Ilocana OFW in prizewinning MMFF docu-film: "Nawa'y magsilbi itong inspirasyon"


Jan. 05, 2017 ...

An Ilocana Overseas Filipino Worker who starred in the Metro Manila Film Festival's Best Picture: Sunday Beauty Queen thanked Governor Imee R. Marcos for supporting SBQ.

"Nagpapasalamat ako kay Governor Imee sa pagbibigay sa akin ng pagkakataong i-promote ang aming pelikula." Perdido share during her interview.

Hazel Perdido, a 33-year-old single mom from Paoay, Ilocos Norte narrated her successes and struggles in the docu-film working as a domestic helper in Hong Kong.

Perdido's will to provide for her family led her to leave her three children including her one-year-old son to her mother. Instead of pursuing jobs related to her degree in Computer Science, she chose to work 24 hours a day from Monday to Saturday as a domestic helper.

"Nagtrabaho naman ako rito pero kung ikukompara, mas malaki talaga ang sahod sa Hong Kong," Perdido share during her interview.

However, Perdido's life as an OFW breaks away when she and her fellow OFWs celebrate Sunday, their only "day off." With festivals and pageantry, they are able to rest from their jobs, paving the way towards Sunday Beauty Queen.

"Nakakataba ng puso na mapabilang sa mga gumanap sa SBQ. Hindi ko kasi inexpect na isasali nila sa MMFF."

Directed by Baby Ruth Villarama, Sunday Beauty Queen is a documentary film about Filipino women throughout Hong Kong who are nonetheless connected by their participation in beauty pageants and other festivities held during their common day off.

The story revolves around the lives of five women who transform into elegant queens after each week's confinement and drudgery in their employer's house.

In the docu-film, a glimpse of their real life is revealed, including Perdido's scene: a mother watching her daughter's graduation over her smartphone while reassuring that not seeing her on her special day is all for her comfort and future--a bittersweet reality for families who have OFW loved ones.

"Naiyak nga ang panganay ko pagkatapos niyang mapanood ang pelikula namin. Nawa'y magsilbi itong inspirasiyon sa mga anak ng OFW na sa likod ng masasayang litrato ay may kalakip na sakripisiyo para sa pamilya."

MMFF movies, including SBQ, will be shown in cinemas until January 7.