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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”

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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.