Take part in a TV Documentary

Knickerbockerglory TV are developing a documentary about people in long distance or international relationships and would love someone from the Filipino community to take part. The programme would explore how people in these types of relationships manage and make them successful.

The programme is in the early stages at the moment, if you are interested please email tessa@knickerbockerglory.tv, with no obligation to appear in the programme at this stage.

The untold story behind the 86 EDSA Revolution

The objective of the director/author/owner of the video is to expose hidden facts about the EDSA Revolution Yellow Propaganda. By simply stating the FACTS, everything becomes astoundingly simple and clear. For 25 years, media has been forcibly feeding people about their mystical notion of People Power, an event that was not participated by more than 80 million Filipinos back in 1986. 25 years after this so called “bloodless” revolution (Ironically, thanks to Marcos), the rich has gotten more wealthy and are poised to own the utilities and infrastructures of the country while the entire populace of the Philippines is mired in POVERTY, MEDIOCRITY and constant SUFFERING.

The Filipina on Top: Deconstructing Maria Clara

Getting to the heart of the Pinay’s Madonna-Whore Syndrome. Is the modern Filipina well-informed enough not to fall into bad situations? Or are we unknowingly contributing to our own problems?

PRESS RELEASE

New Mini Documentary Discusses
Filipina Sexual Empowerment Issues

  • New mini-documentary film directed by award-winning director Kamil Roxas is one of the highlights of this year’s edition of Illustrado Magazine’s annual event Women of Substance
  • The film titled “Filipina on Top” – revolving around empowering Filipinas in overcoming prevalent concerns such as sexual harassment, sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies – is a follow-up to last year’s successful release of “The Empowered Filipina”

26TH APRIL 2011, DUBAI, UAE – Following last year’s successful release of the specially produced mini-documentary film “The Empowered Filipina,” Dubai-based Filipino lifestyle publication, Illustrado Magazine, announced yesterday the online release of the film’s follow-up “Filipina on Top,” which was premiered during its annual Women of Substance event to be held last 1st April 1st at the Godolphin Ballroom in Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

“Filipina on Top” is also directed by Kamil Roxas, winner of the Hayah Film Competition at the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in 2008. It talks about the sensitive yet significant issues concerning Filipinas, hoping to create awareness on the harsh realities Filipinas face and, at the same time, provide relevant information and worthwhile advice.

The film discusses the various attitudes towards pre-marital sex and the complex conservative-modern value system of Filipinas. Also tackled in the film is the lack of sex education in the country, contrasted with the omnipresent influence of the highly sexualized Philippine media and how all these shape cultural attitudes, behaviors and the choices Filipinas make for themselves.

Other prevalent concerns among the Filipinas tackled by the film are unwanted pregnancies and sexual harassment – the latter, furthered by Illustrado Magazine’s random survey of around 100 Filipinas in the ages of 20 to 50 years old based in the Middle East, where 75% said that they have experienced sexual harassment of some form, whether mild or serious (where sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that tends to create a hostile or offensive environment).

According to Illustrado Magazine’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Lalaine Chu-Benitez – “While the debate continues on the decaying moral values in Philippine media, especially after the Willie Revillame TV5 fiasco; while the RH bill remains a bone of contention; and more conservative villages follow Alabang’s footsteps seeking to ban the sale of condoms, and artificial birth control without prescription, Filipinas in the Middle East are already on ‘stage three.’ They are experiencing the repercussions of our contradictory value system – suffering sexual harassment of various forms, while some have been jailed due to unwanted pregnancies and illicit relationships (sex without marriage). Clearly, something’s wrong here and we need to wake up and do something.”

Speaking on Illustrado’s Women of Substance advocacy, she says, “Last year, with the showing of the mini-documentary ‘The Empowered Filipina’, we were able to call on our fellow Pinays around the world to uplift themselves despite prevalent negative stereotypes. This year, we would like to encourage them to take charge of all aspects of their life, to protect themselves and to safeguard their situation, as well as future.”

Dubai-based award winning director Kamil Roxas comments, “I think a documentary has always been a beautiful medium and a vitally necessary form of information. Filming ‘The Empowered Filipina’ and ‘Filipina on Top’ with Illustrado’s Women of Substance team is indeed a privilege. I’m pleased that they use this medium of communication to aim for significant awareness campaigns.”

“Because of the cultural sensitivity of the topic, we ensured that we were careful on how we presented the issues, the differing opinions on the matter and as always, the film ends with a call to action and that is for Filipinas to take charge,” Kamil concludes.

