"Bilang Pinay I'm still very conservative, ayaw ko naman gawin ng mga anak ko yun one day...for me that's just not right [...]"
Quite an ironic position to take, considering that Gutierrez appears half-naked in most of the scenes in which she appears in that 1996 movie which, by the way, is set -- where else -- on the beach!
But the real question one might think of asking the producers of ABS-CBN is this:
What were a bunch of people doing sneaking around in the dark pointing video cameras at people to begin with?
Obviously, ABS-CBN is not above a bit of sexploitation itself, splashing these "scandal" videos (a genre of film making Filipinos are renowned for) all over its network of media outlets in the guise of it being a "news report". Moreover, it makes use of a rather sneaky literary device -- juxtaposing morality mongering with its sex-charged content.
This is a feature of the Filipino character which I highlight in my book, specifically in this excerpt:
In her article "Between Sensationalism and Censure" (Philippine Journalism Review, April 2002, pages 35-37), Diana Mendoza observed how the bizarreness of Filipinos' regard for sexuality is reflected in Philippine cinema. Her observations are gleaned from among others, comments made by sociology professor Michael Tan of the University of the Philippines in the Sixth International congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific held in Melbourne, Australia from the 5th to the 10th October 2001:Commenting if the Philippines could be at the forefront of education on sex and sexuality Tan said no, because "media have very sensational coverage but they still have this patina of moralism which is strange." He said this brims over to the film industry that churns out movies carrying the "crime and punishment" theme -- for instance, movies with pots of adultery that run steamy sex scenes but which towards the end, mandate that the adulterer, who is always the female, gets shot or imprisoned.
"With these endings, movies become a morality play after two hours of titillation," he said.
Furthermore:Tan said Filipino movies also carry the "crime and redemption" theme, in which a sex worker eventually realizes there is a better life outside prostitution, but only after the audience [have] been treated to several sexual episodes.
More disturbing than simply being uncomfortable is how inconsistent and misguided Filipino responses to issues of sexuality can get. The Filipino Male enjoys the better half of a double standard that prevails in Philippine society. And this is what contributes much to the bizarreness of Filipinos' regard for sex.
Ain't Filipinos such class acts? Even in the act of high-nosed moralising, we still come across as the ethically-disturbed primitivist people that we are.