Monday, July 18, 2016

Pauwi Na: leave no one behind as we go home

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given the limited time i have because of my schedule, i swore that if i had to watch any movie from the ToFarm Film Festival, it would have to be Pauwi Na.

Pauwi Na is a film based on and inspired by an article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer about a family going home to their province.  due to lack of funds, they had to travel via pedicab.

the movie reminds me of a story i learned in law school about a ditchdigger. a man walks up to him and asks him why he digs the ditch. his reply was, "i dig the ditch so i can earn money to buy food that will give me strength to dig the ditch".

of the family, Isabel is closest to Jesus.  she speaks to Him and sees all that He does to take care of their family in their journey.  Meryll Soriano is magnificent as Isabel.  I cannot imagine anybody else doing that character.  Cherrie Pie Picache reminded me so much of the lady who used to wash our clothes for us, even the way she smoked.  she portrayed the wife and mother having a hard time making ends meet but still has faith in her family.  she wasn't loud and irritating when she nagged JP for his indolence and his philandering or when Pepe kept coughing.  i couldn't get mad at Mang Pepe for what he did.  he had a family to feed and a grandchild on the way.  truly, life is never just black and white, good or bad.  Jerald Napoles and Chai Fonacier play their children, the grifter and cigarette vendor, respectively.  Chai plays Pina and she represents all those wide-eyed young women who wish for better life for themselves, by trying to get the attention of an older white man to save them.  JP is the thief who loves his wife Isabel but he cannot seem to help himself.  in one scene, JP says to Isabel what every woman who has fallen in love with the wrong man dreams of hearing and while the line has been overused, given the circumstances by which JP utters them, still makes it effective.  Jerald, who has garnered fame as a comedic actor through the musical Rak of Aegis, proves in this film how talented he is.  Jesus Mendoza plays Jesus Christ (yes, that's his name), Isabel's  guide and savior.  he portrays a merciful and truthful Son of God, as He guides Isabel and her family in their journey home. his Christ reminds us that His Father helps those who help themselves.  while we think God has abandoned us, he shows us that there is a day of reckoning for everyone.

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this movie made me cry so much.  it made me realize how fortunate i am and how there are so many things i have in my life that i take for granted.  this family made the most of what they had and they looked after each other the only way they knew how.  at the end, you respect them for the choices they made for their family. they made several sacrifices on the way but you love them anyway because you know that you would do the same for your family.  truthfully, what the Filipino family is all about.  

*i do not own any of the photos.  both are courtesy of Paolo Villaluna, director of the movie Pauwi Na.