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yung filipinas.. i review mo nga luciam? gusto ko ang movie na ito. galing galing ni maricel dito.
review ng FILIPINAS
BY GIGI JAVIER-ALFONSO
Tuesday, 12 30, 2003
Filipinas is a must see film. Although I have comments that may suggest I didn't like the movie, let me clarify that I liked the film for many reasons.
I'd like to delve first on points that I thought were wanting and weak. There are only a few films that makes an effort or even attempt to go beyond the text that it presents on screen. Although, in the case of this movie, there were times when lines tend to explain too much. I suspect the makers of the film fear that viewers will probably miss the point. Director Joel Lamangan and writer Roy Iglesias were so careful in making sure that we understand that the Filipinas family is the Philippines with all the problems that it has. I felt that in a way the film was lecturing and literally explaining its points to the viewers.
Since there were so many characters in the film, there was no time to chew and delve on the things that were happening or to feel for the characters themselves. It seems that Joel was afraid that he will wind up with a slow-paced melodrama if he did not have short sequences instead of long takes. That is also probably why there were few moments to give the little nuances that slowly reveal the characters without blatantly showing it or directly saying it.
Probably, it would have been more effective should the family was given a more common name instead of Filipinas. Here we are forced into one interpretation of the text. It would have been healthier to simply stimulate the viewers' imagination and let interpretations of the viewers bloom. Here we are forced into taking the Filipinas family as the representation of the Philippines. And the problems of the country are then acted out and lived by its characters.
There are many stories within a story. For instance, the movie talks of Filipinos leaving the country to work abroad. It also touches on the existence of diverse cultures and marriages whose stability are threatened by discrimination. There is also the problem of clashing ideologies of brothers that put the family (and therefore the nation in this case) into a retarded mode and literally, in a comma in terms of development.
The main characters are: Flor (Armida Siguion Reyna), the mother who was trying to keep the family together; Yoly (Maricel Soriano), the woman who never marry because she had to handle many responsibilities in the family; and Gloria (Dawn Zulueta), who worked abroad to support her family but was never appreciated by her daughters. Other members of the cast are: Samuel (Richard Gomez), who was a domineering father to his children and eventually, lost his wife and job when he was in America; Emman (Victor Neri), who was very vocal about the way government has been handling the problems affecting Filipinos; Vicky (Aiko Milendez), the business woman whose business barely copes with the country's economic instability; Ramesh (Raymond Bagatsing), the husband of Vicky who is of Indian descent; and Emman (Wendell Ramos), the idealistic military man who was critical of the army because of the way the army has treated the soldier.
The plot revolves around the return to his home country of a son and his children. It is later on revealed that he has left behind a young daughter who feels left out and disappointed. The family is intact because of the matriarch who everybody wants to please. It then turns into time of revelations that the characters have been quiet all along and suddenly everyone now starts to have their voices. Then a tragedy puts the family together again and reveals their strength.
I am a little bothered about the film highlighting the family as the only stable institution in the country and that it is saying that we should not count on the institutions but rather rely on your family for the support. Our leaders are mandated as well as our institutions to be strong. I couldn't see any reason why the family should be burdened to create a secure and progressive nation.
What makes this film significant?
The performers did very well with mature and competent performances. Armida is endowed with screen presence and I was rather happy that there were no hysterics but there were certainly sensitive acting. Dawn was very effective in her role and her eyes do speak. Maricel is always credible in the roles that she plays. Here, she came out with a very sensitive portrayal of a character that was slowly revealed and she must be cited for being able to sustain the interesting and consistent good performance through out the film.
