Ang Lalaki sa Buhay ni Selya

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Ang Lalaki sa buhay ni Selya
Ang Lalaki sa buhay ni Selya Poster
Directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna
Written by Bibeth Orteza
Starring Rosanna Roces
Ricky Davao
Gardo Versoza
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
1997 (1997)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

Ang Lalaki Sa Buhay Ni Selya (English Title: "The Man in Selya's Life") is a controversial 1997 Filipino film about a woman who confronts her own prejudice among the community of intolerant and homophobic gossipers when she chooses between two men.


The story revolves around Selya (Rosanna Roces), a schoolteacher. She wants more commitment from Bobby (Gardo Versoza), with whom she has a sexual relationship, but Bobby refuses to give her what she wants and he leaves her. Selya runs away and ends up in a little town where she meets Piling (Eva Darren), who is also a schoolteacher, and Dave (Ricky Davao), a closeted gay man. The townspeople are homophobic, and she begins to hear vicious criticisms and unbridled gossip as she embarks on a relationship with Dave. Selya realizes that things won't end well as Dave does not want a sexual relationship with her, and she walks out on Dave even as he proposes to her. Selya goes back to Bobby, only to regret her decision when he gets her pregnant and still doesn't change. Selya then decides to return to Dave and raise her child with him. Eventually, she becomes happy with her decision to live in a civil union with Dave, though their relationship remains platonic, and Selya realizes her worth as a woman. In the end, as Bobby tries to take her and their child away from Dave, Selya confronts her own irony, daringly exhibiting her strength of character as she conquers her physical desires and chooses the more emotionally rewarding bond.


Year Film Festival/Award Award Category/Recipient
1998 Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Jury Award
1998 Newport Beach Int'l Film Festival Best Asian Film Award
1998 Turin International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Special Jury Award Feature Competition

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