Cinemalaya X: Which films are you watching?

2014 marks the 10th year of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. It will run from August 1-10, 2014, with the films screening at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Greenbelt 3, TriNoma, Alabang Town Center and Fairview Terraces.

We’ve already bought our tickets for two of the films: Kasal and Dagitab.

But just in case you’re wondering, here are the lists of films competing for the Directors Showcase, Newbreed, and Shorts categories:


  1. Kasal
    Director: Joselito Altarejos
    Cast: Arnold Reyes, Oliver Aquino, Rita Avila, Maureen Mauricio, Rener Concepcion, Ruby Ruiz, Ron Cieno, Chloe Carpio
    Synopsis: Kasal is a slice of life drama of a gay couple whose resolve to stay together is challenged as they attend a wedding. It also is an examination on how a gay couple navigates through the different institutions in Philippine society.
  2. The Janitor
    Director: Michael Tuviera
    Cast: Dennis Trillo, Richard Gomez ,Ricky Davao, Dante Rivero, Irma Adlawan, Lj Reyes, Derek Ramsay, Raymond Bagatsing, Alex Medina, Jerald Napoles, Nicco Manalo
    Synopsis: Crisanto Espina, a cop on suspension and under investigation, is tasked to eliminate the suspects involved in a bank robbery/massacre that shocked the whole nation.
  3. Hari ng Tondo
    Director: Carlos Siguion-Reyna
    Cast: Robert Arevalo, Rez Cortez, Cris Villonco, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Lorenz Martinez, Liza Lorena, Lui Manansala, Aiza Seguerra, Carlos Canlas, Mark Tayag, Ciara Sotto, Gian Magdangal, Eric Quizon, Ali Sotto, Audie Gemora, Hans Eckstein, Raul Montesa, Jelson Bay, Gino Ramirez, Menggie Cobarrubias
    Synopsis: A grandfather on the brink of bankruptcy brings his grandchildren back to the community that made and shaped him, only to find out the place is no longer the same.
  4. Hustisya
    Director: Joel Lamangan
    Cast: Nora Aunor, Rocco Nacino, Rosanna Roces, Sunshine Dizon, Gardo Versoza, Chynna Ortaleza, Jeric Gonzales, Romnick Sarmenta, Jaime Pebanco, Tony Mabesa, Miles Kanapi, Sue Prado, John Rendez, Chanel Latorre, Angela Ruiz, Menggie Cobarrubias
    Synopsis: A foul-mouthed woman fights for her soul in the belly of the city. Working for a human trafficking agency controlled by a powerful syndicate, she sees no evil, hears no evil. In a society like ours, you have only two choices – to be a victim, or a victimizer – she makes her choice.
  5. Asintado
    Director: Louie Ignacio
    Cast: Aiko Melendez, Gabby Eigenmann, Miggs Cuaderno, Rochelle Pangilinan, Jake Vargas, Benjie Felipe, Madz Nicholas, Maita Ejercito, Jak Roberto
    Synopsis: In the middle of the preparation for Taong Putik Festival, a young man penniless and in love, takes on a drug courier job that goes terribly wrong. To save him, his mother now makes the most difficult decision of her life.


