Friday, August 29, 2008

Walang Himala!



I took this photo of "Himala" from my phone at the Ishmael Bernal Gallery of the UP Film Institute. I have been a fan of this film even before I learned to appreciate the aesthetics of filmmaking.

The performance of Nora Aunor as she claimed "Walang Himala" was just so powerful for me. I was barely two years old when this was first shown. But the magic of that cinematic moment resounded to me way up into my adult life.

And even for that short moment, I think Nora Aunor should forever be a treasure in the history of Philippine Culture.

6 comments:

Christian Arman said...

i quite agree with you, lex...

nora aunor is indeed an institution in the philippine cinema...

a lot of people may have forgotten about that...but classic films such as this will always be a testament to how great an actress she is!

chulo said...

I agree Lex! Im not a movie buff but this Tagalog film is one of the best I've ever seen. Why we don't they make this kind of movie anymore?

Anonymous said...

definitely, this is one landmark film and nora's acting is simply great! she is indeed a national treasure!

Anonymous said...

Aside from Walang Himala scene, many other Nora Aunor moments in Philippine cinema assured her of a permanent place in local movie arts: My broher is not a pig scene in Minsa'y Isang Gamu-gamo; the walis-tingting and boiling water scenes in Bona; when she was about to throw a baby over a cliff in Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos, etc.

Anonymous said...

An outstanding films. Another recognition was given to this monumental film which is One of the Best Asean Film of All Time given by CNN International.

Nnujlen said...

I agree! This could be the best Philippine film ever made. I don't know why the moviemakers of today cannot come up with a beautiful film like this. I first watched in our university and all of us were awed how we could missed such a beautiful film when it was shown commercially. That is why when it was shown again in Greenbelt theater in an international film festival (I think it was Cinemanila), I watched it again and felt awed again. This is one film that I will not get tired of watching and make me proud as a Filipino that for once, a monumental film was made in the Philippines!