Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.13 (15 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Julius Sotomayor Cena

Cast: Olga Natividad, Sue Prado, Janela Buhain, Brandon Muna, Charlene Baes Leffler, Louella Camaganacan, Aaron Agsalud, Vicky Flor

Synopsis: Guam, U.S.A.  Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day. Alex (Sue Prado), a local newspaper photographer, gets into a “green card marriage” with her good friend James, a Guam-born Filipino.   Miriam (Janela Buhain), a former member of the Philippine press and now an established Guam journalist, longs to repair a damaged relationship with her American husband.  Ella (Olga Natividad), a hotel housekeeper for almost 20 years, finds means of sending her 88-year old mother to the Philippines with the uncertainty of coming back.  As the island of Guam celebrates this classic American holiday when people count their blessings and give thanks, the lives of the three Filipina immigrants intersect and find themselves at a tug-o-war of sacrifice and significance where they must find their home or must they find it somewhere else.

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Reviews:

5.0      Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“It is able to perfectly capture the alienation of diaspora. That Olga Natividad is just magnificently effective. I came in to MKP theater clueless and left cursing myself for not watching this at the Main theater!”

4.0      Nel Costales (1505 Film Avenue)

“Director Cena’s gem of a film shows that faith, family, friends, a Filipino upbringing, and a forgiving heart are things that immigrant workers, make that all Filipinos, should be thankful for.” (Read full review)

4.0      Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Kahit na malaya at minsan ay maalwan ang pamumuhay ng tatlong Pinay, mababasa pa rin sa kanilang mukha ang hinaing na hindi naman talaga sila nabibilang sa isang foreign land.” (Read full review)

4.0      Mark Angelo Ching (Pisara)

“It is admirable for showing a fresh treatment of OFW stories, this time without the overused drama of foreigners abusing Filipinos. Instead, what this film shows is how Filipinos interact with each other in a foreign country. Good performance from Sue Prado.”

3.5      Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“The conflicts are very subtly played. They are barely there, manifesting only in telling trickles and occasional bursts, in moments where feelings and issues that are repressed by the routine comforts provided by the island have to be let out.” (Read full review)

3.5      Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“A really refreshing film on lives of women OFWs in Guam. Julius Sotomayor Cena saw the need to portray Filipinos in diaspora and he succeeds not by explicitly commenting on the political side of the issue but by meticulously documenting a day in the life of three Pinays in various stages of distress. I particularly like Olga Natividad’s and Sue Prado’s stories, undoubtedly helped by their superb performances.”

3.5      Present Confusion

“A very nuanced look at the lives of Filipino immigrants in Guam.” (Read full review)

3.5      It’s All About Movies

“This is a picture of people living abroad that is seldom seen in Philippines movies.” (Read full review)

3.0      Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“One of the main assets of the film for me was the strong core performance of its lead cast, Janela Buhain, Sue Prado and most especially Olga Natividad. (Read full review)

2.5       Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film creates a facsimile of drama without offering the context to really make it work.” (Read full review)

2.5        Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The saving grace of the film are Prado’s and Natividad’s performances, but overall, this leaves you a feeling that there’s still something that can be further covered, but it did not do so.” (Read full review)

2.5        Pia Guballa (Katipunan)

“There are moments in the screenplay that draw you in emotionally, but these are fleeting. It takes you a while to really understand the storyline and what these women are so troubled by.” (Read full review)

2.5        Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

Mga Dayo is an interesting look at the lives of Pinoys who continue to struggle in Guam. They lead lonely lives, but the film doesn’t provide enough backstory to support their despair and helplessness.” (Read full review)

2.0        Fidel Antonio Mede (Pixelated Popcorn)

“Perfect example of how horrible acting (supporting cast) can ruin a potentially good film. Is it just me or Miriam’s story doesn’t really make sense? Mukhang nakatay sa editing.”

1.0         Vincenzo Tagle (We Talk About Movies)

Mga Dayo suffers from poorly constructed stories, uncompelling acting and shoddy cinematography.” (Read full review)

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