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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

3, 2, 1 : A Comment

The trilogy masterpiece of Lino Brocka, “Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa,” merely depicts the situation of the Filipinos during the American regime. It does not directly show the events happening during that period; however, it reflects the characteristics and attitude of different Filipinos before.

First and foremost, in “Mga Hugis ng Pag-asa,” the lead character, Jay Ilagan had taken drugs because of his problem with his mother. He saw her mother with another man. Controlling his temper instead of releasing his grudges, he led to the road of darkness. As a result and as a consequence, he was rehabilitated. In that center, he had difficulties mingling with his inmates and had experienced terrible, foul, rude and unpleasant words. In such manner, he was being taught on how to be invulnerable and sturdy in dealing with the world outside.

Secondly, “Hello, Soldier” delves in with the story of a woman impregnated by an American soldier. Anita Linda’s daughter, who was Hilda Koronel, was wanting and hoping to go with her father in the United States. This thing saddened dramatically her mother who would be left alone, if ever. But the conscience and heart of a daughter dominated Hilda’s line of thinking. She decided not to go to US.

The last part of the trilogy is “Bukas, Madilim, Bukas.” It also focuses on mother-daughter relationship like the second one. Conversely, what made this different from the former was that Lolita Rodriguez’s mother, Mary Walter, barred her from being free. Mary pretended that she was bedridden. Because of that, she always asked her daughter to take care of her all the time; though, Lolita met a man in a church, they got to know each other, and in the end, she fell in love with the guy who was a gold digger. The bottom line of the story was that the lead character turned insane after her mother’s miserable death.

There are three relevant points the trilogy wants to convey to the viewers. The first one is being unassailable of what the people around may say whether it is uncouth or not. The second point that is emphasized in the movie is that Filipinas were easily fooled by the American soldiers then. After they had sex, the soldiers would leave them pregnant and would just turn their backs to their responsibilities and obligations on the child. And the last point stressed out is the interference of the parents in the life of their children. This meddling may possibly deprive the freedom and the rationality of their offspring. In effect, it would yield a totally-wrecked parent-child relationship.

Truly, Brocka’s trilogy simply delivers morals to the audience and these lessons and situations still linger in this generation.


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