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Mga munting tinig (2002)

A young idealistic teacher enters her kids in a city choral competition. A victory there would not only gain funds for the school, but prove to these children of poverty how even they can afford to hope.

Director:

Gil Portes (as Gil M. Portes)

Writers:

Gil Portes (screenplay) (as Gil M. Portes), Senedy Que (screenplay) (as Senedy H. Que) | 1 more credit »
11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandra de Rossi ... Melinda
Dexter Doria ... Mrs. Pantalan
Gina Alajar ... Chayong
Amy Austria ... Luz
Bryan Homecillo Bryan Homecillo ... Popoy
Pierro Rodriguez Pierro Rodriguez ... Obet (as Pierro Rodriguez III)
Irma Adlawan ... Fe
Malou Crisologo ... Solita
Nonie Buencamino ... Fidel
Tony Mabesa ... Mr. Tibayan
Lailani Navarro Lailani Navarro ... Pilar
Keno Agaro Keno Agaro ... Adong
Sining Blanco Sining Blanco ... Gela
Christian Galindo Christian Galindo ... Lino
Hazel Logan Hazel Logan ... Ida
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A young idealistic teacher enters her kids in a city choral competition. A victory there would not only gain funds for the school, but prove to these children of poverty how even they can afford to hope.

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She gave them a reason to sing.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Small Voices See more »

Filming Locations:

Lucban, Quezon, Philippines

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Color:

Color
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Official submission of the Philippines for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. See more »

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Sometimes melodramatic, but surprisingly mature
25 September 2003 | by riffraff67See all my reviews

It's a surprisingly mature film that tells of a teacher's hand in changing lives and rising against adversity, even in the face of certain failure. As such and based on the basic plot of the film, it occasionally succumbs to the pitfalls of cinematic melodrama, sometimes deliberately prying tears from its audience (which worked -- dammit.), but it's a minor complaint in the face of the overall message that the movie delivers.

It relates the all-too-true tale of how many children in rural areas of the Philippines are kept from attending school due to poverty and their family's dependence on their being able to put food on the table. It's a slap in the face of many societies, including the more capable families in Metro Manila, who think that they have it bad, when in fact they're in a better position than most.

The movie manages to cover all the instances of the children's plight, and somehow it seems impossible that all this could happen to one class, in one school. But you know, somehow, that it happens nevertheless.

It's reality on film, albeit embellished, but completely true. Highly recommended.


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