Donsol (film)

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Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr.
Produced by Bicycle Pictures
Written by Adolf Alix
Starring Sid Lucero
Angel Aquino
Cherie Gil
Bembol Roco
Jacklyn Jose
Music by Jesse Lucas
Cinematography Eli Balce
Edited by Tara Illenberger
Distributed by Bicycle Pictures
Star Cinema
Release date
  • 2006 (2006)
Running time
145 minutes
Language Filipino, Bicolano

Donsol is an indie film written and directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. about a summer love made in the island of Donsol. The movie produced by Bicycle Pictures stars Sid Lucero and Angel Aquino.


Donsol is a movie about a whaleshark guide named Daniel who falls in love with the beautiful but mysterious tourist Teresa. The two individuals are nursing their own heartaches but find themselves hopelessly drawn to each other; Daniel was left behind by his girlfriend for a rich man, Teresa a widowed breast cancer patient.

The film was shot entirely in Donsol, Sorsogon and there are underwater shots of the star of the movie the butanding (whaleshark). It tackled major issues like illegal fishing that poses threats to the butanding. Fidel (Daniel's father) is an illegal fisherman and was caught by the police coast guard. This created friction between the relationship of Daniel and the kapitana of the town who provided jobs for them as a Butanding Interaction Officer or BIO.

The film was the Philippines' official submission to the OSCARS Foreign Language Film category in 2007.



Year Result Award Category/Recipient
2007 won Goldent Screen Award Best Cinematography (Eli Balce) and Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor (Sid Lucero)
2007 nominated Gawad Urian Award Best Actor (Sid Lucero)
2007 nominated FAMAS Award Best Art Direction (Gessan Enriquez), Best Child Actor (Aaron Junatas), and Best Musical Score (Jesse Lucas)
2007 won FAMAS Award Best Cinematography (Eli Balce)
2006 won Spirit of the Independent Award Feature Category
2006 won Balanghai Trophy Best Cinematography and Best Performance of an Actress (Angel Aquino)

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