Mangatyanan depicts story of a woman with a tragic past


Che Ramos (left) plays the daughter of Irma Adlawan (right) in the Cinemalaya 2009 entry Mangatyanan. The film tells the story of a female photographer (Che) with a tragic past who goes todocument the harvest ritual of a dying tribe. But when the ritual fallsapart from familial conflicts that echoes her past, sheunwittingly continues the symbolic rite on her own, forcing her toconfront her own personal demons.



Si Director Jerrold Tarog ay isangbaguhan ngunit mahusay at sensitibong filmmaker na siyang nagdidirek,nagsusulat ng script, siya ring musical scorer, at sound engineer ng kanyangsariling pelikula.


Mine-maintain niya rin ang kanyangcareer bilang isang freelance professional musical scorer. Siya angnag-score ng critically-acclaimed films such as Kaleldo at FosterChild ni Direk Dante Mendoza at ang Kubrador ni Direk JeffreyJeturian.


Kauna-unahang pelikula pa lamang niDirek Jerrold ang Confessional (Cinema One Originals entry in 2007),pero umani na ito ng napakaraming papuri mula sa mga respetadong kritiko, athumakot ng awards hindi lang dito sa bansa kung hindi pati na rin sa mgainternational dilm festivals.


Ngayong 2009, nagbabalik-film festivalang husay at kalibre ng isang Jerrold Tarog.


This time, pasok ang second film niDirek sa isa pang independent Pinoy filmfest, ang Cinemalaya Cinco, with hisfull-length film titled Mangatyanan.


Ilang days bago pa man nagpa-pressconang Cinemalaya 2009 sa CCP noong May 21, nakapanyam na ng PEP (PhilippineEntertainment Portal) si Direk Jerrold, via email.


Ano nga ba ang kuwento ngMangatyanan? Mangatyanan is a sequel to Confessional,"sabi ni Direk. "It's part of a trilogy about people with cameras. There's moredrama this time than commentary."

SYNOPSIS. Himalaya "Laya"Marquez has never had a complete dream since she was 12. Something always wakesher up at night. That something used to be her father, the famous photographerDanilo Marquez, whose constant sexual abuse of Laya tore her family apart.


Now, at 27, Laya possesses a coldexterior that hides torrents of pain. Working as a travel photographer, Laya issent to Isabela to capture a rare harvest ritual called Mangatyanan bythe Labwanan tribe. What Laya finds there, however, is a severely dwindledgroup held together by their desperate leader Mang Renato.


Soon, Laya senses a strong connectionbetween the tribe's predicament and her own troubled life. Events spiral out ofcontrol as the Mangatyanan crumbles under Mang Renato's desperate gripand Laya is forced to flee. But something happens that brings her face-to-facewith her own demons. Will she finally confront her past or will she keeprunning?

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Ano nga ba ang dahilan kung bakitmahilig si Direk Jerrold na gumawa ng pelikulang tungkol sa mga taong may mgacamera, at plano pa niyang gumawa ng "trilogy"?


Una nga kasi, sa Confessional,bida ang isang lalaking videographer, and this time sa Mangatyanan, bidaang isang babaeng photographer naman.


"Wala talagang profound reason. It'sjust that, meron na akong two scripts that featured professional camera-people.


"So, I figured I might as well write a thirdone, call it a trilogy, then forever BAN myself from writing characters withthat profession again. I have plans for a Music trilogy as well," pahayag niDirek.


Bida si Che Ramos sa nasabing indiefilm. Si Che ay isang print and commercial model na marami-rami na rinang nagawang commercials, at nakalabas na (in supporting roles) sa mga indiemovies.


Kabilang sa past films ni Che Ramos ayang Ataul For Rent (with Joel Torre and Jaclyn Jose), Pain Things(with Christian Vazquez and Michael de Mesa), at Prinsesa (starring RomnickSarmenta and Shamaine Buencamino).


"Isa rin siyang trained dancer. This is her first lead role in a feature film. The lead part was writtenspecifically for her," pagbibigay-impormasyon pa ni Direk.


Kabilang rin sa cast ang critically-acclaimed stage and film actress na si IrmaAdlawan, ang character actor na si Neil Ryan Sese, at si Publio Briones III (nagumanap bilang Mayor sa Confessional).


Ano ang message na nais niyang iparating sa kanyang audience sa Mangatyanan? "I don't know," aniya. "It's not amessage film. But, like Confessional, it tells a simple story butit also has several symbolic layers that may be interpreted in different ways. Bahala na ang audience."


Masasabing "bongga" rin si Direk, dahilin a period of three years, na-penetrate niya ang dalawa sa pinaka-popular na independentfilm festival sa bansa: ang Cinema One Orginals noong 2007 at ang Cinemalaya2009.


Paano niya maikukumpara ang kanyangworking experience sa Cinema One with that of Cinemalaya?

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"I've been fortunate enough to havesmooth working relationships with my producers. In Cinema One, they allowed meto do whatever I wanted and it's the same with Cinemalaya.


"It's a great thing because, without corporateconstraints, the filmmaker focuses on craft. When the producer completelytrusts the filmmaker and the script, all you need to do is make the best filmyou can possibly make.


"No energy is wasted on politics and wranglingegos," makahulugang pagtatapos ni Direk.

Handog ng BigTopMedia, Casa San Miguel and Metric Films, ang Production Staff ng Mangatyananay ang sumusunod:

Director -- Jerrold Tarog
Producers -- John Silva and FrancoAlido
Line Producer -- Ma-an Asuncion
Screenplay -- Ramon Ukit (akaJerrold Tarog)
Production Designer -- BenjaminPadero
Director of Photography -- MackieGalvez
Original Music -- Jerrold Tarog
Assistant Director -- Bianca Balbuena

Editor - Pats R. Ranyo (aka Jerrold Tarog)

Sound Design - Roger "TJ" Ladro (aka Jerrold Tarog)


Ang 5th Cinemalaya PhilippineIndependent Film Festival ay itatanghal mula July 17-26, 2009 sa CulturalCenter of the Philippines (CCP) sa Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.


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