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Name: Alfredo A.

Sinconiegue III Course/Section: BSED 4-F

Instructor: Ms. May Peracullo Course/Description: SS SOCCUL

(Society and Culture with Family Planning)

Title of the Movie: “Ded na si Lolo”

Synopsis:

A large family with lots of issues gather together to mourn the death of the family
patriarch. But getting in the way of their genuine grief is a bunch of superstitions about the
dead, and the family's inability to deal with their issues in a civilized way.

Reaction: (Positive/ Negative)

The Movie “Ded na si Lolo” is a depiction of the Filipino culture. It was able to showcase
the strong family and relationship ties that keep hold of the core values that bind each member
of the community. It was shown that the death of one member of the community will ultimately
affect each of the other members, may it be directly as in the case of the family who were
brought together and had to deal with one another’s personalities for the sake of their father.

In terms of family relationships, the mother, holding the responsibility towards the
children and the household, was seen very demanding and kind of irritating in nagging almost
about everything. The father, on the other hand, was seen more calm and understanding. The
children were then expected to be obedient and submissive to everything that their parents
order. The eldest sibling was seen to have this dominating personality in criticizing her other
siblings and in wanting to lead the discussion especially one that involves making important
decisions. The youngest was seen to be more sensitive and takes things very personally
especially towards her older sister’s constant critique of her husband. The whole community
was seen to be very helpful and demonstrated bayanihan in helping to carry the casket, as well
as in showing concern towards the family. The rest of the family members were then seen to
showcase their unique personalities that mix up with their individual logic and belief (mostly
superstitious) regarding traditional ways and methods for setting up a wake.

These superstitions included the most intricate details such as not having soup during
the wake, cutting the rosary to end the cycle of death within the family, putting money on the
hand of the dead for luck, positioning the foot of the dead away from the door, not cleaning
during the wake, not saying thank you, not wearing red, and others. One tradition included
gambling set up near the place, where each player is expected to pay his or her respect
towards the dead by giving an amount every time that he plays.

The family members were also seen to value individualistic characteristics that relate
them with one another, may it be through small and superficial things pertaining to the same
liking and interests. Although the superficiality of this characteristic was also demonstrated, it
somehow evokes the positive and joyful outlook of the characters in the film. Emphasize on
drama and form was also shown as the gay son extravagantly went to the wake wearing a
daring red long gown, wanting to naturally faint for show. This was also shown with the
siblings’ constant fainting with the news, delivering an issue that makes it a hot topic outside of
their doors. Lastly, lack of discipline was demonstrated by the gay son as well in deliberately
flirting with some guys during the wake while the rest are praying.

Conclusion:

The movie clearly manifests how everyday interactions with others depend
heavily on the pre-existing, observed and shared cultural patterns and social structures.

“Ded na si Lolo” as a movie, portrays how beliefs affect the living of a family in a community,
that the way the family members behave all depends on the accepted superstitious beliefs
which no one knows where they originated, “basta sabi nila.”

It shows how people value the importance of superstitious beliefs with the fear of bad
luck. So, they just blindly embraced it with the thinking that they will not be harmed if they
follow such belief. However, there’s one character who tried to be rational by asking why they
have to emulate such beliefs which no one knows how and where did it come from. But as
usual, in the Filipino family setup, the eldest should be obeyed and followed. Therefore, the
youngest has to obey and follow also the rules implemented by the eldest in consonance with
the pre-existing traditional beliefs.

In the end, though, characters are different when it comes to the observance of these
beliefs they find love and unity not just in their family but as well as in the community.