I just got the chance to see the premier of the movie “Hari ng Tondo” in Cinemalaya. It is really not everytime you get a chance to watch Cinemalaya – well, compare to the price of the ticket, mainstream cinema is more expensive – but that is not the point.
Cinemalaya is about independent films.
So… Hari ng Tondo? Hmm… the title is very familiar with that show that featured a street thug.
Anyway, the show is not what I expect.
It was a story about an old man going bankrupt (Robert Arevalo) yet amidst of the growing problem, he brings his two grandchildren Ricky and Anna (Rafa Siguion-Reyna and Cris Villonco) to an old apartment building called Alapaap in Tondo, where he grew up from to teach them some lessons in life: Learn to have balls!
It’s not really a heavy drama nor a comedy, but I think the writer had given much of the story to the comedy aspect. The story has its “ups” and “downs” and personally, I find some of the plots and scenes a little too much uh… unrealistic. But, hey! Movies are all about exaggerated reality anyway.
All in all – I give the show a “thumbs up” for being different and what I really like about it is when they re-interpret the “Hari ng Tondo” – no more thugs and low-life ganster – the Hari ng Tondo are the revolutionaries, the poets, the entrepreneurs who because of hard-work and achieving self-respect, they became kings.
|Mr. Robert Arevalo and Mr. Carlos Seguion-Reyna|
|Miss Ciara Sotto, Mr. Robert Arevalo and Mr. Carlos Seguion-Reyna|
|The legend herself, Ms. Armida Seguion-Reyna|
|Ms. Cris Villonco|
|Ms. Aiza Seguerra|
|Mr. Rez Cortes|
[ By the way, thanks Mr. Rence Chan for the ticket. ]
The schedule of film showings in major movie theaters in Metro Manila
Cinemalaya 2014 Official Screening Schedule for HARI NG TONDO: Aug 2 (Sat): 12:45pm CCP Little Theater 4:00pm TriNoma Cinema 4 Aug 3 (Sun): 1:30pm TriNoma Cinema 1 Aug 4 (Mon): 12:45pm CCP Main Theater 4:00pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4 4:00pm Alabang Town Center Cinema 4 Aug 5 (Tue): 1:30pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 Aug 6 (Wed): 12:45pm CCP Multi-Purpose Hall (Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino) 6:15pm CCP Main Theater 9:00pm Fairview Terraces Cinema 5 Aug 7 (Thu): 4:00pm Fairview Terraces Cinema 5 6:15pm CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater) Aug 8 (Fri): 10:00am CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater) 6:30pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4 6:30pm Alabang Town Center Cinema 4 9:00pm TriNoma Cinema 1 Aug 9 (Sat): 3:30pm CCP Multi-Purpose Hall (Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino) 6:30pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 9:00pm TriNoma Cinema 4