‘Ang Larawan’ director to hold retrospective at UP Film Center on Feb 20-22

Loy Arcenas, Broadway production designer-turned-director, is having a film retrospective at the University of the Philippines (Diliman) Film Center Cine Adarna on February 20, 21 and 22.

February 20 (Tue)
4:30 PM – Niño
7:00 PM – Ang Larawan

February 21 (Wed)
4:30 PM – REquieme!

February 22 (Thu) with Q&A from the director
2:30 PM – Niño
4:30 PM – REquieme!
7:00 PM – Ang Larawan

To be shown on February 20, Tuesday are “Niño” at 4:30 pm and “Ang Larawan” at 7:00 pm.

“Niño,” which is a story about the decline of a wealthy family, is Arcenas’ feature directorial debut; its awards include a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Best Film joint recognition at the New Currents Section of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival. Meanwhile, “Ang Larawan,” the Filipino musical based on Nick Joaquin’s play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, is the Best Picture winner at the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

On Wednesday, February 21, at 4:30 pm UP Cine Adarna is screening “REquieme!,” a comedy about about unspoken family burials, sexual politics, homophobia and sheer mix of scandal and inebriation that form a complete picture of dying, the Filipino way. “REquime!,” winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Cinemalaya, is Arcenas’ second film.

All three movies are showing again on February 22, Thursday, with “Niño” at 2:30 pm, “REquieme!” at 4:30 pm, and “Ang Larawan” at 7:00 pm. All screenings on the said day feature a Q & A with the director.

Arcenas is an award-winning production designer who has created sets for Broadway productions and worked with distinguished American playwrights and directors. Ever since he returned to the Philippines in 2011, he has been directing stage plays and full-length feature films. His next film is “Mirador,” a drama thriller starring Cherie Gil as a grieving widow who must confront her troubled past.

GUIDE: UPFI Film Center in May 2016

This May 2016, UPFI Film Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman presents a wide range of feature films in time for the Elections season and Mother’s Day. Returning to UP Cine Adarna are the masterpieces of Chito S. Roño, Raymond Red and Lav Diaz. Celebrating womanhood and paying tribute to Mother’s Day are some restored films via ABS-CBN Film Restoration. The two-day Israeli Film Festival will also be featured as presented by the Embassy of Israel to the Philippines. Closing the month are the presentations of Ice Idanan’s sought-after film and a number of Jennylyn Mercado starrers.

up cine adarna may 2016 schedule

Here are the screening schedules of UPFI Film Center this May 2016:

Chito S. Roño Feature:

May 3, 4, 5 Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday
2:30/5/7 p.m.

Sine ni Lav Diaz:

May 6 & 13 Friday 4 p.m.
May 19 Thursday 4 p.m.
Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon

May 7 & 14 Saturday 10 a.m.
Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis

ABS-CBN Film Restoration: Mother’s Day Tribute

May 10 Tuesday
5 p.m. Olivia M. Lamasan’s Madrasta
7:30 p.m. Jose Javier Reyes’ Batang PX

Raymond Red Feature:

May 11 & 12 Wednesday/Thursday 5 & 7 p.m.

Israeli Film Festival 2016:

Presented by the Embassy of Israel to the Philippines

May 17 Tuesday
5 p.m. The Band’s Visit
7:30 p.m. 2Night

May 18 Wednesday
5 p.m. Jellyfish (Meduzot)
7:30 p.m. Restoration

Restored Classic in Honor of Lino Brocka:

Presented by Film Development Council of the Philippines

May 20 Friday 5 & 7 p.m.

CineFilipino Feature:

Presented by UP CAST

May 21 Saturday 7 p.m.
Ice Idanan’s Sakaling Hindi Makarating

Starring Jennylyn Mercado:

May 24 Tuesday
#Walang Forever 2:30 & 7 p.m.
English Only, Please 5 p.m.

May 25 Wednesday
English Only, Please 2:30 & 5 p.m.
#Walang Forever 7 p.m.

May 26 Thursday
New Jennylyn Mercado Starrer 2:30/5/7 p.m.

May 28 Saturday
2:30 p.m. English Only, Please
5 p.m. #Walang Forever
7 p.m. New Jennylyn Mercado Starrer

For more information, visit and like the Facebook page of Ibong Adarna. Join and always check out posts in the Facebook group UPFI Film Center.

You may also contact UPFI Film Institute thru 926-2722 or filminstitute.upd.edu.ph.

GUIDE: Piling Obrang Vidyo 12

Now on its 12th year, Piling Obrang Vidyo will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2016 at the UP Cine Adarna Theater, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. Finalists will be screened at 1:00 PM onwards, with the awards ceremony following thereafter.

U.P. Cinema has announced the finalists for this year’s Piling Obrang Vidyo.

Here are the finalists for each category:


  1. Ang Sayaw ng mga Puting Mukha (Directed by Mike Esteves, UP-Diliman)
  2. I Am Zorro (Directed by Joyce Torrecampo, UP-Diliman)
  3. Kalumaran (Directed by Jan Carlo Natividad, Mapua)
  4. Pananampala-A-Taya (Directed by Richmond Cadsawan, FEU)
  5. The Higher Law (Directed by Rig Kenzie Bayani, PUP)


  1. J (Directed by Shanice Raichandani, CSB)
  2. Oblitus (Directed by Christian Babista, FEU)
  3. Sins Senses Saints (Directed by Hiyas Bagabaldo, Mapua)
  4. Yapak (Directed by Rodilyn Parreño, Mapua)



  1. Ito Na Nga (Directed by Johanna Gonzales, Nueva Ecija University of Science & Technology)
  2. Juniper Luna: Undocumented Stories of Heartaches (Directed by Vina Salazar, Malayan Colleges of Laguna)
  3. Kapara (Directed by Karl Jaena, CSB)
  4. Misereri (Directed by Imee Buenaflor, FEU)
  5. Mukha (Directed by Noah Del Rosario, Meridian International College)
  6. Paalam Maria (Directed by Josel Fajardo, FEU)
  7. Pagtighaw (Directed by Allen Gulmatico, Bea Jose, & Miko Mallari, CSB)
  8. Trio (Directed by Ian Christopher Cruz, Tarlac State University)

Here are the judges:

Piling Obrang Vidyo 12 is presented by U.P. Cinema. Partner organizations are Communication Arts Society of Letran Calamba, Cinemata Student Film Society, Cinephilia, FEU Film Society, Letran Media Exchange, Loyola Film Circle, Media Works, Mapua .move, PUP Creative Media Artists Society, Association of Communication Students – SLSU, Thomasian Film Society, and UPLB PelikuLAB.

For ticket inquiries, contact Daniel at 0906 706 2611 or Andy at 0916 377 0949.