Filipinas is significant because finally there is a film that carries with it a view that workers abroad are so tired and are fed up in serving other people in other countries. It also articulates the ideology that pushes a more progressive view of the country's situation. There are many varied reactions that Filipinas brought to discussions, this alone, makes it a significant film.
eto nagbackread kasi ako eh
by willy72, Dec 2003
i'm back in new york...and back to PEX. almost 5am pero gising pa ako. binabasa ko ngayon ang mga messages. ang dami ko na miss.
i'm so fortunate to have watched filipinas on the 25th. the whole family (37 in all ....para kaming isang barrio) trooped to the cineplex and watched filipinas. first screening yan. when the credits started rolling, some people in the audience clapped. some shouted galing. our family is not the demonstrative type so we were all quiet.
we discussed among ourselves and felt that -
maricel deserves to win the best actress award for that scene alone wherein yolanda met dindo (daniel fernando) after a number of years and she wanted to hug dindo but dindo politely turned down..... you could feel the awkwardness of the situation, the bewilderment yolanda felt because she didn't comprehend dindo's reaction. those earlier sequences led to that famous 'silently crying in the rain' scene.
maricel had other acting highlights. i know that yolanda has always been timid so that sequence called for yolanda to finally raise her voice to make herself 'heard' in the family. i hope film directors would tone down maricel's propensity to raise her voice (as in walang bagong taon!) in major scenes. some critics pointed out this flaw as maricel's trademark of acting.
i wonder why these critics never write such things when reviewing a vilma santos film when vilma used to be branded as the sigaw sigaw type in contrast to nora aunor's muted performances pre-relayson days. no offense to vilmanians. i still consider vilma a great actress.
same thing with lorna tolentino. she had some scenes in mano po 2 wherein she had to raise her voice and be a bit 'palengkera' (as in that scene wherein sinugod niya sina susan roces at zsa zsa padilla). but this noted film critic commended lorna's portrayal of belinda, the 3rd wife. hah? honestly, i wasn't impressed with lorna's performance. probably i was expecting lorna to attack her role with the same gusto as she did to her *****y role in maging akin ka lamang. kulang sa dating, in short.
by the way, the whole family watched mano po 2 after filipinas. no doubt about it, the movie is visually appealing. production values are top notch. very stylized ang dating. filipinas is not glossy....maybe because it's a reflection of the philippines na di talaga glossy? certain parts of the society lang ang glossy?
anyhow, i'm happy that maricel won the best actress award. here's hoping that she will win more awards for her portrayal as yolanda filipinas.
eto pa on FILIPINAS from Armida Siguion Reyna
By Armida Siguion-Reyna
Thursday, 12 18, 2003
After working as an actress for a year in Kung Mawawala Ka, the GMA show bid farewell to an audience that hoped to see the soap-opera surfacing somewhere soon again, even in another form. It was a critically-acclaimed teleserye that many identified with not only because of a stellar cast led by Eddie Garcia, but also because of its political undertones.
Joel's fast-paced, no-nonsense directorial style, coupled with his ability to draw out nothing but the best from his cast, compensated for the melodramatic content of the program. Even then, towards the later months, I felt him suddenly unsure if the network was going to remain supportive of such a "political soap", admidst whispered rumors that network bigwigs wanted more emphasis on the romance of the Juvenile leads.
Before we knew it, the show was over. Actors lost their jobs, and TV viewers lost a soap that stood a cut above the rest.
And yet, during the hiatus, I somehow knew I'd be working with Joel again before the year was over. I enjoy being on his set; we had fought, bitterly, I thought, thanks to the manipulation of the character I'd rather not name, and when we made up we both realized that there was no quarrel in the first place.
It was during the mid-year book launching of Joey Reyes's "Porn Again," when Joel told me: "Magtatrabaho tayo uli. Hindi ko lang sigurado kung sa isang soap sa isang pelikula , but I am almost sure we will be working together again."
He called me two days later to confirm that Viva Films has just agreed to his proposal that the part of Lolita Rodriguez be given to me. I thanked God, for even as I still had to read the script, I already knew that on board were some of the best actors in the business: Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, and Sunshine Dizon, all of whom I had previously worked with, and Victor Neri, Aiko Melendez, Raymond Bagatsing and Wendell Ramos, whose films and TV work I'd seen and liked.
