Saturday, October 15, 2016

The most anticipated soundtrack album is finally here

Abo So The Movie Soundtrack features memorable songs composed by Aruba's most celebrated musician Padu del Caribe, including never before released songs, performed by the talented cast of Abo So.

The soundtrack album was produced by Adriano Nanof, it brings us back to old times with a contemporary touch.

Now available on iTunes, Amazon and Cdbaby. 
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Abo So is officially selected at the Bahamas Int'l Film Festival 2014

The award winning feature film 'Abo So' is officially selected at the Bahamas International Film
Festival 2014.

Showtime: Friday, December 5 at 12.30 PM

For more information visit the festival website:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Abo So awarded best feature film

'Abo So' was awarded best feature film at the Belize International Film Festival 2014.

Also the film has been officially selected to screen in competition at Ariano International Film Festival 2014.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Abo So has been officially selected at the 9th Belize Int'l Film Festival

The awarded musical film 'Abo So' has been officially selected at the 9th Belize Int'l Film Festival
which will take place this July. This is 'Abo So' 5th screening outside of Aruba.

For more information; click here for the festival website.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Aruban film 'Abo So' will be screening for the first time in the US

After a sold out presentation at Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam, 'Abo So' will be screening for the first time in United States of America during the DC Caribbean Filmfest at the prestigious American Film Institute Silver Theater. 

Showtime: Saturday, June 14 at 3:15 PM

For more information; click here for the festival website.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Abo So is nominated for the Yellow Robin Award 2014

'Abo So' is nominated for the Yellow Robin Award 2014 from the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam. The festival will take place this April at the Cinemas in Willemstad.

It is an honor for the team of 'Abo So' to be nominated for the Yellow Robin Award. 'Abo So' will be screened during the upcoming festival.

The Cinemas Curaçao:
Friday April 4th, 9.15 PM
Saturday April 5th, 3.15 PM
Sunday April 6th, 6.45 PM

For more information visit the festival website:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This March fall in love all over again

'Abo So' hits 'The Cinemas' theaters on March 13. This romantic melodrama follows the almost impossible love affair between two young people from different worlds.

This is your chance to watch the award winning film directed by Juan Francisco Pardo. Starring Raphaela Mahadeo and Miguel Genser. Abo So features memorable songs composed by Padu del Caribe.

The Cinemas Renaissance 4.45 PM
The Cinemas Paseo 5.15 PM, 7.15 PM

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Abo So awarded best Caribbean Spotlight Series film

Pardo's first feature-length 'Abo So' -- which premiered at the 4th Aruba International Film Festival
2013 -- won the audience award for best Caribbean Spotlight Series film.

'Abo So' has been officially selected to screen in competition at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2013 and at the Caribbean Tales Toronto showcase, during the Toronto International Film Festival 2013.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

World Premiere of Abo So

Aruba's first musical film will premiere at the IV annual Aruba International Film Festival this Tuesday, July 2nd!

The most anticipated musical drama, featuring memorable songs of Padu del Caribe will be showing on the big screen this summer and you can catch it first.

Showing times:
- Tuesday, July 2nd, 9.30 PM at Caribbean Cinemas
- Thursday, July 4th, 5.15 PM at Caribbean Cinemas

Tickets are for sale at the AIFF office at Palm Beach Plaza Mall (second floor next to Panache) for only 10 florins.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Introducing Our Cast: Christina

Today, we're highlighting the wonderful actress playing Christina, who is Tatiana's aunt. Christina lives in Seroe Patrishi. After Olga's marital problems, she opens her home to her sister and her two children. Family is very important to Christina.

Christina is played by Luty Martinez, who in daily life is a psycho-educator (an educator of people with a mental health condition). Luty's passion is the theater. She has performed in numerous theatrical productions as a member of Aruba's most prolific theater company Mascaruba, as well as part of other theater groups in Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Saba, the USA, Venezuela, and Cuba. When she is not acting she works as a stage director.

What was your experience working on 'Abo So'?
"Besides acting, I was allowed to assist the producer on this wonderful production. I learned a lot about the ins and outs of such a big project. I am extremely thankful for this experience. I enjoyed working with such gifted individuals: actors, technicians, producers, and the director. I now have an adopted family. "ABO SO" is just beautiful."

Monday, May 27, 2013

Introducing Our Cast: Olga

This week we bring you the third family member of Tatiana, her mother: Olga. A traditional mother portrayed by Daphny Evelyne Martijn, Olga is the one who carries the family - sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse.

Since her teenage years Daphny has formed part of "de Trupialen" choir, who sing many popular local songs. Around that same time she also started to participate in various singing competitions. She was an ambition teenage girl, who pursued her dreams in showbiz; she participated in numerous beauty pageants, has been modeling and acts in theater plays. But it was not until 2012, that she releases her first solo album. Nowadays Daphny serves as a judge for beauty pageants.

