Himala (1982) review
After more than 30 years, Himala is still one of the best Fiipino films ever made. Such classic is timeless; it can never run out of fashion. It shows how sufficient funds, good script, prime direction, and sophisticated selection of materials and cast can produce a distinctively Filipino film that is truly world class.
…The film starts with an image that has became an icon – Elsa (Nora Aunor) in a praying position on a barren land in front of some dried out tree trunks during a Solar eclipse. Back home in a shed she shares with her adoptive mother that she saw the Virgin Mary during that moment. Stepmother does not believe this strange confession, nor does the local priest they go to ask for guidance.