Dalaw Movie Review

Stella’s (Kris Aquino) husband dies in a car accident while the two of them are arguing. Feelings of guilt continues to haunt Stella specially when she meets and reunites with her old flame Anton (Diether Ocampo) four years after Danilo’s (her husband) death. Her husband’s possessive nature seems to haunt her when she accepts Anton’s marriage proposal. Her son and Anton get along well and her relationship with Anton’s mother turns good.

True to his word that he will start a new life with Stella, Anton splits up with all the women attached to him including the possessive Lorna (Karylle). Anton and Stella’s wedding could have been perfect except being interrupted by Stella’s son’s loud screams and finding out that Anton’s mother suffered a stroke. Prior to that, Anton’s mother (Susan Africa) sees a shadowy figure and checks on it.

Stella sells her house and moves to her mother-in-law’s house with Anton and her son. The couple struggles financially and Stella is sometimes doubtful of Anton’s fidelity. Stella learns that she is pregnant and Anton works harder to provide for her.

More ghostly apparitions both in her dreams and in reality attacks Stella and even her unsuspecting son. Olga’s (Gina Pareño) satirical attitude towards Stella is temporary as she becomes her ally in driving away the “dalaw.” Olga works in their household as Anton’s mother’s caregiver.

The relationship between Stella and Anton is put to test when Anton’s mother died on a freak wheelchair accident. Anton does not believe that the “dalaw” has something to do with it. Kylie’s (Ina Feleo) death adds up to Stella’s stress. Olga advises her to confront the “dalaw.” Olga tells her that the “dalaw” is not a male but a female and this confuses Stella even more. (Note: The “dalaw’s” gender is beyond recognition as it is covered with mud.)

Just as Olga is preparing for a ritual to get rid of the “dalaw,” it appeared and stuck her with a broken glass on her forehead. Then Olga sees her deceased young son for the first time and decides to go with him. She is the third casualty of the “dalaw.”

Anton admits to Stella that Lorna is dead while the “dalaw” is violently attacking Stella, her son and Olga’s niece (Empress Schuck) at their house. Anton brings a priest with him at the site where he buries Lorna who he accidentally stabbed in the chest while stopping her to commit suicide. Lorna’s ghost is unforgiving and he kills Anton. At the house, Kris is reminded of Olga’s instruction to destroy everything that the “dalaw” has a connection with. She burns Lorna’s picture and the “dalaw” is seen burning, too.

Anton knocks on the door and the couple embraces each other. Stella discovers Anton’s wound and realizes that Anton is already dead, too.

Kris Aquino is said to be the co-producer of this project and I must say, she’s wise in getting a row of talented supporting actors/actresses like:
1. Gina Pareño- her facial expression, her acting and even the scary contact lens in her left eye is something to watch for. She is comic in some of her scenes where she delivers lines from Vilma Santos’s old movies. You can feel her pain at the scene when she first saw her deceased young son. Despite being able to see ghosts and spirits, the first time that she is able to see her deceased young son is when she’s dying.
2. Susan Africa- Susan’s acting has always impressed me since her Mara Clara days. A real actress does not need to speak a word to act. Her facial expression as a woman who suffered stroke is enough to speak for her role.
3. Ina Feleo- Mom is Laurice Guillen and dad is the late Johnny Delgado, would you wonder where she got her acting talent?
4. Alessandra De Rossi- Is she even acting? She acts so natural you would think she’s mean in real life, too.
5. Karylle- Is that Karylle? Wow, she should get more movie/TV projects.
6. Diether Ocampo- This is the first time that I get to appreciate Diether Ocampo. He improved a LOT. He carried the right emotions the role required of him. He looked good on this movie, too.
7. Kris and Diether’s son on this movie is good, too.

Kris’s acting on this movie is entertaining for me. She portrays the role of a low-key yet sweet young widow and heck, we know that she’s just acting! In reality, Kris speaks her mind; I wonder what would she reply to Alessandra’s tirades had she used her real character in the movie!

Tug of War or Tug of Love?