I was excited to be part of such a cast. Bagong Pelikula, mga magagaling na artista, mga bagong makakasama, location shooting, a good script, all to be orchestrated by a good filmmaker. Kapag ganito ang project , money becomes secondary in importance. I gave my fee, and when I was told it couldn't be met, I accepted what was offered. And when I found out that on top of everything, I had to let my naturally graying hair go completely silvery-white for the role, sige pa rin!
The main set was a turn-of-the-century house in San Miguel, Bulacan, site of many an Aawitan Kita episodes, and were, also, mouth-watering goodies are available in every nook and cranny: Pastillas de leche, sitsaron, atsara, kesong puti, you name it, you can have it there.
On the plus side was a new Hotel, the 8 Wave, in San Ildefonso, roughly about 10 km away from the set, which gave actors the option to check in the night before an early morning shoot, with room and breakfast charged to production. Viva Films also rented an air-conditioned room for me in a house across the main set. There was nothing this senior citizen could ask for.
Now that the film has been done and officially included in the "first seven" roster of the 2003 Metro-Manila Film Festival, I hope you watch it. I daresay you will enjoy this tearjerker, because you will surely recognize yourself as one of the many characters that make up the narrative. I guarantee you will be satisfied, particularly by Maricel Soriano's and Richard Gomez's appearances.
Maricel has always been a competent actress. She did three pictures for our Reynafilms-Ikaw pa Lang ang Minahal, Inagaw mo ang Lahat sa Akin, and Abot-Kamay ang Pangarap, and to this day I feel that she should have won at least one best actress trophy for her sterling characterization of a love-starved woman in Ikaw Pa Lang..., an adaptation of the heiress, in turn based on the novel Washington Square.
But here in Filipinas she goes beyond competence and into the realm of the consummate thespian. She never, in any day of our month-long principal photography, took any scene for granted. She always had her lines pat, and her costumes ready. Much more than the external, she was internally prepared to portray Yolanda Filipinas, the eldest daughter who stays at home to take care of her mother.
Florencia, when all her siblings go away to lead their own lives, in the process sacrificing even her personal happiness.
Richard Gomez, as Samuel, the second son of Florencia, always stunned me during the shoot with his robust energy and ability to get into a scene without lengthy preparation. Kumakain siya, naglalaro, nakikipagkwentuhan during set-up time, but when the directors shout "Action!" he becomes the character he is supposed to be, just like that. I don't know how he prepares himself for his scenes, what method he uses, if he has any, but whatever it is, it works.
My son Carlitos has seen the movie, too, and he takes special notice of Victor Neri's effortless acting, specially in two scenes: When he bids his comatose mother goodbye, and his last with Richard, as he flees his Captors. Carlitos predicts Victor Neri will be around for a very long time, and I agree.
Likewise commendable is Dawn Zulueta, in what can be called her "comeback" film. Her scenes with her mother and sister Maricel, and the one where she says "enough is enough!" to her lethargic husband, played by Richard Quan, is well worth the piece of the cinema ticket.
Aiko Melendez did not have much to work on, but she does not throw her few scenes to the wind. Lutang na Lutang siya, as the daughter who marries outside of her culture, to an Indian, essayed by Raymond Bagatsing, who, needless to say, looked the part very well. Wendel Ramos, as the youngest son, was my favorite on the set. His skin is flawless, and he always looks mabango. In real life, he is a good boy, gentle and non-confrontational, and that is how you will see him in Filipinas. Sunshine Dizon also does well as the family's adopted daughter, and does not get overshadowed by her elders.
Joel, an actor's director who worked equally as hard on the younger set of Tanya Garcia, Anne Curtis, and Sarah Geronimo, is pretty much satisfied with everyone's performance. Including mine, he says.
