Celebrate National Heritage Month with free movie screenings

Yes, this is happening all month!


(SPOT.ph) In case you didn't know, May is National Heritage Month and the Cinematheque Centre Manila is celebrating with a roster of classic Filipino films you can watch this month. Some of the films are from the country's National Artists for Film, including Lino Brocka, Eddie Romero, and Ishmael Bernal. Here are five films you can catch for free:


Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975)

Director: Lino Brocka

Screening schedule: May 7 (Saturday) at 6 p.m.; May 14 (Saturday) at 2 p.m.; and May 26 (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m.

The restored version of Lino Brocka's revered social realist film follows the journey of an innocent young fisherman to Manila in search for love. He arrives in a city that has been broken by the tyranny of dictatorship. 


Anak Dalita (1956)

Director: Lamberto Avellana

Screening schedule: May 19 (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m.

This timeless classic follows a young soldier returning home from abroad to discover his mother living in poverty after World War II. Now, he must make amends with his new realities at home.


Working Girls (1984)

Director: Ishmael Bernal

Screening schedule: May 10 (Tuesday) at 5 p.m.; May 28 (Saturday) at 2 p.m.

Starring Hilda Koronel, Gina Pareño, Rio Locsin, and Chanda Romero, this movie depicts a group of young upcoming business women who use their wit and cunning to achieve their goals. Of course, they also get into several misadventures along the way.


Cain at Abel (1982)

Director: Lino Brocka

Screening schedule: May 11 (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m.; May 17 (Tuesday) at 5 p.m.; and May 28 (Saturday) at 6 p.m.


This film retells the biblical story of the two brothers but set in modern Filipino society, thus delving into how a corrupt system of justice creates barriers and leads to bloodshed.


Aguila (1980)

Director: Eddie Romero

Screening schedule: May 18 (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. and May 24 (Tuesday) at 5 p.m.

FPJ rose to fame in the '80s thanks to this Eddie Romero film where he plays a missing father whose violence-marred life parallels the history of the Philippines across eight decades.


All films are for free admission with tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis (released an hour before screening time). For the complete list of films and more information, visit Cinematheque Centre Manila's Facebook page.

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