After topbilling the very successful Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme, Eugene Domingo will soon be working on the remake of Working Girls 2010. She is cast in Biyaheng Lupa, which is part of the 11th edition of Cinemanila. Photo: Noel Orsal


Eugene Domingo was one of the special guests at the opening ceremony of the 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival. The event took place at Market! Market! in Taguig last Friday, October 16.

Her previous film Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme reportedly grossed P80 million during its six-week run. How does she feel about this feat?

"Siyempre, masaya. Nanood din ako ng LFS [last full show]. Last day sa Megamall para, alam mo yun, full circle. Nag-thank you ako, kahit na konti na lang kami sa sinehan," narrates Eugene.

In Kimmy Dora, Eugene portrayed twins with distinct personalities. The film was screened in 90 theaters all over the country starting last September 2.

Is she expecting to become the next Box-Office Queen in the future? "Hindi ko alam, hindi ko talaga alam, basta happy si Piolo [Pascual, producer] happy na ako, 'saka si Direk Joyce [Bernal]. 'Saka sure ako may makakagawa pa ang Spring Films ng susunod na projects."

BIYAHENG LUPA. Uge (Eugene's nickname) stars in one of the Digital Lokal entries of Cinemanila 2009. She plays one of the passengers of the road trip movie Biyaheng Lupa (international title: Soliloquy). This film is the directorial debut of Armando "Bing" Lao, a renowned scriptwriter who serves as creative consultant to the films of Jeffrey Jeturian and Dante Mendoza.

Biyaheng Lupa follows the story of a young deaf-mute who takes a bus ride from Manila to Bicol. Throughout the trip, moviegoers will be privy to the thoughts of the passengers as they embark on the bus ride. Cast members include Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Coco Martin, and Susan Africa. 

The ensemble film will have its premiere tonight, October 19, at Market! Market! in Taguig by 8 PM.

What role does Uge play in Biyaheng Lupa?

"Marami kami doon, iba-iba yung character namin. Ang napunta sa akin yung character nung OFW na kailangan niya ihatid ang anak niya sa bahay nila, so habang nangyayari yung biyahe, iniisip niya kung anong mangyayari sa anak niya kasi maiiwan niya. Naisip rin niya kung anong kalagayan ng bansa kaya kailangan niya umalis."

"Hindi naman ganun ka-drama, eksakto lang na para mapaisip ka sa katotohanan. Definitely, isa lang ako dito, hindi ako kambal," she quipped.


How long did it take for them to shoot the movie?

"Super, nagka jet-lag ako, ha! Paulit-ulit na papunta, pabalik 'saka totoong pumunta kami ng Bicol," recalls Uge. "Ang tagal. Simula kami ng 5 am hanggang gabi. Dire-diretso, kung saan ang puwesto mo, dun ka na lang, hindi ka na tatayo."

She even narrates a funny anecdote while shooting the movie. She was already sleeping in the bus when the crew woke her up and told her that she needed to act like she was sleepy. "Bakit ginising pa ako?!" she exclaimed.

Bing Lao served as the creative consultant of Foster Child, starring Eugene and Cherry Pie Picache. In fact, Eugene refers to Bing as a "living legend" when it comes to scriptwriting.

WORKING GIRLS 2010. What is keeping Uge busy nowadays? "I'm waiting for the schedule of Working Girls sa Viva Films."

The comedienne says that she is unsure if she will reprise the role of Gina Pareño or if they will create a new character. Ishmael Bernal's film released in the '80s tackled the situation of girls working in different fields.

The remake will have the title Working Girls 2010 and will be released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the film. 


Did she watch the original film?


"Oo naman," says Eugene. "Isa siyang classic, di ba? Talaga namang maraming working girls ngayon. 'Saka excited ako to work with Joey Reyes."


In Working Girls 2010, Uge will be reunited with Ruffa Gutierrez after working together in the comedy film My Monster Mom (2008).