(From left) Kean Cipriano, JM de Guzman, and Eugene Domingo led the cast members who graced the gala event of Ang Babae sa Septic Tank last night, July 19, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Photo: Allan Sancon

"Puwede po kayong mamatay sa kakatawa pero sana seryosohin n'yo ang mensahe ng pelikula."

For his part, director Marlon Rivera revealed his experiences when he was invited abroad to take part in international film festivals.

"Sa ibang bansa, hina-hallelujah ka, may pasundo, may red carpet, may pa-party. At tinatanong ka sa mga idea mo at hindi ng intriga sa buhay mo.

"My first film is about making a film. Ang film na ito ay tungkol sa ambisyong ligaw ng mga bagets [referring to the characters of JM, Kean, and Cai].

"The trick to doing this film is choosing the right people...Walang ibang artista na kayang gawin ito kung hindi si Eugene Domingo. Kailangan ng isang matalinong aktres para gawin ito," declared Direk Marlon.

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THE LEAD ACTRESS. For the next hour and a half, viewers of Ang Babae sa Septic Tank were able to see the versatility of Eugene as she gave different interpretations of the same story: a mother is about to sell her child to a pedophile.

In the film, Uge (Eugene's nickname) showcases her dramatic skills, lends her voice for the songs in the musical portion and flaunts her slim figure for the glossy treatment.

As soon as Uge went out of the theater after the screening, moviegoers surrounded her, all wanting to have a photo with the actress.

"Ako'y nagpapasalamat sa magandang role na binigay sa akin ni Chris Martinez at Marlon Rivera. Yun ay panalo na para sa akin—ang mabigyan ng magandang role," Eugene told the media who interviewed her last night.

Uge admitted that she became emotional during the world premiere of their film last Saturday, July 16.

"Yes, I'm really overwhelmed because it has been a long journey. Alam n'yo na dito ako naaksidente, di ba?

"Nung napanood ko, sabi ko, 'Malapit na... malapit na akong mahulog.'

"After lahat ng pinagdaanan namin, makita mo ang produkto at makita ang reaction ng mga tao, it's all worth it.

"I'm very thankful sa Cinemalaya."