Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi

Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.19 (8 ratings)

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Director: Dante Nico Garcia

Writers: Dante Nico Garcia, Nicolas Pichay

Cast: Angelica Panganiban, Cherie Gil, Kean Cipriano, Glaiza de Castro, Edgar Allan Guzman, Buboy Garovillo, Jerald Napoles, Tutti Caringal, Karel Marquez, Rocco Nacino, Alchris Galura, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Callum David, Dominic Roco, Eric Tai, Lou Veloso

Synopsis:  A group of disparate people is at a bar in Palawan on the night of All Saints Day. The owner of the bar (Angelica Panganiban) proposes a contest. They are to take part in the tradition of Pangangaluluwa, where one is to steal from the living to honor the dead. They head out in groups, each of them getting into their own misadventures. Along the way, some of them learn valuable lessons, some find love, and some make unlikely friends, while others just get into trouble. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: R-16

Running Time: 100 mins



3.5      Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Aside from the additional CGI, I didn’t see much progress from its version that was shown at the CCP four months ago but I enjoyed it the second time around. This talky film which looked like a labor of love from a circle of friends in the industry has to have an audience as  it could serve as a baby step in non-formula film appreciation in Pinoy cinema. The stories are a bit uneven and the final segment relies on being too eventful but it was satisfying nonetheless. It was a good call to tag playwright (and Virgin Labfest regular) Nicolas Pichay on board as co-writer.”

3.5      Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Never thought i’d like it. Sounded pretty pretentious first time i heard about it… again, lesson learned, never pre-judge a movie. Amazing cast but could do away with a couple of them: Edgar Allan Guzman, Rocco Nacino and the whole bank robbery bit. But what really saved the movie would be the screenplay, waxing poetic in a very good way.”

2.5      Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“An eclectic brew of stories that range from inspired (the charming ‘Mrs. Robinson’ segment with Cherie Gil, Kean Cipriano, and Edgar Allan Guzman, and the hilarious Cosplay battle segment with, among others, Jerald Napoles) to downright embarrassing (the Dominic Roco-Karel Marquez and the Eric Tai et al segments). Props, though, to Arvin Viola’s crisp nighttime lensing and the performances of Kean Cipriano and Cherie Gil: this year’s best movie couple so far.”

2.5       Ihcahieh

“The movie lacks cohesion and starts to fall apart once you try to string everything together.” (Read full review)

2.0       Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“Individually these segments are good, but it feels like the movie was made only for the entertainment of those who made it.  It feels aimless and messy.” (Read full review)

1.5      Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi is a profound mess.” (Read full review)

1.0      Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi is as directionless as its busy poster, and as vague and unfocused as it’s ambiguous title.” (Read full review)

1.0      Sanriel Ajero (Cinephiles)

“WTF IS THIS FOR REAL?? Awkwardest dialogues ever, oddest comedy voices, most disturbing Indian accent, most bizarre subtitles, and wtf is DJ Callum doing here??”

2 thoughts on “Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi

  1. Very well done. The story how this movie was made is fascinating. A group of out of school youth in Palawan who had been in conflict with the law decided to change their lives and build on a dream to move them forward. With the help of iCAN, they were able to put together this movie without anything but a dream. They have no equipment, no budget, and they didn’t have the skills at the time the idea came up. iCAN created a series of training sessions for them and one day, tried approaching Nico Garcia if he was willing to train these young people for two weeks. Nico was moved by their aspirations and committed to two years! Hence, came this movie. This is the story that is worth mentioning other than the story in the movie itself. Two thumbs up to those young people who made this movie possible!

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