Music drama ‘Yellow Rose’ with Lea Salonga to hit Filipino streaming platforms

The film centers on an teenage Filipina in Texas with big country music dreams

Yellow Rose, the acclaimed feature film by director Diane Paragas, is coming to streaming platforms in the Philippines.

Originally released in the US, premiering at the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the film will now be available to viewers based in the Philippines from January 29 onwards, as Rappler notes.

The film, which stars Broadway actresses Eva Noblezada and Lea Salonga, will be streaming on, iWantTFC, as well as Cignal Pay-Per-View and Sky Cable Pay-Per-View.


Watch the trailer for Yellow Rose below.


It follows Rose (Noblezada), a 17-year-old Filipino-American teenager from Texas. She harbours dreams of becoming a country music icon, which are further complicated when her undocumented mother (Princess Punzalan) is arrested by immigration authorities, leaving Rose to fend for herself. Salonga appears as Rose’s aunt. Veteran country singer Dale Watson also makes an appearance.

Noblezada makes her film debut in Yellow Rose, having previously starred in staged performances of Miss Saigon and Hadestown – the latter role earning her a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.

The story was conceptualised over 15 years ago by Paragas, who drew on her experiences as a Filipino growing up in Lubbock, Texas. The film finally took shape after some inspiring words imparted by Indian filmmaker Mira Nair.


As Paragas explained to Variety: “…in [Nair’s] Q&A, she said something about making all these films about making films with American casts, no one was making films with South Asian casts and she said, ‘If I don’t do it, then it will never get made.’ And that’s what motivated me to tell this story.”

Yellow Rose has won an array of awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the Bentonville Film Festival, and at CAAMFest 37 in May 2019. The film also won the awards for Best Narrative Feature Award (U.S. Cinema) and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 23rd Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in New York in 2019.