By Malvina Wong, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Sept. 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO – The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) newest film project, “Edsa Woolworth” is a mix of comedy and drama that stars the Philippines’ Queen of Live Comedy, Pokwang. This is Pokwang’s second time to shoot a film in the United States. In 2011, she starred in TFC’s first film, “A Mother’s Story”, which was also partially filmed in San Francisco.
Pokwang is known for bringing people to tears with her comedic acts, but she is now beginning to surprise her fans with her ability to perform tear-jerking roles. In “Edsa Wooldworth”, she plays a strong woman, who tries to hold her family together.
“I’m just really happy that this role is different. I don’t play a mother. I play an older sister,” said Pokwang.
Head writer Noel Nuguit expressed that he found it rewarding as a writer to be given the opportunity to come up with characters that are being portrayed by professional actors like Pokwang. He said, “These characters have different priorities and we show the dynamics in this one household, especially among the siblings who take care of their senior parents.”
Pokwang said she is in good hands with director John-D Lazatin. “Direk John-D and I have had chemistry at work since ‘A Mother’s Story’ and he knows how to push me to tackle the different sides of my role,” she shared.
Pokwang said she’s also thrilled to be working with a diverse cast and crew. She explained, “They’re so patient with me. I don’t really speak English but Direk John-D wants me, my character to speak it, even if she’s not fluent. You will love my character, not because she speaks perfect English, but because she’s a good person.”
Nuguit concluded, “Everybody could relate to the movie. It’s a story about family. It’s all about family and love, and the celebration of a Filipina as a sibling, as a sister, as a wife and as a lover material.”