I just read PinoyRebyu’s 100 Best Filipino Films Directed by Women list. Four of my films are part of it – even Beauty in a Bottle, one of my earlier films that’s not a love story. It’s a comedy and it’s a film I am proud of. You might remember it for Angelica Panganiban’s “Come back to the young and beautiful you” line. (Aside: I’ll be forever grateful for BIAB too because that’s where I met Angge, who would be my future Mace in That Thing Called Tadhana.) And while reading the list, as I saw my favorite films and directors on it (Milan, Booba, Moral, Salome, Sana Maulit Muli, Joyce Bernal, Irene Villamor, Olivia Lamasan, Ditsi Carolino – the list goes on) alongside That Thing Called Tadhana, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, Beauty in a Bottle and Never Not Love You, I had a moment. A tearful, happy, proud moment.
Siguro ay dala rin ng kagagaling ko lang kanina sa four-hour screenwriting lecture (masterclass ang tawag pero nakakahiya naman sa mga tunay master na scriptwriting na sina Ricky Lee at Bing Lao) sa UP – ang aking alma mater – at parang nagka-I had a moment moment din ako nun. Kasi shet, dati ako ‘yung isa sa mga nakaupo sa audience na nangangarap maging direktor balang araw, tapos ngayon, ako na itong nagbabahagi sa mga tulad kong nangangarap lang din dati. At sa UP pa, na lagi kong sinasabing, where I spent some of the best years of my life. This is me giving back, Oble. I hope I made you proud.
Going back to the list. I am forever grateful to this opportunity to bring to life the stories that otherwise would’ve just stayed in my head. Ang sarap gumawa ng pelikula, at ang sarap maging babaeng taga-pelikula dito sa Pilipinas. I am in the company of talented, passionate women filmmakers. There will be days when I question myself why I chose this sometimes heartbreaking industry. Today, I was reminded why. Pelikula, I’m yours.
Read the complete list here: https://pinoyrebyu.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/100-best-filipino-films-directed-by-women/