Actress Eugene Domingo
MANILA – Actress Eugene Domingo on Wednesday finally broke her silence and explained why she got emotional during the press conference of her independent movie “Barber’s Tale” which is set to open in theaters next week.
During the press conference, Domingo was quoted as saying she’s already “tired of selling films.” “Nakaka-insecure, pero hindi naman basura 'yung ipapakita mo ‘di ba?” she said.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe, Domingo said she was not able to stop her tears because she can’t help but wonder why some independent films which are internationally recognized get "lukewarm" support when they are shown in the Philippines.
“Bakit nga ba na kapag pinapalabas ang pelikula mo sa sarili mong bansa na alam mong kinilala at binigyan ng recognition sa ibang festivals, kinakabahan ka kasi alam mong masasaktan ka kapag hindi pareho ang reception? Bakit pagdating dito sa ating bansa, medyo malabnaw or lukewarm ang isang reception sa isang pelikulang alam mong ginawa dahil sa storya na inspired ng Pilipino? Bakit ganun?” she asked.
Domingo, however, said this does not mean that she is giving more importance to independent films over mainstream movies.
“Saan ba nagkulang, sa cultivation ng particular audience, sa mga options, sa choices ng pelikula? Sa akin naman, hindi ko binibigyan ng masyadong pagpapahalaga ang independent at parang sinasabi kong walang kwenta or mababa ang mainstream. Hindi ganun. Maganda din na magkaroon ng mga options para ang audience mo nade-develop,” she said.
“Pati artista mo, director at manunulat, sabay-sabay na natututo because yung kanilang craft about film ay sumasabay sa buong mundo. I think 'yun ang pinaka-accessible na paraan para ma-entertain mo ang tao. Maganda din na habang nanonood ng sine, nakakakita sila ng ibang perspective. You give them the best options that they deserve,” she added.
Nonetheless, Domingo is not losing hope that one day, there will be an audience who are "really hungry to watch films that will speak more of the culture.”
For the meantime, Domingo revealed she will temporarily stop doing movies, adding that she plans to take a break from showbiz.
“Hindi [gumawa ng pelikula] ang priority ko bilang aritsta ngayon. Sasabihin natin na siguro at this point, kuntento ako sa kung ano man ang kontribusyon ko sa pelikulang Pilipino. Hindi naman siguro masama sa isang tao or artista na makuntento. I think it’s time for me to play the most important role which is being myself,” she said.
But what does she plan to doing during her “showbiz break”?
“I am studying. Grade one pa lang ako. I’m studying in Instituto Cervantes and hopefully makumpleto ko siya hanggang sa highest level and study abroad also. I am studying Spanish language and culture,” she said.
Now that “Barber’s Tale” is set to be released in select theaters next week, Domingo said she is no longer nervous.
“Kalmadong kalmado na po ako kasi pagkatapos nung emotional na pagpapahayag ko nung presscon, naluwagan ako. Kasi una sa lahat, nabasa ng nanay ko. Sabi ng nanay ko, ‘Anak bakit ayaw mo na magpelikula?’ Sabi ko, ‘Nay, kasi gusto kong mag-aral.’ Sabi niya ‘Sige anak, mag-aral ka na lang.’ The most rewarding words that would calm me down are really from your parents,” she said.
Set in the early 1970s at the onset of martial law, “Barber’s Tale” centers on Marilou (Domingo) as she struggles to keep her late husband's barber shop running. But after gaining the trust of other women in her community, Marilou's life takes an unexpected turn.