When Candy Pangilinan first read the script of Jowable, she got worried about how her irreverent yet illuminating scene with lead star Kim Molina will play out in the big screen.
For starters, Candy plays a nun who accepts the offer of Kim’s character, Elsa, to get tipsy and answer very personal questions, such as “Sister, virgin ka pa?” and “Nagfi-finger ka po ba?”
Candy shared her thoughts on the matter with PEP.ph at the Jowable movie premiere night last September 23 at SM Megamall.
“No’ng unang basa ko ng script, nagtanong ako,” she said. ‘Direk, sure ka ba nasasabihin ko ’to?’ Kasi medyo, ako din nag-worry. Sabi niya, ‘Don’t worry. May bawi ka naman sa dulo.’”
Indeed, her nun character ends up telling Elsa: “Naniniwala ako na hinihanda ka ng Diyos para sa tamang lalaki… Malay mo, pinoprotektahan ka Niya para dumating ang para sa ’yo, handang-handa ka at nasa tamang landas ka pa rin.”
In the movie—which is an adaptation of the book of the same title written by the movie’s director, Darryl Yap—Elsa is desperate to finally have a love life for the first time in her 30 years. She turns bitter and abrasive for not having even a suitor though she finds herself attractive enough, or jowable.
Candy is confident that the movie, particularly her one and only scene, will not offend the community of nuns or anybody else.
“Hindi naman ang kongregasyon ng mga madre ang binabanggit dito,” she explained. “Bilang tao lang naman ’yon. Tao din ang madre. So, i-separate po natin ang congregation sa tao.”
Instead, the scene comes off as entertaining and enlightening. Candy recalled that on the day of the shoot, she was given about 30 minutes to memorize her lines and just a few minutes more for the take because “may hinahabol kaming day effect at umuulan.”
When asked for her own definition of jowable, she said it’s “a person na handa na magka-jowa dahil okay na siya na tao.
“Siya mismo, not depending the happiness on anyone,” she pointed out. She remembered a time in her life when she felt she wasn’t jowable, so she did something about it.
"Alam mo kasi ’yong feeling mo hindi ka jowable, ano ’yon insecurity na pumapasok ’yan, e,” she explained. “Ako, sa akin, gumawa ako ng mga paraan para linisin ang utak ko, i-enrich ko ang sarili ko. Di ba, nag-aral ako. Kung ano-ano ang ginawa ko para matabunan ang insecurity.”
Does Candy feel jowable now that she’s a single mom to a teenage son? “As of this moment, yes,” she replied.
“Feeling ko, jowable ako. Baka bukas, hindi. Depende. Di ba, alam mo ’yon? May araw na feeling mo, okay ka. May mga araw na hindi.”
She added that she still aspires to get married again, but won’t say if she’s into the dating scene. “I have a lot of friends,” she said, laughing.