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Iloilo: A Way to Celebrate Common Humanity

The character of a real-life Filipina housekeeper named Teresa a.k.a. Auntie Terry is effectively portrayed by theater actress—Angeli Bayani in Anthony Chen’s ‘Iloilo’, the Camera d’Or (Best Debut Feature) winner at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, had its press conference held at Passion, a Cantonese restaurant situated on the second floor of Maxims Hotel of Resorts World Manila on Monday, December 2.

Iloilo screenwriter and director Anthony Chen.

Iloilo screenwriter and director Anthony Chen.

She was joined by the Singaporean film director and writer Chen and her co-stars of the said film. The boy who portrayed Chen in the film is Koh Jia Ler now 13 years of age was also part of the panel during the press meet.

According to Bayani, the fame of ‘Iloilo’ in the international scene has opened her more projects like theater stints.

“It’s been a while that I last appeared onstage and I am glad that through ‘Iloilo’ I have some offers to do theater again,” Bayani reveals.

Angeli posed with real-life Auntie Terry.

Angeli posed with real-life Auntie Terry.

‘Iloilo’ previously won Best New Director and Screenplay for Chen, Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann Yann, and Best Picture at the 50th Golden Horse (China’s Oscars). Among its latest achievements, include the Audience Award at the 15th Tokyo Filmex held on November 23 to December 1, and also earned four other nominations at the 56th Asia Pacific Film Festival, which will be held on December 13-15; Bayani is nominated as Best Actress.

Bayani was described by Hollywood director Ang Lee as ‘brilliant’ and a ‘national treasure’ at the same time.

The film, which Chen described as a way to celebrate common humanity will open in Metro Manila on December 4 at selected theaters. It is distributed locally by Origin8 Media and supported by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Philippine Migrants Rights Watch, Resorts World Manila, Cebu Pacific Air, and Selracho.

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