The Debut (2000)

Filipino-American high school student Ben (Dante Mercado) works in a comic book shop to earn money to pay his way into Cal Arts. His father, a postman, is determined that his son--who has won a pre-med scholarship to UCLA--will become a doctor. The eighteenth birthday party of Ben's sister, Rose, sets off a comedic and touching series of events and family struggles that will in turn determine young Ben's future. This fresh independent production from Gene Cajayon presents a lighthearted and warm coming-of-age tale filtered through the eyes of an American subculture rarely seen on film.

Directing:
  • Gene Cajayon

Writing:
  • Gene Cajayon
  • John Manal Castro

Stars:
Release Date: 2000-05-18
themoviedb icon 5.3/10
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 88
  • Budget: $1,000,000
Dante Basco
Dante Basco
Ben Mercado
Derek Basco
Derek Basco
Edwin Mercado
Bernadette Balagtas
Bernadette Ba...
Rose Mercado
Ernie Zarate
Ernie Zarate
Tito Lenny
Gina Alajar
Gina Alajar
Gina Mercado
Joy Bisco
Joy Bisco
Annabelle Manalo
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