After a particularly strong squall, a sleepy fishing village in a tiny island in Southern Tagalog wakes up to an astonishing sight--their sea has turned red. Floating on their waters are thousands of apples. No one knows where it came from. Some see it as a bad omen from the baconaua--a creature of myth. A few thinks it is a miracle from heaven, while others fear a more sinister source.
Young provincial lass Divina, sees it as a mere distraction as he mulls whether to have her father, who went missing at sea three months ago, declared officially dead. The villagers nag her about participating in ancient rituals to appease the sea, while her young siblings navigate a complicated adolescence in an impoverished community sitting in the Verde Passage where mysticism and harsh realities are the way of life.
Elora Españo, Teri Malvar, JM Salvado, Jess Mendoza, Ron Lord, Isaac Cain Aguire, Anna J. Luna, Erlinda Villalobos, Bon Andrew Lentejas, Bembol Rocco, Jeric Raval, Suzette Ranillo
Story and Direction: Joseph Israel LabanWriters: Joseph Israel Laban, Denise O' HaraExecutive Producer: Katrina C. Ponce EnrileProducers: Nicole Runi, Sara Santiago, Derick Cabrido
Co-Producers: Jedd Dumaguina, TM MalonesDirector of Photoraphy: TM MalonesProduction Designer: Marielle HizonEditors: Benjamin Tolentino, Cyril BautistaMusical Score: Jema PamintuanProduction Manager: Arianne DulayLine Producer: Bong E. SalvejosSupervising Producer: Sara SantiagoAssociate Producers: Princess Gatmaitan, Ariel Bacol1st Assistant Director: Sheryl Rose M. Andes2nd Assistant Director: Patricia SalicAssistant Director: Lara BautistaLocation Manager: Menandro PeñafielAssistant Production Manager: Aizel LacdaoScript Continuity Supervisor: Janine MañiegoTalent Coordinator: Princess GatmaitanField Cashier: Gina MadriagaLanguage Instructor/Translator: Rafael SeñoPost Production Manager: Cyril BautistaProduction Assistants: Isaac Ravanera, Paul Adrian Mancia, Mico Salinda
JOSEPH ISRAEL LABAN is an award-winning Tagalog independent filmmaker. He was a Fulbright Scholar who holds a Master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from New York University. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. He is also a Palanca-winning playwright. He directed, wrote and produced two films for the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival: "Cuchera" and "Nuwebe," which have been screened in over 60 international film festivals and won several recognitions. He co-produced a number of other projects including the award-winning films: “Children’s Show,” “Tuos,” “Purgatoryo,” and "The Sister." His short documentary “Happy New Year” won Best Film at the 2016 Festival de Finos Filmes in São Paulo, Brazil.
He participated in various film camps and workshops abroad and contributes to TV, print and online media. He is currently working as Creative Consultant of GMA News and Public Affairs. His awards in journalism include: the Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the 2014 UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award, Gold World Medal at the 2008 New York Festivals for Television, among others.
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