Saturday, May 22, 2004

KUGTONG: THE SEQUENCE TREATMENT

FRIENDS, ROMANYAKS, AND COUNTRYMEN,

i need honest to goodness comments on my new project, "KUGTONG". please help me out by emailing me your comments or texting me at 09194369348. tell me kung natakot ba kayo, nabitin, hindi natakot, nakornihan, nabagalan sa istorya, nabilisan, walang naintindihan, o wala lang talaga at ayaw niyong mag-isip.

maraming salamat.

ako,
kugtongS

working title:kugtong
the sequence treatment
para sa direksyon ni
TOPEL LEE

mula sa konsepto nina
TOPEL LEE
at
SIGFREID BARROS-SANCHEZ

mula sa panulat ni
SIGFREID BARROS-SANCHEZ

unang draft
May 23, 2004













S T O R Y L I N E

A kugtong is a mythological creature believed by legend to have inhabited the Philippine waters especially in “katilado” areas (coastal deep sea). Popular in the Visayas and Mindanao region, especially in Zamboanga, some say it is a big fish that has been living in the deep sea for decades. It was even published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that it was responsible for the death of Abu Sabaya. Fishermen and foreign and local tourists who have disappeared in Philippine waters are believed to have been taken or eaten by kugtongs.

Inspired by these myths, “Kugtong,” the movie and screenplay is born. Instead of having a big fish as a kugtong, the filmmaker and the writer decide to create their own creature by coming up with a possible what if. In Darwin’s and Russian scientist Alexander Oparin’s evolution theory, they hypothesized that life began in the oceans from a simple organic molecule that became small creatures in the sea and later crawling creatures in land. They believed that these things developed into creatures that can walk on two or four feet who would later become men.

What if there are other bacterias then who refused that their evolution be not towards land but rather to the deepest of the ocean? What if these bacterias become human forms, too, but were more adapted to life underwater? What if one day they decided to finally breathe and live above land? What will they do? If we humans can only breathe two and a half minutes the longest underwater, will these creatures also breathe the same above water? What will they do to breathe longer and adapt better to the living conditions of humans? What if by accident they found out that they can be humans and lose their scales by sucking out human breath, thus increasing their human abilities? What if a man’s breath to them is like what blood is to a vampire? Imagine how people from a big passenger ship, the common mode of transportation of Pinoys going in and out of their provinces, would turn out once they are attacked by these kugtongs? Where will you run? Who will survive? Imagine them staying on land. Are you prepared once they invade your habitat?

A group of Fil-Am marine biologists and local environmentalists team up with two muro-ami veterans who claim to have seen a kugtong and know its ways. Together, they try to discover if kugtongs are just pure myths and legends or they are as true as each one of them. What differentiates man from kugtong? What are the similarities? “Kugtong” brings us to an untap genre in Philippine cinema which has elements of Pinoy culture, traditions, myths, and superstitions laced around. We may never have aliens in the Philippines but surely Pinoy audiences love these local mythological creatures. After all, sirenas, dugongs, and siokoys are in these days.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
I. Main Actors (Pegs are just for guide)
OCA, 30-35. Stubble, quiet, parang laging sing-lalim ng dagat ang iniisip. Believed to have once breathed the longest underwater. PEG ACTOR: Robin Padilla.
ALELI MARCELO, 25. Fil-Am marine biologist. Beauty with brains. Very focused on her profession. Oca once saved her life when she was young. PEG ACTOR: Cindy Kurleto or Juliana Palermo.
PEPPER TOBIAS, 30. Aleli’s fellow Fil-Am marine biologist. Athletic. Able-bodied. Airy. Arrogant at first. PEG ACTOR: Marc Nelson.
TATAY SATUR, 60. Ex-muro-ami diver who once saved Oca’s life. Oca’s surrogate father. PEG ACTOR: Behn Cervantes or Joonee Gamboa.
ENSIGN GUEVARRA, 35. Second-in-command to Lt. Commander Zaballero sa Coast Guard. Laging naba-bypass ng promotion. Corrupt. PEG ACTOR: Albert Martinez or Nonie Buencamino or John Arcilla.

II. Minor Actors:
CHELOT, 25. Assistant to the marine biologists. Sexy. Tease. Vixen. Flirt. Pero kick-ass. PEG ACTOR: Asia Agcaoili.
GAMAY, 35. Local Bantay-Kalikasan. Big guy with a big heart. Religious. Believes in all gods, Allah, Jehovah, Buddha, Krishna, Bathala. Maraming nakabitin na religious medallions sa leeg. Kababata ni Oca. PEG ACTOR: Boy Roque.
KROMA, 25-30. Local Bantay-Kalikasan. Computer and technical expert who ironically is color blind. Sort of a comic relief. PEG ACTOR: Tado.
RASHEM, 35. Coast Guard’s messman. Scheming. Has an axe to grind at Oca and Tatay Satur. May pilat siya sa mukha. PEG ACTOR: Francis Magalona.
LT. COMMANDER ZABALLERO, 50. New head of the Coast Guards in the Island. Strict and still learning his way around. PEG ACTOR: Dido dela Paz.
SPO1 TABUNDA, 45. Guevarra’s partner in crime. Corrupt din. PEG ACTOR: Soliman Cruz.
PO1 CALUGCUGAN, 35. Lowly Coast Guard. Tango lang ng tango sa superiors. PEG ACTOR: Dwight Gaston or Hector Macaso.

GASTON, 30. Man who patrols the Bantay-Kalikasan tugboat. PEG ACTOR: Raul Morit.
ERIK, 8. Lone survivor of the Kugtong attack on a passenger ship.
KABRO, 40-50. “Maestro” of a muro-ami ship 25 years ago.
GOV. COBANGBANG, 50. provincial governor where Isla Alcantara belongs.













P R O L O G U E

SCENE 1. PRESENT. EXT. UNDERWATER. – NIGHT.
Unti-unting lumulubog sa kaibuturan ng dagat si OCA, 30-35, (ROBIN PADILLA). Dahan-dahang pumipikit-pikit na ang kanyang mga mata. Ramdam mong nasa mga huling hininga na siya ng buhay niya. Duguan ang kanyang mukha. Gulanit ang suot na damit. It gives you a feeling na he just fought something terrible sa ilalim ng dagat. The color of the water is gloomy-blue and dark. Meron na rin itong kulay dugo mula kay Oca at mula sa nakalaban niya. We hear his voice-over:

OCA
(voice-over)
Trese-minutos at kuwareinta y dos segundos. ‘Yan na daw ang pinakamatagal na inihinga ng tao sa ilalim ng tubig. Pero, dalawa’t kalahating minuto lang talaga ang pinakanormal na puwedeng itagal ng karaniwang tao sa ilalim nito. Nakakatawa, di ba? Pitumpu’t limang porsiyento kasi ng daigdig ay dagat at tubig. Tapos, gano’n lang katagal mo puwedeng masisid. Parang may itinatago. Parang hiwalay na mundo. Pero naisip mo ba, na kung may ibang nilalang sa ilalim ng dagat, dalawa’t kalahating minuto rin kaya ang kailangan nilang itagal para makahinga sa ibabaw ng lupa? Paano kung gusto pa nila? Paano kung gusto na nila? Paano kung nais na nilang sa lupa huminga at tumira? Ano ang gagawin nila? Ikaw naman? Nakahanda ka na ba?

Biglang may kung anong nilalang ang lalangoy ng mabilis papunta kay Oca. Susunggaban nito ng mabilis ang bibig niya.

