6 Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Do you know Lilia Cuntapay? No?
Is it still Halloween somewhere in the Philippines?

Enter Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay.
One of those Filipino film actresses you will rarely recognize by name because let us be honest, you wouldn't know who Lilia Cuntapay is without seeing her signature long white hair with a little wind for a dramatic effect (to complete her signature look) and BOOM! AHH-YES-OF-COURSE-I-KNOW-HER from somewhere Moment.
Lilia Cuntapay in Shake, Rattle, and Roll "Yaya"

In this film she [sic] plays Lilia Cuntapay, the bit player popularly remembered as the aswang in the early circa of Shake, Rattle, and Roll films (as seen in the trailer.) She gets nominated for the first time as best supporting actress and gets busy preparing for her thank you speech for when she wins the award.

Reasons why you should see it.
Good material - As it is a slice of life, Lilia Cuntapay represents the general lot of bit players of the country. Apart from bit players I'd like to think that this movie mirrors every Filipino's dream to succeed because of their hard work and resilience.

You're from the Manila Suburbs - The film's setting, Manila. The feeling of familiarity makes you want to find these places and pay Nanay Lilia a visit after seeing the film.

Awards and recognitions - taken from the official facebook page of the film.
Cinema One Originals 2011 Awards- Special Jury Prize- Best Screenplay (Antoinette Jadaone)- Best Actress (Lilia Cuntapay)- Best Supporting Actress (Ge Villamil)- Best Editing (Leo Valencia and Glenn Ituriaga)- Audience Choice Award
Official Selection, Udine Far East Film Festival 14 (Udine, Italy)
Official Selection, 12th Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (Neuchatel, Switzerland)
Exhibition, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival (Pasay City, Philippines)
Official Selection, A Window on Asian Cinema – 17th Busan International Film Festival (Busan, South Korea)
This film is Lilia Cuntapay's first top billing award winning work to boot. An excellent film to represent our country in foreign film festivals. It is fun and fresh films like this that will keep our film industry alive.

Its novelty - The documentary approach of the story gives a feel of genuine emotions despite it being 90% scripted. This is my two cents on Director Antoinette Jadaone revelation of the film being scripted. Props to her and Lola Lilia for doing such a good job. It seems legit.

Its not horror - You'll discover more of Lilia Cuntapay in the industry than being just that aswang on the telly.

Realizations - Ask yourself questions like: Where have all the actors and actress who take their acting seriously gone? What do bit players do for a living when they don't have projects? Why did the chicken cross the road?


Having watched the film makes me happy for Lola Lilia. She's finally getting the recognition she deserves after more than 30 years in the media industry.

It reads: Dear Marz, I love you. Lola Lilia

Lola Lilia is such a darling! P.S. I think she's Ilocano too?

This film is one small step in my review of Filipino films and one giant leap for Lilia Cuntapay's showbiz career.

Congratulations Nanay Lilia! Wishing you more top billing projects in the future.

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