MANILA—For a few months, blind items carried a beauty queen-actress who is in a very “interesting” stage.
Knowing she could not hide it from the public and she wouldn’t want to lie, Kapuso actress and former Reina Hispanoamericano title holder Winwyn Marquez revealed that she is, indeed, pregnant.
Her announcement happened during the grand presscon of “Nelia,” where she plays the lead role, and is an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival(MMFF). It was also the launching of the outfit which produced the film “Nelia” the A&Q Production
“I took it siguro as a sign na lang din na i-share kasi hindi ko naman talaga itatago. Gusto ko lang tulungan i-promote and film kahit online, Winwyn confessed during the presscon.
Winwyn really wanted to cooperate in the promotion of her movie, “Nelia,” which is produced by A&Q Productions and Films Incorporated, but her moves are now limited because of her condition.
But she was able to go out for the said presscon held at the Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams while constantly monitored by her doctor.
“Gusto ko talaga makapunta dito sa presscon kahit medyo nag-a-adjust pa ang body with everything,” Winwyn said.
The former beauty queen is ecstatic and the whole family as well, particularly her parents Alma Moreno and Joey Marquez.
She also said that her partner, a non-showbiz with whom she has been reportedly in a relationship since early this year is so excited about her pregnancy. Winwyn did not divulge any info about him and only said that he is a private person and they’re very much in love.
Two new roles to her name
“Dalawang Christmas gift na and I couldn’t ask for more talaga—ang “Nelia” na first title role ko, and the title of being a mother,” Winwyn related.
Winwyn also admitted that she is on her 21st week of pregnancy and is craving for more rice each meal, with dried fish dipped in vinegar.
There is a saying that pregnancy connotes luck and who knows, Winwyn may bring good luck to their MMFF entry. Another luck could a Best Actress award during the MMFF Gabi ng Parangal.
“Yung Best Actress, pag naririnig ko po ‘yun…ang lalaki ng artistang kasali, di ba? Pag na-nominate ako, magpapakain nap o ako,” Winwyn said in jest.
“Kahit hindi po manalo, kahit ma-nominate lang po, ibang level na po ‘yun para sa akin.
“Kasi never naman po ako nag-e-expect, kasi gusto ko lang po ay mapanood ng tao yung “Nelia,” ma-appreciate nila ‘yung film, yun po ang mas importante sa akin.
The Kapuso actress said that she is grateful to God because this is her first project where she is the title role.
“Ang tanong ko nga sa producers, sa manager ko, ‘Sure ba kayo na ako ang kukunin niyo?’ Kasi never pa ako nagbida talaga. Sabi ko nga, hindi ako maniniwala hangga’t wala pa akong schedule shooting, kasi baka mapalitan, o magkaron ng instances, hindi ako nag-expect,” Winwyn said.
But when they started shooting, it was the only time Winwyn said that it started to sink in. The pressure is so hard and so challenging, since it is a psychological suspense-thriller, and relayed that she worked hard on this film.
“Tapos, I came from a lock in of a romcom story. So, iba yung pag-adjust nung film,” she narrated.
Meanwhile, Winwyn is Nelia in the movie. She is a nurse who’s slowly realizing that something’s amiss at the hospital where she works, particularly in Room 009 where every patient admitted in that room never came out alive. Nelia tries to uncover the secrets behind the deaths of her patients.
Winwyn shared during the presscon that she only had a short time to prepare for the character and that she found the role of Nelia challenging. She is thankful to the energy of her co-stars and the direction of Lester Dimaranan, she was able to give justice to the role and gave her all as expected of her.
“Nelia” is Dimaranan’s first movie that made it into the top eight entries for the 2021 MMFF.
Breaking the stigma on mental health
“Nelia” is the only suspense-thriller movie entry for the 2021 MMFF. The main objective of the movie, other than bringing thrills and chills during the holiday season, is to tackle the issue of mental health.
Winwyn revealed that although Nelia is suspicious about the hospital’s operations, she eventually starts to think that the problem may lie within her. The film trailer even indicates that Nelia may have schizophrenia, a very sensitive mental illness that the public still views negatively.
The film’s writer-producer Atty. Melanie Honey Quiño Marquez said that Nelia explores the premises of how the environment affects mental health. Before the movie, both Marquez and Dimaranan made research by consulting professionals about the right terms and nuances concerning mental health issues to achieve its goal of raising awareness against the stigma on mental health and above all, to avoid offending afflicted individuals.
The movie hopes to encourage viewers to be supportive of their friends, family, loved ones, and others who suffer from mental health.
Years in the making
Although the film is the only entry under the suspense-thriller genre, the plot took around 20 years to make.
“I created Nelia when I was in college but I felt that it’s time to release it now so we can create jobs amid the pandemic,” Marquez said.
Both Marquez and Dimaranan worked closely together to finish the script for the film despite being in the middle of a pandemic. They were also very hands-on during the entire production to guide the cast towards their intended goal.
Despite the long years to complete, Nelia’s release is timely as it also honors the services of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who took the frontlines during the pandemic.
“Nelia” is produced by Atty. Aldwin Alegre with Atty. Nelanie Honey Quino Marquez and also stars Raymond Bagatsing, Mon Confiado, Ali Forbes, Juan Carlos Galano, Lloyd Samartino, Sara Javier, Shido Roxas, Massey Samshoddin and many more.
“We should watch Nelia because it has a unique story and is proof that we can create a quality movie despite being tight on budget,” Dimaranan said.
“Nelia” will premiere in selected theaters in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao on December 25, Saturday to January 7, 2022. This early, there are already talks with international film distributors who have expressed their intent to showcase the film “Nelia” in the US and other parts of the world. (Evelyn C. Diao/MTVN)