Must-Watch: Pamilya Ordinaryo

It’s rare for me to catch the Cinemalaya film festival because of work and the traffic (mainly because of the traffic). This year, I didn’t get to see any entry but luckily, Pamilya Ordinaryo (directed by Eduardo Roy Jr.)2016 Cinemalaya Best Film, was released commercially. After work, I hurriedly lined up in Megamall. To my surprise, Train to Busan was also showing, so the queues were way longer than expected for a Thursday night *sighs*. I missed the beginning of the film but enjoyed the movie nonetheless. (Actually, I was more worried for my friend who wasn’t used to watching indie movies).

Pamilya Ordinaryo follows (literaly) the lives of a teenage couple, Aries (Ronwaldo Martin) and Jane Ordinaryo (Best Actress, Hasmine Killip), with their less than a month old son, Baby Arjan. The Ordinaryo family is not your ordinary family as they claim the streets as their home, their turf. Aries, 17, the head of the household, provides for his family by snatching cellphones, bags and wallets. Sometimes Jane, 16, and even Baby Arjan, also participate in the modus. The Ordinaryos are caught off guard when Baby Arjan gets kidnapped. Aries and Jane then find themselves in the shoes of their victims, distraught and desperate. How will Aries and Jane find their beloved baby when they are but the decomposers at the bottom of the food chain? 

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11th Cinemalaya Film Festival Schedule

Cinemalaya 2015 Schedule
From Indie Fans of Manila (

For indie film enthusiasts, I just found out from Indie Fans of Manila that Cinemalaya 2015 Broadening Horizons is opening tomorrow, August 7 until 15. Last year, I was only able to watch The Janitor so this time around, I want to catch all if not most of the short films in the competition. Oh yes, all entries are short films. The full length category is not included this year.

Click on the image above to see the full calendar of activities. Follow Indie Fans of Manila for more updates on the 11th Cinemalaya Film Festival and other pinoy indie film related news.

Winners of the 10th Cinemalaya Film Festival

Congratulations to The Janitor for winning 5 Directors Showcase awards. The technical nods are well-deserved, and Nicco Manalo‘s performance as the witness is compelling.

Best Sound – The Janitor

Best Editing – Tara Illenberger, The Janitor

Best Screenplay – Aloy Adlawan and Michael Tuviera, The Janitor

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Nicco Manalo, The Janitor

Best Director – Michael Tuviera, The Janitor

Directed by Joselito Altarejos, Kasal, the film about the life of a gay couple and the trails they face, won the Directors Showcase Best Film.

Best Musical Score – Richard Gonzales, Kasal

Best Production Design – Harley Alcasid, Kasal

Best Cinematography – Mycko David, Kasal

Best Film – Kasal

For the New Breed category, Bwaya, the story of a mother dealing with her daughter’s disappearance said to be caused by a crocodile attack, won Best Film.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Cinemalaya X: The Janitor

The Janitor, directed by Michael Tuviera, is about Crisanto Espina, masterfully played by Dennis Trillo, a cop on suspension that cleans out the suspects in a crime inspired by true events that happened in 2008. Like most films inspired by true stories, it offers a disturbing perspective or two of the truth behind the shocking crime that’s said to be the bloodiest bank robbery in the country.

This thriller and suspense action Cinemalaya entry has a way of creeping up on you in how it unfolds each page of the story. Even if we, the viewers think we know what would happen next, it continued to surprise and keep us on the edges of our seats hoping for Dennis Trillo to get out of the film alive.

Catch The Janitor and all the other Cinemalaya entries up to August 10, 2014 in the Cultural Center of the Philippines and select Ayala malls in Metro Manila.