But as Florencia Filipinas, matriarch, I leave it up to you to judge whether I did well or not. You'll only get to do so if you watch the movie, so put it on your list of must-sees this holiday season, para mahusgahan ninyo si Tita Midz.
tulad ng sabi ko noon, sabi nila pangit ang filipinas.. but upon viewing ito.. i was so surprised dahil nagustuhan ko ang movie at ang pag arte ni maricel.. tamang tama ang timpla.
yung pagsigaw niya.. tama lang iyon. iyon ang typical na reaction ng mga nag aaway sa totoong buhay lalo na kung sa tagal mong nagtiis.. tagal mong tumahimik.. kailangan mong sumabog. bakit kasi ang hihilig lang ng subtle attack ang gma kritiko kuno eh.. alangan namang tatahimik lang si maricel sa eksenang iyon. para sa akin, perfect ang ginawa niyang pagsigaw don. and she was heard.
Pero ang films na nagustuhan ko first time I watched it, then twice, thrice etc I liked them more - Saan Darating ang Umaga, A Love Story and Inang Yaya.
I am wishing na next movie ni Marya is a film na panglaban talaga for international competition.
More than five times ko sigurong napanood ito and naging powerful ang dating sa akin. Parang di siya nakakasawa.
Yung Inang Yaya, the first time I viewed it, swak agad sa akin. Madaling araw ko pa pinanood dahil kadarating lang galing sa Pinas ng DVD. Kahit antok.. nood agad hehe. Pinahiram ko, di na bumalik ang DVD hehe. Pero ayos lang. Hayaan ko siyang maglibot. Bibili na lang ako ng bago.
yung Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal.. swak na swak talaga ito. Ilang beses ko ding pinanood ito sa mga sinehan. Dahas din. Vampira. Ama Ina Anak. Pustahan Tayo..Kung Kaya Mo.. at marami pang iba.
Pinakaayaw ko at di ko na uulitin pa.. Dobol Dribol... at yung kina Robin.. ayaw ko din. Pero try kong panoorin one last time kng me makita ako.. Tingnan ko kung magustuhan ko pa hehe.
Ok movies I will watch on DVD this weekend - Teenage Marriage, Anak ni Waray vs Anak ni Biday and When I Fall in Love!
Bigyan ko ng reviews with a new perspective pagkapanood ko.
Directed by Mel Chionglo
Starring: Maricel-William, Snooky-Albert, Gloria Romero, Charito Solis, Liza Lorena
This is the second time I watched Teenage Marriage. Last time I watched it was in the '80s sa theater nung kasagsagan ng Maricel-William popularity. It was different then kasi I was still a teenager then and ang hinahanap ko yung kilig moments nila Marya-William. Plus I feel awkward (same to what I felt first time I watched Hinugot sa Langit) when Maricel Soriano goes into very serious acting.
If I remember it right, mabigat for me ang tema ng movie dati for my age - kasi young couples ang roles nila that time. Sensitive pa for my age yung issues sa movie about getting pregnant young, living in without marriage, paggamit ng contraception pills etc.
But watching it now gave me a new perspective of the film. It made me realize how Regal Films really made efforts to contribute socially relevant films like these in a period when what the public were craving for "kilig" and "pa-cute" films.
It gave an opportunity to young stars then like Marya to take some risks with the type of role she has in the film.
The movie dwells on difficulties young couples go through when they get married unprepared.
Albert Martinez' role as a happy-go lucky husband of Snooky is a glimpse of the very good actor we see now. Kakainisan mo siya sa role niya on how irresponsible he is. Pero between him and William, William in this movie gave a more sensitive performance as a young husband who is still unsure of what he wants in life and insecure of his wife getting a career for herself. Maganda ang mata ni William pag nagse-seryoso siya. I like the scenes he has with Marya whenever they engage in serious conversations about their relationship. You feel with him yet you hate him for his insecurity. So I feel like Mel Chionglo did well in directing and controlling his acting here.