The film, which is slated to be screened in various community events, in the UAE, Gulf and other parts of the globe through voluntary and charity groups, will also facilitate the launch of the spin-off “Pinays Take Charge” campaign where Filipinas are invited to pledge on a specific 10-point guideline hoping to inform, educate and alert them on how to handle compromising situations.

Illustrado’s Women of Substance 2011 is a project done in cooperation with Dove and Nikon, and supported by London Dairy, SM Development Corporation and Anlene.

For more information, please contact Illustrado at +9714-3654547 / +9714-3654543.

Mini-Documentary to Challenge the Negative Pinay Stereotype Released from Dubai

PRESS RELEASE

12 April 2010

Mini-Documentary to Challenge the Negative Pinay Stereotype Released from
DubaiDubai, UAE – Under the Patronage of the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi,
Filipino lifestyle magazine Illustrado has joined forces with Dubai-based
Filipino film director Kamil Roxas, Winner of the Hayah Film Competition at
the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in 2008, to create
“The Empowered Filipina.” The mini-documentary film provides a
compelling message of Filipina empowerment that is slated to create
positive ripples throughout the Filipino expatriate community in the region
and around the world.

Illustrado Magazine’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Lalaine Benitez
states, “This film carries the message of empowerment which is the core
of our Women of Substance Project – and that is a call for Filipinas to
uplift themselves despite prevalent negative stereotypes.” She adds,
“The film has been created not only to make Filipinos aware of the
effects of Pinay stereotyping, especially here in the Gulf, but most
importantly to create that spark of positive action that will encourage
each Filipina to carve a better future for herself by further enriching her
talents and skills and developing love for self, confidence and
self-respect.”

According to Kamil Roxas, “I think a documentary has always been a
beautiful medium and a vitally necessary form of information. Even more so
when the subject is something that you can really respond to. And so for my
part, it was a choice to capture not only the exploitation and stereotyping
but also to change the incorrect mindset some people have of Filipinas and
to share that with as many people as we possibly can.” He continues,
“Luckily for us, the need to make it, and the need to raise as much
awareness resonates with everyone involved in the production and has
propelled us through the very long process of shooting this film.”

“The Empowered Filipina” which had its premiere screening at
Illustrado’s Women of Substance event in Dubai on the 27th March 2010 was
released on the WWW today via Youtube and through social networking sites. The mini-documentary whose trailer has been the topic of lively discussion
on the internet has gained excitement and anticipation throughout the
Filipino community around the world, will be rolled-out in independent
screenings events through links with Filipino schools, community
organizations, Philippine government offices, NGOs, women’s groups,
socio-civic as well as spiritual groups. To date, the film showing is
already slated for the UAE, Bahrain, Thailand, Malaysia, Ireland, Norway,
Canada, Germany, and the Philippines.

The Empowered Filipina trailer

A new documentary showing how Filipinas around the world respond to negative stereotypes. The full length premiere will show on 27th March, Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers, Dubai.

Channel 4 documentary looking for nurses to share their experiences

Des Daniels from Lion TV asked us to pass on this message:

We are currently producing a programme for Channel 4 about hospital nursing and midwifery. We would like to hear about experiences from both nurses and patients. We are interested to find out about specific situations or events during your stay or work in hospital with the view of potentially doing an interview on camera. For example as a patient did the nurses make you feel safe and looked after or did something go wrong. If you are a nurse or midwife how do you find the day to day working life? What works well and what could be improved?

Whatever you tell us, we’ll treat the information confidentially and anonymously where necessary. Our aim is to make an fair and balanced programme about experiences in NHS hospitals today.

If you have a story to tell or if you would like to know more please feel free to get in touch by emailing me at des.daniels@liontv.co.uk or you can call us on 0208 846 2175.

Payatas, Metro Manila’s rubbish dump

Ivar Berglin of VBS.TV covers Payatas, Metro Manila’s only rubbish dump. Although this short documentary focuses on the dump, it does make you think about issues like poverty, entrepreneurship, ecology, over-population and the Church’s stance against contraception.

Watch ‘Between Two Cultures’ online

The BBC’s ‘Meet the Immigrants’ episode featuring Filipino domestic workers seemed to generate lots if interest. I thought it would be a good time to follow it up buy uploading ‘Between Two Cultures’, a short video documentary filmed by two members of Phil-UK back in 2000.

It’s a 12 minute video documentary about two Filipinas: a student who grew up in the UK, and a nanny working to support her family in the Philippines.

For more information, and to watch the video, head to the Between Two Cultures page.