29 January 2012

A Mother's Story

Let's take a break from my story about my trip in HK. I promise to tell you more about the trip in my next post. PROMISE.

I just got home from the mall. Every Sunday after we go to church, then we drive to the mall to eat lunch. Usually, we eat lunch, walk around Macy's, then do a little grocery shopping at Payless Supermarket. After that, we head home because I have to read my nursing books. But because my first exam is scheduled next week, we decided to watch a movie, a Filipino movie, in the theaters. At this moment, let it not be said my that my family does not support the Philippine economy. Not only do we visit Philippines at least three times per year and buy Filipino products, but we also watch Filipino movies! LOL. :D

The movie we watched was A Mother's Story, which starred Pokwang, Rayver Cruz, Xyriel Manabat, and many other Filipino artistas.

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The story showed the hardships OFWs (overseas filipino workers) face when they leave the country. It also showed how great a mother's love is for her children. The movie started showing the life of a typical poor family in the Philippines. Medy (Pokwang) was married to an irresponsible man who not only was jobless but also gambles Medy's earnings. Medy also had a son, King (Rayver), and she was pregnant with her youngest daughter Queenie (Xyriel).

After giving birth to Queenie, they found out that Queenie had the condition called wet lungs. Due to this, she decided to leave her family and fly to the United States to work for seven days as a make-up artist. However, her supposedly seven days stay in USA became seven years. Medy decided to stay in the USA and become an illegal alien to primarily support Queenie's medical treatment. In the US, Medy met her high school best friend (played by Beth Tamayo) who helped her find jobs even though she was an illegal resident. Her first job as a clerk turned out to be okay. Her boss treated her nicely and humanely. However, Queenie's condition became worse and Medy had to find a better paying job. With the help of her best friend, she quit her job as a clerk and worked as a stay-in maid for a well to do family.

Her new boss took Medy's passport away from her, taking away her freedom to leave. She was not exactly battered by her boss. In fact, the movie never showed either of her bosses physically hurting her. Yes, they yelled at her and called her stupid, and her work might be a little too much such as taking off her boss' shoes, but I think she was treated okay. Comparing her story from other stories I have heard from other domestic helpers, Medy's story was not as bad. She had the freedom to go grocery shopping and see her best friend after all. She was even able to ask her boss to send mails to her family. Although, it was not very clear if her boss really did send the mails.

Fast forward to Medy going back to her family in the Philippines... It was no surprise that when Medy met her daughter Queenie, her daughter had no idea who she was. It was also showed that King does not see her as his mother anymore. Rather, he saw her as the woman who sends them money and balikbayan boxes full of gifts for them. I guess another typical occurrence was when Medy found out that her husband got married to one of her kumares (female friend).

Just like most stories about domestic helpers, Medy told her family what happened to her abroad - that life was not as easy as her family had assumed. Then, she annulled her marriage with her jerk of a husband, and kept her kids.

Lastly, by the end of the movie, it was shown that Medy was given justice - thanks a lot to the daughter of her bosses, and to one of the most famous lawyers in the US, Attorney Garfinkel. If you have been a client of Atty. Garfinkel, you'll know that he charges quite a lot. A consultation would cost you two hundred dollars. I guess this shows Medy has enough money in her pockets, right? It was also showed that her son King had impregnated a woman and that he's leaving to become an OFW to support his family to be.

All in all, Pokwang did a pretty good job with this movie. Although, I must say, this movie reminded me of a movie I saw years ago - Vilma Santos' and Claudine Barretto's Anak.

From Google Images
I remember crying nonstop while watching Anak. As for A Mother's Story, there were moments when I feel like I was about to cry, but then Pokwang or another character would lighten up the mood by throwing funny punchlines. In addition, I think Vilma Santos' character was more battered by her bosses, and her problems in the Philippines were not very easily solved. Medy (Pokwang) did not have a daughter who was not only addicted to drugs but also sleeps around, right?

Alright, I think I'll stop comparing the two movies now. Watch both of the movies, okay? Watching them would tell you a better story than reading about them in my blog.


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