So, we shot a film funded by the Commission on Population (POPCOM), tackling youth issues in the era of internet and social networking: early pregnancy, drugs, dealing with parents, among others. Starring Felix Roco, Joseph Bitangcol, Mercedes Cabral, Sue Prado, Aleera Montalla, Hannah dela Guerra, Natasha Cabrera, Johann Alcantara, Christian Rainier Veron and Zoe Sandejas.

Heard we’ll be having a school launch and a theatre launch next week. POPCOM is not planning to release this in the commercial theatres, though. Here’s the trailer:


Ligo na U Lapit na Me (Full Trailer)

Karl Vladimir Lennon J. Villalobos, aka Intoy, is secretly in love with his friend Jenny, the most beautiful girl in the campus.  Jenny is rich and quirky;  Intoy is street-smart and ordinary.  But this friendship is not simple, since Jenny has bestowed on Intoy some perks and privileges, including going to bed with her on the condition that they will not fall in love with each other.  Before graduation, Intoy feels that he has to shed his pretensions of being astig and finally profess his love for Jenny.   But he is devastated to learn that Jenny is pregnant.  Worse, Jenny tells him:  “Don’t worry, this is not yours.”  Based on the bestselling novel of Eros S. Atalia,  Ligo na U, Lapit na Me is an examination of postmodern love and relationship and the way this generation deals with their love and fear. 

CAST:  Edgar Allan Guzman and Mercedes Cabral.  Also starring Mel Kimura, Simon Ibarra, Tolyts “Shalala” Reyes, Evelyn Vargas, Beverly Salviejo, Malouh Crisologo, Jojo Saguin, Joseph Bitangcol, Lucky Mark Mercado, Joe Vargas, Christian Tan, Ian Lazibal, Alex Tiglao, Ardie Bascara.  Introducing Victor Medina.  Special Guest Appearance of Luis Alandy.  

PRODUCTION: Story-Eros S. Atalia, Screenplay-Jerry B. Gracio,Cinematogaphy-Alfred F. Hernando, Production Design-Angel Balangon Diesta, Editing-Charliebebs Gohetia, Musical Score-Monet Silvestre, Sound Design-Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia, Assistant Director-Lyan L. Suiza, Line Producer-Charliebebs Gohetia, Production Managers-Remar Mallari and Maxie Evangelista III, Executive Producer-Noel D. Ferrer,Director-Erick C. Salud.


16 July/Sat, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 5
17 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Sun, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
18 July/Mon, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
20 July/Wed, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 5
21 July/Thu, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 6:15PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
23 July/Sat, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
24 July/Sun, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 5

Ligo na U Lapit na Me (Teaser)

So ang mabentang libro ni Eros Atalia ay isa nang ganap na pelikula, official entry sa New Breed section Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival ngayong taon. Prodyuser si Noel Ferrer na prodyuser rin ng ‘Daybreak’, isinulat ng Palanca-winner na si Jerry Gracio (Muli, Astig) at idinirek ni Erick Salud na siyang nagdirek ng mga tv shows na katulad ng Mutya at I love Betty La Fea.

Unang sabak ito ni Erick sa pagdidirek ng pelikula (kaya nga New Breed, eh) at naatasan ako bilang Line Producer at Editor ng pelikula. Bida rito sina Edgar Allan Guzman bilang Intoy at Mercedes Cabral bilang Jenny.

Ang librong ito ay isa palang kulto.

Trailer – The Natural Phenomenon of Madness

Second film, baby! Three years passed since TYG was made, I’m back. Been a long time waiting and it’s off to a good start. It will compete in the NETPAC section of Cinemalaya 2011. It will have three screenings, two at Greenbelt 3 and its gala at CCP. 

I miss the feeling of watching my film on the big screen. It’s an accomplishment and a validation, something that reminds me to give myself a pat on the back.

Here’s the trailer.

MADNESS schedule:

17 July/Sun 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 3

21 July/Thu 9:00PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

23 July/Sat 9:00PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 5 (talkback)

Unfortunately, I don’t have any idea how much the tickets will be. See you there!

Black Madness

Nae-excite lang ako. Kating-kati na akong sabihin na magku-compete ang pelikulang ito sa NETPAC ng Cinemalaya ngayong July. Ito ang synopsis:

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.

