As expected, Ishmael Bernal's 1982 film Himala won the award as Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time, announced last night at the CNN-sponsored Asia Pacific Film Awards held in Australia. Himala was chosen through online poll, once again proving that Filipinos will stop at nothing if it means honoring one of our own (I myself voted for Himala several times). Witness the numerous Ms. Photogenic awards at the Miss Universe beauty pageant (voted online), and four Philippine attractions currently lording it over the New7Wonders of Nature online poll, trumping even Mt. Everest.
That's not to say that Himala does not deserve the recognition. It does. But with the competition, frankly I would have preferred seeing Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai win instead. What do you think?