We need Magic Temple in our lives, and you know it.
Remember those days in the 90’s where we really don’t care about what’s going on in our country and the world seems to be a happy place for us. Well, there are tons of reasons why the 90’s is an integral part for most millennials, and Magic Temple seems to dig it real hard.
ABS-CBN Film Restoration cares for us, and they thought that 2016 has been very, very exhausting to most Filipinos. So they decided to give us a treat by releasing the digitally restored and re-mastered version of Magic Temple just before the year ends: let’s just put it that way.
So here are the 10 reasons why Magic Temple is a must-see for the new generation.
10. MS. LILIA CUNTAPAY APPEARS IN THE FILM
I know the re-mastered edition is totally hitting me well when there was one frame that features the uncanny and bizarre expressions of Ms. Cuntapay. You can really tell Peque Gallaga really likes her by putting her in his films.
All that I have to say about this is that Jackie Lou Blanco is the kween. She slays effortlessly. We don’t see that kind of majesty nowadays in Philippines Cinema, believe me, there is none.
8. OMAR IS A BRAT
He might probably be the loudest in the group, or even in the entire film, but his comedic approach is always on point with great timing and it doesn’t fail; not even a single bit. Marc Solis has done well in bringing Omar to life by making us remember that we always have that one friend who will test our patience, yet we still love them.
I’m not going to dwell on how kupal he is in this movie but all I’m going to say is that this movie chose a villain who appeared at the right time and since then we want him in every scene.
6. SAMBAG IS A CRY BABY
One thing about this film is that it has real characters. One example is Sambag. The character played by Junell Hernando is so pure. His innocence will always remind us of how untainted one can be. You would see him cry numerous times in the film and each time a plant or a flower comes to life. We can’t blame the minds behind the story, they want us to value nature and more, and it works very well through the eyes of Sambag.
5. YASMIN AND SAMBAG IS THE SHIP WE NEED
Magic Temple came out in a time where “pabebe” isn’t really “pabebe” at all. And this film showed and owned it like it’s their goddamn trademark. Every time Yasmin and Sambag gets in to their deep existential conversation, we can’t help but form that smile on our faces not just because it’s cheesy but it’s rather sincere; we do not see or do this kind of conversations nowadays, do we?
4. TELANG BAYAWAK
Telang Bayawak certainly speaks for everyone in this film. The poetic and at times satirical treatment to her character hits the right notes. You will see her suffering but you’ll laugh because she shows it as a joke and it hits us straight in the face. Think of the current situation of our country and let Telang Bayawak speak the truth.
3. JUBAL IS NOT A KUPAL
Being the head of the team, Jubal is someone you can always count on; and he knows his ground and we like him for that, because he’s honest and he doesn’t play pretend. He doesn’t leave his men behind and holding a grudge is not an even an option is times of treachery. Sifu knows this. He’s the leader we never had.
2. SIFU IS LIFE
Sifu, no matter how many times we watch this film, still gives us the energy to follow the wisdom he wants the kids (and us) to partake. We always feel like we want him to speak more. And this is true, because we felt this whenever we hear the name Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, don’t we? She might not be the direct inspiration of the character but at the core of Sifu’s character resonates the late icon.
1. WE DON’T NEED THE GRANDEST OF SPECIAL EFFECTS TO KNOW WHAT A GOOD FILM IS
Magic Temple may not have the best technology of its time but the entirety of its foundation covers all the flaws that can be seen in it. The tight framing of the film forces us to appreciate the talent of the people behind it, and not look for the superfluous elements surrounding it. Where special effects are highly infused in films, Magic Temple’s grandeur doesn’t rely in it.
The digitally restored and re-mastered version has proven that the beauty of its characters, the identity of our archipelago exposed through every detail, and the strong advocacy on unity is where the magic really comes from. And it doesn’t fade.
The restored version of the film will be available in iTunes soon and will have another screening in UP Town Center in January 2017.