this flick. Sobrang saya ko and as always, I promise to give my all to this role,” she enthuses.
Meantime, the producers of the film are looking for the perfect leading man for Kakai.
Baka Siya Na
“Baka siya na pala ang the one ko, ‘di ba? After all the heartache, baka siya na pala ang magpapasaya ng puso ko. Kung sino ka man, I’m very open to being more than friends, more than best friends—alam niyo ‘yan—charot!” Kakai relates.
“Kidding aside, mabigat ang role ng leading man ko sa pelikula kaya kailangan bongga umakting,” she adds.
According to Kakai, while having her first starring role in a film is a dream-come-true, she cannot help but feel a bit pressured by the demands of her role, which she says is a very unique character.
“Hindi basta-basta pagpapatawa ang gagawin ko dito. Level up na Kakai ang mapapanood niyo dito—just the right mix of funny and madrama,” she says.
She also feels that working with an award-winning director is a challenge, but she is willing to take this challenge on.
“Excited talaga ako to work with Direk Lem. I’m very happy na for my first movie, award-winning ang director ko. ‘Yun nga lang, and’yan ang pressure to be the best. But I’m ready,” Kakai adds.
For now, the search is on for Kakai’s male lead.
“The role is open to newbies and big stars. We want to find the best male lead for the movie and for Kakai,” iPR president and veteran publicist Hanzel Villafuerte says. He adds that this film may even be a big break in showbiz for the chosen leading man.
Aspirants must be in their late 20s to mid-30s, with a matinee idol or serious type vibe, and a remarkably fit body. Interested applicants may send their profile and demo reel to chrisc[email protected]