Written by Boots Agbayani Pastor
A young Tsinoy, the product of a common-law union between his Filipino mother and his pure Chinese father, earns the ire of his father when he fails to finish school within the prescribed time, the reason of which is blamed on his deep inclination to the Chinese martial art of wǔshī (lion dance).
When his father undergoes a medical operation and is confined at the hospital to recuperate, the young man makes up for his shortcomings by spending time with his father, in the process defining his relationship with his father’s original family: his submissive Chinese wife, their equally docile daughter, and their wayward eldest son.
“TSINOY” tells the story of how family ties come to the fore when the head of the family, a Chinese businessman, succumbs to an ailment and his two families—one Chinese, the other Filipino—attends to him, as seen through the point of view of the second son, a Tsinoy.
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Location: Binondo, Manila