Boses was a finalist in Cinemalaya Fil Festival 2008. It made rounds in the international film festival circuit including Hawaii International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival in Boston, International Children’s Film Festival in India, Madrid International Children and Youth Film Festival, Jecheon International Music and Film Festival, and West Hollywood Women’s International Film and TV Showcase.

I don’t want to spoil how the characters perfectly fulfilled their roles to make the film extract social significance; and consciously reaches its audience to create a direct impact. Boses  tackles the issue of child abuse and violation forwarding conscious awareness to address and raise the issue of children rights and protection.

“Sana hindi na ako..” (This statement carries hope that cries out for protection, freedom and quality life for children)

“Sana hindi na ako pinapaso ng plantsa ni tatay.. Sana hindi na ako pinipingot ni yaya.. Sana hindi na ako pinapalo ni nanay.. Sana…”

DIRECTOR: Ellen Ongkeko Marfil

STARRING: Cherry Pie Picache, Ricky Davao, Meryll Soriano

FEATURING: Violinist Coke Calipata as Ariel, Julian Duque as Onyok


Rescued by a concerned neighbor from his abusive father, 7-year old Onyok is brought to a shelter for abused children. Amanda, the shelter’s owner-founder realizes that Onyok is unable to speak, caused by a physical trauma that damaged his larynx. On the first day of his stay in the shelter he hears the faint sound of a violin being played from far off. This strange but beautiful music that has captivated Onyok’s attention comes from Amanda’s reclusive brother Ariel, who has turned back on his career as a concert violinist in Manila and come back to the family house bearing a terrible guilt.

This is the beginning of a simple, yet moving friendship between Onyok and Ariel. Ariel’s initial cynicism over his sister’s commitment to caring for abused children slowly melts when he sees Onyok’s intrinsic inclination to the violin. Onyok proves to have inborn talents to the instrument that leads Ariel to teach the mute little boy.

Amanda begins to worry, however, when Ariel begins to push Onyok Beyond his limits, leading the boy away from dealing with his own emotional issues as well as straining his new-found friendship with Shirley, a young precocious child in the shelter. In the course of the film, Ariel’s secret guilt over the death of his sweetheart protege revealed. The question of Ariel’s motives about him pushing Onyok’s gifted talents to a similar level comes to the fore.

Does Ariel really care for Onyok’s condition, or is he pushing Onyok to fulfill a shattered dream?

Onyok’s abusive father is slowly rehabilitated and the shelter is eventually preparing for a reconciliation between father and son. Ariel realizes that he does not own the child. And their friendship will have to encompass both their individual issues – hardly similar and yet resonant to both of them. Nobody knows whether Onyok’s reconciliation with an abusive parent will succeed. But one thing has remained inevitably clear: he has regained his voice.

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