MEET: New indie 'bold star' Althea Vega

In the film "Amor Y Muerte," which is competing in the Director's Showcase section at this year's Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, actress Althea Vega portrays a sex-deprived "india" who satisfies her sexual urges with her Spanish colonizers.
"'Yung character ko dito is wild siya, so she wants to satisfy her sexual desires, so marami po silang mapapnood dito na love scenes. Pero 'yun nga, hindi lang po ito basta-basta sex movie. Based po ito sa history natin."

Vega, who has appeared in several independent films, said she didn't find the nudity and sex scenes required of in "Amor" particularly challenging.

"Noong nabasa ko [ang script] nitong 'Amor Y Muerte,' nagustuhan ko po siya. 'Ito, gagawin ko 'to,' sabi ko. Wala po akong takot, wala po akong qualms sa nudity, kasi my first film, may love scene narin. So ayon po, after that, tuluy-tuloy na, nasanay na ako."

Last year, the indie actress had supporting roles in two films in the New Breed section of Cinemalaya -- Mes de Guzman's "Diablo" and Aloy Adlawan's "Ang Katiwala."

"Amor Y Muerte" also stars Mico Palanca, Kuya Manzano, Amante Pulido, and the late veteran theater actress Ama Quiambao in her last film role.

The 9th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will run from July 26 to August 24 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City, TriNoma in Quezon City, Greenbelt 3 in Makati City, and Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City.

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