Celebrate Pride Month with these free movies

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BY ELLA MERCADO

Pride Month is far from over with four Cinema One movies plus 11 Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes now streaming for free.

The Pride playlist consists of the following movies:

1. Kasal (2014)

Directed by Joselito Altarejos, Kasal features Arnold Reyes, Oliver Aquino and Rita Avila among others. It tells the story of a gay couple, Arnold Reyes and Oliver Aquino, whose relationship becomes complicated when one of them opened the possibility of marriage.

Originally from the 2014 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, the film garnered awards for Best Film, Best Original Music Score, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography. 

2. Quick Change (2013)

Another Cinemalaya gem, director Eduardo Roy Jr. looks at the untold stories of illegal cosmetic operations or fixes transgender performers undergo. 

Starring Mimi Juareza, Miggs Cuaderno and Jun Jun Quintana, the film won multiple awards, namely for Best Sound, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Mimi Juareza and New Breed, the Special Jury Prize in the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. 

3. Pink Halo Halo  (2010)

Aside from being set in a war-torn area in Mindanao, what sets Pink Halo Halo different from the first few films is the inexplicit portrayal of LGBTQA+ themes, which may stem from the fact that the movie revolves around a child’s loss of innocence as its encompassing theme.

The film, which was directed by Joselito Altarejos and stars Paolo Constantino, Angeli Bayani and Allen Dizon, also came from the Cinemalaya Film Festival in 2010. 

4. Pusanggala (2005)

Starring Ricky Davao, Irma Adlawan and Reggie Curley, the story revolves around Boyet (Davao) who is fond of adopting stray cats… and humans. Boyet, who is also a writer, finds inspirations for his novels in the small and quirky interactions with the strays as well as his neighbors. 

Directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, the film won two awards: Best Editing in the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards (2006) and Best First Feature for Ongkeko-Marfil in the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (2006).

Meanwhile, the Pride Playlist also features 11 Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes: 

These are: Beauty Queen, Love Wins, Gilbert Life Story, Salamin Ben Life Story, Jake Zyrus Life Story, Motorsiklo Jeffrey and Ashley Love story, Juliana Parizcova Life story, Brenda Mage Life story, Embracing ME, Pangarap at Kamao and Kwentong RoTin.

Catch these films and episodes streaming from June 18 to June 30.

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