Category : Movies +18
Country : Philippines
Genres : Drama
keywords : Sex | Island | Sexy Pinay | White Slavery | Village Chief
Starring : Jay Manalo, Ara Mina, Maui Taylor, Elizabeth Oropesa, Gina Alajar, Angeli Bayani, Cholo EscaÃ±o, Hazel Espinosa, Tanya Gomez, Marky Lopez, Mike Magat, Daria Ramirez
Tag : Ten awards for this movie in 2003 Manila Film Festival. Please take a bow.
Ang Huling Birhen sa Lupa (The Last Virgin) takes its cue from Ishmael Bernal's masterpiece Himala (Miracle, 1982). Both films have practically the same conceit: a provincial town suddenly bursting with life and commerce because of a miracle. Both writer and director of the film worked under Bernal in Himala: screenwriter Racquel Villavicencio as production designer and director Joel Lamangan as crowd director. An epidemic left the seaside town of San Rosario in social and moral disarray. Extremes populate the town: the pious as exemplified by Cion (Maui Taylor), who sees the Virgin Mary (depicted visually as a modern-day burning bush) regularly, her saint-muttering ill mother, and the ex-nun who teaches catechism to the children; those who have lost their faith on religion are Lorena, Cion's older sister and town whore, the town captain (Elizabeth Oropesa), who explains her lack of faith as a result of her daughter's unexplained crippled-ness. When Fr. Emman (Jay Manalo), who washed ashore one day, starts conniving with Lorena in making up a miracle to elicit a steady income from the needy faithful, greed unhealthily mixes with the affairs of the soul.