DISSOLVE TO:

A C T 1

SCENE 2. OPENING CREDITS. PAST. EXT. UNDERWATER. – DAY.
May dadaan sa screen na malaking bagay. Hindi natin alam kung isda o tao o kugtong. Underwater photography of the peaceful marine life. Ibang-iba sa naunang nakita nating buhay at kulay ng dagat sa Seq. 1. Maliwanag siya rito at buhay na buhay. We see small, colorful fishes and fascinating coral formations. It’s a land full of liberty. Even the camera swims freely. We see a muro-ami used telescope from afar. Camera swims/zooms towards its direction and goes inside its lens.

SCENE 3. EXT. MURO-AMI BOAT. – DAY.
Camera continues to zoom inside the muro-ami telescope until it reaches the eye of the person at the other end. The man removes his eye from the telescope and stands up. He reports to KABRO, 40-50, the “maestro” of the muro-ami ship. He tells Kabro that there are still no signs of fishes around the area. Puro dikya. The guy also tells Kabro that they are nearing the “kantilado” (coastal deep sea) part of the ocean. The man is afraid of the legends that they say about the “kantilado” parts of the ocean.

Magagalit si Kabro. Tells them na he knows the sea well than nyone of them. Kabro is pissed. He goes inside the quarters/bunkers of the young muro-ami divers to vent his ire on them.

SCENE 4. INT. BUNKERS OF YOUNG MURO-AMI DIVERS. – DAY.
Kabro goes inside the bunkers. Pag-iinitan nito ang mga bata at sasabihing isa dito ang malas. He calls for his assistant, a young TATAY SATUR, 30. Kabro instructs Satur to ready the children no matter what. Establish na medyo asar na si Satur sa kanya.

Kabro notices one of the kids from afar, si OCA, 7. He’s sitting away from the others, afraid and lonely. We don’t really see his face. Maaaring naka-silhouette siya o nakatalikod. Kabro asks Satur who the new boy is. Satur explains that he is the younger brother of one of the kids that died in their last muro-ami trip. Oca will have to continue his brother’s work to pay off the remaining debt of his family from Kabro. Pag-iinitan sana ito ni Kabro at dito ibubunton ang kamalasan but Satur pleads na he’ll take care of it for Kabro. Kabro leaves. Titingin sa kanya ng masama si Satur.

SCENE 5. EXT. BUNKERS OF YOUNG MURO-AMI DIVERS. – DAY.
Satur goes to Oca and talks to the boy. We still don’t reveal the boy’s face. Perhaps only a body mark. Satur tells Oca not to worry. He tells him na he’ll stake his life for all of them. This establishes na he’s like a kuya to everyone.

Dialogue is cut when they hear a loud horn being blown outside. This announces that finally they have spotted a large school of fish and an untouched coral reef. They are at the kantilado. Satur readies the boys.

SCENE 6. EXT. MURO-AMI BOAT. – DAY.
Kabro looks at the water telescope. He sees the large school of fish. He yells to Satur to ready the boys. Satur assures him that the kids are ready. The nets are cast. The kids position themselves and upon Satur’s instructions, they one by one jump into the water.

SCENE 7. EXT. UNDERWATER. – DAY.
Sa ilalim ng tubig, the muro-ami boys swim towards the coral formation. Nakababa na at nakatali sa mga tali ang kanilang mga gagamiting pamukpok ng mga corals. Lalabas ang ilang mga isda towards a waiting net.

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SCENE 8. EXT. MURO-AMI BOAT. – DAY.
The scene underwater is seen thru the water telescope that Kabro is looking into. He laughs at what he sees and gives the telescope to one of his assistants.

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SCENE 9A. EXT. UNDERWATER. – DAY.
One of the boys seem to see a big fish trapped among the corals. He calls on the others to help him pound it for the big fish to come out and into their net.

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SCENE 10. EXT. KUGTONG’S POV. UNDERWATER. – DAY.
POV of the big fish which is actually a “KUGTONG,” a Filipino mythological creature that is believed to be living in the deepest parts of the Philippine seas, especially in the Visayas-Mindanao area.

We don’t reveal how he looks like yet. Only snippets. The kids who are pounding the corals can be viewed in his POV in a fish-eye lens kind of way and with a colorless, watery-like feel. The small and young kugtong feels threatened. But he also seems to be in thirst at the boys’ breathing.

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SCENE 9B. EXT. UNDERWATER. – DAY.
The muro-ami kids pound harder and harder. Because of the extra energy spent doing it, one of them breathes harder sa tubig. Bubbles appear. Suddenly, something squishes quickly in front of them. It’s the kugtong but we don’t reveal it yet. Suggestively lang. Mabilis ang mga pangyayari at wala tayong makita halos dahil naging murky ang tubig. May parang kung ano ang umaatake sa mga bata. Naghahalo ang kalabuan ng tubig at kulay ng dugo.

SCENE 11. EXT. MURO-AMI BOAT. – DAY.
POV ng water telescope. He sees that something is happening and that lifeless bodies of the young divers suddenly enter his lens. Mabibigla siya sa nakikita. Mapapaatras siya at mabibitawan ang teleskopyo. Dadamputin ito ni Kabro at maging siya ay mabibigla. Uutusan niya ang mga ibang divers to go into the water. Walang may gusto. He also instructs to pull out the nets.

Satur looks into the lens. Lalaki ang mata niya sa nakikita.

SCENE 12. EXT. UNDERWATER. – DAY.
Unti-unting humuhupa ang kalabuan ng tubig. Makikita natin ang nakakabiglang tanawin na nakita ni Satur. Nakalutang lahat ng mga katawan ng mga bata at ilang may katandaang mga muro-ami divers. Lifeless na ang mga katawan nila. Nakabuka ang kanilang mga bibig na para bang may humigop sa mga ito. Nakatirik ang kanilang mga mata na halos puti na lang ang nakikita.

Bigla tayong may mapapansing isang bata na mabilis na lumalangoy pataas sa kanilang barko. Nakahubad na ito at walang damit. Nagmamadali itong lumangoy pataas. He will give you a feeling na siya si Oca.

SCENE 13. EXT. MURO-AMI BOAT. – DAY.
Satur reaches out his hand and pulls the boy sa barko. Nakahiga ang batang humihinga ng sunud-sunod nang maitaas na ito. Focus sa mukha ng bata as he continues breathing hard.

DISSOLVE TO:

A C T 2

SCENE 14. FAST-FORWARD. EXT. LANTSA NI TATAY SATUR. DAGAT. – DAY.
Morning. A little less than thirty years after. The boy’s face dissolves sa mukha ng isang 30-35 years old na si OCA. Humihinga rin siya ng malalim matapos na sumisid sa ilalim ng tubig. Nakabagsak sa isang gilid ang fishing knife na ginamit niya sa pagkuha ng perlas. Nakatingin sa di-kalayuan ang 60-years old na na si TATAY SATUR.

Oca’s face is stubble. May balbas at bigoteng may dalawa o tatlong linggo na sigurong di-naahit. Oca will pull out a cigarette right after emerging from the water and lights it. Uubuhin siya. Oca then shows Tatay Satur a pearl he got from underwater. Tatay Satur tells Oca that they better hurry to the shore. Jellyfishes are emerging from the ocean.

SCENE 15. EXT. ISLA ALCANTARA. PAMPANG. – DAY.
Parang Boracay o Puerto Galera ang Isla Alcantara. Sikat na resort at bakasyunan. Ang first shot na makikita natin ay mukha ng tatlong patay na mangingisda na iniahon sa pampang. Nakapaligid ang mga tao. Kanya-kanyang haka-haka. Sabi ng iba, “alay” daw sa dagat. Parusa daw ng Diyos, sabi ng ilan. Kung kailan daw kasi Mahal na Araw ay nangisda pa ang grupo. Malalakas daw kasi ang alon kagabi, sabi naman ng isa. Establish na hindi pa natatagpuan ang bangkay ng isa pang mangingisda.

