Cinemalaya NETPAC Films at UPFI's Cine Adarna

The UP Film Institute presents the immediate run for this year's Cinemalaya NETPAC competition films commencing with Wincy Aquino Ong's "San Lazaro" and culminating with the Cinemalaya 7 NETPAC Best Film, "Boundary," by Benito Bautista. The  showcase complements the remaining screenings for Cinemalaya Goes UP mainly devoted to New Breed Shorts and the Directors' Showcase this coming week. Schedule of concerned screenings all at the Cine Adarna of the UPFI Film Center is as follows: 

SAN LAZARO by Wincy Aquino Ong, Aug 2 Tue, 2:30 p.m

San Lazaro is a horror-comedy starring Filipino cult icon Ramon Bautista. Limuel and Sigfried, estranged childhood friends, journey to the remote town of San Lazaro to ask an infamous faith healer for help in saving the life of Limuel’s brother, who becomes possessed by a secret-eater spirit. 

GAYUMA by Alvin Yapan, 









Aug 3 Wed, 2:30 p.m.

Gayuma is a magical tale of love going beyond the boundaries of social class, religious and superstitious beliefs, and urban-rural prejudices. A failed exorcism of a talking and dancing statue of a Child Jesus led a poor sacristan, Delfin, to concoct a love potion to make Carla, a rich girl, fall for him. After Carla

drinks the potion and assents to all his advances, Delfin could not believe his luck until he is no longer certain whether Carla really loves him. Delfin descends into a deep sleep of paranoia, from which no medical science could wake him. Carla goes on a pilgrimage to the heart of a lush mountain to overturn the enchantment of the love potion. A possessed statue of a Child Jesus stands between the two lovers. Will their faith bring them closer together or keep them apart?  

NONO by Milo Tolentino, Aug 4 Thu, 2:30 p.m
Toto, a very outspoken, highly opinionated eight-year-old born with a cleft lip and an open palate sets
off to join his school’s Creative Declamation Competition – a contest of narrative drama and eloquence set on the very high- profiled Philippines’ National Language Week celebration. Speech impediment or not, Toto, armed with iron-clad determination and a desire to be treated like everyone else - no more, no less, takes on the challenge with the help of his lovelorn mother, an emotional bully [Badong] and a stray deaf boy [Ogoy] from his neighborhood. 
LOCAL GIRLS by Ned Trespesces & Onnah Valera, 
Aug 5 Fri, 2:30 p.m.

What happens when an odd pair of minimum wage earners working in a seaside resort in Iloilo decide to
take a walk on the wild side? Fate is a goody-two-shoes aspiring law student trying to save up tuition money. And Margie is a juvenile delinquent who hates the world. They are best friends despite their difference in temperament. Both girls are perpetually broke, bored with their mundane lives, and are looking for a little adventure. They get exactly what they wish for when they embark on an insane weekend that leaves their world in a state of utter disorder. 

HULING HALIK by Zig Dulay, Aug 6 Sat, 2:30 p.m.

In the midst of celebrating flowers in bloom in Panagbenga Flower Festival, JM (Kenjie Garcia) and ILI (Joeffrey Javier) try to rekindle their withering relationship. On their last day together in Baguio, they plan to do the things they used to do in the past. But everything feels different for JM.  Like the fog in the city of mountains, their plans fade away. And just like how the city transformed, everything has changed. JM has to accept the transience in everything, including their relationship, and nothing stays forever. 

THE NATURAL PHENOMENON OF MADNESS by Bebs Gohetia, Aug 6 Sat, 5 p.m. 

Two years after she was raped, a woman agrees to meet with her rapist in the beautiful ruins of Intramuros. As they have the same blood type, her rapist asks her to donate blood for his operation claiming this will
lengthen his life and will give him ample time to seek redemption. The woman refuses to do so as she rediscovers she is still a victim of unrequited love towards her rapist. Told in two separate perspectives, the story revolves around how the woman and man pick the pieces of their broken lives after the rape, meeting every so often at places that remind them of their past. They are confronted by the fact that they are both victims of each other: THE WOMAN struggles with loving no one but the man; THE MAN, struggles with his guilt knowing he can't love the woman the way she wants him to.

LIBERACION by Adolfo Alix Jr., Aug 6 Sat,  
7:30 p.m.

Makoto of the Japanese Imperial Army decided to go into hiding after the Japanese soldiers were defeated in 1945. In the dread of the forest, he decides to struggle despite efforts for him to surrender, thinking the war is not yet over. For a span of almost 20 years, he encounters different situations that will test his persona and his strength to his vow as a Japanese soldier. 


BOUNDARY by Benito Bautista, Cinemalaya Netpac Best FilmAug 16 Tue, 7 p.m.









Boundary is inspired by true stories of taxicab drivers of metropolitan Manila. It is set in the urban roadways of Manila during Christmas. Limuel (Ronnie Lazaro), a middle-aged taxicab driver picks up Emmanuel (Raymond Bagatsing), a handsome businessman as his last passenger for the night. Unknown to Emmanuel is Limuel’s conspiracy to bring him to the robbery hideout of Diego (Edwin Nombre), a feisty and volatile robbery gang leader. Their journey together from Cubao to Antipolo is riddled with inescapable tension and bad luck, and the only way out is to face their damnation.

image by Toby Roca, BA-BC '13