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Why Is There a Yesterday? (1996)

Bakit may kahapon pa? (original title)
Karina Salvacion (Nora Aunor) seeks revenge for the massacre of her family years earlier. It is about Karina Salvacion (Nora Aunor), a village girl who is mysteriously spared when a platoon... See full summary »


Joel Lamangan


Roy Iglesias (screenplay), Julius Alfonso (screenplay)
3 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nora Aunor ... Karina Salvacion
Dawn Zulueta ... Leah
Melisse Santiago Melisse Santiago ... Mumay (as Mellisse Santiago)
Eddie Garcia ... Gen. Valderama
Daniel Fernando Daniel Fernando ... Mulong
Alain Sia Alain Sia ... Leah's Suitor (as Allan Sia)
Sarah Jane Abad Sarah Jane Abad ... Young Karina
Tony Mabesa ... Col. Baluyot
Ernie Zarate Ernie Zarate ... Colonel
Ray Ventura Ray Ventura ... Col. Madrigal
Angel Baldomar Angel Baldomar ... Lt. Mario Valderama
Elmer Jamias Elmer Jamias ... Major Victa
Rolando Tinio Rolando Tinio ... Priest / Confessor
Jim Pebanco ... Karina's Father
Irma Adlawan ... Karina's Mother


Karina Salvacion (Nora Aunor) seeks revenge for the massacre of her family years earlier. It is about Karina Salvacion (Nora Aunor), a village girl who is mysteriously spared when a platoon of soldiers led by Colonel Valderrama (Eddie Garcia) massacres her family along with the peasants of the town of San Marco accused of sympathizing with the communists. When the girl has grown up, her body has healed but her mind is yet to recover from the horrible experience. She continues to thirst for revenge and crafts a scheme to exact retribution. She eyes the head of the military mission who instigated the carnage that she survived. He is now a well-admired retiring general who is about to cap his career with the service's highest honors. The man was at last within her reach. The drama of revenge was now nearing its climax. All it was waiting for was for Karina to set it in action. Written by Gay Filipino Soldier

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Action | Drama | Thriller






Filipino | Tagalog

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18 September 1996 (Philippines) See more »

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Nora Aunor bagged Best Actress award in the 1st East Asian Film and Television Festival of 1997 in Penang, Malaysia. See more »

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21 February 2005 | by red_valeraSee all my reviews

"Bakit May Kahapon Pa? Or "Why Is There a Yesterday?" is directed by: Joel Lamangan. Starring: Nora Aunor, Eddie Garcia, Dawn Zulueta. After Nora Aunor well-received performance in "Flor Contemplacion" a year ago, Nora Aunor played another realistic role as a farmer's daughter who, after having massacred her family, asks for revenge to the patriarch (Eddie Garcia). She alone makes this movie watchable, which is why it wasn't a big success at the box-office unlike her previous work. One tip: you have to watch this movie twice to get the twist. Winner of an Asian and Urian acting award for Aunor. This is a movie of painful memories, a courageous movie. The perspective is presented in personal terms. In the movie, Nora Aunor is Helen, a former New People's Army Amazon who has gone back to the mainstream of society but can't quite fit in because of an obsession to avenge the killing of her family and townsfolk by the military in 1971. The haunting images of the massacre return to her over and over and result in a dementia that makes her believe she has been chosen by God to wipe out from the face of the earth the family of her town's killer, General Valderrama (Eddie Garcia), a retired officer and now a military attaché. She thereby insinuates herself into his household and hatches an explosive plot to kill the general and his kin. "Bakit May Kahapon Pa?" could not have realized the complexity of it vision if not for a full-bodied screenplay, remarkable production design and art direction, sure footed editing, powerful musical score, and a talented cast: Eddie Garcia, in a surprisingly ham-free performance, a restrained and coldly competent Dawn Zulueta, and an engagingly funny Rolando Tinio as the crackpot heroine's father confessor. The content and form of the film is considered effective, it is a truthful portrayal of the human condition as perceived by the Filipino, and it deals with the Filipino experience to which the greater number of moviegoers can relate. The filmmakers are able to use and integrate creatively the various elements of the cinema - screenplay, production design, direction, acting, cinematography, editing, music, and sound. It reflects the creative integration of the various elements of cinema to an eminent degree. Its screenplay is effective; it explores significant subject matter of experience and conceives this with originality according to the particular demands of the film medium. The Cinematography is considered effective too; it successfully visualizes content through lighting, composition, movement, and related camera techniques, can't you see that "Bakit May Kahapon Pa?" is just a perfect movie?

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