It was supposed to last for only one week in cinemas, but the first-ever Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino held in 2017 proved to be so successful with Filipino movie fans that #ExtendPPP became a hot topic on social media. The campaign ended with good news when it was announced that the movies will continue screening in select cinemas around the Metro.
This year, Filipino movies will be taking over cinemas around the country once again in celebration of Buwan ng Wika as Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) returns. PPP's line-up of movies includes eight movies from different genres, so there'll definitely be something for everyone. The entries were chosen by a selection committee that includes director Jose Javier Reyes, editor Manet Dayrit, director Sheron Dayoc, cinematographer Lee Briones, director Carlos Siguion-Reyna, and actress Cherie Gil. These movies will be exclusively screened in all cinemas nationwide from August 15 to 21.
1. Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa Wi-Fi
Directed by: Jun Robles Lana
Norma (Sue Ramirez) is a typical teenage girl who's addicted to social media. But things change when she finds out that she has electromagnetic hypersensitivity—meaning, she's allergic to WiFi. And so, she moves to an isolated place without telephones, cell signal, or her boyfriend. But she has her best friend (Jameson Blake) to keep her company. The cast also includes Jerome Ponce and Boots Anson-Roa.
2. Bakwit Boys
Directed by: Jason Paul Laxamana
This musical romance centers around four brothers (Vance Larena, Nikko Natividad, Ryle Santiago, and Mackie Empuerto) whose talents are discovered by a rich city girl (Devon Seron).
3. Madilim ang Gabi
Directed by: Adolfo Alix Jr.
In this indie political thriller, Sara (Gina Alajar) and Lando (Philip Salvador) sell drugs on the side to make ends meet. They quit their illegal dealings when Oplan Tokhang comes into effect and they fear that their drug-addicted son Lando (Felix Roco) might get caught. But one day, Lando doesn't come home and the couple helplessly search for him in the city.
4. Pinay Beauty
Directed by: Jay Abello
This comedy follows a young Filipina woman (played by Chai Fonacier) who wants to undergo surgery to change her looks in an effort to look more Caucasian.
5. Signal Rock
Directed by: Chito Roño
This family drama is actually based on the creators' personal experience of being stuck in a place where a pile of rocks by the shore is the only spot with signal. It follows the story of Intoy (Christian Bables), who comes from a small town but tries to help his sister win a child custody battle all the way in Finland. The cast for the movie also includes Francis Magundayao, Elora EspaÃo, and Mon Confiado.
6. The Day After Valentine's
Directed by: Jason Paul Laxamana
Coming from the same director and stars of 100 Tula Para Kay Stella, this movie revolves around Kai (JC Santos) who is still reeling from a breakup. He finds comfort in talking to Lani (Bela Padilla), whom he calls his "Ms. Repairman," as she tries to mend his broken heart.
7. Unli Life
Directed by: Miko Livelo
This comedy follows the story of Benedict (Vhong Navarro), a podcast DJ who gets the chance to travel back in time, from prehistoric times to the Spanish colonization, so he can change the events that lead to his girlfriend (Winwyn Marquez) breaking up with him. Also making an appearance in the movie are Ejay Falcon and Joey Marquez.
8. We Will Not Die Tonight
Directed by: Richard V. Somes
This action-thriller had its international premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival in June. It revolves around Kray (Erich Gonzales), a stuntwoman who takes on a deal that quickly goes awry and has her fighting for her life.
Aside from the line-up of eight feature-length movies, there will also be eight short films featured as part of the Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition.
These include Enalyn Legaspi's Alas Nuebe ng Tanghali, Christian Babista's Anonymous Student Vlog, Bryan Spencer Reyes' Bahay-bahayan, Ardinian Jaq Sanque and Lorys Plaza's Bato Bato Pick, Rodemille Singh's Isang Tula Para sa Nawawala, Len Frago's Koleksyong Pamalo, Daniel Edwin Delgado and Tiara Angelica Nicolas' Masaya Ako, and Levi Jun Miscala's Runner.
The Special Feature Section will also be screening films that were part of previous independent film festivals. These include Dwein Baltazar's Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus from Cine Filipino, Tiara Illenberger's High Tide from TOFARM, Giancarlo Abrahan's Paki from CinemaOne Originals, and Arnel Barbarona's Tu Pug Imatuy from Sinag Maynila.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.