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First off, how do you read the title “I-libings”? It could mean “to bury” if spoken as “ilibing“. On the other hand, it could also refer to a play of letters (e.g. iPod or iMac or iPad) that makes the word sound like an electronic advancement by way of funeral/burial videography. However which way you read it, the movie certainly makes for a curious watch during Cinemalaya 2011.
The Cinemalaya website describes the movie as:
A coming of age story about Isabel’s lessons and realizations on life and death as a funeral videography intern. Due to her family situation, Isabel is cynical and skeptical of everything that comes her way. When she enters the I-libings for her required college internship, she sees it as the worst internship her college adviser could suggest to her. Later as she accumulates her required hours, she realizes that the company is not just a place where videographers make money out of other people’s misfortunes but is a place where the dead and the grieving receive special attention. It all comes full circle when Isabel is faced with an unusual family tragedy. Isabel realizes that her internship might have been just 200 hours, but the lessons that the I-libings left her would last a lifetime.
The dramedy is directed by Rommel Sales and stars Glaiza de Castro as Isabel. She is joined by Marc Abaya, Carlo Aquino, Rez Cortez, Alchris Galura, Louella de Cordova and Earl Ignacio.