Alas! James Yap spoke on TV to let his soon-to-be ex-wife know that he is not happy on how he is being forbidden to see Baby James, the uncouple’s only son. His last bonding with the toddler was two weeks ago when Kris, Josh and Baby James arrived from their overseas trip. But due to jet lag, Baby James opted to rest and sleep instead of maximizing bonding time with his equally famous dad.

The two-time MVP revealed that Kris still has a space in his heart. “Hindi naman agad nawawala yun,” he said.

James decided to hire top calibre lawyers to fight for visitation rights and probably, a joint child custody. In his petition, he wants Baby James to stay with him twice a week (with one overnight), travel with him in Escalante so Baby James can bond with the Yaps there and retain the Yap in Baby James’ surname. Kris must really hate James so much as she’s bent on changing her baby’s surname from Yap to Aquino.

This new twist in Kris and James’ love/hate story started when Kris decided to ban James from seeing Baby James until the annulment case is over. Would James allow that? The answer is clear—NO!

James is fighting for his paternal rights and some people cannot help but comment, “Did he do the same to his elder child?”
I don’t know and we don’t know what kind of relationship James have with his ex-gf. The ex-gf must be very diplomatic; there’s no need for a courtroom drama.

Baby James is in a middle of a tug of war between his two famous parents. Maybe it’s a tug of love. I feel sorry for the kid. He could have enjoyed the company of both his parents had this problem not happened. He could have enjoyed a countryside life in Escalante with the Yaps, get to know his father’s humble beginnings and get a taste of how to live his life away from the spotlight.

To Kris and James

May nadaanan akong nagra-rally sa MRT noong Lunes or Martes ng umaga. Panawagan nila na huwag magtaas ng singil ang MRT. Naisip kong baka applicable din yun sa uncouple na sila James at Kris.

Ewan ko ba. Bothered lang ako sa nababasa ko na Baby James is starting to ask where his papa is. Para bang ang walang muwang na bata ay naiipit sa issue ng parents nya.

Pwede kayang mag-usap muna sila Kris at James bago sila tuluyang maghiwalay? Baka naman wrong timing lang ang alitan nila at napalaki ng husto. Baka naman pwede pang ayusin pa.

2005 ng dayuhin ni Kris ang Escalante para i-meet up ang angkan ni James. Mala-Notting Hill nga ang nangyari at ako man ang bisitahin ng anak ng dating presidente at bayani, mai-starstruck ako. While Kris found it amusing na halos 3 hours palakad-lakad sa plaza ang mother ni James nung malamang parating sila, IMO parang nakakaawa nga ang nangyari. Naiisip ko lang na sa sobrang tensed ni Mrs. Yap, hindi nya ma-contain ang emotions nya at kailangan pang maglakad-lakad ng tatlong oras sa plaza.

Hindi rin naman santo si James. May ibang girls din sya before he met Kris. At nabuntis pa nga ayon sa balita. Habang buntis si Kris, may Hope Centeno din naman sya. Pero hindi ba’t nangako sya kay Kris na aayusin nya lahat?

Kris and James, marami ng masasakit na nangyari sa relationship nyo. Mahirap ngang magpatawad at mag-move on na lang ng basta. Pero pag marinig nyo ba si Baby James na naghahanap ng isa sa inyo, hindi pa ba reason yun para maging civil, magkasundo at kung papalarin, magkabalikan?

I love Baby James and he’s just so adorable. I don’t know how James treats his other children and I hope he’ll find time to bond with them, too. (sa kids lang ha? hindi sa mother nila!)

Kris Aquino:Love Her or Hate Her?

Sino ba si Kris Aquino para sa ordinaryong mamamayang gaya ko? Dumating at umalis naman si Kris ay walang mababago sa buhay ko bilang Pilipino.

Kris is in the news again. Hiwalay na (muna daw) sila ng asawang basketbolistang si James Yap. Isang Mayen Austria ang tinuturong dahilan ng matinding away-selosan ng mag-asawa. Bago pa man nangyari ang insidente, nag-away na rin ang mag-asawa bago mag-Pasko.

