They Call Me Joy
Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin
Philippines, 1997, 105 minutes
They Call Me Joy Synopsis

When asked for her real name, the feisty woman in a rural whorehouse would quip, "Ligaya. It means joy. And that's what I sell." Yet the small-town prostitute is not resigned that she would be in the flesh trade forever. She still harbors the dream of getting out of the job someday. She saves money and fancies that someone would come and marry her as if she were clean and never been a whore. That becomes almost a reality when a hardworking farmer enters her life. Under some problematic circumstances, her chances get blown away-but not exactly of her sole doing.

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Reviewed by sharonmae
A person who wanted to change for the better yet society won't give her a chance. Such is the tragic fate of Ligaya (Roces) a small-town whore who dreamt of... more
A person who wanted to change for the better yet society won't give her a chance. Such is the tragic fate of Ligaya (Roces) a small-town whore who dreamt of a better life beyond giving men pleasure in exchange for meager cash.  A glimmer of hope came when a farmer (Arcilla) offered her marriage but through some unfortunate twists it was called off. Roces delivers a stellar performance in this film, her rawness and natural flair for acting seeping through the screen. Arcilla was also formidable and he has since become one of local cinema's most sought-after actors of today. There are also notable portrayals of support cast most especially by Chanda Romero and Eva Darren as the farmer's mother. Go check this out and get to witness the tragic life of Ligaya. 
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