Tatay Satur and Oca arrive sa kanilang lantsa. They look at the commotion from afar. Makikita nila ang local coastguard na si PO1 CALUGCUGAN, 35. Itatanong nila dito kung ano ang nangyari. Sisilip sila.

Pagmamasdan ni Tatay Satur ang mga biktima. Titingnan ang mga bibig ng mga ito na nakabukas. Titingin din si Oca. Mapapabulong si Tatay Satur, “Kugtong…”.

Siya namang dating nina ENSIGN GUEVARRA, 50, SPO1 TABUNDA, 45, at ang messman ng Coast Guard, si RASHEM, 35. Tatabi ang mga tao. Malalaman nating may reputasyon na kinatatakutan ang tatlo. Pagsasabihan ni Zaballero si Tatay Satur na huwag na kung anu-anong kalokohan ang ipinapasok sa utak ng mga taga-Isla Alcantara. Papalag sana si Oca pero aawatin siya ni PO1 Calugcugan. Lalayo na lang ang dalawa. Titingin sa kanila ng masama si Rashem. Makikita natin na may pilat ito sa mukha, isang mahabang sugat mula sa bunganga papunta sa pisngi.

SCENE 16. INT. COAST GUARD OFFICE. -- DAY.
Nag-aayos ng kanyang opisina si LT. COMMANDER ALEXANDER ZABALLERO, 35. Siya ang bagong pinuno ng Coast Guard sa lugar na iyon. Papasok sa kuwarto niya si GOVERNOR COBANGBANG, 50. Akala ni Lt. Zaballero na iwe-welcome siya nito. Pagsasabihan siya ng governor na ayusin nito ang mga problema ng isla dahil marami na sa mga bisita ang nagbabadyang umalis. Puro dikya daw ang tubig, may mga inanod pa na patay na mga mangingisda. Iniuulat na rin na sinalanta muli ng choliform ang tubig. Napapahiya ang governor sa mga bisita. Mga tauhan pa naman ng isang senador ang ilan sa mga bisita nila rito. At ilang mula sa isang travel show sa TV. Hihingian ni governor ng suporta ang senador sa pagtakbo niya sa susunod bilang congressman kaya ayaw niyang mapahiya. Ganon din sa media. Ipapaalala ni governor na siya ang gumawa ng paraan para mapaalis ang dating Commander ng Coast Guard. Hindi kasi nito masugpo ang smuggling sa dagat.

Sasabihin ni Lt. Zaballero na ginagawa na ng mga tao niya ang lahat ng nararapat. Dumating na rin ang mga marine biologists mula sa Maynila at kasama na ito ng Bantay-Kalikasan team ng isla sa pag-alam kung may choliform nga ang isla o wala.

SCENE 17. INT./ EXT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. -- DAY.
Aangat mula sa tubig sina marine biologists ALELI MARCELO, 25, and PEPPER TOBIAS, 30. They are met by their assistant, CHELOT ACOSTA, 25, who is testing water samples they have taken. Local Bantay-Kalikasan members GAMAY, 35, and KROMA, 30, are looking on while GASTON, 40, patrols the boat. They find no signs of choliform and has assessed that the waste and sewage system of the island is okay. They are just puzzled by the appearance of a lot of jellyfishes in some portions of the sea.

Sensing there are no jellyfishes around in their area, Chelot decides to take a dip before they head back to the shore. She takes off her jacket and reveals her sexy body in a two-piece bikini. Luluwa ang mata ni Kroma. Pagsasabihan siya ni Chelot. Sasabihin ni Kroma na color-blind siya. It doesn’t matter na he’s color blind, Chelot says, sa libog naman daw, hindi importante ang kulay. Chelot dives.

SCENE 18. EXT. DAGAT. BESIDE BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. – DAY.
Chelot swims underwater. Sexy moment. Chelot floats up and talks to the people at the tugboat.

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Something seems to be moving towards Chelot. Malapit na ito sa may paanan niya.

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As Chelot is talking to the others, something seems to grab hold of her feet. Matatakot siya as she pulls away at magpipiglas. Biglang susulpot ang bangkay ng nawawalang mangingisda. Nakabukas rin ang bibig nito. Matatakot na madidiri si Chelot.

SCENE 19. EXT. PAMPANG. KUBO NI TATAY SATUR. -- DAY.
Tanghali. Nasa tabi ng pampang si Oca. He is looking at the vastness of the sea, thinking of something. He gets images in his head. Of the lifeless bodies of the young muro-ami boys.

Matitigil lamang siya nang tapikin siya sa balikat ni Tatay Satur. “Naaalala mo na naman sila?” itatanong nito. “Tuwing ganitong nag-aalburoto ang dagat, alam kong naiisip mo ang mga bata. Pumasok ka na at mananghalian, Oca. Wala kang kasalanan sa nangyari sa kanila…” Sasabihin ni Oca na susunod na siya.

Pag-alis ni Tatay Satur ay dadakot ng tubig mula sa dagat si Oca. Aamuyin niya ito.

SCENE 20. EXT. PAMPANG. ISLA ALCANTARA. CONFERENCE HALL. – DAY.
A meeting is ongoing at the conference hall. Outside, Ensign Guevarra arrives and asks Rashem, who is puffing a cigarette, a question. “Nakita na ba nila?” Iiling si Rashem. Zaballero enters.

SCENE 21. INT. PAMPANG. ISLA ALCANTARA. CONFERENCE HALL. – DAY.
Inside, Aleli and Pepper are reporting to the people their findings. Among the people listening are Gov. Cobangbang, Lt. Commander Zaballero, and his men --- Ensign Guevarra, SPO1 Tabunda, PO1 Calugcugan, and Rashem. Also listening are: a four-piece television-documentary crew who was supposed to do an Isla Alcantara special, a loud fat guy, mayayabang na staff ng isang senator, a socialite lady with his pet parakeet, a pedophile foreigner with two male companions who are minors, and a family composed of a father, a mother, an “ate”, and an eight-year old boy we name ERIK.

Despite the marine biologists claim that the sea is safe, some of the vacationing tourists have decided to pack their things and ride the passenger ship that is leaving that afternoon. They claim that the jellyfishes have not left and there seems to be a different smell in Isla Alcantara’s waters. Even the death of the four fishermen are not helping the resort. There are even talks among the natives of a “kugtong”.

The governor dismisses the “kugtong” as just a legend of the natives. It is just a mythological creature created to frighten children from going far into the sea. However, some of the people have made up their mind. They are leaving that afternoon and have already packed their things. One by one, people leave the conference hall. The governor is pissed but tries to be a politician by talking to the guests especially the senator’s staff.

SCENE 22. INT. PAMPANG. BAHAY NI TATAY SATUR. – DAY.
Habang nanananghalian, nag-uusap sina Tatay Satur at Oca. Sasabihin ni Oca na iba ang amoy ng dagat ng inamoy niya ito kanina. Matapang ang amoy kung kaya naglitawan ang mga dikya. Malamang, mas maraming dikya sa “kantiladong” bahagi ng dagat. Titingnan siya ni Tatay Satur.

SCENE 23. INT. PAMPANG. ISLA ALCANTARA. BAR/WATERING HOLE. – DAY.
Hapon. Malapit sa daungan ng barko. May kumakantang folk singer sa isang bar habang umiinom ng ilang bote sina Aleli, Pepper, at Chelot, kasama sina Gamay, Kroma, at Gaston. Suggestively, the singer could be COOKIE CHUA of Color It Red singing their song “Dolphins” para thematically bagay sa istorya.

Aleli says na she plans to go around one more that night sa dagat especially around the coastal deep part of the sea (kantil). Gamay warns her about going into that part. Even he doesn’t go there unless accompanied by someone who knows those parts of the sea. Aleli asks him if he knows someone and if that someone can go with them. Gamay gives Oca and Tatay Satur’s names. Parang kilala ni Aleli ang dalawang tinutukoy ni Gamay.

