I don’t get to watch a lot of Filipino films but when I do, I usually watch the ones that I really like. A Tagalog film is not a must for me unless it’s really good. Either it’s an award-winning film or a film that has a story line that flows perfectly.
One film that surprised me from last year is Bekikang: Ang Nanay Kong Beki (2013). To tell you honestly, the opening of the film wasn’t very telling. I thought it was going to be one of those films that would be so corny that I would have to abandon watching it after a few minutes. Lordie, was I mistaken.
A friend of mine, with the same kind of humor that I do, forwarded the link to me on Youtube. He said that I should see and captioned the link with, “Panoorin mo. Ang ganda!”.
Curious, I clicked on the link (on my iPhone and I watched it entirely from there – mind you) and started watching. I couldn’t stop watching. Joey Paras was so flawless in his acting that I was convinced by each scene, be it to laugh or to cry or to be upset. He tugged through my heart strings and made the movie so specially wonderful, I would highly recommend it to anyone. The film teaches about the morals we hold dear: respect, love, caring and honoring the people who love us.
The surprise guests were an additional bonus to this film.
Here’s a brief synopsis and I hope that you will see the film wherever you are. Here’s the link to the FULL MOVIE.
Cinemalaya 2013 Best Supporting Actor and well-acclaimed theater, singer and comedy star Joey Paras stars in his first major film via Viva Films’ 32nd anniversary movie offering “Bekikang: Ang Nanay Kong Beki”.
Supporting Joey in this comedy film is a bunch of well-known and award-winning actors like Tirso Cruz III, Janice de Belen, Malou de Guzman, Maricar de Mesa, Nikki Valdez, Carla Humphries, Lassy, Atak, JM Ibanez, and Tom Rodriguez.
With special participation of Dingdong Dantes, Iza Calzado and Ms. Maricel Soriano.
Bekikang/Vittorio opens with his line of thoughts on where gay people come from. He highlights his comical points of view on his inquiry from the book of Genesis to Darwin’s theory of “Evolution.” Bekikang, who was born on a rainy night next to a rice paddy, is the son of Gorio and Maristela. Although being bullied outside their home, Bekikang grows up in a happy and supportive family. When Bekikang’s mother dies, his father takes on a new love in the house named Anacleta who becomes Bekikang’s cross to bear. As Bekikang grows, he never stops fighting the people who taunt him. One day, Bekikang meets another person subjected to bullying named Fortunato. It is love at first sight for Bekikang. Fortunato becomes the man who gives colour and meaning to Bekikang’s world. Bekikang and Fortunato become good friends. Bekikang’s colorful life turns black and white when Natalie meets Fortunato. Natalie who desires to work and live in Japan is a food assistant in a small canteen. Fortunato falls madly in love with Natalie and not long after, a love blossoms between the two. Natalie is already pregnant when Bekikang hears about the relationship between Natalie and Fortunato. Following the birth of the child they named Potpot, Natalie decides to fulfill her dreams of going to Japan. Natalie decides to leave Potpot to Fortunato who is also planning of going abroad. Fortunato then seeks the help of Bekikang and leaves Potpot to him with the promise of a monthly support. The promises eventually get broken, but Bekikang continues to nurture the love for Potpot. Withstanding the hardships of a single parent, Bekikang makes Potpot the center of his world. Trying to give the child the most of what he can, Bekikang works hard to give a happy home to Potpot. Few days following Potpot’s seventh birthday, Bekikang sees Fortunato. Bekikang finds out that Fortunato and Natalie are together again living in luxury and this time, demanding for Potpot’s custody. With no legal power, Bekikang has to give up Potpot. Potpot becomes depressed and decides to run away and look for Bekikang. Will Natalie and Fortunato give up their child once they realize that Bekikang has been an ideal parent for Potpot?