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Here Are The Cinemalaya 2017 Films You Can Still Catch This Weekend

Last call for supporters of local cinema!
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This year's Cinemalaya is coming to a close this weekend, so it's your last chance to catch any (or all) of its nine feature-length films, each an official entry into one of the country's most well-recognized indie film festivals. In case you haven't yet, consider taking some time out of your Saturday or Sunday to support the local film scene by watching any of these Cinemalaya 2017 films. Here's a quick roundup of this year's entries, including where you can catch them.

Respeto

SYNOPSIS: Against a backdrop of violence and poverty, an aspiring rapper named Hendrix (played by real-life rapper Abra) finds the right words through a seasoned poet named Doc.
WHAT TO EXPECT: 8 Mile meets Flip Top meets Bieber bangs.
WHERE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday
12:45 PM | Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
03:30 PM | Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)
04:30 PM | Marquee Mall
Sunday
02:00 PM | Greenbelt 1
02:00 PM | Fairview Terraces
04:30 PM | Greenbelt 1
07:00 PM | Trinoma

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Ang Guro Kong ‘Di Marunong Magbasa

SYNOPSIS: When a war-torn barrio runs short of volunteer teachers from the city, an illiterate farmer named Aaquil decides to fill in. When Aaquil suddenly disappears one day, his students become soldiers and take up arms for a rebel organization.
WHAT TO EXPECT:  A movie version of our March 2013 issue cover.
WHERE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday
10:00 AM | Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
02:00 PM | Marquee Mall
09:30 PM | Glorietta 4
09:30 PM | Trinoma
Sunday
02:00 PM | U.P. Town Center
04:30 PM | Greenbelt 1
04:30 PM | Fairview Terraces
07:00 PM | Glorietta 4

Baconaua

SYNOPSIS: A fishing village in the Southern Tagalog region wakes up to a red sea full of apples. While some believe it to be a gift from heaven, others think it’s a bad omen from the Baconaua—a mythical creature.
WHAT TO EXPECT:  A blue-tinted, low-saturation indie with really tight underwater shots and layers of social commentary.
WHERE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday
10:00 AM | Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
09:30 PM | Greenbelt 1
09:30 PM | U.P. Town Center
Sunday
02:00 PM | Greenbelt 1
02:00 PM | U.P Town Center
04:30 PM | Glorietta 4
04:30 PM | Trinoma
07:00 PM | Greenbelt 1
07:00 PM | Fairview Terraces

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Sa Gabing Nananahimik ang Mga Kuliglig

SYNOPSIS: A woman named Magda (played by Angel Aquino) confesses to murdering her husband's mistress, to a priest who is bound by the seal of confession. After learning that an altar boy had overheard the confession, the priest struggles to deliver justice without breaking his vow.
WHAT TO EXPECT:  Loads of criticism against the ironies of religion.
WHERE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday
07:00 PM | Greenbelt 1
07:00 PM | U.P. Town Center
07:00 PM | Marquee Mall
Sunday
10:30 AM | U.P. Town Center
04:30 PM | Glorietta 4
09:30 PM | Greenbelt 1
09:30 PM | Fairview Terraces

Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha

SYNOPSIS: A mother yearns to bring her husband and two children back, and can only do so when she finds the family that does not weep.
WHAT TO EXPECT:  A Sharon Cuneta dramedy. Which is probably all you really need to know.
WHERE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday
04:30 PM | Glorietta 4
04:30 PM | Trinoma
07:00 PM | Greenbelt 1
07:00 PM | Fairview Terraces
Sunday
02:00 PM | Trinoma
07:00 PM | Marquee Mall
09:30 PM | U.P. Town Center

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Requited

SYNOPSIS: A young man named Matt (played by Jake Cuenca) is experiencing the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, so he decides to bike from Manila to Mt. Pinatubo with Sandy, a woman who may just get in the way of his plans.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Biking, arguing, and long stretches of provincial roads.
WHERE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday
07:00 PM | Glorietta 4
07:00 PM | Trinoma
Sunday
02:00 PM | Glorietta 4
04:30 PM | Marquee Mall
09:30 PM | Greenbelt 1

Bagahe

SYNOPSIS: An OFW escapes from her abusive employer and is accused of abandoning a newborn baby in the trash bin of the airplane on the flight home.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Moral, legal, and emotional conflict in an all-too-real context.
WHERE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday
12:45 PM | Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
09:30 PM | Greenbelt 1
09:30 PM | Fairview Terraces
Sunday
04:30 PM | U.P. Town Center
09:30 PM | Glorietta 4
09:30 PM | Marquee Mall

Nabubulok

SYNOPSIS: When a local woman goes missing, two American men are under suspicion after their neighbor complains of a foul smell coming out of their compound.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A whodunit with critical undertones about cultural relations.
WHERE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday
03:30 PM | Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
04:30 PM | Greenbelt 1
04:30 PM | U.P. Town Center
09:30 PM | Marquee Mall
Sunday
07:00 PM | Greenbelt 1
09:30 PM | Trinoma

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Kiko Boksingero

SYNOPSIS: After the death of his mother, a young boy named Kiko tries to reconnect with his estranged father, a retired boxer. In the process, Kiko learns to box just like his dad, and eventually rekindles their relationship through boxing.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A coming-of-age film, and probably the lightest official entry in this year’s Cinemalaya.
WHERE TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND:
Saturday
02:00 PM | Glorietta 4
02:00 PM | Trinoma
02:00 PM | Greenbelt 1
02:00 PM | Fairview Terraces
Sunday
11:30 AM | Trinoma
07:00 PM | U.P. Town Center

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