Why Dito At Doon Needs A Sequel
The Philippine Star|May 17, 2021
Following the success of its first-ever pandemic production Dito at Doon, film producer TBA Studios recently held a virtual thanksgiving party to celebrate, among other things, the extended run and international digital release of its rom-com topbilled by JC Santos and Janine Gutierrez.
Nathalie Tomada

TBA is also proud that Dito at Doon became the first local film to be released during the pandemic and on five major streaming platforms (Cinema76@Home, Iwant TFC, Upstream, Ticket2me and KTX).

Just this month, it has been made available in over 60 countries, including the US, Canada, as well as select territories in the Middle East and North Africa via TBA Play. TBA Play has also partnered with international distribution and sales company, TVCO, to bring TBA Play content to key European markets.

In the film, JC and Janine are Cabs and Len, respectively, two people with divergent views on life and backgrounds — he, a delivery rider, and she, a Master’s student — who meet virtually at the onset of the first COVID-19 lockdown in early 2020. Sparks fly as they exchange pointed opinions on social media and then, eventually, flirty direct messages and video calls.

The STAR is leaving it up to the viewer to figure out why this JP Habac-directed take on love in the time of COVID has been, in the words of the producers, embraced by many. But one of the things that would most likely leave a lasting impression on audiences is the film’s “twist ending,” the subject of several media questions during the virtual gathering last week.

Janine also declared it as her favorite scene. “The most impactful really is the ending and I hope to those who haven’t seen it, sana mapanood niyo even for just the feeling na naibigay nung ending that still surprised me even though I already knew what would happen.”

Prodded to explain the ending without spoiling anything, direk JP said, “Di ba during the pandemic, yung mga priorities nag-bago talaga? Like kung before pandemic, kung meron tayong nililigawan, kaya natin iwan lahat, pwede natin siya balikan anytime. This pandemic, nagreassess tayo kung ano ba talaga yung priorities natin — is it family, love life or work? So, I think, that’s why the ending is like that.”

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