GUIDE: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017

Organized by the Film Development Council, the first Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino runs from August 16 to 22 in all cinemas in the Philippines.

While regular cinema prices apply, students with valid school IDs can avail of the student rates imposed in Metro Manila (150 PHP) and in the provinces (100 PHP).

Other discounts and promos and offered here: Student rates, discounts for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino on Aug 16-22 nationwide

Guidelines on Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017:

  1. The festival runs from August 16 to 22 IN ALL CINEMAS NATIONWIDE. Since there are 12 movies, not all movies may be screened in one particular venue. For cinema schedules, check on the cinema you are watching in.
  2. Student discounted rate in Metro Manila is 150 PHP, and 100 PHP in the provinces. To avail of the discount, you need to personally show your valid school ID or registration form indicating that you are currently enrolled as a student. Student discount is available from August 16 to 22 only.
  3. For complaints on non-issuance of discounts, please report to the Facebook page of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino or that of Film Development Council of the Philippines.
  4. The 4+1 Barkada Promo are available in all cinemas. This is only applicable to one particular movie at one particular screening time. This cannot be used for different movie titles and/or different screening times.
  5. No two promos may be combined. For example, student rates cannot be applied for 4+1 Barkada promo.
  6. All Senior Citizen and PWD discounts (or free admissions for senior citizens in applicable locations) will still apply as required by law. Existing promos cannot be combined with such discounts for Senior Citizens and PWDs.
  7. All promos shall only apply from August 16 to 22 in all cinemas nationwide. Promos are no longer available in the event of extension of the screenings of PPP films.
  8. Each of the 12 full-length movies are preceded by a short film (entry to Sine Kabataan), followed by trailers from the distributor (since these videos are already attached to the full-length movie).
  9. Festival passes which have perforated stubs amounting to 20 pesos for each movie are provided by the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Festival passes are NOT FOR SALE.
  10. The following are the official entries to Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino:
    • 100 Tula Para Kay Stella by Jason Paul Laxamana
    • Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B by Prime Cruz
    • AWOL by Enzo Williams
    • Bar Boys by Kip Oebanda
    • Birdshot by Mikhail Red
    • Hamog by Ralston Jover
    • Paglipay by Zig Dulay
    • Patay na si Hesus by Victor Villanueva
    • Pauwi Na by Paolo Villaluna
    • Salvage by Sherad Anthony Sanchez
    • Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone by Randolph Longjas
    • Triptiko by Miguel Franco Michelena

Each full-length film will be preceded by a short film entry of the National Youth Commission’s Sine Kabataan. Here is the complete list of pairings.

• Pahimakas by Lance Maravillas
+ 100 Tula Para Kay Stella by Jason Paul Laxamana

• Dorothy by Angelique Evangelista
+ Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B by Prime Crisologo Cruz

• Akalingwan ng Rosa by Max Canlas
+ AWOL by Enzo Williams

• Haraya by Daniel Delgado
+ Bar Boys by Kip Oebanda

• Alipato by Michael Joshua Manahan
+ Birdshot by Mikhail Red

• Makartur by Brian Spencer Reyes
+ Hamog by Ralston Jover

• Ya Right by Gab Mesina
+ Paglipay by Zig Dulay

• Delayed si Jhemerlyn Rose by Don Senoc
+ Patay na si Hesus by Victor Kaiba Villanueva

• Ang Unang Araw ng Pasukan by Ar-Jen Manlapig
+ Pauwi Na by Paolo Villaluna

• Shaded by Vanneza Clear Estanol
+ Salvage by Sherad Anthony Sanchez

• Ang Kapitbahay ko sa 2014 by Anya Zulueta
+ Star na si Van Damme Stallone by Randolph Longjas

• Fat You by Ronnel Rivera III
+ Triptiko by Miguel Franco Michelena


Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
Stars: Bela Padilla, JC Santos, Caleb Santos, Mayton Eugenio, Prince Stefan
Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

“Throughout his four years in college, Fidel, a stuttering student, tries to finish 100 poems dedicated to Stella, an aspiring but frustrated rock star, to win her heart.”



Director: Prime Cruz
Stars: Ryza Cenon, Martin del Rosario, Cholo Barretto, Vangie Labalan
Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes

“Jewel is a mysterious woman who lives alone in the city. Her secret led her to settle into a lonely existence. That is, until she meets Nico, 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?”


