100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA MOVIE REVIEW:
100 Tula para kay Stella is a participant in the PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO. I have yet to see the other films but I did see the trailers for each of them and I think this movie will surely draw in more crowd because of the nature of its storyline. Similar to the blockbuster hit, KITA KITA, Viva Films followed it up with this uncommon romantic movie about a teen who has a problem with stuttering but fell in love with a very outgoing and eccentric rock band hottie.
At first, I thought it was just a light romantic movie that used the “same old, same old” formula of other romantic movies of its kind, i.e., the popular half of the pair shows kindness to a geeky fellow and eventually, after a makeover, they hit it off and fall in love despite the misgivings of the other. It started out quite the same, but when it came to the plot, I can really say, I DID NOT SEE IT COMING!
It is definitely worth the watch because the storyline is simple that I could basically say the plot in a single sentence but the director was able to make the movie so realistic and believable that I felt that I was in the movie as a spectator. The movie is anything but light. Both JC Santos and Bela Padilla acted so convincingly that whenever I see them on TV, I still think of their characters in the movie. Their struggles are common with people today. It was really relatable & I’ve actually had some friends approach me for some of the problems I’ve seen in the movie. There were moments in the film where I thought I would hate someone because of murder but it turned out I really did hate that someone because of something else he did.
There were also some funny and light moments in the movie so don’t worry, you’ll have some breather. All in all, there were 100 poems but the poems weren’t all disclosed, there are jumps and only some of the poems were shown but you’ll definitely look forward to the 100th poem. Also, please note that the movie was set in 2004 so Facebook isn’t mainstream, instead, it was Friendster which was often mentioned in the movie.
Stella’s character was a bit eccentric though and I had to scratch my head why she did some of the things she did in the movie. Bela’s portrayal of Stella was very believable. JC was also a revelation in this movie as well. Portraying a guy who stutters a lot is difficult but he pulled it off. His innocence and the confidence-boosting performance near the end, when he found his calling was also very well played.
Prepare yourself when relating with the characters though as they experience and struggle with a lot of pain and frustrations throughout the movie. I also found myself looking forward to the 100 poems (TULA). and had to write them down quickly so I can place them on this blog. The poems also showed how their story progressed, all the happy and sad emotions and all the love that Fidel has for Stella were all part of the poems.
After the movie, I was literally in a daze and in tears and had to wipe it quickly before the lights were turned on. Don’t get me wrong, the ending was quite fitting and very realistic to the point that I’ve seen it happen to some people I know. The story was good because from the start to the end, I was looking forward to what would happen to the two main characters. Believe me, you won’t expect the ending. I was honestly thinking about an ending similar to KITA KITA. lol Though this movie is at par when it comes to tugging at your heart, the storyline is totally different.
I suggest that you really come and see the movie yourself and bring some tissues with you too.
Its trailer is a hit on Facebook, where most people who shared it belonged to the 90’s and “millenial” crowd. After the blockbuster movie, KITA KITA, which was also produced by VIVA Films, this new offering by Viva Films is another surefire hit because this movie definitely isn’t your ordinary romantic movie. Its storyline is simple but complicated at the same time. I can’t really explain it so better watch it in cinemas so you can get what I’m trying to say.
Lastly, it provides us quite a few lessons in life, the most notable of which are that most of the time, our dreams are different from what we eventually attain, sometimes the way we view people is different from the way they actually are and that people change so one day, when you look in the mirror, a different you may be looking straight back at you.”
Here is the trailer for “100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA”:
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100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA
Quotes and Hugot Lines
Disclaimer: Some lines may not be 100% perfect since I write these quotes down manually while watching the movie inside a dark cinema, with a dimly lit miniflashlight or a handphone as my light source plus I can’t rewind the movie so don’t expect everything to be taken down as is.
***FIDEL LANSANGAN (JC Santos)***
TULA#1: BABAENG NAKAITIM NA LIPSTICK [Itim ang lipstick nya, subalit mabait sya. Sadya akong namangha sa angkin nyang ganda…]
TULA#2: TADHANA [Hindi ako naniniwala sa tadhana ngunit parang ngayon gusto ko. Nagagalak ako’t natutuwa, sana magtuloy tuloy ‘to…]
TULA#7: MALAS MAGNET [Isa akong magnet ng kamalasan. Binigo ng pantalon at ng simura. Laking gulat ko ng paminsan minsan, ang malas ay may dalang surpresa…]
TULA#12: STUDY BUDDY [Sa klaseng Biology sa susunod na semestre, pagmamasdan natin ang mga palaka at butete. Kung sa Chemistry tayo magiging magkaklase aaralin natin ang mga elektron na libre…]
TULA#20: LPA [Panahon ng tag bagyo, wala kang pangamba, isang tanaw lang sayo, sisikat ang sigla…]
TULA#20: ROSAS [Sa ilalim ng lipstick na itim ay kulay rosas na mga labi. Astig parin sya sa paningin, patuloy na namumukudtangi…] NOTE: This is a slight oversight in the film since there is already a TULA#20. This should have been noted in the movie as TULA#21.
