This is really a himala (a miracle), as Filipinos would say. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that "Visitors to the Cable News Network entertainment website voted Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala,” which starred Nora Aunor as a simple provincial girl turned faith healer, as the best movie of all time in the Asia-Pacific region, outclassing such greats as Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” and Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
I remember seeing Himala a long long long long time ago, I guess, it's time to see it again. It's time to see it with adult eyes. It is a powerful movie for sure since I still remember the movie now (photographic memory aside) complete with the feelings that it stirred inside of me. In my head, I can still see the young Nora Aunor shouting "Walang Himala!!!" (There is no miracle), wearing a white dress (I found the clip in You tube after writing this paragraph). Take note that I saw this movie when I was 7 years old (I think I saw it again at 10, though). Himala, written by Ricky Lee and originally released in 1982 for the Metro Manila Film Festival, addressed issues such as Catholic fanaticism and our flaws as a Catholic society.
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