SCENE 24. EXT. DAUNGAN NG BARKO. ISLA ALCANTARA. – DAY.
Sunset. Sa labas ng kanilang ininuman, makikitang nagsasakayan na sa barko ang mga tao. Iiwan na ng mga ito ang Isla Alcantara. Nandoon ang iba’t ibang mga tauhan na nakita natin kanina sa Conference Hall.

Itatanong ni Pepper kay Aleli kung sino sina Oca at Tatay Satur. Aleli tells Pepper na they could be the people who once saved her life when she was sixteen years old. Chelot, Gamay, and Kroma listens. Aleli tells the story of how she escaped with her friends years ago to go to the beach. It was also a Holy Week.

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SCENE 25. SNIPPETS OF ALELI’S STORY. DAGAT. – DAY.
Cut to cut these images with Aleli telling his story kina Pepper and company. Series of fast cuts.

A young Aleli was enjoying with her friends, drinking beer and smoking for the first time. Rebellious stage. She doesn’t know how to swim then so she had this big life-saver with her. She got drifted farther and farther without her and her friends knowing it. Before she knew it, she was in the middle of the ocean.

She panicked when the waves become fiercer and fiercer. She lost grip of the lifesaver and was sinking underwater. Nauubusan na siya ng hininga and had given up her chance to live. Then someone just jumped from somewhere and grabbed her and pulled her up. The next thing she knew, there was this guy doing mouth to mouth resuscitation to her, the one who saved her. Si Oca, who was then in his early 20s.

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SCENE 26. EXT. DAUNGAN NG BARKO. ISLA ALCANTARA. – NIGHT.
Aleli finishes her story. Chelot teases na he is probably Aleli’s unofficial and accidental first kiss. Aleli shrugs it off but tells them na the experience taught her a great lesson to conquer her greatest fear – the sea. When her parents took her to the States, she learned hard how to swim and got interested with learning about the sea. Pepper looks on, half-jealous. The story gets cut dahil sa ugong ng papaalis na barko. They look at it as it goes away.

SCENE 27. EXT. BAHAY NI TATAY SATUR. – NIGHT.
Tinitingnan ni Tatay Satur ang nakuha ni Oca na perlas. Itatanong nito kay Oca kung anong balak niyang gawin dito. It is so far Oca’s biggest pearl catch. Oca says na he likes to keep it for a while. Oca excuses himself as he would like to rest early.

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Mula sa dagat, may kung anong nakamasid sa kanila.

SCENE 28. EXT. PAMPANG. ISLA ALCANTARA. – NIGHT.
Gaston and Gamay are readying their tugboat when Ensign Guevarra arrives with SPO1 Tabunda, PO1 Calugcugan, and Rashem. They ask them where they are going. Aleli comes out to tell them they still have to finish some tests and reports that they’ll be taking to Manila the next day. Aleli says that they have already informed Commander Zaballero.

Ensign Guevarra decides to double check and is assured by the Commander on the other line that he has given his thumbs up sa grupo. Tugboat leaves.

SCENE 29. DREAM SEQUENCE. PAST. EXT. MURO-AMI BOAT. – NIGHT.
There is a commotion at the muro-ami boat. Parang nalason lahat ng tauhan ni Kabro sa mga isdang nahuli at kinain nila. Magulo ang barko. Isa-isang bumubulagta, sumusuka, at bumubula ang bibig ng mga tauhan ni Kabro. Si Kabro naman ay may hawak-hawak na malaking itak. Bagamat nalalason na rin siya, pinipilit niyang habulin ang batang si Oca. “Malas” ang tawag niya dito. Maabutan niya ang bata. Nang tatagain niya na sana ay bigla itong sasaksakin sa likuran ng 30-anyos na si Satur. Gamit nito ang fishing knife na ginamit ni Oca sa Scene 14. Babagsak ito. Yayakapin ni Satur si Oca.

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SCENE 30. PRESENT. INT. BAHAY NI TATAY SATUR. – NIGHT.
Magigising si Oca mula sa panaginip. Mapapapungas ito. Naririnig niyang tinatawag siya sa labas ni Tatay Satur. Sisilip siya at makikitang kausap ng matanda si Gamay. Makikita niya rin ang tugboat na nakadaong sa labas. Lalabas na rin siya.

SCENE 31. EXT. BAHAY NI TATAY SATUR. – NIGHT.
Kakamayan ni Oca si Gamay. Gamay explains his purpose of visiting his old friend. He tells them na some group of marine biologists from Manila wants them to accompany the group sa “kantilado”. Tatanggi si Oca pero mapapatigil nang sumingit si Aleli who has already come down from the tugboat.

The other passengers of the tugboat go down. Gamay introduces each one of them. Magkakatitigan sina Oca at Aleli na para bang naaalala nila ang isa’t isa. Tatay Satur recognizes Aleli. “Natatandaan mo ba siya, Oca?” itatanong ni Tatay Satur. Pepper looks at Oca na may halong selos. Si Chelot naman medyo malagkit ang mga tingin kay Oca.

ACT 3

SCENE 32. INT./EXT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Tumatakbo na ang tugboat sa kalawakan ng dagat. Nagdadasal si Gamay sa lahat ng Diyos – Allah, Buddha, Jehovah, Krishna, Bathala – for protection, as he always does. Aleli stories how she ended up as a marine biologist upon a sarcastic remark from Oca that she doesn’t know how to swim. Aleli tells him that her “sinking” experience has made her more involved in studying the ocean. It was while she was submerged underwater that she saw the beauty of the world down there. More than death, she saw peace. She decided to take up the cause of protecting it than venting her ire on it. After all, ang nangyari sa kanya ay hindi kasalanan ng dagat kundi kasalanan niya mismo, her rebellious self then.

She introduces her crew. Back in the States, Pepper nearly broke the record for longest breath underwater when they were still in college. The record was thirteen minutes, forty-two point five seconds. Magmamalaki si Pepper. However, it will be short-lived nang umentra si Kroma to tell them na if that was the record, then Oca should have breath the longest because he stayed for more than thirty minutes then underwater against other pearl divers of the island. Proof to this is the fact that it was Kroma who was holding the timer then kaya hindi niya makakalimutan. Pepper thinks that it is impossible because, like him, one needs to breathe from an oxygen tank to stay underwater for more than ten minutes or die. Sasabihin ni Kroma na wala silang oxygen tank. Ayaw maniwala ni Pepper. He thinks of it as a competition.

Sasabat na lang si Tatay Satur at sasabihing hindi na kaya ni Oca dahil humina na ang baga nito kasisigarilyo. Oca lights a cigarette.

SCENE 33. INT. PASSENGER BOAT. MIDDLE OF THE SEA. – NIGHT.
SUGGESTIVELY, IF POSSIBLE, IN ONE LONG TAKE (TUHOG) ALA SCORSESE FOR A DETAILED EXPOSITION OF THE MISE-EN-SCENE, we get a slice of how life is in a Pinoy passenger ship. We see the division of class, ng mayayamang pasahero sa mahihirap. The rich are either in a first class bar singing in a videoke or inside a disco room. We also see the dark trades inside the ship gaya ng mga pasaherong prostitutes who offer their services to other passengers who are looking for a good time. We see some religious figures and some political ones. We see people from all ages, from all sexual preferences, from all different dialects. May iba’t iba ring raket. May mga nanghuhula at may mga mandurukot ng pa-simple. Ang barko ay parang microcosm ng Philippine society. Sa pagsakay mo pa lang ng barko, parang nakita mo na ang buong Pilipinas.

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SCENE 34. EXT. PASSENGER BOAT. MIDDLE OF THE SEA. – NIGHT.
In a full shot of the passenger boat, we get a feeling na parang may nagmamasid dito. At pakiramdam natin, papalapit sila sa barko. Ang POV ng kugtong ay medyo watery or in a fish-eye lens.