TULA#28: GUSGUSIN [Mapaghangad ba kong sadya para isiping may gusto ka sakin? Isa lang akong gusgusing bata at ikaw ang dinadalangin….] NOTE: Not sure if the word used was really mapaghangad since I didn’t hear the word clearly this time plus I was writing on my notepad based on what I heard so I may have misheard some lines.
TULA#73 PERFECTION (PART 1) [They say nobody’s perfect but haven’t they seen you? heard you? experienced you? You are divine!]
TULA#74 PERFECTION (PART 2) [Your perfection deserves nothing but perfection. let me trek up this mountain and meet you there at the top, my regal star!]
TULA#80: STRATOSPHERE [The way she walks, the way she sings,gie me a pair of magical wings and fly me straight to the stratosphere, she’s a miracle, that much is clear…]
TULA#84: MUSE [How many women can inspire a lonely man to give birth to a whole museum of art? To me there is only one….]
TULA#89: WORTH [Pardon me if I take too long, when you see this peasant again, I want to be worthy, worth it, and worthwhile…]
“Ayoko ng makulimlim…”
“May speech defect ako, di ako nauutal kapag nagbabasa pero nauutal ako pag mahaba ang sinasabi ko. Kaya, nililimit ko lang sa tatlo ang words ng bawat sentence ko.”
“Simula noon nagkaroon ako ng inspirasyon, babaeng nakaitim na lipstick.”
“Ganito na nga ako magsalita tapos walking lang di ko pa magawa. Tingin mo siguro sakin, lampa”
“Meron ka ba nung recording ng kinanta mo ng freshies night?”
“Ma’am siguro po kung net day, addict, baka the next day, siguro po magbago din yun.”
“Ako nga po pinagkakamalang adik dahil sa pananalita ko eh.”
“Mag aral ka para kung sakaling malasin ka, may fall back ka.”
“Minahal mo rin ba ako, Stella?”
“Gusto kita, mahal kita — yun ang punto ng huling tula.”
***STELLA PUNO (Bela Padilla)***
“Mas masarap kaya mag soundtrip pag umuulan. Nakatingin ka lang sa bundok, umiinom ng beer…”
“Di ka madaldal eh no?”
“Eh ano ngayon kung mautal ka?”
“Eh ano ngauyon kung matawa sila? College na tayo. College ang panahon para makilala mo ang sarili mo. Pag nakilala mo, pagmalaki mo!”
“Sa totoo lang ako lang Freshie sa banda namin, kung di nyo napapansin puro gurang na tong mga kasama ko.”
“Somebody owns you now, I tried to live somehow… grabe diba naisip pa nila yung linyang yun.”
“Yan ang gusto ko sa OPM parang nakafocus talaga sila dun sa emosyon wala masyado pasesksi saka di nilalagyan ng kabaduyan ekek.”
“Ayoko kaya ng CD mabilis masira,saka wala akong player.”
Stella writes “FIDEL DAKS LANSANGAN” on the girls’ comfort room wall…”Baket? pag meron kang kakilala na nakakita nyan tas nakasalubong mo sa labas, iba na tingin nya sayo. Galing ko no?”
“Pero alam mo ba kung anong pangarap ko? Yung magpeperform ka sa sobrang dami ng tao. Tas sinasabayan ako ng tao kasi alam nila lyrics ng kanta, ang angas nun diba?”
Fidel: “Pangit ng bahay namen ah…”/ Stella: “Sinabi ko bang bibilin ko? Mag aaral lang eh.”
“Sa tingin mo di kita magugustuhan dahil umuutal ka o dahil sa three word rule mo?”
“Bakit Fidel, ilang salita ba kailangan mo?” I LIKE YOU, GUSTO KITA, MAHAL KITA, I LOVE YOU! Bakit di mo sinabi?”
***FIDEL’S DAD (Dennis Padilla)***
“Anak, suhol ng mama mo, para wag ka raw magalit”
“Fidel, tandaan mo yung sinabi ng therapist, THREE WORD RULE. Maximum mo tatlong salita sa bawat sentence.”
