Althea Vega says her character was treated as a "sex object" in Amor y Muerte

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Althea Vega shot a lot of sex scenes with Markki Stroem (left frame) and Adrian Sebastian (right frame) for the Cinemalaya entry Amor y Muerte. (Learn more about this erotic period drama here: PEP Guide to Cinemalaya 2013)


Detalyado ang naging sagot ni Althea Vega sa mga tanong ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) hinggil sa bago niyang pelikula, ang Cinemalaya 2013 entry na Amor y Muerte (Spanish for Love & Death).

Kinuwento ng morena actress (sa pamamagitan ng email at Facebook messaging) ang tungkol sa kanyang indie film na kalahok sa 9th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, sa kategoryang Directors Showcase.

Ang direktor ng pelikula ay si Cesar M. Evangelista, mula sa screenplay ni Jerry Gracio. Ayon kay Direk Ces, ang Amor y Muerte ay isang “erotic period drama.”

(Read: PEP Guide to Cinemalaya 2013)


Bukod kay Althea, kabilang sa major cast ng Amor y Muerte (Love & Death) sina Markki Stroem, Adrian Sebastian, at ang pumanaw na veteran actress, Amable "Ama" Quiambao. Sin Kuya Manzano at Mico Palanca naman ay mga supporting roles sa period film.

Sa umpisa pa lang ay pinag-usapan ang pelikula bilang isang period drama at dahil may tema itong nauukol sa sex. Tinatalakay nito ang mga paniniwala, pagtanggap, at pagsasakatuparan ng sex o sexual activity ng mga babaeng katutubo at ang mga sexual encounter ng mga Indio sa mga sumakop na dayuhan, ang mga Kastila.

Noted Althea: "This movie has a lot of sex scenes, pero hindi lang ito basta-bastang sex scenes. We go beyond the message of the story that pertains to sex."

Nangyari ang kuwento ng Amor y Muerte (Love & Death) noong ika-16 na siglo (16th century), makaraang dumating ang mga unang hukbo ng mga mananakop na Kastila at simulang palaganapin ang Kristiyanismo. Nagturo sila ng mga aral mula sa Bibliya at bininyagan ang natives o "Indio."

Si Althea Vega, bilang si Amor, ang central character. Sa salitang Kastila, ang ibig sabihin ng kanyang pangalan ay pag-ibig.

Sa likas na kagandahan ng katutubong dalaga, napaibig niya ang isang batambatang opisyal-militar na Kastila (Markki Stroem) at sila'y naikasal.

Paano ide-describe ni Althea ang karakter niyang si Amor?

"Amor is a native woman (16th century Filipina) and she is independent-minded, about herself and her sexuality."

How was it working with Direk Ces Evangelista and your co-actors, Markki Stroem and Adrian Sebastian?

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"I was very comfortable working with them. Cool at relax lang si Direk Ces. Palaging may actors cue sa mga mabibigat na eksena, which is good for us actors. Masaya sa set, kasi we are all prepared na gampanan yung mga roles namin. We had a History forum kasi, before shooting started kaya everyone was full of excitement ."

Maaari mo bang paghambingin sina Markki at Adrian, sa punto ng pisikal na anyo at pakikipag-ugnay, on-and off camera?

"They are both attractive, physically . Markki is much more extrovert. He is full of excitement at wala siyang inhibitions.

"Si Adrian, medyo mahiyain, pero mahusay siya, on cam; he's gentlemanly. The good thing about them ay wala silang hesitations to ask for suggestions and advices."

Sino kina Adrian at Markki ang, para sa iyo, ay mas malakas ang appeal; ang mas pipiliin mong makaniig sa totoong buhay, ayon sa hinihingi ng pagkakataon, o makabagong paniniwala?

"Like what I have told you, they [Markki and Adrian] are both good looking. Ako naman, pareho ko namang type ang mga lalakeng either mestizo or moreno-looking. But physical look is only superficial.

