This August is the Buwan of Wika or the month where we celebrate our national language. I guess, this is one of the ways to celebrate our Pilipino heritage.
Buwan ng Wika: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017
Disclaimer: Just in case a foreigner or someone who doesn’t understand Filipino will see this. I’ll try my best to include translations whenever there’s a Filipino word. Also, I would apologize in advance for any accidental spoilers.
From August 16-22, 2017, our nation has this event called Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. At first, I thought this is in line with Cinemalaya but it’s not. It is a different event that would allow independent movies to participate and showcase their creativity to the whole nation.
As I write this post, it’s already Aug. 22 which means the last day of this PPP. This will be some sort of review.
I am really excited about this since I have developed interest or love for local indie films. This interest was really jolted by iFlix. Their app contains Filipino independent films, old and new. Therefore, giving everyone access to the filmmakers who have been doing their craft for a while now.
You may wonder what’s the line up for this event. Don’t worry because I’ll be enumerating them for your reference. 😊
Patay na si Hesus
- 100 Tula Para kay Stella
Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
- Pauwi Na
- Star na si Van Damme Stallone
So here are my thoughts about the movies we watched.
Movie #1: Bar Boys
This is a film that’s about a group of friends who tried their luck with law school. All of them took the entrance exam and from there, their lives changed. The main characters are Torran played by Rocco Nacino, Christian played by Enzo Pineda, Erik played by Carlo Aquino and Joshua played by Kean Cipriano. Honestly, I forgot the last names of their characters and if I remember something, I’m not quite sure if it was the right one. So I’ll just leave their first names there.
What I loved about this movie
Truthfully speaking, I really wish that this movie was already shown before I got into law school. They adequately showed how life is when you are a law student. The experiences and dilemmas you’ll feel when you’ve begun your journey.
Plot wise, it really showed the character development and I truly could relate to all of them! I could not pinpoint to a specific character because every bit of them is happening in real life.
At some point, there was a very intriguing and eye-opening scene that would really show camaraderie. Some people may have their eyebrows raised for some things but I really gave this movie 5 stars!
However, here’s my wish in case they’d create another movie with some law school plot. I just wish that they would include a part about working law students. Some are not full-time students like the characters in the movie. To think of it, that’s another story to tell.
Most memorable quote
Kalaban mo lang sarili mo.
For international or foreign readers, it means:
Your biggest enemy is yourself.
That quote is so true and when that was uttered in the movie, I could not help but shed a few tears. It really struck me so much. Again, for the team who made Bar Boys, all I could say is you guys are the best! Thank you for creating a film about the life of a law student.
Movie #2: Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
A manananggal is a mythological creature from our folklore. It’s a female whose body could split into two. The upper part would have wings and would devour over victims and usually devour males, pregnant women. They would consume their hearts or the unborn fetuses. Also, they have bat-like wings which allows them to fly while looking for their prey.
The movie is about a woman who is a manananggal living in an apartment, specifically in Unit 23B. She then meets her neighbor. Both of them are wondering if they’d still be able to be loved and feel loved.
What I love about this movie
In this modern times, we’d usually hear about people who are mad at love or at the idea of it. Some would just prefer to be single but somehow, I disagree. At some point, we will be needing a companion in order to survive the world.
It’s because of the quote, No man is an island.
Also, this movie made me believe in love again. And if you’re wondering why, you have to watch!! I really hope they would have a dvd!
Movie #3: Patay na si Hesus
Those were the words that I could only think of when we finished watching the movie. It’s a comedic film that would have a restriction due to some scenes. I remember, it’s R-13 or R-16. Nevertheless, it did not fail to deliver!
Here’s the plot of the movie since I don’t know how to say it without those accidental spoilers. So I’ll just put what they have on their Facebook page.
When Iyay (Jaclyn Jose) learns that Hesus, her ex-husband, has died, she gathers her children and tells them they are going on a road trip from Cebu City to Dumaguete. No ifs or buts about it: they are attending their father’s funeral.
Her children – Hubert, who has Down Syndrome; Jude, a lovesick trans man; and Jay, who is living the bum life – join her with varying degrees of reluctance as she drives them in her extra-mini mini-van.
One unplanned detour comes after another, each pushing this family closer to confronting the past and figuring out how to enjoy the ride to an uncertain future.
To be honest, the movie is really hilarious!
What I love about this movie
I don’t know if I’ll still be able to say more about this but, I’ll try to enumerate it to make it easier a bit. 😆
- This movie is one of the best indie films that I’ve ever watched. Surely, it showed how life is when you are really working hard to raise your family.
- Love can come in any way. It can be love with your family, siblings or with your partner. Plus, it’s never exclusive to that.
- It exceeded what I was expecting. Though there were scenes that would naturally make you laugh, there were also scenes that somehow was overly done. But nevertheless, still a great movie!
- Also, there were lines thrown that were really funny! For this, take note of Mia.
- For those who are still planning to watch this, Idk how you’ll watch it, remember to take note of Hudas (Judas).
I’ll stop there because I might throw in some accidental spoilers. ✌🏼
The movies were shown in SM cinemas and Ayala malls. For students, the movies would cost for Php 150 ($ 2.92) which is cheaper than the usual ones. Normally a ticket would cost Php 250 ($ 4.87) which is a heavy fee for students.
I got my card for Php 990 ($ 19.30) and comes along with six (6) free movies! Honestly, it really saves you a lot instead of buying the tickets one at a time! Another benefit would be, you’d access the priority lane just like the senior citizens or people with special needs.
What I am now hoping for is that this event would not fade as the years go by. I am already wishing that next year, another pista (fiesta / feast) like this would happen!
Our tickets are not sponsored. We bought it using our resources and all opinions are mine.
Now, let me ask you this.
Bae MilanesAugust 24, 2017 at 11:05 AM
Love your thoughts on the film! You make me wanna watch Manananggal!
MariaAugust 24, 2017 at 10:54 PM
Thank you! Well, I have to say, it’s worth it. But again, that’s me.
Milton CoyneAugust 25, 2017 at 1:11 AM
the only film i have watched is Patay na Si Hesus.. and it was really hilarious.. there’s never a dull moment in this movie.. the cast are very refreshing too since they were all Cebu-based actors .. my favorite scene was when they cried over the dead dog Judas and then they added “patay na din si Judas” at the end haha
I was planning to watch 100 Tula para kay Stella but after that stupid director JP Laxamana did with his critics.. haha I decided not to watch the film na lang
LaiAriel R SamangkaAugust 25, 2017 at 7:13 AM
Scream, I truly love and appreciate all the movies nowadays. Aside from they are really making sense, a lot of people can truly relate as well. I heard about all these movies as most of my friends have watched them as well. I only wish I can watch. If only I have time to watch, I will surely have watched. Thank you for sharing some of the video clips as this will give us an idea about the movies. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
Amila WickramarachchiAugust 25, 2017 at 2:30 PM
Seems like you had great time watching movies.I am also a fan of such family type movies.I’d love to watch Bar Boys.Seems it is a movie with interesting and flowing story.Thanks for these video clips shared to have a preview of movies.
LouisaAugust 26, 2017 at 2:22 PM
These sound like worthwhile movies. I’m sometimes put off by Tagalog movies because of the over the top portrayals. I’ve noticed though that Filipinomovies are getting better. A few titles here sound interesting. I’ll give those a shot.