Hiblang Abo (2016)
Produced with Queen B Productions
Direction by Ralston Jover
Starring Lou Veloso, Jun Urbano, Leo Rialp, Nanding Josep, with Matt Daclan, Lui Manansala, Flor Salanga, Cherry Malvar, Angela Cortez, Mike Liwag, Rener Concepcion with Special participation of Anna Luna


Hiblang Abo speaks volumes of muted memories and infinite struggles among four men in their twilight years, confined in a hospice facility or home for the aged. Huse, the most hopeful, recalls stories of treasured friendship anchored in trust and confidence. But like a thief in the night, tragedy strikes at the oddest moment between happiness and bleakness– when all his friends succumb into insanity, a heinous act and commit the forbidden act of ending mortality. Sotero, Blas and Pedro have all left Huse, alone inside their dilapidated room.

But their pasts are not all about gloom and the anxiety of death. Huse finds his inspiration with a femme fatale named Rosa, also a ward in the institution. He is trying to forget his painful past when his wife left him for good because of his identity crisis. Blas, occasional bursts into extemporaneous speeches that used to inspire labor union members before a factory strike. Sotero, repeatedly utters like a prayer that he wants to leave the home and rescue his daughter, a house maid, from her abusive employer. Pedro is happy and content in the hospice home and wants to forget his sordid past when his own family abandoned him, in the streets as a derelict. Their gray hair grow and fade unnoticed, their lives enter the void of oblivion. Everything unfolds so naturally into their swan song until their body pains and heartaches yield the sameintensity, when their hearing and their feelings become permanently impaired; and when theirblurry vision and memories become “clear” signs that the inevitable state of death is asfleeting as the vibrancy of life itself.


Above the Clouds (2015)
Actors: Ruru Madrid, Pepe Smith
Direction by Pepe Diokno

“After losing his parents in a flood, Andy (Ruru Madrid), a 15-year-old boy, is forced to live with his estranged grandfather (Pepe Smith). Disconsolate, he withdraws from everyone around him, until his grandfather shows him old photographs of his parents on a hike. Together, they embark on a mountainous hike retracing his parents’ steps, in a spirited effort to overcome grief.

This film Above the Clouds premiered at the 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival. The film follows a teenage boy orphaned by a flood on a journey up an ancient mountain with his estranged grandfather. The Filipino-French co-production took three years to make, and was produced with the support of France’s Aide aux cinemas du monde, South Korea’s Asian Cinema Fund, Switzerland’s Visions Sud Est and the Arte Prize from the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

Raketeros (2013)
Actors: Herbert Bautista, Andrew E., Long Mejia, Ogie Alcasid, Joey Marquez, Dennis Padilla, Markki Stroem, Tippy Dos Santos
Direction by Randy Santiago
Producer: Heaven’s Best Entertainment

Raketeros shares the adventures and misadventures of a group of middle-aged male friends–-Berto (Herbert Bautista), the cable guy; Mando (Dennis Padilla), the billiards player; Mulong (Long Mejia), the driver; Julio (Ogie Alcasid), the all-around singer; and Andoy (Andrew) the ‘religious.’ The five are gathered to do a simple task of delivering an expensive gown to their rich friend’s mansion. However, a series of hilarious mishaps puts them and their task in jeopardy.


Burgos (2013)
Actors: Lorna Tolentino, Rocco Nacino, Allen Dizon, Dimples Romana, Ina Feleo, Kerbie Zamora, Jaime Pebangco, Tony Mabesa
Producer: Heaven’s Best Entertainment
Screenplay by Ricky Lee
Direction by Joel Lamangan

Jonas Burgos (Rocco Nacino), an agriculturist, was abducted on April 28, 2007. At the heart of the pursuit to surface Jonas is Edita (Lorna Tolentino), the gentle-mannered widow of the late WE Forum editor and publisher, Joe Burgos (Tirso Cruz III). The film revolves around Edita’s heartbreaking and inspiring journey as a dedicated wife and mother to a willful activist, driven by her feelings of loss and hope.


Kamkam (2014)
Actors: Jean Garcia,
Allen Dizon, Jackie Rice, Sunshine Dizon, Kerbie Zamora, Hiro Peralta, Rita De Guzman
Producer: Heaven’s Best Entertainment
Screenplay by Jerry Gracio
Direction by Joel Lamangan

This film was Rated A by the local Cinema Evaluation Board, and that distinction made me curious to see it. “Kamkam” (with English title of “Greed”) turned out to be a social commentary about the lives of slum dwellers who live illegally on government land in the city.

Johnny (Allen Dizon) is the crime lord in Sitio Cam-cam, a neighborhood of illegal settlers. Salud (Jean Garcia) is his first wife for 22 years and they have three daughters. She is a barangay councilor, and the same time, in charge of the illegal gambling collections. Evelyn (Sunshine Dizon) is his second wife for 20 years, and they have a son Lennon and a daughter Yoko. She is in charge of the illegal water and electricity collections. Everyone lived swimmingly well together in the same area, including Johnny’s permissive mother Ditas (Elizabeth Oropesa) and his gay right-hand man Arthur (Jaime Pebangco).

That is, until that day when Johnny brought home a much younger third wife, the sexy ex-club waitress Shane (Jackie Rice). When she starts to encroach on the collections of the other two wives, trouble begins to brew in Johnny’s little harem. This domestic squabble takes place just when the City Mayor has ordered the demolition of the entire Sitio Cam- Cam to give way to Korean business investors.



Children’s Show (2014)
Co-Produced with One Big Fight Productions
Direction and Screenplay by Derrick Cabrido
Actors: Allen Dizon, Gloria Sevilla, Suzette Ranillo,Nathan Lopez, Jacob Clayton, Divine Grace Aucina, Buboy Villar, Miggs Cuaderno

Inspired by a TV documentary made by the same director, the film is based on a true story of children ages 13-15 being exploited by a powerful syndicate managing a betting game involving underground fighting.

Al and Jun, fraternal twin brothers, earn a living by doing the oddest stints while their grandmother manages to raise them despite their extreme poverty.

In dire need to earn extra money, the brothers engage into clandestine fistfight matches. As the brothers fight their way to success, the sudden return of their estranged father suddenly turns things upside down.