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Sineng Pambansa is a program of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) which is tasked to support and promote the development of the country’s film industry and to enhance through film our rich and diverse cultural identity.

In cooperation with SM Cinemas, Sineng Pambansa was launched to the press and media on September 7 in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

For only 100 pesos you can watch a masterpiece made by Philippines greatest film directors.

Witness the full selection of festival films from September 11 to 17, to be screened exclusively in all SM Cinema branches!

Check out the featured films by master Filipino directors included in this much-awaited motion picture event of the year.


Otso starring veteran actress Anita Linda which is a story of an ambidextrous, aging author who calls on his Muse to rid of his writer’s block while Gil M. Portes, director of the GawadUrian-winning MgaMuntingTinig directs Isang Tag-arawni Twinkle, an account of a drug addict who seeks rehabilitation and in the process re-connects with her dying father. Isang Tag-arawni Twinkle stars actress Ellen Adarna.

Elwood Perez of the BilanginangBituinsaLangit fame, makes a comeback with Otso starring veteran actress Anita Linda which is a story of an ambidextrous, aging author who calls on his Muse to rid of his writer’s block while Gil M. Portes, director of the GawadUrian-winning MgaMuntingTinig directs Isang Tag-arawni Twinkle, an account of a drug addict who seeks rehabilitation and in the process re-connects with her dying father. Isang Tag-arawni Twinkle stars actress Ellen Adarna.

Jose Javier Reyes, known for his mainstream blockbusters such as Kasal, Kasali, Kasaloand Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi directs AnoAngKulayngmgaNakalimutangPangarap? which has Bobby Andrews, Angel Aquino and Ryan Agoncillo in the cast. The movie traces the life of Teresa, who has dedicated sixty years of her life to the service of a middle class family at the expense of her own happiness and fulfilment. Now that the matriarch of the family has died, the children who were under her care have 


Romy Suzara comes back with his NFF opusTinik. Tiniktells the story of a middle-aged couturier who faces the many problems of being gay while, in the midst of all the dilemma, tries to hold on to his own dignity. Tinik stars Raymond Bagatsing and Hayden Kho. Suzara rose to fame in the early seventies with movies like TatlongMukhani Rosa Vilmaand Carinosa, both starring veteran actress Vilma Santos.  

Tikoy Aguiluz, on the other hand, directs Eman, a biopic on EmanLacaba, a brilliant poet turned activist with Matinee idol Derek Ramsey playing the lead role. Aguiluz has directed a similar biopic in the mid-80s:Balweg which is about rebel priest Fr. Conrado Balweg. 

Lauriana by Mel Chionglocenters on domestic drama about a Philippine Constabulary soldier’s mistress in the 1950s. The film tackles obsession, passionate love and abuse.  Based on a true story, Chionglo describes the film as a psychological thriller. The film casts Bangs Garcia and Allen Dizon.

A couple of this year’s NFF’s films have strong political themes. ChitoRono’s film Badil’s story revolves around a small barrio’s corrupted voting system seen through the eyes of a young boy while Joel Lamangan’sLihis is set in the 70s Martial Law era where two male members of a rebel organization, in the midst of their crusade, share an intimate relationship. Lihis stars Jake Cuenca and JoemBascon with Isabelle Daza, Lovi Poe and Ms. Gloria Diaz. 

Maryo J. Delos Reyes’Bamboo Flowers completes the line-up and is a film that tackles the rousing beauty of the Bohol Island and the lives of the people in it. The film casts indie film siren MyleneDizon with Max Collins, Neil Ryan Sese and Ruru Madrid. Maryo J. Delos Reyes directed Magnifico which won the Crystal Bear Award in the Berlin International Film Festival.
 
Each of the director’s film is set in their respective hometowns: Maryo J. de los Reyes in Bohol, TikoyAguiluz in Davao, PequeGallaga in Bacolod, and Mel Chionglo in Quezon, with undisclosed places for ChitoRoƱo and Jose Javier Reyes.
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