John Arcilla flew to Cannes, France on Friday night to attend the Marche International des Programmes de Communication (MIPCOM), an annual trade show for the global television industry, where he will promote an upcoming animation series.
Arcilla is among the stellar voice cast members of “Barangay 143,” along with Cherie Gil, Jasmine Curtis, Ethan Salvador, Edu Manzano, Jaime Fabregas, Pen Medina, and Miko Raval.
Produced by ASI Studios, “Barangay 143” is about Bren Park (Ethan Salvador), a Korean boy – an emerging basketball star in South Korea – who comes to the Philippines to search for his biological father after his family dies in a tragic accident.
Arcilla lends his distinctive baritone voice to the role of Coach B, Bren’s Filipino father, an enigmatic character whose backstory identifies him as one of the best coaches in the PBA. As Bren and Coach B meet, the coach mentors the young man on the finer points of life and the game of basketball.
Best known for his title role in the acclaimed historical film “Heneral Luna,” Arcilla started out as a theater actor for Tanghalang Pilipino and has since bagged trophies for Best Actor from the Gawad Urian and last year’s Asian Film Awards.
Arcilla will be joined by co-star Cherie Gil and producers of ASI Studios in representing “Barangay 143” at MIPCOM. Known as the world’s entertainment content market, MIPCOM will be held on October 16-19 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
The Philippine delegation’s attendance this year is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau.
ASI Studios is a full service animation studio in Quezon City. The studio boasts of 130 highly creative artists and trained technical support teams with experience in 2D Traditional, Digital Cut-Out and Paperless Animation.
Born from a collaboration with Manila-based Synergy88 Group and Singapore’s August Media Holdings, ASI Studios is at the forefront of animation in the Philippines.