The Bakla Review, covering all things gay in the Philippines, has compiled two 10 Best of the Decade lists: movies and commercials. Given the shortcomings of indie international distribution, many of the films may be unknown to American viewers. The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, however, made a splash at New Directors / New Films, was nominated for a Spirit Award, and won the Berlinale Teddy for best feature. I was impressed by how naturally the movie develops the story of a 12 year boy in the slums developing an intense crush on the handsome young cop who saved him from an attack. Victor, the police officer whose private life is never revealed, rebuffs the boy's romantic advances, then corruption and violence flip their relationship and Maximo rejects Victor's friendship.
Readers who score low on attention span and high on immediate gratification will love Bakla's ten best Pinoy gay commercials, all of which can be seen on the site. They run the gamut from a gay couple casually holding hands walking down a crowded street to a lockerroom romp in which guys in towels lipsynch to Backstreet Boys. Some ads are played for humor to mixed results, though it's interesting to consider why ad executives thought it would sell more Sunkist Iced Tea to create a 30 second spot in which the thirsty basketball stud is shown to be a nellie queen turned on by rubbing against his sweaty teammates.