This Short Film About Healthcare and Covid-19 Crusader Is All We Need

In this trying times where all we need is an inspiring story about our healthcare and COVID19 pandemic situation, Kapitana Media Entertainment produced this 45-minute short film entitled “Liwanag: The Life and Legacy of Dra. Minguita Padilla” starring Valeen Montenegro.

It is about an inspiring story of ophthalmologist-turned-health advocate Dr. Ma. Dominga “Minguita” Padilla. It tackles renowned eye doctor’s journey from an unassuming medical student to a public health crusader, who is now one of the country’s most active medical advocates in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.


I was actually glad to have seen this short film because I was losing hope about not having enough good samaritans in our healthcare industry and here we are been given a gift of good stories in a very compelling short film.

The Life and Legacy of Dra. Minguita Padilla

The Life and Legacy of Dra. Minguita Padilla

As Founder and President of Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines, Inc., Dra. Padilla has been leading in efforts for the procurement, processing and distribution of corneas and eye tissues since 1994—an endeavor that has helped restore sight to thousands of patients around the country; including indigent patients, who would otherwise remain blind.

When Covid-19 hit the Philippines, Dra. Padilla, together with her fellow doctors, raised funds for hospitals, and for PPEs, supplies, and even washing machines that were donated to the medical frontliners who were on perpetual duty at the hospitals. Dra. Padilla, who is co-convenor of Doctors for Truth and Public Welfare, also served as resource person in several webinars and online forums in order to inform the public on the facts about Covid-19, the importance of vaccination and how to avoid getting the virus.  She also helped the MSMEs through her work with GoNegosyo. Her efforts at training barangay health workers and other doctors at COVID-19 antigen testing, making her own home a virtual testing area, and making herself available for those who needed help in connection with the pandemic, have been recognized by the City of Makati that awarded her with the Exemplary Makatizen Makahero Award last December 2021.

Actually, I never thought that there would ever be a biopic about me,” says Dra. Padilla.  “I am very grateful to those who put this project together. I know it was because they truly care for me and they know my heart and my reasons for taking a very big risk, leaving my comfort zone and running for public office.

Dra. Padilla is running for senator under the Partido Reporma party. In October 2021, after much soul-searching, she decided to heed the requests of various medical groups and seek an elected post. Oh by the way, Dra. Padilla and Valeen are very identical especially in this biopic!

The Life and Legacy of Dra. Minguita Padilla

Watch “Liwanag: The Life and Legacy of Dra. Minguita Padilla,” directed by Rember Gelera. The short film can be seen at the following Facebook pages: @DraMinguita, @HeSaidSheSaidPH, @PadayonTaPage and @Kapitana Entertainment Media, as well as on the Minguita Padilla YouTube and the Kapitana Entertainment Media YouTube channels.

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