Baklas (Human Organs for Sale) inspired by true incidents in Tondo


Rosanna Roces co-directed the film Baklas (Human Organs for Sale) along with Neal "Buboy" Tan. This is her second directorial project after Pasang Krus.


Ikalawang team-up na nina Rosanna Roces at Direk Neal "Buboy" Tan bilang directors ang Baklas (Human Organs for Sale) mula sa RMS Productions. Ang Pasang Krus ang una nilang team-up, na ipinalabas noong nakaraang Holy Week 2009.


Nagkaroon ng premiere night ang Baklas (Human Organs for Sale) noong October 26 sa SM Megamall, ngunit ayon kay Direk Buboy sa panayam ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), plano ng kanilang producers na isali muna sa international film festivals ang pelikula bago magkaroon ng commercial run nito sa bansa.


Isla Walang Bato
pala ang original title nito pero pinalitan nila ito ng Baklas, which literally means dismantling of human parts. Ayon kay Direk Buboy, ito ay inspired by true stories: ang katotohanang may mga Pilipinong nagbebenta ng kanilang bato o kidney, dala ng kahirapan sa buhay—kahit illegal ito.


"It’s inspired by actual testimonials of some residents of Tambacan area in Tondo," simulang pahayag ni Direk Buboy.


"Ang Pilipinas ay isa sa mga bansa na may talamak na illegal na bentahan ng kidney, dahilan para maging boom ang medical tourism sa ating bansa.


"Kidney failure remains one of the most serious health risks of our time and kidney transplantation proves to be the best solution to this.


"It discusses the arguments in favor and against organ donation with the organ donors of Baseco as backdrop. People donate one of their kidneys in exchange [for] monetary gains.


"’Yung iba, magkaroon lang ng appliances, videoke or mababaw na pangangailangan, ibebenta na ang bato. Kahit may batas na sa pagbabawal ng illegal na bentahan nito, ay patuloy pa rin ang ganitong kalakaran at dahil sa kawalan ng maayos na regulasyon, ay marami ang napapahamak," pahayag ni Direk Buboy.


Sinabi pa ng director-srciptwriter na ang pelikula ay sarili niyang advocacy tungkol sa talamak na gawaing ito ng ating mga kababayang mahihirap.

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"As my advocacy, binuo namin ang konseptong ito para ipamulat sa mga taong nagbabalak gumawa ng ganito na tayo, anuman ang estado sa buhay, may dignidad ang ating pagkatao and selling of any parts of human body is corrupting the very meaning of human dignity," sabi ni Direk.


Osang directs 40 percent of the film, ayon pa rin ay Direk Buboy, na siya ring sumulat ng script.


"Sabi ng mga nakapanood [ng premiere night], magaling dito si Osang bilang Loleng na may asawang preso at may anak na epileptic at sintu-sinto," sambit niya.


Kasama rin ni Osang sa pelikula sina Roi Vinzon, Vei Vera (ang dating sexy star na si Kuhdet Honasan), and Ms. Liza Lorena.


Supporting cast members include Maria Isabel Lopez, Jao Mapa, Melissa Mendez, Tia Pusit, Maricar Madrid, Aiza Marquez, Tim Espinosa, Led Sobripena, Madame Auring, Raymond Cabral, Swarding, Roldan Aquino, at Pia Moran.


Ang production staff ng Baklas (Human Organs For Sale) ay sina: Roland Sanchez for RMS Productions (producer), Cita San Miguel (supervising producer), Vei Vera (line producer), Danny Nazareth (assistant director), Renato ’Atoy’ de Vera (director of photography).


Kasama rin sa produksiyon sina Cyrus Khan (production designer), Sherwyn Castillo (musical director), Bianca Belle (production manager), Raki Kho (editor), Raymond Concepcion (sound), and Oscar Buara (makeup artist).


SYNOPSIS.
The story is based on the report of Roland Sanchez, a concerned media man about people in the Tambacan area where selling of human organs is rampant. The main story centers on Lando (Roi Vinzon), a 47-year-old convict released from jail after 20 years.


Lando is uncertain about the whereabouts of his wife, Loleng (Rosanna Roces) and now 20-year-old daughter Dada (Vei Vera). He has not seen them for the past 18 years. Lando tracks them down in Tambacan where Loleng sells street food, like grilled pork organs for a meager income.

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He finds out that his daughter is mentally retarded, an epileptic suffering from an internal disease. First, he sells his blood, next his tooth, then his kidney for Dada’s hospitalization and finally his right eye for Dada’s operation.


The other characters in the movie are: Magda (Liza Lorena), a friend of Loleng who takes care of Dada. Her only son was killed during a rally on Edsa. Igna (Madame Auring) a frustrated singer who coerces his husband Kanor (Roldan Aquino) to sell his kidney in exchange for a videoke. Iday (Tiya Pusit), sells her son’s kidney for a pair of earrings. Teban (Jao Mapa) also sells his kidney for his covetous live- in partner Beatrice (Melissa Mendez). Joana (Led Sobripena) is a small-time beautician who decides to sell his kidney for a man he loves.


These slum dwellers, drunkards and practical people sell their organs as a means to survive extreme poverty but they usually end up with health complications, aside from finding themselves still in dire financial need. Ursula (Maria Isabel Lopez), an insatiable agent of Baklas, carries on in exploiting innocent individuals.


Minyong, a pedicab driver and a father of five young children, prefers not to sell his kidney for money.


In the end, most people in the area become stagnant, sluggish, inactive and weak.


Roland Sanchez, as a concerned media man states that victims are faced with long-term health consequences that ultimately pull them deeper into the clutches of poverty.


Republic Act No. 9208, or the Anti-trafficking in Persons Act, which prohibits the recruitment or abduction of people for the purpose of selling their organs is not enough to end this injustice, the abject poverty of humans snared in a nasty, cruel environment and the corruption and loss of innocence of people whose high hopes are destroyed.

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Baklas (Human Organs for Sale) is a digital movie shot entirely in high definition Sony Cine-Alta F900. Natapos ang shooting nito sa loob ng six working days, with two months post-production.


It has been given an R-13 rating without cuts by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).


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