Angel Aquino's short film 1945 shines on true story of hope and love

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SUN SHORTS is presented by Sun Life Financial, in collaboration with Unitel Productions, Inc., Cinema One, Star Magic, and the Sun Life Foundation. For more information, visit

The first offering is titled 1945, which stars Angel Aquino (middle photo, left) and Richard Quan (Right).


In a story of love that transcends the test of time, a father secures the future of his family with foresight and determination.

Crafted by veteran storyteller Jun Reyes, 1945 is the initial installment of the SUN SHORTS digital collection presented by Sun Life Financial-Philippines (SLFP).

The film is about Puring, played by Angel Aquino, and her family whose lives were shattered during the war when the Kempeitai took her husband Enciong, played by Richard Quan, away.

But hope comes when a kindred soul knocked on their door to give them hope for a brighter tomorrow and faith in a love that never dies.

“Inspired by the real-life struggle of a war-torn family, 1945 is more than a nostalgia trip to Old Manila. It is a story of hope and love at a time when hatred and pain seem to prevail,” said Reyes, who is also the producer of the acclaimed Crying Ladies. His latest works were The Last Days of Ninoy and Silup.

SUN SHORTS is composed of five original shorts from the country’s acclaimed filmmakers. Joining Reyes are Chris Martinez (Kimmy Dora series, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank) and Jerrold Tarog (Senior Year, Aswang), together with TVC marvels Jolly Feliciano and Nic Reyes. From action-chases to animated wonder, these stories share one theme—how life is brighter under the sun.

“Through SUN SHORTS, we are again pushing the boundaries of digital media in our industry. We want to share the stories that celebrate triumph amidst adversity, together with the promise of a brighter future,” bemused SLFP Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa.


1945 premieres on July 25 on Following the release of 1945 are the other films which shall be shown online every two weeks.

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