Romantic drama strikes a chord with overseas Filipino workers

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) The Philippine romantic drama "Hello, Love, Goodbye," which portrays the lives and struggles of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), resonated strongly with Filipinos in Taiwan, and two extra screenings were needed on Sunday to meet demand.

Marie Yang, co-organizer of the screening, told CNA that only two screenings were planned originally, but due to demand for tickets from hundreds of Filipino migrant workers, she and co-organizer Myra Liu decided to hold two extra screenings on Sunday afternoon.

"There were so many people asking me for tickets, so that's why I was compelled to open up two more screenings," she said. "A total of 980 tickets were sold and there were still another 100 people asking me for tickets."

The rush for tickets was believed to be because many overseas Filipino migrant workers identified with the movie's story and characters, Yang said.

Apple Gordula, a 30-year-old caregiver from Taichung who traveled to Taipei to watch the movie said, "I think it is a beautiful love story that many OFWs can relate to," she said. "It portrays the work the OFWs are involved in and also the communication they need to have with their families."

A woman identified only as Jilian said it was the love theme that attracted her and her friends to travel from Tainan to Taipei to watch the movie.

A caregiver from New Taipei named Sally, who saw the movie twice on Sunday, said she cried watching the movie because she felt she identified with the movie's main female character.

"I feel I am the same as the character Joy, played by Kathryn Bernardo," she said.

Another woman named Diane said the characters were really effective because they made the audience feel the pain they themselves are going through.

"Hello, Love, Goodbye" opened in the Philippines on July 31 at 430 cinemas in the country and as of Saturday had grossed over 400 million pesos (US$7.68 million), according to a report by ABS-CBN News that day.

Because of the strong interest in the movie in Taiwan, Yang said there is the possibility that more screenings of the movie could be held in Taipei.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel