From Wikipilipinas: The Hip 'n Free Philippine Encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Directed by Lino Brocka
Written by Cenen Ramones
Starring Nora Aunor
Philip Salvador
Music by Lutgardo Labad
Cinematography Conrado Baltazar
Distributed by NV Productions
Release date(s) 1980
Running time 85 mins.
Country Flag of the Philippines Philippines
Language Tagalog
IMDb profile

Bona is a 1980 drama film about a nice middle-class schoolgirl who falls in love with a shiftless, ageing gigolo, her willingness to eventually become his servant, and her fantastic revenge in the end. The character of Bona was played by acclaimed actress Nora Aunor, and the film was directed by Lino Brocka.



Bona becomes infatuated with a movie bit player Gardo and eventually turns into his alalay, an obssessively devoted fan. She does anything for him, to the point of keeping house for him. Bona leaves her family to cook, wash, clean, fetch water for Gardo, and even bathe him. At the start, the relationship is not physical, but eventually, Bona is seduced by him. The sexual intimacy, however, does not stop Bona's idol from bringing other women home.

Bona's father wants her to return home but she rejects the idea. As a consequence, he suffers a heart attack and dies. During the funeral, Bona's brother berates her forcefully, and she is driven from her family home. She returns to Gardo to find that he has made plans to leave for America with a new girlfried.

Angered by the rejection, Bona douses her man with boiling water during his ritual bath.


Bona marked Lino Brocka's second appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981. Though not as technically excellent as his other works, Bona was deemed to shine with humanity, power, and warmth. It also won for Nora Aunor the 1981 Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress.





Original content from WikiPilipinas. under GNU Free Documentation License. See full disclaimer.