Sue Ramirez and RK Bagatsing hope their film Cuddle Weather will raise awareness about the way people talk about love and sex in society.
Her character Adela is a sex worker who meets Ram (played by RK), a male escort.
However, Sue emphasized that even though she plays a pokpok (prostitute) in this movie, the film offers a universal look at relationships.
"Hindi lang naman siya tungkol sa mga pokpok. Kuwento nating lahat ito. Na whatever you do in life, karapat-dapat kang mahalin, at karapat-dapat kang magmahal," said Sue during the press conference held last August 22 in Quezon City.
What does Sue consider the best things to do during cuddle weather? She answered, "Masarap mag-kape.
"Masarap ang yakap. At the end of the day, I think yun ang pinakamasarap na physical interaction between two people.
"Yung sex kasi nakakapagod yun.
"[When you hug], you just have to stand there and wrap your hands around somebody and you feel the warmth of somebody.
"Tingin ko yun ang pinaka-intimate physical interaction between two people: cuddling."
Sue pointed out that it is now 2019 so people should be more open-minded.
"Ako wala akong malisya sa katawan.
"I don't sexualize my body.
"Hindi siya ganun ka big deal. Siguro ito rin ang mag-o-open ng mata ng mga tao na huwag i-sexualize ang bodies natin too much.
"We should open our minds more na huwag tayong masyadong sensitive.
"That's how I am as a person. Isa po akong bargas na babae.
"Hindi issue sa akin na magsabi ng private parts ng tao. Hindi ako na-o-offend."
The 23-year-old actress said that her mentality was shaped by what she observed while growing up.
"Sa household namin, it was never an issue.
“Lumaki akong may sakit ang tatay ko. Kapag umiihi ang tatay, minsan nasa bote. Minsan ako pa ang magtatapon at ako ang magbabalik uli.
“So for me, that's why I do not sexualize those body parts because I grew up witnessing and seeing these kinds of stuff. Hindi siya big deal for me.
"Tit* lang ‘yon kumbaga.
"Hashtag tit* lang ‘yon. Hashtag s*so lang ‘yan!”
Sue has no qualms mentioning the word kant*t and other words referring to a person's private parts.
“Kaya [goal ng pelikula] ay awareness din. Wag tayong maging sensitibo sa naririnig natin. Words are just words and how you react to it is up to you.
“Kung paano mo tatanggapin, kung paano mo pakikinggan ang mga salita. Depende pa rin sa atin ‘yon."
When it comes to talking about sex, Sue wondered out loud, "Bakit nga ang daling sabihin ang penis pero ang hirap sabihin ng tit*?
"Pero pareho lang naman siya ng ibig sabihin.
"Siguro eye-opener ang film na ito na mas tanggapin natin ang mga salita."
Cuddle Weather is one of the entries of the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. No Hollywood or foreign films will be screened in cinemas nationwide from September 13 to 19 to make way for the PPP 2019 entries.