There were a lot of questions running through her mind but one thing is clear-- she knows what she wants and she already discovered her purpose.
It was a rainy afternoon when the writer penning this story gladly had the chance to meet Regin De Guzman virtually. She’s a 20-year-old Rizaleño filmmaker and currently a 2nd year Performing Arts student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
The memories were still vivid as we went on to start our conversation regarding her film, “Atchoy'' which she directed back in 2019 for the Sine Kabataan Film Festival. It is a monologue film that encapsulates the story of abandonment, particularly shedding light to abortion.
There are a lot of debates going on whether abortion should or should not be allowed. Though some countries already passed and approved laws allowing them to do this act, what I truly admire about Regin was her courage to take a stand against it.
At a very young age, Regin had already produced a relevant film tackling one of the pressing issues faced by many nations. But aside from conveying a truly powerful message, what surprised me even more was the emotional undertone before her film “Atchoy” came to life.
“Way back nung nasa tiyan pa ako ng nanay ko, nakukuwento lang sakin ni mama na nung nagbubuntis siya sakin, hindi niya alam na buntis na siya sakin tapos nag-iinom pa siya. Kaya nga naging Regin ‘yung name ko. Nang nalaman niya na nagbubuntis siya, hindi niya kaagad sinabi sa parents niya kasi kakapanganak niya pa lang sa kuya ko tapos buntis ulit siya.”
“Hindi ko naitanong kung sumagi ba sa isip niya na ipalaglag niya ako or magcommit ng abortion. Pero ang lagi niyang nababanggit is ang lakas ko raw kumapit. Kasi parang umiinom daw si mama, nagtatalon siya, pero hindi ako nalaglag.”
“Minsan sa buhay ko, iniisip ko na paano kaya kung nalaglag ako. Paano kaya kung pinili ng nanay ko na ipalaglag ako, feeling ko sobrang lungkot. But despite all the pain na nararanasan natin sa mundo, masaya ako na nabuhay ako at nararanasan ko ito ngayon.”
More than just coming up with a film and participating in a festival, Regin found her voice and her purpose. That the film is no longer about her, it is about awakening the senses to become responsible parents. To give their child a chance to live and see the world.
“Abortion ang pinakamasakit na abandonment sa isang bata. Ang pinakamasakit na
pwedeng pagdaanan ng isang bata ay ang hindi man lang masilayan ang mundo.”
“Paano kung yung batang ‘yun, iyon na pala ang hinihintay natin na maging Presidente na magbabago ng Pilipinas. Paano kung ‘yun pala ang bata na magbibigay ng impact at gagawa ng isang life changing na pelikula.”