It is year 2003 when I watched this pinoy flash animation created by Dino Ignacio and voiced by Rex Navarete. The story of Maritess is about a Filipina from Zamboanga who worked at the Justice League as the League’s domestic helper. In that place, Superman, Batman and many other superheroes became her employers. As she worked there, she suffered the usual experiences of Filipina domestic helpers abroad. What is so special about this flash animation? Well, Rex Navarete as a stand up comedian brought up the funny sides of the story and made Maritess more hilarious than pitiful. I always remember what old folks always say,”Tawanan mo ang iyong problema.”(Laugh at your problems.”) That is just so natural among Filipinos, we can laugh even during the most bitter times of our lives.
Dino, the pinoy animator artistically created a compelling character design for Maritess and rendered the whole shorts convincing enough to make us relate, laugh and share sentiments with Maritess. We have our own stories to tell and I praise the creators of this flash shorts for this wonderful work. Guhit galaw is proud of you.