Eugene Domingo: "Everybody should be inspired and should be encouraged to explore. The Oscars is a very big dream, but it's just one of the big dreams for Philippine cinema. We can all start from within. We can all improve our own while exposing ourselves to other culture. Never stop dreaming."

Photo: Jocelyn Dimaculangan

"Never stop dreaming."

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank is a satirical film that pokes fun at independent filmmaking.

Aside from Eugene, the film stars JM de Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Cherry Pie Picache, and Mercedes Cabral.

NOMINATION IN ASIAN FILM AWARDS. Even if Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank was unable to make the cut at the Oscars, Eugene was able to bring honor to the country with her nomination as Best Actress in the 6th Asian Film Awards.

Eugene was cited for her performance in Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, which debuted at the Cinemalaya film festival last year.

Still at the 6th Asian Film Awards, Chris Martinez was nominated in the Best Screenwriter category, also for Ang Babae sa Septic Tank.

And Shamaine Buencamino was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the film Niño.

Eugene admits that she cried when she learned that she had been nominated.

"Naiiyak lang ako kasi nagiging sentimental ako about many things, especially when my friends, my colleagues, my seniors, my teachers, the people I work with, and even the people I don't see, but follow me somehow and congratulate me.

"And to see their faces being very, very happy and proud about what I have done makes me want to cry.

"This work, our business is not easy.

"When you feel you are already tired and ready to say I'm done, here comes an affirmation from heaven I'm quite certain...that 'Yes, maybe you are doing well so carry on!'"

Eugene feels blessed to be nominated in the Asian Film Awards, which will take place in Hong Kong on March 19.

"I did not expect to be nominated at all in the ASIAN OSCARS, as you say. It's actually the ASIAN FILM AWARDS.

"But early on, I was invited to be a presenter, so with that, I was already privileged, then comes the nomination.