A Mother’s Incomparable Love Inspired Student Filmmaker Paul Grajo

A mother’s love should never be underrated or questioned because it is truly incomparable.

This inspired and motivated 26-year old Communication Student Paul John Grajo of University of Caloocan City to write and direct his film “Ang Gugma ni Mama,” an entry to the Monumento Film Festival 2021.

“Napaka-personal sa akin ng story. It is something very close to my mother’s heart. At ang pinaka objective ko dito is to serve as reminiscence for my mother as well as to inspire other mothers to show love and compassion para sa mga anak nila.”

“ I believe na ang pagiging ina ay hindi naman natitigil kapag ang anak mo ay naging magulang na rin. I do believe na kapag dumating na sa point na yun, it opens another chapter of your life as a mother. I am hoping na through this film, maka-inspire kami ng mga nanay at mag-iina.”

His film “Ang Gugma ni Mama” revolves in the story of Adela and her mother Rosal who both experienced miraculous and heart wrenching moments in their lives. A sudden twist and turns of events will change their lives and will also affect the people around them.

With a story about love, indeed, Paul can never go wrong. But he recalled that creating a film during a pandemic is totally a different experience.

“Given na we have to face the limited resources because we are all students after all and there are a lot of restrictions. But naalala ko din na nung kinailangan namin mag-pitch ng story, nahirapan talaga ako mag-isip. It just happened na tinitigan ko ang mama ko, then nung younger pa ako, naaalala ko na may kinukuwento siya about her mother and her grandparents. Kaya ko nasulat ang pelikulang ito.”

His mom was generous enough to share the backstory of that particular experience which transpired with her mother and grandmother. She also shared to Paul a very beautiful composition which they ended up using in their film.

Thanks to her mom’s vivid memories, his vision of paying tribute to all mothers has come to life.

However, being the writer and director of their film, Paul shared in an interview with The Film Dream that he had his personal struggles during the film production. As the captain of their crew, he really wanted to allow everyone in his team to shine and fulfill their respective roles.