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Baby Ruth Villarama: Portraying Reality in the Silver Screen

Baby Ruth Villarama: Portraying Reality in the Silver Screen

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“A WINDOW to the world.” This is how documentary filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama describes the television features that took up her Saturday afternoons as a child; she was always anticipating the day’s National Geographic Society special. She never truly understood why she was drawn to those 30-minute features. Maybe it was the storytelling, or maybe it was something bigger. But to the young Villarama, they were a “childhood window to the world—parang all of a sudden, you’re part of it na.” In an unexpected turn of events, Villarama eventually became one of the members of the first all-Filipino documentary production team for “Asia’s Titanic,” a National Geographic feature. Years later, the director secured herself a seat at the helm of documentary filmmaking, creat...
JRN alumna’s Sunday Beauty Queen wins big in MMFF

JRN alumna’s Sunday Beauty Queen wins big in MMFF

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ARTLET ALUMNA'S Sunday Beauty Queen bagged four awards, including Best Picture, in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2016 Gabi ng Parangal held Dec. 29. The documentary directed by Journalism alumna Baby Ruth Villarama-Gutierrez also won Best Editing, Children’s Choice Award, and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, which is given to the film that best showcased the Filipino culture to the world. Sunday Beauty Queen follows the lives of domestic helpers in Hong Kong who spend their Sundays off participating in beauty pageants. The pageants help them uplift themselves and raise funds for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in need. Moreover, the documentary—first of its kind to compete in the annual film festival—featured the sacrifices done by OFWs for their famili...