Philippino Story

Phillippino StoryVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.12 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Benjie Garcia

Writers: Benjie Garcia, Zig Dulay, Raquel Villavicencio

Cast: Mark Gil, Jun-Jun Quintana, Nor Domingo, Kimmy Maclang, Rolando Inocencio

Synopsis:  Philip and Bastian are lovers. Philip has taken the responsibility to help his older brother’s family in the slums. However, when Bastian pursues painting and can no longer provide for Philip, Philip resorts to hustling in order to help his brother’s family. When Bastian catches Philip being picked up by a gay man in a car, he decides to keep everything inside. Can Philip and Bastian’s love prevail despite the odds?

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Reviews:

4.0      Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The film works mainly because of the restraint in unfolding the narrative, enhanced by the first rate acting of Junjun as the sympathetic sex worker and Mark as his kind friend.” (Read full review)

3.5      Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Old school ang pagkakadirek (na isang magandang relief sa ‘sangkaterbang daluyong ng mga experimental films ngayong taon) para sa old school na tema, at para sa akin, naitawid naman ito nang maayos at buo.” (Read capsule review)

2.5      Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“There are trickier emotions to explore, but the film ends up playing too safe by falling back on the clichés of its plot. It’s a sturdy enough film in the end, but it isn’t very exciting.” (Read capsule review)

2.5       Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

“The narrative between Philip and Bastian felt real and culled from the filmmaker’s personal experience. Had the thrust of the film been solely between them, it would have amounted to something commendable. But it tried to go further and thus was weighed down by its overarching  ambitions.” (Read full review)

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