Movie Spotlight: Pauwi Na

Pauwi Na / internationally titled “Pedicab(2017)

Rated R-13: For Audiences of Thirteen Years And Above

Genre/s: Comedy, Drama, Family, Road

Running Time: 150 minutes (2 hours and 3 minutes)
Released On August 16, 2017 (PH Release Date; Available For Worldwide Viewing)

Presented by Universal Harvester Inc., through Solar Pictures

Writers: Paolo Villaluna, and Ellen Ramos

Director: Paolo Villaluna


  • Bembol Roco as Mang Pepe
  • Cherry Pie Picache as Aling Remedios
  • Merryl Soriano as Isabel
  • Jerald Napoles as Jp
  • Chai Fonacier as Pina
  • Jess Mendoza as Jesus
  • Shamaine Buencamino as Doray
  • Jack The Dog as Kikay
  • Produced by Ellen Ramos
  • Executive Produced by Dr. Milagros Ong-How
  • Edited by Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos
  • Cinematography by Sasha Palomares
  • Production Design by Maoxie Mao Fadul
  • Sound by Andrew Milallos
  • Music by Paolo Villaluna, and Pike and Veena Ramirez
In case you were not paying attention lately, the usually forgettable and messy industry that is the world of Filipino Cinema has recently been releasing some particularly interesting movies. All of which have been trending in our school. We have two good romantic movies, one teaches about the true meaning of beauty, Kita Kita, and another one that is actually just a straightforward teen romance movie, 100 Tula Para Kay Stella. My Empowering Technology teacher did point out that Patay Na Si Hesus is so much better than the one about poems, however. I have not watched any of these movies, yet. Regardless whether or not you have seen these movies, it is becoming clearer that the beautiful side of our country's movie making realm is finally stepping-up its game. We do not have another review post. Instead, here is a movie that you might want to check out. Welcome back to Dateline Movies, and this is our movie spotlight to one of the local movie participants to the ongoing Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017, Pauwi Na, also titled as Pedicab.

What is the movie about?

When the struggling city life is keeping his family down, middle-aged patriarch Mang Pepe, played by Roco (Manila By Night), convinces the rest of his household, his wife Aling Remedios, played by Pichache (Foster Child),  who works as a laundry woman, his daughter Pina, played by Fonacier (Patay Na Si Hesus), a cigarette saleslady, his son Jp, played by Napoles (Triptiko), a petty burglar, plus Jp's blind and pregnant wife Isabel, played by Soriano (Honor Thy Father), constantly visited by a hallucinatory version of Jesus Christ, played by Mendoza (Hinulid), and the family dog Kikay, to move to the province. There, Mang Pepe believes that they can have a better life living by farming.

Without an appropriate amount of money in order to take the bus, for them to reach their planned destination, they have no choice but to pedal all the way in Mang Pepe's pedicab. Along the way, the family find themselves constantly caught up in sometimes hilarious, sometimes emotionally shattering moments.

PEDICAB is a road trip that becomes an unapologetic look at family, class, poverty and the role of faith in Philippine society.

Wow. From the looks of it, this movie really is something special. And it is a movie almost a decade in the making? That is some serious effort right there, and it just goes to show that with enough effort and patience, you could just create something as potentially masterful as this flick. For more updates, be sure to click here and like their Facebook page. Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!


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