SCENE 35. INT./EXT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
The boat stops. Gaston says that they have already reached the kantilado part of the ocean. Mabibigla sila dahil maraming isda sa paligid. Nakakabigla pero parang andali mo silang mahuli. Chelot asks Pepper to get some for them to fry. Aawatin ni Oca si Pepper from doing so. He will tell Pepper na fishes from the kantilado part are poisonous. Tatango sina Gamay at Tatay Satur to second the motion Oca’s words. Susunod si Pepper but he feels na napahiya siya ni Oca.

Oca starts to take off his clothes. He readies himself to jump into the water. Pepper says that he has to go with Oca. Tatay Satur advises him not to. Delikadong parte ng dagat ito and only Oca knows these parts. Magpupumilit si Pepper. Tatango si Oca na pabayaan ito at siya ang magbabantay rito sa ilalim ng dagat. They both jumped sa water.

SCENE 36. EXT. ILALIM NG DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Madilim at malamig sa ilalim ng dagat but Pepper has some gears to provide light. Si Oca naman ay parang sanay na walang ilaw at walang damit. They go around to scout the ocean’s underneaths. They come upon a large coral formation, somewhat similar to the one in Scene 7.

Oca chances upon some big crates underneath. He opens them and sees military weapons inside. Magkakatinginan sila ni Pepper. They will see some two more crates from afar.

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SCENE 37. INT./EXT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
While Oca and Pepper are looking at the weapons inside the crates, we intercut with the remaining members of the group are discussing about war and terrorist groups in the Philippines. Magtatanong kasi si Aleli if some feared elements are patrolling in that part of the water. Ang alam lamang ni Gamay ay may mga malalakas na pagsabog minsan dito sa gabi. It’s either government forces testing their new weapons or terrorists fleeing from the troops.

Gamay, Tatay Satur, and Gaston give their honest opinions on the topic of terrorists. According to them, they think that these terrorist groups are also just military-funded and military-trained people who were put up in order for the military to get the biggest parts every year from the national budget. Kung walang terorista at walang rebelde, walang budget ang military. Gutom ang mga opisyal.

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SCENE 38. EXT. ILALIM NG DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Oca notices that one of the crates exploded. As Oca swims further, he sees something familiar to him. He tries to cover it up but Pepper sees him. Pipigilan niya si Pepper at magsusuntukan sila sa ilalim ng tubig. Babagsak si Pepper sa area na itinatago ni Oca. Lalabas ang mukha ng isang nilalang na ngayon lang nakita ni Pepper. Isang kugtong. Patay na ito.

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SCENE 39. INT./EXT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Aahon si Oca. Kasunod lamang niya si Pepper. Mainit pa rin ang dugo ni Pepper kay Oca. Sasabihan ni Oca si Gaston na umalis na sila. Sasabihin naman ni Pepper na siya ang masusunod dahil project niya ito at tauhan lang sina Gaston at Oca. He will instruct Gamay and Kroma to ready some nets and ropes as they are fishing something from under the ocean. Sasabihan siya ni Oca na pabayaan na lang ang nakita at iwan ito sa dagat. Tatanggi si Pepper at magsusuntukan muli ang dalawa. Aawatin sila nina Gamay, Tatay Satur, Gaston, at Kroma.

In the end, Aleli jumps into the ocean and instructs them to cast the nets and ropes and she’ll get whatever’s underneath herself. Mapapatingin sina Oca at Pepper.

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SCENE 40. INT./EXT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Naitaas na ang mga bagay na nasa ilalim ng dagat. Nasa tabi ang mga crates ng baril. Walang pumapansin sa mga ito. Ang atensyon nila ay sa isang sunog na kakaibang creature na nasa kanilang harapan. Aleli examines it. Nagtitinginan sina Oca at Tatay Satur. Parang malungkot si Oca. Si Pepper naman takes it as a discovery worth fame and fortune.

Aleli explains that this is one reason she got interested in marine biology. She got interested on theories surrounding man’s evolution from the water and into land. She wondered then that if there are organisms that chose the evolve from the sea and then to land, then there maybe organisms, too, who chose to evolve into human-like creatures under the sea. The Philippines, owning the deepest deep in the world, probably is the best place for these creatures to live and stay and hide.

Sasabihin ni Aleli kina Tatay Satur at Oca, na base na rin sa kanilang mga reaksyon at mukha, hindi ito ang unang beses nilang nakaengkwentro ang nilalang na ito. Itatanong ni Aleli kay Tatay Satur kung ito ba ang tinatawag ng mga tao roon na “kugtong”. Pipilitin ni Gamay si Tatay Satur to tell their story. Biglang uulan. Sisilong sila sa loob ng tugboat.

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SCENE 41. EXT. PASSENGER BOAT. MIDDLE OF THE SEA. – NIGHT.
Umuulan na rin dito. Dalawang personnel/marino ng passenger boat ang nag-uusap. Isa sa kanila ay nakasalamin. Pinag-uusapan nila kung nakuha na kaya ang mga kargamentong ipinatapon sa kanila sa dagat noong isang gabing dumating sila. Ang balita kasi ay nawawala.

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May nakamasid sa kanila. POV ng isang “kugtong”.

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Makikita ng nakasalamin sa kanila ang pares na dalawang mata mula sa dagat. Bigla itong mawawala nang tingnan ng kasama niya. Huhubarin ng isa ang kanyang salamin upang punasan at baka nga namamalikmata lang siya. Malalaglag ang salamin sa may gilid ng barko. Magpi-prisinta ang kanyang kasama na kukunin niya ito. While the ship is moving, he goes down using the ropes of the ship. As he goes down and picks the glasses, SHWOOK!, a kugtong comes out of the water at sisipsipin ang hininga niya.

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SCENE 42. INT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Nagkukuwento si Tatay Satur. He tells them that his first encounter with a kugtong was twenty-five years ago, in a muro-ami boat, together with Oca. Unlike the siokoy and the sirena which are both fictional characters from a komiks, the kugtong has been around the seas for years, as old as man itself.

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SCENE 41. INT. PASSENGER BOAT. MIDDLE OF THE SEA. – NIGHT.
Nagkakagulo na sa passenger boat. Nagtitilian ang mga tao. Nababasag ang mga ilaw. Inaatake na ang barko ng mga kugtong. Sa dilim ng barko at mga nagsu-sway na lang na ilaw, we only get snippets of the kugtong’s face and body parts as they attack the men, women, and children of the barko.

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SCENE 42. INT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Tuloy ang kwento ni Tatay Satur. He tells them na like humans who, according to Pepper, have only two minutes and a half to last underwater, these kugtongs also have that much time to breathe above sea level. But they found out something that could increase their breathing above land.

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SCENE 43. INT. PASSENGER BOAT. MIDDLE OF THE SEA. – NIGHT.
Iba’t ibang tao ang nagtatago na mula sa kugtong.

a) Young Erik’s family hides him inside the shaft/ceiling of the boat as footsteps of the kugtongs grow nearer.
b) The pedophile embraces his two young boys inside a cabinet. They are all naked.
c) The cameraman of the TV crew hides underneath one of the beds as he records the feet of a kugtong that is walking past him.
d) The old lady and her parakeet are hiding inside the comfort of their private room.
e) Nuns and prostitutes holding crucifixes together. (Puwede ring a priest and a prostitute)
f) One of the senator’s man still holding the mic of the videoke as shadows of the kugtongs appear. He is trying to call from his cellphone pero walang signal sa tinigilan nilang bahagi ng dagat.
g) Lastly, the fat guy behind a door with a circle glass is holding his breath. Namumula na siya.

