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VIDEO | Indie film ‘Bayang Magiliw’ satirizes reproductive health issue


One month before the elections, an indie film called “Bayang Magiliw” will open in theaters to poke fun at one of the most contentious political issues of our time — reproductive health.

“Bayang Magiliw” is a social satire about a fictional town in Quezon province called Magiliw where the mayor has outlawed contraception and family planning.

The result: Magiliw is the country’s most densely populated municipality outside Metro Manila. Ironically, or perhaps fittingly, the mayor is an inveterate womanizer who has secretly fathered many illegitimate children around the town.

“Bayang Magiliw” is the latest work of veteran independent filmmaker Gil M. Portes, whose last film — the 2011 black comedy “Two Funerals” — won five major Cinemalaya awards, including Best Director.

Written by InterAksyon entertainment editor Enrique V. Ramos, who also wrote “Two Funerals”, “Bayang Magiliw” stars Wendell Ramos, Giselle Tongi, Arnold Reyes, Jackie Lou Blanco, Lloyd Samartino, Racquel Villavicencio, Althea Vega, Sue Prado, Princess Manzon, Rob Sy, Benjie Felipe, Tony Mabesa, Dax Alejandro, Jess Evardone, and Ellen Adarna.

It will open in selected theaters on April 17.