Former Forevermore talent accuses Cathy Garcia-Molina of maltreatment
He says he was verbally abused and humiliated by the director.
Photo via Liza Soberano's Instagram account
(SPOT.ph) We often associate Cathy Garcia-Molina with a string of box-office hits like My Amnesia Girl, A Very Special Love, and the One More Chance films. The director once again made headlines over the weekend, but it was less about her movies and more about her alleged behavior behind the cameras.
A talent named Rosselyn Domingo from the now-defunct hit series Forevermore took to Facebook to air her grievances against the director, saying that the latter repeatedly cursed at and humiliated her boyfriend, Alvin Campomanes, who substituted for a small role on the show.
Campomanes, a professor at the University of the Philippines, wrote a complaint to ABS-CBN, explaining that while the director was courteous to the show's stars and veterans, the same didn't hold true for the extras. "[Garcia-Molina] led the prayer before we started our work. The prayerful director said that the soap is meant to 'entertain' and 'teach values” to its viewers," he wrote. "I recoil when I remember how her behavior toward bit players and those who work behind the camera so brazenly contradicted her pious pronouncements."
Like a scene straight out of the Vilma Santos-starrer Ekstra, he talked about the "verbal abuse" he was subjected to, saying, "I remember Joey Marquez spared me from further humiliation by coaching me on how to position my body for that particular scene. I believe he was uncomfortable seeing me endure all those hurtful remarks, aware as he was that his daughter Winwyn was my student in San Beda."
He also detailed the "arrogant" and "vulgar" behavior of the talent coordinator, John Leonardo, who recruited him for the role despite being aware of his lack of acting experience. "I was there beside him when he said this to a talent, a woman in her early 20s: 'Sinong jowa mo, 'yong tomboy? Bakit? Nagjojowa ka ng tomboy? Gusto mo ba yun, pinepenggay ka? Pero naranasan mo na magpatusok ng titi sa lalaki?' The woman, although violated, forced to smile. He said these nasty things in front of the younger sisters of the woman, who were both teenagers."
The post has since gone viral, eliciting reactions all over social media. On Facebook, actress Rosanna Roces defended the director, writing, "Kami man ay nakatikim din ng katakut-takot na panlalait at pagmumura bago kami talagang natuto at naging magaling." Meanwhile, veteran filmmaker Peque Gallaga called for an apology.
In her post, Domingo said that Garcia-Molina was known for her cursing on set, as a way to cope with stress, but lamented, "Ganoon ba talaga ‘pag stressed? Dapat kang maging insensitive sa damdamin ng ibang tao para guminhawa ang pakiramdam mo?"
ABS-CBN has yet to release a statement on the issue.