Angel Aquino bravely admitted on cam that her mother was a battered wife.
This was revealed by Patricia Evangelista during the May 16 press conference for ANC's 15th anniversary offering titled Kinse at the ABS-CBN compound.
This is ANC's follow-up project to last year's controversial film amBisyon, which featured 20 short films dealing with election-related issues.
This year, ANC decided to feature 15 short films in the hope of putting a stop to different types of abuses in the Philippines.
Fifteen directors were chosen to create four- to six-minute short films that tackle a wide array of issues: domestic violence, extrajudicial killings, indigenous rights, and others.
Kinse will have a by-invitation theatrical premiere at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines this Thursday, May 19.
Actress and women's rights advocate Angel Aquino will host all six episodes of the Kinse film series that will air on ANC (Skycable Ch. 27) starting May 23.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to interview Patricia, who expressed her admiration for Angel's brave confession on ANC.
"She's got balls!" says Patricia, who personally talked to Angel regarding this sensitive topic.
"I don't think I would have said that if I were in her position.
"In the first place, you risk offending your own mother.
"We tried to get her to talk about it on Storyline but she said she wants to stick to human rights.
"She told us, 'I want it said, ayoko naman mag-dwell on it kasi baka ma-hurt ang nanay ko.'
"But she was willing to risk that just to tell the story.
"Ang lakas ng loob niya at ang laki ng paninindigan niya.
"Ako, hats off to her talaga."
When asked how they learned about Angel's past, Patricia narrated: "I assigned an intern to interview Angel, and then, lumabas.
"When I asked her, 'Are you willing to talk about it?' She said, 'That's why I'm here.'
"She said everything that she felt had to be said.
"She always thought that a dad had the right to abuse her mother because that was what she saw.
"She was much older when she realized that it was a problem.
"Ayaw niyang matutunan pa ng mga anak niya sa iba.
"Gusto niya alam na nila that's it's really wrong."
ANGEL AQUINO'S "CONFESSION." Last month, ANC aired a video interview of Angel wherein she confided: "My tatay would make all the decisions at pag hindi siya nasusunod, o pag may mga bagay na hindi siya natutuwa, madali niyang masaktan ang nanay ko.
"Akala namin, ang tatay, ganun talaga ang role niya."
Angel has two teenage daughters of her own.
She says on cam: "Gusto kong malaman nila na hindi nila dapat payagan na mangyari 'to sa kanila."
"STRIPPING" FOR KINSE. Aside from opening up about her past, Angel also agreed to shoot a daring plug for Kinse.
In this teaser, she wears sexy lingerie while taking her clothes off piece by piece, revealing a battered woman with bruises all over her body. (CLICK HERE to read more.)
The teaser ends by posing the question: "Nakikita mo ba ang galos? (Can you see the bruises?)"
The filmmakers involved in Kinse are:
Erik Matti (Nang Tumambad ang Hubad na Katotohan)
Ato Bautista (Pilay)
Richard Somes (1942)
Ray Gibraltar (Manilyn's Dress and the Peking Duck)
Auraeus Solito (Indigenous Pelikula)
Mark Meily (Kaninong Boses)...
Paolo Villaluna (Intolerance)
Raymond Red (Bangin)
Jon Red (Absent)
Raymund Amonoy (Liham Para Kay Marlo)
Kiri Dalena (Memorial for Filipino Journalists)
Kidlat de Guia (ANC 19)
Nico Puertollano (Labinlima)
Carlos Siguion Reyna (Choices)
Jim Libiran (Batch 2011).