Pelikula@Titus Brandsma offers free screenings on August 4

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Aug 3, 2007
Lunes ng Hapis is a twelve-minute film by Nick Joseph Olanka. It is one of the short films to be screened at Titus Brandsma Center this Saturday, August 4, for the tenth anniversary of the group Pelikula@TitusBrandsma.

Pelikula@TitusBrandsmais a free monthly film screening that features fine samples of world cinema. After every screening, film enthusiasts can discuss the aesthetic and technical merits of each film. This monthly screening is an offering of the Titus Brandsma Center-Media Program under the auspices of the Carmelites in the Philippines. It is aimed at giving a meaningful experience for film enthusiasts.

The core members of Pelikula@TitusBrandsma select the short films that will be screened this Saturday, August 4, in time for the tenth anniversary of the group. For the month of August, the chosen theme is 1sang Dekada Na!, 3rd "Indie" pendents' Day.

This month's screenings will be held on August 4, 2007 from 1 p.m. onwards at the Titus Brandsma Center in New Manila, Quezon City.

Short films that reflect various categories will be screened at the venue. The chosen categories are Awareness (Disaster/Health/Crisis); Youth/Student/Thesis Works; Filipino Migrant Workers; Women Filmmakers; Drug Abuse; Visayan Filmmakers; Award-winning Filmmakers; and Free Jonas Movement/Parangal kay Ka Elmo Redrico.

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Pelikula@Titus Brandsma: 1sang Dekada Na!, 3rd "Indie"pendents' Day



WITHOUT WARNING (2006, 10 mins.) by Corey Mayne, Ryan Stone. Produced by Karen Lacampuenga (Filipina) (Ontario, Canada)

Inspired by the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak as well as several other true tornado facts and encounters, two tornadoes rip through a small town while the residents scramble for cover.

HOPE FOR POMPE, Documentary (2007, 10 mins.) by Phil. Society for Orphan Disorders

Filipino patients born with rare disorders are "orphaned" by society. They suffer from social abandonment due to the lack of a support network to aid them. Medical help is poor, given that the country's health is not the government's priority.

REAL, QUEZON LANDSLIDE MTV(2004, 5 mins.) by Bro. Arnulfo Alindayu, Ocarm. (Titus Brandsma Center)

BUNKER 0: SUMIRIB PLUS, Documentary (2006, 10 minutes) by Jan Philippe V. Carpio (Iloilo)

The film shows a series of moments involving the people of Sitio Sumirib, Barangay La Paz in the municipality of Nueva Valencia, province of Guimaras, one of the areas most affected by the massive oil spill from the sunken tanker Solar 1 chartered by the Petron oil corporation.

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LIFE PROJECTIONS (2006, 4 mins.) by Raya Martin

TUBIG (Water), MTV by Zone One (Zone One Tondo Organization in cooperation with Bread for the World


PANAKOBA (Child Scarer) (2007, 15mins.) by Michael Allan S. Canlas (Colegio de San Juan de Letran)

The film revolves around Ramwen, a specialist in scaring children and known to be the best in the business. Everything goes well until an Indian urban legend brings back his own childhood fears. This is the first film that deals with the "Panakoba" or "Panakot Bata"—the Filipino version of the Boogeyman.

PARA SA KABATAAN (2007, 15mins.) by Felinda Bagas (dv8 productions, Inc.)

A schoolboy has the task of reciting a poem, Sa Kabataang Pilipino by Dr. Jose Rizal, at his school's Foundation Day celebration. The night before his recitation, the schoolboy meets a wounded insurgent, who has an important assignment to carry out. An unlikely camaraderie, kindled by their mutual familiarity with the poem, develops between the boy and the rebel. They soon find out, however, that one's task goes against the other's and only one of them will survive the crossfire.

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ESTROPA, Documentary (2007) by Michael Galang and Sheryl Rose Andes (UP Film Institute)

This documentary on teenage rappers residing in Tondo focuses on how they articulate their existence, environment and sentiments through the literature that they create. Though these rap songs are dismissed as just "pop culture", the Tondo rappers produce historical texts about life in the slums, gang wars, love and their personal lives, which "bourgeois" texts cannot give justice to.

KWERDAS (String) (2007, 11 mins.) by David Redulfin Corpuz (UP Film Institute)

Tagline: "Sapat nga bang nararamdaman lang ang musika?"

It is music that binds the disabled Angel to two of the most important persons in her life: her mentor who painstakingly teaches her to play the violin despite her disability; and her lover who's been accompanying her in the darkest hours. While we traverse the paths Angel takes, we ask ourselves about the impact of music that can't be heard.

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LETRATO (2007, 11 mins.) by Grace Simbulan (UP Film Institute)

A young woman's obsession ends tragically.

LUNES NG HAPIS (2007, 12 mins) by Nick Joseph Olanka (UP Film Institute)

Virgie, an elementary school teacher, and Ismael, the captain of the troop assigned to infiltrate the rebels, are lovers in the midst of a military offensive in Filomena. Every Monday they meet and make love passionately and violently. One day, the father of one of Virgie's students disappears. Virgie must choose between her love for Ismael and love for her community.


THE CALLING (2006, 13mins.) by Christopher Gozum (Cavite)

A Filipino migrant worker, who works at a factory in South Korea to provide for his family in Antique province, Philippines, sees in his dream his late grandmother who calls him to return to the Philippines in order to continue their family tradition of healing. From the next day, strange things happen to him and he wanders the city of Pusan following the voice that haunts him.

