How has the bakla—the Filipino male homosexual identity—evolved in Philippine society? In two films, we discover how National Artist for Film Lino Brocka explores and exposes the bakla, touching on class, effeminacy and the closet.
Tubog Sa Ginto (1971)
A wealthy man keeps his homosexuality from his family until he falls in love with a young man and brings him home as their new driver.
Adapted from Mars Ravelo’s serialized komiks and stars Eddie Garcia, Mario O’ Hara, Lolita Rodriguez, Jay Ilagan and Hilda Koronel.
Ang Tatay Kong Nanay (1978)
Coring, an openly effeminate man, suddenly finds himself raising a son when a young man leaves his baby to his care. He then hides his true sexuality to the child as he raises him.
Ang Tatay Kong Nanay stars child star Niño Mulach and Philippine King of Comedy Dolphy in one of his best performances.
Tubog Sa Ginto and Ang Tatay Kong Nanay will be screened on Saturday, 18 February 2012 at the University of the Philippines Film Institute Videotheque.