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Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin (Ayala Cinemas Exclusive - Opens Dec. 18)

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A comedy celebrating the triumphs & tribulations of a FilAm couple on a universal love trip- Balut, karaoke, telenovelas, brownouts, ukay-ukay, and superstitious in-laws included.

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  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
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    QUIRKY COMEDY “ANG TURKEY MAN AY PABO RIN” OPENS EXCLUSIVELY AT AYALA MALLS DEC 18
    via press release


    “Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin,” the critically acclaimed comedy by first-time director Randolph Longjas, will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Dec. 18.

    A cross-cultural comedy about a Filipino American couple who celebrates life with karaoke music, superstitious in-laws, immigration laws, unexpected pregnancies, brown-outs, Thanksgiving turkey, with some love on the side, “Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin” stars Tuesday Vargas, Travis Kraft, Julia Clarete, Cai Cortez and JM De Guzman.

    The film is produced by Tonee Acejo with screenplay by Allan Habon, edited by Carlo Manatad, and Joris Fernandez, cinematographby Tom Redoble, music by Jedd Dumaguina, production design by Butch Garcia and Nette Madrid.

    “Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin” is an experimental comedy that explores the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a Filipino-American couple on a universal love trip - that which do not discriminate against color, stature, or culture. It is a celebration of the Filipino experience in a foreigner’s perspective, and alternatively, the realization of the American dream in a Filipino’s eyes.

    Fil-Am romantic relationships: We see a sampling of them in all places. The best stereotype is an ordinary-looking, gaudily-dressed Filipina clinging to an obviously older, casually-clad foreigner, caught in the bubble of their conversation, traversing the street as if it was their own. That visual often intrigues us, to say the least. What then, if we feature their lives amidst the judgment, bias and ridicule, beyond what we see in passing? What is their story?

    The movie does just that, as it features one such couple: Cookie (Vargas) and Matthew Adams (Taft), a Filipino-American pair. The story begins when an online Fil-Am dating site decides to document a week in the life of these two site users who successfully found love in the net, with the aim of promoting such relationships through presenting the dynamics of their peculiar relationship.

    The documentary opens with an introduction of the couple; their origins manifest a stark contrast at the onset. The show further establishes them as a couple by showing a typical day of the Adams. Hilarity ensues as the twosome strive to embrace each other’s cultural differences: Matthew encounters miscommunication, odd customs and unusual habits inherent to the Filipinos which he must be accustomed to (or else); while on Cookie’s end, the challenge is to successfully hurdle one of the most rigid and stringent examinations at present: the U.S. Immigration Citizenship Application.

    Meanwhile, the online production team goes on to document milestones of the Fil-Am couple’s week, including (but not limited to) the following: eating balut; loud karaoke music; a telenovela sick leave marathon; food fight on a fiesta; black-outs and brownouts; the “A” word; ukay-ukay fashion shows; and a visit from superstitious in-laws; all culminating in an event we Filipinos have not imbibed despite a decades-long relationship with the United States: A Thanksgiving celebration, featuring arguably the most sumptuous centerpiece of all-- the roast turkey. Every day lies a question: will their cultures clash and burn? Or will they succeed in receiving the best of both worlds?
  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    Attended a special screening last night at Greenbelt and I love this movie! It's very funny and the mockumentary format works here, so many funny cutaways and gags (my personal favorite is the lost in translation "can he come here" :glee: ) but aside from the humor, it takes a good lopk at Fil-Am relationships, that sometimes even if the relationship online, true love can indeed blossom.

    I hope people catch it next week. It's one of the funniest movie I've seen this year
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    DIRECTOR DISCUSSES FIRST FEATURE “ANG TURKEY MAN AY PABO RIN”
    via press release


    Twenty-five-year-old Randolph Longjas may be considered young for a filmmaker, but this week he achieves a milestone few first-time directors are privileged to accomplish: an exclusive commercial run of his debut film in the upscale theater chain of Ayala Malls nationwide.

