Celso Ad Castillo shot two endings for Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw. The other one was happy: After a long chase, Vilma’s father stops the car and tells her to get out. She walks towards Christopher de Leon, and they meet in front of Malate Church and embrace. Castillo couldn’t decide which ending to use, so he asked his staff to round up the cigarette vendors, balut vendors, watch-your-car boys and hawkers on the street outside the studio. Then he made them watch the movie and the two endings.
“Alin ang mas gusto ninyo?” he asked the impromptu focus group? (Which ending do you prefer?)
“Direk, gusto naming yung nagkatuluyan sila sa may simbahan,” they said. (We like the one where they end up together.)
“Use the other ending,” he told his staff. So the movie ended with the never-ending chase.
Read Celso Ad Castillo: Genius is convulsive, our column at InterAksyon.com.