Eddie Garcia

Dogs are thought to be man’s best friend, at their owners’ sides in sickness and in health. But can people be selfless enough to return the favor? In writer/director Jun Robles Lana’s Bwakaw, the eponymous dog (canine star “Princess”) comes into the life of elderly, curmudgeonly loner Rene (Eddie Garcia) and thus injects him with a newfound sense of humanity. While the story is somewhat of a retread of many “inspirational dog” films, like My Dog Skip or Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, it is executed fairly well, and the man and dog have great chemistry to propel the story and draw in viewer interest despite its flaws. The recently retired Rene lives alone and without the 21st century comfort of electricity. His only friend is former stray Bwakaw, who he still keeps at arm’s length, as she only lives on his porch. Nevertheless, Bwakaw is glued to Rene’s side as he takes pedi-cabs around town and hangs out with his former co-workers at the local post office. Crusty Rene frequently gets in scrapes with many, including macho pedi-cab driver Sol (Rez Cortez), who is opposed to transporting canines, and flamboyant hair salon owners Zaldy and Tracy (Soxie Topaxio and Armida Siguion Reyna), who only put up with him because Zaldy is a childhood friend. Rene is also a homosexual, but hasn’t fully come to terms with that, despite his old age.

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