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SCENE 44. INT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Sasabihin ni Tatay Satur ang dahilan kung paano mag-iincrease ng breathing ang mga kugtong above land. “Kung ayon sa mga kuwento, malakas raw ang pang-amoy ng mga bampira sa dugo ng tao, sa kugtong naakit sila sa ating…” Hihinga siya na nakabukas ang bibig, “Hininga…”

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SCENE 45. INT. PASSENGER BOAT. MIDDLE OF THE SEA. – NIGHT.
Biglang mapapahinga ng malakas ang matabang lalaking nagtatago sa pintuan na may bilog na salamin. Magmo-moist ang salamin mula sa kanyang hininga as he breathes harder. Sa paghupa ng moist sa salamin, unti-unti nating makikita ang mukha ng kugtong mula ulo hanggang mata. Ang susunod na lamang natin na maririnig ay ang atake ng mga kugtong sa iba’t ibang taong nakatago sa barko:

a) The pedophile gets his much deserving suck as reflected in mirrors.
b) The camera of the cameraman records the feet of the kugtong and the cameraman while he is being attacked. He falls down sa floor, sucked out na ang hangin sa katawan, at nakatapat ang mukha sa camera niya.
c) We only see the shadows of the old lady while she is being attacked by the kugtong. Naka-foreground ang cage ng kanyang parakeet na nagwawala sa loob ng hawla nito dahil sa nangyayari.
d) We see just the bloodied and lifeless hands of the nuns and the prostitutes na magkahawak pa rin sa crucifix.
e) Erik’s POV from where he’s hiding, holding his breath, as he sees his family being sucked by the kugtongs. We can only see tears falling off his eyes.
f) The captain and his crew all dead. Radio line is cut.
g) Surviving men, mostly the senator’s staff and some rich men, decide to lock the doors of the ship so that there is no way out for the attacking kugtongs. Ilan sa mga kinulong din nila ay ang mga mahihirap na pasahero ng barko who get attacked by the kugtongs.

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SCENE 46. INT./EXT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Ayon pa kay Tatay Satur, sa dami ng masisipsip na hangin ng mga kugtong sa mga biktima nitong tao, unti-unting malalaglag ang mga kaliskis nito at kapag nakuha na niya ang tamang bilang ng hininga, unti-unti na rin itong nagiging mistulang tao. Ang kaibahan lang nga, nananatili ang mga hasang nito.

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SCENE 47. INT. PASSENGER BOAT. MIDDLE OF THE SEA. – NIGHT.
Unti-unti nating nakikita na ang mga nakulong na kugtong ay parang nauubusan ng hininga. Malapit na sana ang iba sa katauhang tao. We don’t see these creatures completely. Perhaps just shadows, silhouettes, snippets and reflections of them.

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SCENE 48. EXT. PASSENGER BOAT. MIDDLE OF THE SEA. – NIGHT.
Tatalon ang may sampung mga tauhan ng senador sa tubig at lalangoy ang mga ito palayo sa passenger boat. Naka-life vest sila. Tuwang-tuwa ang mga gago. Akala nila nakaligtas na sila. Suddenly, eyes of kugtongs appear from the darkness. We don’t see them but we know na marami sila. Black ang screen. All we hear are sounds of kugtongs na hinihigop ang hininga ng mga ito.

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SCENE 49. INT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Ang huling sasabihin ni Tatay Satur sa kuwento niya ay, “Kaya, kapag may nakaharap kang kugtong, kung gusto mong mabuhay ka pa, huwag ka nang huminga…”

Tatayo si Kroma. Sasabihin nitong naiihi tuloy siya sa kaba sa inistorya ni Tatay Satur. Medyo humupa na ang ulan at pupunta si Kroma sa dulong bahagi ng tugboat nila para umihi. Habang umiihi siya ay may mga tumatama-tama sa gilid ng tugboat nila. Lalabas ang iba para tingnan kung ano ang mga tumatama sa tugboat nila. Makikita nila ang bangkay ng mga nagtalunan kanina sa passenger boat. Patay na sila. Si Kroma naman ay mabibigla nang biglang may lumutang sa tapat mismo ng iniihian niya. Mapapatakbo siya sa grupo.

Nakatulala ang lahat sa tumambad sa kanila. Ang mistulang bakante at walang buhay na passenger ship. Tanging may isa o dalawang ilaw lang ang nakabukas na kumikislap-kislap pa. The once-lively ship now looks like a ghost ship in the middle of the sea.

Kukuha ng ilang baril sa mga crates si Pepper. Hahagisan niya ang iba. Sasabihin nitong whatever is waiting for them inside the ship, they better be prepared. Gamay gets a grenade. Magpapaiwan si Gaston na humawak na rin ng baril. Hindi tatanggapin nina Tatay Satur at Oca ang iniabot sa kanila ni Pepper na baril at sa halip ay maglalabas si Oca ng fishing knife nito. Ito ang same fishing knife sa Scene 14 at 29.

ACT 4

SCENE 50. EXT. UPPER DECK. PASSENGER SHIP.– NIGHT.
Nasa ibabaw na ng barko ang grupo. They go around and see all the dead people around the ship.

SCENE 51. INT. HALLS. PASSENGER SHIP.– NIGHT.
They open the locked doors at makikita nila ang magkahalong patay na tao at mga kugtong na nagmimistulang mga tao na sana. Madilim. May mga kaliskis na nakakalat sa paligid.

Suddenly, one of the kugtongs suddenly jumps into Oca. Masasaksak ito ni Oca at magkakatinginan sila ng mata sa mata sa madilim na bahaging iyon ng barko. Babagsak ang kugtong. Babrilin pa ito ni Pepper na para bang hindi pa nakuntento sa ginawa ni Oca.

SCENE 52. INT. BUNKERS. PASSENGER SHIP.– NIGHT.
They go around sa bunkers and recognize some of the faces that they saw back in Isla Alcantara. As they go along the beds, Kroma sees the videocam of the TV crew. He rewinds it. Chelot, Gamay, Tatay Satur and Aleli look at the footage of the “kugtong’s” feet and its attack on the TV crew member.

Oca and Pepper decide to go to the other portions of the ship. Aleli follows.

In a lower bunker, Pepper hears some kaluskos above him. He was about to fire his gun nang tabigin ito ni Oca at pumutok ito sa ibang direksyon. Sasampa si Oca sa shaft at bubuksan ito. Lalabas ang batang si Erik. Mapapatingin ng masama si Aleli kay Pepper. Oca carries Erik kina Tatay Satur. Erik takes one more look at the lifeless bodies of his parents and sister.

SCENE 53. INT. CONFERENCE AREA. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Nag-uusap ang mga lalaki habang inaaruga nina Aleli at Chelot ang batang si Erik. Sasabihin ni Tatay Satur ang kanyang obserbasyon. Sasabihin nitong sa palagay niya ay “kugtong” ang umatake sa barko. Napakaraming kugtong. Parang naghihiganti ang mga ito. He tells them na despite the kugtong’s reputation, they are just doing these to protect themselves especially when they are threatened. It seems that they feel they are at this stage.

He instructs each one to form in two groups of fours to look around for any more survivors. Chelot, Gamay, Pepper, and Kroma go in one group while Tatay Satur, Oca, Aleli, and the young boy Erik form the other. Tatay Satur asks Oca to call Gaston to help them out.

Pepper and his group decide to take the lower part of the boat. Tatay Satur and the rest will look around at the upper deck portion. Oca goes to Gaston.

SCENE 54. EXT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Oca comes down to their tugboat to call Gaston. Before he could come down, however, he hears a gunshot from the tugboat’s direction. He hurries to go there.

