Last July 25, Viva Films sent a formal request to the MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) Executive Committee to replace Nadine Lustre as the lead actress in its MMFF 2019 official entry, Miracle in Cell No. 7, with Bela Padilla.

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A day after, July 26, Viva has released its official statement regarding this change, saying that the MMFF Execom has already approved the abovementioned request.

In the statement, Viva Films says that Nadine “has begged from the project due to persistent medical concerns and her resulting inability to perform her duties as an actress during the shoot up to the promotion of the film.”

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Furthermore, Viva Films says they are confident that Bela, “like Nadine and will greatly contribute to the film’s artistry and commercial success.”

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