Babae sa Breakwater (film)

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Babae sa Breakwater
Babae sa Breakwater poster.jpg
Directed by Mario O'Hara
Written by Jorge Arago
Starring Kristoffer King and Katherine Luna
Music by Jesse Lucas
Cinematography Rey De Leon
Distributed by Entertainment Warehouse
Release date(s) 2003
Running time 124 mins.
Country Flag of the Philippines Philippines
Language Tagalog

Babae sa Breakwater is a Philippine independent film written and directed by Mario O'Hara about poor Filipinos living by Manila Bay. About two hours long, it is an Entertainment Warehouse production and was released in 2003. It stars Kristoffer King and Katherine Luna, who were nominated as Best Actor and Best Actress in the 2003 Gawad Urian Awards for their roles. Luna also won Best Actress in the Cinemanila International Film Festival for that year.

While not commercially successful, the film was critically acclaimed and won several awards, including Best Picture in the 27th Gawad Urian and the 14th Young Critics’ Circle Awards. It was also appreciated by an international audience at the Cannes Film Festival.



A young man named Basilio, together with his younger brother Buboy, leaves his province of Leyte and ends up in the slums of Manila near Manila Bay, an area which is buzzing with tourists. Here he meets Paquita, who is still fairly young but became a prostitute so early in life that she has aged before her time, her body covered with open sores from venereal disease. Nevertheless, Basilio falls in love with her. An erotic and dramatic turn of events results. Among the challenges threatening Basilio’s romance with Paquita are their impoverished state and the presence of jealous former policeman Dave, who acts as the protector of the shantytown.



  • Director: Mario O’Hara
  • Scriptwriter: Mario O’Hara
  • Production Designer: Melody Teodoro
  • Cinematographer: Rey De Leon
  • Editor: Bert Vasdre
  • Musical Composer: Jesse Lucas
  • Sound Editor: Leody Maralit

Awards and recognitions

  • 2003 Gawad Urian Best Picture Co-winner (tied with Magnifico), Best Production Design, and Best Music
  • 2003 Gawad Urian Nominee for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Sound
  • 2003 FAMAS Award for Best Special Effects
  • 2003 Annual Young Critics' Circle Citations for Distinguished Achievement in Film Best Picture and Best Screenplay awards

Film festival screenings

  • 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival
  • Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival
  • 2004 French Spring in Manila


  • 10th Cinemanila Film Festival [1] (Accessed January 22, 2009).
  • Dy, Philbert Ortiz. “Countdown to Cinemanila.” In Click the City. [2] (Accessed January 22, 2009).
  • Internet Movie Database [3](Accessed January 22, 2009).
  • Gawad Urian [4] (Accessed January 22, 2009).
  • 2004 French Spring in Manila [5] (Accessed January 22, 2009).



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