Rosario. Dir. Alberto P. Martinez. Perf. Jennylyn Mercardo, Yul Servo, Dennis Trillo, Sid Lucero, Isabel Oli, Dolphy, Philip Salvador, Eula Valdez, Ricky Davao. Cinemabuhay International, Inc. and Studio 5, 2010.
It must be said that this movie does not open auspiciously, as it starts with what might well be an awkward—and rather narcissistic—attempt at metafiction: Jesus (Dolphy), finding himself and his wife in dire straits after their house gets flooded, decides to swallow his pride and approach a wealthy nephew who has long been a stranger to him in order to ask for assistance. This nephew turns out to be no other than corporate mogul Manuel “Manny” V. Pangilinan, the owner of the studio that co-produced Rosario, and the source of the “true story” on which the film is based. Jesus and Pangilinan’s father are half-brothers, while the titular character, Rosario, is mother to Jesus and grandmother to Pangilinan. Pangilinan, who knows little about his lola, asks Jesus to tell him about her life.