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Mano po (2002)

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)


Roy Iglesias (story), Lily Y. Monteverde (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »




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 »

Company Credits

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 6: A Mother's Love (2009) 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 may be just a soap opera, but WOW what a soap opera!
25 November 2005 | by puedeba2004See all my reviews

The first Mano Po film (there are 3, so far) is considered by many to be a uniquely Filipino story, of interest mostly to Filipinos. To that I say, nonsense. I'm a white American, grandchild of immigrants to America, and I found much to identify with. Plus, the elements of the story that were strange to me were absolutely fascinating in the way they illuminated the Chinese/Filipino experience of one family in the Philippines. It is well shot and exceptionally well written. Okay, it's been justly criticized as being "just a soap opera." But So what? "Gone With The Wind" can also be called a soap opera, but it is well worth seeing again and again. I liked Mano Po so much I bought it on DVD and have viewed it several times. However, remember this is Mano Po 1. It is superior to the sequels. I recommend it highly.

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