Kid Kulafu is a touching movie that offers a look into the humble beginnings of Manny Pacquiao to his first step into the boxing ring. The film got its title after a brand of wine whose bottles Manny (Buboy Villar) collected as a child, for his uncle Sardo (Cesar Montano) in exchange for the help he extends to his family. Uncle Sardo was also his first boxing mentor,
The film relates Manny’s early life mired in extreme poverty in the mountains of Bukidnon in southern Philippines. The experience must have galvanized the young Pacman’s strong-willed character and unbending desire to make things better for his family, while shaping his own destiny. Eventually the family moved to General Santos City after getting caught in middle of a firefight between rebels and government forces,
Alessandra de Rossi effectively played her role as Manny’s mother, Dionisia. Cesar Montano and Alex Medina (Manny’s father Rosalio) likewise both did their part well. But, most of the memorable scenes were brought by Buboy Villar’s powerful performance. Director Paul Soriano made full use of the young actor’s talent that showcased his ability to portray Manny’s undying love affair with his chosen sport.