***MS. BARDOZO – Fidel’s English teacher (Ana Abad Santos)***
“Simple lang sya (referring to Fidel’s 1st poem about Stella), pero cute.”
“Let me guess, you wanted someone to see the poem? Gusto mong mabasa ng babaeng naka itim na lipstick. Yun ba? Kaya ganyan ka ka-affected? Fidel, bigay mo na lang sa kanya ng diretso, para sa kanya naman yun diba?”
“Ilang tula ba ang bibigay mo sa kanya?”
“Hay naku Fidel, bakit ba kasi ako ang inaabala mo sa lovelife mo? Wala ka bang nanay?”
“They brought my daughter to a rehab yesterday. Magreresign siguro muna ako sa TAC para maalagaan ko syang mabuti. I don’t know where I went wrong as a mother. Lahat naman ng gusto nya ibinigay ko. My husband and I taught she was going to take up Law but people change. Isang araw top notcher sya sa school tapos the next day she’s an addict.”
SYNOPSIS (SPOILERS) OF THE MOVIE:
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!! Please do not read if you don’t like spoilers.
The movie starts in a classroom back in 2004, wherein FIDEL LANSANGAN, a BA Psychology student of Pampanga Agricultural college, was reading a few lines from a set of cue cards he prepared to introduce himself in class. He reads from cue cards so that he won’t stutter but his teacher asked him not to read it so he ended up showing everyone that he stutters when he speaks. He is ridiculed relentlessly by almost everyone because of his stuttering, well, all except their teacher, Ms. Bardozo, faculty adviser of The Seedling, their campus paper. She was the only person who believed that Fidel has a talent for writing poems that should be developed. She asks him to write poems so he asks her what topic should he write about. She tells him to write about the things that inspire him.
Fidel has a supportive dad (played by Dennis Padilla) but his mom is nowhere to be found because she’s staying abroad and just sends him gifts occasionally. Most of the gifts were timely since he somewhat needed them at the time of receiving the gifts. His father reminded him to say things according to the three-word rule (3-word rule) wherein his sentences should only comprise of three words so that his stuttering won’t show too much.
He wears the pants his mother gave him to the Freshies night. One of the band members , Barrie (who turned out to be Stella’s boyfriend) dropped his wallet while rushing towards the stage to prepare to perform. Fidel picks it up and hands it over but Barrie pushes him and he lands on some kind of food that someone else dropped so he ended up having red stains on his pants. Humiliated, he fled immediately towards the side of the building so that nobody would notice his pants. That was when STELLA PUNO appears but before she can go inside the building, she hears someone sing so she follows the source of the voice and finds a shy person crouched in a corner. She asks him if he’s the one singing but he doesn’t respond. He tells her he’s going home because of the stain on his pants so she lets him borrow his jacket to cover the stain so he could still go inside and join the freshies night. He notices her black lips but he didn’t know yet that she was part of the band, Tampururaught.
Inside, they talk about the things they preferred. While Fidel likes it when it’s sunny, Stella tells him that she loves it when it’s raining because she can do some sound trip, look at the mountains and drink some beer. She notices that he doesn’t talk a lot and when he does want to speak, he writes the words on his palm so he could read it clearly and stop himself from stuttering. He tells Stella about his speech problem and that he needs to limit his sentences to three words to avoid from stuttering. She tells him she doesn’t care about his speech defect but he tells her that he does it to avoid being laughed at by other people. She ends the conversation by going to the stage and singing with her bandmates. She mentions his name while one stage and tells him that he shouldn’t be too nervous and that he can do it. Starting that night, he began to have an inspiration, which was Stella. He referred to her as “Babaeng nakaitim na lipstick” (Girl with black lipstick).
Fidel submits the poem to his teacher, Ms. Bardozo, who remarks that the poem was simple but cute. She didn’t promise though that it would be published in the Seedling because it wasn’t her who decides about that matter. Fidel had high hopes though.
During P.E. Walking Class, their teacher asked Stella why her lips were black. She replies with a series of questions. Why is the sky blue? Why is blood red? Why are people with hepa yellow?
She sits next to Fidel and asks him why he joined the Walking Class in P.E. He replied that he wants something easy. It turns out that walking wasn’t really easy since he vomits at the end of the class. Some classmates saw him and ridiculed him by mimicking his stuttered speech and asking him if he’s pregnant and made some vomiting sounds. Stella tells them off and defends Fidel.
He tells her that he loves writing poems then he tells her he was saddened that he stutters and he can’t even do the Walking exercise properly. He tells her that she might think of him as a weakling. Stella denies it. Fidel tells her to look forward to the next issue of The Seedling but didn’t disclose the title of his poem. He writes several poems about her.
