Sunshorts digital films



It’s always so tricky talking about life insurance and other pre-need plans. It’s something you hope you’ll never need in your lifetime. But you also don’t want to be caught without it if the need arises.

When I was still in university, I had friends who had their lives so well planned out that in our early 20’s they were already buying life insurance policies. I knew some who majored in Actuarial Science, woooh! Thanks to sororities and fraternities, I met people outside my cushy world of Art History. They would tell me that buying life insurance while you’re young is a lot cheaper than when you get older. Even if I knew this as a fact, insurance was not on my list of must-buys.

I was like most 18-35 year-olds. I felt I was too young to be investing in something I may not really need. Plus, I was focused on seeing the world and landing my dream job. Being Canadian, I had my free health care anyway. So I didn’t feel the need for fancy insurance plans.  I wish I did.


UC, University of Toronto
This is a photo of Sophia at my alma mater, the University of Toronto. When she was a lot younger, she’s say she wants to go to school there because “it’s like a castle.” I hope my three girls get a great university education in their time.


I only started seriously thinking of life and pre-need insurance after I became a mom. Yes there are those morbid thoughts that no one wants to deal with – like every time I go on flights. Yikes! But I was very sure I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. When it comes to the future of our children, I don’t like leaving things to chance. I’m not really a “Bahala na” type of person. I read somewhere that if you have kids under 18 years old, you owe it to your children to have life insurance. So Patrick and I decided early on that we would have to get some of these fancy plans. Choosing the right company and the right plan is another story.

Well, I am still intimidated by this world of finance and insurance policies and all its jargon so I can’t really sit here and tell you what to do with your money. But I can say that I love saving my own money and seeing it grow. I’m also a firm believer in securing the future as much as possible especially for those who have small children.

To make this seemingly complicated worlds of financial management and insurance policies easier to understand, Sunlife Financial came up with Sunshorts. SUN SHORTS is composed of five original shorts from the country’s acclaimed filmmakers. Joining Reyes are Chris Martinez (Kimmy Dora series, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank) and Jerrold Tarog (Senior Year,Aswang) together with TVC marvels Jolly Feliciano and Nic Reyes. From action-chases to animated wonder, these stories share one theme — how life is brighter under the sun.

“Thru SUN SHORTS, we are again pushing the boundaries of digital media in our industry. We want to share the stories that celebrate triumph amidst adversity, together with the promise of a brighter future,” bemused SLFP chief marketing officer Mylene Lopa.

Yesterday, the first film was released. Jun Reyes’ “1945”. It stars my good friend Angel Aquino.

In a story of love that transcends the test of time, a father secures the future of his family with foresight and determination. Crafted by veteran storyteller Jun Reyes, 1945 is the initial installment of the SUN SHORTS digital collection presented by Sun Life Financial-Philippines (SLFP).

1945 is about Puring (Angel Aquino) and her family whose lives were shattered during the war when the Kempeitai took her husband Enciong (Richard Quan) away. But hope comes when a kindred soul knocked on their door to give them hope for a brighter tomorrow and faith in a love that never dies.

“Inspired by the real-life struggle of a war-torn family, 1945 is more than a nostalgia trip to Old Manila. It is a story of hope and love at a time when hatred and pain seem to prevail,” narrated Reyes, who is also the producer of the acclaimed Crying Ladies. His latest works were The Last Days of Ninoy and Silup.

To see the other films, please visit


Isn’t Angel Aquino just amazing in anything she does? I’m so proud of her. I’m actually looking forward to seeing the other four Sunshorts to be released in the next three months. And for you to know how life can be even brighter, please visit

Sun Life is also giving viewers a chance toFly to Great America by simply clicking Like and leaving a Comment after watching each film. For more info, click here.

SUN SHORTS is presented by Sun Life Financial in collaboration with Unitel Productions, Inc., Cinema One, Star Magic, and the Sun Life Foundation.



This post is sponsored by Sunlife Financial.



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