Cinemalaya Hit “BWAKAW,” Opens September 5 Nationwide

The award winning “BWAKAW” is a film by Jun Robles Lana, topbilled by Eddie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Soxie Topacio, Ms. Armida Siguion-Reyna, Joey Paras, Beverly Salviejo and introducing a dog named Princess for the title role. Other cast includes Soliman Cruz, Bibeth Orteza,  Alan Paule, Luz Valdez, Gardo Versoza, Jonathan Neri, Ronaldo Bertubin and May-I Fabros. IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE STARTING SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 to be released by Star Cinema!

This film is a FINALIST (Directors Showcase) at 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition and won numerous awards such as Netpac Best Film, Best Actor (Eddie Garcia) and Audience Choice. “BWAKAW” is set to part in the forthcoming 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and 2012 New York International Film Festival. RATED "A" by the Cinema Evaulation Board!

 SYNOPSIS: Bwakaw is a drama-comedy about growing old, and everyone's fear of growing old alone. Rene is a gay man who came out of the closet at age 70. Ailing in his twilight years, he thinks it is now too late for love, even companionship, and that all there is to look forward to is Death. He has made a will, bequeathing his few possessions to his even fewer friends. Everything is packed and labeled, ready for distribution. He has even paid for a coffin, taking advantage of a funeral home's Summer Sale. Nowadays the only companion Rene has is Bwakaw, a stray dog that hangs around his house and follows him wherever he goes. As Rene waits for the day of his death, he gets the surprise of his life when it is Bwakaw who suddenly falls ill and is diagnosed with cancer. Rene is surprisingly affected, and he realizes that he values Bwakaw more than he thinks.

Yours truly, was one of the lucky few to get invites to the red carpet premiere of this movie last Thursday at Cinema 6 of SM Megamall. I haven't seen a superb local movie in a while and I'm excited to watch this. But I avoid reading blog reviews of this film to avoid spoilers ;) and .... I was soooo impressed! BWAKAW is a masterpiece and Eddie Garcia deserve the Best Actor award! If there's an award for a dog, Bwakaw (Princess) will win it for sure.

This movie is a roller coaster of emotion, you laugh hard and get teary-eyed after a few minutes. The dialogues are witty and the casts are well chosen. I really laughed so hard especially on that kabaong scene! The most touching part is when Rene (Eddie Garcia) is talking to Bwakaw in his bed, with a life-size Jesus statue on their side. Bwakaw also features common Pinoy lifestyle like believing in miraculous statues like a Santo Entierro as mentioned on this film.

BWAKAW reminds me to live life to the fullest and discover simple joys in life. Appreciate! Life is too short so Live While We're Young. #LWWY :)

JL Santiago Aquino

A millennial lifestyle blogger from Caloocan City who adores trying new things. ✨ Email: Follow @JayL_Aquino on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok & Facebook.

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