Interesting tidbits on the film from Peque Gallaga.
1. Was it Sta. Cruz church in the opening scene of SCORPIO NIGHTS?
It's either Sta. Cruz church or Binondo -- I haven't seen Scorpio in a while, so I'm not completely
sure of either, but we shot all the establishing shots for the title credits in and around the Sta. Cruz
area and Chinatown, so it's definitely one of the two churches.
2. Did Mother Lily gave you a freehand at all in making the movie?
Totally. Completely. I just had a heart attack and she wasn't even sure if I was going to live or die long
enough to finish the movie. Basta, we had a really, really small budget (which is one of the reasons I
decided to do the whole thing in one location) so she didn't care what I did... she figured that whatever
I came up with -- and she had no idea of how far I would take the thing -- had some sex in it, so she
was going to get her investment back. But to be fair to Lily, in those days, she had enough respect for
her directors to leave the artistic and creative work to us... it was only when her idea to do Mano Po
was realized did she get delusions of artistic grandeur (like many of the present day female producers
both on TV and cinema) and started to get involved in the directorial process.
3. Why is it that Anna Marie and Orestes are unnamed in the film?
Because it wasn't the story of two specific people. Because they were a metaphor. Because they were units
in microcosmic study of a cultural sink phenomenon. I think that's proof that from the very beginning we
had higher motives for Scorpio other than purely gratuitous ones.