Of lost dreams and angst-ridden characters in â€˜Third World Happyâ€™
EJ Salcedoâ€™s Cinema One Originals 2010 film â€œThird World Happyâ€ has more to offer than the presence of mainstream movie and TV heartthrob Sam Milby.
While â€œThird World Happyâ€ drives home the point that not all Filipinos that try their luck abroad end up being successful, it also shows how these Pinoys, as the common Filipino notion goes, just go on and put on a â€œhappyâ€ facade to cope with their disappointments.
Here, Milby veers away from his usual â€œpa-pogiâ€ rom-com roles and plays Wesley, or Wes, a struggling Filipino expat painter based in New York City. Wes flew to the States armed with a Fulbright scholarship that would allow him to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a painter.
Though the prospect seems very promising, Wes left Manila with a heavy heart because his parents died in car crash just days before he was scheduled to leave. Aside from that, he was leaving behind his family and barkada, and also had to break up with his longtime sweetheart Aylyn (Jodi Sta. Maria) apparently without giving her a proper explanation on why heâ€™s doing it.