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“The Highest Peak” and other Mindanaoan films set to premiere in Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 4



Arbi Barbarona’s “The Highest Peak” – a Sinag Maynila 2020 Film Festival entry – will have its Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino premiere instead slated on October 31, 2020.

It’s that time of the year again where every Filipino cinephiles are glued to their screens to check the lineup of films for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino or PPP; held every August in line with the celebration of Buwan ng Wika. However, last year, the film festival was moved to a later date which was in September to celebrate the centennial anniversary or 100 years of Philippine cinema.

With the theme “Sama All”, this year’s PPP edition might be their biggest one yet as there are now 170 titles (from 145 titles as previously announced) – 90 full-length films and 80 short films – to be screened in FDCP Channel’s website starting October 31 until December 13.

Related: Mindanao’s 24-hour Filmmaking Challenge goes online

Not only is it their biggest edition but this might also be their most diverse and inclusive thus far, especially when it comes to the selection of films. Because guess what? You can stream for FREE (yes, for FREE) the short films from different film festivals in the country including the ones from Luzon, Visayas, and of course, Mindanao.

Among the 67 full-length films included in this year’s selection is Arbi Barbarona’s “The Highest Peak” – the Mindanaoan director's second film from Sinag Maynila 2020 Film Festival and third in his career – starring Dax Alejandro and Mara Lopez. The Sinag Maynila 2020 Film Festival entry tells the story of a man who, after losing his son and wife, seeks out on an adventure to climb Mt. Apo – the highest mountain peak in the Philippines – only to find himself in a journey of redemption, closure, and healing.

In a press release by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), proceeds from the sales of PPP4 will go directly to the producers involved in line with FDCP’s goal in “providing support to the film industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Catch “The Highest Peak” and other films from Mindanao this October 31 to December 13 for the fourth edition of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino by availing FDCP Channel’s subscription plans. The Early Bird Rate worth PHP 450 for the 16-day Full Run Pass (PHP 599) is available until October 15 only. Other subscription options are the Half Run Pass (PHP 299) for eight days, Day Pass (PHP 99), and Free Pass (for short films and public events). Discounts will be available beginning October 16 for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens (20%) and students (30%).

The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino also features titles from Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, QCinema International Film Festival, Cinema One Originals Film Festival, Sinag Maynila Film Festival, CineFilipino Film Festival, ToFarm Film Festival, Metro Manila Film Festival, CineMarya Women’s Film Festival and more.

They will also be including other Mindanao-made feature length films, "Baboy Halas (Wailings in the Forest)" by Bagane Fiola and "Tu Pug Imatuy" by Arbi Barbarona on their "From the Regions" selections and “Forbidden Memory” by Teng Mangansakan under "Documentaries" selections.

Here are the short films from film festivals in Mindanao included in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino:

CineMarya Women’s Film Festival (Mindanao Finalists):

  • “Ola” by Mijan Jumalon

  • “Adira” by J.I. Hamid

PPP Short Films (Mindanao):

CineANIMO Ozamiz Short Film Festival

  • “Passion of Cries” by Earl Hendrix S. Reyes

  • “Bituin” by Jun Vincent C. Abao

  • “Trespas” by Reyan Christian C. Amacna

Cine de Oro Film Festival

  • “Baruganan” by Angelo Dabbay

  • “Ang Reyna nga walay Sapot” by James Murillo Elaco

  • “Mama” by Adrian Manapil

Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival

  • “Saop” by Julienne Ilagan

  • “Lazaro’s Trip” by Joy Dalman

  • “OctoGod” by Shievar Olegario

Festival de Cine Paz Mindanao

  • “Peste” by Kendrick Fernandez

  • “Black Sky” by Jen Balberona

  • “Chase” by Rosette Caoile

Mindanao Film Festival

  • “Budots” by Jay Rosas

  • “Trabungko” by Joshua Casesar “Wowa” Medroso

  • “Ano’ng Nangyari kay Andrew Magsilang?” by Ivan Cabanial, Cris Manero, and Neo Bryce

Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition (NABIFILMEX)

  • “Pasuon” by Bryan Jimenez

  • “Tami-Aw” by Mary Ann Gabisan

  • “Supot” by Jelford Teves

Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival

  • “Pamalugu (in limbo)” by Ram Botero

  • “Inged: The Ukha Story Untold” by Hassanodden Hosni Hashim

  • “Maupay nga Aga, Puniti Kita” by Joi Villablanca

SineBugsay: Caraga Region’s Film Festival

  • “Alindahaw” by Mary Claire Amora

  • “Ang Paghulat” by Christine Marje Mangayao

  • “Tabyog” by Junlou Tordos

Northern Mindanao Film Festival

  • “Kasubo sa Kahidlaw” by Kenneth Sabijon

  • “Simulacrum” by Christian Alan Toring

  • “Plastic Mirror” by Daniel Clark Cabantan

Sundayag Film Festival

  • “Paralisado” by Yen Morales

  • “Garbo” by Alan Filoteo

  • “Handuran sa Kahilitan” by Amaya Han

For more information, follow the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino facebook page or if you want to register for passes, go to

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