Flor Contemplacion Story

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Flor Contemplacion Story

Flor Contemplacion Story movie poster
Directed by Joel Lamangan
Produced by Tony Gloria
Written by Bonifacio Ilagan and Ricardo Lee
Starring Nora Aunor
Amy Austria
Release date(s) 1995
Running time 120 minutes
Country Flag of the PhilippinesPhilippines
Language Tagalog

The Flor Contemplacion Story is a 1995 film based on the case of Flor Contemplacion, a domestic worker who was accused of murdering her fellow domestic helper and her employer's son in Singapore, and sentenced to death. The film operates on various personal, social and political levels, and was both controversial and critically acclaimed. The movie, directed by Joel Lamangan, brought Nora Aunor numerous citations for her intense portrayal of the fallen heroine.



Fleeing poverty at home to make a better life for her family, Flor Contemplacion leaves the Philippines to become a domestic helper in Singapore, in order to earn more money to support her children and farmer husband.

Unlike many other servants, Flor is well-treated by her employers. But what had been a lucky break for Flor turns tragic when she is charged with murdering a fellow domestic helper and a young Singaporean boy. 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. A national movement appeals to the Singapore government for clemency and justice by requesting for further investigation that would allow time to prove her innocence. Even President Fidel Ramos appeals to Singaporean officials, but they remain steadfast in their belief that Flor is guilty as charged. Flor is 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.


When Flor Contemplacion drew attention as a new Philippine martyr, many film companies wanted to cash in on the story. The film was finished and released quickly in order to capitalize on the controversy.

The film was also responsible for restoring the superstar position of Nora Aunor, who was the only actress considered for playing the role of Flor. With the release of the film and the controversy attached to the real-life events, both Flor and Nora became heroes for the masses of Filipinas who identify with them and who dream about overcoming hardships by breaking free from the bondage of poverty.

The film was lauded in minor film fests and established Joel Lamangan as a popular filmmaker. Among the awards the movie won were: Best Picture in the Cairo Film Festival, Star Awards, Film Academy of the Philippines, Catholic Mass Media Awards (1995); Best Actress (Aunor) in the Cairo Film Festival, Young Critics Circle, Star Awards, Film Academy of the Philippines, Catholic Mass Media Awards (1995); and Best Director in the URIAN, Film Academy of the Philippines, Star Awards, Catholic Mass Media Awards (1995).




- Jeff Hollis from Los Angeles




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