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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.

May 31, 2013

Comedian Mae Paner As 'Juana Change' Wants To Change Society

COMEDIAN MAE PANER gets her biggest break in the movie “Juana Change”, a satire on contemporary Philippine society. A BS psychology graduate from UST, she’s an activist and a PETA stage actress. She became the face of the movement called Juana Change (a pun on Wanna Change?) that aims to foster critical thinking and social action among our people to bring about positive changes in our country.

The movie is written by acclaimed playwright Rody Vera and directed by Jade Castro of the award-winning film “Endo”, the hit comedy “Zombadings” and the forthcoming Marian Rivera-Richard Gutierrez rom com, “Lady Boss”. What happens to Juana Change in the film?

“Sa story, si Juana in part of an indigenous clan na nakatira sa bundok at biktima ng mining ng nickel ang tribu nila,” says Mae. “Pinadala siya as a scholar in Arreneoww de Manila at yung mga kababayan niyang natives hope she’ll be a lawyer who’ll fight for their rights and save their ancestral land from landgrabbers. Kaso, pagdating ni Juana sa Manila, kinahiya niya ang kanyang tribal origin at kahirapan. Nilamon siya ng sistema at naging bar-hopping at pasosyal na colegiala to gain acceptance in her new world. Ang ending, naging escort girl siya para doon sa mahihilig sa chubby, plus sized partners. Doon nabuksan ang mata niya sa mga politico at sa corruption, at natuklasan niya ang isang evil plot that will threaten the people she loves.”

Supporting Mae Paner as “Juana Change” are John James Uy, Angelina Kanapi, Joel Torre, Nino Muhlach, Ronnie Lazaro, Madeleine Nicolas, Soliman Crus, Maluh de Guzman, Angeli Bayani, Annicka Dolonious and Jelson Bay. This will open in theatres on Wednesday, June 5. With this movie, the Juana Change Movement hopes to foster more public awareness in the fight against corruption, exploitation and social injustice so prevalent in our country now. We really hope they’ll succeed in their goals as it’s for the betterment of our society.