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Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M

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Running time
1h 48m

Ricky Lee

Elwood Perez

Music director
Danny Tan


Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M movie poster

Release date
25 December 1991

Nora Aunor
(Pacita Macaspac),
Lotlot De Leon
Armida Siguion-Reyna
(Mrs Estrella),
Subas Herrero
(Lawyer of Mrs Estrella),
Marissa Delgado

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Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M. is a 1991 Metro Manila Film Festival entry that tells the story of a singer-entertainer Pacita M. ( Nora Aunor) in a seedy Quezon City nightclub. Pacita, has chosen the "unworthy" occupation of becoming a singer and standup comedian, and this is another source of conflict between her and the girl's proud, aristocratic grandmother. Pacita, in earlier scenes is shown as one lacking in manners, is being tried for killing her daughter, Grace (Lotlot de Leon). She has attempted to disconnect the respirator that sustains the life of her comatose daughter. This highly acclaimed movie directed by Elwood Perez bravely tackles the sensitive issue of euthanasia.


Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M. movie scenes Pacita M


Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M. movie scenes 1 Nora as Azun in NAKAW NA PAG IBIG Associated Entertainment Corporation 1980 standing on the edge of a ravine She is pregnant Her face is clear

Pacita M (Nora Aunor) is an aging bar singer in a seedy Quezon City Night Club who reaches the lowest point in her life and realizes that she has accomplished nothing noteworthy. Her only source of joy and inspiration is her daughter Grace(Lotlot de Leon), she's the apple of her mother's protective eyes.

However, tragedy struck the family when Grace was accidentally shot in the head by a stray bullet just as she was about to go off to college.turning her into a human vegetable. Adding to the tragedy, Grace's leg has to be amputated due to gangrene. The situation forces Pacita to seek a reconciliation with her wealthy, status-conscious mother (Armida Sigioun-Reyna).

Although initially Pacita holds out for a miracle and hopes for the recovery of her daughter, she relents and seeks to allow Grace a dignified death by turning off her respirator. The emotional battle accompanying this decision becomes a personal epiphany for Pacita.


  • Nora Aunor ... Pacita M.
  • Lotlot de Leon ... Grace
  • Armida Siguion-Reyna ... Mrs. Estrella
  • Marissa Delgado ...
  • Juan Rodrigo ...
  • Reviews

  • Thus, Nora Aunor as the critical point of departure, is both significant and necessary as subsequent events prove that interest in the aforementioned films draws largely from her direct participation in projects that are deemed unpopular and uncommercial. The star-actress as “auteur” marks a development of great import necessitates continued inquiry given the current decline in serious film making. Pacita M. for one, like the previous films, characterizes a tendency on the part of its creators to deviate from the usual. Aunor, especially in Pacita M., displays flexibility in characterization, calling forth a performance of a certain intensity and grit: the rapid shift in emotional states, as in the breakdown scene with Marissa Delgado and in the last equence with the still living Lotlot de Leon, is almost flawless. - Mau Tumbocon, “Women on the Edge,” Daily Globe, 1991
  • As the tacky former japayuki who strives to give only the best to her daughter, Aunor evinces an acting style that is sure, keen and affecting. - Patrick D. Flores and Nonoy L. Lauzon, 2nd Circle Citation, Young Critics Circle
  • List of Film Festival Competed or Exhibited

  • 1992 - Honolulu Film Festival
  • 1992 - Singapore Film Festival
  • References

    Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M. Wikipedia