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#257 Himala

Himala (“Miracle”) is an award-winning Filipino film directed by the late Philippine National Artist Ishmael Bernal. The film’s screenwriter and cinematographer were multi-award winner Ricky Lee and Sergio Lobo, respectively.

Based on a 1967 incident and news report, Himala was filmed entirely in the most arid Philippine tourist spots in Ilocos Norte, in just three weeks and with a budget of only 3 million pesos. The movie premiered at the 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival, and in 1983, it became the first – and so far the only – Filipino film to be included in the “Competition Section” of the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. Since then, Himala has been exhibited in a number of film festivals around the world.

On November 11, 2008, Himala won the 2008 CNN Asia Pacific Screen Awards Viewers Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of all Time (voted for by thousands of film fans around the world. The CNN online voters hailed it as the “greatest Filipino film.”

The film stars Philippine superstar Nora Aunor, who is best known for her performance as the fake visionary Elsa in this film. Her portrayal is considered by most Filipino critics to be the best of her career. (Source: Wikipedia)

Mabuhay ang Filipino cinema!

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#89 Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos

Lead actors (from left) Bembol Roco, Nora Aunor and Christopher de Leon in Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos

A cinematic masterpiece by director Mario O’Hara, Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (Three Godless Years), is one of the few Filipino films that tackled the US-Japanese war in an intelligent, non-clichéd manner.

The film’s plot focuses on Rosario, a school teacher who suffered a tragic and bitter experience during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Engaged to an anti-Japanese guerrilla, she was raped by a Japanese Imperial Army Officer. She bore his child and tried to exact the ultimate revenge, but only to fall for the Japanese officer, earning the wrath of the townspeople.

The film explores the conflicts, prejudices and the humane tragedy experienced by many Filipinos during World War 2. Film critics say leading actress Nora Aunor gave one of her most memorable screen performances in this 1976 film. The film also gave Aunor several major acting awards and was the Philippines’ official entry to many foreign film festivals.

Long live Philippine cinema!

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