Today, November 12, two gay digital films are up to a head on battle for the box office: Joel Lamangan's "Walang Kawala" (No Way Out) and Ronaldo Bertubin's "Kurap" (Blink).
"Walang Kawala" stars Polo Ravales and Joseph Bitangcol, which I guess is a gay version of the Lino Brocka classic "Maynila, Sa Kuko ng Liwanag". Having read it's synopsis:
Joaquin (Polo Ravales), an unassuming fisherman, is forced to confront his homosexuality when his sex-starved wife Cynthia (Althea Vega) returns from her overseas job eager to get pregnant. His young and impulsive lover, Waldo (Joseph Bitangcol), flees to Manila in disgust. After a month of hesitation, Joaquin leaves his wife to follow Waldo. His search takes him on a seamy yet colorful trip through Manila's gay underbelly. He discovers Waldo's dangerour flirtation with Rufo (Emilio Garcia), a bisexual rogue cop who holds the clue to Waldo's disappearance. Rufo lures Joaquin into his home and introduces him to his submissive wife, Beng (Jean Garcia). A sadist who beats up Beng regularly, Rufo turns Joaquin into a prisoner and sex slave --- like he did to Waldo. When Joaquin is finally reunited with Waldo, he discovers that Rufo is about to sell them like fish to an international sex trafficking ring, along with his personal harem of male and female captives. With Beng's help, the two lovers plot their escape.
And "Kurap" starring Sherwin Ordonez is about greed and corruption among small time criminals lurking the streets of Manila. I am looking forward to see this film as it's director's first film "Sikil" is for me a notable gay film.
Pinoy gay men, let's all unit and support these two films and show the Philippine economy the power of the pink peso!