TIMESMAN| Tinitigan kita (Stared at you)

I HAVE not seen the movie “Kita Kita” (I See You) and will not dare see it for I am not fond of Tagalog movies although I came from katagalugan. My reason is that I don’t like madrama and tearjerker stories which is the forte of some film directors. Para sa akin corny.

But with this unexpected blockbuster movie after only a week showing in theatres (until today) which became a favorite household topic in  the neighborhood, I relied on some entertainment column writers to know what makes “Kita Kita” another record breaking film that even the director or producer may have not expected raking money in takilya.

According to contributor Dom Balmes in the Inquirer’s Youngblood column, he titled it “Na-Kita Kita” (I Saw You): “The film is a light watch, effortless to follow, and consistent in dishing out generous servings of humor and ‘feels.’ Whether it is corny or not, the viewer finds himself, or rather lets himself be, spirited away by Empoy’s antic and Alessandra’s candid responses.”

And he continued: “Kita Kita” is a migrant story, not just a love story. Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) and Lea (Alessandra de Rossi) are economically vulnerable in the Philippines, and that is why they are in Japan. It is telling of the notorious labor export that continues to plague our country. We sell our people, mostly for cheap labor; we promote it and we are proud of it. Overseas Filipino Workers are glorified as the new heroes—‘Bagong Bayani’—which, I think, is in bad taste. OFWs do not heartily choose to leave their country, they are forced to because of our system’s inability to provide decent-paying and sustainable jobs.”

As OFW, Lea works in the movie as tourist guide in Sapporo until her temporary blindness and regained it later. I didn’t know what Tonyo’s job is as both writers didn’t mention about his job except as “stalker” of Lea.

To TIMES’ Lifestyle Sine Salida, Jay Rosas writes: “The film works as a showcase not only of Marquez’s comedic timing but his thespic ability to allow us to see him in a different light (there is a psychology to his character that is not quite developed) despite the criticisms against the “stalker” nature of his character, Tonyo. His story is also the emotional wringer. While the plot is anchored on Lea (De Rossi), from the onset of her temporary blindness to her regaining her sight, it is Tonyo’s sudden intrusion that gives the film – and Lea’s life – its interesting detour, a diversion pregnant with possibilities. But despite the weight of his character, we know little about Tonyo…..”

I repeat, I have no plan of seeing Kita Kita, but just in case there’s a second part of this movie and the director will title it Tinitigan Kita (Stared at you), I will give free tickets and soft drinks to the first 100 persons to see the movie. I am not kidding. Kita kits.


People who want to reside in a subdivision should abide by whatever rules and regulations the association will impose since these “dos and don’ts” are always presented to the buyer even before signing an application to buy a house.

My 35 years living in a subdivision in Matina, and 12 years in a barangay in Bolton where I served as elected barangay kagawad for 6 years alternating as barangay captain when the real kapitan is incapacitated to preside, have given me lots of experiences in knowing more of the people in the communities. I moved to a new place and they have many things in common, except in wealth.

I served as president of our old association for six consecutive years and despite my contributions in the development of an abandoned subdivision by the developer like ours, I still failed to discipline some homeowners who were not very cooperative in the affair of the village, yet they were the ones having the big mouth when problem arises within their respective compound.

For instance, some of the homeowners never pay the association monthly dues to maintain security guards for the reason that they have their own guards in the house.

When I terminated the services of the two guards for lack of funding, they came to my house and complained that they were victims of robbery.

Their cars have no association stickers. Mahal daw. Pastilan, makabili ng milyun-milyon halaga ng bahay, sticker lang, marami pang reklamo.

Hopefully, this will not happen in a new place where I am also an elected association officer.

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