Director: Enzo Williams
Stars: Gerald Anderson, Dianne Medina, Bembol Roco
Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

“AWOL is an action-thriller about an expert Army sniper who, armed with his tactical knowledge and deadly skills, goes on a quest to protect his family from the man who masterminded the attempt on his life and his loved ones.”


Director: Kip Oebanda
Starring: Carlo Aquino, Rocco Nacino, Kean Cipriano, Enzo Pineda, Odette Khan
Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

“The misadventures of three young men who try their luck in the college of law. As their friendship, families, relationships and convictions are brought to breaking point, they must keep their heads and emotions together as they prepare for the big day.”


Director: Mikhail Red
Stars: Mary Joy Apostol, Arnold Cruz, John Arcilla, Ku Aquino
Running Time: 2 hours 8 minutes

“Birdshot is a mystery-thriller film that tells a story of a young Filipina farm girl who wanders into the boundaries of a Philippine reservation forest. Deep within the reservation, she mistakenly shoots and kills a critically endangered and protected Philippine Eagle. As the local authorities begin a manhunt to track down the poacher of a national bird, their investigation leads them to an even more horrific discovery.”


Director: Ralston Jover
Stars: Therese Malvar, Zaijan Jaranilla, Samuel Quintana, Bon Andrew Lentejas
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

“Ralston Jover’s unique blend of special and magic realism takes a look at the lives of four street children whose world is about to turn upside down and inside out. Life begins where innocence ends.”


Director: Zig Dulay
Starring: Garry Cabalic, Anna Luna, Joan Dela Cruz
Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

“The film focuses on Atan, an Aeta from Baytan village in Zambales, who makes a living from traditional farming system kaingin and hunting on the foothills of Mt. Pinatubo. The narrative opens as we follow Atan’s fulfillment of his arranged marriage with a fellow Aeta, Ani. He has to accomplish a number of responsibilities which includes changing in appearance, manner of clothing, religious practice, and even the use of different language in order to associate himself with the Unat or ‘straight-haired ones.’ On his effort to accommodate himself in a modern society, Atan faces cross-cultural modifications amid changes in the mountain brought about by immense modernity.”


Director: Victor Villanueva
Starring: Jaclyn Jose, Chai Fonacier, Melde Montañez, Mailes Kanapi
Running Time: 1 hour and 39 minutes

“When Iyay, a single mother, learns that her estranged husband has died, she drags the entire family on a road trip from Cebu to Dumaguete to attend the funeral. With her children – Hubert, who has Down Syndrome; Jude, a lovesick transman; Jay, who is living the bum life – as her passengers, Iyay drives her tiny multicab on a journey that yields unexpected stopovers, detours, and revelations.”


Director: Paolo Villaluna
Stars: Bembol Roco, Cherry Pie Picache, Meryll Soriano
Running Time: 2 hours 9 minutes

“The film follows a family who decide to use pedicabs so they could “pedal” their way back to the province. A series of unfortunate events occur that will either test their determination or distract them from their journey home. ‘Pauwi Na’ is a tragic-comic portrait of a dysfunctional family and the disquieting blind faith they invoke as they dream of going home.”


Director: Sherad Anthony Sanchez
Stars: Jessy Mendiola, JC de Vera, Joel Sarracho
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

“A news team investigating rumors of aswang killings in a remote barrio are attacked by a group of soldiers, forcing them to run for their lives in the deeps of the forest, where more mystery and danger lay in wait.”


Director: Randolph Longjas
Starring: Candy Pangilinan, Paolo Pingol, Acey Aguilar, Sarah Pagcaliwagan
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

“Based on real-life characters and events, this tale is about Nadia, a single mom from Bocaue, Bulacan, who goes through the trials and tribulations of raising Vanvan, a child with Down Syndrome. As a mother, one is expected to give one hundred percent to her child? but when one is raising a special child, one hundred percent is never enough, you still have to give so much more. When Vanvan told his mother he wanted to become an actor, Nadia knew she had to make ends meet- and dreams come true.”


Director: Miguel Franco Michelena
Starring: Albie Casino, Joseph Marco, Kean Cipriano, Kylie Padilla
Running Time: 2 hours 19 minutes

“In Triptiko, a yuppie who just got lucky is struck by a string of unlucky circumstances; a male model’s life is upended because of evil boils appearing on his body; while a folk singer’s romantic ideals are put to the test as his beloved slowly changes into something he does not understand.”


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