The Debut | 2001

Drama, Comedy
Ben has spent his life trying to get out from under his father's thumb. His father Roland gave up everything to bring his family to the U.S. from the Philippines, and he expects his son to make the same kind of ...more

Cast

... Ben Mercado

Actor

... Rose Mercado

Actor

... Roland Mercado

Actor

... Gina Mercado

Actor

... Lolo Carlos

Actor

... Annabelle Manalo

Actor

... Edwin Mercado

Actor

... Augusto

Actor

... Rommel

Actor

... Alice

Actor

... Doug

Actor

... Rick

Actor

Company

5 Card Productions

Production Company

Celestial Pictures

Production Company

GMA Network Films

Production Company

Lu Cien Hioe

Production Company

National Asian American Telecommunications Association

Production Company

Visual Communications Group

Production Company

Synopsis

Ben has spent his life trying to get out from under his father's thumb. His father Roland gave up everything to bring his family to the U.S. from the Philippines, and he expects his son to make the same kind of sacrifice by choosing a career as an MD. But Ben is an aspiring cartoon artist, and he wants to learn animation-an impossible dream in his father's opinion, especially since Ben just won a full pre-med scholarship. When his extended family gathers for sister Rose's birthday party, Ben starts to realize how much family history is repeating itself. His own father's dreams of becoming a singer were mercilessly crushed by Ben's domineering Filipino grandfather, Lolo Carlos. When Ben is challenged by his girlfriend's ex, everyone must deal with the consequences.

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