My Cactus Heart

100 min






Shall we dance?


Wasn't it impressive?


So, how do you find it?

It's beautiful, right?

Romantic, isn't it!

Sandy made it!

Sandy did a great job!

Yeah, right!

- Miss, thank you!

- So, did they like the demo reel?

A bit...

A bit?

What do you mean?

They only like it a bit?

Or they don't like it one bit?

Pork blood stew. Do you want this?

It's tinumis.

I don't like that.


Are you afraid of blood?

You know...

Excuse me.

Your story is really good.

The only problem is the ending.

It's too sad.

What kind of a love story

has a sad ending?

It has a happy ending! it's good enough.

What? You call that a happy ending?

The boy and the girl got separated.

The boy disappeared!

By popular definition,

that is not a happy ending.

Well, at least, not in my planet.

So anyway,

I told the investors it's just a demo.

So if they want anything changed,

then we will revise it.


What do you mean?

The story can't be changed!


we're just going to make the ending lighter.

Make it a little more commercial.

We'll put a hug, a kiss,

a little affection...

Some tears and quotable quotes!

You know, love is a fairy tale.

Love is cheesy.

Love is sweet...

- Love is... LOVE!

- Hi, Ma'am!


Get it'?

Sandy, this is the big break

our studio's been waiting for.

What's the deal?

Don't you believe in happy endings?

- What "happy endings"?

- Happy ending...

As in boy and girl... together... forever.

Sandy, I just want to know if we have the

same idea about "happily ever after".

Okay, fine.

A simpler question...

Have you ever been in love'?

What kind of question is that?

It's too personal.

Excuse me, Miss Macalintal.

It only becomes personal

if you upload your video on YouTube.

I'm your boss.

But other than being your boss,

I'm also your friend.

So, you can tell me.

So, you can tell me.

I'm not leaving until you spill!


That's karma!

Okay! All right!

Short or long answer?

Short or long.

Team Edward or Team Jacob.

Try me. Anything. I will listen.

Before we go to the ending...

We should start at the beginning, right?


Let's start with my family.

This is my mother. She loves cooking.

That's why she has a catering business.

My dad thinks he's the singing salesman,

but he's always off-key.

My older sister, Helena, has always been

serious as a child.

Thank you. papa-'

My brother Kale loves the camera.

Sandy, look at the camera!

Don't, brother Kale!

And there's me.

I thought we were a happy family...

But what I thought wasn't always the case.


- Papa?

- Come here.

Isn't your first communion rites over?

But I like wearing this...

Because I look like a princess.

You always look like a princess to daddy.


Always remember...

What is it, daddy?

If papa leaves...

He'll come back for you.



I love you, Papa-

I will never forget that day.

I love you, Sandy!

Lindsay, the bloodied pork?

Coming soon!

Papa, when will you be promoted...

- as Vice-President for Sales'?

- So you won't always be out of town.

Actually, kids,

I'm already the Vice-President for Sales!

- Wow, papa's already the Vice-President!

- Is this true?

Let me kiss you!


Papa, I want new shoes!

I want new shoes, too!

- Papa, buy me some toys!

- Of course!

And shoes...

And headbands...

I might be away for a long time...

That's the first time I've heard that.

I'm sorry, mama.

Weren't you the one who always said...

That in this family...

Honesty is the...

The cover...

Do you want to add some more sugar?

Lindsay, where's the pork blood stew?!





Papa will be living in Cebu for a while.

I just want to be alone.

While you're alone, you might want us to

keep you company...

Mama, papa said he wants to be alone.

Danny, are you leaving us?

Margaret, I'll always be here for family

weekend dinners.

Come on...

Don't frown.

Your empanada is really good.

Come, taste it.

- Here. Come on, Mama.

- Here's the pork blood stew!

I knew it.

I knew it all along.

You're leaving us, right?

Ma'am, I already told you...

Tomorrow is my day-off, right?

Take this pork blood stew

that's as black as your heart!


Mama, no!



Sweetened soy pudding!

One ice cream, please!


I've been waiting for you!


Are you ready to leave?


Let's go!

One two three four five six seven eight...

Don't too close. I know you love me.

Stop it.



I'll wait for you outside.

Sandy, come with me tomorrow, okay?

The Ring is already showing in cinemas.

I can't.

Papa's coming home tomorrow.

He told us he has a surprise.

He's going to tell us something.

I think he's coming back for good!

You've been hoping for that for so long

but nothing ever happens.

What if I get so scared'?

I have no one to hold on to.

Do you want me to hold on to Ricky?

He's so hot, isn't he?

He looks like Ricky Martin!


How did you meet your Ricky?

I wrote a love letter to my soul mate.

I wrote:

"Whoever you are, give me a sign. "

After that, I threw it.

Your soul mate got it fast!

Where did you throw it'?

In the men's CR...


It would be easier for him to get it.


That's love, you know'?

Love is an adventure!

Right? I'll be with you in a bit.

What? Go with me tomorrow to the shop?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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