Film showing for Ama Quiambao

Singkuwento Internasyonal organizes benefit for renowned film, theater actress

SOLIDARITY. Film community gathers funds for veteran actress Quiambao. Photo from the Singkuwento Internasyonal Facebook page

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.

Singkuwento Internasyonal has extended its support by organizing the “Ms. Ama Quiambao Viray Benefit Film Showing,” to be held on July 27 at the Freedom Bar, Anonas Commercial Complex, Quezon City.

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.”

Her current projects include the aforementioned play, as well as “Amor Y Muerte” and “Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti,” the respective film entries for the upcoming Cinemalaya and CineFilipino film festivals.

Watch the trailer for ‘Diablo’ here:


Financial aid may be coursed through Trixie Dauz and Lui Quiambao Manansala.

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