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La visa loca (2005)

(Tagalog with English subtitles) Jess Huson has a dream-- like many other struggling Filipinos, he dreams of a better life for himself and his family in America. After he is rejected, Jess ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jess Huson
Johnny Delgado ...
Paul Holmes ...
Nigel Adams (as Paul Holme)
Pasyon Choir
Pasyon Choir
Pasyon Choir
Robert Seña ...
Pasyon Choir
Pasyon Choir
Kurt Perez ...
Evangeline Pascual ...
Jess' Mother
Mr. Nato
Barangay Captain
Eddie Gutierrez ...
Lex Halcon


(Tagalog with English subtitles) Jess Huson has a dream-- like many other struggling Filipinos, he dreams of a better life for himself and his family in America. After he is rejected, Jess embarks on a comical adventure filled with crazy schemes and ludicrous plans that end up in hilarious train wrecks that can only happen, where else, in the Philippines. Written by Anonymous

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25 May 2005 (Philippines)  »

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Penitencia republica  »

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Did You Know?


Since the original title was very serious that viewers might mistake it as drama, the production initially change the title to Pasyon USA. When The Passion of the Christ (2004) became a hit, the production decided to take on Ricky Martin's hit, "Livin' La Vida Loca" for easy recall. See more »


Referenced in Game K N B?: Episode dated 6 December 2006 (2006) See more »


Ang Bisa Ng Visa
Written by Vincent de Jesus and Mark Meily
Performed by Isay Alvarez
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la cuneta loca
28 December 2005 | by (manila, philippines) – See all my reviews

i love unitel for their vision and their ability to bring such films into the Pinoy silver screen. rare and must-see as these films are, i have come to understand that it will be an eternal battle for sugar pop to be defeated by the real thing.

i am delighted by robin padilla's performance throughout the film. his charming and sincere character wins the audience' hearts instantly. the teatro absurdo effect rendered by the pasyon choir, which appears every time robin's character jess huson is at a fork in the road, gives the film a new and delightfully weird texture.

this film barely made it to the billboards, much less in people's mouths -- sadly they were too busy talking about those sickening pop stars that were born from star in a million or starstruck. honestly, why go through all the effort to find that 'gem' when all stars that come from these crazy contests are as dim-witted as they come? this film shines through the screen, goes out and grabs your heart, and delivers bittersweet moments at the right times.

i also love sharon cuneta for producing this film. this actress made her best turn yet as producer of unitel pictures.

i truly hope MORE of these kinds of films reach our blockbuster thrones. this film is a must-see for all Filipinos at home and abroad and those is between.

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