Snooky Serna is also good in the movie. She was able to get out of the pa-sweet image niya dito in some scenes. She is good dun sa banyo scene where she shows how frustrated she is with her situation living with the big family of her husband without any privacy. But there are scenes na medyo distracting like yung nandidilat siya and screaming scenes with Albert. Medyo sweet nga kasi dating ni Snooky so seeing her screaming or trying to be a "strong" person is awkward and maybe she feels awkward doing it kaya as an audience feeling ko awkward din. Pero I like her in the scene where Albert is trying to win her back . Quiet acting lang siya dun pero nararamdaman mo.
I know I may be biased pero hands down for me in giving a very sensitive and HONEST performance na nakakalimutan mo na si Maricel Soriano pala pinapanood mo is Marya. Mas maraming dimensions sa character niya na naipakita niya effectively - the character of a young wife trying to be supportive of her husband but also lives in the reality of the need to make a career of her own and control in having a baby because they are not ready financially. And naipakita rin yung side niya as a daughter caught in the midst of fighting parents and longing still for parental moral support in her life. And a woman who loves her husband deeply but knows that they are not ready to be a husband and wife yet not until they "grow up".
The "strong woman" roles really fit Maricel Soriano to a tee. She is very young in this film pero it gave us a glimpse of the type of roles she really can tackle effectively in he likes of Soltera and Separada.
Mel Chionglo was able to control her facial expressions here. I am not sure pero siguro ginawa ito around the same time or after Hinugot sa Langit was done kaya may influence din si Ishmael Bernal sa acting ni Marya dito. Subtle technique siya dito, wala masyadong screaming moments and I like it. Yun nga lang yung old technique na pag umiyak siya dapat may sound na humahagulgol eh di ko like lalo na at napanood ko na siya in her recent films na mas effective siya crying na waalang hagulgol sound.
Many fave scenes for me for Maricel Soriano:
* The time when her dad visited her at their apartment and gave her money because it was her birthday then she hugged her dad. It was a touching moment.
* Yung scene na kinoconfront siya ni William because she was using pills -- precious ang facial expression niya without any dialogue
* The best scene for me for the movie na talagang kumirot ang puso ko at bumalik ang pagiging Mama Cel/Papa Yam fan moment ko ---- the goodbye scene with William where William brought her to her dad's house tapos tinawag niya si William and they hugged and promised each other na kahit hiwalay na sila di muna sila magmamahal ng iba and where William promises na hopefully that that time comes that they will see each other pag "malaki na siya" ( when he grows up). They just look at each other in the eyes and you can feel sa eksena how both of them intermingle the mixed feelings of love, panghihinayang and hope all at the same time.
P.S. Sa ibang scenes ni Marya naaalala ko si Kim Chiu , payat pala talaga ni Marya before nung nene pa siya parang si Kim Chiu.
di ko pa napapanood ang teenage marriage. bibilhin ko rin ito.
nong nakaraang araw.. when i fall in love naman ang napanood ko for the first time. i enjoyed the movie. tama ka na strong woman ang character na forte ni maricel. tuwang tuwa ako don sa confrontation nila ng dean niya. kung pwede nga lang may eksenang sungalngalin ang dean, pinagawa ko na hehe.
medyo may pagka serious ang tema ng movie at bakit when i fall in love ang title? sobrang daming regal babies ang sinahog at ginamit ang kasikatan nina maricel at william para makilala din sina janice, aga, gretchen, richard gomez, manilyn, sheryl, kristina, nadia, arlene.. ah dami nla lol!
si jackie lou blanco din pala na nag shine don para sa akin sa confrontation nila ni maricel sa cr.
may social relevance ang movie.. hindi katulad ng mga movies ngayon.. parang pampakilig lang. parang iyon alng ang purpose. sana makagawa ang star cinema ng ganitong klaseng movies.
tinamaan ako don sa rally ng mga students.. tapos si william as student council president ay nag decide na sumali don sa rally ng mga students. sarap ng pakiramdam ko. parang kasali din ako.
