There is one scene from the box-office movie Hello, Love, Goodbye that is truly relatable to poor Filipinos right now. “Ang choice, para lang sa may pera,” Joy, Kathryn Bernardo’s character, delivered this line with so much anger, pain, frustration, and sadness — all in one frame.
This line reflects the dilemma faced by workers who are forced to leave their homes despite the dangers of getting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the implementation of enhanced community quarantine measures by the government.
“Nagagalit ako kasi parang wala akong choice. Na kailangan kong gawin ‘to, kasi kailangan ko ng trabaho, kasi wala kaming pera, para sa pamilya ko. Kaya lahat, kahit na ayoko, lulunukin ko na lang.
“Ang choice, para lang sa may pera.”
A Twitter user shared this video clip of Kathryn with her co-star Alden Richards, and this easily went viral as it represents the situation of most Filipino workers right now.
As of this writing, the tweet already garnered 35-thousand likes and 13-thousand retweets.
“This represents the poor Filipinos right now,” the Twitter user wrote.
Joy is an Overseas Filipino Worker in Hong Kong who works as a domestic helper. She holds other part-time jobs in order to make ends meet.
In this scene, she tells Ethan, Alden’s character that she is angry and frustrated because she has no choice but to suffer and endure all these hardships in order to earn money for her family.
Do you agree with Joy?