Jayzel Suan, who is professionally known as Celine Juan, is one of the child actors who played the street children in the 2018 the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival finalist “School Service,” which was directed by Louie Ignacio. At a young age, the child actress knows how to appreciate her director.
“School Service” is about street children who were exploited by a small family-run syndicate in Manila. The screenplay was written by Onas Sales.
In an exclusive interview with Conan Daily at the gala night of “School Service,” Juan described Ignacio as a very kind director. She added that she was thankful that he was his director in the 2018 Cinemalaya film.
Three of Juan’s “School Service” co-stars won at the 2018 Cinemalaya Awards Night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on August 12, 2018. Ai-Ai de las Alas won Best Actress while Therese Malvar won Best Supporting Actress, tying with herself for her performance in another film titled “Distance.”
Kenken Nuyad also received a Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2018 Cinemalaya. He played one of the street children in “School Service.”
Along with Juan, Malvar and Nuyad, the other actors who played the street children in “School Service” were Felixia Crysten Dizon, Santino Oquendo and Ace Cafe. Aside from de las Alas, the other adult cast members in the film were Joe Gruta, Kevin Sagra and Joel Lamangan, who is also a director.
Ignacio and de las Alas co-executive produced “School Service” with Baby F. Go, who made a cameo appearance in the film. It was produced by Dennis C. Evangelista and Ferdinand Dizon Lapuz.
This was not the first time Juan worked with a veteran director. Before “School Service,” she appeared in the Netflix series “Amo,” which was written by Troy Espiritu and directed by Brillante Mendoza.
Juan is managed by Go’s BG Productions International. Watch the brief interview with the “School Service” star here: