7th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Gala Premiere Photos

My presence in the online world is hardly felt last week. I focused on watching the competing films featured at the 7th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. There are over 30+ films featured and just like the previous years, I focused on the New Breed Category. There are nine competing films under the New Breed category this year and I am proud to say that I saw ALL of them.


Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)

I am happy with the line-up of indie films this year. The organizers see to it that the movies for this year are from different genres with various themes. These movies made me cry, laugh, wonder, worry, depress, grateful and learned a lot from each film. The trailers are not spoon-feeding. I noticed a number of films that gave a melodrama impression to those who viewed the teasers on YouTube, but they end up to be far from what we expected. I think that is a big plus compared to most of our mainstream films where they give too much information about the story. Why watch then?

I only missed three days in Cinemalaya: The Opening Night, the Sunday and Wednesday screening. I was present in the rest of the movie days and luckily, I got the chance to attend the Gala Premiere of the following movies: Nino by Loy Arcenas, I-Libings by Rommel Sales, Isda by Adolf Alix Jr., Ang Babae sa Septic Tank by Marlon Rivera and Chris Martinez, Cuchera by Joseph Laban, Ligo Na U, Lapit na Me by Erick Salud, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Paa by Alvin Yapan, Bahay Bata by Eduardo Roy Jr., Rakenrol by Quark Henares and Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington by Jade Castro. Whew!

Here are some of the photos I took during the Gala Premiere of some of the competing films:


Rommel Sales, the director of the movie I-Libings


The Cast of I-Libings led by Glaiza de Castro

Glaiza de Castro

Angel Locsin... este, Glaiza de Castro answering the questions of the press


Cherry Pie Picache before the screening of her movie Isda (Fable of the Fish)

With Direk Adolf Alix Jr.

Photo op with Direk Adolf Alix Jr.


THE Chris Martinez. I'm a fan!


Marlon Rivera, the Best Director under the New Breed Category


Everybody wants a piece of Eugene Domingo


Eugene Domingo is the center of attraction -literally

Cuchera Cast and Crew

The cast and crew of Cuchera - the Bravest film this year

Cuchera Cast and Crew

Cuchera's Maria Isabel Lopez and Sue Prado (two of my favorites!)

Edgar Allan Guzman and Mercedes Cabral

Edgar Allan Guzman and Mercedes Cabral of Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me

Mercedes Cabral

Philippine Indie Film Princess Mercedes Cabral

Mercedes Cabral

Mica and Mercedes πŸ˜€

with Melissa Ricks

With the tall Melissa Ricks (Nasaan na ba si Elisa? LOL)

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Paa directors

Ang-Yapan tandem of Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa

Jean Garcia

Wacky snapshot of Jean Garcia. Maybe she's promoting?

Bahay Bata Cast and Crew

Cast and Crew of Bantay Bata


With Sue Prado (festival mo 'ata to teh!)

Sue Prado

Sue Prado with her father πŸ˜€

Rakenrol with Pupil Band

RAKENROL with Ely Buendia


Before the Philippine Premiere of 'Rakenrol'


With Quark Henares! Yay!

I can say that I am inspired to make a new film again! I am planning to blog about the Awards Night and how some of the movies made an impact to me. Know why I cried at the ending of I-Libings, why I admire the courage of the people behind the movie Cuchera, why i LOL-ed a lot of times in Ang Babae sa Septic Tank and at the same time think about poverty porn, why the director of Amok is my bet for Best Director, why I felt happy and gay that Paulo Avelino and Rocco Nacino didn’t kiss or strip to make people fall in love in Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa, why I feel the ‘friends with benefits’ rule will make things more complicated with Ligo Na U, Lapit na Me’, why now I appreciate mothers more with Bahay Bata, why I suddenly missed my dad when I saw Teoriya and why the bittersweet ending of Nino made me smile, think and feel blessed.

I’ll be writing a separate entry about my realizations in every film soon. Sorry guys, still have my Cinemalaya hangover up to this day. Awards Night photos up next!

Have you seen any of the Cinemalaya entries this year? Which of the films under the New Breed Category would you like to see?


3 thoughts on “7th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Gala Premiere Photos

  1. mark

    Naks..kaingit lang, buti kapa. . aabangan ko talaga ang commercial screenings ng mga pelikulang yan! The Filipino film industry is alive and kicking again. .

    Natawa ako! Haha. Nasan na nga ba si Elisa? tinanong mo sana. Bwahahaha!

  2. Micamyx Post author

    @Mark – Sana magkaroon na rin ng screening sa Davao! So far, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, Ligo Na U Lapit na Me, Rakenrol at Zombadings ang magkakaroon ng commercial screenings. Sana lahat na hehe πŸ˜›

    Actually, tinanong ko talaga kung nasaan si Elisa. Sabi niya, kahit siya hindi niya alam haha!

    @Adventurous Feet – Dapat nanood ka rin hehe πŸ˜€ Next year marathon na ‘to ng mga bagets yay


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