Hobbies

This Film Offers a Glimpse of Philippine History Through a 106-Year-Old Woman's Extraordinary Life

Curiosity, Adventure & Love tells the story of 106-year-old Jessie Lichauco, a Cuban-born American woman who moved to the Philippines in the 1930s.
IMAGE COURTESY
Comments

This weekend, the story of Jessie Lichauco, a Cuban-born American woman who left her country to start a new life in pre-war Manila, will be shown at Ayala Malls Glorietta 4.


Curiosity, Adventure & Love is told from 106-year-old Jessie Lichauco’s perspective. In it, she muses about brotherhood, Filipino independence, mixed marriages, and technology. She also tells stories about surviving the Second World War, the Japanese occupation, and a number of her best memories.

Freelance journalist Sunshine Lichauco de Leon, Lichauco's granddaughter produced Curiosity, Adventure & Love. The project was in the works for over eight years. De Leon started collecting her grandmother’s stories and recordings back in the late 2000s with the thought of writing a biography. After a chance encounter with a documentarian friend, de Leon realized that Lichauco’s colorful life could instead be turned into a documentary.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The film is de Leon’s first independent documentary. It has already won five awards at festivals around the world, including Soho International Film Festival Winner, Best Documentary, 2017; NYLA (New York Los Angeles) International Film Festival Winner, Best Documentary Feature, 2017; Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (LAIFFA) Winner, Best Documentary Feature for April; World Premieres Festival Philippines where Curiosity, Adventure & Love competed in the “Filipino New Cinema” category and was awarded a Special Jury Prize for documentary. 


Jessie Coe Lichauco with husband Marcial, the first Filipino to attend Harvard.

“I believe it’s important to share stories and insights of the generation that lived through the pre-war world and survived World War II. I made this film because I wanted to inspire people to learn more about Philippine history,  and the detail with which she remembers history brings it to life,” de Leon says. “The wisdom she has accumulated over a century of life has tremendous relevance in today’s fast-changing world, where people are more connected and yet more isolated from each other, perhaps now more than ever. It is my hope that her story will remind people of what we have in common and inspire them to be more compassionate to each other."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


The award-winning documentary will be shown at Ayala Malls Glorietta 4 on Friday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. as a tie-in to Philippine Independence Day. After the one hour screenings, there will be a question and answer session with director and producer Sunshine Lichauco de Leon.

Watching the trailer for Curiosity, Adventure & Love below:

For more information, log on to curiosityadventureandlove.com.

Comments
About The Author
Paolo Chua
Staff Writer
View Other Articles From Paolo
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
There's a lot to look forward to in 2019.
 
Share
Her starring role on Broadway was brief but unforgettable.
 
Share
On its seventh run, Art Fair Philippines returns to The Link carpark in Makati from February 22 to 24.
 
Share
The country's largest art fair was canceled just a little over a week before its scheduled opening.
 
Share
The TV show Victoria paints her as the Queen's ambitious rival-but is that the real story?
 
Share
From Jessica Mulroney to Amal Clooney, here's who we think could be considered for the job.
 
Share
Filipinos, commoners and nobility alike, wore gold jewelry as everyday accessories.
 
Share
These stunning pieces may have evolved over time, but they never lose their luster.
 
Share
Meet the army of specialized fixers who help rich people avoid becoming the day’s headline.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US