Sige na nga, si Kris Aquino at sampu ng mga celebrities na pinapanuod ko sa TV at pelikula ay may entertainment value sa akin. Never mind kung wala silang economic value sa akin. Heck, nagtatrabaho ako ng otso hanggang dies oras kada araw kaya ibalato na ninyo ang showbiz sa akin sa freetime ko. Ano bang bago kay Kris ulit? Yung temporary o trial separation ba yan kay James? Sa totoo lang, si Kris ang tipo ng taong mamahalin mo at kamumuhian.

Kamumuhian mo sya sa kanyang pagiging taklesa. Masabi, masabi. Walang patumanggang magbigay ng komento o opinyon sa isang tao o bagay. Eh ang Pinoy pa mandin ay sensitive by nature, so madaming naiinis sa ugali nyang yun.

Kamumuhian mo sya dahil obvious namang spoiled brat sya at hindi nya na-outgrown yun. Wala yata sa bokabolaryo nya ang pagiging humble at simple just like her late parents. I don’t know if there’s some truth to this rumor that there was a time that she was very proud to purchase an expensive pair of jeans na “katas ng Luisita.” Okay, fine. Not everybody has hacienda and she should be aware that her very own Hacienda Luisita is plagued with controversy.

Kamumuhian mo sya sa kaaertehan nya. May maarteng cute at minsan naman, cute din ang kaartehan nya! Wag lang sosobrahan na parang nag-aastang 18 years old sya.

Mamahalin mo naman sya sa kanyang pagiging honest. Sya pa nga nangangalakan ng estado ng relasyon nya sa mga nakarelasyon nya, di ba? Hiwalay kung hiwalay! Keber ba kung ano sabihin ng tao. Nagka-STD, pinagtawanan, niyurakan—nagpakatotoo lang sya.

Mamahalin mo sya dahil para syang isang batang nangangailangan lagi ng masasandalan. At ang mga Pilipino ay natural na mapagkalinga. Hindi nyo ba napapansin na sa bawat pagkadapa ni Kris, nariyan ang mga taong umuunawa sa kanya? May mga kumokondena man sa kanya, marami at marami pa ring nagmamahal.

In my humble opinion, hindi na tamang ibalik pa kung ano ang ginawa ni Kris sa nakaraan. Noong panahong naging other woman sya ni Philip Salvador, madami ang nagalit. Pati pamilya nya, nagalit din. Very much married si Philip kay Sony Dabao at kahit dumating pa si Josh sa buhay nila Philip at Kris, hindi nakipag-divorce/annul si Sony. Ganti? Siguro. Noong panahong hiwalayan nya si Philip, madami pa rin ang nag-react. Bakit daw iniwan kung kelan baon sa utang si Philip? Ano ba talaga ang punto? Kinokondenang kabit si Kris pero hindi pwedeng layasan ang naghihirap na si Philip? Dalawang magkaibang argumento yun.

Mas malalang kontrobersya ang kay Joey Marquez at ang simpatya ng tao ay na kay Alma Moreno. Naging sila, naghiwalay, nagsumbatan sa TV at umamin pang may STD! Pero gaya ng nauna, pinatawad ng sambayanan si Kris.

Ngayong sya naman ang nasa posisyon nila Sony at Alma, kinokondena sya ng mga detractors nya komo “gawain” din naman daw nya yun dati. May ganun? So pag ang magnanakaw pala na nagbagong-buhay, hindi na pwedeng mag-report sa pulis pag sya naman ang nanakawan? Pag ang babaeng pa-abort nang pa-abort dati at ngayo’y handa na sa pagiging ina, di na pwedeng magpa-check up sa OB-Gyne?

Ang argumento ng karamihan sa galit kay Kris ay paulit-ulit at walang sustansya. Bakit hindi na lang sabihing, “Kris, ano pa mang estado o pagbabago mo ay walang kwenta sa amin. Maaalala pa rin namin na kabit ka nila Philip at Joey?”

Sabagay, si Kris Aquino ay Kris Aquino na. Love her or hate her, wag masyadong paapekto at hindi sya national issue. 😉