Catch this Year’s Cinemalaya Full-Length Films from August 4 – 13, 2017

Cinemalaya 2017 finalists
Cinemalaya 2017 finalists

It’s the time of the year again when indie films are highlighted to uphold the local film industry in the country. Cinemalaya has always been consistent in encouraging local filmmakers to submit entries for this much-awaited film festival as they continue to discover and encourage the production of quality independent films.


Since 2005, many of the films have already won various awards both in the international and local competitions through the film festival.

On its 13th installment, with the theme “See the Big Picture”, it will feature 9 full-length films and 12 short films.

Complete official entries under the full-length category you shouldn’t miss for Cinemalaya 2017:

  • Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa (My Teacher Who Doesn’t Know How to Read) by Perry Escaño
  • Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha (The Family That Doesn’t Weep) by Mes de Guzman
  • Baconaua by Joseph Israel Laban
  • Bagahe (The Baggage) by Zig Dulay
  • Nabubulok (The Decaying) by Sonny Calvento
  • Kiko Boksingero (Kiko The Boxer) by Thop Nazareno
  • Requited by Nerissa Picadizo
  • Respeto (Respect) by Treb Monteras II
  • Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig by Iar Lionel Benjamin Arondaing

Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa (My Teacher Who Doesn’t Know How to Read) tells about an illiterate young farmer who became a teacher in their community. When one day he went to the city and failed to return, his students join a rebel group that taught them to be skilled warriors.

Starred by the Megastar Sharon Cuneta, her character searches for a famous family that doesn’t weep in Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha (The Family That Doesn’t Weep) to reunite her broken family.

Cinemalaya 2017 finalists
Cinemalaya 2017 finalists

Baconaua is a story of a young girl who lost her father after missing at sea for 3 months despite mysticism and realities in their island.

In exploring the life of an abused OFW, Bagahe (The Baggage) revolves around the investigation of a found newborn child in a trash bin.

A husband takes flight when his wife goes missing in the film Nabubulok (The Decaying)

Kiko Boksingero (Kiko The Boxer) features an abandoned son who tries to reconnect with his father. Through the love of boxing, they were trying to fill in the gap of the time lost.

Jake Cuenca showcased a new version of himself in Requited as he plays the character of Matt who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease but fulfills his goal of biking from Manila to Mt. Pinatubo

A hip-hop, drama film, Respeto (Respect) is a story of a man who wants to be a rapper through the help of a seasoned poet Doc.

Exploring the complexities in telling the story of a woman’s confession of murder that plunges the parish priest and altar boy into a maelstrom of conflicting emotions, the film Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig is a social drama and story of justice.

For more information on screenings, schedules, and where to buy tickets, you may visit Cinemalaya’s official website or call the CCP Media Arts Office at 832 – 1125 (local 1704-1705).


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Written by Zharie Mae Coderes

A Business Management student from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde with a passion in writing who has been trained as a writer since elementary and can work in different writing genres. She takes life on a different level with her adventurous lifestyle and loves to take risks in exploring things.

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