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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 30, 2012

Indie Queen Althea Vega Makes An International Movie To Be Shown At Sundance Filmfest In Utah

ALTHEA VEGA had two entries in Cinemalaya last July, “Ang Katiwala” and “Diablo”. In the current Cinema One filmfest, she’s in Khavn de la Cruz’ stylized “EDSA XXX” playing no less than four different roles. Her biggest role is as Martir Yosa, the wife of the president of the fictitious Republika Ek Ek Ek, played by Bong Cabrera. Next is Rizalina, leader of the secret organization called Rizal Underground. She also plays a “taong bayan” in a protest rally and as one of the Bayong Brigade, the villains. She started with the Joel Lamangan indie “Walang Kawala” three years ago and has appeared in nothing but indie films since this. We tell her she’s the true Indie Queen.

“I told my manager Manny Valera gusto ko rin namang gumawa ng mainstream kasi sa indie, maliit lang naman ang bayad sa amin,” she says. “But I’m proud I just finished an international film made by a British director, Sean Ellis. The title is ‘Metro-Manila’ and it’s been accepted in the Sundance Filmfest in Utah. I’m hoping isama nila ako roon in January. I play a girl from Banawe who marries Jake Macapagal, the lead actor, who gets involved in a crime. I’ve also finished another movie with Direk Gil Portes, ‘Bayang Magiliw’, playing the kabit of our town mayor, Wendell Ramos.”

“EDSA XXX” will be premiered tonight at EDSA Shangrila but Althea won’t be there. “I’m part kasi of a Flamenco dance concert at the RCBC Theatre in Makati, also to be held tonight. I’ve learned how to dance Flamenco as I love its music. I will be doing two dances with our teacher.”