Inspired by Philippine mythology, the story focuses on Apolaki, Mayari, Tala, and Hanan, the four immortal children of the recently passed creator god, Bathala. As each of these deities wrestles with the grief of losing Bathala, their all-powerful actions create ripples throughout the universe.
As a noun, mahal is the Tagalog word for love but as an adjective, it transforms into the Tagalog word for costly or expensive. Dedicated to the director’s late father, MAHAL is a story of how love comes at a cost.
Michaela A. Ternasky-Holland, an Emmy and Webby award-winning director, is renowned for her socially impactful stories through immersive technology. As an XR/metaverse creator, consultant, and speaker, she’s honored as one of the 100 Original Voices of XR by Avi Bar-Zeev. With expertise in creative strategy and impact production, Michaela’s work with prestigious brands like Disney, TIME, Forbes, and events such as Cannes Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival stands out.
A captivating speaker, Michaela has graced international conferences, institutions, and podcasts. She’s consistently recognized in the VR Awards and secured awards like the 2021 Social Impact Media Award for Best VR Experience and Immersive Impact. A member of the Academy of International Extended Realities, she also serves as a VR Awards judge.
Committed to purpose-driven projects, Michaela focuses on global issues and amplifying unheard voices. Her projects encompass privilege, neurodivergence, physical abilities, and social justice causes. Her documentary FACE TO FACE and VR content Lutaw have earned acclaim, and she collaborates with notable institutions such as National Geographic, Amnesty International, and more, reflecting her impact-driven dedication.