The novel is about the lives of two Filipino women – Ampara, a quiet secular lioness born into a wealthy family, and Beverly, a wide-eyed bride who goes by mail – who migrate to California and discover hidden truths when they stories meet and intertwine. It was published in 2013 in English by Penguin Random House, in Filipino by the National Book Store and in Spanish by Grupo Planeta. The novel won the highest literary prize in the Philippines – the Grand Prix in memory of Carlos Palanco.
Filipino-Canadian director Martin Edralinwhich touched on the topic of migration in Nominated for Canadian Screen Awards and the SXSW-winning film “Islands,” directed by. Ray Red (“The Woman and the Gun”) adapts the novel as a screenplay.
Justin Damen and Mick Taden will produce for Singapore and London with headquarters 108 mass media. Executive producers of the project include Anna Lisa Recta and Michael Christmas from the Los Angeles Talent Management Company and the production company Bold MP with Kevin Balhetchet and Rio Ebe and Abhi Rostogi with 108 Media.
Kuneta said, “I wanted to make‘ Manga Bride ’because it’s the best way to connect with a global audience by bringing together some of the best Filipino talents and stories to tell such an emotional and inspiring story. I have long been a fan of Marie Sullivan’s writing, from “Suddenly Stateside”, her collection of light essays on life in the United States, to “The Manga Bride”. She skillfully captures the experience of a Filipino migrant and a Filipino American. ”
Production should begin in late 2022.