Welcome to Punta Bulalacao.
On the eve of its fiesta, a teenage drag queen joins a beauty pageant and is asked what the essence of being a woman is. His answer: “Motherhood” An ominous answer, it turns out, as a strange encounter in the jungle changes his life in unexpected ways.
Ara Chawdhury’s debut feature “Miss Bulalacao” is about the stranglehold of tradition, the sinister dynamics of small towns, religious hypocrisy and being careful what you wish for. With aliens. It is also a comedy. Filtered as it is through Chawdhury’s own experiences of community politics growing up in the island of Biliran.
“The setting is what makes the film unique, “ Chawdhury says, “We tried to make this as true to the culture of Region 8, specially since Yolanda, a lot of attention has been placed on that region and I feel like it doesn’t really reflect the specific culture of the people that live in the storm belt of the country. I wanted to feature the resilience of the sprit of thepeople there, the reason they’re a close-knit community, the reason they hold on to certain beliefs even if the rest of the country might think they’re backwards.”
Performance artist Russ Ligtas plays the title role with Nanette Inventor, Tessie Tomas and Mon Confiado.
“Miss Bulalacao” will have its gala night on November 11 (Wednesday) in Trinoma Cinema One at 7:40PM. It will also screen during Cinema One Originals 2015, which starts on November 9 until the 17th, at select Trinoma, Glorietta, SM Megamall and Resorts World cinemas.