Film showing for Ama Quiambao
MANILA, Philippines - A film screening has been organized to draw support for veteran actress Ama Quiambao, who suffered a heart attack on Friday, June 28, during her performance in "Pamamanhikan," one of the plays presented at CCP's annual drama festival Virgin Labfest.
The 65-year-old film, television and stage actress, who gained immediate acclaim for her passionate supporting role in Ishmael Bernal's 1982 masterpiece "Himala," was rushed to the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pasay City after she fainted at the matinee performance of Bernadette Villanueva Neri's play.
Quiambao has been transferred to Capitol Medical Center and is now in stable condition.
“Ikagagalak niya na kuwentuhan, kantahan o basahan ng mga tula, makabubuti daw sabi ng doktor. Responsive sya kanina sa mga jokes namin at ‘Romeo and Juliet’ reading,” read the Facebook post by actress Trixie Dauz. (The doctors say conversation, singing or reading her poetry will be good for her. She was responsive to our jokes and “Romeo and Juliet” reading.)
Quiambao’s family welcomes any assistance for her hospitalization, Dauz said.
The event will showcase five short films: Robert Reyes Ang’s “The Brothers of Kappa Pi,” Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s “Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong,” Perry Escaño’s “Alibi,” Steven Flor’s “Breakfast with Lolo,” and Mikhail Red’s “Inosensya.”
All proceeds will go to Quiambao’s medical fund.
Watch the teaser here:
Besides “Himala,” performing alongside Nora Aunor, Quiambao has also appeared in, among others, Uro dela Cruz's "Misteryo sa Tuwa" and Peque Gallaga's "Virgin Forest." She has a prolific acting record that includes teleseryes, independent films, and theater productions.
Quiambao was named Best Actress at Cinemalaya 2012 for her performance in Mes de Guzman’s “Diablo.”
Watch the trailer for 'Diablo' here: