Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf – FE GING GING HYDE – The Indie Film Activist
Who would have thought that a virtually unknown Dubai-based Overseas Filipino would get the same award that marks the versatility and talents of the likes of Philippine cinema icons like Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor? Not in her wildest dreams, Fe Ging Ging Hyde would admit, and she herself was overwhelmed to bag the Best Actress title at the 34thGawadUrian, the prestigious award-giving body in the Philippines for films. Well deserving in her portrayal of the title role in the 2010 film “Sheikha”, the talented Fe GingGing Hyde had a passion for film and the arts, something that she would share with whoever would listen, even as a young girl who grew up singing in her neighbourhood carinderia in Davao.
Now a full-blown Indie producer and actress, collaborating with her award-winning fellow Davaoeňodirector ArnerMardoquio, Fe has quite a string of respectable films in her portfolio – Riddles of My Homecoming (2013), The Journey of Stars Into the Dark Night (2012), Crossfire (2011), Sheikha (2010), Hospital Boat (2009), with Sheikha, Journey of the Stars and Hospital Boat winning accolades at the Urian and Cinemalaya awards.
Despite her achievements as a filmmaker, Fe Ging ging Hyde also professes that her greatest role as yet, is that of a full time mother and wife. She also does not shy away from her humble beginnings, using her modest past to inspire others for a greater future, while utilizing her privilege and talent to make films to bring attention to the harsh political realities of her beloved Minadanao.