PARA KAY ‘DOC’ | ‘Respeto’ June screenings to benefit ailing actor

Dido de la Paz (Photo from his Facebook page)

Treb Monteras’ acclaimed hip-hop drama, “Respeto” is back on the big screen this month with a series of screenings at several arthouse cinemas in Metro Manila.

This time, the screenings are actually fund-raising affairs for a good cause as part of the proceeds will go to the medical expenses of cast member Dido de la Paz according to a post on the film’s Facebook page.

In a subsequent interview with Concept News Central, producer Coreen “Monster” Jimenez said, “Dido has a tumor in his nose that still can’t be determined if it’s malignant. he will find out once he gets a surgery. Which we’re trying to fund.”

Jimenez added that while De la Paz, who won the Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film as “Doc,” an old poet haunted by his Martial Law past, is “generally very upbeat and hopeful,” the actor is “having a hard time getting work because of his condition.”

So far, the film’s screenings for this month include five dates until June 7 at Cinema ’76 Film Society in Anonas, Quezon City, another five screenings until June 6 at Cinema ’76 Film Society in Luna Mencias in San Juan City, three dates from June 7 to June 12 at Cinema Centenario is Maginhawa St. in Diliman, Quezon City plus more screenings from June 15 to 29 as part of a retrospective of Gawad Urian Best Picture nominees.

“Respeto” was also screened last June 4 at the Cinematheque Centre in 855 Kalaw Avenue in Ermita, Manila. It will also have a single screening at Circuit Makati Open Grounds this June 6 and another one at Kraken, Mullenlowe this June 8.

In addition to his Cinemalaya win, De la Paz is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the coming FAMAS, Gawad Urian and the Eddy awards of the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEEd) where “Respeto” also picked up numerous nominations.

De la Paz has been a sought after character actor for film, theater and television for several decades. Aside from “Respeto”, the actor has turned in memorable performances in films like Mario O’ Hara’s “Sisa,” Lawrence Fajardo’s “Amok,” Ron Morales'”Graceland,” and most recently in Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz.”

For screening schedules of “Respeto” this month, visit the film’s Facebook page.