Babyruth Villarama’s critically acclaimed film Sunday Beauty Queen is one of the chosen finalists for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. Its inclusion is considered a historic feat, as this is the first time a reality film or a documentary has made it to the final eight, which traditionally opens on Christmas Day.
Sunday Beauty Queen follows a particular yet universal tale of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), specifically that of Filipino maids’ dreams to become Hong Kong beauty queens, while showing what their life is like with their employers.
The film made its world premiere when it competed in October at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival, and 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.”
Villarama, who also wrote the film, is honored and excited that the Filipino audience can finally see the fascinating and heartwarming world of Filipina maids in Hong Kong.
“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 shared.
“[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.”
Asked by The Manila Times to comment on the sentiment that there are no entries, which children can watch come December at the MMFF, Villarama replied, “One of my colleagues has shown the movie to a six-year-old boy who said he enjoyed it, so I think everyone can come to watch this.”
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.