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I was trying to google the word ‘cuchera‘ but always keep on getting ‘cuchara‘ instead. Of course, it’s not the Spanish word for spoon I’m looking for, but just a mere confirmation of my understanding that the former refers to a female driving a horse-drawn carriage or kalesa.
After reading the plot of the movie “Cuchera” from the Cinemalaya website, I think I may be close to how I interpret the title. It’s about the notorious drug mules in the country.
Based on a true story, Cuchera is about Filipino drug mules, drug couriers and their recruiters. It follows the story of Isabel, a veteran drug mule, in her first attempt at running her own drug transshipment operation between Manila and China. Isabel’s character is based on the story of an actual Filipina drug mule who was caught with eight capsules of heroin lodged in her sex organ, 48 in the rectum and 11 in her abdomen after an x-ray was conducted by Chinese authorities. Cuchera presents an accurate depiction of how some Filipinos end up becoming entrenched in the world of illegal drugs. Currently, the Philippines leads all Southeast Asian countries in the number of nationals arrested for drug smuggling charges in China. As of 2009, there are currently 95 Filipinos languishing in various jails in Chinese territories—four of whom are on death row. Violators include minors who enter China with fake passports.
If Laban deftly and accurately handled the subject matter, “Cuchera” could be an engaging movie to watch – eye-opening even – given the execution of three Filipino drug mules in China just last March. My list of movies to watch is getting long by the day, but I don’t mind.
The film is part of Cinemalaya’s New Breed section and will start screening at CCP and Greenbelt between July 15-24. It stars indie favorite Maria Isabel Lopez, supported by Simon Ibarra, CJ Ramos, Paolo Rivero, Isadora (I remember this sexy actress from the 80s), Sue Prado, Jon Neri and Kimmy Fajardo.
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GMA-7 recently launched their landmark production of “Lupang Hinirang“, the Philippine National Anthem which currently signs in and signs off their daily broadcast. This will also be officially used in all SM Cinemas nationwide.
The video highlights the different historical points in the country’s history that led to where we are right now. It assembles the biggest and the brightest talents of GMA-7 portraying roles such as Lapu-Lapu (Aljur Abrenica), Gregorio del Pilar (Dingdong Dantes), Manuel L. Quezon (Richard Guetierrez), Emilio Aguinaldo (Dennis Trillo), Andres Bonifacio (Mark Anthony Fernandez), Dr. Jose Rizal (Marvin Agustin), People Power nun (Marian Rivera), Gomburza (Paolo Paraiso, Victor Aliwalas & Bodie Cruz), the women who created the first Philippine flag (Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos & Bea Benene), Filipino-American War heroes (TJ Trinidad, JC Tiuseco, Dion Ignacio & Enzo Pineda) and many more!
“Lupang Hinirang,” which runs for two and a half minutes, is directed by Paul Ticzon, who says it took his team 10 months of meticulous research and preparation to shoot the vignettes.
Personally, I feel proud(er) of being a Filipino everytime I watch the same.
Excellent job, Kapuso network!
By the way, today is a non-working holiday throughout the Philippines due to the end of Ramadan. Another long weekend ahead! Enjoy!
Extra! Extra! “Muli” is now available on DVD! Click on the link HERE!
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Gay indie films have flooded the Philippines for quite some time now, and for a good business reason: to insure decent profits. As a result, mediocre outputs have been released one after another chasing quick bucks. Fortunately, one gets to stumble upon a few of the genre that stands out with technical polish, competent acting and engaging screenplay. One such flick is “Muli” (English title: The Affair/or if you literally translate the word, it should be “Again”). Directed by noteworthy indie film director Adolf Alix, Jr. (“Donsol”, “Daybreak”, “Adela” and “Aurora”), the plot is based on the 2007 Palanca Award-Winning Screenplay of Jerry Gracio that delves on the love story between an underground activist/inn keeper and a lawyer in Baguio City within which the complexities, joys and tragedies render proof to the shining power of love.
Muli is from MJM Productions. It stars Sid Lucero and the comebacking Cogie Domingo playing the gay couple. They are ably supported by Marco Alcaraz, Paolo Rivero, Max Eigenmann, Evelyn Vargas, Rocky Salumbides, Angeli Bayani, and introducing Ardie Bascara.
Watch out for the movie’s limited release anytime soon. Meanwhile, you can check out the movie’s special screening at the ongoing Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.