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KUNYANG (Maid), Documentary (2006, 22 mins.) by Vivian N. Limpin and Ma. Kathrina S. Loreños (Cainta, Rizal)

The face of the domestic worker in Hong Kong is that of a Filipina. These are their stories, told in their own voices.


ANINAG (Light's Play) (2004, 15 mins.) by Rianne Hill Soriano

Isabel, a blind girl who journeys in a dream world formed through the emotions she feels, shortly plays with her new mystical friends "Saya" (Happiness) and "Pag-asa" (Hope). But soon, she is succumbed by her negative thoughts of becoming alone. Her life becomes endangered. And the question is: "how would she overcome her fear, helplessness and depression in this struggling situation?"

WALANG PARAISO (No Paradise) (2007, 23mins.) by Ivy Tayag Baldoza

Hipolito, a highly-strung businessman discovers his wife's infidelity and decides to have her killed. Three years later, the killer-for-hire named Dagis returns to Hipolito with news that his wife is alive and out to get him.

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BABAE (WOMAN) (2005, 20 mins.) by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo (NCR)

This is a coming of age story of two women set in the city slum community beside railroad tracks. They became bestfriends, shared dreams and eventually started a family when a child accidentally entered their lives. Inserts of Real stories of women and a man gives color to this black and white film. a mixture of drama, comedy, musical and fantasy that will surely touch your heart.


DUROG (2007, 22 mins.) by Tara Illenberger (GiantSponge Production)

Running low on cash and eager for a quick fix, JunJun scores some homemade drugs from his dealer, the effects of which are alien to him. When the new maid arrives to work for the family, JunJun finds himself drawn to the mysterious woman. As the days unfold, Alya reveals to him a dark secret; and he realizes too late the dangerous power of the drug.

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LIWANAG SA DILIM (2007, 20 mins.) by Lawrence Fajardo. Produced by Philippine center for Substance Abuse Management.

The film captures man's inner struggles with himself and the echoing noise of his conscience. Stalked by his own shadow, the character gets embroiled in a plethora of emotions obscuring his ability to make sound, life-changing decisions.


IMPEN (2005, 8 mins.) by Noriel M. Jarito (Northern Samar)

Based on the short story "Impeng Negro" by Rogelio Sicat. Impen is a teenager raised in slum who fetches water for a living. He lives with his house-bound mother who doesn't work anymore. She has lost self-confidence and is ashamed about her past. Here is a world of hopeless poverty and depression.

In Competition: 19th CCP Independent Film and Video Competition (Philippines) Feb. 13-16, 2007

ANG PAGBABALIK (HOMECOMING) (2007, 13 mins.) by Publio Briones III

A middle-aged woman returns to her hometown to verify the death of her estranged mother only to find herself reexamining the reasons that drove her into exile for the past 25 years.

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RHYTHM IN UNISON, Documentary (2007, 5 mins. ) by Jerrold Tarog

The film captures the frenzy of a Sinulog festival. Like the perfectly choreographed street dancers, it melds dance, movement and imagery into one joyous rhythm of life.


PUTOT (2006, 20 mins.) by Jeck Cogama (Cavite)

A young boy takes care of his mentally ill father while struggling to make a living by selling shellfish at a squatter colony by the sea. He forms a tentative friendship with Mayang, a young girl with secrets of her own.

APAK (Barefeet) (2006, 6 mins.) by Milo Tolentino

A poor boy with no slippers dreams of playing tumbang preso, a kids' game of hit-the-can.

SI PEPE AT ANG MGA BULAKLAK (The Boy Who Loves Flowers) (2007, 3 mins) by Milo Tolentino

A boy gets bullied and abused for his love of flowers.

One of the ten short films commissioned by UNESCO, France, for its podcast series project. It joins films from Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, India, Iran and Pan-Africa.

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UWANG UWANG: THE HERMIT CHRONICLES (3 mins.) by Milo Tolentino

A trilogy of experimental shorts showcasing a surprising ensemble cast.

ANG MANGHUHULA (2006, 2 mins.) by Adolfo A. Alix, Jr.

A day in the life of a fortune teller (Luz Landicho) in Quiapo. She predicts other people 's lives without knowing what will happen to her.

LONG LIVE PHILIPPINE CINEMA! [2007, 6 mins] by Raya Martin

"A burlesque, harsh satire on the mistress of Philippine film production, Chinese-Filipino producer Mother Lily. She is hated and feared, but nobody can get around her. Fortunately this young film maker has thought up an adequate solution to keep Philippine cinema alive. Mother Lily is not a metaphorical invention. She really exists - for now." —Gertjan Zuillhof, International Film Festival Rotterdam.


RIGHTS (2007, 9 mins.), 9 Public Service Advertisements by L Burgos, Anna Isabelle Matutina, Kiri Dalena, Pam Miras, Niño Tagaro, Paolo Villaluna, King Catoy, Jon Red

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This is a series of independently produced public service advertisements about the present human rights situation in the Philippines. Initiated by filmmakers involved in the Free Jonas Burgos Movement, it is an open and continuing call to defend human rights.

NICE (2007, 5 mins.) by Nerissa Picadizo

A music video about the yearning for love and desire be loved in return.

Starring the late Elmo Redrico and featuring the song "Nice" of Delakrus, the story gives us a look at the bile of loneliness tainted with sadness.

Free admission.

Date: August 4, 2007, 1 pm onwards

Venue: Titus Brandsma Center, 24 Acacia St. Brgy. Mariana, New Manila, Quezon City

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Lunes ng Hapis is a twelve-minute film by Nick Joseph Olanka. It is one of the short films to be screened at Titus Brandsma Center this Saturday, August 4, for the tenth anniversary of the group Pelikula@TitusBrandsma.
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