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‘We Drank Our Tears’ new stories premiere at Regal Cinemas

AFTER the successful premiere of the new stories of “We Drank Our Tears,” Mount Carmel School president Galvin Deleon Guerrero said an encore screening has been scheduled for June 13 at American Memorial Park as part of the 75th commemoration of the World War II battles on Saipan and Tinian.

MCS and D&R Visions on June 4 premiered the new stories of “We Drank Our Tears” at Regal Cinemas.

The movie’s new installment features the stories of Carmen Acosta, Sister Antoineta Ada and Rosa Agulto.

MCS student William Blake Deleon Guerrero directed Carmen Acosta’s story which is about a young Chamorro mentored by a Japanese woman.

“We Drank Our Tears” directors William Blake Deleon Guerrero, left, Aysia Adele Duenas, 2nd right, and Quincy Chinen, right, with Mount Carmel School president Galvin Deleon Guerrero at the premiere of the movie’s three new installments featuring the stories of Carmen Acosta, Sister Antoineta Ada and Rosa Agulto.“We Drank Our Tears” directors William Blake Deleon Guerrero, left, Aysia Adele Duenas, 2nd right, and Quincy Chinen, right, with Mount Carmel School president Galvin Deleon Guerrero at the premiere of the movie’s three new installments featuring the stories of Carmen Acosta, Sister Antoineta Ada and Rosa Agulto.

“In this story,” he said, “Carmen stood out as a character of herself — not as a Chamorro or as Japanese, but herself.”

MCS alumna Aysia Adele Duenas Santos directed Antoneita Ada’s story. Santos said she selected Ada’s story after meeting her when she was working on the story of Maturana sisters.

“I did not know that she was in the story of ‘We Drank Our Tears.’ I have had conversations with her before she passed away. I remember her telling me what she had to go through during the war. I knew she would have been proud of what we have put together,” Santos said.

Quincy Chinen, MCS student, directed Rosa Agulto’s story. “Her story was told three times by three different people. I found it very interesting.”

The premiere for three new installments of “We Drank Our Tears” was well-attended.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio The premiere for three new installments of “We Drank Our Tears” was well-attended. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

She added, “I found her story so inspiring. She lost everything and she lost her family. But she continued to move on instead of choosing to die with her family.”

MCS president Galvin Deleon Guerrero said unlike the three previous installments of “We Drank Our Tears,” the stories of Acosta, Ada and Agulto were not about combat. “The films were primarily combat-driven conflict and much more personal,” he added. “The films showed how connected everybody was and how family played an important role. We decided to integrate these stories because that is one thing that the first three stories missed — that the way people survived the war was by working together.”

In 2017, Galvin Deleon Guerrero wrote and directed Francisco Babauta’s story.

In 2018, two installments focused on the stories of Benjamin Abadilla and Rafael Mafnas.