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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Small Voices

    Subject: An Excellent fil or realistic proportions!
    Date: Jan 15, 2007
    Sender: David D'AngeloPrevious | Next

    „Munting Tinigš or Small Voices which stars Alessandra de Rossi was a film that depicts typical situation in barrios in the provinces. These places are engulfed with poverty and at times hopelessness on their live with the single mission which is to survive each day and eventually get out of their situation in life. A typical place where there is insurgency and the youth is face with a hard reality of either studying or helping their parents earn for a living. These scenario takes away the future literally of the youth. Their future which should be the primary concerns of their parents. Most of the parents think that going to school was just a burden and spending time and effort on school activities was a hindrance towards their survival.

    This was the general situation faced by Melinda, an elementary teacher who was assigned to Malawig Elementary School.

    And as stated by another review, "These challenges appear in many forms ų an unscrupulous principal (Mrs. Pantalan) who sells ice candy to the students simply to stuff her own pockets, a motorcycle-riding "Bombay" (Indian merchant) who charges 10 percent for cash advances on delayed teacher's paychecks, and aggressively passive parents who believe that only the rich can afford to dream, insisting that their sons and daughters would do better to work the fields or provide domestic help rather than to secure an education. And then, of course, there is the monsoon season, bringing torrential rains that threaten to destroy the school's meager supply of schoolbooks, lesson plans, and other dwindling resources."

    The political situation was also very volatile because there were constant fighting and the area and sons of people living there are recruited to join the New People‚s Army. Most of the time the children have no choice but to go with their parents living in the hinterlands and lose their life in the process like what happened to Popoy. The government sees the rebels as an enemy of the state alone and does not see the reason why these people go to the mountains and fight. Solving the situation easily and hastily is the common mistake that the government does but in the end this does not solve the root cause of the problem.

    When Melinda sees an opportunity for her students to join a competition and eventually support them and the school in the process this was seen as a threat and added burden by the families of these children. The Filipino culture of obeying parents and making primal consideration to the family is seen in this situation where the parents insist that they know what is best for their children without even listening to what the teacher has to say.

    The film has no religious linkages although we could say that religious values if properly practiced could have given positive development in the situation presented in the film. A religious value common in almost all religions is the value of helping those in need and we can see that these community is in dire need of support and help to improve their lives and situation.

    Another culture relatively that of a Filipino which can be seen is exhibited by Melinda. Her strong determination, faith and the never say never attitude of a Filipino is well seen on how she despite all odds tries to convince the parents of her students to support their children in the upcoming competition. She despite Popoy‚s tragic and heartbreaking death had move on and continued with achieving the dream of the kids and dedicating their eventual triumph to Popoy and to the community.

    If we are being asked how can things be different? It can be different. How? This can only be through a cultural revolution and reassessment on how we view ourselves, our children and our country. I remember that there was an essay which says that if there is something lacking in us Filipinos is the fact that only very few of us exhibit genuine love for our country and our people. We should exhibit characteristics like that of Melinda, a character of genuine and unsurpassed service to others, our country and our people. We should always consider others in each of the things that we do everyday and ask ourselves will this action do good to others as well?

    We may say that money is what is important nowadays, job security and work is of primal consideration. Yes these things are really very important and should be considered but let us face and accept that we are on this world to make a difference and no matter how famous, how rich and how secured ourselves and our family are we can never say that we truly live unless we make a difference∑ even a simple and small difference.

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    Comment index:

