Cinemalaya 2012 presents: Bwakaw

NOTE: This is not only for Filipinos but for any nationalities out there also.

Yesterday, July 26, 2012, I had the chance to go to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to watch an Indie Film entitled “Bwakaw”.

If you are a fan of works of art; a frustrated artist; a desperate movie watcher; and a true Filipino, you should go to the CCP. CCP is located at Pasay,  City near the Mall of Asia and Star City.

It’s my first time to visit the said theater because I was not fond of going to such events like that in my childhood days. But now that I got to see it, I promised myself that I’m going back there.

Honestly, I was so amazed by the fact that Filipinos are great filmmakers; Filipinos are very talented and creative. Why? Try to watch at least one film and you’ll find the answer! 🙂

This is a film by JUN ROBLES LANA. Here is the synopsis of the movie that we watched. This movie was starred by Eddie Garcia as Rene and Princess as Bwakaw.

Bwakaw is a drama-comedy about growing old, and everyone’s fear of growing old alone. Rene is a gay man who came out of the closet at age 70. Ailing in his twilight years, he thinks it is now too late for love, even companionship, and that all there is to look forward to is Death. He has made a will, bequeathing his few possessions to his even fewer friends. Everything is packed and labeled, ready for distribution. He has even paid for a coffin, taking advantage of a funeral home’s Summer Sale. Nowadays the only companion Rene has is Bwakaw, a stray dog that hangs around his house and follows him wherever he goes. As Rene waits for the day of his death, he gets the surprise of his life when it is Bwakaw who suddenly falls ill and is diagnosed with cancer. Rene is surprisingly affected, and he realizes that he values Bwakaw more than he thinks. In his struggle to get Bwakaw cured, Rene finds comfort in the most unlikely person: Sol, a tricycle driver who helps him bring Bwakaw to the vet and befriends him. Buoyed by Sol’s friendship, Rene starts living. Little by little he discovers simple joys. To the surprise of his friends, he even has his hair dyed to look younger. One day, he finally decides to make a move on Sol. The revelation that Rene is gay and has feelings for him surprises and disgusts Sol. He rejects Rene and leaves in anger. In the meantime, Bwakaw’s condition gets worse. Not even Rene’s ancient Santo Entierro (a supposedly miraculous statue of Jesus Christ) can save Bwakaw. Bwakaw dies, and Rene’s neighbors help him bury the faithful dog. But Bwakaw’s death, even while it was still only imminent, has made a difference. Rene has found a new appreciation for life and what is most important. He decides to unpack the things that he has already willed to other people and make his house more inhabitable. He is, after all, still alive.



Let’s continue to support our own work and talented Filipino 🙂


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