Heavenly Touch (2009)

Director
Joel Lamangan

Main cast
Paolo Serrano; Joash Balejado; Marco Morales; Gwen Garci; Paolo Rivero

Genres
Foreign, Drama, Romance

Description
Jonard (Joash Balejado) is having trouble making ends meet. His mother is suffering from depression, and he and his sister are forced to quit school in order to take care of her. One day, Jonard meets up his friend Rodel (Paolo Serrano), and Rodel introduces him to the world of massage parlors. Rodel teaches him massage, and brings him to Heavenly Touch, a syndicate-run massage parlor that mostly caters to homosexuals. As Jonard grows comfortable with his new life, he finds himself getting closer to Rodel. But when the threat of eviction looms, Jonard is forced to do things he never thought he’d do.


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