They sit and watch the mountains and she asks him if he has ever seen the other side of Mt.Arayat. She asks him to accompany her but he refused because he still has to attend class.
He discovers that his poem was not published in The Seedling so he confronts Ms. Bardozo about it. She tells him that his poem might not be what the editors were looking for. She then proceeds to tell him that he should give the poem to the girl himself since the poem was for her. He tells his teacher that he has a total of 10 poems he wrote for the girl with the black lipstick and asks her to pick the best one so he could give that to her. She tells him to give them all to her.
However, he finds Stella talking with her boyfriend, Barrie about cutting classes so he doesn’t get to give her the poems. Stella really did cut class.
Fidel helps Stella with her studies.
The following school year, Fidel sees Stella again but this time, she doesn’t wear the black lipstick. He sees her bare lips for the first time.
Stella introduces herself in class. She mentions her favorite band is Rivermaya, Barbie’s Cradle and Sugarfree. She also mentions that her band Tampururaught was disbanded. This explains her fresh new look.
They talk with each other about cassette tapes and cd’s, how Stella didn’t like cd’s because they break easily unlike cassette tapes plus, she doesn’t have a cd player yet. She also sings a line from the song 241 of Rivermaya “Somebody owns you now, I tried to live somehow…”.
Fidel and his teacher, Ms. Bardozo talks about her daughter who was a top notcher turned addict. She tells Fiidel that she’s resigning from work to focus on her daughter.
After this scene, I couldn’t take notes properly though since my light source ran out of battery so I had to scribble in the semi-dark only some of the parts.
Stella stood up Fidel who waited for her to do their study group session. She goes to Manila to visit Barrie and see what he’s up to. Barrie promised that he would help her get in Stratus Records so she was blinded by her goals.
Barrie was ashamed about his group performance (sexy boy group) so he asks Stella not to watch it. She watches outside though and meets Hunter, director of Barrie’s group’s music video. He becomes attracted to Stella.
Danica, Fidel’s classmate becomes close to him. She has a crush on her. She mentions that the person doing the photocopying is her cousin.
Anyway, Barrie and Stella Breaks up. Fidel goes to Manila since he felt defeated when he finds out that Stella has a new boyfriend, Hunter. Stella ends up using Hunter to fulfill her own dreams however Hunter sees through her goals and breaks up with her just before she was about to sign a contract for a sexy girl group.
Fidel in the meantime, meets Chuck, a gay friend from his school in Manila. Chuck, who’s an amazing beat boxer discovers Fidel’s talent and makes it possible for Fidel to join a popular singing guild in their school. The only time where Fidel isn’t stuttering is when he sings. He has a really nice voice but he’s too shy to sing. He becomes a campus royalty because he becomes the center of the singing guild.
Stella visits Fidel in school and finds out how popular he is and at one time, someone scouts Fidel and asks him to sing in a night restaurant and gives Fidel his calling card. Fidel reluctantly accepts and offers Stella the chance to sing with him or he can fake not being able to go to give a chance to Stella. Stella notices this and becomes disgusted with herself, that she would use even her good friend Fidel to achieve her dreams.
She runs away and finds herself walking in the rain and helpless. Somebody helps her as she calls out Fidel’s name.
I will stop here so as not to spoil the awesome twist in the ending. lol 😀
You’d better watch this movie guys because it is worth it. It is painful to watch but the ending is somehow BITTER SWEET. 🙂
100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA THEME SONG:
241 by Janine Teñoso
Janine Teñoso sang “241”, the theme song for the movie, 100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA. This song was originally sung by the band Rivermaya, the composer of the sentimental song was Rico Blanco under Viva Records Corporation.
I want to live forever
Inside the nights and days.
Wishing on a silver cloud,
Crawling across the moonbeams.
A summer night in heaven
Between the stars and waves.
Race across the old bonfire;
Trample on my heartbeat.
I wanted to turn you on
My favorite song.
Wanted to be near you
But somebody owns you now.
I love you with a fire,
Ablazing till times end
But what good is a heart
When it shudders to speak.
I guess it’s too late now.
‘i wanted to turn you on
My favorite song.
Wanted to be near you
But (of course) somebody owns you
(and) I tried to live somehow
Somebody owns you now’ (repeat 2x)
Somebody owns you now
ABOUT THE CAST:
Written & Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana
JC Santos as Fidel Lansangan
Bela Padilla as Stella Puno
Mayton Eugenio as Danica
Caleb Santos as Von
Prince Stefan as Chuck
Ana Abad Santos as Ms. Bardozo
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