Transcontextualizing Contemporary Filipino Gay-Themed Movies: Its Message to the LGBT Community


This study focused on transcontextualizing contemporary Filipino gay-themed movies. Utilizing Content Analysis, this study deciphered the underlying message of each contemporary Filipino gay-themed movie and its social relevance to the LGBT community. As an analytic strategy, content analysis enables a systematic examination of forms of communication to document patterns objectively. It is a method for summarizing any form of content through classification, tabulation and evaluation of its key symbols and themes in order to ascertain its meaning. The films were chosen based on the year they were filmed. The movies selected were: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005), Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo may Boyfriend (2016), Die Beautiful (2016), That Thing Called Tanga Na (2016), and The Third Party (2016). The cinematography involved in this study was thematically analyzed via literary coding. Coding as an element of thematic analysis makes use of specific signs and/or symbols to represent one pattern where themes can be generated based from the embedded cinematic elements as the process of transcontextualization in filmographic education. Results revealed that the different contemporary Filipino gay-themed movies have become instruments in creating new opportunities of respect and acceptance because of the reality they depict in a wide range of viewers. This denotes that with the increasing number of gay-themed movies in the Philippines, the barrier and discrimination has diminished. It is therefore recommended that transcontextualization should be utilized by students in literary analysis because it dilates ones’ eyes to discern realities in the context of filmography.

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Erwin Purcia, Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College, Philippines
Nora Velma Gayod, Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College, Philippines
Daniel Gayod, Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College, Philippines
Jomar Mendoza, Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College, Philippines

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Conference: ACLL2019
Stream: Applied linguistics research

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