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During the Chinese Revolution in 1949, young Chinese copra trader named Fong-Huan marries Elisa, a young and pretty Filipina. The couples children, Daniel and Linda, were raised in a ... See full summary »


Joel Lamangan (as Joel C. Lamangan)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maricel Soriano ... Vera Go
Richard Gomez ... Raf
Kris Aquino ... Juliet Go-Co
Ara Mina ... Richelle Go
Eddie Garcia ... Don Luis Go
Tirso Cruz III ... Daniel Go
Eric Quizon ... Joseph Co
Cogie Domingo ... Young Luis / Fong Huan
Jay Manalo ... Emerson Lau
Gina Alajar ... Gina Go
Amy Austria ... Linda Go
Boots Anson-Roa ... Elisa Go (as Boots Anson Roa)
Maxene Magalona ... Young Elisa
Allan Paule ... Tonyo
Jim Pebanco ... Mike


During the Chinese Revolution in 1949, young Chinese copra trader named Fong-Huan marries Elisa, a young and pretty Filipina. The couples children, Daniel and Linda, were raised in a mixture of Chinese and Filipino-Hispanic tradition. These richly cultured people are the ancestors of a dysfunctional third-generation family whose daughters tell their own stories of joy, struggle, and the complex realities in the life of Filipino Chinese families. Written by regal

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Release Date:

25 December 2002 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Mano Po 1: My Family See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Production Co:

Regal Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


The role played by Ara Mina was initially intended for 'Assunta De Rossi' who was forced to withdraw from the project. Ara Mina's role then went to Kris Aquino. See more »


Toward the end when the family supposedly goes to China, the temple where they are in is actually Ma Tsu Temple somewhere in the north of the Philippines near Baguio. It's a famous devotee temple. See more »


Followed by Mano po 5: Gua ai di (I love you) (2006) See more »


Ako't Ikaw
(Duet Version)
Music & Lyrics by Von de Guzman
Performed by Gary Valenciano and Tex Ordonez
Through the courtesy of GV Productions, Inc. and Manila Genesis Entertainment & Management, Inc.
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it hits really close to home...
1 March 2006 | by aj00192557See all my reviews

in contradiction to the other poster, i thought that the portrayal is very relatable to some Filipino Chinese in the Philippines including myself. when we used to live in the Philippines, most of what happened in the movie actually happened to us also. although many were exaggerated, in general, they were all very relatable to me and my family. with regards to the concubines, my father had a lot of it. although, they were always hidden from me, my mother and my brothers, we knew that he houses some of his "kabit." to make a long story short, it was quite accepted in my dad's side of the family as long as it remained a secret amongst the family. i went to a Chinese school and the school would always make announcements of the recent kidnappings to warn us to be extra careful. it was a big deal in our school. my dad was ambushed once and thankfully escaped from being kidnapped. i had a friend that got massacred by a theft in their own home. they later found out that the theft was a worker from their family's factory. if you were to make a movie about our family, it would be very similar, if not more interesting, to this movie. even if these movie was exaggerated in some areas like with all the crying and stuff, this movie was pretty good in showcasing a Filipino Chinese family. we've waited for so long to have a movie like these that opens up the door towards understanding and acknowledgment of the Filipino Chinese community as an integral part of the Filipino society.

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