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Awit Para kay Antonio

Lyrics of the theme song from the film “Ang Lihim ni Antonio”

 

Awit para kay Antonio

Words  by Lex Bonife; Music by Ajit Hardasani

 

Kung may tanong ka, sabihin mo

Isigaw mo, huwag kang matakot

Bakit ka narito, ano ba ang pakay mo

Sa buhay na ito

 

Bakit ka patuloy pa sa paghinga?

Bakit ka patuloy pa

Sa paghuhukay ng pag-asa?

 

Kahulugan, Kaguluhan

Kabuluhan at Kawalan

Kaya mo bang alamin?

Kaya mo bang unawain…

 

Ang Kahulugan, Kaguluhan

Kabuluhan at Kawalan

Kaya mo bang alamin?

Kaya mo bang unawain

 

Sa paggising mo sa umaga

Sa pagmulat mo sa iyong mata

Isama mo ang iyong diwa

 

Kaya mong lumilkha

Magtanong at mamangha

Ikaw ang bahala

 

Bakit ka patuloy pa sa paghinga?

Bakit ka patuloy pa

Sa paghuhukay ng pag-asa?

 

Kahulugan, Kaguluhan

Kabuluhan at Kawalan

Kaya mo bang alamin?

Kaya mo bang unawain

 

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The Cast of “Ang Lihim ni Antonio/ Antonio’s Secret”

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(From Left to Right) Nino Fernandez, Lex (this writer), Jiro Manio, Director Jay Altarejos, Kenji Garcia and Josh Ivan Morales 

This is one of the breaks within the tiring three day shoot of “Ang Lihim ni Antonio/ Antonio’s Secret” in Marikina city. 

The shoot is especially memorable for Kenji Garcia who is doing his very first work as an actor in this film. And to make things worse, his very first scene on the first shooting day was the masturbation scene of his character Antonio! 

I remember the whole set was quietly tensed during that first scene. Luckily, critics (Business Mirror and Pinoy Entertainment Portal) have praised the work of Kenji in this film. His bold move was probably well worth it.

Harry Laurel

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He walked inside the audition room nervous and without any pretensions.

As the writer of the film project “Ang Lalake sa Parola/ The Man in the Lighthouse”, I was not able to see the star in him quickly. He seemed to be your ordinary bikini contestant. 

But when he started reading the lines as Mateo, our lead character, Harry Laurel’s authentic provincial accent and the genuine pain in his voice darted across the room. And we knew, Harry Laurel is “Ang Lalake sa Parola/ The Man in the Lighthouse”

Ang Lalake sa Parola (The Man in the Lighthouse)

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“Ang Lalake sa Parola (The Man in the Lighthouse)” is my first screenplay directed by Joselito Altarejos.

 It received a “Grade B” from the Cinema Evaluation Board and was cited by the Manila Tribune as one of the best Filipino films of 2007. It was also the highest grossing digital film released for that year.

 SYNOPSIS:

After meeting Mateo (Harry Laurel), a lighthouse caretaker, Jerome (Justin de Leon), a gay man from the city finds himself deeply attracted to this simple yet seductive man.  Soon, Mateo finds himself entering a subtle homoerotic journey with his newfound friend, while Suzet (Jennifer Lee), Mateo’s girlfriend, continues to struggle for his love and attention.

Will Mateo bravely cross the thin line between being straight and being gay in the midst of his conservative rural community? This story is a search for oneself as seen through the lens of rural homosexuality, legends and fairies and the lies that men create to escape the bitter realities of this world.