  1. #Y
    Director: Gino Santos
    Cast: Elmo Magalona, Coleen Garcia, Sophie Albert, Kit Thompson, Slater Young, Chynna Ortaleza
    Synopsis: “#Y” (“Hashtag Y”) chronicles the adventures of the members of a generation made universal by the realms of social media, the internet, sex, drugs and alcohol, and the occasional YOLO.
  2. 1st Ko Si 3rd
    Director: Real Florido
    Cast: Nova Villa, Dante Rivero, Freddie Webb, Ruby Ruiz, Lara Morena, RJ Agustin, Denise Barbacena, Coleen Borgonia, Ken Chan
    Synopsis: Matapos ang mahigit apat na dekada ay muling makikita ni Cory ang kanyang 1st love na si Third na siyang magbibigay kulay at gugulo sa kanyang buhay bilang may asawa at retiree.
  3. Bwaya
    Director: Francis Xavier Pasion
    Cast: Angeli Bayani, Karl Medina, RS Francisco, Jolina Salvado
    Synopsis: Divina is preparing for her daughter Rowena’s 13th birthday when she hears shocking news: her daughter has been attacked by a crocodile, her body still missing. As Divina searches for the body of her daughter in the marshlands of Agusan del Sur, she learns a lesson more tragic than her fate: not all predators are underwater. The film is based on actual events.
  4. Children’s Show
    Director: Roderick Cabrido
    Cast: Allen Dizon, Gloria Sevilla, Suzette Ranillo, Nathan Lopez, Jacob Clayton, Divine Grace Aucina, Buboy Villar, Miggs Cuaderno
    Synopsis: Children’s Show is a full-length film based on a real life story of children ages 10-15 years old being used by a syndicate for an underground wrestling match.
  5. Dagitab
    Director: Giancarlo Abrahan V
    Cast: Eula Valdez, Nonie Buencamino, Martin del Rosario
    Synopsis: While the marriage of two professors is on the verge of falling apart, the woman is dragged into a scandal involving a young student. On the other hand, the man falls in love with his research — a deity (supernatural being) that appears to him as the ghost of an old flame.
  6. K’na the Dreamweaver
    Director: Ida Anita del Mundo
    Cast: Mara Lopez, Ramon Khino (RK) Bagatsing, Alex Vincent Medina, Anthony (Nonie) Buencamino, Rafael (Bembol) Roco, Jr., Erlinda Villalobos
    Synopsis: When Kana, a young T’boli woman, becomes a dreamweaver, she has the chance to weave together her village’s warring clans. But, will she give up true love to do so?
  7. Mariquina
    Director: Milo Sogueco
    Cast: Mylene Dizon, Ricky Davao, Bing Pimentel, Che Ramos, Barbie Forteza, Dennis Padilla, Mel Kimura
    Synopsis: Unlike the former Philippine First Lady, Imelda is indifferent towards shoes. To her, they are fraught with the bittersweet nostalgia of childhood, one that was marred by a difficult relationship with her shoe-maker father, Romeo. Growing up, all of hers were handmade by him. Now a mature woman, she takes a pivotal call from the morgue, spurring her search for the perfect pair of shoes for her dead father. The deeper she searches for the perfect shoes, the more she finds herself.
  8. Ronda
    Director: Nick Olanka
    Cast: Ai-ai delas Alas, Perla Bautista, Bernardo Bernardo, Menggie Cobarrubias, Carlo Aquino, Carlos Morales, Cogie Domingo, Moi Bien, DM Sevilla and Julian Trono
    Synopsis: A policewoman roams the city of Manila to fulfill her duties as a police patrol and to look for her lost son.
  9. Separados
    Director: GB Sampedro
    Cast: Victor Neri, Ricky Davao, Jason Abalos, Anjo Yllana, Erik Santos, Alfred Vargas, Ritz Azul, Angel Jacob, Melissa Mendez, Althea Vega, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Iwa Moto, Diana Zubiri, Sue Prado, Menggie Cobarrubias, Cris Pastor, K-La Rivera, Rhea Lim, Jace Flores, Patricia Javier, Katrina Halili, Joel Lamangan
    Synopsis: Separados is a mostly bittersweet, partly comic, partly tragic saga of six men who have separated from their wives. Based on true stories, their parallel and overlapping tales are framed by a church wedding to a second wife by one of them, who grabs another chance at matrimonial bliss.
  10. Sundalong Kanin
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    Director: Janice O’Hara
    Cast: Nathaniel Brit, Ian de Leon, Marc Abaya, Gardo Verzosa, Via Veloso, Enzo Pineda, Paolo O’Hara, Che Ramos, Diana Alferez, Dante Balois, Elijah Canlas, Angelo Martinez
    Synopsis: Set during the Japanese Occupation, four friends (Nitoy, Benny, Carding, and Badong) aspire nothing more than to become soldiers fighting the Japanese… until they are confronted by the realities of war that threaten to destroy their families and their friendship.



  1. Asan si Lolo Me
  2. Tiya Bening
  3. Padulong sa Pinuy-anan
  4. The Ordinary Things We Do
  5. Mga Ligaw na Paru-paro


  1. Nakabibinging Kadiliman
  2. Eyeball
  3. Ina-Tay
  4. Lola
  5. Indayog ng Nayatamak


You can buy your tickets at CCP ticketbooth, TicketWorld outlets or online here.

Which movie got your interest? See you at the movies!


All photos are grabbed from the Cinemalaya Facebook Page.

All  synopses are lifted from the Cinemalaya website.


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