Establishing shot. You see Gloria Romero crying inside the church. How could you not cry? When you see Gloria Romero you are reminded of your own mother, or grandmother.

One of the few ensemble products of Star Cinema that are worth watching, Laurice Guillen's TANGING YAMAN is a heartfelt family drama that celebrates the Filipino culture and matriarchal society.

Edu Manzano has his moments; Hilda Koronel is notable, but; it is Johnny Delgado whom you will always remember in TANGING YAMAN as the humble eldest child who suddenly breaks into rage. Pure character acting.

While TANGING YAMAN succeeds as a substance-rich story, emphasis on religiosity and Catholicism may have been overdone.

RATING: 4/5 


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