Among the 12 locally-produced films participating in the first-ever Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, spearheaded by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in cooperation with Globe Telecom are ToFarm Film Fest’s—‘Paglipay’ and ‘Pauwi Na’. The two movies were announced during the kick-off of the said festival on Thursday, August 3 at Seda Vertis North.
The festival will run from August 16-22 in cinemas nationwide. This is also in commemoration of the nation’s celebration for the ‘Linggo ng Wika’. All films included in the festival were given at least 60 theaters for straight three days, guaranteed.
The said two films were ToFarm Film Fest’s top-grossing and the most-awarded entries in 2016.
‘Paglipay’ (‘Crossing’ in English, but was originally titled as ‘Pana-Panahon’) is about the Aetas’ adaptation after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. The Aetas were forced to come down from the mountains to live in the resettlement areas the government had provided the minority group. Anna Luna, a film-TV-and theater actress is paired with a real-life Aeta named Garry Cabalic as secondary and lead stars of the screenplay. Both won Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor, respectively in the previous ‘ToFarm Film Fest’ awards night. It was directed by Zig Dulay.
Apart from the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards, the film also earned the following recognitions: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and as Audience Choice, Platinum World Award for International Feature Film for the World Film Awards, International Award of Excellence – International Film Festival for Environment, Health, Culture (IFFEHC), and Best Director at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival 2016.
Recently, at the 40th GAWAD URIAN, though ‘Paglipay’ did win any of its nominations—the cast and crew were given several nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress (for both Anna Luna and the Aeta non-actor Joan dela Cruz). At the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema LONDON 2017, it also had five nominations—Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Foreign Language Feature Film.
The Paolo Villaluna film ‘Pauwi Na’ proved to be another film not-to-miss at the upcoming run of PPP. It is a reflection of a struggling Filipino family with Mang Pepe as the head with his wife Remy; portrayed by Bembol Roco and Cherry Pie Picache, respectively. Their family struggles to meet both ends meet even combining the incomes of Pepe and Remy and the earnings of their two children—JP and Pina. Due to being poor—the family decided to retirn to Bicol by riding a tricycle. The story is inspired from a news article featured on Philippine Daily Inquirer (Family pedals way back home to Leyte, 7 September 2003).
The film was honored with the Golden Goblet for Best Film at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2017. At the Gawad Tanglaw 2017—it won the Presidential Jury Award and Best Supporting Actor for Jess Mendoza. Last year at the first ToFarm Awards Night, it gained six awards—Special Jury Award, Best Actor for Bembol Roco, Best Actress for Cherry Pie Picache, Best Story for Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos, Best Editing, and Best Production Design. Then it had seven nominations at the 40th GAWAD URIAN as well, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress for Cherry Pie Picache, Best Supporting Actress for Meryll Soriano, Best Screenplay Best Editing, and Best Music. While at the FAP LUNA Awards 2017—it also had five nominations—Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Cinematography.
The two films are going to be shown in 120 theaters (60 theaters each) nationwide. To know more about the show, download the PistApp on Google Play.