iMANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines – At the Mactan Room of a luxury five-star hotel—Shangri-La EDSA, United Harvesters Incorporated recently held its Thanksgiving Luncheon at the same time launched its second year of ToFarm Film Festival on Thursday, August 25.
Present in the said event were the mother and main advocate of ToFarm—Dr. Milagros Ong-How, the festival director—multi-awarded international film and TV master director Maryo J. Delos Reyes, and the project director Rommel Cunanan.
The people behind the three winning films—‘Paglipay’, ‘Pitong Kabang Palay’ and ‘Free Range’ as well as the Jury Special Award for Outstanding Film—‘Pauwi Na’ and the two other film finalists—‘Pilapil’ and ‘Kakampi’ were also in attendance.
Delos Reyes, the festival director officially announced the opening of the second year of the festival. Though the mechanics haven’t changed; this year’s theme is ‘Planting the Seeds of Change’ and the new category for awardees for Best Child Performer are the new things to look forward to.
The first festival ran last July 13 to 19 and was extended the following week from July 20 to 27. It also had its Central Luzon run from August 24-30.
Six film finalists will still be chosen for the second year. Deadline for submission of entries is set on Friday, November 18 and must be sent to ToFarm Secretariat Office located on the 10th floor of Harvester Corporate Center situated at 158 P. Tuazon corner 7th and 8th Avenue, Quezon City.
For more information about the festival, contact (632) 7095001 to 02 or log on to ToFarm.org.
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After seven months of mounting the search for outstanding screenplay entries in the first-ever ToFarm Film Festival, which is spearheaded by United Harvesters Incorporated, it revealed its Top Six screenplay entries (to be given the chance to start its production) at the Batanes Room of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, February 6.
The winners are: ‘Pilapil’, an action-drama story by Jose Johnny Nadela; ‘Kakampi’, a mystery by Victor Acedillo Jr.; ‘Free Range’ by Dennis Marasigan; ‘Pitong Kabang Palay’ by Maricel Cariaga, ‘Pana-Panahon’, a love triangle story by Zig Dulay; and ‘Pauwi Na’, a tragic-comic story by Paulo Villaluna.
The six winning screenplays are allotted Php1.5 million as seed money for their dream film projects that advocate agriculture, farming and related interest.
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Though not so-identified as a romantic comedy, which was initially the intention of the film’s theme that turned out to be a slightly ‘advocacy’ and melodrama flick of Dennis Trillo titled ‘Lakbay2Love’ is set for a February 3 opening in theaters nationwide.
Trillo plays the role of Jay-R or ‘Alamat’, a forester and a biker who helps the lost and lovelorn Lianne portrayed by Solenn Heussaff. In the film, Jay-R became the main subject of the documentary assignment that Lianne is working on and falls for somewhere in between. But when Jay-R’s good friend, Macky played by Kit Thompson resurfaced as Lianne’s ex-lover, the blossoming love went sour when the letter guy is still determined to pursue the woman they have entangled with.
The pseudo-romantic cum coming-of-age film is written by Palanca-winner Layeta Bucoy and the director herself Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil.
The love story of Jay-R and Lianne failed to go on further after the former is faced with the challenge of providing for his loved ones—his family and is forced to work in a foreign land instead.
Ongkeko-Marfil admires Dennis’s commitment to finish the project despite the actor’s busy schedule while working as a lead star in a different independent, historical-biographical film dramatizing the life of the first executive minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, and is titled ‘Felix Manalo’.
“His breaks from the shootings of the ‘Manalo film’—he would be with us—filming ‘Lakbay2Love’ and he treated it as his ‘rest’,” says the director.
Trillo admitted as well, “Isa ito sa dream roles ko na natupad na. Hindi ko naramdaman na work kasi masaya ang shooting. Kung saan-saan kami pumunta. Maraming lugar na first time ko napuntahan. Meron pang locations wherein we had to hike for two hours pero sobrang enjoy!”
Apart from Dennis, Solenn also showed ease in tackling her role as she along with other cast showed effortless way of pedaling through the rocky forests and hilly terrains.
This is the third time that Trillo and Heussaff have worked together. For more details on the said movie, check out its facebook.com page.