Thursday, January 7, 2010

Give me back my children!

Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love was just as I had expected.

It's a story of an "unlucky" Filipino-Chinese woman (Sharon Cuneta) who gets married to a man of pure Chinese descent. The man, of course, is rich. His family disapproves of the woman. They elope, have five kids, and become poor. The man dies.

The family, especially the evil aunt (Zsa Zsa Padilla) who plays mahjong all the time, takes the kids away from the mother, and the mother tries to steal them back—to no avail. Sharon looks helpless now, and the audience bursts in tears.

The mother becomes rich and vows to get her kids back. But the evil aunt has poisoned the kids' minds, so they think their mother doesn't love them at all. Sharon struggles with this—and you can predict the rest of the story. She is able to take her kids back and regain their love.

My favorite scene is the sampalan between Sharon and Zsa Zsa. You've probably seen the trailer. Here the audience cheers for Sharon. Everyone hates Zsa Zsa. 

Sharon Cuneta's acting was great. Zsa Zsa Padilla was funny—in a good way. Kris Aquino looked too shy. Heart Evangelista didn't do badly either. But it was just as typical as any Mano Po movie could get. There was no element of novelty, and the Chinese still sounded fake.

But the movie had sense. A mother will do anything for her children. It was moving. I won't forget the woman beside me whose tears fell like Ondoy.

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