Crying Ladies

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Crying Ladies


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Directed by Mark Meily
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Written by Mark Meily
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Starring Angel Aquino
Sharon Cuneta
Hilda Koronel
Music by Vincent de Jesus
Cinematography Lee Meily
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Distributed by Unitel Pictures
Release date(s) December 25, 2003
Running time 114 mins.
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Crying Ladies is a heartwarming comedy film released by Unitel Pictures. It stars Angel Aquino, Sharon Cuneta and Hilda Koronel under the direction of Mark Meily. It was the Philippines' official entry in the best foreign language film competition of the Academy for Motion Picture Arts (AMPAS) of the United States.

It was also the only film entry given an A Rating by the Cinema Evaluation Board. This gave its producers a 100% tax rebate incentive from the Philippine government -- part of a scheme to encourage local filmmakers to produce quality material.


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Synopsis

The story revolves around three ladies who each have their own story to tell, with their own struggles and challenges to face.

Stella Mate (Sharon Cuneta) just got out of prison and is desperate to earn enough money to regain custody of her eight-year old son Bong (Julio Pacheco). Her ex-husband, Guido (Ricky Davao) moved to Cagayan de Oro with his new wife, Cecile (Sharmaine Centenera). Fortunately, good luck arrives in the form of a young Chinese man, Wilson Chua (Eric Quizon), whose father has just died. Wilson's mother (Sherry Lara) wants a traditional Chinese funeral, complete with professional mourners. Professional grieving, however, is an obsolete profession; so Wilson settles for Stella, whose late mother made her living weeping at strangers' funerals. Stella in turn recruits two friends, Rhoda "Aling Doray" Rivera (Hilda Koronel) and Choleng (Angel Aquino). Aling Doray is an aging bit-player desperately reliving her better career days as the star of epics like Darna and the Giants. Choleng, on the other hand, is a charity worker who feels guilty for cheating with her friend's husband (Raymond Bagatsing). For five days, the length of a traditional Chinese wake, Stella, Aling Doray and Choleng put on white mourning clothes and cry their eyes out to earn a living.


Cast

  • Sharon Cuneta ... Stella Mate
  • Hilda Koronel ... Rhoda "Aling Doray" Rivera
  • Angel Aquino ... Choleng
  • Eric Quizon ... Wilson Chua
  • Ricky Davao ... Guido
  • Julio Pacheco ... Bong
  • Shamaine Centenera ... Cecile (as Shamaine Buencamino)
  • Sherry Lara ... Mrs. Chua
  • Gilleth Sandico ... Becky
  • Joan Bitagcol ... Grace
  • Johnny Delgado ... Priest
  • Edgar Mortiz ... Mang Gusting
  • Raymond Bagatsing ... Ipe
  • Bella Flores ... Lost Lady
  • Lou Veloso ... Brgy Chairman
  • Jemalene Estrada ... Giselle
  • Randolf Stamalaky ... Jorge
  • Winnie Cordero ... Female Game Show Host
  • Bearwin Meily ... Male Game Show Host
  • Roni Bertubin ... Coffin Salesman (as Ronnie Bertubin)
  • Andoy Ranay ... Hearse Driver
  • Ermie Concepcion ... Yaya Nena (as Hermie Concepcion)
  • Ruby Ruiz ... Passenger
  • Melvin Lee ... Preacher
  • Jojit Lorenzo ... Strike Leader
  • Jorg Schifferer ... Videoke Director
  • Ike Veneracion ... Make-up Artist
  • Dante Nora ... Agent
  • Anne Rodriguez ... Applicant
  • Grace Quisias ... Applicant
  • Adrian Paloma ... Applicant
  • Mabel Hernandez ... Applicant
  • Betsy Baking ... Promoter
  • Mabel Dela Cruz ... Flower Vendor
  • Mae Paner ... Flower Vendor
  • Arlene Peñaflor ... Flower Vendor
  • Christopher Manalo ... Security Guard
  • Doreen Bernal ... Game Show Contestant
  • Jake de Asis ... Castor (as Jake De Asis)
  • Raye Baquirin ... Saleslady
  • Wendy Rivera ... Irma
  • Madonna Bueno ... Sister Leonora
  • Cris Mojica ... Police
  • Odette Filio ... Passenger
  • Francis Dayao ... McDonald's Crew
  • Vlad Rubis ... Jeepney Driver
  • Yeyey Yatco ... Driver
  • Ricky Gonzales ... Passenger
  • Jun Oreta ... Jeepney Driver
  • Butch Angeles ... Jeepney Driver
  • Mario Sarmiento ... Ade
  • Marieta Cunanan ... Bus Conductor
  • Aleksa Meily ... Samantha
  • Gabby Aves ... Erica
  • Rodolfo Aves Jr. ... Cousin (as Jun Aves)
  • Harvey Diez ... Ahkong
  • Ricky Villabona ... Visitor
  • Lydia Go ... Visitor
  • Desiree Pe ... Visitor
  • Marlon Rivera ... Viusitor
  • Edwin Garcia ... Visitor
  • Julien Tan ... Visitor
  • Cynthia Hilado ... Visitor
  • Bebo Jiandani ... Khumar
  • Tina Chua ... Achi
  • Alex Rivera ... Friend
  • Boom Dayupay ... Fr. Sammy
  • Peter Lim ... Relative
  • Tess Mendoza ... Neighbor
  • Do Baluyot ... Neighbor
  • Chat Monteagudo ... Neighbor
  • Trisha Borromeo ... Arlene
  • Jojo Atienza ... Neighbor
  • Jeric Mariano ... Neighbor
  • Mary Rose Paner ... Neighbor
  • Sabel Ventura ... Neighbor
  • Gary Gardoce ... Fireman
  • Errol Ated ... Fieman
  • Mark Meily ... Fireman


Awards

  • 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture (Crying Ladies)
  • 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director - Mark Meily
  • 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actor - Eric S. Quizon (Crying Ladies)
  • 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress - Hilda Koronel
  • 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Child Performer - Julio Pacheco
  • 2003 Indian Film Festival Best Director for Crying Ladies (2003)
  • 2004 Gawad Urian Best Cinematography (Pinakamahusay na Sinematograpiya): Lee Meily


Reviews


Reference

  1. Variety. (accessed on January 3, 2008).
  2. IMDB. (accessed on January 3, 2008).
  3. Kabaduyan. (accessed on January 3, 2008).
  4. TV Guide. (accessed on January 3, 2008).
  5. Divisoria.com. (accessed on January 3, 2008).


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