Heartwarming ‘Balikbayan’ Movie ‘Third World Happy’ to Hit Selected SM Theaters Nationwide

Matinee idol Sam Milby’s first Cinema One Originals movie Third World Happy will be seen in selected SM Theaters nationwide, beginning May 25 to 31.

The story unfurls the simple life of a “balikbayan” named Wesley (played by Milby) who has left the Philippines and his girlfriend in order to pursue his dream of becoming a painter. Everything changes when he returned to attend a funeral and reunites with his friends. They help him shine some light on his struggles: to look at his loved one in the coffin, to finally say his last goodbye, to get on with his life and start chasing his dream again.

Jodi Sta. Maria’s role as Aylyn, Wesley’s former girlfriend, manifests strength of women in facing heartbreak and family challenges, all at the same time. Here, Aylyn is a single mom, working hard as a teacher for her 13-year-old on son. As she meets Wesley again, after 13 years, she’ll finally receive the explanation she has always been wanting—why she was left behind by her beloved guy.

Kuya Danny (Richard Quan), on the other hand, has always been the supportive big brother of Wes, who never ventured on anything only for himself, but always for his family. Kuya Danny teaches Wes life’s most important lesson.

Third World Happy is directed and written by EJ Salcedo, who currently produces, writes and directs short films, TV commercials, corporate and music videos. He also directs for television.

Milby’s notable performance in the said film gained him a Best Actor nomination in the prestigious 34th Gawad Urian Awards of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Sta. Maria earlier garnered a Best Supporting Actress trophy in the Cinema One Originals 2010 awards.

“This is a semi-autobiographical story. I combined homecoming and the stories of artists not being able to pursue their dreams to build the story of Third World Happy,” said Salcedo.

What will moviegoers learn from movie Third World Happy? Salcedo said, “I wanted to tell this story to remind people that if they are given the chance to pursue their dreams, they should never waste it. Most people never get that chance.”

In a review published in South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival website, Kim Se-jin said “The film carefully unfolds Wesley’s painful past one by one while he keeps meeting his close friends living a life different with the dreams which they had in their youth and his ex-lover which broke up with him when he left for the US. She is living her tough life with a 13-year-old son and her mother now. Finally, he confronts the weight of the heavy time lying between the one who left and the one who was left during the funeral. The film consoles the audience and Wesley by showing the sincere strength of the everyday life and the process of his reconciliation with his painful past.”

Ria Limjap of, on the other hand, said though she’s not a fan of the acoustic heartthrob, she was still moved by Milby’s performance in Third World Happy. “Sam Milby does a good job portraying a lost balikbayan, floating in a stew of jetlag, emotional baggage, and Manila traffic. Dazed and depressed, drinking endless cups of instant coffee in disposable cups, Sam’s Wesley has to face his painful past: the girl he left behind, the tragic death of his parents, and now another beloved family member gone,” Limjap said.

Sam Milby’s portrayal as Wesley also got high praises from film critiques of “Milby doesn’t bare his abs but gets to effectively bare the angst of his character.”

Catch Third World Happy in 10 selected SM Theaters nationwide—SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Fairview, SM. Sta. Mesa, SM Southmall, SM Marikina, SM Cebu and SM Iloilo from May 25 to 31. Don’t miss the fun and excitement of Sam Milby’s Fans Day on May 25, 3p.m. at SM North Edsa.

Watch the trailer here:

39 Comments on Heartwarming ‘Balikbayan’ Movie ‘Third World Happy’ to Hit Selected SM Theaters Nationwide

  1. si marian pokpok ng cavite!

  2. marian rivera prosti // May 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm //

    hinid ata magiging flop yung movie ni angel kasi yung 1st day na kita is 1month kuna sa FLOP na inday movie ko, wahhhhhhhhhhhhh

  3. marian rivera prosti // May 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm //

    alagad ko talaga si 35 at 36. member ka pala ng samahan kona MASASAMA ang LOOB
    oo ampangit ng mobie ni angel.
    pero ang REVIEW nakaka bitter. SUPER GANDA DAW
    TOP RATED ang QUALITY. leche wala kasi kaming OLIVIA LAMASAN na directior. puro mac alejamdre na kung gumagawa ng pantaserye eh parang kindergarten

  4. Angel Pokpok // May 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm //

    Flop na naman ang movie ni anghit pokpok laos baboy!!

  5. Angel Pokpok // May 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm //

    Quality movie ba ang IN THE NAME OF FLOP ni Anghit??

  6. nagmamalaki na naman ang GMA? hush!

