GAISANO MALL of Davao will run all the entries in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, starting Dec. 25, Sunday.


Eugene Domingo, Kean Cipriano


Five years after the first movie, Eugene (Eugene Domingo) prepares for her comeback vehicle after a long sabbatical from movie making. Rainier (Kean Cipriano) proposes “The Itinerary,” a heartbreaking anatomy of a crumbling marriage as told through a couple’s trip to Baguio, their former honeymoon location. Eugene is excited by the project but she has other ideas in mind. In the film within the film, we see Eugene’s absurd suggestions and recommendations changing Rainier’s script by employing the poetic of the Pinoy romantic comedy genre into what is supposedly a realistic portrayal of love and marriage.


Paolo Ballesteros, Joel Torre

Comedy | Drama

Trisha (Paolo Ballesteros), a Filipino transgender woman, suddenly dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Her last wish was to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake, but her conservative father wants to bury her as a man. Trisha’s friends are left with no choice but to steal her body and hold the wake in a secret location. And as Trisha is transformed to look like different celebrities, they also look back at the colorful and extraordinary life that she has led – being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife, and ultimately, a queen.


Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao


This socio-political drama unfolds as a quietly powerful and gripping story of a tightly-knit family coming to grips with abusive elements of Philippine society, specifically the hooded perpetrators of extra-judicial killings.


Irma Adlawan, Acey Aguilar

Crime | Drama | Thriller

The film is about the lives of simple folk caught between the crossfire of Kapitana accused of political patronage, and Patrol Kalikasan using the environment as a front for their own political and economic interests on the small mining community. As the provincial government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) fight over the jurisdiction over small-scale mining operations, Elmer and Linda suffer the devastating consequences of the legacy of violence and corruption of the country’s turbulent political and ideological history.


Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos

Animation | Fantasy | Romance | Sci-Fi | Drama

Marty (Enzo Marcos) is an aspiring comic-book artist who is secretly in love with his best friend, Sally (Rhian Ramos), the gadget inventor. Like every love story, there are complications: Sally has monsters for parents and a literal dick for a boyfriend, while Marty has the innate ability to do nothing about everything despite his vivid fantasies of defending the love of his life from the big bad world.


Dominic Roque, Ronnie Alonte, Neil Ryan Sese, Elora Espano


A week before they will be ordained, four candidates for the priesthood spend time in an old retreat house, to examine their consciences and the purity of their religious intentions. All the candidates must face the gravest sins of their past, which comes back to them in grotesque physical forms.


Rudelie Acosta, Mylyn Jacobo


Beneath Hong Kong’s glittering facade, Filipinas working as domestic helpers work in relative anonymity and for near slave wages. In a beauty pageant like no other in the world, five helpers give themselves makeovers for a day and gleefully reclaim their dignity.


Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Ronnie Alonte

Romance | Comedy

When Kath (Julia Barretto) starts receiving sweet, anonymous texts, she wonders who they might be from. Could it be from Vince (Joshua Garcia), the nerdy, torpe guy she can’t stand, or James (Ronnie Alonte), the cute varsity player she likes? How will her love story unfold? Will someone love her in real life, beyond the bright screen of her phone?

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