Release dateJuly 21, 2012 (2012-07-21) (Philippine Independent Film Festival)
September 5, 2012 (2012-09-05) (Philippines) Initial releaseSeptember 5, 2012 (Philippines) Music directorJema Pamintuan, Jeff Hernandez CastEddie Garcia (Rene), Armida Siguion-Reyna, Joey Paras, Soxy Topacio, Rez Cortez, Bibeth Orteza Similar moviesKiss of the Spider Woman, Brokeback Mountain, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Milk, Spidarlings, Four Weddings and a Funeral
TaglineIn life, you only need one true friend.
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Bwakaw is a 2012 Philippine comedy-drama film written and directed by Jun Lana. Eddie Garcia stars as a lonely gay man in his 70s who cares for a stray dog he named bwakaw. The film was first screened as part of the 2012 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival where it formed part of the Director's Showcase roster.
Rene is a gay man who came out of the closet at age 60. Ailing in his twilight years, he thinks it is now too late for love, even companionship, and that all there is to look forward to is Death. He has made a will, bequeathing his few possessions to his even fewer friends. Everything is packed and labeled, ready for distribution. He has even paid for a coffin, taking advantage of a funeral home's Summer Sale. Nowadays the only companion Rene has is Bwakaw, a stray dog that hangs around his house and follows him wherever he goes. As Rene waits for the day of his death, he gets the surprise of his life when it is Bwakaw who suddenly falls ill and is diagnosed with cancer. Rene is surprisingly affected, and he realizes that he values Bwakaw more than he thinks. In his struggle to get Bwakaw cured, Rene finds comfort in the most unlikely person: Sol, a tricycle driver who helps him bring Bwakaw to the vet and befriends him. Buoyed by Sol's friendship, Rene starts living. Little by little he discovers simple joys. To the surprise of his friends, he even has his hair dyed to look younger. One day, he finally decides to make a move on Sol. The revelation that Rene is gay and has feelings for him surprises and disgusts Sol. He rejects Rene and leaves in anger. In the meantime, Bwakaw's condition gets worse. Not even Rene's ancient Santo Entierro (a supposedly miraculous statue of Jesus Christ) can save Bwakaw. Bwakaw dies, and Rene's neighbors help him bury the faithful dog. But Bwakaw's death, even while it was still only imminent, has made a difference. Rene has found a new appreciation for life and what is most important. He decides to unpack the things that he has already willed to other people and make his house more habitable. He is, after all, still alive.
Eddie Garcia as Rene
Princess as Bwakaw
Rez Cortez as Sol
Soliman Cruz as Funeral Homes Manager
Bibeth Orteza as Rose
Joey Paras as Tracy
Allan Paule as Berting
Beverly Salviejo as Nitang
Soxy Topacio as Zaldy
Luz Valdez as Minda
Gardo Versoza as Father Eddie
Armida Siguion-Reyna as Alicia
Jonathan Neri as Veterinarian 1
Roni Bertubin as Ronaldo Bertubin (Minda's Nephew)
May-i Fabros as Cedes
Bwakaw won the Netpac Awards and the Audience Choice during the Cinemalaya competition, while Garcia was awarded Best Actor. The film was selected as the Filipino entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.