“Gabi ng Himala: Mga Awit at Kwento” was a huge success, as some of the country’s biggest stars and filmmakers gathered to put a spotlight on iconic scenes from the Ishmael Bernal masterpiece “Himala.”
The nearly three-hour long event, which aimed to provide aid to displaced film workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, was hosted by Bianca Gonzalez and Ryan Agoncillo and was full of memorable moments and performances. Below, we listed down five that we can't stop thinking about:
1. Marian Rivera as a frontliner Elsa
Directed by her husband Dingdong Dantes, Marian's intimate take on the classic “Walang himala!” speech had her transform into a frontliner making a confession to her family through a video call.
2. Jericho Rosales as the more restrained Elsa
In a unique portrayal, Jericho gave us a more restrained Elsa. His confession was composed yet very heartfelt, and Dan Villegas' interpretation of the scene will definitely move you into tears.
3. Nadine Lustre as the emotional Elsa
Meanwhile, Nadine, who was under the direction of Petersen Vargas, gave a powerful and intense performance. She drew emotions from herself as well as from the villagers of Cupang.
4. Piolo Pascual and Jodi Sta. Maria's heartfelt conversation; Maja Salvador and Angelica Panganiban's intense confrontation
Piolo and Jodi gave new life to a conversation between Orly and Elsa, under the direction of Bb. Joyce Bernal. In their scene, the latter interviewed the former.
ABS-CBN Films Managing Director Olivia Lamasan also made a mini-comeback to directing, giving us a beautiful scene that embodied the complex friendship between Nimia and Elsa, portrayed by Angelica and Maja. Direk Olivia's last film was the 2016 mega hit, "Barcelona: A Love Untold" starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
5. Lav Diaz's modern-day interpretation of "Himala"
Lastly, award-winning director Lav Diaz gave us a unique and haunting interpretation of the iconic "Walang himala!" scene, set in the present day. Featuring performances from John Lloyd Cruz and Shaina Magdayao, it showed us the reactions of Filipinos to Elsa's speech through their respective devices.
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