After being featured in the previous year’s entry to the agriculture-themed festival called ToFarm via Maricel Cariaga’s ‘Pitong Kabang Palay’, Sue Prado is back via a new film with Byron Bryant’s ‘Sinandomeng’.
During a set visit in Majayjay, Laguna, Prado graciously answered questions regarding her latest character in the upcoming film which centers around one of the country’s top three most popular rice named ‘Sinandomeng’. It is dubbed as fancy rice that is also referred to as ‘laon’ meaning ‘old rice’.
Sue differentiated her latest film as comedy as opposed to the tear-jerker film she did previously for the festival which also earned second best picture.
“Nakakatuwa si Sinang (her role). The character is very close to my heart. Gagawin niya talaga ang karaniwang ginagawa ng mga lalaki sa pilapil.
“She is an empowered woman.”
Furthermore, she shared the difficult moments she went through in filming the project, “Yung physical part. Di naman kasi ako nagpa-double sa actual scenes kagaya ng pag-aararo.”
Despite the challenges in assuming the role, she enjoyed it since it allowed her to revisit the things that she used to do while growing up. She grew up in a farm and experience what it is to be in this kind of setting.
In doing ‘Sinandomeng’—it is her way of paying tribute to her dad, who was a former farmer back in Bustos, Bulacan. She remembered that every summer vacation—her kin were required to spend time in the farm, working. And through that experience she is thankful that her parents have inculcated early on the value of hard work.
“Mine was a unique childhood,” Sue stressed.
‘Sinandomeng’ is one of the six finalists of this year’s ToFarm Film Fest. It follows the adventures and misadventures of Sinang, is compelled to take over the farm that her husband used to toil. Because of her husband’s untimely demise, the inherited parcels of the land is being threatened to be sold to a subdivision developer. Even if she is a single parent—she refuses the idea of giving up as she plows the land, nurse the seeds and diligently go through the process of planting rice. The said experience is filled with happy and sad moments and the love for family and for their farm prevails.