Saturday, 19 August 2017

Movie Review: Paglipay

The film focuses on Atan, an Aeta from Baytan village in Zambales, who makes a living from traditional farming system kaingin and hunting on the foothills of Mt. Pinatubo. The narrative opens as we follow Atan’s fulfillment of his arranged marriage with a fellow Aeta, Ani. He has to accomplish a number of responsibilities which includes the offering of bandi or bride price to Ani’s parents. Atan needs to cross the mountain river going to Banwa, the town where he could earn the necessary amount for the bride price. In order to find a job, he needs to adapt himself with the modern way of life in town, including change in appearance, manner of clothing, religious practice, and even the use of different language in order to associate himself with the Unat or “straight-haired ones,” such as.

Paglipay is aware of its own riches from its tight screenplay up to its stunning cinematography that will make you explore Zambales more. Loved the screenplay as its been able to integrate not only the love story of the leads  but also the lives, culture, and social dilemma of Aetas in Baytan village in Zambales. The scenery is nice to look at and Anna Luna is as luminous as ever together with the natural aeta Garry Cabalic.  Though filled with its hugot moments the film still stick with their subject of two love stories that was intellectually told in this romantic film. Paglipay is one of the worthy film to catch in the 1st ToFarm Film Festival 2016 and 1st Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017.

My Verdict: 4/5

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