Shedding Light On Relationships
The latest batch of Sun Shorts is now online. The first batch was launched in 2012, backed by Sun Life Financial, to better communicate the need for various insurance and investment products that respond to the needs of Filipinos at different stages of li
WAVES Director: Zig Marasigan
Marco and Amanda lock eyes on the beach as he is giving surfing lessons and she is sunbathing with her friends. Soon, the city girl is taken by the long-haired beach local and they fall in love. Some might dismiss this as a summer fling, but even when she has left the beauty of the great outdoors and is slaving away in front of a computer under harsh fluorescent lights, Amanda keeps in touch with Marco. They begin a long-distance love affair that goes from the kilig of seeing each other again after periods apart, to being emotionally taxing due to strains of distance and differences. The film lulls you into a false sense of a blossoming, sun-drenched love affair but the soundtrack gives a foreshadowing of something darker that might come. We hope that Marco and Amanda’s Coffee
and Cakes business becomes a reality but dreams, just like waves, crash against the shore. Despite the not-so-storybook-ending, there is a bright light that shines when
Marco shows maturity and saves up towards an insurance plan, thus, ensuring that the love they shared endures and their dreams are fulfilled.
SHE SAID, SHE SAID Director: Nic Reyes
“She Said” tells the story from two perspectives: a mother and her daughter. First, we hear the mother, who treats her unica hija, Calista, like a princess and for a single mom, that means trying to achieve a delicate balance between earning enough, being present, and nurturing her child. Mom’s perspective goes through frustration and self-doubt, but despite the missteps, she is motivated by her love and the desire to see her daughter’s future assured. This leads her to get an educational plan for Calista. The second part is narrated by Calista, who calls her mother her “queen”. She reveals that she has been witness to her mother’s tightrope existence and appreciates all that she has done with the limited time and resources. Throughout her life, she may have stirred up a wide range of emotions for her mother, but in sum, she feels secure. There is the definite “ooohhh...” moment and cue of tears at the end. Princess and queen, mother and daughter, ups and downs—the duality of the story is linked by the bond between the two women.
SAYAW Director: Mihk Vergara
The disco era classic “Sumayaw, Sumunod” ushers in the story of an aging couple. There is a defi nite contrast between their carefree dancing days and the present, where they are seen on opposite sides of the screen—in the car, in the dining room, and on the bed. The wife alludes to “things that are broken”, but we don’t really know why they are in an estranged marriage. Both look back fondly on their youth, but also are very much aware of the present: he is trying to make amends, she is wallowing in her sorrow and anger. Then, life springs a surprise on them. Though it challenges the couple, it also brings them together to deal with and eventually, hopefully, overcome it. Their insurance plan helps ease the burden so that they can start to rebuild and renew their relationship, one step at a time. When the wife assures her husband: “Hindi pa tapos ang sayaw natin,” and a slower rendition of the song plays, we are captured in their embrace—one of nostalgia and of hope for a better future, together.