With her film Miracle in Cell No. 7 now available for streaming online, Bela Padilla said it is worth watching again, even for those who caught it in the cinema during last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
“This story will definitely resonate even more this year. This isn’t a new story. We’ve watched so many versions of it. Our version came out last Christmas but I do believe it will pinch our hearts a bit a little more this year because Miracle in Cell No. 7 is a story about having hope and friendship and love in the middle of isolation. And that’s what we all went through this year,” she shared.
Bela said she hopes the movie can give people a different kind of realization after going through a challenging time this year. “Hopefully after months of being isolated and after months of being quarantine, we have found the people that we consider our support system, our families and our friends who have stopped by during the quarantine. Ngayon, when you watch Miracle in Cell No. 7 again, we have a different appreciation and understanding of it,” she explained.
As one of the most active celebrities involved in fundraising since the start of the pandemic, Bela said getting involved has taught her a lot of lessons. “Parang ako I started being conscious about helping the community at the start of quarantine. So right now I’ve just been continuing what I’ve been doing from the start. My best friend Danny and I are accepting donations. At the moment, we’ve been getting suppliers for I guess food na we could get cheaper para mas maraming matulungan. So right now we’re in that process. But other than that, and I’m very, very proud of the industry that I work in kasi I see na lahat gumagawa ng effort to really help. Iba yung physical na ikaw din yung gumagawa, na ikaw yung nag-re-repack, ikaw yung nag-aabot, and that’s very commendable,” she said.
The 29-year-old actress also commended the younger generation of celebrities who are doing their part in helping spread the word on how to help. “I see a lot of young ones on Instagram and on Twitter, sending messages asking for help or they share their emotional experiences throughout the quarantine especially because of the last two typhoons that we’ve experienced. Parang meron na ring mental health dilemma na nangyayari. Sometimes I feel like we don’t notice anymore because we keep on focusing only on the basic necessities to survive which is very sad. So right now, I try as much as possible na mag-reach out pag merong humingi ng tulong or kailangan ng kausap, I try to reply to a point naman din na hindi ko naman din naman masyado binubugbog yung my own mental health kasi you can’t pour into another’s cup if yours is empty,” she added.
Miracle in Cell No. 7 also stars Aga Muhlach and Xia Vigor and is streamed online exclusively on WeTV Philippines.