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Ako legal wife: Mano po 4? (2005)

Elton Chiong (Jay Manalo) is a businessman having three wives. Chona (Zsa Zsa Padilla), a pure Chinese is his legal wife having three children, Hamilton (John Prats) who is a homosexual, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chona Chong
Elton Chong
Hibiscus (as Julianne Lee)
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Jenine Desiderio ...
Lounge Singer
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Elton Chiong (Jay Manalo) is a businessman having three wives. Chona (Zsa Zsa Padilla), a pure Chinese is his legal wife having three children, Hamilton (John Prats) who is a homosexual, Hibiscus (Julianne Lee) and Anthurium (Ella Guevara); Patty (Cherry Pie Picache), who is a Chinese with having a Visayan accent. She gives good luck to Elton, with their only son Nixon (JC De Vera); and Gloria (Rufa Mae Quinto), a Filipino is Elton's mistress.

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25 December 2005 (Philippines)  »

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One of the films chosen to be part of the "Magic 7" in the 2005 Metro Manila Film Festival. See more »


Follows Mano po 2: My home (2003) See more »

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And the series finally comes to a chaotic end
12 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Five years, two drama sequels and one comedy sequel later, nothing has changed on the status of the overrated Mano Po franchise; the story is still simple but expounded upon too much, the acting deliveries were still futile, and the producers again (and again) raised expectation all too high for the audiences only to find a humdrum of a movie.

The story of 'Ako Legal Wife' is centered on the story of Zsa Zsa Padilla's character named Chona Chong, the 'martyr' wife of serial womanizer Elton Chong (played by Jay Manalo) and her exploits to grab the attention of her husband from his mistresses, played by Cherrie Pie Picache and Rufa Mae Quinto. The other cast of characters were played by Pinky Amador, Bianca King, Julianne Lee, John Prats, Ella Guevarra, among others.

With the exception of John Prats' so-so performance as a closet homosexual, the rest of the cast of 'Ako Legal Wife' delivered a non-comedic, partly pitiful performances as their respective characters. The talents of promising dramatic actors Jay Manalo and Cherrie Pie Picache are wasted on ultra-clichéd dialogues and sequences already overdone by Bubble Gang. The Mano Po series is also notorious for casting big-named actors in five-second scenes, and Pinky Amdaor is the victim this time around, after Angel Locsin and others in the previous movies. The same could probably be said of child drama star Ella Guevarra, whose character could've been played by any other child actor in the industry today.

The movie is a complete waste of the actors talents, the producer's money, and the audiences' precious time. A lot of things had gone wrong in the movie, and not one element could save another; the storyline was too dull and the acting too ordinary.

I never thought I would say it, but I think we've had enough of Chinoys on the silver screen after five years.

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