Bela Padilla On Being A Writer, Inspiration Behind ‘Yung Libro Sa Napanood Ko’

This is how Bela Padilla started her writing stint

Multihyphenate Bela Padilla talked about how she became a writer and what inspired her to write Yung Libro Sa Napanood Ko.

Aside from being an actress, Bela is also a writer and a director. Her first directorial project was 366 in which she portrayed also the lead female character. This year, for the first-ever Summer Metro Manila Film Festival, the second movie she directed was released.

In the said movie, Bela starred along with South Korean actor Yoo Min-Gon whose work ethic amazed her.

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In a recent interview on CNN Philippines New Day, host Christine Jacob-Sandejas asked how she started writing. The actress shared that she loves to read even back when she was young. Since she followed a nine-year older sibling, most of the time, her playmate was her books.

There was a time when her friend was doing a film but their writer was suddenly gone without finishing the story. Her friend asked her to finish the story. Since Bela Padilla was already doing some acting stints at that time, she already know what a script would look like and how the story would go on.

Bela also shared during the interview that a K-drama inspired her to write the story of Yung Libro Sa Napanood Ko. She was watching the South Korean series Because This Is My First Life and the characters were talking about the book To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing.

Bela ended up buying a copy of the said book and the story about a mother was so striking to her which was talked about in the K-drama. The said mother was finding her place in the world because she was only defined as mother and wife. “And she forgot who she was,” Bela said.

That mother would always go to a hotel away from their home and would always get the key to room 19 and her husband would allow her to do this once a week. This would allow the mother to gather her thoughts and “fill her cup” before she returns to her duty as a mother and a wife.

Bela Padilla realized that there are a lot of female OFWs, most are mothers, whose mental health and emotional being are set aside. She wrote this story to make people aware of the emotional and mental struggles that OFW mothers are going through.

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