Miguelito Batang Rebelde (D’Wonder Films, Inc., 1985) is primarily a vehicle for Aga Muhlach, but Lino Brocka is shrewd enough to transcend this limitation. The previous year, Muhlach took teeny boppers by storm as the embodiment of the bagets personality. He was initially merchandised as such and appeared in a string of movies that hardly differed from one another. Instead of making just an Aga movie, Brocka succeeded in delivering a fairly touching drama about injustice. Miguelito (Aga Muhlach) is a typical teenager, easygoing and carefree. His father Venancio Hererra (Eddie Garcia) is the town mayor who intends to bequeath the post to his only son. Miguelito’s secure world is shattered by the arrival of a strange woman in town, Auring (Nida Blanca), his real mother. For fifteen years, she suffered in prison after being framed by Venancio and is now determined to see her son and get things straight. Ningning (Liza Lorena), a former colleague is the only person willing to assist Auring in her fight for justice. She was paid by Venancio to testify against her. Remorseful, Ningning helps Auring in filing a new court case. Miguelito discovers the truth and confronts his father about the matter. Janet (Beth Bautista), Venancio’s mistress whose dream is to leave town and go to the city unwittingly gets involved in the conflict between Miguelito’s parents. In the film’s climax, they will give Venancio the comeuppance he deserves. Miguelito Batang Rebelde is fine enough as a transition movie for Aga Muhlach. With Brocka, he gets to prove that at least, he has a partially mobile face and minimal emotional power. He manages to strike a spark or two as in his confrontation scene with his father and in the car where Susan (Gretchen Barretto), his girlfriend, tries to console him. —Sari-saringsinengpinoy.blogspot.com
Lino Brocka was born in Pilar, Sorsogon. He directed his first film, Wanted: Perfect Mother, based on The Sound of Music and a local comic serial, in 1970. It won an award for best screenplay at the 1970 Manila Film Festival. Later that year he also won the Citizen’s Council for Mass Media’s best-director award for the film Santiago!.
In 1974 Brocka directed Weighed But Found Wanting, which told the story of a teenager growing up in a small town amid its petty and gross injustices. It was a box-office hit, and earned Brocka another best-director award, this time from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).
The following year he directed The Claws of Light, which is considered by many critics to be the greatest Philippine film ever made – including British film critic and historian Derek Malcolm 1. The film tells the allegorical tale of a young provincial named Julio Madiaga who goes to Manila looking for his lost love, Ligaya Paraiso. The episodic plot… read more