Himalya (Restored) ( 2:05:09)
Synopsis: Coinciding with a total eclipse when people believe that the world is ending, inconsequential lass Elsa (Nora Aunor) witnesses an apparition of the Virgin Mary on top of the hill where as an infant Elsa was found and adopted by Saling (Vangie Labalan). The village people's initial reaction is disbelief until Elsa starts to heal. People, both rich and poor, throng to this remote village, inspiring entrepreneurs to put up businesses with some renting out their shacks as motels catering to the foreigners. An independent director tries to document Elsa's healing and activities, Mrs. Alba (Veronica Palileo) begins to sell bottled water blessed by Elsa. But while praying on the hill, Elsa and her aide Chayong (Laura Centeno) are attacked and raped by drug addicts. Elsa stops to heal and becomes pregnant and devotees think Elsa is having an immaculate conception. What will happen when Elsa reveals that there has never been a miracle and that healing comes from the people's faith and belief? Artists: Nora Aunor, Spanky Manikan, Gigi Dueñas, Vangie Labalan, Laura Centeno, Veronica Palileo Director: Ishmael Bernal Producer: Experimental Cinema of the Philippines Release Date: December 1982 (Restored Version in December 2012) Running Time: 2 hours 4 minutes Genre: Drama Language: Filipino
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