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Hillard Puguon: Igorot Actor Joins Filipino and Hollywood Stars in "Take Me to Banaue"

Hillard Puguon, an Igorot actor, joins Filipino and Hollywood stars in "Take Me to Banaue," an international romantic-comedy film.

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Hillard Puguon, an Igorot actor, makes his mark in the international scene, joining Filipino and Hollywood stars in "Take Me to Banaue," a delightful romantic-comedy film set to charm audiences worldwide.

Hilliard Paul Puguon, a second-year student at Benguet State University and an Igorot actor from Kiangan, Ifugao, is set to make his international film debut in the upcoming romantic-comedy "Take Me to Banaue." This exciting opportunity marks a significant milestone in Puguon's burgeoning acting career, as he joins a talented ensemble cast in bringing this captivating story to life.

Hillard Puguon

A Local Talent with Global Potential

Puguon's journey from the mountains of Ifugao to the silver screen is a testament to his talent, dedication, and the power of dreams. Growing up in Kiangan, Ifugao, Puguon discovered his passion for acting at a young age, participating in local performances and honing his craft alongside his community as a member of the "Aanak di Kiangan Artist" group.

During his time at Benguet State University, Puguon further nurtured his talent as a member of the Dramatic Arts Club. Surrounded by like-minded individuals, he continued to refine his skills and explore new avenues in the performing arts, preparing him for the opportunity of a lifetime on the international stage.

Bringing Authenticity to the Role

In "Take Me to Banaue," the 19-year-old Puguon portrays Paolo Dulnuan, the brother of Grace and son of Janet, portrayed by Lorian Fausto, a native of Lagawe but now based in California. Starring alongside Brandon Melo and Maureen Wroblewitz, Puguon brings authenticity and depth to his role, infusing the character with a genuine sense of identity and connection to the land. His portrayal adds a layer of richness and authenticity to the film, capturing the essence of his cultural heritage.

Twenty actors auditioned to play Paolo, but it was Puguon who was chosen to bring the character to life.

Take me to Banaue

A Story of Love, Misunderstandings, and Adventure

"Take Me to Banaue," written by Jason Rogers and Danny Aguilar, follows the journey of Hank, an American engineer portrayed by Brandon Melo. Hank's quest for the perfect girlfriend, who he hopes will become his wife, takes an unexpected turn when he meets Grace, played by Maureen Wroblewitz, a young and attractive woman from Banaue. As misunderstandings and comedic escapades ensue, Hank navigates business negotiations and grapples with his feelings for Grace, all against the backdrop of the picturesque Banaue landscape.

A Talented Ensemble Cast

Joining Hillard Puguon, Brandon Melo, and Maureen Wroblewitz are other talented actors who bring the characters to life. Thea Tolentino takes on the role of Jinky, a successful entrepreneur and the owner of the hotel where Hank stays during his adventure. Dylan Rogers portrays Jordan, Hank's best friend and confidant, while MJ Lastimosa embodies the character of Paloma, an escort and mentor to Grace. Adding a touch of humor to the mix is Norman Balbuena, also known as Boobay, who plays Rocky, a flamboyant stylist determined to transform Hank's appearance.

Gratitude and Aspirations

For Puguon, this opportunity is not just a personal achievement but also a testament to the support and encouragement he has received from his family, friends, and community. As he prepares to share the screen with seasoned actors and industry professionals, Puguon remains grateful for the opportunity to represent his culture and heritage on a global platform. With his sights set on a bright future in the entertainment industry, Puguon is poised to make a lasting impact with his talent and authenticity.

Conclusion: A Journey of Discovery and Achievement

As Hillard Puguon takes his place among the cast of "Take Me to Banaue," he embarks on a journey of discovery and achievement that transcends borders and boundaries. From his roots in the mountains of Ifugao to the silver screen, Puguon's talent and dedication have propelled him to this significant milestone in his burgeoning acting career. His presence in the film not only showcases his individual talent but also celebrates the rich cultural tapestry of the Philippines.

With his genuine portrayal and unwavering dedication, Puguon is poised to make waves on the international stage, leaving an indelible mark on audiences worldwide. The movie premiered in the Philippines on February 10 and is currently being privately screened in the United States of America, marking the beginning of a new chapter in Puguon's journey as an actor.

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