Friday, December 18, 2015

TOTO: the American dream, whatever it takes

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Toto hails from Tacloban, a city badly damaged by the typhoon Yolanda.  his mother has cancer and in order to support her and his other siblings, he works as a hotel room boy in Manila.  he dreams of going to America to work so that he can support his family. his father made it to Las Vegas to become a stage act and promised to petition the rest of the family but he only ended up as a dishwasher who drank and gambled away everything.   he hopes to one day succeed where his father has failed and he will do whatever it takes to fulfill his dream.

Toto makes one last attempt to get to America but gets scammed and ends up owing a lot of people money and hurting people's feelings.  one of the hotel guests becomes a friend of Toto's and gives him an opportunity to work in the US legally and fulfill his dreams.

despite its light nature, the movie reminds us the value of hard work and the importance of family.  it also shows us, sadly, that there will always be bad people out there who will take advantage of you and make you lose hope but at the end of the day, nothing beats an honest man's hard work.