MINSA’Y ISANG GAMU-GAMO (Once A Moth)
by Lupita A. Concio
1976 |110 mins
Corazon de la Cruz (Nora Aunor) is a nurse in the Philippines in pursuit of the proverbial American dream. For her grandfather, this is a betrayal to one’s country but despite this and the injustices being done by American soldiers to her community, Corazon and the rest of her family turn a blind eye in favor of their own dreams. On the eve of Corazon’s departure, an American soldier from a nearby US Navy base mistakes her younger brother for a wild boar and shoots him dead. With tragedy striking her own family, is Corazon still capable of turning a blind eye?
Nora Aunor (Corazon de la Cruz), Jay Ilagan (Bonifacio Santos), Perla Bautista (Yolanda), Eddie Villamayor (Carlito), Paquito Salcedo (Ingkong), Gloria Sevilla, Lily Miraflor, Leo Martinez, Nanding Fernandez, Luz Fernandez, German Moreno, Carlos Padilla Jr, Michael Sandico, and Ricky Sandico
Director Lupita A. Concio
Story and Screenwriter Marina Feleo-Gonzalez
Producer Premiere Productions
Cinematographer Jose Batac Jr
Music Scorer Restie Umali
Editor Edgardo Vinarao
Sound Designer Willie de Santos
Production Designer Socrates Topacio
MINSA’Y ISANG GAMU-GAMO (1976) is a Filipino classic film that has undergone a full picture restoration in Kantana Post Production (Thailand) in 2018. The restoration successfully removed film defects such as dust/dirt, patches, scratches, flicker, image instability, splice mark, bump, squeeze, gate hair, color stain, mold, mislight, vertical band, and color breathing under 3,600 hours through the dedication of more than 250 artists. The 35mm print copy from the ABS-CBN Film Archives was lacking one reel. Fortunately, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) provided the missing reel to complete the main picture. However, the print copy was faded and in bad condition thus resulting in a low picture quality. The 35mm print was scanned in 4K and restored in 2K.