"We are now going to open our big mouth because we watched the movie. Our verdict: We didn't expect to like it but we ended up liking it a lot. It is better than Daan Patungong Kalimugtong (which we also like but we like Haw-ang more) and much much better than Batad sa Paang Palay (which we partly liked and partly disliked).
Haw-ang (Before Harvest) is a very good and well-made film. There are many things to like in this movie such as:
Adorable kids? Check
Use of local language? Check. In some portions.
Movie twists and turns? Check
Good acting? Check
Nice music? Check
Great cinematography? Check. It would be poor film making indeed if one shoots in Ifugao and still comes up with a bad cinematography.
Ifugao rituals? Check. At least dito, they are integral to the story. Unlike in Batad sa Paang Palay where indigenous rituals are shown without any apparent reason.
Haw-Ang (Before Harvest) starred Kalila Aguilos, Neil Ryan Sese, Raquel Reyes, Fons Desa, Rosaline Niwane, Pj Lanot, Xeno Alejandro, Lowell Conales, Citadel Mariano, Marife Necesito, Ramil Sumangil (I played the villain here), and introducing Dacmay Tangliban, Francisco Bitaol Jr., Ricardo Sicat Jr. and a lot more fresh talents from Hapao, Hungduan, Ifugao. The script was written by Murphy Red, Bong Ramos and Directed by Sigrid Bernardo and Bong Ramos.
The film is nominated in the following categories in the upcoming 5th Golden Screen Awards:
Best Motion Picture
Best Performance by an Actress
Breakthrough Performance an Actress
Best Original Song
Best Musical Score
Please visit the following links for the complete list of nominees:
Golden Screen Awards Nominees Part 1
Golden Screen Awards Nominees Part 2