  • most inspiring movie i've ever watched   from valerie, Nov 16, 2003
  • small voices   from mayen, Jan 5, 2004
  • Re: small voices   from senedy que, May 9, 2004
  • comments on "Mga Munting Tinig"   from Eugenia C. Martin, May 17, 2004
  • Small Voices   from Josh, Aug 12, 2004
  • very enthusiastic   from don, Aug 13, 2004
  • very realistic but powerful movie   from peachy borres, Sep 15, 2004
  • i'm disappointed... really.   from karen, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from Mark Montemayor, Aug 19, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from yvon, Oct 13, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from kate, Oct 14, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from kier, Nov 21, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from Jay-R, Dec 18, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from kriscell, Nov 10, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from , Feb 20, 2007
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from aml, Feb 29, 2008
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from je, Nov 21, 2009
  • about the show   from camille tacazon, Nov 25, 2004
  • Re: about the show   from mona egonia wangca, Jul 5, 2011
  • munting tinig   from benelyn, Dec 28, 2004
  • Not just an ordinary movie!!!   from ain, Mar 18, 2005
  • grabe!!!!! nakakaiyak!!!!   from lovely, Mar 31, 2005
  • comment   from akie, May 3, 2005
  • Aug 19, 2005   from Jucie, Aug 19, 2005
  • great movie   from H, Aug 29, 2005
  • marajaw na salida   from nieva, May 10, 2008
  • My comment.   from kier, Nov 21, 2005
  • Congrate's!   from Jay-R, Dec 17, 2005
  • the movie is sooo great   from aniesa marie joy legarta, Jan 10, 2006
  • grabe   from christian bables, Jan 21, 2006
  • comment   from precious, Jan 31, 2006
  • wow hapet!   from FUckers, Feb 12, 2006
  • Re: wow hapet!   from june, Dec 29, 2007
  • nice movie....   from jholan torres, Jul 20, 2006
  • tinig   from renz castro-millare, Dec 13, 2006
  • munting tinig..   from em0ascii, Jan 14, 2007
  • » An Excellent fil or realistic proportions! «   from David D'Angelo, Jan 15, 2007
  • small voices   from Beaulahly G. Salazar, Jan 21, 2007
  • nakakaiyak!!!corny!!!   from jefrenv illamor, Jun 19, 2007
  • it's great!!   from rina, Jul 3, 2007
  • galing!!!   from charmaine baylon, Aug 7, 2007
  • great..   from Kassey, Aug 25, 2007
  • [no subject]   from ria, Oct 7, 2007
  • Mga Munting Tinig   from jester sagun, Oct 18, 2007
  • [no subject]   from nancy baltazar, Oct 25, 2007
  • fabulous   from clang2x, Nov 10, 2007
  • munting tinig   from lovella, Nov 23, 2007
  • "Great Movie!!!!!!"   from Betty, Dec 9, 2007
  • Inspirations for Teachers,Parents,Students,Gov't   from Annie M. Omalza, Jan 30, 2008
  • great!   from jbd, Feb 2, 2008
  • Nyz movie   from jenie bona, Feb 13, 2008
  • [no subject]   from joana, Feb 14, 2008
  • [no subject]   from joana lagmay, Feb 14, 2008
  • Explendid!!!!!   from patricia, Jul 17, 2008
  • hello   from lubster, Aug 1, 2008
  • munting tinig   from jr, Aug 6, 2008
  • comment   from hello, Sep 5, 2008
  • [no subject]   from hannah, Oct 1, 2008
  • tungkol sa show   from candy, Oct 25, 2008
  • munting tinig   from zywell, Nov 13, 2008
  • bravo   from dara, Nov 17, 2008
  • A fantastic values educational film to watch   from kRaYcAeN, Dec 6, 2008
  • super beautiful   from john louie, Dec 14, 2008
  • lupet...   from ej, Jan 11, 2009
  • very realistic   from iva, Jan 30, 2009
  • comments   from joybrok, Feb 8, 2009
  • Ang GURO....BOW!   from abbylove72, Feb 12, 2009
  • appreciation   from bee, Feb 17, 2009
  • small voices   from dhoray, Feb 23, 2009
  • inspired   from foxtrot, Mar 17, 2009
  • munting tinig comment   from loida david, Mar 25, 2009
  • a must see movie   from silver yellow, Jul 25, 2009
  • WE MISS IT   from LEONOR ESCALANTE, Aug 17, 2009
  • [no subject]   from sofia, Sep 15, 2009
  • small voices   from jhang, Sep 24, 2009
  • i'm touch...   from baby j, Oct 13, 2009
  • [no subject]   from maryjean Esma, Dec 12, 2010
  • [no subject]   from yes its me, Dec 12, 2010
  • inspired!!!   from kathlene, Jan 12, 2011
  • it is a great example for the teachers   from omelanne, Jan 29, 2011
  • [no subject]   from April Rose Tapio, Jan 29, 2011
  • Wow   from Alvaro Laureano, Mar 20, 2011
