The Guide to Sinag Maynila

The festival runs from March 18 to 24.


( As if you needed more reason to head to the theaters, there’s a new film festival debuting in town. Sinag Maynila is the newest film festival showcasing local independent cinema, created by Solar Entertainment CEO Wilson Tieng and acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza.


If you’re looking for thought-provoking films that push boundaries, pencil in March 18 to 24 into your calendars. The movies will be screened daily and on rotation in a designated SM Cinema in SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Manila, SM Farview, SM Southmall, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Aura Premier.


Check out the five films you can catch at the festival:



Balut Country

Director: Paul Sta. Ana

Cast: Rocco Nacino, Ronnie Quizon, Angela Cortez

Jun is the heir to a duck farm left to him by his late father. He faces the tough decision of choosing between selling the property to secure his future, or saving the land’s loyal caretakers from inevitable displacement.



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Director: Zig Dulay

Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Micko Laurente, Julio Diaz

Bambanti tackles the divide between the rich and the poor when the son of a househelp is accused of stealing the employer’s missing golden watch.




Director: Remton Siega Zuasola

Cast: Dionne Monsanto, Matt Daclan, Mon Confiado


When a young father’s only son is kidnapped, he has to make a tough choice: solve the crime or steal another child in exchange for the life of his son.




Director: Lawrence Fajardo

Cast: JM De Guzman, Ces Quesada, Ricky Davao

The film tells the story of four illegal Filipino workers in Japan who, amid their individual struggles, must continuously evade the authorities to survive.




Ninja Party

Director: Jim Libran

Cast: Annicka Dolonius, Julz Savard, Bea Galvez

Two female students in a Catholic high school are embroiled in a scandal when a rumor spreads of their participation in an underground orgy.


For more information, visit Sinag Maynila’s Facebook page.

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