"Manoro" and "Kubrador" to be screened in UST's CineVita

Manoró, a digital movie about an Aeta girl who taught adult members of her mountain tribe so they could vote in the 2004 presidential elections, opens the CineVita Film Festival on March 7.

Brillante Mendoza's Manoro and Jeffrey Jeturian's Kubrador are part of CineVita, the first major on-campus film festival of the University of Santo Tomas (UST).

Filmmaker and cinema industry leader Laurice Guillen will keynote the UST CineVita Film Festival on March 7 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center, UST campus, España, Manila.

Direk Laurice, the director of Filipino film classics such as Tanging Yaman, Salome and American Adobo, is expected to talk about the power of cinema to make meaningful statements about the human condition.

The three-day film fest organized by the Varsitarian will run from March 7 to 9. According to the Varsitarian, the 79-year-old student publication of UST, this film festival is meant "to celebrate life, truth, and faith and uphold the cinema as tool for meaningful expression and authentic education."

Prominent personalities will give lectures on film and media ethics, such as Cinemalaya Film Festival vice-president Laurice Guillen, Inquirer editor and Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino film critic Joselito Zulueta, indie film director Rica Arevalo, UST aesthetics professor Josephine Pasricha, and Titus Brandsma Media Center director Fr. Christian Buenafe. Directors of the films will give short talks while the cast and crew of Manoro and Kubrador, including Jonalyn Ablong and Gina Pareño, will grace the festival.

CineVita is a non-profit and educational endeavor of the Varsitarian together with the Titus Brandsma Center Media Program, Pro-Life Philippines, UST Institute of Religion, UST Journalism Society, and UST Literary Society.

All documentaries and local films are open to the public. Foreign full-length films are exclusive to lecturers, film critics, and students.

Admission is free.

Venue: Thomas Aquinas Research Center (TARC), UST campus, España, Manila

The filmfest schedule is as follows:

Day One (March 7, Wednesday)

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Press Cocktails

9 pm. To 10 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies

Keynote Speaker: Laurice Guillen


10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Theme: Ethnic Culture)

Short film Mimiong's Minion (Directed by Jobin Ballesteros)

Manoro (Directed by Brillante Mendoza/Written by Ralston Jover)

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch Break

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Theme: Charity/ Poverty Alleviation) - Mother Teresa

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Break

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Theme: Life's Meaning)

3:30 p.m. to 4: p.m. - Short Film: Shit Happens

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Five People You Meet in Heaven

5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Break

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - (Theme: Right to Life)

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Feature Docu Film: Sigaw Ko, Pakinggan Mo

6:30 to 7 p.m. - Documentary Film Artificial vs. Natural

7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. - Short Film Ikasiyam na Palapag (Directed by Anna Isabelle Matutina)


Day Two (March 8, Thursday)

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Animation Segment (Theme: War Casualties) Grave of the Fireflies

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Fr. Christian Buenafe's Lecture

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Open Forum

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch Break

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Theme: Science and Health)

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Documentary Film Aids: What You Haven't Been Told

1:30 to 3 p.m. - A Brief History of Time

2:30 to 3 p.m. - Break

3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - (Theme: Life Struggles-True to Life Stories)

3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Documentary Film Armed with Hope

3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Short film: Sekyu (Directed by Eric Dela Cruz)

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - China Cry

5:30 to 6 p.m. - Break

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - (Theme: Social Realism)

Kubrador (Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian/Written by Ralston Jover)


Day Three (March 9, Friday)

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. - (Theme: Care for the Elderly)


8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Short Film Orasyon (Directed by Milo Tolentino)

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - ICU Bed #7 (Directed by Rica Arevalo)

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Rica Arevalo's Lecture

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Open Forum

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch Break

1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Theme: Marriage and Family)

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Shadowlands

2:30 to 3 p.m. - Break

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Jeweler's Shop

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Josephine Pasricha's Lecture

5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Open Forum/Working Break

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Students' Entries

Closing Ceremonies (Call for Next Year's Entries)





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