hindi lang masyadong solid ang pagkagawa ng movie kasi daming stars. bawat isa, gustong bigyan ng moments. sabog sabog, kanya kanyang kwento. pero sa kabuuan.. enjoy ako sa movie.
dami ko pang i catch up na movies ni maricel. lalo na nong dekada otsenta. diyan pa ako kulang. nobenta pataas.. abandonada at mila na lang yata ang di ko pa napapanood.
at age 16 with movies like PABLING and GALAWGAW both under the great director ISHMAEL BERNAL,
hindi basta-basta ang pinakita niyang
husay sa mga ito, hindi matatawaran,
RIOT COMEDY ang mga ito
full of wit and political/social satire,
pero hindi lang siya basta pumasa kundi SHE NAILED and OWNED the role pa,
COMEDY requires not just timing but also intelligence and MARICEL definitely have them both...
Sabi ni Ishma sa "GALAWGAW", kinabagan daw siya sa kakatawa
kahit rushes pa lang na napanood niya... ganon kahusay si MARICEL!
tindi naman nito kiks.. marami ka pa bang tinago diyan?
kikaypals.....pinost ko sa facebook ha.
ayoko ..na maging feeling maganda lang ako...
ayoko ng walang fabulous outfit....
ayoko ng walang real estate business...
ayoko ng walang car....
ayoko ng walang jewelries....
*sabay walk sa stairs one step higher, then turn around*
and most importantly....ayoko ng walang alindoggggg.....
maraming katulad si Yolanda Filipinas...nakakalimutan ang personal na buhay at kaligayahan dahil sa sobrang pagmamahal at suporta na binibigay sa pamilya.
gustong gusto ko yung scene ni Maricel with Daniel Fernando. kitang kita sa expression ng mukha niya yung pain and "pagkawala ng pag-asa".
si Daniel kasi ang "pag-asa" niya at nung mawala iyon... para siyang isang tao na binully at nung wala ng mapuntahan ay lumaban na...
kaya yung nakita kong galit sa kanya nung sinasabi ning walang bagong taon... understandable iyon....
sa eksenang iyon hinde ka puedeng magsabi ng "walang bagong taon" in a subtle way tapos sasandal ka sa wall at may i-dialogue ka ng mala-Amy Austria sa Brutal ng "walang bagong taon - turn ur face to d left and vice versa"... neh hinde puede iyon...
o kaya naman isa isahin mong lalapitan yung kapamilya mo at sasabihan mo sila ng walang bagong taon na para kang may hinahanap na gamot na tulad ng kay Vilma sa Relasyon at pag nag-ring ang phone... bubulong ka sa phone ng "mama, wala na si Daniel kaya walang bagong taon"...
cannot be... di ba?
It was indeed a very powerful "hysterical" scene (singular dahlin) kung yun man ang gustong sabihin ng mga detractors... Kaya nga Best Actress eh and commended by the film critics.
sa mga movies ng one and only Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, like for example A Love Story - anong scene ang pinakagusto nio?
ako? pinakagusto ko yung nakahiga siya at may i-call kay Morning then ang sumagot ay si Angelica....close shot kasi yung body niya kasama na ang legs.... in fairness to me, ka-level ko ang alindog niya sa scene na yun huh.. ganon na ganon ang alindog ko... *flick ng hair*
gusto ko rin yung farewell scene damang dama ko sila at yung toilet cubicle scene... bongga siyang umiyak, sosyal!
Sa Soltera, pinakagusto kong scene ay yung sa bath tub with Raymond Bagtasing. memorable sa akin iyon dahil sa best friend kong baklita na super emote noon dahil sa kanyang bf na ipinagpalit siya sa isang younger and equally rich na baklita. in fairness purita na ngayon ang ahas na baklita at ang best friend ko super rich pa rin. *irap* anyhow, mabalik tayo sa Soltera... super like ko nga yung scene na iyon dahil gusto ko yung pagpapalit ng emotions ni Maricel doon.. winner! promise....