WINNERS: Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016

The winners of Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016 were announced April 24 at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura Premiere, Taguig City. (READ: Guide to Sinag Maynila 2016) Here is the full list of winners of Sinag Maynila 2016: Best Film: MRS. Best Actress: Elizabeth Oropesa for MRS. Best Actor: Alvin Anson for EXPRESSWAY Best Director: Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr. forContinue reading “WINNERS: Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016”

Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot de Leon topbill Adolf Alix Jr.’s ‘Mrs.’

In “Mrs.”, 70-year-old Virginia (Elizabeth Oropesa) shares the old ancestral house with Delia (Lotlot de Leon), her ever-loyal maid. Delia is marrying her long-time boyfriend, Rene, and tearfully confides to Virginia that she wants to go home to her parents in the province to start a new family life with him. Haunted by a pastContinue reading “Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot de Leon topbill Adolf Alix Jr.’s ‘Mrs.’”

Aljur Abrenica, Alvin Anson star in Ato Bautista’s ‘Expressway’

A syndicate old-timer named Ben (Alvin Anson) needs to do one last assignment before the boss he works for grants him his much delayed retirement. Assigned to be his partner is the neophyte Morris (Aljur Abrenica), a trigger-happy, sadist who yearns to impress the syndicate boss. For Ben, this last assignment turns out to be aContinue reading “Aljur Abrenica, Alvin Anson star in Ato Bautista’s ‘Expressway’”

Mes De Guzman’s ‘Dyamper’ depicts real-life struggle in Nueva Vizcaya

Director Mes De Guzman’s film ‘Dyamper’ is about three friends wait along Dalton Pass every dawn to jump at the back of rice delivery trucks to steal the goods and sell it at the wet market as their means of income. One of them accidentally gets a pack of drugs in one of the trucksContinue reading “Mes De Guzman’s ‘Dyamper’ depicts real-life struggle in Nueva Vizcaya”

Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee escape dark past in Gino M. Santos’ ‘Lila’

‘Lila’ is a psychological-thriller by Gino M. Santos for this year’s Sinag Maynila Film Festival. “The film is my first horror film. It’s a challenge because we need to make the film as unique and as Filipino as possible,” says Gino. The story is about Jess (Janine Gutierrez), a young woman running from her pastContinue reading “Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee escape dark past in Gino M. Santos’ ‘Lila’”

Mara Lopez plays battered wife in Jay Altarejos’ ‘T.P.O.’

T.P.O. tells the story of Miguel (Oliver Aquino), an abusive husband to TERESA, a former town-beauty queen (Mara Lopez).  They have an eight-year old son, JR (Micko Laurente).  Their small family lives with Miguel’s parents (Menggie Cobarrubias and Dexter Doria). The family is shattered by the vicious cycle of domestic abuse. After a night of beating,  Teresa,Continue reading “Mara Lopez plays battered wife in Jay Altarejos’ ‘T.P.O.’”

GUIDE: Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016

Now in its second year, Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016 will run from April 21 to 26 at the following cinemas: SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, and SM Manila.  Join the Facebook event here. Screening Schedules OPENING FILM: The festival will have its opening ceremony at the Samsung Hall ofContinue reading “GUIDE: Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016”