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Mano po 2: My home (2003)

Antonio Chan, a prominent Chinese businessman, has three women in his life v Sol, a Filipina; Lu Shui, a Chinese; and Belinda, a Filipino-Chinese. Antonio has children with all three women.... See full summary »

Director:

Erik Matti

Writers:

Roy Iglesias (screenplay), Lily Y. Monteverde (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Roces Susan Roces ... Sol - present
Christopher De Leon ... Antonio
Lorna Tolentino ... Belinda
Kris Aquino ... Sol - past
Zsa Zsa Padilla ... LuShui
Judy Ann Santos ... Grace
Carmina Villaroel ... Janet
Jay Manalo ... Johnson
Cogie Domingo ... Lean
Richard Gutierrez ... Erickson
Alessandra de Rossi ... Ingrid
Karylle Karylle ... Rose
Chynna Ortaleza ... Yna
Angel Locsin ... Melissa
Zoren Legaspi ... Rodrigo
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Antonio Chan, a prominent Chinese businessman, has three women in his life v Sol, a Filipina; Lu Shui, a Chinese; and Belinda, a Filipino-Chinese. Antonio has children with all three women. A crisis shakes up the over-extended Tsinoy family prompting all the members to re-examine their values, their relationships, and confront issues that they have refused to face all these years. With Mano Po 2, My Home, Regal Entertainments continues the tradition established by the critical and box-office hit Mano Po. Features strong dramatic performances from a stellar ensemble cast, lush visuals, a reverberating musical score, an unforgettable theme song, and a heart-warming screenplay that eloquently captures the rich Tsinoy culture. Laugh, cry, and be touched by this family story about forgiveness, healing and undying love. Written by regal

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog | Hokkien | English

Release Date:

25 December 2003 (Philippines) See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Production Co:

Regal Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (in selected theatres)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kris Aquino was supposed to play the role of the third wife, but preferred the role of the first wife. The producer initially wanted Dina Bonnevie to play the wicked role, but Lorna Tolentino - already in the cast - wanted it too. The producer selected Lorna after the actress vowed not to work in the project if the role was not given to her. See more »

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Followed by Mano po 6: A Mother's Love (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Larawan
Produced by Regal Entertainment, Inc.
Music Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Von de Guzman
Original Musical Score Produced by Von de Guzman
Music Recording and Mixing Engineer Aji Manalo
Assistant Recording Engineer Noel Nuñez
Violin 1: Benjie Bautista, Bernadette Cadorniga
Violin 2: Michael Ann Magadia, Merger Lagaya
Viola Benjie Bautista
Cello Eduardo C. Pasamba (as Ed Pasamba)
Contrabass J.C. Magsalin
Flute Cris Oracion
Oboe/Clarinet Marlon Agapito
French Horn Melvin Rioveros
Trumpet Raymond De Leon
Trombone Jose Aris Antinero
Er-Hu Macky Chua
Soprano Soloist Rina Saporsantos
Chorus Grace Castillo, Felix Rivera, J.P. Balucan,
Randii Ponciano, Johann de la Fuente, Julius Guevara
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overrated mediocrity
18 January 2004 | by pope_innocentyearsSee all my reviews

One still has to applaud the effort of all the people involved in the making of the Mano Po sequel. However, the finished product of director Erik Matti (of the Scorpio Nights 2 tragedy) fell short of a winning rebound. The Mano Po 2 tells the story of the three families of a wealthy Chinese businessman, whose recent death has left his three families vying for his fortunes. The ensemble cast includes Kris Aquino, Susan Roces, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Lorna Tolentino among others.

Remembering Solid Snake's motto: 'The reality is no match for the legend'; One can only say that all the hype that surrender this movie was bigger than the movie itself. From a 'good movie' angle, Mano Po 2 is a mediocre attempt at a good old-fashioned family drama in the likes of the 50's 'Giant' or Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude. There is this 'been-there-seen-it-a-hundred-times' feel that one cannot simply escape. Miscasting is also a flaw that cannot be overlooked: Kris Aquino was the only actor in the movie that looked like a genuine Chinese, but she had to portray the part of a Filipina and leave the Chinese characters to be portrayed by Filipino actors in unconvincing China-eyes make-up (which is very hard to overlook).

Instead of having enjoyed Mano Po 2 in its deepest sense, my little sister and I enjoyed it in a 'Mystery Science Theatre 3000' style, wherein we heckled our way through the movie's laughable dialogue and flaws. For example: Kris Aquino, after 20 years, is portrayed by Ms. Susan Roces. All the other actors, after 20 years, seemed as if they did not age a day. It was as if the production company just had to squeeze Susan Roces in (no offense, she was a great actor in this one). Is this because her husband is running for the country's presidency?

Mano Po 2 could have lived up to its predecessor. however, there were flaws within the movie, serious flaws which could have been avoided.


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