SCENE 55. INT. BANTAY-KALIKASAN TUGBOAT. – NIGHT.
Makikita ni Oca si Gaston. Patay na ito at nakanganga. Iisipin nating tinira rin siya ng kugtong pero nang hawakan siya ni Oca ay may dugo ito sa likod ng ulo na mula sa bala ng baril. Titingnan rin ni Oca ang tugboat nila at makikitang dinistrongka ang mga kable at circuits ng tugboat para hindi na ito magamit. He looks around and sees na wala na rin ang crates ng mga baril na nakuha nila. Ganon din ang bangkay ng kugtong. He decides to go back sa passenger ship.

ACT 5

SCENE 56. EXT. UPPER DECK. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
When he got up again sa passenger ship, he is met by Aleli, Tatay Satur, and Erik who are already with Coast Guards’ Ensign Guevarra, SPO1 Tabunda, Rashem, and a puzzled PO1 Calugcugan.

Walang kaalam-alam si Aleli and even announces kay Oca na the Coast Guards got a cut message from the ship’s captain and they have come to rescue only it was too late. Alam ni Oca na hindi ito ang dahilan at sila rin ang pumatay kay Gaston. Oca tries to ask Aleli and Tatay Satur to walk towards him but SPO1 Tabunda and Rashem take out their guns and aim it at the two. Ensign Guevarra asks PO1 Calugcugan to aim his gun at the young boy. Mabibigla naman si PO1 Calugcugan sa nangyayari and tells Oca na he knows nothing of this and he is just following orders. Nanginginig ang kamay niyang tututukan ang bata.

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SCENE 57. INT. LOWER DECK. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Walang kaalam-alam ang grupo nina Pepper sa nangyayari sa itaas ng barko. Mang-iinggit pa si Kroma kay Pepper at sasabihin nitong pihadong naglalambingan lang doon sina Oca at Aleli.

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SCENE 58. EXT. UPPER DECK. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Tatay Satur tries to piece things together. He suspects that Ensign Guevarra is involve in gun smuggling and selling military arms to terrorist groups. The crates that they fished out from the ocean are actually tasked to the four fishermen killed to be delivered to Ensign Guevarra but one of them accidentally explodes, killing a kugtong and the fishermen who were attacked in retaliation by other kugtongs when its boat capsized because of the explosion.

Ensign Guevarra applauds Tatay Satur. For a fisherman who loves listening to AM Radio, he is not bad. He reasons that military people like him needs a little extra raket to get by. Magrereklamo rin siya sa mabagal na promosyon para sa kanya. He also says that he is doing the government a favor by supplying the rebels ammunition to continue a war that gives huge kickbacks to military personnel once the budget is released. And because Tatay Satur knows too much, Ensign Guevarra gives Rashem the go signal to eliminate him. Rashem puts a bullet through Tatay Satur’s head. Aleli screams. Magtatago si Oca as he is fired upon by Ensign Guevarra and SPO1 Tabunda.

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SCENE 59. INT. LOWER DECK. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Maririnig ng grupo nina Pepper ang putukan. They decide to go back to the upper deck.

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SCENE 60. INT. UPPER DECK. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Tuloy ang pagputok nina Ensign Guevarra kay Oca. Hahatakin nina Ensign Guevarra sina Aleli at Erik papunta sa kanilang Coast Guard patrol ship sa kabilang side ng passenger ship.

Oca tries to run after them. He looks at the lifeless body of Tatay Satur. He holds it and wails. Malakas ang hiyaw niya. Kakaibang hiyaw. Hiyaw na maririnig maging ng mga kugtong sa kailaliman ng dagat.

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SCENE 61. EXT. DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Sa di-kalayuan ay makikita nating may mga gumagapang na kugtong sa tubig. We need not see the kugtongs. Ang makikita lang natin ay ang paggalaw ng tubig na parang may nakaumbok dito.

SCENE 62. INT./ EXT. COAST GUARD BOAT. – NIGHT.
Nakababa na si PO1 Calugcugan. Pababa pa lang ang iba. Pero sinasabihan na siya na patakbuhin na nag motor ng patrol boat nila. Natataranta si PO1 Calugcugan dahil sa mga pangyayari. Hindi niya maipasok ang susi. Titilapon ito sa isang tabi. Nang dadamputin niya na ito ay biglang may tatambad sa kanyang mukha na kugtong. Hahablutin siya nito at sisipsipin ang hininga.

Makikita ito ng mga kasamahan niya na magbabalak na pumanhik muli sa passenger ship. Papuputukan nila ang direksyon ng mga kugtong.

SCENE 63. EXT. UPPER DECK. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Pepper and company chances upon Oca. They will ask about the commotion. Before they could get an answer, Ensign Guevarra and company appears at tututukan sila ng baril. They will ask Pepper and company to drop their weapons.

Pepper tells them that he is on their side. Babalimbing ito at tututukan si Oca. He tells them that he only wants the bodies of the kugtongs which he will take para pag-aralan. Ensign Guevarra can take their weapons. Babaligtad din si Chelot. Greed slips in. Ganon din si Kroma. Because of Chelot. Tanging si Gamay lang ang hindi. Tututukan nina Chelot at Kroma si Gamay. Galit na galit si Aleli pero wala siyang magawa.

Ensign Guevarra asks them to shoot the two. But before they could, a kugtong leaps toward their direction creating a diversion and confusion. Pepper was able to kill the kugtong pero nakatakbo naman sina Gamay at Oca. Ganon din ang batang si Erik. Isa-isa rin nilang nakikita ang mga kamay ng kugtong na kumakapit sa gilid ng barko. Eto ang pagtutuunan nila ng pansin habang papasok sila sa loob ng barko. Papuputukan nila ang mga kugtong na isa-isang tinatamaan at bumabagsak sa dagat.

SCENE 64. INT. BALLROOM. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Kala-kaladkad ni Ensign Guevarra si Aleli na parang ginagamit na pananggalang. Ensign Guevarra instructs Rashem and SPO1 Tabunda to go after Oca.

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SCENE 65. INT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Tuloy ang pagputok nina Pepper, Chelot, at Kroma sa mga umaatakeng kugtong. Nakikita lang natin ang snippets ng mga kugtong na pinapuputukan nila through the light na ibinubuga ng kanilang mga baril. Parang sa Aliens. They are coming from every direction. Maghihiwalay sila. Chelot and Kroma enters a room and locks it. Si Pepper naman tries to go after the kugtong remains. He pulls one towards the direction of the coast guard boat.

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SCENE 66. INT. ROOM. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Madilim ang kuwartong pinasok nina Chelot at Kroma. We see just black and white sa POV ni Kroma. Nagbubukas-bukas lang ng lighter si Kroma pero pumapalya-palya ito. He continues to talk to Chelot. Parang wala nang sumasagot sa kanya. Pagharap niya sa direksyon ni Chelot ay makikita niyang nakabagsak na ito at nakabuka ang bunganga. Nadale na ito ng kugtong. Pagbukas ni Kroma muli ng lighter niya ay makikita lang natin ang kugtong na umatake sa kanya through the reflection sa kanyang salamin at mata. Extreme close-up sa salamin niya at mata habang sinisipsip ng kugtong ang hininga niya. Source of light lang ang ilaw sa lighter niya. Pagwala ng ilaw sa lighter niya, alam na nating patay na rin siya.

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SCENE 67. INT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Makikita nina Gamay at Oca sina Rashem at SPO1 Tabunda na umaaligid na naghahanap sa kanila. Sesenyas si Oca na magkabilaan sila ni Gamay. Maghihiwalay ang dalawa.

Bigla nilang susunggaban pareho ang mga kalaban. Magpapambunuan sila. Hand to hand combat. Rashem laban kay Oca. Si Gamay kay SPO1 Tabunda. Magagapi nila pareho ang kalaban pero may tama ng saksak si Gamay. Aakayin siya ni Oca.

