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The Flor Contemplacion Story

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Music director  Vehnee Saturno
Country  Philippines
Director  Joel Lamangan
Language  Filipino
The Flor Contemplacion Story movie poster

Release date  June 7, 1995 (1995-06-07)
Initial release  June 7, 1995 (Philippines)
Screenplay  Ricky Lee, Bonifacio Ilagan
Cast  Nora Aunor (Flor Contemplacion), Vina Morales (Russell Contemplacion), Jaclyn Jose (Neneng), Amy Austria (Delia Maga), Charito Solis
Similar movies  Nora Aunor movies, Set in Philippines

The Flor Contemplacion Story is a 1995 film produced by Viva Films about the story of the Filipina domestic helper who was hanged in Singapore for allegedly killing her fellow maid. The story was chronicled in a film which operates on various personal, social and political levels. Both controversial and critically acclaimed, it has brought Nora Aunor numerous citations for her intense portrayal as the fallen heroine of the story.


The Flor Contemplacion Story movie scenes 2 and 3 Scenes of torture of Flor Contemplacion Photo from Fukuoka

The Flor Contemplacion Story was screened and exhibited in different film festivals around the world. The film won the Princess Pataten Statue for best actress for its lead star, Nora Aunor and the film won the Golden Pyramid Award at the 1995 Cairo International Film Festival. The highest recognition a Filipino Film ever received. Aunor also swept all the best actress awards given by the different award giving bodies in the Philippines including the Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role given by the Young Critics Circle.

The Flor Contemplacion Story movie scenes 4 Aunor as Contemplacion calm in her walk towards the gallows

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Just like many impoverished people, Flor (Aunor) thought that by working abroad she could give her family a better life even though it means sacrificing her own happiness. She decided to work as a domestic helper in Singapore thinking that this could be the answer to her problems. Unlike many other servants, Flor was well-treated by her employers.

However, in 1995, she was arrested and was charged of killing her fellow filipina, Delia Maga and the little boy that she was caring for. Unfortunately, all evidence points to Flor's innocence. After a hasty trial, the Singapore government finds Flor guilty and sentences her to death by hanging. Her predicament brings an outpouring of sympathy from Filipinos, who refuse to believe her guilt. There was also a national appeal for clemency and a re-investigation to be done. Even the office of the President appealed to the Singaporean Government. However, the Singapore Government remained steadfast with their decision.

Flor was executed in March 1995. The film also examines the effects of Flor's absence upon her family. Her husband, unable to stand the wait, begins an affair and then forces the two oldest girls to marry.


  • Nora Aunor as Flor Contemplacion
  • Julio Diaz as Efren Contemplacion
  • Jacklyn Jose as Neneng
  • Ian De Leon as Xandrex Contemplacion
  • Vina Morales as Russel Contemplacion
  • Jon-Jon Contemplacion as Himself
  • Joel Contemplacion as Himself
  • Ali Sotto as Philippine Ambassador in Philippine Embassy Singapore
  • Rita Avila as Evangeline Parale
  • Amy Austria as Delia Maga
  • Charito Solis as Lydia Montilla (Flor's fellow Domestic Helper in Singapore)
  • Gloria Sevilla as Flor's mother
  • Caridad Sanchez as Flor's mother-in-law (who also became an OFW in Singapore as Domestic Helper)
  • Ronaldo Valdez as Atty. Romeo Capulong (1935-2012)
  • Bennette Ignacio as Nicholas Huang
  • Reviews

    The movie received positive reviews, especially for Aunor's acting.

    List of Film Festival Competed or Exhibited

  • 1995 - Toronto International Film Festival
  • 1995 - Competition Film, 19th Cairo International Film Festival
  • Winner, Golden Pyramid Award (Best Picture)
  • Princess Pataten Statue Best Actress, Nora Aunor
  • 1996 - Human Rights Watch International Film Festival New York, June 13
  • 1996 - Pan Asian Film and Video Festival, April 12–26
  • 1996 - 3rd Southeast Asian Film Festival
  • 1996 - Fukuoka International Film Festival, September 13–23, Feature Film: Philippine Films Collection,
  • 1996 - Hawaii International Film Festival, November
  • 1996 - Pusan International Film Festival, Korea
  • 1996 - Dublin Film Festival, Ireland
  • 2003 - Philippine Film Festival Fukuoka City, Japan, November 1–16
  • References

    The Flor Contemplacion Story Wikipedia