You Can Catch Don't Give Up on Us, Kakabakaba Ka Ba? and Other Restored Classics on the Big Screen This April

In all their HD glory!

( There's a lot that goes into the digital restoration of some of the oldest—and the best films—that Philippine cinema has to offer. The actual, physical films are kept in extremely low-temperature rooms, acclimatized for 24 hours before they are moved to a different room, and the edits for each movie have to be made per frame (!). Oh, plus you also need around P30 million to digitally restore just one film. But introducing a new generation of moviegoers to the Golden Age of Philippine cinema makes restoring films all worthwhile.





ABS-CBN Film Restoration, one of the groups doing the painstaking work, is screening some of the films that they've restored and remastered so far. You can catch the films from April 18 to 24 at TriNoma Cinema 2 and Greenbelt Cinema 1. Ticket prices are at P220 and P180 for students. Here are some of the films that they'll be screening:



Kakabakaba Ka Ba? (1980)

Directed by: Mike de Leon

Screening schedule: April 20 at 2 p.m. and April 24 at 4:30 p.m. at TriNoma, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. at Greenbelt


In this musical rom-com by celebrated auteur Mike de Leon, a bunch of friends (played by Christopher de Leon, Jay Ilagan, Charo Santos-Concio, and Sandy Andolong) get caught in between a drug trade between Japanese gangsters and the Chinese mafia.



Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1990)

Directed by: Carlos Siguion-Reyna

Screening schedule: April 20 at 4:30 p.m, April 22 at 7 p.m., and April 23 at 2 p.m. at TriNoma; April 19 at 7 p.m., April 22 at 4:30 p.m., and April 24 at 2 p.m. at Greenbelt


Based on Emily Bronte's acclaimed novel, Wuthering Heights, this film follows the complicated life (and love) story of Gabriel (Richard Gomez) and his foster sister, Carmina (Dawn Zulueta). 



Ligaya ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin (1997)

Directed by: Carlos Siguion-Reyna

Screening schedule: April 18 at 9:30 p.m. and  April 24 at 9:30 p.m. at TriNoma; April 19 at 9:30 p.m. and April 23 at 9:30 p.m. at Greenbelt

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John Arcilla plays a farmer who falls in love with a prostitute named Ligaya (Rosanna Roces) and tries to convince her to change her way of life.



Don't Give Up on Us (2006)

Directed by: Joyce Bernal

Screening schedule: April 21 at 4:30 p.m. and April 23 at 9:30 p.m. at TriNoma; April 20 at 9:30 p.m. and April 22 2 p.m. at Greenbelt


While searching for her runaway-bride best friend, Abby (Judy Ann Santos) meets Vince (Piolo Pascual). Together, they travel around Northern Luzon and start to fall in love.



The Mistress (2012)

Directed by: Olivia Lamasan

Screening schedule:


This romance-drama follows the love-team pairing of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo as two people who meet by chance and eventually fall in love with each other. The twist? Sari (Alonzo) is the long-time mistress of JD's (Cruz) father.


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