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John Vincent R.

Tarun HUM01 Ang Nawawala


Twenty-year old Gibson Bonifacio returns to Manila for the holidays, his first visit home in three years. Hes been studying abroad, and his homecoming is a mix of anxiety and excitement. While the holidays are always festive in the Philippines, for his family, it is always tinged with sadness, marking as it does yet another anniversary of the accidental death of his identical twin brother Jamie. The event after which, Gibson stopped speaking entirely. This year, a full decade has passed, and yet there are still everyday reminders of their loss, since a carbon copy of the son that has died is the son who survives. Gibson comes home to a fractured family, tensions roiling under the surface covered by the tablecloth-gleam of Christmas cheer. Amidst the subculture of Manilas overlooked upper middle class youth, Gibson searches for genuine connection. As his childhood best friend reaches out to him, and, as he finds a possible romance in a young woman, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationship with his family, with himself, even with his dead brother: the only person he talks to. The one who make him talked again is Enid. And in the end he apologizes to his twin brother during its tenth death anniversary. When he got home he started speaking.