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Manay Po tells the story of Luz, a small time jeweler who dreams of making it big so as to provide a better life for her family. Her life revolves around her brood of three, namely, Oscar, Orson and Orwell and her live-in boyfriend Gerry. With the help of her good friend and maid Maritess, Luz was able to raise her children normally despite the absence of a husband. Or so she thought.. Oscar is a rising architect from a major firm and is betrothed to be married to his girlfriend of five years Pauleen. Unknown to Luz and everyone else, Oscar is a closet homosexual and is keeping his relationship with engineer best friend Adrian Pengson a secret. Orson, on the other hand, is openly gay, much to Oscar's discomfort. He is fun-loving, sweet and engaged in numerous extracurricular activities in school. His one true love is his best friend Marky, whom he always tries to impress by lavishing him with affection. Then there's Orwell - a young teener who is at crossroads with regard to his ... Written by Anonymous

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Regal Film producers tapped former matinée idol John Prats to play one of the lead gay actors after the success of his previous film with the same company, _Ako legal wife: Mano po 4?! (2005)_, in which he plays the gay son who comes out of the closet. See more »

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Followed by Manay po 2: Overload (2008) See more »

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sort of like Rice Rhapsody take 2
10 February 2007 | by (Arlington, VA) – See all my reviews

If you saw the Singapore film called Rice Rhapsody from a couple of years ago Manay Po will sound familiar. It's the story of a widow with three sons. The eldest is an engineer working at a building site with his "best friend" who happens to be his secret boyfriend. He also has a girlfriend who wants him to marry her. The middle son is flamboyantly gay and wants to win the Miss Gay University pageant at school. He has a hunky straight best friend with whom he is in love and who doesn't exactly relish his friend's girly behavior but he tolerates it for the most part. Until a new girl comes into the picture and wins his attention. The youngest son is in junior high school and is a bit more pre-gay than full fledged gay, but he certainly seems destined to follow in his brothers' footsteps. The mother has her own dramas to deal with as she works as a jewelry seller to try and support her family. They live in a house provided by closeted son number 1. Since this is a Filipino film it is loaded with melodrama. I really liked it a lot even though it is fairly predictable. The whole "be yourself" message is very well done. And the musical number out of nowhere is fun. When the oldest son finally comes out and gets married to his boyfriend it is disappointing that these two guys who are supposed to be totally in love never even kiss on screen. Whether that is due to censorship issues in the Philippines, the director's choice or the actors' reluctance I don't know, but it really does hit you. A fun film for gay audiences who like a little melodrama.


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