That would of course be tantamount to expecting Dostoyevskian rewards from a Mills And Boon pocketbook in fact, I'd go as far as conceding that a Mad Magazine feature would be closer ti the nature of May Daga Sa Labas Ng Lungga. But the mere fact that the discussion could initiate this level of polemics indicates that Danny Zialcita, Eddie Garcia and Ronaldo Valdez and by association contemporary Philippine motion picture comedy, might be going somewhere. Again this carries on where May Lamok Sa Loob Ng Kulambo left off, this time with the lesson more pronounced. What I mean is that, compared with most of Ronaldo Valdez's previous gay-persona outings, May Daga to begin with has a dangerously weak cast of supporting actors, no Amy Austria, Suzanne Gonzales not even Johnny Vicar in close range, just a bunch of well-meaning and congenial talents eager to do in their best but whose capabilities definitely fall outside Valdez's calibre. The risk Zialcita took in response to this limitation has paid off in most parts. In May Daga Sa Labas Ng Lungga , Ronaldo Valdez comes into his own definitive manner, fully capable and confident in getting away with even the worst conventions his specialized kind of craft can proffer. Shrewdly as it turned out, Zialcita built the movie's highlights on scenes intended to be carried by Valdez's character and in fact, allowed his star the bravura opportunity of creating a gay lead barely though riotously managing to impersonate Eddie Garcia's macho counterpart. I wonder how aware the filmmakers were of how close to marginal the movie's climax was. The incongruity is down right outrageous, but no one who has ever been moved, as I've sometimes been with all those endings in our comedies will fail to feel the almost reflective swell of emotion. On the other hand, if everything were deliberately done, at least as much as would be enough to hold up under this sort of scrutiny, then the movie couldn't have been as casual as it turned out to be.
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Danny L. Zialcita
Cinematographer: Felizardo Bailen
Music: Demet Velasquez
Editor: Nonoy Santillan
Production Design: Angelito Estacio
Produced By: Essex Films
Release Date: October 19, 1984