RECEPTION FOR ANTOINETTE JADAONE

A University of the Philippines alumna, Antoinette Jadaone is a Filipina filmmaker dubbed as the "Blockbuster Hugot Director of the Philippines". Jadaone is known for directing That Thing Called Tadhana, Relaks, It's Just Pag-ibig, You're My Boss, All You Need is Pag-ibig, and The Achy Breaky Hearts.

FAST FACTS on Antoinette Jadaone

  • Switched her major from Broadcast Communications to Film and Audio-Visual Communication in college.

  • Started shooting home videos with her aunt's Hi8 recorder during her school days.

  • Made her first movie, a short film called Plano, while in college.

  • Started out as a script continuity supervisor for Paano Kita Iibigin (2007). 

  • Made her directorial debut with the movie Six Degrees of Separation (2012), which received Best Screenplay and Best Actress Awards at the Cinema One Digital Film Festival.

  • Co-wrote the screenplay for English Only, Please (2014). The movie was named the second Best Picture at the Metro Manila Film Festival.

  • Runs a publishing company Witty Will Save the World, along with Chinggay Nuque

Direk Antoinette Jadaone’s latest romance film "Alone/Together" has a campus setting with the trailer showing the lead stars seated on a bench overlooking what looks like the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman’s Sunken Garden. It is enough to get her to reminisce her campus days in what was once known as The Diliman Republic. Someone asks her if her film writing in the latest project was influenced in any way by her campus life. What does she think of UP students turning revolutionaries? Did she once harbor an idealistic viewpoint on the way to finishing a university course?

The director takes a long pause as she tries to recall what’s left of that campus life. “Once in your student life,” she admits, “you want to change the world. You want to make it a better place to live in. But I suppose, it is better said than done. When you leave the campus, it is a totally different world altogether. It’s like falling in love for the first time only to end up facing an uncomfortable reality after a breakup. That is why my latest film is about a relationship that has evolved from the campus to the outside world. It is a more mature film in the sense that the characters have outgrown their school mindset and are more in touch with the world as we see it now.” [From Pablo A. Tariman, "Direk Antoinette: Once upon a campus life", The Philippine Star, February 13, 2019