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Sineng Pambansa Competition Films at the Cinematheque this February 2016

This February, celebrate National Arts Month at the Cinematheque Centre Manila by watching movies from the Sineng Pambansa! The Sineng Pambansa National Film Competition held in 2012 gave young filmmakers the chance to create films that are set in the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions, while the Sineng Pambansa Horror Plus Festival gave established directors the space to thrill their audiences with their cinematic prowess. Numerous works from these visionaries usher in the celebration, filling our Cinematheque screen with pictures of hope, pain, and triumph.

Hope blossoms in Martin Masado’s Anac ti Pating, a film from the Sineng Pambansa Ikalawang Yugto, that follows the schoolyear of a young boy. Fifth grader and math wiz Sixto has endured bullies in his childhood. When the opportunity comes for him to make something of himself, he sets out on a journey away from his town and family, armed only with his to-be-published manuscript and his courage.



Hope is also held by a young woman in Boy Vinarao’s Bacao, an entry from the Sineng Pambansa Horror Plus Festival. In a small town in Isabela, the enchanting Mayet falls in love and marries Abel and experiences a sexual awakening. Working as corn farmers, the two have a fruitful relationship and harvest, and yet ironically are unable to bear a child, with Mayet going to great lengths to conceive.



A world of pain is revealed in Qiyamah by Teng Mangansakan, from Sineng Pambansa Unang Yugto. Horrific and unexplainable events begin in a rural village, with its townspeople claiming sight of the signs of Qiyamah, the end of days. Families try to reconcile and put their past behind them, but are shocked by a rape and a murder in the town, which villagers believe are the work of the Devil.



Ed Lejano’s Qwerty, also from Unang Yugto, explores the pain of injustice and corruption. Based on accounts of leaked videos of torture by local police, the film follows a cop’s last night of duty on the force. Wrongfully implicated in a viral torture video, he prepares to leave for better pastures abroad following his fall from grace.



A showcase of local talent, Illustrated By directed by Levi Pepper Marcelo was screened at Unang Yugto. The documentary portrays our country’s history in comics, contributing much to well-known comic book characters and mythos from the U.S. Telling of the skill and ability of the often underappreciated illustrators and writers, the feature celebrates the triumphs of our local artists.



Triumph lives on through the Kalinga’s last traditional tattoo artist in Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok. Also from Sineng Pambansa Ikalawang Yugto, director Lauren Sevilla Faustino’s documentary is about ninety-two-year-old living legend Fang Od, who carries on the dying art of tattooing, once done for the headhunters of their tribes. Fang Od’s life unfolds before us, the story of a woman singley carrying one of the important traditions of her culture.


The films will run from February 2nd to the 28th of 2016 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila. All films have English subtitles. Documentary films Illustrated By and Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok have a ticket cost of P80. All other Sineng Pambansa films will be screened with a ticket cost of P100. Cinematheque Centre Membership Card Holders are entitled to a 50% discount.


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