'Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino' kicks-off Wednesday

Glaiza Jarloc

FILIPINO films will take center stage in the much-anticipated "Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP)" opening this week.

Organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the festival aims to promote locally-produced movies during a one-week exclusive screening from August 16 to 22, 2017 in all cinemas nationwide.

The fiesta-themed celebration covers several genres of promising curated movie choices for Filipino film enthusiasts.

Included in the line-up are romantic film "100 Tula Para Kay Stella" starring JC Santos and Bella Padilla under the helm of Jason Paul Laxamana, "Paglipay (Crossing)" top billed by Garry Cabalic, Joan dela Cruz and Anna Luna directed by Zig Dulay, and "Pauwi Na (Pedicab)" by Paolo Villaluna with stars Jerald Napoles, Meryl Soriano, Cherry Pie Picache and seasoned actor Bembol Roco.

Also part of the festival are movies "Salvage" starring JC De Vera and Jessy Mendiola and directed by Sherad Sanchez, and "Star na si Van Damme Stallone" by Randolph Longjas with actors Paolo Pongil, Ebong Joson, Sara Brakensiek and comedienne Candy Pangilinan.

Albie Casino, Joseph Marco and Kean Cipriano will headline "Triptiko" directed by Miguel Michelena while Martin Del Rosario and Ryza Cenon star in "Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B" by Prime Cruz.

Cipriano is also part of another entry entitled "Bar Boys" opposite Carlo Aquino, Rocco Nacino and Enzo Pineda. The said movie is under the helm of Prime Cruz.

Completing the list of full-length features included in the festival are "Awol" by Enzo Williams, "Hamog" by Ralston Jover, "Patay na si Hesus" by Victor Villanueva, and "Birdshot" by Mikhael Red."

"Awol" is topbilled by Roco, Dianne Medina and Gerald Anderson, while "Hamog" stars Zaijan Jaranilla and Therese Malvar. "Patay na Si Jesus" also features Chai Fonacier, Vincent Viado, and Jaclyn Jose, while "Birdshot" is headlined by Arnold Reyes, Mary Joy Apostol, Ku Aquino and John Arcilla.

According to FDCP Chairperson Liza DiƱo, they hope that more Filipinos will support films made for the Filipinos.

"We are very proud of this incredible roster of films that we are showcasing for Pista. At this is the first time that we are partnering with all the theaters for massive event for the whole country. We hope that we get the support of all Filipinos by watching the films," she said during the recent press conference of PPP held at SEDA Vertis North in Quezon City.

The press conference also saw the launching of the PistApp, the official mobile application of the PPP which enables Smartphone users to check all the featured full length and short films included in the festival.

For the screening schedules of PPP, visit FDCP's official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcdpppp. (SunStar Philippines)