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Silip (1985)

In the remote countryside of Ilongo, various women are sexually abused by local men. Two sisters meet Simon, the most attractive man in the village, and fight over him--one constantly haunted by Catholic dogma because of the abuse she suffered previously.


Elwood Perez


Ricardo Lee (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarsi Emmanuelle Sarsi Emmanuelle ... Selda / Tonya's sister
Maria Isabel Lopez ... Tonya / Selda's sister
Myra Manibog Myra Manibog ... Maria / Simon's lover
Mark Joseph Mark Joseph ... Simon / Womanizer
Daren Craig Johnson Daren Craig Johnson ... Ronald / Selda's boyfriend
Pia Zabale Pia Zabale ... Pia / Small girl
Michael Locsin Michael Locsin ... Miguel (as Michael Angelo)
Arwin Rogelio Arwin Rogelio ... Tiago
Jenneelyn Gatbalite Jenneelyn Gatbalite ... Gloria / Small girl
Gloria Andrade Gloria Andrade ... Anda
Jimmy Reyes Jimmy Reyes ... Village leader #1
Arthur Cassanova Arthur Cassanova ... Village leader #2 (as Arthur Casanova)
Chabeng Contreras Chabeng Contreras ... Lola / Tonya's grandma
Cheriebee Santos Cheriebee Santos ... Child #1 (as Cherriebee Santos)
Lea Zabale Lea Zabale ... Child #2


In the remote countryside of Ilocos, Phillipines various women are sexually abused by local men. Two friends, Tonya, a sexually repressed young woman, and Selda, a promiscuous woman, compete for Simon, the butcher and the most attractive man in the village. Tonya teaches catechism to the children of the village, because the priest left the village. She is secretly sexually attracted to Simon, but openly despises him and refuses his sexual advances. And he has an affair with Mona, but he is ready to give up for Tonya. Her paradoxical behavior is to be found in her past, which resurfaces when Selda, returns. Selda, after a five-year exile comes home from the city with her American lover Ronald, who leaves shortly afterward. She's the exact opposite of Tonya, as her views on sex are more liberal and less guilt-filled.

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Crime | Drama


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Director Elwood Perez took on the project because he wanted to see a Filipino movie shown at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »


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Death of virtue
29 June 2009 | by barwinsSee all my reviews

Story of ignorance very common in small isolated barrios in the Philippines. The movie however exaggerated the sexual orientation of the people.

Stars former Ms. Philippines, Ma. Isabel Lopez, including the soft-drink beauties of the late chief exploiter, Dr. Rey Dela Cruz who was murdered sometime in the '90s. It was so disappointing that Ms. Lopez, a UP graduate, used her beauty and brain to trash herself and the institution and country she used to represent.

This movie was produced during the era of the Experimental Cinema of the Philippine when some starlets in local show business were exploited to create sex-oriented movies. Marcos was still in power, and maybe this passed his approval to divert Filipinos from the worsening political and economic problems. Most of these experimental cinema allowed "pene" so don't be surprised if the there were actual "penetration" in this movie.

Produced by Elwood Perez and directed by Ricardo Lee. This experiment was definitely an on your face spit to the only Catholic nation in Asia.

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7 February 1985 (Philippines) See more »

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Daughters of Eve See more »

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