Ivana Alawi opens up about sexual harassment experiences
Actress Ivana Alawi
Ivana Alawi opens up about sexual harassment experiences
Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - October 28, 2020 - 12:51pm

MANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya actress Ivana Alawi recalled her experience as a harassment victim, saying that women should always be respected no matter what they wear. 

During the recent virtual press conference of her upcoming horror film "Sitsit," Ivana said she experienced many harassment encounters before when she used to work as a model in events. 

“I’ve experienced this before, when I worked in events, when I used to do modeling,” Ivana said. 

“I’ve experienced so many harassment. Not just catcalling. I’ve experienced people touching my body without permission. This is not right. Doon ako palagi sa tama,” she added. 

The so-called new "Pantasya ng Bayan" said that everyone should be respected. 

“Respect people, kahit babae ‘yan, lalaki ‘yan. We need to be respected. No matter kung ano ‘yung suot, dapat niri-respeto mo,” she said.

“Especially mga babae, they deserve to be respected and they deserve to be loved. Women are very strong, women bring life to this world. Dapat niri-respeto sila."  

Ivana stars alongside Paulo Avelino and Jake Cuenca in the movie "Sitsit" to be available on iWant TFC on October 31. 

Jake and Ivana’s desire for money and sex will corrupt their minds and summon evil into their lives in the back-to-back horror flicks for the movie series “Sitsit,” streaming on iWant TFC on October 31.

“Sitsit” presents two different stories in “Scorpio” and “Aswang” about people who, out of desperation to escape their misery and turn things around, take the easy way out and end up attracting evil elements that will manipulate them and could tarnish their souls completely.

In “Scorpio,” named after the Zodiac sign, Jake and Dido Dela Paz portray Danny, a lustful aging photographer who fears living a lonely life with no one to love. To get the woman he loves and is obsessed with, he takes a mysterious potion that will turn him into a young handsome man to win her heart.

“Aswang,” on the other hand, follows a money-hungry prostitute named Joyce (Ivana) who is desperate to escape her life after being used and abused by different people. One day, she meets Nala, a stray dog who becomes her companion for life and ends up turning all her insecurities and worries into life-changing opportunities.

In Filipino myths, the word “sitsit” or “pssst” signifies a calling of an individual or object that is usually accompanied by a bad omen when one responds to such call. The two horror flicks, however, provide a darker twist and a modern take on Filipino folklore elements “aswang” and "gayuma,” as the characters summon evil spirits due to their selfish desires.

“Scorpio” is directed by Ato Bautista, while “Aswang” is directed by Erin Pascual. Actor Paulo Avelino, meanwhile, co-produced "Aswang."

Catch “Sitsit” on the iWant TFC app (iOs and Android) or on iwanttfc.com starting October 31. For updates, like www.facebook.com/iWantTFC, and follow @iwanttfc on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to www.youtube.com/iWantTFC.  For inquiries and concerns about the service, users can also send a message on iWant TFC’s Facebook page or e-mail support@iwanttfc.com.


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