Adela (2008 film)

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Directed by Adolfo Alix Jr.
Produced by Noel D. Ferrer
Written by Adolfo Alix Jr.
Nick Joseph Olanka
Starring Anita Linda
Joem Bascon
Jason Abalos
Perla Bautista
Iza Calzado
Ricky Davao
Music by Ditoy Aguila
Cinematography Albert Banzon
Edited by Alex Castañeda
Bicycle Pictures
Release date
  • July 11, 2008 (2008-07-11)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

Adela is a 2008 Filipino drama independent film starring the Philippine Screen Legend, Anita Linda. The film was a tribute for the award-winning film veteran which won Best Actress awards from the Gawad Tanglaw, 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival (Southeast Asia Film Competition) and Young Critics Circle for her portrayal of the titular character.[1][2][3]

The story of Adela, which takes place in a span of one day, is a heartbreaking story of a woman who longs for the company of her loved ones. Some of the stars tapped to act as Adela's neighbors are Jason Abalos, Angeli Bayani, and Iza Calzado.


On her eightieth birthday, Adela prepares enough food to accommodate her children who all promised to be present during the occasion. She goes around the community and helps those who are in need. She tries to treat it like a normal day—doing her daily chores and duties but the widow can't hide her loneliness.

Adela has three children: an OFW who works in Qatar; a drug addict son (portrayed by Ricky Davao) who is currently in jail; and a daughter who works as a housemaid in Makati. They all fail to show up and greet her, prompting her to spend the day alone in Freedom Island, a bird sanctuary where mangroves are abundant.[4]


On her way home, Mercy (Angeli Bayani), heavily pregnant discovered her live-in partner PJ (Jason Abalos), is sleeping with her mistress (Cyra de la Cerna). To her dismay, she accidentally labored with the help of Aling Adela (Anita Linda), a former midwife. Celebrating her 80th birthday, Adela expects her children to come along with her grand children. On the other hand, PJ with the baranggay captain invited Aling Adela for a gathering to celebrate the birth of his baby and at the same time convince her to join the prayer rally for President Arroyo but in excuse she wants to have her day with her children. As she prepares to go to church, Benjo (Joem Bascon) came to sell a toaster and a cellphone charger. She then discovered her wedding ring was gone then went to a junk shop manager and found out that the appliances she bought are all stolen from Aling Glenda (Perla Bautista). She confronted the young snatcher and pleaded for her ring back but he won’t simply admit it. She simply went to church to pray and give thanks for this special day but she then saw the young snatchers activities. She also met her former co-league in the radio. There were chit-chats and Adela refuses to discuss how lonely her life is. Near the church, she also bought toys and decorations for her apos. She went also to the local prison to visit her son only to find out that her son is about to be convicted and be transferred in the Muntinglupa. She then decided to attend the PJ’s celebration with all the drinking and karaoke singing. While all the gang is singing “Luha”, she got a call from her daughter. It is unclear but based on the reaction of Adela, her daughter won’t be able to come. She went home, gave some pancit to her neighbour. She also went to the young snatcher’s mother and gave the appliance back only to discover an illicit love affair with a stud. As everyone went to the prayer rally, Adela silently went to the river shore and celebrated 80th birthday with an uncertain hope and much pain. The film ended with a disturbing scene where Adela went to a bush place and leaves the audience hanging what happened.[5]


Main Cast
Supporting Cast
Other Cast
  • Nick Olanka
  • Aiza Santiago
  • Rolly Palmes
  • Jose Jonie Ocampo
  • Maxie Evangelista


At The Cultural Center of the Philippines[edit]

Adolfo Alix Jr.'s Adela was the opening film of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on July 20, 2008.[6]

Toronto International Film Festival[edit]

Adolfo Alix Jr. Adela has been invited to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, which runs in the Canadian city Sept. 4 to 13. The news was relayed to Inquirer Entertainment by Alix, who added that his film will be included in the section called Contemporary World Cinema together with India's Firaaq, Thailand's In the Shadow of the Naga Phawat, Indonesia's Under the Tree, South Koreas Treeless Mountain', Japan's All Around Us and Machan of United Kingdom/Italy/Germany/Sri Lanka.

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated
Vladivostok International Film Festival Official Selection Nominated
Melbourne International Film Festival Official Selection Nominated
Moscow International Film Festival Official Selection Nominated
Sarasota International Film Festival Narrative Competition Nominated
Festival Cinema Africano Asia America Latina Milano Official Selection Windows on the World Competition Nominated
San Francisco Asian-American Film Festival Official Selection International Showcase Competition Nominated
Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Actress for Anita Linda Won
Young Critics Circle Awards Best Actress for Anita Linda Won
Best Picture Won
Best Performance Won
Best Screenplay Won
Best Cinematography and Visual Design Won
Best Editing Won
Best Sound and Aural Orchestration Won
2008 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection Contemporary World Cinema Nominated
10th Cinemanila International Film Festival (Southeast Asia Film Competition) Best Actress for Anita Linda Won
Pusan International Film Festival Official Selection Window to Asian Cinema Nominated
Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Opening Film Nominated


Production Crew[edit]

  • Executive Producers: Noel D. Ferrer and Adolfo Alix, Jr.
  • Line Producers: Arleen Cuevas
  • Associate Line Producer: Maxie Evangelista
  • Director of Photography: Albert Banzon
  • Production Manager: Rolly Palmes
  • Associate Director: Armando Reyes
  • Production Designers: Adolfo Alix, Jr. and Jerome Zamora
  • Written by Adolfo Alix, Jr. and Nick Joseph Olanka
  • Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr.


  1. ^ Miralles, Nitz (10 March 2008). "Veteran actress Anita Linda topbills an indie movie". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (13 October 2009). "A Hard Life, Especially as You're Turning 80". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ San Diego Jr., Bayani (16 June 2008). "'Adela' is Cinemalaya opening film July 11". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. 
  5. ^ Movie Review: Adela 
  6. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (12 July 2008). "Veteran actress Anita Linda has no plans of retiring yet". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Adela:Awards & Nominations". MSN Entertainment. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "ADELA International Trailer". Retrieved 24 April 2013. 

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