"Yes, I must admit it’s possible for me to fall for them, both, if I'd be given the chance to get to know them more. Kasi, what’s important to me is one's personality. But, right now, I don’t think it’s necessary to even think about it because I’m focusing on my career."

Kumusta ang naging rapport mo with your leading men, pagdating sa mga eksenang lovemaking (sex scenes)?

"I was comfortable working with both Markki and Andrian.

"'Tita Ama [Quiambao] gave us an intimacy workshop so I was comfortable doing the love scenes with them."

Ang veteran actress na si Ama Quiambao ay gumanap bilang aunt ng karakter ni Althea sa Amor y Muerte. Si Ama ay namatay noong July 5, 2013.

Nagkatrabaho rin sina Althea at Ama para sa 2012 Cinemalaya entry na Diablo.


Anu-ano ang mga alaalang mananatili sa isipan at puso mo sa panahong naka-trabaho at naka-bonding mo si Tita Ama?

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"Una ko siyang nakatrabaho sa Diablo [Ama Quiambao's lead role that won for her last year's Cinemalaya New Breed Best Actress award]. Doon pa lang nabuo ang bonding namin.

"Ang sabi niya sa akin noon, bibigyan niya ako ng libreng workshop, kapag nagka-lead role na ako. And she fulfilled her promise. Hindi ko makakalimutan yung mga advice niya sa akin, at yung mga kabutihang ibinahagi niya..."


As films with a sexy theme, is there a big difference between Amor y Muerte (Love & Death) and Diablo (2012 Cinemalaya New Breed award-winning entry, written and directed by Mes De Guzman)?

"Yes, there is a big difference in the sex scenes, and in each execution, in Amor y Muerte and Diablo. Something to do with the character I portrayed, I think.

"Amor (in Amor y Muerte) is treated (by her Spanish officer-husband) as a 'sex object' and she is shown very wild sa lahat ng sex scenes.

"In Diablo, the girlfriend character (of Roeder Camañag) I played has that seeming reluctance to engage in sex; she's the liberated type, but not in her relationship. She has a lot of 'held-back' scenes when it comes to sex, and, parang she comes to her right senses one day at hindi na siya masaya.

"And in that climactic sex scene, sa may kitchen sink, she was all-out, but was made to appear (that) she was just being forced to make love by her good for nothing bum of a supposedly rich boyfriend-heir."


Aside from Diablo and the forthcoming 9th Cinemalaya Filmfest entry, Amor Y Muerte (Love & Death), anu-ano pa ang remarkable sexy exposures mo in movies (including other unreleased indie features)?

"I already did love scenes in my first film, Walang Kawala [a gay-themed movie topbilled by Polo Ravales and Joseph Bitangcol], directed by Joel Lamangan. Meron rin sa Bayang Magiliw by Gil portes, and Halik sa Tubig by Bong Ramos.”

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Still on Amor y Muerte (Love & Death), sa palagay mo ba, ang mga babae noong unang panahon ay mas napigil ang pagiging passionate sa sex dahil naimulat sa konserbatibong paniniwala na may mataas na pagtuturing sa relihiyon at moralidad? Pero bakit hindi yata ganito ang nakikita sa trailer ng inyong pelikulang pang-Cinemalaya 2013?

"No, I don't think so. Ang mga sinaunang babae ay hindi pigil sa pagiging passionate sa sex.

"In fact, ang mga babae sa sinaunang lipunan ng mga Datu ay mas malaya. Pwede silang mamili ng mapapangasawa; makatalik ang gusto nilang makatalik, kahit hindi pa sila kasal.
"Nabago lang ang kababaihang Pilipino, noong na-evangelize na nga sila ng mga Kastila at na-introduce na sa kanila ang Kristiyanismo.

Isa pang point of clarification. Ang kuwento ng Amor y Muerte (Love & Death), supposedly happened nu'ng nandito na ang mga Kastila.

