Lihim Anniversary

Exactly two years ago today, 4 February 2008, one of the best gay-themed movies had its director’s cut premiere at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. Ang Lihim ni Antonio played to a hushed crowd in a jam-packed theater. The coming-of-age movie [with full emphasis on coming] was shocking and disturbing because of its theme. As one of the hits of the Altarejos-Bonife tandem [Parola], Lihim went on a commercial run on the eve of Valentine’s Day, which date marked the start of a successful movie screening in limited theaters. Photo shows the stars Kenjie Garcia [left] as the young boy enamored with his uncle played by Josh Ivan Morales.

“Antonio” regular screening

The “boldest gay film in Philippine history,” Ang Lihim ni Antonio [Antonio’s Secret] will be screened starting today at the Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Bacolod and Eden Theater in Cebu. It’s the story of Antonio [played by newcomer Kenjie Garcia] who is sexually obsessed with his Uncle Jonbert [ Josh Ivan Morales]. The tale spirals to tragic consequences, as the coming-of-age yarn twists and turns in the end. The movie is from the direction of Jay Altarejos and screenplay by Lex Bonife of Ang Lalake sa Parola.

Antonio’s Secret is Out!

Ang Lihim ni Antonio [Antonio’s Secret] had a successful premiere recently at the UP Film Institute. The uncut version of the “boldest gay film in Philippine history” was screened to an SRO crowd. It stars newcomer twinkie Kenjie Garcia and Josh Ivan Morales aka Maico Eduria [in photo] of Provoq . On 13 February, the movie will have its regular run at the Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Bacolod and Eden Theater (Cebu). I’m wondering, Lex, if the uncut version will be shown in those theaters, too?

Lihim ni Antonio premieres tonight


Who’s going to the UP Film Institute tonight to watch the premiere of the movie Ang Lihim ni Antonio [Antonio’s Secret]? From the direction of Jay Altarejos and screenplay by Lex Bonife, the movie about innocence lost and sexual abuse will be shown tonight at the State U without cuts. For P100, watch the Director’s cut premiere as you may never view the uncut version again if you pass this preem up. Regular screenings start at Robinsons Galleria cinemas on Feb. 13.

“Ang Lihim ni Antonio” premieres February 4

The Viva-produced movie Ang Lihim ni Antonio [Antonio’s Secret] will have its director’s cut premiere on February 4, 2008, Monday at the UP Film Institute [7.30 pm] . From the director [Joselito Altarejos] and scriptwriter [Lex Bonife] of Ang Lalake sa Parola, the “boldest gay film in Philippine history” stars newcomer Kenjie Garcia , Provoq man Josh Ivan Morales [in photo, again], Jiro Manio and Shamaine Buencamino. The synopsis of the movie: Antonio (Kenji Garcia) is a curious fifteen year old boy who is beginning to come to terms with his own sexuality. Although his straight best friend, Mike (Jiro Manio), has been supportive of his coming out, his first sexual conquest has led to the destruction of his friendship with his other best buddy, Nathan. Antonio’s exploration of his identity unfolds as his family begins to break up. His altruistic mother, Tere [Shamaine Buencamino] is in complete denial that his father has already abandoned them. A shocking tragedy begins to spiral up as Antonio meets his hedonistic uncle Jonbert [Josh Ivan Morales], who becomes the boy’s sexual obsession.

“Ang Lihim ni Antonio”

Filipino queer cinema is alive and kicking! Sikil [Unspoken Passion] will finally have its regular run on January 16 at the Robinsons Galleria. So go watch the director’s cut, guys. And.. remember Lex Bonife of Ang Lalake sa Parola fame? He informed me over the weekend that the “boldest gay film in Philippine history” will have its preem on February 4 , Monday at the UP Film Institute [7.30 pm] . Entitled Ang Lihim ni Antonio [Antonio’s Secret], the movie stars newcomer twinkie Kenjie Garcia and Josh Ivan Morales aka Maico Eduria [in photo] of Provoq . Others in the movie include former child actor Jiro Manio and theater actor Shamaine Buencamino. The movie, which was megged by Parola director Joselito Altarejos with screenplay by Lex, will premiere at the State U in its uncut version. More on the movie soon.