A Filipino movie is set to be filmed in Qatar starring multi-awarded Filipino actor JC Santos.
Santos will be playing the lead role for the film ‘The Eventologist’, the initial movie offering of Advocacy Global Studio, a Filipino production company based in Doha. It follows the story of Steven, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who organises concerts and shows featuring top-calibre Filipino singers, bands and celebrities.
The versatile actor hailing from Pampanga is scheduled to fly to Qatar later this year to shoot his scenes. The entire movie is inspired by real events, with principal photography to be done entirely in Qatar.
During the film’s first virtual press conference, Santos shared that he is hopeful The Eventologist will turn out to be one of the most special projects in his filmography because of the subject which is close to his heart. The actor’s parents were both OFWs and he himself spent several months working abroad as a singer-dancer.
I’m very much familiar with the lives of OFWs, my mother used to work in Las Vegas, Nevada while my father is a seafarer. I continued their OFW legacy when I worked in Hong Kong Disneyland and at the Universal Studios in Singapore.
Qatar is home to more than 285,000 Filipinos and Santos said he is excited travel to Doha to learn more about the country’s culture and attraction, and immerse himself with the Filipino community here.
The brain behind the film is writer-director Oscar de Jesus Yema, a longtime OFW.
I am an OFW myself here in Qatar for the past 10 years. I have seen a lot of OFW movies in other countries but not in Qatar. But this OFW story is a different one. It’s factual and based on a true story of not a stereotypical Filipino expat. The main character is an Eventologist, a coined term for a master of event.
Regarding what made him select Qatar as the place to shoot the film, he said that this is his way of showcasing the beauty of the country, which is also a good opportunity before FIFA 2022.
The Association of Filipino Realtors & Entrepreneur Executives in Qatar (Afreeq) being one of the most active Filipino community organisations in Doha has welcomed the film project and has pledged full support. Afreeq Chairman Joseph Timothy Rivera said:
Afreeq is delighted to support “The Eventologist” movie as not only will it feature Qatar in the global silver screen on the same year of the FIFA 2022 World Cup but will also offer a breath of fresh air in promoting Filipino entrepreneurs and talents in Qatar as we all recover from COVID-19.
For details and updates about The Eventologist, visit Global Advocacy Studio Presents Facebook page, www.afreeq.org and www.oscaryema.com.
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