    That's right, Longjas' acclaimed comedy “Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin” which riveted critics during the CineFilipino Film Festival where it premiered, will now have a chance to be seen by a bigger audience when it opens in Ayala Malls Cinemas on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

    A cross-cultural comedy about a Filipino American couple who celebrates life with karaoke music, superstitious in-laws, immigration laws, unexpected pregnancies, brown-outs, Thanksgiving turkey, with some love on the side, “Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin” stars Tuesday Vargas, Travis Kraft, Julia Clarete, Cai Cortez and JM De Guzman.

    Longjas says the idea for “Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin” originated when he and his collaborators were in a mall brainstorming what their entry for CineFilipino would be. “Then we noticed a restaurant full of foreigners with Filipinas as their partners,” Longjas shares. “We’ve come to realize that this type of set-up is not a surprise to our culture anymore. In fact, it’s a familiar scenario in Filipino families. From there, we’ve agreed that we can explore this type of relationship through injecting a crash and burn humor of the two different cultures.

    “We wanted to offer a reality that we usually despise or laugh about,” the director adds. “This experimental comedy explores the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of two people on a universal love trip, which do not discriminate against color, stature, age or culture. It is a celebration of the Filipino experience in a foreigner’s perspective, and the realization of the American dream in a Filipino’s eyes.

    Longjas concludes, “We want to reintroduce Fil-Am relationships in a fresh light. We hope to destroy the misconception that these relationships exist only for money or material reason and prove to the audience that this kind of relationship is founded on love and is as real as anyone else’s.”
    Randolph Longjas is a man of tenacity and many talents. Being the youngest director in this year’s Cinefilipino roster, one might reckon his venture into filmmaking to be one of sheer caprice. But nothing could be further from the truth, for it is in fact a product of hard work and a lifelong love affair with the performing and visual arts.

    Respected as a fine thespian by his peers, Longjas has directed and performed in numerous stage productions, most notably as part of UP Broad ***. Immediately after graduating ***** laude from UP Diliman with a degree in Broadcast Communication, he joined the advertising industry as a freelance production staff for TV commercials for a couple of years and later started Bodega Productions, an event coverage company, with three others. He is now Apprentice Assistant Director to fellow Waray, Melvin Lee. Despite having many irons in the fire, Longjas enjoys the challenge of an occasional video contest, which he almost always takes by storm.


    “Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin” is written by Ronald Allan Habon whose collaboration with Longjas dates back to their Broad *** days. As reflected in their stage plays, e.g. Oble is tat chu? Alien Vs Premetev, Langit Lupa Infirmary?, both are adept at tackling social and political issues through comedy.
  • SiyangaPalaSiyangaPala PEx Rookie ⭐
    Boy Abunda just had an article about Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin star Travis Kraft.

    http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2013/12/10/1266117/why-travis-kraft-loves-philippines

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  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
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    Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin explores the relationship between a Filipina and an American who met online. It's a tricky subject matter as it is susceptible to stereotyping and, let's face it, prejudice but the movie successfully tackles the subject with well-observed moments without losing the humor along the way.

    Cookie (Tuesday Vargas) and Matthew (Travis Taft) met and fall in love via an online Fil-Am dating site. Matthew eventually moves in with Cookie as the dating site decides to document a week in the life of the couple. In a span of week, we see the Cookie and Travis deal with cross-cultural differences from choice of music, superstitions to the quest to find the perfect turkey to to celebrate the American Thanksgiving in the Philippines.

    Presented in a mockumentary form, Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin effectively uses the gimmick to drive the humor. Interviews and cutaways that depict the cultural conflicts brought out a lot of hilarious scenes. The format also helps the viewers understand the characters better as we see both perspectives of the couple. The comedy is generally broad but it never loses the heart.

    The movie does not ignore the preconceived notions a lot of people have towards relationships of this nature ("she's a gold digger", "he can't get a girl in his country so he settles for this", "this isn't true love" ) but it also shatters the misconception at the same time. The movie makes a strong case that true love can actually blossom with two different nationalities who first met without seeing each other personally. Yes, they will have to face social stigma but the problems they face are not really different from what the so-called "regular" couples have.

    Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin is not flawless by any means as it also suffers from having too many supporting characters that could easily be cut out to make the story tighter but without a doubt this is one of the funniest and sweetest movie this year and definitely worth checking out.

    Rating: 9 / 10

    Now showing with English subtitles exclusively at Ayala Malls

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