What was your experience working on 'Abo So'?
I had a wonderful experience, mostly because since I was a child, I always wanted to be part of a movie. I'm really thankful to the producers to make my dream come true and to my family who supported me during the production of this film. I had the privilege to work with a talented cast and crew, people with discipline and determination who worked very hard to pull off this amazing film. It was especially an honor for me to sing a beautiful song composed by Padu del Caribe in this film.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Introducing Our Cast: Roy

Continuing through Tatiana's family, we get to Roy, Tatiana's older brother. Roy is a conventional man, a protective brother who cares for the well being of his family.

Roy is played by Addonsito Croes, who in daily life is a high school geography teacher.

After finishing his studies in The Netherlands, Addonsito stayed on, and worked there for another 10 years. But the island of his birth was never out of his mind and in 2011 he decided to return to Aruba.
Besides his job as a teacher, Addonsito often is asked to MC a variety of shows and presentation, and he has segments and periodical radio programs, which lean heavily towards creating awareness for Aruba's culture and history, which is one of his passions.

What was your experience working on 'Abo So'?
"I really want to thank the producers and the director of this movie. They made me discover an unknown part of me - a part I wasn't aware of. Thanks for giving me the chance to be part of a movie that is dedicated to one of the greatest Aruban icon in history, Padu del Caribe. It was a great team consisting of positive and inspiring actors and filmmakers. I'll remember this experience for the rest of my life. To all actors and team: BIG HUG: WE DID IT!"

Monday, May 13, 2013

Introducing Our Cast: Tatiana

This week, we are profiling Raphaela Mahadeo, who plays Tatiana, Santiago's love interest. Tatiana is an intelligent, conservative young woman who moves with her mother Olga and brother Roy to their aunt's house in the neighborhood, 'Seroe Patrishi'.

Raphaela Elizabeth Mahadeo started singing at a very young age. Before the age of six she already
participated in her first radio show. "Singing is who I am," she says, and although she only started acting in 2011, this art form has become one of her greatest passions.

What was your experience working on 'Abo So'?
"I absolutely loved doing 'Abo So'. It is an honor. I had a lovely co-star Miguel Genser to work with, and talented cast members like Luty (Martinez, who plays her aunt) as well. A great director of photography, passionate sound engineer, and always stimulating music producer. Josh (Calderon, camera assistant), giving his best and a whole crew of amazing people. And of course a very talented director who is so easy to work with."

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Introducing Our Cast: Santiago

Today we present the first member of Abo So's cast: Santiago.
Santiago is a quirky young man of Latin origin. He lives in Seroe Patrishi where he grew up together with his brother Pancho and his friends Felipe and Patrick.

Santiago is played by medical doctor by trade, musician/songwriter by passion: Miguel Genser.

Miguel actually just finished his medical studies. We were lucky to get him in between getting his degree and continuing his studies to become a specialist.
Miguel has always had a passion for music. He released various songs that made it high up the pop charts in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. He also composed and produced successful songs for national and international solo artist and bands.

What was your experience working on 'Abo So'?
"I feel honored to have been able to work on a such unique production. Not only did I do something that I never did before, which is acting, but I also had the opportunity to work with and get to know the talented and friendly cast and crew of the film - who I now considered part of my circle of friends. I hope that 'Abo So' will be a film that moves people, generation after generation."

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Welcome to Abo So (Only You)

The production of 'Abo So' has successfully concluded!
Production of 'Abo So' started on March 28 and had a duration of 10 days.

How it all started:
On July 2012, Juan Francisco Pardo the director of 'Abo So' started working on this project named 'Tribi Soña' (Dare to Dream), he wanted to create a multidisciplinary educational project focusing on acting, singing, dancing, music production and TV/film production, where especially the youth have the opportunity to develop their skills in different artistic disciplines. The workshops were combined with a big movie project 'Abo So' that showcases the talents of Tribi Soña project participants.

October 2012 Juan received the support of Rebecca Roos from Rebecca Roos Productions; together they started producing the movie and the workshops. On February 2013 the workshops and the audition for the movie started at Ateliers '89. Selected participants received free acting workshops from Aruban actress, living in Los Angeles Nathalie Biermanns and vocal coaching from Soprano Tica Giel. Juan Francisco Pardo conducted the TV/film production workshop and Brazilian music producer Adriano Nanof conducted the music production workshop. The Tribi Soña project counted with more than 80 participants!

Soon after the workshops the main characters start with the recording of the songs made for 'Abo So' at Infinite Music Studio. Music producer Adriano Nanof started months before with the new arrangements of the memorable love songs of Aruba's father of culture Padu del Caribe. The actors started practicing and reading the movie script weeks before initiating the production.

The last weeks: the foreign crew arrived in Aruba, Miquel Calofé the Director of Photography and Gabriel Bocanegra Location Sound Engineer. Last lighting test were done at the locations. The Art Director & Wardrobe Stylist Melisa Richardson selected the last wardrobe items at Trash by Ronchi. Producer Rebecca Roos got the much-needed water provided by Tropical Bottling Company and confirming every location.

On March 28, the production started at Seroe Patrishi with a passionate cast and crew that worked hard to finished every scene on schedule. The Producers wish to thank all sponsors and people who made this possible. Now the post-production is the next step!