HOOQ Launches First Original Production in the Philippines 'ULAN' NOW SHOWING!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

HOOQ, the largest Video-on-Demand service in Southeast Asia, has announced its first foray into Filipino originals with Ulan, a romantic drama starring this generation's biggest and brightest stars in Filipino cinema- Nadine Lustre and Carlo Aquino.

Ulan is HOOQ's first Orignal Movie from the Philippines, in partnership with one of the country's most renowned and respected production companies, Viva Films. Ulan will be playing in all major cinema nationwide on March 13.

Speaking about the upcoming HOOQ Original Movie, Jennifer Batty, Chief Content Officer of HOOQ, said "This is a significant milestone for HOOQ and HOOQ Originals. We are continuing with our promise to bring the very best content from the most promising and talented actors, scriptwriters and directors in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia. Ulan is already one of the most highly anticipated titles of the year and the first of many more HOOQ Originals Movies to come. To partner with Viva on our 1st HOOQ Original film is super exciting. Viva is a powerhouse here and we look forward to doing more with them in the future."

Nadine Lustre, one of the country's most promising actors, takes on a more challenging role as she embarks on a unique and mysterious tale of love. She plays Maya, a woman fascinated with rain and has the ability to see and interact with mythical (hall-horse, half-human-like) creatures called "tikbalang". The part of Maya in Ulan marks a breakout for a lady. Aquino, on interest, wants to unearth the mysteries behind Maya's fascination with rain - alongside co-stars Marco Gumabao and AJ Muhlach.

Sheila Paul, Country Manager of HOOQ Philippines, said, "The Philippines has an abundance of talented filmmakers that are really pushing the boundaries of the medium - in terms of storytelling, format, and style. we see great promise in the market and will continue to invest in original content in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia. not only do we want to support local content creators, we want to encourage them to challenge conventions and develop engaging, high-quality Filipino content that we can all be proud of."

Ulan is the fourth feature film from highly regarded Filipino Director, Irene Villamor, who continues to make waves in the local film industry with her unique style. Irene's vision of an unconventional love story with a supernatural twist has all the makings of a future classic.

She also directed Sid & Aya, Camp Sawi, and Meet me in St. Gallen.

Ulan is showing this March 13 in Cinemas Nationwide.

HOOQ's extensive library of Filipino movies and shows include Irene's complete catalog of films as well as Nadine Lustre's hits; Never Not Love You, This Time, Diary Ng Panget, on the Wings Of Love, Sisterakas, and Beauty and The Bestie.

It's easy to get HOOQ'd. Customers can simply download the HOOQ app from Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or log in, to access HOOQ's extensive library of Hollywood and Asian hits. Smart users can enjoy a 30-day free trial. Globe mobile users can enjoy a 45-day free trial, and Globe broadband users can enjoy six months of free trial. find out more and sign up today for a complimentary trial www.hooq.tv.

HOOQ is the leading video-on-demand service for emerging markets in asia, delivering over 12,000 hours of local, regional and hollywood films, shows and live TV to its users anytime, anywhere and on any device. Started as a joint venture in January 2015 by Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warmer Bros, HOOQ has build an entertainment destination deeply rooted in its understanding of consumers needs and habits. HOOQ currently operates in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Singapore, with a combined population footprint of over 1.7 billion people.

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