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If you live in a tiny rented room, put up with nosey and noisy neighbors, or worry about your family’s safety in a congested neighborhood, you know how it is to be an ordinary Filipino.

Yes, the hapless Filipino wage earner whose dream to own a home is often quashed by the daunting task of paying for food, utiities, and life’s other obligations.

This is the scenario that tugs at your heart as “Upa,” a film released by BRIA Homes, depicts the story of a small Filipino family as they deal with the manifold problems of living in a rented room. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Chris Cahilig, with Lyka Bernal and Juan Carlo Tarobal as lead stars, “Upa” wields an important lesson as the couple’s troubles come to a head: sometimes, the hard knocks are life’s ‘wake up’ call.

Indeed, losing their rent money to theft and their dinner to freeloading kapitbahays are just two of the eye-openers that finally rouse the couple into action. Seeing their dear friend happily settled down in a beautiful BRIA home, husband and wife  check out a family-friendly BRIA community—and like what they see: well-designed homes in a wholesome and secure environment that boasts modern amenities and facilities designed for its residents’ enjoyment.

 

The production team of “Upa” includes Lorraine Shaira Mae Intes for screenplay; Noel Teehankee for cinematography; Henry Ramirez for offline editing; Kenneth Amparo for online editing; Richard Gonzales for scoring; Joe-Nico Ebora for coloring; and Kat Salinas for sound design.

The film was shot at BRIA Homes in San Pablo City, Laguna, showcasing an airy BRIA Home with sleek interiors and the different perks of living in a wholesome community such as its recreational and security amenities (basketball court, an eco-friendly park, CCTV cameras, guarded entrance and exits, and perimeter fences).

Other key features of BRIA developments are also highlighted in the film, like its proximity to schools, hospitals, churches, retail establishments, public transport options, and major roads and highways.

More importantly, BRIA’s winning formula—Affordability (Mura) + Quality (Dekalidad) = a Beautiful BRIA Home for Every Filipino—proves to viewers that ordinary Filipinos can purchase a home for as low as Php1,897 per month, through bank financing and Pag-IBIG funding.

“Upa” affirms the lesson: why rent a tiny dwelling when, like the characters in the film, the family that moves into a beautiful BRIA home can be you?


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