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A couple of nights before the Feast of the La Naval de Manila, in Nick Joaquin’s PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS FILIPINO, Paula Marasigan (Naty Crame-Rogers) gave in to Tony Javier’s (Nick Agudo) suit to elope and sell her father’s masterpiece and self-portrait Litrato del Artista como Filipino for $ 5,000.  On that same night, the spinster left the great Marasigan abode to go with Tony to God knows where, leaving her other spinster sister Candida (Daisy Avellana).

On the eve of the Feast, Paula came back. Torn, depressed and hopeless, she crawled back to their house, without Tony with her.

In this scene from the multi-awarded 1965 film adaptation of the play, we witness the power of freedom through courageous feats and the triumph of the arts against the then-emerging pre-war commercialism.

Note how Lamberto Avellana orchestrated the following scenes, and see how Rogers and Avellana (playing Paula and Candida respectively)both gave powerful performances in the climax of the only all-English Filipino film to date!

Contra Mundum!

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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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