Eugene Domingo shares Cinemalaya experience

By Michelle Ong, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2011 11:02 PM | Updated as of Jul 31 2011 02:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Fresh from bagging the Best Actress award at the 7th Cinemalaya independent film festival, Eugene Domingo is as vivacious on her guesting on “Mornings at ANC” as she is in her lead role in the film, "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank."

Domingo said her personality is not really far from the funny, self-deprecating character she portrayed in the film.

"It's crazy you are watching yourself playing yourself, but not really. About 50% ng Eugene Domingo na mapapanood nila sa pelikula parang ako. Kaya lang ang yaman-yaman ng Eugene Domingo diyan, may swimming pool, swimming pool boy. Sa totoong buhay, wala akong swimming pool, pero gusto ko magkaroon ng swimming pool boy," said Domingo.

The movie was judged as the Best Film and the man behind it -- Marlon Rivera -- won the Best Director award in the category of New Breed Full Length Feature.

It also bagged awards for Best Screenplay and Audience Choice.

"This is about 3 ambitious filmmakers na gustong gumawa ng independent film at gusto nilang manalo. Ganon ka ambisyoso, gusto pumunta sa Cannes, Oscars, you know, it’s about a dream,” explained Domingo.

Domingo said she is grateful not only for the recognition of Cinemalaya but for the film's commercial success.

“We discover new writers, new directors and we give chances to actors like me na hindi naman laging nabibigyan ng lead parts,” she said.

Talk about dedication in shooting the film, she recalls literally falling into a septic tank.

“Tumama ‘yung likod ko sa gilid ng septic tank at hindi ako nakagalaw ng 3 araw,” said Domingo.

Domingo is on cloud nine these days for the huge turnout of support for “Ang Babae sa Septik Tank.”

However, she is careful not to take all the credit.

“Sometimes, we should not only think about ourself (sic) but we should the vision of the director. I want to work with the writer and the director. I don’t think about myself,” she said.

In an industry where fame and humility can be at odds, Domingo has this advice for other celebrities:

“Huwag kayo masyado maarte, baka kung saan kayo mahulog,” she said.