Now on a special screening at the UPFI Film Center only up to April 15th, 2014 5PM & 7PM
The following reviews of the Ticaoeno movie PINK HALO-HALO are from acclaimed and respected film critics.---- I couldn't agree with them more.
As a doting stage-mother to my kids TIM and MEG (who got to pass the roles audition for some of the scenes, --and also as a friend of the local Production Coordinators (Mabel and Bembot) ---and more importantly, as a natural supporter for the promotion of our Ticao Island culture and local tourism, I WAS present in each and every day of the time-limited shooting. I got to be part of the thrills, joys, challenges and chaos that normally come with any movie production.
I had some brushes with the stars as I was suddenly picked by "Direk Jay" to do an special scene with the two main actors Paopao and the awesome Ms. Angeli Bayani. (As Ms. MAY-i FABROS put it, "Ate Maris, u gotta take this- your sexy break!, LOL (It will probably be my first and last in my "filmography" LOL again) I also had witnessed the outpouring of talents and "temper" of the cast and the director himself.
Practically, I had already "WATCHED" every scene as many times and angles as needed to be done on camera. But alas, when my kids and I finally get to watch PINK HALO-HALO movie premiere at Cinemalaya, Cultural Center of the Philippines.---there was this striking, heart-wrenching effect that as the movie progressed on, the spectators became more and more silent and as the end-credits rolled up the screen, we all did rise and applaud while the tears just flowed gracefully down, i dont know why but i dont mind not knowing why----because as "HALO-HALO (mixed up/complex) as we are, we, Ticaoenos/Filipinos simply just know how to survive, move on and be PINK --and Direk Jay just reaffirmed that fact "subtly" but magnificently.
<3 Marissa Macabuhay, Tim and Meg
Pink Halo Halo---Directed by Joselito Altarejos
"Sad,beautiful "Pink Halo-halo" by Jay Altarejos at Cinemalaya! Natoy, growing up gay,loses his soldier fr in d war in Min. Watch it & weep." - Risa Hontiveros
"Simple yet striking, sincere, heartfelt and beautiful. Truly the most distinct movie from Altarejos' works." Douglas Racso
"It’s a terribly sophisticated insight into our country’s precipitous decline into a culture of violence. This isn’t the most explosive film of the festival, but it’s quietly devastating in its own way. " Philbert Dy
"That Altarejos was able to handle the pain and heartbreak with hardly any artifice or flair is a testament to both his passion for the subject matter and his maturity as filmmaker." - Oggs Cruz
"There are only a handful of films that made me cry. Crying, for me, is a sign of strong emotional attachment to a piece of art, a catharsis that only happens in my encounter with a few master directors namely: Yasujrio Ozu, Edward Yang, Terence Daviees. PINK HALO-HALO (Jay Altarejos, 2010) did the same thing, it is a masterpiece." - Adrian Mendizabal
Pink Halo-Halo ('10 Joselito Altarejos): "Will flummox people looking for some sort of twist.But it's subtly devastating in its own way." - Philbert Dy
"It is at once gentle and enduring, bright yet melancholic, quiet and reflective. I applaud the filmmaker who was mature enough to use a simple plot to explore some very deep themes." - Musa
"That Altarejos was able to handle the pain and heartbreak with hardly any artifice or flair is a testament to both his passion for the subject matter and his maturity as filmmaker." - Oggs Cruz on Pink Halo-Halo