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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 10, 2016

John Lloyd Cruz Goes Daring In An Experimental Role As A Crossdressing Gay Transsexual In 'Ang Babaeng Humayo'

IT’S VERY COURAGEOUS of well known matinee idol and romantic leading man John Lloyd Cruz to accept his unconventional role in “Ang Babaeng Humayo”, which is inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s short story, “God Sees the Truth But Waits”, and currently an entry in the 73rd Venice International Filmfest. He plays the role of a transsexual no less, who also happens to be an epileptic, and his unusual name is Hollanda. This is certainly quite a big departure from the glamorous roles he has done in the blockbuster romcoms he did for Star Cinema.

As a streetwalker in women’s clothes, John Lloyd becomes the good friend of Charo Santos Concio as Horacia, a former teacher who was convicted of a crime she didn’t commit and is now out for revenge against her former lover, Michael de Mesa. In her desire to take revenge on Michael, Charo also puts John Lloyd’s life in danger.

Will his faithful fans be able to take John Lloyd’s adventurous foray as a cross-dressing character? He has played a gay role before in “In My Life” with Vilma Santos, but he was still a straight acting homosexual in that movie. Unlike in “Babaeng Humayo” where he plays a flaming faggot. This is John Lloyd’s second screen outing with Director Lav Diaz after “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis” that won acclaim at the Berlin Filmfest. It’s obviously a daring experiment and we hope it will have a good pay off for him. John Lloyd joined the retinue of Charo and Lav in Venice and here’s wishing them to bring home the proverbial bacon.