It’s not yet official, but the entertainment industry is talking about actor Cesar Montano who is reportedly coming to Palawan to shoot the French version of his film muro ami that won 13 awards at the 1999 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Muro ami (reef hunters), according to geocities.com, is a film flick that depicts one of the worst forms of child labor in the illegal fishing system. In this movie, Montano plays the character of Fredo, the ruthless captain of 150 muro ami child divers.
At Showbiz Chika At Iba Pa over radio DYPR, Montano, who was reportedly asked about the film, said he is not sure where exactly in the province the movie will be filmed and that he still has to discuss his talent fee with a foreign television director/producer who wants to make its French version.
One of the sites allegedly being mulled over is the Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park covering 33,200 hectares in the Sulu Sea, including the north and south reefs. The park is a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles. The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands.
The muro ami technique involves sending a line of divers to depths of 30-90 feet with metal weighs to pound on corals to drive fish out and into waiting nets.
Montano’s film earned accolade for his acting as well as best child performer for Rebecca Lusterio; best story for Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Ricardo Lee and Jun Lana; best director for Abaya and best picture.