Pokwang recounts time as an OFW

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Sep 20 2012 02:37 AM | Updated as of Sep 20 2012 10:37 AM

SANTA CLARA, California -- It is a story of a mother who sacrificed everything for her loved ones. The Filipino Channel's (TFC) first movie offering, "A Mother's Story," not only earned rave reviews worldwide, it is also a hit among critics.

The movie received 18 nominations from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), including a best actress nod for actress-comedienne Pokwang.

"Ay, nakakaloka ‘yon. Hindi namin akalain ‘yon. Syempre, nagpapasalamat kami sa FAMAS. Manalo, matalo, thank you, thank you talaga,” Pokwang told ABS-CBN News.

In “A Mother's Story,” Pokwang plays her first role as a dramatic actress – a hardworking mother named Medy who goes to the United States for greener pastures.

Medy works as a live-in housekeeper and ends up overstaying her visa. For years, she endured the abuse just to support her family in the Philippines.

Pokwang said playing the role of Medy was not only intense, it was personal. As a former overseas Filipino worker (OFW), she knows how tough it can be.

"Kahit ano, gagawin mo. [Kahit na] mapalayo ka sa kanila, dahil para sa kanila ‘yon. Sobrang lungkot talaga ng buhay ng isang OFW,” she said.

“A Mother's Story” was recently shown TFC's One Kapamilya Go event.

"Parang tinamaan kaming lahat, mga nagtatrabaho dito sa Amerika,” said an OFW who watched the screening.

"Napakahusay pala niyang (Pokwang) umarte, maski sa drama,” said another.

Pokwang, who also performed at the One Kapamilya Go event, said she's grateful for the support of overseas Filipinos.

"Sa nangyaring tagumpay ng pelikula, hindi po mangyayari ‘yon kung hindi sa pagmamahal ninyo at suporta. Maraming salamat po sa inyong suporta,” she said.

From her life as a struggling OFW, Pokwang has certainly come a long way, and will continue to shine with her gift of gab and her serious acting skills.