Culion, the Movie...
Culion has invaded a genre and is crafted immortalized through the film, CULION. The film is produced by Gillie Sing, written by Ricky Lee and directed by Alvin Yapan, with Neil Daza as director of photography. Actress Iza Calzado, aside from her lead role, came in as an investor. The film is a big breakthough for Culion, a key to uplift its image once trodden by the unjust perception of the society.
For Culion, its sufferings as well as its bravery are now given justice. The film is not a fiction, not a product of imaginative mind of its producers or script writer. It is but the mirror that reflects the stories of its people. The scenes are not just crafted to entice the people’s curiosity about leprosy and the people who are sick of it. The scenes are the re-enactment itself of the life in Culion. It portrayed how patients during the pre-World War II period lived in Culion, battled with leprosy, struggled to survived against the ostracism of people outside Culion; against their own hope; and against their own dreams. The film is not a typical love story but in it one can realize how despite all the laws banning their rights and freedom made the truest meaning of love prevailed. The law of segregation, the law that banned marriage; and the law that separated the bond between mothers and children. They are tremendously experienced by the patients in Culion. Incomparable… Inhuman… Injustice… Yet the movie has aesthetically persuaded the people to impart not apathy but love; not discrimination but admiration; not rejection but inspiration. It is about resiliency, dignity and humanity.
These days, Culion is a picture of a beautiful transformation. The leprosy is already a part of history. The bravery is seen in the smiles of its people, no traces of hopelessness but a glimmering future for the next generation. Culion is the monument of life sustained against all fangs of trials. Culion people is proud of its history and heritage.
The Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital is in its pinnacle of hope that in the next days, or once the movie is shown, there will be no more strands of stigma but a leap of aspiration that Culion would become a haven of tourists that would appreciate, learn, and embrace themselves in the journey of people once challenged by the sickness called LEPROSY.
Likewise, the CSGH fervently prays that the movie, Culion, would not only become an instrument of awakening but also a channel to lift Culion in a place where she deserves to be… a place of rich natural resources, history, people and stories to tell.
- Judy C. Cataquis
Republic of the Philippines | Department of Health
CULION SANITARIUM & GENERAL HOSPITAL
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