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The Debut (2000)

The story revolves around Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who has rejected his Filipino heritage. The long-simmering feud between Ben and his immigrant father Roland threatens to... See full summary »

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Ben Mercado (as Danté Basco)
Jayson Schaal ...
Doug
Brian Card ...
Dave
Mindy Spence ...
Jennifer
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Susie
Brandon Martinez ...
Rick
Ernie Zarate ...
Tito Lenny
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Gina Mercado
Emelita Moll ...
Tita Connie
Gina Honda ...
Tita Florie
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Roland Mercado
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Rose Mercado
Rawlins Apilado ...
Jun
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Edwin Mercado
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Annabelle Manalo
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The story revolves around Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who has rejected his Filipino heritage. The long-simmering feud between Ben and his immigrant father Roland threatens to boil over and ruin the 18th birthday party of Ben's sister Rose. But to Ben's surprise, his sister's celebration challenges his sense of misplaced identity, and the way he regards his father and grandfather. In one night, Ben faces the true nature of his relationships with his family, his friends, and himself. Written by Anonymous

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One night can change a lifetime.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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13 August 2003 (Philippines)  »

Also Known As:

The Mercado Family Debut  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,784 (USA) (15 March 2002)

Gross:

$1,743,570 (USA) (10 November 2002)
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Bernadette Balagtas (Rose Mercado) had injured her ankle while basketball training for the movie. She had to wear an ankle brace throughout the entire filming schedule. The brace had to be digitally removed in one of the major dance sequences where her ankle is prominently featured. See more »

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A Wonderful Flippin' film!
29 June 2002 | by (Oahu, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

I am a filpino myself and I was really excited to watch a movie on the big screen about filipinos. Dante Basco(Ben Mercado) delivers a great performance along with his 3 brothers, Darren, Derrick, and Deion. This movie was very life-touching. About how your life can change in one night. And I was happy to get some ideas for my debut party. So if you wanna see something different and unique for a change, go see it now!


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