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SCENE 68. EXT. COAST GUARD BOAT. – NIGHT.
Pepper drops one of the kugtong bodies sa Coast Guard boat. He starts the engine of the boat. It speeds off but before it could speed off further, a kugtong appears. Pepper pulls out a gun. It sucks Pepper’s breath. But Pepper still manages to fire his gun to the kugtong’s belly.

From a full shot, we see a Coast Guard boat going nowhere with flashes of light from Pepper’s gun flaring inside. We can use a device like showing a tight shot first of the boat tapos palapad nang palapad as we hear each gunshot fired.

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SCENE 69. INT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Ensign Guevarra is able to get some gas and decides to pour it sa paligid. Makakatakas si Aleli. Nang papalapit na sa kanya ang maraming kugtong, he light the gas at maghihiyawan sa apoy ang mga kugtong.

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SCENE 70. EXT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Mapapasilip si Gamay sa natitira na lamang na mga kugtong sa dagat. Makikita ni Oca si Aleli na nasa kabilang banda ng barko. Sasabihan siya ni Gamay na pumunta na rito at susunod na lang siya.

Hindi pa nakakalayo si Oca nang tanggalin ni Gamay ang pin ng dalawang Granada sa bulsa niya at tumalon area ng mga kugtong. Tatawagin pa nito ang mga Diyos bago siya tumalon, “Allah, Jehovah, Buddha, Krishna, Bathala…” Sasagipin sana siya ni Oca pero nakatalon na ito. Babagsak si Gamay sa tubig kung saan naroroon ang huling pulumpon ng mga kugtong. Pagbagsak niya sa tubig ay siya namang pagsabog nito. Kasma niyang namatay ang mga kugtong.

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SCENE 71. EXT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Tatakbo si Oca papunta kay Aleli nang sumulpot si Ensign Guevarra. Hahambalusin siya nito ng dala niyang malapad na kahoy. Pagpapapaluin niya si Oca. Magpapambuno sila. Mano y mano.

Nang napupuruhan si Oca, tutulong si Aleli subalit maihahagis lamang ito ni Ensign Guevarra sa isang tabi. Tatama ang ulo nito sa isang kahoy at medyo mawawalan ng ulirat.

Babangon si Oca dahil sa nakita at babawi. Makakalamang si Oca. Pero, tatalsik si Ensign Guevarra malapit sa area ng isang flare gun. Itututok niya ito kay Oca. Pero bago niya maiputok ay may isa pa palang kugtong at nasa likuran niya ito. Biglang sisipsipin nito ang hininga ni Ensign Guevarra. Mapapaputok ni Ensign Guevarra ang flare gun sa ere hanggang sa maubusan siya ng hininga.

SCENE 72. EXT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Lalapit ang kugtong kay Aleli. Medyo mukhang tao na ang kugtong dahil sa dami ng nasipsip na hininga ng tao. Ilalapit na nito ang bibig sa walang malay na si Aleli nang biglang hiyawan ito ni Oca. Tunog hiyaw ng kugtong ang hiyaw ni Oca. Tatayo siya sa harapan nito. Saka lang natin mapapansing may hasang sa likod ng tenga si Oca. Sa pagtayo niya sa harapan ng kugtong, malalaman natin ang tunay na katauhan niya mula sa kanyang mga mata. Ang mare-reveal natin sa mata niya ay naka-fish eye lens ang POV nito at watery.

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SCENE 73. QUICK IMAGES.
Iba’t ibang images will go quickly in and out of the frame. Ang tungkol sa kugtong na na-trap sa coral reef during the muro-ami scenes, ang mga batang muro-ami na kanyang inatake na nagpatanggal sa kanyang mga kaliskis at pagka-kugtong, ang kanyang paglangoy sa ibabaw ng barko ng muro-ami, ang pag-uusap nina Oca at Tatay Satur sa tabing dagat, ang mga eksena kung saan sinabi ni Kroma na lagpas treinta minutos minsan huminga si Oca sa ilalim ng tubig, at iba pang bagay sa istorya na nagbigay na sa atin ng clue na minsan ay kugtong si Oca pero hindi natin napansin sa una.

SCENE 74. EXT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Nakatingin sa kanila ang batang si Erik sa di-kalayuan.

SCENE 75. EXT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
Haharap pa rin ang kugtong sa mukha ni Aleli. Malalakas kasi ang hinga nito dahil sa pagkakatama ng ulo at natatakaw dito at naaakit ang kugtong. Greed din. Walang pinagkaiba ang tao at kugtong. Ilalapit na nito ang bibig kay Aleli nang bigla siyang talunin at sunggaban ni Oca. Babagsak sila pareho sa dagat.

SCENE 76. EXT. ILALIM NG DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Magpapambuno ang kugtong at si Oca sa ilalim ng dagat. Fierce battle. Maraming tama si Oca. Hindi natin masyadong makita ang mga images dahil sa dilim ng tubig at kawalan ng ilaw sa paligid.

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SCENE 77. EXT. PASSENGER SHIP. – NIGHT.
POV ng batang si Erik as he looks into the water at the battle going on. Nakikita niya ng bahagya sa tubig ang pag-aaway ni Oca at ng kugtong sa ilalim. Mapapatingin siya sa kanyang likuran nang makita niyang naaalimpungatan si Aleli.

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SCENE 78. EXT. ILALIM NG DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Tuloy sa paglalaban ang dalawa. Sakal na ng kugtong si Oca. Nauubusan na ito ng hininga sa ilalim ng tubig. Hinang-hina na. Bigla nitong mabubunot ang fishing knife sa may paanan at sa kanyang kahuli-hulihang lakas ay itutusok ito sa kugtong. Hihiyaw ang kugtong. Sasaksakin pa ulit ito ni Oca nang paulit-ulit hanggang sa maghalo ang kulay ng dugo at dagat. Unti-unti ring manghihina si Oca at pakiramdam niya ay hinahatak na siya sa kalaliman ng dagat.

SCENE 79. EXT. ILALIM NG DAGAT. – NIGHT.
Parang sa Scene 1. Nasa bingit na ng kamatayan si Oca. Nang biglang may kung anong lumangoy papunta sa kanya at idinikit ang labi nito sa labi niya. Si Aleli! Sasagipin siya nito sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng ilang hininga. Maglalapat ang kanilang labi. It’s the same thing that Oca did to Aleli when she was sixteen years old. Lalangoy sila pareho pataas ng dagat.

SCENE 80. INT. OSPITAL. MANILA. – DAY.
Kinabukasan. Magigising si Aleli sa isang hospital sa Manila. She looks around calling Oca’s name. A nurse pacifies her. She asks for a companion by the name of Oca and a boy named Erik. The nurse tells her na there is no one except a fisherman who brought her to safety. She even left something for her. The nurse pulls out a small pouch and when Aleli opens it, she sees Oca’s big pearl.

SCENE 81. EXT. PIER. MANILA. – DAY.
Sa may bilihan ng mga TV sa Pier sa Manila. Nakatayo doon sina Oca at ang batang si Erik. He plans to take care of Erik for now just like what Tatay Satur did for him. May news item na ipinapakita sa TV. Pero bago pa nila makita ay lalakad na ang dalawa paalis dito.

Close-up tayo sa screen ng TV kung saan may isang news broadcast. An anchor gives the news.

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SCENE 82. EXT. PAMPANG. – DAY.
Mula sa TV set ay pupunta tayo sa lugar ng live broadcast kung saan ina-announce ng TV anchor na may pito pang nasagip na tao ang Coast Guard at Governor’s office mula sa trahedya na nangyari sa dagat malapit sa Alcantara Island.

Camera zooms in to the survivors who are greeted by the Governor and Commander Zaballero. As one of them turns around, we pause and reveal na sa likod ng tenga niya ay may hasang siya. Ang mga survivors pala ay mga kugtong na naging tao na!

C L O S I N G C R E D I T S.

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