A new website has been launched for Kritika Kultura at https://ajol.ateneo.edu/kk . This site will be archived on 31 May 2022.

To Conform or Not to Conform, That is the Genderqueer Question: Re-examining the Lesbian Identity in Bernal’s "Manila by Night"

Libay Linsangan Cantor


This paper is an attempt to re-read the identity politics surrounding the lesbian character as presented in Ishmael Bernal’s classic film Manila by Night. In doing so, it hopes to trace where the identification of the lesbian construct is coming from, and in the process investigates if the genderqueer construct in Philippine cinema intersects within this discourse.


androgyne, butch-femme dichotomy, depiction of lesbians in Philippine cinema

Full Text:


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13185/KK2012.01905