The independent cinema of the Pangasinan province, Philippines

Screening Schedule

ANACBANUA (The Child of the Sun) 2009. A feature-length experimental film about Pangasinan’s landscape, people, & culture produced by Sine Caboloan Co. Ltd. The film was shot entirely in the Pangasinan province and was cited as the first feature-length film in the Pangasinan language. Winner of the Digital Lokal Lino Brocka Grand Prize and Best Director Award, 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival 2009. Recipient of the Prix des Signes Award in the “Cinema in Transgression” section of the 10th International Festival Signes de Nuit/Paris 2012.

Upcoming Screenings:
*CINEMALAYA 6: THE PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2010. July 12, 2010, Monday, 9pm at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater)
*10th Anniversary of the ULUPAN NA PANSIANSIYAY SALITAN PANGASINAN (August 4, 2010, Wednesday, 1pm and 3pm, Pangasinan State University – Lingayen campus AVR, simultaneous at PSU Bayambang and PSU San Carlos campuses, Pangasinan, Philippines)
*Colegio San Jose de Alaminos AVR, August 31,2010 Tuesday 10am, Alaminos City, Pangasinan
*8th edition flEXiff 2002-2022, The Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park NSW Australia. September25-26,2010 at 10am to 4pm
*12th Mumbai Film Festival (India), October 22, 2010 Friday 12:45 noon at PVR Cinemas,Juhu / October 23, 2010 Saturday 8PM at Metro Big Cinemas
*8th World Film Festival of Bangkok(Thailand). November 9, 2010 11AM Paragon Cineplex 13 & November 12, 2010 9PM Paragon Cineplex 14
*8th Chennai International Film Festival, December 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM Thursday, Woodlands Symphony Theatre, Chennai City, India
*10th edition Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris from October 5-16, 2012
*French television channel Tele Bocal will screen Anacbanua on October 26, 2012 Friday at 1:30 AM.
*The Center for Southeast Asian Studies of the Kyoto University presents a special screening of two Pangasinan films: Gurgurlis Ed Banua (Landscape with Figures) and Anacbanua (The Child of the Sun), on April 17,2013 Wednesday 3pm at Room 3…30 3rd floor Inamori Foundation Building. Admission is free. Balbaleg ya salamat ed si Prof. Joy Siapno-Araujo tan si Prof. John Lambino ya angikurang ed sayan programa.

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SURREAL RANDOM MMS TEXTS PARA ED INA, AGUI, TAN KAAMONG YA MAKAKAILIW ED SIKA: GURGURLIS ED BANUA (Surreal Random MMS Texts for a Mother, A Sister, and a Wife Who Longs for You: Landscape with Figures). Original concept, producer, camera, & editor. A short experimental video shot using a mobile phone camera documenting the displacement & isolation of a Filipino migrant worker in the Middle East. Produced by Sine Caboloan Co. Ltd. & narrated in the Pangasinan language.Winner of the Ishmael Bernal Award for Most Outstanding Young Filipino Filmmaker, 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival 2008.

Upcoming Screenings:
*6th Annual South East Asia Cinemas Conference (July 2010 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
*Filipino Short Films Screening at the Himiko Cafe Art Gallery (July 16, 2010 Friday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
*12th International Panorama of Independent Film & Video Makers, October 4, 2010 4pm at Inteal, #4 Saint Nicholas St., Patras City, Greece
*FACINE 17: the 17th Filipino American Cine Festival, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St.@ Grove St., San Francisco, California, USA. November 20, 2010, Saturday, 10:30-1PM.
*12th Cinemanila International Film Festival Celebrates Ten Years of Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema, 7:30PM December 7, 2010, Cinema B Movieworld Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City,Philippines.
*2011 Human Frames at The Substation Theatre in #45 Armenian St.,Singapore (February 17-18, 8-10pm & February 19-20, 2-8pm).
*“GURGURLIS ED BANUA/LANDSCAPE WITH MEMORIES”, an experimental performance project directed by Indonesia-based Filipino theater director Dennis Gupa. The performance features the prize-winning Pangasinan video art SURREAL RANDOM MMS TEXTS PARA ED INA, AGUI, TAN KAAMONG YA MAKAKAILIW ED SIKA: GURGURLIS ED BANUA. The performance also features the traditional theater forms and the traditional music of Bandung, experimental gamelan music, movement pieces, the poetry of Pangasinan-American labor activist and writer Carlos Bulosan, and the migrant Filipino narratives gathered and developed at Bandung. Show dates: March 24-25, 2011 at the STSI Studio Theater in Bandung, Indonesia.
*10th edition Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris from October 5-16, 2012

LAWAS KAN PINABLI (Forever Loved). Producer, screenwriter, director, & editor (2012). A feature-length
experimental documentary film about Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East. Produced by Sine Caboloan Co. Ltd. through a film grant from the National Commission for Culture & the Arts. Presented in the
Pangasinan, Bisaya, & Bahasa Melayu languages.

A neophyte migrant Filipino worker from the Pangasinan province in the northern Philippines arrives at a bustling city in the Middle East searching for his missing wife who first came to the Arab country three years ago. While searching for his wife at the temporary homes, workplaces, and watering holes of fellow Filipino expatriates, he meets eight Filipino migrant workers who share their story of living and survival in a foreign land. Along the journey he meets another lonely foreign worker, a beautiful Malaysian woman whom he has an affair.

Combining fiction and documentary specifically interviews of eight Filipino migrant workers along with voice-over narration of various texts translated in the Pangasinan language – selected passages from the Holy Bible, selected poetry about exile, and selected lines from classical noh plays, the film creates a portrait of the Filipino diaspora in the Middle East. The film’s title “Lawas Kan Pinabli” is based from a popular folk love song in the Pangasinan province with the same title.

Upcoming Screenings:
*February 4, 2012 at the Cinema Is Incomplete. 117-C Anonas Ext.,Sikatuna Village, Quezon City,Philippines.
*February 11, 2012 Saturday 10AM at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ BACOLLYWOOD: CINEMAREHIYON 4. Robinsons Bacolod MovieWorld Cinema 6, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Free Admission.
*May 2012 at the Cinema Is Incomplete. 117-C Anonas Ext.,Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Philippines.
*“Encounters: New Filipino Cinema” special free screening at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on June 10, 2012 Sunday 2pm. YBCA is located at #701 Mission Street (at 3rd Street), San Francisco, Calif.
*LAWAS KAN PINABLI screening at the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival’s “Philippine New Wave” section on June 26,2012 Tuesday 17:50 at Filmhouse 3, 88 Lothian Road, Scotland,U.K.
*LAWAS KAN PINABLI screening at the “NCCA Film Showcase/Cinema Rehiyon Reloaded” on November 29,2012 Thursday 2.30pm at the Videotheque of the UPFI Film Center, U.P. Diliman, Q.C. Free Admission. View trailer at


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