Bahay Bata by Eduardo Roy Jr.

Bahay Bata

Bahay Bata Directed by Eduardo Roy Jr. Starring Diana Zubiri Baluts: Cast: Sue Prado as Heidi, Mailes Kanapi as Dr. Balboa, Pewee O Hara as Cora, Janna Tiangco as Cathy, Yul Servo as Peter. I’ve never watched a movie like “Bahay Bata” before, a movie whose plot takes place inside a real and active hospital. [...]

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Lola by Brillante Mendoza

A grandmother mourns the death of her grandson. Aling Sepa played by Anita Linda. Photo: Ybca.org/Lola

Lola Directed by Brillante Mendoza Starring Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio Baluts: Cast: Tanya Gomez, Jhong Hilario, and Ketchup Eusebio. “Lola”, which means grandmother in Filipino, follows two grandmothers as their lives become slowly intertwined after a stabbing incident involving their grandsons. One is the grandmother of the victim (Aling Sepa played by Anita Linda), [...]

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Dekada ’70 by Chito S. Roño

Amanda Bartolome (Vilma Santos) sits and listens to one of her sons.

Dekada ’70 Directed by Chito S. Roño. Written by Lualhati Bautista (movie is based on her book Dekada ’70) Starring Christopher de Leon, Vilma Santos, and Piolo Pascual. Baluts: Cast: Marvin Agustin, Carlos Agassi, Danilo Barrios, Ana Capri, John Wayne Sace, and Dimples Romana Dekada ’70, released in Philippine theaters in 2002, tells the story [...]

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Amigo by John Sayles

Philippines, 1900.

Amigo Directed by Jon Sayles Starring Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt, and Yul Vazquez Baluts:  Cast: DJ Qualls, Lucas Neff, James Parks, Dane DeHaan, Rio Locsin, Bembol Roco, and Ronnie Lazaro I guess technically this is more of an American movie about Philippine history than a Filipino one. But since it headlines some amazing [...]

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Third World Happy Starring Sam Milby

The dreaded phone call that Balikbayans fear across the globe. The call to return home upon the death of a loved one.

Third World Happy Directed by EJ Salcedo Starring Sam Milby, Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Quan Baluts: Cast: Melissa Mendez, Archie Adamos, Archie Alemania, Raul Morit, Geraldine Tan, Eugene Herrera “Sometimes it takes losing someone to find yourself.” Sam Milby plays Wesley (or Wes), whom we find at the beginning of the movie working as [...]

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Rakenrol by Quark Henares

Irene screaming "super crush!" Photo: Youtube still / Rakenrol Facebook page

Rakenrol Directed by Quark Henares Starring Jason Abalos (Odie), Glaiza de Castro (Irene), Diether Ocampo (Jacci Rocha) Baluts: Cast: Jun Sabayton, Alwyn Uytingco, Ramon Bautista, Matet De Leon, Ketchup Eusebio. Have you ever started a band with someone you had a crush on who had a super crush on an ego-maniac while your band’s drummer [...]

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The Learning by Ramona Diaz

Dorotea Godinez on the left, one of the 4 teachers followed in the film, greets Filipino students upon returning after a year of teaching in the US.

The Learning Directed by Ramona Diaz Starring Dorotea Godinez, Angel Alim, Grace Amper, and Rhea Espedido Baluts: What you’ll learn about… “The Learning” is a documentary following four teachers from the Philippines working for the first time as teachers in America. It is a candid look at a small section of two overlooked populations of [...]

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Emir the Filipino Musical

Emir the Filipino Musical!

Emir Directed by Chito S. Roño Starring Francheska Farr, Kalila Aguilos, and Bayang Barrios. Baluts: Cast: Kalila Aguilos, Bayang Barrios, Liesl Batucan, Julia Clarete, Melanie Dujunco, Dulce, Gigi Escalante, Jhong Hilario, Sid Lucero, Bodjie Pascua, Beverly Salviejo. After the 1st few minutes of watching the talented Francheska Farr singing in Tagalog, playing a hard-working gold-skinned [...]

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