Kailangan nang tapusin. Kailangan nang gumawa ng trailer. Kailangan nang ayusin. Malakas ang kutob ko sa kabaliwang ito.

The natural phenomenon of madness

The woman is on the swing, doing the origami fortune teller when the man arrives. She plays with it (Adlib).
Pinapatawad na kita.
The MAN seems relieved. The woman takes out the check from her bag.
Ito ang kailangan mo, hindi ang dugo ko.
Ang gusto ko lang naman maipakita sayo na nagsisisi na ako.
Death will both set us free.
How can I change your mind?
Mahalin mo ako.

The man becomes bewildered. The woman holds the man’s hand, attempts to kiss him but the MAN starts to leave.

Bantayan Festival

Bantayan Festival, now on its 9th year, is an annual celebration in Guimbal, Iloilo to pay homage to the heroism of Christian natives of Guimbal who fought against the Moros who frequently attacked and captured natives then sold them as slaves in Kolambogan, Mindanao. During the 17th century, the natives thought of securing their area for defense and built bantayans or watchtowers originally made of bamboo and were later built out of huge blocks of stones. Today, three bantayan structures still exist in the area.

I was invited by good friend Ray Gibraltar to mentor and judge in their Indie Film Festival, part of the Bantayan Festival celebration. This indie festival, a brainchild of then Guimbal Mayor and now Iloilo Vice-Governor Richard Garin, aims to promote their municipality’s talents as they make films with Guimbalanon filmmakers, staff, actors and must use the Karay-a dialect.

It was a fun stay in Guimbal with fellow filmmaker EJ Salcedo, director of Third World Happy starring Sam Milby (which will be exhibiting at the Jeonju International Film Festival this May) who also mentored Directing and Production Design for the “kids”.

Some pictures of the Tribal Dance competition featuring 33 baranggays in the Municipality divided into 9 tribes.

‘BROD’ Official Trailer

Official trailer of the first film I line produced for my own outfit, The Grit Project. It premiered at the 12th Cinemanila International Film Festival last December 8, competing in the Digital Lokal category. Starring Kenjie Garcia (Ang Lihim ni Antonio), Ardie Bascara (formerly Basti Romero of Santuaryo), renowned theatre actress Marife Necesito (Mammoth), Xeno Alejandro (Roxxxanne), Jess Mendoza (Ben & Sam).

Upcoming indie actors Nick Guila (theatre actor, Orosman at Zafira), Patrick Esteban (Hinala), Paul Jake Paule (theatre actor, 2010 Aliw awardee), Mehdi Gohlami (tv, All about Adam) complete the ensemble of cast, directed by award-winning director Ray Defante Gibraltar (Timawa at Delgado, Wanted: Border). Being a married heterosexual, he expressed his interest in directing a gay love story so I opened up the possibility of me producing a project about gays in the fraternity.

I think this film came out pretty well. I must say, Palanca-winner John Teodoro’s poetry made the film interesting. With haunting music by Monet Silvestre. Yeah, famed mentor in Pinoy Dream Academy, I had goosebumps when I finished watching the film. Seriously. And this is his first full-length, believe it or not. I’m proud of this film.

‘BROD’ will be shown in Manila theatres on February 16, 2011, a post-Valentine treat for gays and straights alike. Trust me, this one transcends beyond a gay love story. Love is bittersweet, eh?

We were hungry like that

Taken on January 17, 2011, past midnight.
While finalizing the edit of “Señorita”, a film I was working on for more than three months. Significantly, hunger bugged me at a time I decided I feel like I’m getting fat and should start losing weight. And what a way to start it with junk food at midnight. 
Hunger makes me cranky and discipline is boring.


During the final casting/workshop of “Brod”.
Dati siyang Basti Romero sa pelikulang ‘Santuaryo’. Nagpalit siya ng screen name, ngayon gamit ang totoo niyang pangalan, Ardie Bascara. Una ko siyang nakita sa audition, sa Starbucks Morato naman. At tulad kay Kenjie, naramdaman kong nakita ko na ang matagal na naming hinahanap na Tad para sa ‘Brod’.

Hindi ko alam kung bakit ayaw ni Ardie ang larawang ito. Gusto ko ang pagkakuha ko nito. Nangungusap ang kanyang mga mata.