Himala

It is believed that no Pinoy living soul would not know the classic lines, “Walang himala! Ang himala ay nasa puso ng tao!  Nasa puso nating lahat! Tayo ang gumagawa ng himala! Tayo ang gumagawa ng mga sumpa at ng mga diyos! Walang himala!”

Whether you like it or not Nora Aunor is someone who contributed a big chunk in the enrichment of contemporary Filipino culture.  I actually just finished watching one her greatest films entitled Himala (Miracle).  Thanks to Kuki Catindig for giving me a superb copy.

I have second thoughts writing about this movie because it feels like desecrating such a cinematic miracle.  Himala is a richly textured film collaborated by 3 geniuses of Filipino film industry:  directed by National Artist Ishmael Bernal; starring Nora Aunor; and, written by Pinoy Writers’ Icon Ricky Lee.  A lot has been written and spoken about the film.  But from my own perception and analyses, this cinematic giant is very haunting, brilliantly daring and hugely moving.  It’s a magnificent art that articulates that if truth, hardships and poverty are too difficult to digest; falsehood, religion and illusion will serve its purpose. 

The film was made 28 years ago but it still pokes and affects every person who watched it.  The movie seems to breathe and has a life of its own.  It deserves more than the accolades it has already received worldwide.

Ika nga sa pelikula… “Elsa labs yu.”