Meaning, hindi na nga all-out pagdating sa sex ang mga babaeng kasing-edad ni Amor, dahil na-evangelize na ang mga sinaunang Pilipino, noong 16th century.

Base sa synopsis at makikita sa trailer ng pelikula, bakit tila naging "sexually liberated" pa rin si Amor, at pumatol sa isang katutubo (Andrian Sebastian)?

"Kararating pa lang ng mga Kastila noon; meaning, hindi pa basta-basta mawawala yung habit (o gawi) ng mga katutubo.

"Masyado kasing malilibog ang mga 'india' [mga babaeng 'indio'], kaya hindi mabilis yung evangelization sa kanila ng mga Kastila.

"Hindi rin marami ang Spanish missionaries, kaya mabagal ang conversion [to Catholicism]. Mabilis magpa-binyag sa relihiyon nila, oo, pero hindi mabilis baguhin yung habit, lalo na ang sexual mores. Tinanggap ni Amor ang pagbabago dahil mahal niya ang kanyang asawa, kundi man sinunod niya and desisyon ng kanyang ama na ikasal siya sa isang Kastila, for political gains.

"Hindi mabilis baguhin ang kultura at hindi napanindigan ni Amor ang kanyang pagiging Kristiyano. Nanaig ang kanyang pagiging sexually aggressive."

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Bilang artista, kailan at paano napasimulan ang iyong karera sa pag-arte; anu-ano na ang mga nagawa mong pelikula at TV appearances?

"Amor y Muerte is my first leading role. And I was very lucky to have a part in Metro Manila [an indie feature still unreleased locally].

"Metro Manila won the Audience Choice award at the Sundance Film festival (in Utah, USA)."

[Metro Manila, directed by British filmmaker and co-writer, Sean Ellis, also stars John Arcilla, Jake Macapagal, JM Rodriguez and Ana Abad Santos. It won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.]

"I consider Diablo and Ang Katiwala [another 2012 Cinemalaya New Breed entry] among my major appearances kasi nakasama ko yung mga pinakamahusay na actors din.

"I started acting professionally in 2008 when a friend told me to audition for DMV Entertainment [under talent manager Manny Valera]. Luckily, I was cast in Walang Kawala, opposite Polo Ravales, directed by Joel Lamangan.”

Ano sa iyong palagay ang posibleng maging 'tsansa mo at ng inyong pelikula sa gitna ng mahigpit na kumpetisyon sa 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival?

"I’m confident that I did my best and really gave my all to our film. But I really don’t think about the competition.

"Alam ko naman po na mahuhusay ang mga kalahok na artista at pelikula, sa Cinemalaya.

"I’m just hoping na sana magustuhan po nila yung pelikulang pinaghirapan namin."

Which do you give importance to, at this point in your movie career?

"Speaking of one's integrity, as person and as an artist, I‘m not worried about the impressions I make on other people. What is more important to me, at this point, is my passion for acting; to better my craft; and give justice to the role or character I'm portraying."


As one of the entries at the Cinemalaya Filmfest (Director's Showcase) category, Cesar M. Evangelista's Amor y Muerte (Love & Death) will compete for the Balanghai Awards (for Best Picture, Direction, Screenplay, and Lead/Supporting Performances, among other major and technical categories) with the other four entries, namely:

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Jeffrey Jeturian's Ekstra (The Bit Player), a Vilma Santos-starrer;

Gil Portes' Liars, with Alessandra De Rossi and an ensemble cast of new child actor-discoveries;

Adolfo Alix, Jr.'s Porno, with Angel Aquino, Rosanna Roces, Carlo Aquino, and Yul Servo; and

Jerrold Tarog's Sana Dati, a romance-drama, featuring Lovi Poe, Benjamin Alves, TJ Trinidad, and Paulo Avelino.

The 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival opens this Friday, July 26, and will run until August 4, 2013, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and satellite venues, including Trinoma Mall Cinemas (Quezon City), Greenbelt 3 Cinemas (Makati City), and Alabang Town Center (Muntinlupa City).

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