Aug 27, 2009

An update to the “Sanctum” mystery and a brand new movie

I now consider the “Sanctum” mystery closed. The “Sanctum” mentioned in the credits of Little Boy/Big Boy really refers to the Sanctum that was in Cubao. But this blue bar hasn’t reopened—the people behind the movie just wanted to thank Sanctum for being the inspiration of the O party scene in the movie. So, all of my speculations were correct, except for the reopening bit.

The mystery was solved when I decided to ask Lex Bonife (the movie’s screenwriter) himself. I left a comment on his blog asking about the “Sanctum” in the credits and he replied via a new blog entry. To quote his answer:

I’m glad you asked about “Sanctum”. It was me who’s personally thanking the former bar “Sanctum”.

If you recall the orgy scene in the film, that scene was inspired by a regular event that happens in Sanctum, an exclusive male bar in Cubao.

Now, the sad thing is, Sanctum has been raided and ordered closed by the NBI courtesy of GMA’s “Imbestigador”. The kind owner, Dennis and his assistant King is still at the city jail.

Sanctum was born out of a private orgy group called “Manjobs”. The group was quite successul that they decided to stop renting hotel rooms and instead open their own bar exclusive to adult gay males in Cubao.

So it’s confirmed that Sanctum still doesn’t have a happy ending. The owner and his assistant are still in jail and I wish there was something that can be done to help them. Staying in jail—especially in this country—is a pretty rotten way to learn one’s lesson.

Anyway, Lex disclosed in that same blog post that he and Joselito Altarejos (the movie’s director) will be starting to shoot their next movie entitled Ang Laro ni Juan in a few days. The movie’s story is inspired by the Sanctum raid and I think that makes for an interesting film. I’m looking forward to seeing it. :-)