5 films to watch in Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino
Written and directed by Jason Paul Laxamana, the film stars the tandem of JC Santos and Bela Padilla. It’s a story of a stuttering student who have a crush on his friend. He writes poems dedicated to her throughout their four years in College. The story leaves audience the question: Can the poems help him win her heart in the end? Manananggal sa Unit 32B
Jewel (Ryza Cenon) is a mysterious woman who lives alone in the city. She has a secret which has led her to settle into a lonely existence. That is, until she meets Nico (Martin del Rosario), a broken-hearted, down-and-out guy who also feels unlovable like she does. Jewel is torn between wanting to love him and wanting to save him from herself. Will he accept her if he knew the truth about her? Can she ever find love, or is she destined to be alone forever?
Set in the lush countryside surrounding a sanctuary for the haribon (the Philippine Eagle), the story revolves around a farm girl mistakenly shoots and kills an endangered Philippine Eagle. When authorities begin a manhunt to track down the eagle’s killer, they stumble upon an even more horrific discovery. This is directed by Mikhail Red and stars Mary Joy Apostol, Arnold Reyes, John Arcilla, and Ku Aquino. Bar Boys
This Kip Oebanda-helmed film tells the story of a barkada (composed of Rocco Nacino, Carlo Aquino, Enzo Pineda, and Kean Cipriano) whose friendship is challenged when three of them go to law school and one gets left behind. The bigger trial, however, lies ahead. They try to stick together through insurmountable readings, nerve-wracking graded recitations and irresistible temptations. Triptiko
Kylie Padilla, Kean Cipriano, Albie Casino, and Joseph Marco are the stars of this Miguel Franco Michelena film. The only trilogy in the upcoming festival, the film is described by its director as “a Filipino pop culture version of triptych, which is a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical pieces intended to be appreciated together.”