Bayang Magiliw
Philippines, 2013, 90 minutes
Bayang Magiliw Synopsis

Set in the fictitious town of Magiliw in Quezon Province, “Bayang Magiliw” tells the story of Mayor Filemon "Fil" Almazan, whose word is law and whose stance against family planning is well-known. What isn’t as well-known is Almazan’s predilection to womanize, which has resulted in 13 illegitimate children, three of whom he has adopted and chosen to raise with his wife (Sue Prado). When Almazan’s 14th child is born to a beauty queen runner-up (Princess Manzon) after a night of alcohol (and one truly atrocious pick-up line), the mother chooses to abandon the child on the doorstep of the wealthy Tiongsons (Jackie Lou Blanco and Lloyd Samartino). - See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/304874/lifestyle/movie-review-bayang-magiliw-is-a-missed-opportunity#sthash.HAlHjDzE.dpuf

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This film carries a very clear message on the issue of reproductive health, something that's the topic of great debate in the Philippines, even by modern standards. It aims to... more
This film carries a very clear message on the issue of reproductive health, something that's the topic of great debate in the Philippines, even by modern standards. It aims to give a balance, the pros and the cons, with the insights and judgement mainly for the viewers to decide. Although, during the film's entirety, viewers will pick up hints and pieces along the way of dire consequences. While Ramos may be the central character, worthy credit is given to actors Mabesa, Blanco and Toengi for their commendable performances. This movie boasts of a powerhouse cast, by the way, with notable actors like Blanco and veteran film thespians Villavicencio and Mabesa.  Quirky film title which means town of jolly people, there's nothing to be jolly about though when you're tackling over population and surplus of children in your homefront!
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