Jennifer Lee in "Ang Lalake sa Parola" (photo courtesy of Pep.ph)
Here's a reply from Karen, a Filipina from the US who likes gay films:
You're welcome, Lex!
I guess in your eyes, it's a bit strange for a Filipino woman to enjoy your films, since women in a Filipino society look down upon men being "feminine" in any way and that homosexuality is still looked upon as a sin in the Philippines, but I guess you can say that I even though I was raised in a Filipino background, I appreciated the homosexual lifestyle even though I'm straight because a lot of my friends are gay, and I accept and am proud for who they are. I just wish that the Philippines was as open as it is in parts of the US.
If I can be frank, your stories about homosexuality in the Philippines are a very beautiful thing, which is refreshing after having to see so many Filipino films with gay men being depicted in a stereotypical "crossed-dresser" with the lispy-overtly feminine accent (which, can be over the top, but can be somewhat true to a point), but at the same time, it degrades homosexuals as less than human, something to be laughed at, a complete joke. The characters you create are real, believable, dark and emotional, adding a lot of depth to the messages that are subliminally conveyed on the screen.
I apologize for the lengthy explanation, but I felt compelled to respond to your message...LOL
Salamat Karen at Mabuhay ka!