(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

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."

One of the highlights of the movie involves a septic tank and while filming this scene, Uge actually fell down, causing her to be rushed to the hospital. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)


When Uge was asked if she asked for a body double to do the scene for her, the actress pointed out, "Wala. Ako talaga yun.



"Hindi ko naman sinadya na mahulog but the challenge is... Nung medyo nakaka-recover na ako, [naisip ko ang] responsibilidad mo bilang artista. Hindi puwedeng sabihin na 'hindi ko na kaya.' It's all worth it."



Is she expecting to bag awards for her performance in Ang Babae sa Septic Tank?


"Ay, wala. I am so excited about this film. I'm so happy na sa akin naibigay ang role, dun pa lang nakakaramdam na ako ng labis-labis na pagkapanalo."

HER BIRTHDAY WISH. Now that she is about to celebrate her 40th birthday on July 23, Uge said that her birthday wish is this: "Ano ba ang hinihingi ng maraming, maraming tao: lovelife!"

She later added: "Ang wish ko kalusugan para sa ating lahat. At patuloy na lumakas at suportahan ang pelikulang Pilipino. Kaya natin ito."

She also shared her thoughts about leading a healthy lifestyle.

"We're not getting any younger, so dapat alagaan mo na ang katawan mo, di ba? Para lahat ng roles na ibigay sa 'yo, may energy ka."



Uge says that she enjoys doing a mix of mainstream and indie projects.

"My upcoming movie is for Star Cinema with Toni Gonzaga. Tapos na ang movie namin."



For this year's Metro Manila Film Festival, Uge will also be part of two entries: Shake Rattle and Roll 13 and My Househusband.



"Sa Ryan Agoncillo-Judy Ann Santos film [My Househusband], I'll be playing the best friend of Ryan.

"Sa Shake Rattle and Roll, medyo serious ako diyan," said the comedienne.