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Working Girls

Working Girls 2010

Everyday we walk in our destined paths to live our lives in whatever we can. Life is too short. Each one of us has a destiny. Some of us live it up to faith. We can do something about it. Not everyone can have “happily ever after” but, we can work it out in order to live.

Remembering how I had a conversation with my late Papa. He told me how to walk as a woman and not as a man. I copied his masculine walk and it maintained to me. People thought that I am a tomboy. I really them want to know that I am just being me. They are trying to teach me how to walk to be as a lady. Even my Mama tries to give me advice of how to walk especially with those “killer shoes” or the high heeled shoes.

Women sometimes want to be the man. I mean that they are trying to challenge themselves to have what they want in life. I see in society that women are not just managing their homes but also the business to politics as top executives until running the country in the highest position as President, respectively.

In the Philippines, I observed that women are working very hard to reach their goals and dreams. Also, been watching plenty movies that are related towards women. I liked best those women into careers especially Working Girls.

In 1984, the theme of the movie is all about young women working hard to make a mark in the cut-throat corporate ladder offices in the Ayala, Makati district. This movie was directed by the late National Artist Ishmael Bernal and written by Amado Lacuesta.

In 2010, a sequel has been made by the acclaimed writer/director of Jose Javier Reyes. From the original casts of Rio Locsin, Carmi Martin, Maria Isabel Lopez and Gina Pareno, they are not the focused of the story but the young women such as Eugene Domingo, Iza Calzado, Jennylyn Mercado, Ruffa Gutierrez, Eula Valdez, Cristine Reyes and Bianca King. All their lives are intertwining. Also, there are many women supporting actresses and actors here. Still, Jose Reyes is a very good story-teller.

In the movie, there has been a big changed since especially in the variety of work to choice from. Working Girls tackles the issue of fighting their own battles and the issue of gender equality. Ayala Avenue is not anymore the only place to business but, also, all over Metro Manila. Here, Filipinas whom like to work hard as a self-employed business married woman whose husband is not so good for nothing, a private nurse then, goes to work abroad, a call center agent that as a grave yard shift and a single-mother, a top executive as a CEO or Chief Executive Officer inherits the dying company from her so old husband, a plastic surgeon who is a doctor for the celebrities and the socialites, a struggling promo girl who is hook into the social network of cyberspace to have a single man and a segment producer who tries to prove herself into the her field and co-workers.

And this is happening right now, women tend to support their love ones and themselves. Also, I have been noticing some women tend to have odd jobs such as from our OFW (overseas workers) as maids, entertainers, and caregivers. A new thing is that in women trained in TESDA or Technical Education and Skills Development Authority as a female welder.

I could relate into their stories because I am a woman. I, also for one is a working student from my college years. I worked as a trainee as an Export Merchandiser in Legaspi Village, Makati. Then, work my way to the corporate world until I reached as a Regional Sales Marketing Manager. Studied what I really love which is music. Now, became an educator where I want to share what I have learned. I still want to improve myself. It is constant change for me. Soon, I will be a wife, a mother to my child and have a family to love and care for.

Now, this is a thought. What if a man grows up where he is surrounded by women? I could imagine this man who has to listen to his mother, sisters, aunties, grandmothers, his women classmates and friends, his female teachers or professors, his boss and a girlfriend or a wife. Oh boy, I do not want to be in his shoes.


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