Hassan (Tony Santos), a son of the Badjao chief falls in love and marries Bala Amai (Rosa Rosal) who is a niece of Datu Tahil (Jose de Cordova), head of the Tausogs. At the urging of Bala Amai, Hassan decides to leave his tribe and join the Tausogs.
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3,5 "Ornament is crime” receives a new case study here but ornament’s also the mandala charting a person’s inextricable belonging to the social nexus, the diagram of outside shreds and confiscations which is the price one has to pay to live in a tight multitude: looking at the bridal headpiece made of concentric strands of pearls, one thinks of the saturnine rings of relatives the bridegroom had to bribe and mitigate