Monday, August 5, 2013

REVIEW: Tuhog 2013


These words were child actor Maliksi Morales' line when the three protagonists of the movie (Leo Martinez, Eugene Domingo, and Enchong Dee) refused to give him alms. True enough, the three ended up in a hospital, all skewered in a steel pole, fighting for their lives.

Tuhog circled around the lives of the three. Tonio (played by Martinez) is a patriarch whose dream is to become a baker. He used his retirement money to finally make his dream become reality. The problem, however, was his lack of know-how as far as baking and running a business is concerned. Despite the disapproval of his children, he pursued his dream and started from scratch.

Fiesta (played by Domingo) is a heartless bus conductor. She's notorious for her sharp words and brusque antics. Her mother left her when she was little and she has been enduring life with her alcoholic father. Her life changed when Nato (played by Jake Cuenca) came into her life. They started out as enemies. Nato was a bus driver in the same company Fiesta works in. They bickered with each other until Nato asked out Fiesta for a date. For the first time, a guy showed her genuine sincerity and concern. She learned to love. But then heartaches are inevitable. In consequence, she also got heartbroken for the first time. I have to say, kinilig ako kay Jake Cuenca at Eugene Domingo dito. Hahaha!

Wanting to lose his virginity with his girlfriend Angel (played by Empress Schuck), Caloy resisted all kinds of temptation for his dearly beloved. He was in love and with high hopes that his girl would do the same. Little did he know that Angel lost her virginity to someone else. This disappointed him and pushed him to cheat with another girl.

Though living different lives, each protagonist is destined to arrive to an end. Their fate led them to one bus ride which will endanger their lives. Who among the three will die? Any guesses?

As far as acting prowess is concerned, I'll give it to Eugene Domingo. I was most moved by her life story. She effectively made people laugh and "kilig" because of her quirky love story. She was a believable lesbian. And when she dressed up for her date with Nato, I can't help but smile and feel happy for her. Martinez' portrayal of Tonio was also heart-warming. His story made me think about my parents who are of the same age. Will they be like the senior citizens in the movie? Will they also want to pursue their dreams despite old age? It also made me think who among my friends will be by my side til my last breath. It's comforting to watch Tonio and his friends play Pusoy Dos because you see them enjoying their final days. I hope my parents find their place on Earth just like Tonio did. As for his portrayal for Caloy, I can say that Enchong also did well. Probably it was effortless in his part because every guy goes through this stage of wanting to lose his virginity. His story tackles the teens' problem of balancing love and lust. As much as I don't want to admit it, there are indeed guys who wait for the girl they love. That's what Caloy's story is all about.

Another thing I liked about the movie is its soundtrack. I love how the song is sad and sentimental. It is a reflection of the characters' fate. We are all scared to death about something, right? Listen to the OST of the movie Tuhog. It's on loop in my player right now!


Road Rage

I don't have a car. I don't know how to drive either, but today, I experienced road rage. I swear, I wanted to kill the taxi drivers who rejected me when I needed to reach my destination in less than 30 minutes. Here's my pathetic story:

I didn't want to be late for my 9 a.m. meeting today so I left the house early at 6:45 a.m. I thought it was early enough; I thought 2 hours and 15 minutes is enough travel time to make it to my early meeting. But lo and behold!
  • From our house, it took me 15 minutes to reach the FX terminal because of the rain and heavy traffic.
  • I waited 30 long minutes for the FX to arrive. 
  • It took us ONE HOUR to reach Quezon Avenue. Worse, the FX rerouted and dropped us elsewhere. I thought to myself, Okay, I'll just take a cab from here so I won't be late. I still have 30 minutes anyway.
  • But there were no vacant cabs from where I was dropped by the FX! So I walked towards the MRT station where there's a taxi bay. When a cab finally stopped for me, he refused to bring me to Eastwood because of heavy traffic. FINE. That cost me 15 minutes of my time.
  • I hailed another cab, hopeful that this time, manong driver will bring me to my destination. But then, again, I was turned down. I got mad. I got really mad. I argued with the driver: "Kuya, pangalawa ka ng tumanggi sa akin, malelate na po ako. Sige na please." But he said he was picking someone up around QC, so he can't bring me to Eastwood. "Anu yan? Namimili ka ng pasahero? Tang ina naman!" That cost me my reputation and a good 5 minutes.
  • Finally, I decided to give up on the cabs and just take another course. I texted my team lead that I would be late for the meeting. I walked to the shuttle terminal and and hoped that my team lead would not get mad at me. I arrived in the office at 9:30 a.m.
  • When it was my turn to meet with our team lead, I apologized for being late. She said, "Anu ka ba? You're not late. Actually our Skip Level Meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. You're early pa nga." WOW! Just WOW!
The lesson of this pathetic story: Do not let traffic and crazy taxi drivers get the best of you.

I realized after this incident that I have poor anger management. During the height of my anger, I forgot that I was in my corporate attire and that my cursing spree made me look stupid and uneducated. I did not act professionally. Nakakahiya. I even cursed on Facebook. Sobrang nakakahiya talaga.

After some time, I posted another status, explaining that moment of weakness and asking for apology. My dad even PMed me, telling me to delete the expletives I posted. Grabe, nakakahiya.

Well, there is nothing wrong with getting angry. But the way one acts when he/she is angry is the reflection of his character. From here on, I'll make sure to act appropriately and manage my anger like a lady.