  • most inspiring movie i've ever watched   from valerie, Nov 16, 2003
  • small voices   from mayen, Jan 5, 2004
  • Re: small voices   from senedy que, May 9, 2004
  • comments on "Mga Munting Tinig"   from Eugenia C. Martin, May 17, 2004
  • Small Voices   from Josh, Aug 12, 2004
  • very enthusiastic   from don, Aug 13, 2004
  • very realistic but powerful movie   from peachy borres, Sep 15, 2004
  • i'm disappointed... really.   from karen, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from Mark Montemayor, Aug 19, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from yvon, Oct 13, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from kate, Oct 14, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from kier, Nov 21, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from Jay-R, Dec 18, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from kriscell, Nov 10, 2005
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from , Feb 20, 2007
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from aml, Feb 29, 2008
  • Re: i'm disappointed... really.   from je, Nov 21, 2009
  • about the show   from camille tacazon, Nov 25, 2004
  • Re: about the show   from mona egonia wangca, Jul 5, 2011
  • munting tinig   from benelyn, Dec 28, 2004
  • Not just an ordinary movie!!!   from ain, Mar 18, 2005
  • grabe!!!!! nakakaiyak!!!!   from lovely, Mar 31, 2005
  • comment   from akie, May 3, 2005
  • Aug 19, 2005   from Jucie, Aug 19, 2005
  • great movie   from H, Aug 29, 2005
  • marajaw na salida   from nieva, May 10, 2008
  • My comment.   from kier, Nov 21, 2005
  • Congrate's!   from Jay-R, Dec 17, 2005
  • the movie is sooo great   from aniesa marie joy legarta, Jan 10, 2006
  • grabe   from christian bables, Jan 21, 2006
  • comment   from precious, Jan 31, 2006
  • wow hapet!   from FUckers, Feb 12, 2006
  • Re: wow hapet!   from june, Dec 29, 2007
  • nice movie....   from jholan torres, Jul 20, 2006
  • tinig   from renz castro-millare, Dec 13, 2006
  • munting tinig..   from em0ascii, Jan 14, 2007
  • » An Excellent fil or realistic proportions! «   from David D'Angelo, Jan 15, 2007
  • small voices   from Beaulahly G. Salazar, Jan 21, 2007
  • nakakaiyak!!!corny!!!   from jefrenv illamor, Jun 19, 2007
  • it's great!!   from rina, Jul 3, 2007
  • galing!!!   from charmaine baylon, Aug 7, 2007
  • great..   from Kassey, Aug 25, 2007
  • [no subject]   from ria, Oct 7, 2007
  • Mga Munting Tinig   from jester sagun, Oct 18, 2007
  • [no subject]   from nancy baltazar, Oct 25, 2007
  • fabulous   from clang2x, Nov 10, 2007
  • munting tinig   from lovella, Nov 23, 2007
  • "Great Movie!!!!!!"   from Betty, Dec 9, 2007
  • Inspirations for Teachers,Parents,Students,Gov't   from Annie M. Omalza, Jan 30, 2008
  • great!   from jbd, Feb 2, 2008
  • Nyz movie   from jenie bona, Feb 13, 2008
  • [no subject]   from joana, Feb 14, 2008
  • [no subject]   from joana lagmay, Feb 14, 2008
  • Explendid!!!!!   from patricia, Jul 17, 2008
  • hello   from lubster, Aug 1, 2008
  • munting tinig   from jr, Aug 6, 2008
  • comment   from hello, Sep 5, 2008
  • [no subject]   from hannah, Oct 1, 2008
  • tungkol sa show   from candy, Oct 25, 2008
  • munting tinig   from zywell, Nov 13, 2008
  • bravo   from dara, Nov 17, 2008
  • A fantastic values educational film to watch   from kRaYcAeN, Dec 6, 2008
  • super beautiful   from john louie, Dec 14, 2008
  • lupet...   from ej, Jan 11, 2009
  • very realistic   from iva, Jan 30, 2009
  • comments   from joybrok, Feb 8, 2009
  • Ang GURO....BOW!   from abbylove72, Feb 12, 2009
  • appreciation   from bee, Feb 17, 2009
  • small voices   from dhoray, Feb 23, 2009
  • inspired   from foxtrot, Mar 17, 2009
  • munting tinig comment   from loida david, Mar 25, 2009
  • a must see movie   from silver yellow, Jul 25, 2009
  • WE MISS IT   from LEONOR ESCALANTE, Aug 17, 2009
  • [no subject]   from sofia, Sep 15, 2009
  • small voices   from jhang, Sep 24, 2009
  • i'm touch...   from baby j, Oct 13, 2009
  • [no subject]   from maryjean Esma, Dec 12, 2010
  • [no subject]   from yes its me, Dec 12, 2010
  • inspired!!!   from kathlene, Jan 12, 2011
  • it is a great example for the teachers   from omelanne, Jan 29, 2011
  • [no subject]   from April Rose Tapio, Jan 29, 2011
  • Wow   from Alvaro Laureano, Mar 20, 2011