Apr 18
MOVIES ABOUT CULTURAL MINORITIES by Tante de Ramos  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Apr 18, 2008

FAP Website cinema trivia expert Tante de Ramos drew up a list of local films which tackle the subject of the country’s cultural minorities. Herein is his list of 16 films:

Aliw-iw- Director Celso Ad. Castillo directed his star discovery in Burlesk Queen, Rio Locsin (who is Maria Teresa Josephine Rosario Garcia in real life) in this film of a cultural minority tribeswoman. The film was attended by controversy because of a similar project, Ang Babaeng Pinagtaksilan ng Panahon which was directed by George Rowe. The films were shown simultaneously.

Anakan Mo Ako – Starring Klaudia Koronnel, Gino Ilustre and Anton Bernardo. this film is a story of a tribal chief who convinces his wife to find a lowlander who can give her a child since he is not capable. Shot in the hilly terrain of Mt. Province, this film was directed by the late Humilde ‘Meek’ Roxas (also a noted scriptwriter) for Seiko Films of Robbie Tan.

Babae Sa Ulog – Produced in the 1980s, it was beauty title holder Jean Saburit’s turn to portray the role of a cultural minority maiden.

Badjao – An Asian Film Festival best picture winner, this classic film was directed by National Artist for Film Lamberto Avellana in 1957. It starred Rosa Rosal, Tony Santos, Sr., Vic Silayan and Joseph de Cardova as members of a sea-faring tribe in Sulu. It was produced by LVN. Pictures.

Banawe – The first National Artist for Film Gerardo de Leon (or Manong) directed soon to be married Nora Aunor and Christopher de Leon who portrayed Igorot tribes people. The setting of this NV Productions (Nora Aunor’s film outfit) project was the world-famous Banawe rice terraces in Baguio. It was shot in 1975.

Bontoc –Imelda Ilanan portrayed the role of cultural minority tribeswoman with the same Mountain Province milieu. This was produced in the mid 70’s.

Ang Dalagang Pinagtaksilan Ng Panahon – Cecille Castillo portrayed the role of an Ifugao tribeswoman, which was patterned after Aliw-iw, the first film in this list.

Dugo Ng Tarikan – A lesser known tribe, the tarikan, is the subject of this film which starred Elizabeth Oropesa as a tarikan maiden. The film was made in the mid-70’s.

Hubad Na Gubat – Techie Agbayani portrayed the role of a Tingguian tribeswoman in this mid-1980s film.

Ifugao – Another Gerardo de Leon tribal masterpiece, Ifugao starred Efren Reys, Sr. who won as Best Actor in the Asian Film Festival held in Singapore in 1954. The film also starred Leila Morena, Leticia Ojera and Johnny Montero with an all star studded cast. The film was shot on location in the Mountain Province and was produced by the Santiago clan’s Premiere Productions, Inc.

Igorota – Directed by Luis Nepomuceno for his own Nepomuceno Productions, this film starred Charito Solis, Ric Rodrigo, Mario Montenegro and Eddie Garcia. It was shot in the scenic Baguio pine-studded countryside.

Kalinga – Produced in the late 1960s, the actress Elizabeth Oropesa banked on her ethnic beauty looks to portray a Kalinga maiden.

Molata – Bicolana actress Aya Medel portrayed a cultural minority maiden who belongs to a forest-dwelling tribe.The film was made in the late 1990s.

Mumbaki – Raymart Santiago portrayed an Igorot doctor who has to co-exist with his tribe’s own witch doctors in coping with his tribe’s health problems. It also starred Albert Martinez, Rachel Alejandro, Joel Torre and Ray Ventura. The film was directed by Butch Perez for Neo Films,a sister company of Viva Films.

Ang Nobya Kong Igorota – Shot in Baguio in the 1950s, the role of an Igorot maiden was portrayed by Aida Cariño.

Waywaya – Produced by Four-N Films of Manny Nuqui, this film was directed by National Artist for Film Lamberto Avellana. It starred Amy Austria and Ace Vergel as members of an Igorot tribe. The film was entered in the Metropolitan Manila Film Festival in the 1980s.


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