As an aspiring film maker, I’ve always dreamt of attending the Cinemalaya Film Festival. I remember reading nice reviews from movie critics about some of my favorite Cinemalaya movies like Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, Room Boy, Isnats, Endo and 100. I was based in Dagupan during that time. I wanted to go with a blogger friend last year to watch some movies, but my work schedule didn’t permit me to do so.
I am grateful to Gibbs Cadiz for choosing me as one of the five bloggers to cover the Cinemalaya Cinco event! Not only did I get the chance all the movies for free, but I was also able to meet and greet some of the directors and casts of the participating films. During the presscon which took place sometime in May, I got the chance to talk to Pepe Diokno of Engkwentro (where I asked him if he’s a bit scared about the issues that might pop-up after the movie’s release), Edgar Allan Guzman (one of the actors of Astig), Alfred Vargas (where the press mobbed him with political and Katrina Halili related questions) and Che Ramos (where I expressed that I am a fan of her effective portrayal as a rich preso girl at Prinsesa ng Banyera LOL).