On Borrowed Time
Pahiram ng Isang Umaga
Philippines, 1989, 119 minutes
On Borrowed Time Synopsis

Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga revolves around Juliet (Vilma Santos), who finds herself struggling against an ever-escalating series of problems. A determined single parent, she manages to raise a child while remaining successful in her career as an advertising executive. Everything in her life seems to go well until she is diagnosed with a terminal disease. For her son’s sake, and without revealing her condition, she is forced to resolve her most important life relations: rekindling first her connections with her parents, and then with the very man who fathered her son. In the twilight of her life, she meets and falls in love with a beleaguered artist, Ariel (Eric Quizon), who is constantly depressed and perpetually contemplating suicide. She slowly loses her health but unknowingly reawakens Ariel desire to live, and they both engage in a meaningful affair – one that makes each day they live through together more meaningful than the last.

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Reviewed by lenidecastro
Life is too precious to take for granted, but for Juliet raising her child and managing to climb up the career ladder became more important. Unfortunately she's running out of... more
Life is too precious to take for granted, but for Juliet raising her child and managing to climb up the career ladder became more important. Unfortunately she's running out of time and every minute counts as she draws a list of tasks she must do before dying, making amends with her estranged family, taking care of her properties and introducing her son to his father. All this takes emotional toll on a dying woman, and only her trusted friends can help her finally borrow one more morning to breathe and see the beauty of life. This film by master auteur Ishmael Bernal brings to mind the question what are the ten things to do before dying?
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