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

YES! (Philippines) - - Cover Story - Three short films from Sun Life Fi­nan­cial’s 2017 Sun Shorts touch our hearts. By Mari-An C San­tos

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.

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