Leslie Ann Ramirez: A Loving Daughter and Student Filmmaker From Guiguinto, Bulacan



For the 22-year-old Bulakenya filmmaker Leslie Ann Ramirez, love knows no language especially the one we receive from our parents.


And that undebatable fact paved way to her film dream to happen.


At a very young age, this Sta. Rita, Guiguinto Bulacan native has already proven her talent in the film industry. Her film entitled “Kasilyas” was well-recognized by various film festivals and it is no surprise because the story alone is exceptional on its own.


“Kasilyas,” revolves in the story of a creepy school janitor who is assigned at the ladies comfort room. The way he looks at the students, especially with the girls, is chilling. He would consistently close the comfort room at one in the afternoon as it is under maintenance. But little did they know, the man they are afraid of has one touching secret story. Far from their impression of a frightening man, is a loving father who has to keep her daughter with a speaking disability in the CR stock room because they don’t have a home to stay in.



The film has brought out all the emotions in me and I just found myself crying. The message they want to convey is sincere and it would probably be one of the most remarkable short films I’ve watched.


In contrast to that drama, Leslie has a fun anecdote on how they came up with the theme of “Kasilyas.”


“Nagsimula ang ‘Kasilyas’ sa isang biruan lang. Nasa meeting ako noon kasama ang mga miyembro ng film organization naming BulSU Cinephilia at gusto ko lang takasan sandali yung stress ng meeting kaya inaya ko ‘yung isa naming kasamahan na mag CR. Habang nasa loob kami ng CR at nag-aayos ng sarili, pumasok ‘yung janitor na lalaki hindi ko alam kung bakit tinititigan ko siya kahit wala namang siyang ginagawang masama at saka ako bumulong sa kasama ko na “What if si kuya may tinatago dito no?” Natawa na lang kaming pareho kasi kung ano-ano na naiisip ko dahil sa stress.”


While in a jeepney on her way home, Leslie can’t help but still imagine the joke they made inside the comfort room. She really wants to prove herself right-- that it is really possible that a janitor is hiding something in the corners of a CR.



LESLIE’S THOUGHTS


“Mahilig akong mag observe ng mga tao, minsan kapag may nakikita akong kakaiba sa isang tao mapa-damit o kilos man ‘yan matagal kong pinag-iisipan kung ano ang dahilan. Hindi ko ugali na magtanong ng istorya ng iba, mas gusto ko na kusa nilang ikinukwento sa akin ang buhay nila sa pamamagitan ng mga