Will Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical keep using Cherie Gil's famous line?

Here's what a cast member had to say.

Photo via PEP.ph

(SPOT.ph) When news broke out that Cherie Gil sent a Cease and Desist letter to Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical, people wondered if the still-ongoing show would continue to use the line. Well, we've got an answer for you.


According to PEP.ph, Cris Villongco (who plays Lavinia Arguelles in the stage adaptation) will continue delivering the "copycat" line. "Ang sinabi po sa akin, as long as there is no court order," she said. "Sasabihin ko pa rin po ['yong line] on Thursday until Sunday night this weekend. So, tingnan natin kung anong mangyayari next weekend."

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Meanwhile, Viva Films maintains that there is no basis for Cherie's copyright claim. The company, through their counsel Heather Anang, enumerates four reasons:


  1. Viva owns the rights to the film and the story written by Nerissa Cabral. All the work done by screenwriter Orlando Nadres, director Emmanuel Borlaza, and actors in the film belong to Viva, including the line of Cherie.
  2. The law says that for anyone to be a co-author of a literary work, there must be an intent between parties to create the work. In this case, the line was reportedly "at most, ad lib."
  3. Director Borlaza claims he was the one who came up with the line.
  4. A copyright exists for 25 years. The movie was released in 1985 or 30 years ago.


So far, Cherie's camp says that both parties should "sit down to thresh out their respective claims in order to arrive at an equitable settlement."


Also read: Cherie Gil doesn't want Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical to use her famous line


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