Eight incredible films have been selected by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and were formally announced during the Pista ng Pelikulag Pilipino (PPP) Grand Launch last July 9, 2018 at Sequioa Hotel, Quezon City.
The 2018 lineup which will be screened in all cinemas nationwide on August 15-21, 2018 were introduced by FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño. PPP offers a diverse set of films which pushes the envelope of the movie genres that Filipinos grew to love. These films are “Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa Wifi” directed by Jun Robles Lana under The IdeaFirst Company, “Bakwit Boys” directed by Jason Paul Laxamana under T. Rex Entertainment, “Madilim Ang Gabi” directed by Adolf Alix Jr., under Deus Lux Mea Films, “Pinay Beauty” directed by Jay Abello under Quantum Films and Epic Media, “Signal Rock” directed by Chito Roño under Cape Signal Rock (CSR) Films PH, “The Day After Valentine’s” directed by Jason Paul Laxamana under Viva Films, “Unli Life directed by Miko Livelo under Regal Entertianment Inc. and “We Will Not Die Tonight” directed by Richard Somes under Strawdogs Studio Production. The films’ respective directors and artists were also present during the announcement.
“The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino proved to be such a success especially in getting our Fillipino audiences to support a full lineup of Filpino films in one week of playdate, and we are proud that this year, we get to showcase more films of different and elevated genres that will not just entertain but will encourage discussions among the Filipino audience. There’s a film for everyone and we are looking forward to everyone’s support again to all of our films,” said Diño.
In addition to the main entries, PPP will also showcase the Special Feature Section which will be screened in selected cinemas. The Section includes, among others, films from local independent film festivals in 2017, with “High Tide” directed by Tara Illenberger from TOFARM, “Paki” directed by Giancarlo Abrahan from CinemaOne Originals, and “Tu Pug Imatuy” directed by Arnel Barbarona from Sinag Maynila.
Short films will also be featured in PPP through Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition which will be paired with the PPP full feature entries. Proudly presented by Official Ambassador Sine Kabataan, Mr. Ice Seguerra, the films include “Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali” directed by Enalyn Legaspi,”Anonymous Student Vlog” directed by Christian Babista, “Bahay-bahayan” directed by Bryan Spencer Reyes, “Bato Bato Pik” directed by Ardinian Jaq Sanque and Lorys Plaza, “Isang Tula para sa Nawawala” directed by Rodemille Singh, “Koleksyong Pamalo” directed by Len Frago, “Masaya Ako” directed by Daniel Edwin Delgado and Tiara Angelia Nicolas, and “Runner” directed by Levi Jun Miscala.
Launched in August 2017, PPP is a seven-day exclusive screening of quality genre Filipino films in all cinemas nationwide in line with the Buwan ng Wika. Now on its second year, FDCP aims to further maximize this time to holistically conduct a series of events and forms of support for Filipino films, from celebratory fiestas for the public to educational fora and conferences for film industry professionals.
PPP is presented in partnership with Unicef, Globe #PlayItRight, SOLAR Entertainment Corporation, Outpost Visual Frontier, ThinkBit, and Sequioa Hotel, and its major media partners Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEED), CNN Philippines, PEP.ph, MOR 101.9 For Life. It is also supported by The Manila Bulletin, Malaya, the Philippine Star, Wish 107.5 and Push.com, as well as by the following government partners, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)
Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), and the Local Government of Quezon City.
Pista will run from August 15-21, 2018 in all cinemas nationwide.
Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WIFI
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Writer: Jun Robles Lana
Director: Jun Robles Lana
Cast: Sue Ramirez, Markus Paterson and Jameson Blake
A girl develops an allergy to Wi-Fi and is forced to live in a remote province, pushing her to reevaluate her relationships and the boy she believes is her one true love.
Genre: Musical Romance
Writer: Jason Paul Laxamana
Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
Cast: Vance Larena, Nikko Natividad, Ryle Santiago and Mackie Empuerto
Four brothers known as the Bakwit Boys get a shot at their dreams when a rich city girl discovers their music talent.
Madilim ang Gabi
Genre: Suspense Political Thriller
Writer: Adolfo Alix Jr.
Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.
Cast: Gina Alajar, Philip Salvador and Felix Roco
A couple is caught up in drug war when their son goes missing.
Writer: Allan Habon and Rod Marmol
Director: Jay Abello
Cast: Chai Fonacier and Edgar Allan Guzman
Pinay Beauty is about the perennial quest of a typical Filipina to look Caucasian and the cost they entail.
Writer: Rody Vera
Director: Chito Rono
Cast: Christian Bables, Francis Magundayao, Elora Espano and Mon Confiado
Intoy, a carefree no-hoper in a small town decides to help his sister in Finland win a child custody battle.
The Day After Valentines
Genre: Romance Drama
Writer: Jason Paul Laxamana
Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
Cast: Bella Padilla and JC Santos
A distraught man named Kai meets Lani, a woman who helps him mend his brokenness and soon tags her as his “Ms. Repairman.”
Writer: Ferdinand Aguas and Jan Freud Gallon
Director: Miko Livelo
Cast: Vhong Navarro, Joey Marquez, Winwyn Marquez and Ejay Falcon
Benedict, a famous podcast DJ is given several chances to travel back in time to change events that affects his lovelife whenever he drinks ‘wishky’ in a bar called “Turning Point.”
We Will Not Die Tonight
Genre: High Octane Action-Thriller
Writer: Richard V. Somes and Eloisa Francia
Director: Richard V. Somes
Cast: Erich Gonzales and Alex Medina
Kray is a stuntwoman, an aspiring actress and an all around racketeer who can’t seem to get a break. A botched deal gone into a total haywire will challenge her principles and skillset.
Sine Kabataan Entries
Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali
Directed by: Enalyn Legaspi
Three children were about to change their lives after a police officer caught them inhaling a rugby.
Anonymous Student Vlog
Directed by Christian A. Babista
A young girl accidentally witnessed a crime while filming her vlog.
Directed by Bryan Spencer Reyes
A young girl who dreams of becoming a mother suddenly becomes one when a baby is left at her doorstep.
Bato Bato Pick
Directed by Ardinian Jaq Sanque and Lorys Plaza
Unwanted pregnancy has caught a young couple in the midst of turmoil.
Isang Tula para sa Nawawala
Directed by Rodemille Singh
A young man finds himself searching for his mother in Hong Kong bringing with him the hope of seeing her again after ten years.
Directed by Len Frago
A boy collects all stuff used by his mother to beat him for disciplinary sanctions.
Directed by Daniel Edwin Delgado and Tiara Angelica Nicolas
A boy faces many challenges in his life – separation of parents, unfaithful love and bullying. Until when will he keep on smiling?
Directed by: Levi Jun Miscala
A boy wants to continue his secondary education by becoming an athlete but his inauspicious boss obstructed this aspiration.