Taipei, March 9 (CNA) Philippine box office record-breaking romantic drama "Hello, Love, Goodbye" will extend its screening in Taiwan due to popular demand, according to a statement released Monday by Filipino media and entertainment group ABS-CBN.
The film, which is billed as the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time after making 880.6 million Philippine pesos (US$17.27 million) at the box office in the Philippines, will extend its screening at selected VieShow Cinemas until March 11, the ABS-CBN statement said.
The extended screenings will take place at VieShow Cinemas at Taipei Qsquare, Banciao Mega City, Linkou Mitsui Outlet Park, Taoyuan Tonlin, Hsinchu FE21, Taichung Top City, Tainan FE21 and Kaoshiung FE21.
The film's screenings, subtitled in Chinese, started Feb. 14 in Taiwan to mark Valentine's day and celebrated a milestone partnership between global subscription television network The Filipino Channel and Taiwan's VieShow Cinemas, the ABS-CBN statement said.
The film, directed by Filipino Cathy Garcia-Molina and starring two of the Philippines' biggest names in television and film -- Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards -- is the first Filipino film ever to be screened at the Taiwanese cinema chain, the ABS-CBN statement said.
"Hello, Love, Goodbye" tells the story of Joy, a young migrant worker who decides to work in Hong Kong to support her family and then meets Ethan, a bartender who wants to live permanently in Hong Kong but has always been afraid of commitment.
The plot tackles the universal dilemma of young adults who begin to face responsibilities in life, while still hoping to pursue what their hearts truly desire.
A Taiwanese housewife identified only as Carol said she found the movie to be inspiring.
"We have many Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan and from the movie I could really understand them and feel for them," she said. "It is not easy being a migrant anywhere you go and having the courage to go abroad to work to support your family is a true hero in my book."