The Masseur

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The Masseur
Directed byBrillante Mendoza
Produced by
  • Marissa Cua
  • Fedelyn Geling
  • Ma. Lourdes Gnileg
  • Dante Mungcal
  • Venus Mungcal
Screenplay byBoots Agbayani S. Pastor
Story by
  • Brillante Mendoza
  • Boots Agbayani S. Pastor
Based onAn original story by Ferdinand Lapus
Music byJerrold Tarog
  • Timmy Jimenez
  • Monchie Redoble
Edited byHerbert Navasca
  • Gee Films Productions International
  • Centerstage Productions
Release date
  • October 19, 2005 (2005-10-19)
Running time
76 minutes

The Masseur (Filipino: Masahista) is a 2005 Filipino film written and directed by Brillante Mendoza.[1] This film is about a young man who gives massages to gay men in Manila and had a relationship.


Iliac is a young masseur who went home to Pampanga to find out that his bedridden father is dead. Iliac assists in the preparation of his father's burial including dressing his dead father up inside the morgue.


  • Coco Martin as Iliac
  • Jaclyn Jose as Naty
  • Alan Paule as Alfredo/Marina Hidalgo
  • Katherine Luna as Tessa
  • R.U. Miranda as Lorena
  • Aaron Christian Rivera as Maldon
  • Arianne Camille Rivera as Faye
  • Ronaldo Bertubin as Manager
  • Norman Pineda as Edmond
  • John Baltazar as Anthony
  • Jan-el Esturco as Errand Boy
  • Erlinda Cruz as Jean
  • Rose Mendoza as Rose
  • Mary Anne dela Cruz as Jean
  • Maximiano Sultan as Rodel
  • Josefina Punzalan as Funeral Parlor Directress
  • Jayson Colis as Axel
  • Randel Reyes as John
  • Paolo Rivero as Andrew
  • Kristopher King as Lester
  • Marvin Bautista as Dennis
  • Adan Bolivar as Gabriel
  • Kim Relucio as Louie
  • Jaypee Basco as Edwin
  • Joe Armas as Jay
  • Jetro Rafael as Ferdinand
  • Joel Ilagan as Masseur
  • Domineek Almoete as Client A
  • Odsz Molina as Client B
  • Ferdie Lapuz as Client C
  • Monti Parungao as Client D
  • Ino Amoyo as Client E
  • Lou Veloso as Client F
  • Paolo Cruz as Client G
  • Orly Myco as Mason
  • Janice Fernandez as Nurse
  • Ador Dincol as Photographer
  • Neth Mendoza as Mourner
  • Jean Tubal as Mourner
  • Auring Manguerra as Mourner
  • Nenita Manguerra as Mourner
  • Juliet Santillan as Mourner
  • Brando Mendoza as Mourner


Year Film Festival/Award Award Category/Recipient
2006 Young Critics Circle, Philippines Best Movie
2006 Young Critics Circle, Philippines Best Actor Coco Martin
2006 Brisbane Filmfest, Australia Interfaith Award
2005 58th Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland Golden Leopard award Video competition


  1. ^ Weissberg, Jay (16 August 2005). "Review: The Masseur". Variety. Retrieved 12 April 2017.

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