It looks like we have another film to look forward to in Miss Bulalacao. This black comedy explores the premise of a young drag queen getting pregnant through divine intervention (or aliens) in the Philippines. Issues regarding womanhood, Filipino attitudes toward being gay, religious beliefs and island life in the province of Biliran are touched on to paint what seems to be a strange yet possibly very entertaining film.
Here’s the synopsis:
Miss Bulalacao is about a young drag queen, Dodong, who joins a barangay gay pageant to gain acceptance in his father’s community. He is instead met with hostility from his father, who chases him to a jungle, where he sobs to a lone bright star. What follows is the strangest night in his entire life, and an even stranger 9 months when he realizes he is pregnant. With only his stepmother, Lisa, as support, Dodong deals with ridicule from a barangay who does not believe him – until the rumors becomes a headline in a tabloid, “BAKLA, INA NG DIOS!” – Short Synopsis for Miss Bulalacao
Enjoy the trailer:
Russ Ligtas – Before fully committing to his art, Russ worked with Kenneth Cobonpue as a designer at HIVE, a design house that produces interior accessories for the Kenneth Cobonpue line.
Chai Fonacier – Having participated in three feature films. The first one, “Biyernes Biyernes” was screened in New Filipino Cinema in San Francisco. The second, SWAP, will be screened at the 69th San Sebastian Int’l Film Festival. The other one is currently in production and will be screened in Cinema One Originals, a local film festival in Manila, PH. This year, she won Best Supporting Actress for her work in the short ‘Operation Prutas’ in the Sinulog Film Festival (Cebu)
Ferdinand Mesias – Cuts a distinct profile in Mindanao Cinema as a director, writer, and character actor. He has worked with directors such as Arnel Mardoquio, Teng Mangansakan, Gary Bautista, Bagane Fiola to name a few, in all sorts of villain roles – from serial killer, to drug lord, to wife beater, since 2008.
Maryam Fatima “Ara” B. Chawdhury is a published poet and journalist with pieces appearing in various publications such as The Inquirer, Cebu Daily News and Sun Star and has been involved in various aspects of film production as Actress, Production Coordinator, Screenwriter, Assistant Director, Producer and Director since 2007. She won Best Director at the 2015 Sinulog Short Film Festival for her latest short film, “Operation Prutas” which won grand prize at the same festival.
Bianca Balbuena has been working as Assistant Director, Production Manager and Line Producer for about twelve full-length films, including Lav Diaz’ Prologue to the Great Desaparecido, Pepe Diokno’s Engkwentro, Christian Linaban’s Aberya, and Antoinette Jadaone’s That Thing Called Tadhana.
Jill Anoba-Yap is a film producer and events organizer who has been working for the Cebuano Film Industry in different capacities since 2008 under her production company, Above the Line Productions. Her films include The Taste of Money (2012), a Korean Feature Film which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, My Paranormal Romance (2011), and Le Marquis (2010), a French Feature.
Christian Linaban has been producing audio-visual media since 2005 under his company, Panumduman Pictures. He won the Cinemanila Ishmael Bernal award for his short film, Doktora, in 2010. He did the cinematography for Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (2010) which won him the Gawad Urian Award for Cinematography in 2011. He also did the cinematography for the Cebuano zombie movie, Di Ingon Nato (2011). His debut feature Aberya (2012) was helmed under Cinemaone Originals.
Ernest Diño is a freelance art director, cinematographer, editor, and experimental filmmaker. His film, Retaso, won best short at the Binisaya film fest in 2014.
Philip Sinajonon is an artist/designer from Cebu. He works as a freelance designer, muralist, production designer, curator and event organizer.