Muli on DVD

“A love story…whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the ultimate power of love.” That’s how Muli [The Affair] was described when it was released in late 2010. Now the 2-disc DVD “with special features” of the movie is out! Catch Sid Lucero and Cogie Domingo as the ill-fated lovers in this indie film buzzed about as one of the best Filipino gay movies to come out in years

Teatro Indie!

There’s a new place in town solely devoted to the showing of independently-produced movies. Teatro Indie, located at Starmall Alabang in Muntinlupa City, will be opened tomorrow, 21 September 2010 at 4 p.m. with a meet-and-greet session of the actors in indie movies, including the cast of Muli [in photo]. Muli will also be shown at 6 p.m. in Teatro Indie, with tickets costing Php 150.00 each. For details call 842.2513.

Sid and Rocky

Model, ex-dick-a-day feature and indie flick regular Rocky Salumbides is in Muli also. Of course, he’s not doing the frontals and he can only do the mooning scene plus the semi-hard-penis-in-white-briefs shot with lead Sid Lucero. The thing is, this is a warm-and-fuzzy feel-good gay flick. Muli – directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. [Daybreak, D’Survivors] – will be shown uncut on 22 September 2010 in theaters nationwide.


The most romantic Filipino gay movie that came out in recent years, Muli is being shown again commercially starting 22 September 2010 in major theaters across the country. The feature film, starring straight actors Sid Lucero and Cogie Domingo, will be shown without cuts and with an R-18 rating. Here’s a statement, which is very insightful, from the writer of the movie, Jerry Gracio –

Last year, after the screening of a film which I wrote, I was confronted by a number of critics and entertainment writers, accusing me of being “anti-gay” for having shown gays as “predators”, casting the bakla in a bad light. Several months before, I delivered a lecture at a poetry workshop in UP on gay poetry and the poetics of gender. I was also accused of being “anti-gay” for talking about the need to veer away from titi-centric gay poetry: poetry centered on the phallus, reeking of semen and sweat.

Muli is an attempt to clarify my position. I’m not against the depiction of gay sex, no matter how graphic, in poetry, fiction, or film. But neither do I believe that gays should always be deified in literature or in cinema: that there is only one way of depicting the bakla. Or, that gay films should always center on sex and sexual acrobatics, or that gay writers should only talk about their being gay, shoving the bakla to other people’s faces.

There was a spate of gay films in recent years, and as expected, said films tried to outdo each other by showing men’s body at the slightest provocation. I’ve been offered to write a number of gay-themed films, perhaps, because there is a market for such films. But as always, the producers always want a skin flick, in the guise of doing a drama, or worse, art film. Having wrtten skin flicks in the early years of my career as a writer, I could detect if the producer is a concerned artist who only wants to recoup his investment via a gay skin flick, or a con-artist who wants to dupe actors and film crews to rake in money by passing on the project as art.

I understand that, coming from a “marginal” position; gay writers should be cautious in crafting the image of the bakla being written on the page and projected on screen. But I believe that there should be a multi-faceted projection of that image. Because the bakla is not just a bakla, but a lawyer, a cadre, an engineer; and yes, a screaming faggot, and a predator at times.

Thus, Muli, tries to give a changing picture of the bakla for the past four decades, even within and outside the Communist Party, which is considered a bastion of the most progressive thoughts in conservative Philippine society. And since I’m a hopeless romantic, I would want to convey a positive, long-lasting gay relationship, which I think is now possible, despite the tragedy of our lives as gays.


So, the hazy pictures above would reveal that the top guy would have to be 24-year-old actor Cogie Domingo and the bottom one is sexy Sid Lucero. These are the sex scenes from the new Adolfo Alix-movie, Muli – buzzed about as one of the best gay movies to come out in years. On Friday the 13th, catch the uncut showing of this movie [“a love story…whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the ultimate power of love”] at 9 p.m. at the UP Cine Adarna in Diliman, Quezon City. Tickets cost Php 120 each, but there’s a special discount of Php 200 for two movies if you are watching Magdamag too. For tickets contact 0905 290.7989, 0908 572.4737 or at 926.3640. Both movies were written by Palanca winner Jerry Gracio and produced by Noel Ferrer.