Robin Padilla meets with OFWs in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM - Robin Padilla and the cast of "10,000 Hours" left an unforgettable memory for some undocumented Pinoys in Amsterdam.
The "10,000 hours" cast lead by Padilla and director Joyce Bernal were in Amsterdam to shoot some scenes for the movie that will be competing in the Metro Manila Film Festival this December.
But not many Pinoys had the rare opportunity to see Padilla in Amsterdam because of the production’s very tight schedule.
Some overseas Filipino workers were delighted when Padilla accepted the invitation of an organization of undocumented Pinoys for a "meet-and-greet" evening with the cast of "10,000 Hours".
There are more than 70 members of the United Migrant Domestic Workers in The Netherlands who are supported by the World House for undocumented migrants.
The venue in the World House was so small and literally cramped with the more than 100 fans who came to the event.
Some Pinoys were excited to talk to Padilla, who they described as very down-to-earth.
For his part, Padilla praised the OFWs who became very close to his heart. He met some of them during his stay in Amsterdam and listened to the stories of their day-to-day struggles as illegals in The Netherlands.
In his Facebook account, Padilla posted a video of his 4 a.m. jog when he met two OFWs already on their way to work.
"10,000 Hours" used a cast of about 20 undocumented Pinoy extras through Dutch actor Pieter van Overbeek, who calls them his kababayans or fellow countrymen.
"Binigyan ko din ng chance mga kababayan ko dito na magkaron din sila ng chance. Yung iba mga dalawang oras. Yung iba half day. At least, meron din silang extrang kita din and super experience para sa kanila syempre to be with Pareng Robin sa isang film at si Director Joyce Bernal,” van Overbeek said.
Despite the jampacked place, Padilla did not show any sign of fatigue or boredom.
"Sa sarili kong paraan, sa maliit kong paraan, palagay ko naman nasisiyahann sila. Isang simpleng picture lang eh happy na sila. Napakadamot mong tao naman kung picture lang hindi maibigay," Padilla said.
"Sana suportahan itong mga ganitong organisasyon. Yung pagiging artista ko, na nandito ako, malaki sigurong kaligayahan sa usapin natin sa oras na ito. Pero ang kailangan ng mga ito ay solusyon sa kanilang mga suliranin. Ayaw niyang habang buhay eh maging OFW," Padilla added.
Of all the OFWs who were there, one Pinoy who volunteered to help carry the production equipment during the whole shooting of the film claimed to be the happiest.
Being undocumented for 16 years, he never believed that he will meet or see big stars from the Philippines.
"Di lang natutuwa ako dahil sila ay naging kasama ko. Akala ko puro pangarap na lamang," Ka Lito said.