The 2017 Sinag Maynila Film Festival

Arts and Culture / Festivals
SM Supermalls
SM Megamall
EDSA corner Julia Vargas Ave., , Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines

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SM Supermalls
SM City North EDSA
North Avenue corner EDSA, , Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines

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Ayala Avenue cor. Pasay Road, Ayala Center, , Makati
Metro Manila, Philippines

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Gateway Mall
Gateway Mall
Araneta Center, Cubao, , Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines

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About the Event

One week to go before Sinag Maynila 2017! The festival runs from March 9 to 14 in SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, Glorietta, and Gateway. Check out the festival's complete schedule here. 


  1. Kristo by HF Yambao

    Cast: Angela Cortez, Julio Diaz, Kristoffer King
    The story delves into what is supposed to be a victorious day for Boy whose first born; Jemjem, graduated from elementary with honors. Throughout the story, bits and pieces of fighting against oppression of losing his main livelihood as a vendor, of fighting for his winnings in a bet to game fowls, fighting for his honor as a family man, and eventually fighting for his own life against fate will be revealed. In the game of life, who wins, who loses?

  2. Beyond the Block by Ricardo Carranza

    Spanning fifty years and charting a path across three continents, “Beyond the block” weaves a thoughtful, personal account of Hip Hop Dance in the Philippines. From the sensational TV program of “Penthouse 7” in the 70s to the cult classic “Dance 10” in the 80s to the struggles of Filipino contingents in today’s biggest international dance competitions, the film lovingly showcases the special place of dance in every Filipino life. It provides a tapestry of anecdotes, recollections and testimonies that constitute a living history of contemporary Filipino dance indispensable for any serious study on the subject.

  3. Ladyfish by Jason Orfalas

    Cast: JC Santos, Martin Escudero, Brenda Mage, Ruby Ruiz
    Discriminated by employers for being a gay misfit, odd Kaye struggles to make ends meet selling her bewildering home-grown beauty soap when her half-transexual best friend Bonn appears with her son for help. To raise their child, Kaye and Bonn must overcome a society where basic rights and a fair chance is out of reach.

  4. Bhoy Intsik by Joel Lamangan

    Cast: RS Francisco, Ronwaldo Martin, Elora Espano, Jim Pebanco, Tony Mabesa, Jeric Raval
    Two small-time felons’ paths crossed, starting a petty mutual disdain for a competitor in their illegal business: BHOY INTSIK and MARLON, the key personalities in the community of the living-dead.

  5. Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right To Kill)  by Arnel Barbarona

    Cast: Malona Sulatan, Jong Monzon, Luis Georlin Banaag III.
    Set in an indigenous community in the hinterlands in Mindanao, a family goes up to the mountains to grieve and bury its youngest member who died from sickness. But as they make their way back to their village, they were confronted by soldiers and this forced them to turn to their traditional defense called “pangayaw” to drive off the abusive soldiers from their village.


  1. I Am Jupiter, I am the Biggest Planet by Matthew Victor Pastor
    Silence in the red light district of Manila.
  2. Ang Langit, Burger at ang Universe by Emmanuel Escalona Jr.
    It took burgers and one girl for a man to discover his place in the universe.
  3. Aliens Ata by Karl Glenn Barit
    Two brothers deal with the sudden loss of their father and an eventual separation from their overseas-Filipino-worker mother. Some things are hard to grasp that's why they look to the sky for answers. Could it be aliens?
  4. Ang Hindi Ko Masambit by JoseMaria Javier Manoos
    A deaf kid who dreams of going to school faces a series of rejection from his mother because of an unprecedented past.
  5. Tulay Buhay by Paul Arrenze Dionela
    In the streets of Manila, the homeless stuggle to live. Some fool others; others don't want to be fooled and some immitate some in order to survive.


  1. Hango by Avelino Mark Balmes Jr.
    Follows the story of a grandfather and his grandchild who works as fishermen in Bacoor, Cavite.
  2. Kupkop by Jaynus Olaivar
    A documentary that revolves around the life of 3 kids with cerebral palsy, who were aboned by their parents due to their condition. They were able to find love and affection from people who, may not be their kin, show compassion without any form of compensation.
  3. The Recycled Spirits of Roel Cabato by Noah Del Rosario
    Meet Roel Cabato: an Ilocano-Ifugao artist and environmentalist from Baguio City, who spends his time creating artworks from whatever he can find in his home/art space called Hanan'chi (Aninito Art Space and Café). His works represent his spiritual connection with Ifugao culture as well as his advocacy for environmentalism and recycling.
  4. Pagrara Sang Patipuron (Weaving a Circle) by Jean Clare Dy, Manuel Domes
    Pagrara San Patipuron follows a group of indigenous Aeta women weaving artists in Nagpana, a sitio up in the mountains of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. The film explores their artistic processes and products, reflecting negotiations between tradition and modernity. With the help of two your artist entrepreneurs in the community, the women were empowered to explore their artistic imagination and extend the limits of the design process in the hope of transcending their present realities.
  5. Krudo Boys by Mirielle De Lara, Angelica Domingo, Dannieleth Julapong, Maria Agnes Malvar, Bea San Juan, Nathaniel Santiago
    Renato together with his brother Alyo, are two of the few men who call themselves "Krudo Boys". They scavenge for spilling crude oils coming from ships in Navatos City using only their worn-out boat and a piece of foam then selling it to the consumers. With this kind of grueling labor, they strive to work hard in order for them to provide food and shelter for their family.

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