08 August 2017

ToFarm Film Fest entries 'Paglipay,' 'Pauwi Na' joins PPP line-up

The first-ever Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, which is spearheaded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), in cooperation with Globe Telecom, recently kicked-off the festival and revealed the 12 participating, top-rated locally-produced films last Thursday, August 3 at the Seda Vertis North; and two of which are from Universal Harvesters Incorporated’s ‘ToFarm Film Fest’ entries—‘Paglipay’ and ‘Pauwi Na’.

The two films were the festival’s top-grossing and the most-awarded entries in its last year’s competition.


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Paglipay’ is about the adaptation of Aetas when a season changes, which was brought about when the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. The Aetas were forced to come down from the mountains to live in the resettlement areas the government had provided them. The said film starred film-TB-and theater actress Anna Luna paired with a real-life Aeta named Garry Cabalic. Both won Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor, respectively in the previous ‘ToFarm Film Fest’ awards night. It is directed by Zig Dulay.

Locally, apart from the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards, the film also earned the following recognitions: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and as Audience Choice. In abroad, it also has the following recognitions: Platinum World Award for International Feature Film for the World Film Awards, International Award of Excellence - International Film Festival for Environment, Health, Culture (IFFEHC), and Best Director at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival 2016. Recently at the 40th GAWAD URIAN, it had 11 nominations—Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress (for both Anna Luna and the Aeta non-actor Joan dela Cruz). At the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema LONDON 2017, it also has five nominations—Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Foreign Language Feature Film.


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'Pauwi Na,’ directed by Paolo Villaluna, is a reflection of a struggling Filipino family headed by Mang Pepe and his wife Remy; both portrayed by Bembol Roco and Cherry Pie Picache. Living in a slum area and trying to meet both ends in order to survive for a daily living still their incomes as husband-and-wife team are not enough to support their family; even combining the earnings of their two children—JP and Pina. Because of being poor—the family decided to pedal home back to Bicol. The story is inspired from a news article featured in Philippine Daily Inquirer (Family pedals way back home to Leyte, 7 September 2003).

The film was honored with the Golden Goblet for Best Film at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2017. At the Gawad Tanglaw 2017—it won the Presidential Jury Award and Best Supporting Actor for Jess Mendoza. Last year at the first ToFarm Awards Night, it gained six awards—Special Jury Award, Best Actor for Bembol Roco, Best Actress for Cherry Pie Picache, Best Story for Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos, Best Editing, and Best Production Design. Then it had seven nominations at the 40th GAWAD URIAN as well, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress for Cherry Pie Picache, Best Supporting Actress for Meryll Soriano, Best Screenplay Best Editing,, and Best Music. Also at the FAP LUNA Awards 2017—it also has five nominations—Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Cinematography.

The two films are going to be shown in 120 theaters (60 theaters each) nationwide.  To know more about the show, download the PistApp on Google Play.







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