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Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)
"Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag" (original title)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilda Koronel ...
Ligaya Paraiso
Bembol Roco ...
Julio Madiaga (as Rafael Roco Jr.)
Lou Salvador Jr. ...
Atong
Joonee Gamboa ...
Omeng
Pio De Castro III ...
Imo
Danilo Posadas ...
Benny
Joe Jardy ...
Frank (as Joseph Jardinazo)
Spanky Manikan ...
Gido
Edipolo Erosido ...
Eddie
Pancho Pelagio ...
Mr. Balajadia
Purita Yap ...
Nanay
Josephine Gutierrez ...
Kapatid ni Ligaya
Gina Zegui ...
Kapatid ni Ligaya
Ronnie Magalong ...
Kapatid ni Ligaya
Anna Marie Nicolas ...
Batang Ligaya
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Júlio Mandiga, 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 only Filipino film included in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider. See more »

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heart-breaking, thought-provoking, beautiful

In all the long, hit-and-miss years of Philippine cinema, no other movie made an impact as much as "Maynila". This movie is proof that low-budgeted movies can truly be maximized by a beautiful, thought-provoking story. `Maynila' is the tragic story of Julio (Bembol Roco), a small-town fisherman who went to the big city to search for Ligaya, his sweetheart (Hilda Koronel), losing his innocence and humanity in the process.

The acting was not superb, but the plot and storyline carried the cast all the way, making each character as memorable as the next. Julio's journey through the streets of Manila is real. The direction was extraordinary. The climax and ending of the story is as surprising as 'Fight Club' and 'Seven', but will leave you thinking and utterly breathless, applause in seat. Never has a tragedy been as beautiful as this.

Also, never will the Philippines experience a movie as beautiful as this. Never again.


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