Tag Archives: Filipino

Insiang (1976) Lino Brocka, Hilda Koronel, Mona Lisa, Ruel Vernal, Drama

Insiang (1976)
Trapped in the slums, Insiang finds living with her disapproving, sharp-tongued mother, Tonya, trying. Tonya, having long ago been abandoned by her husband, takes her bitterness out on those around her. In a fit of anger, she finally throws out her husband’s relatives who have been living with her, but it’s not for the sake of their not bringing in money anymore, which it seems on the surface. She’s making way for her boyfriend, Dado, to move in. Dado, the town bully, is young enough to be her son, and this new living situation becomes the talk of the town. It isn’t long before he forces himself upon Insiang. Tonya is at first outraged but soon takes Dado’s side and blames her daughter for her own rape. Insiang leaves home to seek support and solace from her ardent would-be boyfriend Bebot, but he proves to be another Lothario as well. Forced to return home, Insiang turns this inescapable situation upon itself to exact revenge.

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Manila (2009) Adolfo Alix Jr., Raya Martin, Piolo Pascual, Rosanna Roces, Jay Manalo, Drama

Manila (Raya Martin & Adolfo Alix Jr., 2009)
In the “Day” segment, Piolo Pacual portrays the role of William, a drug addict who tries to rebuild his sense of self and reconnect with the people around him. For the “Night” segment, Pascual portrays the role of Philip, who works as a bodyguard for a mayor’s son. The bodyguard believes that his boss considers him as part of the family but after a shooting incident, he realizes his real worth to his boss. As he struggles to hide, he is slowly consumed by the claws of darkness lurking the city.

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Himala / Miracle (1982) Ishmael Bernal, Nora Aunor, Veronica Palileo, Spanky Manikan, Drama

Himala (1982)
When plain orphan Elsa (Nora Aunor) begins having visions of the Virgin Mary, the rest of the residents of her isolated village find themselves questioning their own beliefs and values. Soon, Elsa is healing people with a variety of ailments. As word of this phenomenon spreads, tourists, pilgrims, patients and a documentary filmmaker all arrive on a quest to partake in the miracle. This drama from the Philippines is based on real events.

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