"Debosyon" (Devotion) is a Cinemalaya 2013 entry, written and directed by Alvin B. Yapan, starring Paulo Avelino and Mara Lopez.
Main Cast: Paulo Avelino, Mara Lopez
Supporting Cast: Ramona Rañeses, Roy Dominguiano
Director: Alvin Yapan
Genre: Art Film
Released by: Cinemalaya Film Festival
MTRCB Rating: R-16
Synopsis: Mando, a Bicolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, injures himself. He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome, living at the foot of Mount Mayon. They will fall in love with each other. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando's love for her; while Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift a curse that involves his life.
The Positive: Paulo Avelino and Mara Lopez's bizaare love story in the film bursts forth in a colorful fantasia that intertwined superstition with religion. As the concept is imaginative, the cinematography is superb with the glorious shots of Mayon Volcano and Naga's Penafrancia Festival serve as food for the eyes.
The Negative: Slow pacing, lullaby-ish musical scoring and artsy approach may bore regular movie-goers.
STARMOMETER SCORE: 7/10