Five films made it to the NEW WAVE (indie section) of the Metro Manila Film Festival: Armando Lao’s “Ad Ignorantiam,” Roni Bertubin’s “Gayak,” Will Fredo’s “In Nomine Matris,” Michael Angelo Dagñalan’s “Paglaya sa Tanikala” and Tyrone Acierto’s “The Grave Bandits.” Among the actors in the cast of the indie films are Ina Feleo and Kristoffer King (“Ad Ignorantiam”); Alan Paule and Sef Cadayona (“Gayak”); Liza Diño and Biboy Ramirez (“In Nomine Matris”); Matteo Guidicelli , Marife Necesito and Sue Prado (“Paglaya sa Tanikala”); and Marti Sandino San Juan, Ronald Pacifico and Jill Palencia (“The Grave Bandits”). The five films will be shown at two Glorietta cinemas from December 18 to 22 – as prelude to the main MMFF, which begins on Christmas Day. The lineup was disclosed to the Inquirer by Digna Santiago, head of the indie section of the MMFF.

Additional Notes from MELL T. NAVARRO: “GAYAK” — official entry of NEW WAVE (INDIE) section of the 38th METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL (MMFF) 2012, directed by TV-film-theater-advertising actor and director Ronaldo Bertubin (Roni Bertubin), from Pro.pro Artist and Advertising… a touching dramatic story, starring ALAN PAULE SEF CADAYONA (gma 7 actor and TV-print commercial model), new indie actor RICHARD ARMA (Richard Bradley Arma).

In Nomine Matris (In the Name of the Mother) — official entry to the NEW WAVE (INDIE FILMS) section of the 38th METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL (MMFF) 2012, written and directed by Will Fredo (“Compound”, etc)… It’s a a film about the PASSION of a young woman trapped between her craft as a Flamenco-Filipiniana dance protégé and as a woman falling in love with a man. Starring Liza Diño, Biboy Ramirez Dolatre, Al Gatmaitan, Jam Pérez, Maradee De Guzman, Bong Cabrera, Leo Rialp, Joan Palisoc, introducing Ms. Tami Monsod and one of Spain’s top flamenco masters, Ms. Clara Ramona (who did the choreography). IN NOMINE MATRIS (IN THE NAME OF THE MOTHER) is produced by HUBO Productions, in association with Trinity Hearts Media and with the support of the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines.

The Grave Bandits — official entry to the NEW WAVE (INDIE FILMS) section of the 38th METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL (MMFF) 2012, first full length feature of Filipino-American writer-director-producer TYRONE ACIERTO (from Chicago, USA)… It’s a coming-of-age, adventure film with a twist of horror and dark comedy; produced by Vanessa Ulgado (Filipino), with an American director of photography Marcin Szocinski, and producer-writer Reena Cortez. From Paper Boat Pictures, THE GRAVE BANDITS stars new indie actor Ronald Pacifico, child actor Marti Sandino San Juan, young actress Jill Palencia (Cinemalaya’s “Mayohan”), and print-TV commercial model Millard Keung II. “A dormant alien virus is unleashed in an island in the Philippines… Hope is in the hands of two graveyard thieves…”

Paglaya sa Tanikala (Freedom from Chains) is an official entry to the NEW WAVE (INDIE FILMS) section of the 38th METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL (MMFF) 2012, stars MATTEO GUIDICELLI (as Bro. Jerry/ St. Jerome – patron saint of the orphans and the abandoned)… From Kuwentista Productions and Somascan Fathers Foundation, the film is written and directed by Michael Angelo Dagñalan (Cinema One Originals 2010 Best Director for “Layang Bilanggo”), with Ma-an Lansangan Asuncion as co-writer, co-producer, and cinematographer, Tonee Acejo as line producer, and Ferdinand Lapuz as associate producer.
“PAGLAYA SA TANIKALA (FREEDOM FROM CHAINS)” also stars child actor Micko Laurente, Nicco Manalo, Jaime Fabregas, Sue Prado, Leon Miguel, Raul Morit, Bor Ocampo, Gary Lim, Kristoffer King, Lui Villaruz, Cicero ‘Ching’ Danseco, and Marife Necesito
“In the 16th century, a warrior pledged to serve the poor and abandoned… His legacy still stands today.”

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