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Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag (original title)
Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilda Koronel ...
Ligaya Paraiso
Bembol Roco ...
Julio Madiaga (as Rafael Roco Jr.)
Lou Salvador Jr. ...
Joonee Gamboa ...
Pio De Castro III ...
Danilo Posadas ...
Joe Jardy ...
Frank (as Joseph Jardinazo)
Spanky Manikan ...
Edipolo Erosido ...
Pancho Pelagio ...
Mr. Balajadia
Purita Yap ...
Josephine Gutierrez ...
Kapatid ni Ligaya
Gina Zegui ...
Kapatid ni Ligaya
Ronnie Magalong ...
Kapatid ni Ligaya
Anna Marie Nicolas ...
Batang Ligaya


Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.

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16 July 1975 (Philippines)  »

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Manila in the Claws of Light  »

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The best Filipino film of all time? Probably YES.
31 March 2006 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

I'm not a fan of our local films here in the Philippines. I've seen so many cheesy Filipino films such as "Dyesebel", "Batang X" etc. But after I have seen "Maynila", everything changed.

The film is simply amazing. It really blows me away. This is very original concept of story I have seen in my entire life. Although some moments are like "Midnight Cowboy" inspired, the whole story is very original.

The characters are very memorable, though some acting needs some improvement. Thanks to the late Director, Lino Brocka for making this unforgettable, total human experience. Brocka is the greatest Filipino director, and I'm sure everyone will agree on me.


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