By Ronald Constantino
PEOPLE NEED – Some people, especially millennials can’t live without the Internet, losing the ability to and the pleasure of personally connecting with other people.
Remember writing love and friendly letters? Of waiting for an answer via the post office, be it ordinary or special mail? How about visiting friends and relatives and spending hours eating chatting… without the cell phone ringing?
As a line in the song goes, “People need people.” There is life beyond the WiFi.
NOSTALGIC – Seems gone are those sweet nostalgic days.
Which is the message of “Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi,” an entry to the nationwide Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Aug.15-21) and graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board ( exempted 100 percent from amusement taxes). Produced by The IdeaFirst, Cignal, and October Train and written and directed by Jun Robles Lana. The IdeaFirst company is owned by partners Lana and Perci Intalan, himself writer-director.
The story revolves around Norma (Sue Ramirez), a typical millennial dependent on WiFi who develops an allergy to it. She is compelled to live with her grandmother ( Boots Anson Roa-Rodrigo) in a faraway province where she won’t be exposed to radioactives that could worsen her condition. Sharing stellar billing are Jameson Blake and Markus Peterson.
Now, can Sue live without the WiFi for a long time? She says yes, “I will have time for social activities…travel, bond with loved ones.” How about James and Markus? The answer is also yes…without any hesitation. All three millennials are allergic to bashers.
MOST ANTICIPATED – “Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi” is most anticipated, with its trailer hitting the nine million mark on social media and still counting.
Jun and Perci’s The IdeaFirst has an impressive track record. They are behind the acclaimed “Die Beautiful,” financial and artistic success, winning awards here and abroad.
Highspeed asks readers: Can you live in a world without WiFi?