Emir (film)

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Emir (film) poster.jpg
The original promotional poster.
Directed by Chito S. Roño
Produced by Digna Santiago
Rolando Atienza
Nestor Jardin
Screenplay by Jerry Gracio
Starring Frencheska Farr
Bayang Barrios
Bodjie Pascua
Gigi Escalante
Julia Clarete
Jhong Hilario
Music by Chino Toledo
Vin Dancel
Ebe Dancel
Diwa de Leon
Gary Granada
Cinematography Neil Daza
Edited by Jerrold Tarog
Film Development Council of the Philippines
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Dreamaker Productions
Distributed by VIVA Films
Release date
  • June 9, 2010 (2010-06-09)
Running time
135 minutes
Country Philippines

Tagalog, Arabic, English

and Ilocano
Budget PhP.70 million (estimated) [1]
Box office PhP.3,089,773[2]

Emir is a 2010 Filipino drama-musical film by acclaimed Filipino director Chito S. Roño. The film revolves around a girl that becomes a domestic helper in a fictional oil-rich Arab nation of Yememeni.


Amelia, a girl from a poor Ilocano family, decides to go abroad and find her fortune and also help her family. She becomes a maid of a royal family in the Middle East, which is running out of time, for the wife of the Sheikh is giving birth to a child. The newborn child is a son named Ahmed, and the Sheikh's wife asks Amelia to take care of the baby, to which she agrees. Amelia grows fond of the baby, teaching him to speak Tagalog and play tumbang preso.

After twelve years of service, Amelia's life has improved. Unfortunately, a war is coming and the royal family is forced to leave the palace in case they are attacked. When the palace is attacked, some of the maids and even the wife of the Sheikh are killed, but Amelia and Ahmed manage to escape by going to a secret door in the house and, with the help of Boyong the driver, go to a faraway place to hide.

One day, men riding on horseback took Ahmed away from Amelia. With the help of the government, Amelia returns home, where she starts her own business and lives a good life. Later she learns that the men who took Ahmed away were under orders from the Sheikh. Years later, someone with a familiar voice calls her "Yaya" and she sees Ahmed who has fully grown up. The film ends with Ahmed, Amelia and Boyong in Amelia's house. The shy Boyong even gives Amelia a gold necklace, because he never had the chance to.

Cast and Characters[edit]

  • Frencheska Farr as Amelia
  • Dulce as Ester
  • Sid Lucero as Victor
  • Jhong Hilario as Boyong
  • Kalila Aguilos as Tersing
  • Beverly Salviejo as Diday
  • Julia Clarete as Angie
  • Liesl Batucan as Pearlsha
  • Melanie Dujunco as Mylene
  • Gigi Escalante as Amelia's grandmother
  • Bayang Barrios as Amelia's mom
  • Bodjie Pascua as Amelia's dad
  • Emil Sandoval as Jamal
  • Ned Hourani as Sheik
  • Valerie Bariou as Sheika
  • Ali Rasekhi as King
  • Huriyeh Maghazehi as sister of Ahmed
  • Joshua Elias Price Hourani as Ahmed (7 years old)
  • Mahdi Yazdian Varjani as Ahmed (12 years old)
  • Roxanne Almendral as Ahmed


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