The original DVD cover.
|Directed by||Gilbert Perez|
|Screenplay by||Ned Trespeces|
Assunta de Rossi
Jodi Sta. Maria
|Music by||Jesse Lucas|
|Cinematography||Miguel V. Fabie III|
|Edited by||Vito Cajili|
|Distributed by||Star Cinema|
|Running time||110 minutes|
|Box office||PhP. 74 pesos|
Jologs (stylized as JOLOGS) is a 2002 Filipino teen, comedy-drama film directed by Gilbert Perez and released by Star Cinema. The film featured an ensemble cast as well as cameos from well-known Filipino celebrities. Jologs is a Filipino derogatory slang that is used to describe a tawdry person who belongs to the lower class.
The first character shown is Ruben(John Prats). A college student, his job at Barako Café (owned by Trigger played by Onemig Bondoc) is not nearly enough to pay his tuition. Having lost his scholarship on a technicality,Ruben resorts to burglary in order to cover his educational expenses. What ensues is a comedic overly choreographed fight-scene complete with wire work and overdone martial arts action.
Shona(Michelle Bayle) leaves her son and her boyfriend (Mando played by Diether Ocampo) in order to return to work in Japan as an exotic dancer. Her predicament exemplifies the situation of every Filipino person who has come to the realization that life in the Philippines often does not allow the working person to earn money enough to save for a better living.
Cher(Baron Geisler) is a drag queen who, because of her sexuality, becomes the victim of violent homophobic aggression. His performance, while exaggeratedly comic, touches on the ugliness of homophobia and sexual discrimination. And yet the issue is never resolved, because Cher’s attackers are not punished for their hate crime. Neither is Shona condemned for abandoning her child in this instance of labor export from the Philippines, and the effects that it has on the people who must be left. Ruben’s moral and practical dilemma remains unresolved as well.
The lives of three couples: Iza(Assunta de Rossi) and Iñigo(Dominic Ochoa), Kulas(Vhong Navarro) and Joan(Julia Clarete), and Dino(Patrick Garcia) and Faith(Jodi Sta. Maria) deal with objectification, unrequited love, and first sexual experiences, respectively.
- Diether Ocampo as Mando
- Patrick Garcia as Dino
- Vhong Navarro as Kulas
- Onemig Bondoc as Trigger
- Dominic Ochoa as Iñigo
- John Prats as Ruben
- Jodi Sta. Maria as Faith
- Julia Clarete as Joan
- Baron Geisler as Cher
- Michelle Bayle as Chona
- Assunta de Rossi as Iza
- Matt Ranillo III as Mr. Morales
- Jean Saburit as Mrs. Morales
- Maribeth Bichara as Mrs. Chavez
- Bentong as Juanito
- Nikki Valdez as Iza's friend
- Denise Joaquin as Iza's friend
- Sean Ignacio as Bryan
- Farrah Florer as Violeta
- Perla Bautista as Ruben's grandmother
- Kris Aquino as herself
- Bobet Vidanes as the Game KNB? contestant
- Judy Ann Santos as a customer of Barako Cafe
- Piolo Pascual as a customer of Barako Cafe
- Camille Prats as pedestrian
- Heart Evangelista as a pedestrian
- Angelica Panganiban the girl carrying the birthday cake of Dino
- Leandro Muñoz as the airport official
- Gabe Mercado as the Pastor
- Carlo Muñoz as the taxi driver
- Christian Vasquez as Joan's boyfriend
- Regine Tolentino as the restaurant waitress
- Justin Cuyugan as a buss conductor
- Bearwin Meily as the village guard
- Hyubs Azarcon as the village guard
- Andrea del Rosario as the student assistant
- Minnie Aguilar as the guidance councilor
- Carlo Aquino as Dino's birthday guest
- Janus Del Prado as birthday guest
- Nicole Anderson as birthday guest
- Sarah Cristophers as birthday guest
- Kristopher Peralta as frat-man
- Don Laurel as frat-man
- Lui Villaruz as Barako Cafe security guard
- Stage crew as KTV customers
The script for the film was selected for the top prize at the first annual Star Scriptwriting Contest.
The original film score of the film was composed and conducted by Jesse Lucas.
Jologs: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the official soundtrack album of the film published by Star Records. The soundtrack features songs from well-known Filipino artists including Roselle Nava, Gloc-9 and Piolo Pascual. The theme song entitled "Next In Line" was originally sung by Wency Cornejo of the band Afterimage, it was re-recorded specifically for the film by stage crew. Another track from the film is a song entitled "Jologs" performed by the rapper Gloc-9.
The film was released on August 28, 2002 and went on to gross PhP. 74 million in Philippine box office.
In review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 60% and an average score of 4 out of 5 from users based on 67 reviews.
The Region-3 DVD of the film was released on January 17, 2006 by Star Home Video.
2003 Gawad Urian Awards
- Nominated Best Actor for Vhong Navarro
- Nominated Best Editing for Vito Cajili
- Nominated Best Music for Jesse Lucas
- Nominated Best Screenplay for Ned Trespeces
- Jologs on cbcpworld, retrieved 19 March 2012