14 Dec Sunday Beauty Queen ala GMA Supershow



JUAN SAYS: This is not another OFW story. A tear-jerker where you would expect the protagonist to be screaming her lungs out at her children who have either done drugs or have gotten themselves pregnant just because. No, this is not your typical OFW story.


Babyruth Villarama’s critically acclaimed film “Sunday Beauty Queen” is one of the chosen finalists for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. This is the first time that a reality film makes it to the final eight of the popular film festival signaling a season of change.

“Sunday Beauty Queen” follows a particular yet universal tale of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), Filipino maids dreaming to become Hong Kong’s beauty queens, while revealing their lives lived with their employers.

The film made its world premiere when it competed last October at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival, where it earned rave reviews from several international industry media. Variety hailed the film as “an engaging documentary on Filipina overseas workers’ self-empowerment through beauty pageants”.

Yet we at JUAN are wondering what Vanity means by this? Is there really self-empowerment in beauty pageants? A dichotomy of sorts?

Villarama, who also wrote the film, is honored and excited that the Filipino audience can finally see the fascinating and heartwarming world of “Sunday Beauty Queen”

“’Sunday Beauty Queen’ is not just an OFW story. It’s the story of every Filipino, struggling to make a living and yet finding light and hope in any way they can,” she shares.

“[And] at the heart of the film is ‘family’. That’s the heart of every OFW story. [And through MMFF], we can now share that beautiful story to Filipino families this coming Christmas.”

“Sunday Beauty Queen” is produced by Voyage Studios and TBA (Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Entertainment, Artikulo Uno Productions), the same team behind last year’s box-office and critical hit “Heneral Luna”.


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