Senator Loren Legarda says Thy Womb reminds her of her days as a journalist

(From left) Brillante Mendoza, Senator Loren Legarda and her son Leandro Legarda-Leviste graced the screening of Thy Womb.



Senator Loren Legarda is very vocal about her support for Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.

In fact, she authored a resolution commending Direk Brillante for the recognition and honor that he has brought to the Philippines.

Senate resolution No. 871 is dubbed "Resolution congratulating Brillante Mendoza for winning the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award and the P. Nazareno Tadei Award special mention during the 69th Venice International Film Festival."

During a special screening of Thy Womb held recently, Senator Legarda was asked why she is very supportive of the filmmaker who was named as Cannes Best Director in 2009.

Senator Legarda explained, "Sobrang suporta ang binibigay ko sa Thy Womb at kay Direk Brillante Mendoza dahil siya ay isang national treasure at gem sa Pilipinas.

"Napakapalad natin na meron tayong brilliant na Brillante na nagbibigay ng brilliant films tulad ng Thy Womb."

The politician then recalled the first time that she watched this film, which stars Nora Aunor as a midwife who longs to have a child of her own.

"Noong ako ay nanood ng Thy Womb noong Disyembre, manghang-mangha ako at naiiyak ako sa ganda ng pelikula. Hindi ako makapagsalita.

"Pero nakita ko na hindi puno ang cinema. Tinawagan ko siya [Brillante] at sabi ko, dapat mas maraming manood. Kaya sa gitna ng kampanya ngayon, minarapat kong mag-sponsor ng isang screening ng Thy Womb.

"Inimbita ko ang Commission on Higher Education, ang ibang Student Councils, ang akademya at mga kaibigan para makita nila."

Senator Legarda vowed that this only marks the start of her advocacy to show Thy Womb to as many Filipinos as possible.

"Ako ay magi-sponsor sa iba't ibang regions para maabot ang Thy Womb para maintindihan ng mga Pilipino ang kultura ng Badjao at maintindihan ang mga nangyayari dun.

"Thy Womb is a beautiful and genuine Filipino film."

She later added: "Ang Thy Womb ay nagpapakita ng kagalingan, kalinangan at soul ng Pilipino from a different perspective.

"Bilang isang ina, bilang isang babae, napakabag damdamin ang istorya ng Thy Womb."


REMINISCING HER DAYS AS A JOURNALIST. Senator Legarda then recalled her past occupation as a broadcast journalist for ABS-CBN.

"Very familiar ako diyan dahil ang Mindanao at Tawi-Tawi ay pinuntahan ko thirty years ago bilang isang mamamahayag o journalist gaya n'yo," she told reporters who covered the screening at The Podium.

She pointed out, "Thirty years ago, pinupuntahan ko ang mga lugar na ito: Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Zamboanga, bilang isang TV journalist at isang batang Senador at ngayon, coming into my third term.

"Nakahanap ako ng isang filmmaker na pinapalabas ang uniqueness at culture ng Filipino culture, especially ng ating mga kapatid na Muslim."


LIGTAS DOCUMENTARY. After collaborating for a documentary on climate change titled "Buhos," Direk Brillante and Senator Legarda are working on another documentary titled "Ligtas."

Direk Brillante says the project will tackle "risk reduction."

He says no stars have been tapped for this project because it is an instructional video that will show people what to do in case of disasters.

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Aside from this documentary, Senator Legarda also revealed that she is hoping she and Direk Brillante can collaborate for a project that will tackle the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act that she authored and was signed into law by Prsident Noynoy Aquino last February.

She explained, "Ito ay ang pagbebenta ng mga batang babae na galing sa probinsiya at ginagawang prostitutes or sex slaves. Maaaring gagawan namin ng feature film, hindi documentary, but I leave it to his better judgment. Hindi ako nakikialam sa creatives, sa akin lang ang vision at contacts."


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