When you’ve practically spent a significant portion of your life in the Philippines and you have to be miles away for a time, chances are you’ll find a way to relieve the homesickness or the cure to it will find its way to you. One of the relievers are Filipino shows: live, on television or on films. Before coming here I rarely watch Tagalog flicks. Admittedly, my viewing taste was relatively transformed.
When I saw the cast of Tabing Ilog reunited during John Lloyd’s birthday party in ASAP last year, I exclaimed how grown up they are now (read as: I’m really getting old). When he was introduced with the two other boys as Koolits, I didn’t care who’s going to make it or not. The only time I became so atuned was during Gwapings days. I liked Mark Fernandez that time.
(Cast of Tabing Ilog, a teenage oriented show in late 90s)
Generally, staying power is the name of the game in show business. Apparently, John Lloyd is one of the contenders in the survival of the fittest. But regardless of which industry you’re in, the fittest (wo)man wins.
Last weekend, after pigging out in a friend’s birthday party, we went straight to the mall to watch You Changed My Life. That was the first time I’ve watched a Filipino film on big screen in UAE. Gawd, sobrang haba ng pila. It did beat the queue for Twilight screening. Not to mention the swoons for Miggy (John Lloyd) were stronger than for Edward Cullen (Rob Pattinson). And the biggest surprise was that there were a number of locals (Arabs) and other nationalities who did watch. That explains the need for translation on the screen. They also laughed out and are kinilig. That’s rare. The film must really be appealing and good.
Only a few Filipino films are shown abroad. Only those which are glaringly profitable are aired. No wonder the ho-hum films (you know which ones) didn’t make its international screening. I regret that I didn’t see A Very Special Love on big screen. I thought it’s mushy-passable. A huge misconception. I only saw the online copy and since then I’ve been benchmarking the other Tagalog romance flicks with that.
A Very Special Love and You Changed My Life both have simple story lines. These will make us realize that it’s not always necessary to shoot the scenes in other countries (that’s just a bonus) and to have fancy effects. The two films captured the viewers because these have the right blend of representation of probabilities and improbabilities in life. Although I have a few reactions with regard to decision making of the main actors work and personal life related, these are highly entertaining. Bear in mind that it’s a romantic-comedy film. Too much analysis is to kill joy. Each phase sustains a person’s interest. And of course, they’ve got the right people. I just realized that John Lloyd is so gwapo. In the end, you will be one satisfied viewer with smiles on your face (and heart).
On the other hand, I was thinking that the sequel should have been titled “Beh beh ko”. Of course, I just try to kid. See it to find out why and do tell me your favorite scenes. Mine is that morning that Laida (Sarah) gave Miggy (John Lloyd) a power hug, succeeded by power kiss. You should not miss that energized/robot dance! Until now that still plays on my mind. 🙂