MANILA, JULY 27, 2011 (STAR)
By Gian Carlo Vizcarra (PHOTO - Christian’s first international film tackles the plight of special children)

Christian Bautista’s first international film A Special Symphony boasts of an appeal that lies in its heartwarming story, the moving performances of its actors, its touching music and most importantly, the poignant discussion on the plight of special children.

The movie, which opens on Aug. 3 in theaters nationwide, will have a special Red Carpet Premiere on July 31, 8 p.m. at Robinsons Galleria.

“The movie has a lot of heart. It is inspiring and it speaks of a great kind of love,” says Christian. “We hope to touch the hearts of everyone who will watch the movie, just as we were touched during the filming of this movie.”

Although currently busy taping for the upcoming Pan-Asian musical series The Kitchen Musical alongside Karylle in Singapore, Christian will be coming home to attend the premiere of the movie.

Christian adds that he’s making it a point to attend the movie premiere because he believes in the movie’s message of love, hope and inspiration.

A Special Symphony follows the story of a struggling Filipino singer named Jayden (Christian) who is on a journey towards finding his life’s purpose and happiness.

The movie is bold in tackling the needs of special children in the movie and how music, love and friendship can be transformative, making life more enjoyable and meaningful for them. Some members of the cast are, in fact, special kids.

The movie has earned the endorsement of the Autism Society of the Philippines.

“There are many similarities between me and Jayden, most obvious of which is that we are both singers,” shares the Asia’s Romantic Balladeer. “Ultimately, however, we both want to provide or help other people to have positive changes in their lives.”

A Special Symphony was inspired by the amazing story of a choir composed of special children in Beijing, China, and how their exposure to music stimulated their minds, developed their well-being and earned them the adulation of many people.

Perfect for the theme of the movie is the song I Am Already King, which topped the MYX Daily Countdown and OPM Countdown for numerous days. The single is the carrier track in Universal Records’ latest compilation album The Best of OPM Love Songs Vol. 1.

A Special Symphony is produced by Nation Pictures Indonesia and is directed by Awi Suryada. It also stars Ira Wibowo, Ira Maya Sopha and Gista Putri.

The movie will debut in Indonesia in September.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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