  7. sa tinatagl tagal , yun lnag, rizal lang alam nyong QUALITY MOVIE ng GMA? abay, mag indid nalang sila.

  8. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm //

    tanging yaman, dekada 70, dubai, milan, anak, and many more from the most popular film outfit in the philippines! siyempre star cinema lang yan!


  10. Marian...aaaaaaw!!!!! // May 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm //

    feeling ata ni #19 nasa exam siya! May “answer” pa kasi siyang nalalaman! Baka may formula pa siya! Lol

  11. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm //

    hindi…naligaw lang yan si #19…tutal may “answer” xa…mukhang sa Little Miss Philippines ata xa bagay…sa may question and answer portion! Or baka namn “may kasabihan po tayo” pa siya jan?

  12. hoy #19 anong “answer” ka jan? Nag-e-exam ka ba? Patawa ka ha!

  13. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm //

    Naligaw ata yung #19…may “answer” pa siyang nalalaman hindi namn siya nag-e-exam? tanga?

  14. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm //

    yung #19 parang bata sumagot..grade one ka ba teh? “yes MANONOOD kami ng TANGING INA than rizal because GMA, binaboy yung story.” Di ba parang bata lang? lolz

  15. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm //

    Ano ha? In the Name of Dabiana?

  16. Marian...aaaaaaw!!!!! // May 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm //

    AaaaaaaaaaW! Pantapat kay ahahahaha!

  17. ahaahahha na lang ang nasabi nung isang kapamilya..halatang wa ma-say nung JOSE RIZAL na ng GMA ang nasabi! Baduy niyo kasi!

  18. Binaboy? Sang banda? Insecure ka na naman teh!

  19. ahahahaha // May 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm //

    ahahaha, quality movie daw yung version nilang ng RIZAL. ahahahaha again

  20. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm //

    Bata-bata paano ka Ginawa? – bastos ng Star Cinema

  21. answer: yes MANONOOD kami ng TANGING INA than rizal because GMA, binaboy yung story.

  22. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm //

    ay! wala akong matandaang movie ng star cinema na kalevel ng Jose Rizal ng GMA Films..nakakahiya no?

  23. Franz1227 // May 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm //

    Dinaig pa ni sam si dantes at retsarx sa aktingan and looks xempre.

  24. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm //

    this movie sucks! ang baduuuuuy!

  25. Marian...aaaaaaw!!!!! // May 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm //

    Mga bakla! Wag niyong kalimutan ang You Change My Life in a Momentus Eklavu! Quality movie din YATA yun?

  26. ineng quality movie na sa kanila ang Tanging Ina..kaawa dabah?

  27. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm //

    yah! I remember also ginawa nila ang award winning movies like Death Row, Muro Ami, and other quality movies…may ganyan ba ang Star Minima? I doubt!

  28. GMA films made the movie JOSE RIZAL. Anong say mo? Itatapat mo ba jan ang TANGING INA MO? Cheap!

  29. baka GMA ang mag produce nalang ng INDIE para naman magka QUALITY mga movies nila. PAKKKKKK // May 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm //

    question to GMA— when are you guys going to make a QUALITY MOVIE? anong petsa naba, wala pa rin!!!!

  30. baka GMA ang mag produce nalang ng INDIE para naman magka QUALITY mga movies nila. PAKKKKKK

  31. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm //

    di mgtatagal puro indie film na lang ipoproduce ng star minima…lubog na kasi sa utang!

  32. kalorka // May 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm //

    yan ang example ng pagsasayang ng budget!

  33. Anonymous // May 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm //

    kay Henry Sy siguro nangutang o kaya namn may discount yung sa SM Cinemas! MAHIRAP! DUKHA!

  34. ang CHeeeeeeeeaaaaaap! Selected SM cinemas lang! Naghihirap na talga ang dos! Cheap!

  35. Marian...aaaaaaw!!!!! // May 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm //

    mga teh saan inutang ng abscbn ang ginastos jan?

  36. BORACAY RHUM // May 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm //

    Walang ganyan sa GMA. Kasi GME Films nga nila nilalangaw eh, panu pah kaya kung may ganito din cla cguro walang manunuod`..

  37. kangusong totoo // May 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm //

    walang ganito sa GME hahahaah

  38. starsikat // May 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm //

    Ang galing ng Cinema One…

  39. Go ABS-CBN! Mahal ka namin from Cebu. Wag kayong maniniwala sa mga taga-Cebu na kanguso daw siya kasi isa lang yan sa binigyan ng GMEEW ng libremg TV doon.

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