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"Manenaya" (Waiting) is a story of a determined woman and her journey through life under the backdrop of the various landscapes of Pampanga. She brings with her a wooden casket for her husband, a victim of political killings. The film is a journey in search for truth and personal triumph through the challenges of life.


Sama Palau or commonly known as "Badjaos", are the second Sea Gypsies in the world. They hail from the Southern parts of the Philippines to escape from conflicts and constant abuse from the pirates and ordinary folks. They find an island of hope called "Malitam Island", a tiny patch of land in Southern Luzon. A new place for them to settle and keep. In this Island, five Badjao boys (Harun, Rasul, Manel, Jamil and Wahab) learn the value of mangroves so they plan to save their island from sinking due to harsh weather and other man-made causes.


Two young boys who have met by fate are bound by the irony of their lives. Can two different people share the same story? And can each of them find his own escape?

As He Sleeps

In sickness and in health, should marriage really be an unconditional partnership that should never be broken? Christina, in her 30’s, is married to Hector, a husband who’s paralyzed and therefore physically incompetent to consummate their marriage. She wants to liberate herself from a sexless union. Her needs as a woman are unfulfilled.

Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong

It is in the culture of the Filipinos that when a person dies, you can whisper and send your wishes to the dead. The film is about a family who happens to take care of their ailing mother / grandmother. They see this as a burden in their lives and they wait for her death so they could whisper their wishes.

Walang Katapusang Kwarto

Ang kwentong ito ay mayroon katapusang…hindi lang halata. Magaganap ang kwento sa isang silid kung saan dito lamang hindi nagtatago ang ating mga karakter. Dahil dito sa silid na ito ay malaya sila, walang nakakarinig kundi ang apat na pader lamang na naghihiwalay sa kanila sa totoong mundo. Maaring sabihin na ito ay kwento ng pag-ibig. Maari ding hindi..

Samarito (Samaritan)

Midnight. An adept thief makes his silent way towards a rich couple’s walled compound. He has everything considered: the location of the street-light base to help him vault the perimeter, the vulnerable back gate, the number of steps to the couple’s bedroom. The only thing he didn’t count on is the couple returning early from an aborted night out. The thief steps out of the bedroom to the distinct sound of strife. The couple is in the midst of a heated argument, and the argument only gets hotter from here.

Nino Bonito

Boni, a little boy from the slums, squares off with the stark reality of drugs, petty crime and abuse armed with his own brand of hip hop and some divine intervention.


Immanuel is set in speculative Philippines where air pollution has reached irreparable proportions. Air pollution has rendered breathable oxygen scarce. This makes it the main resource around which society revolves. The film follows to protagonists: Leo Sagaysay, a young father and husband who works at the Oxygen Factory, and his wife Rubi. Together they have a son, whom they struggle to support. The appearance of an ex-factory worker at their door sets off a chain of events that leads to the downfall of the Sagaysay family.


While out driving together, a father and his son discover that they share different principles and perspectives in life. Upon reaching the city’s outskirts, they make an even more disturbing discovery that will push their unstable relationship to its limits.


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