Love is an ocean of emotions in “Donsol”

There’s nothing like a great love story to inspire us. Love may slip through your fingers but life goes on. There’s always a better promise of things to come.

In Bicycle Pictures’ Cinemalaya entry, Donsol, love is at the center this moving and powerful film- a heartwarming study of relationships that could but can’t and never will be. Hence the tagline, “Love is an ocean of emotions.”

Whalesharks, magnificent creatures of the deep, visit once a year the turquoise waters of Donsol. Daniel, the lonesome Butanding Interaction Officer (BIO) played by Sid Lucero, guides tourists in their interaction with the magnificent whale sharks of Donsol, Sorsogon. He finds himself drawn to Teresa (Angel Aquino), a woman as beautiful and mysterious as the enormous visitors of the sea. Burdened by past heartaches and uncertain of the future, the two find sanctuary in each other as love surfaces anew. As the tide rises and recedes in a cycle of loss and renewal, Donsol provides the breathtaking backdrop to a story of heartbreak, and the healing power of love.

Screenwriter Adolfo Alix, Jr. (Ada, Mga Munting Tinig, Homecoming, D’Anothers) describes his directing debut as a poignant love story about two people who may or may not end up together. “Both of them are haunted by their past, so they connected in this seemingly Edenic paradise but they have to face realties. People always come and go in our lives- friends, loved ones but in the end you come out of every experience a better person. The journey is more important than the destination. Whale sharks leave Donsol but there is always a promise that it may come back. If it does not return, the fisherfolk’s lives have been changed by the visit of the sharks forever,” Alix says.

Scheduled to premiere at the 2nd Cinemalaya Independent Film festival, the film boasts of a powerhouse cast- newcomer Sid Lucero; model/actress Angel Aquino; acting heavyweights Cherie Gil, Jaclyn Jose, Bembol Roco, Mark Gil; reliable thespians Simon Ibarra, Kenneth Ocampo with rising child star Aaron Junatas.

Also on board are cinematographer Eli Balce, underwater photographers Boy Siojo, Marissa Floirendo and Carina Escudero, editor Tara Illenberger, sound recordist Ari Trofeo, production designer Gessan Enriquez and music composer Jesse Lucas.

Donsol is definitely the one of the entries to watch out for this July 17-23 in the 2nd Cinemalaya Film Festival at the Cultural center of the Philippines. The film is produced by Bicycle Pictures in cooperation with GiantSponge Productions and with the support of Roadrunner Network Inc., Screencraft Productions and the Local Government of Donsol.

Schedule of Screenings at the CCP:

July 18: 9:00pm

July 19: 6:15pm (Gala Premiere at the CCP Main

July 20: 9:00pm (CCP Little Theater)

July 21: 12:45pm

July 22: 3:30pm

Contact Maxie Evangelista at 0917-2431077 or
7511169 (evenings only) for discounted tickets and
group reservations.

Visit the movie’s website at or view the Movie Trailer at YouTube.

<Forwarded to me by Berg thru email>

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