The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers – works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine filmmaking by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers.
The Villa Los Reyes Magos, the decaying mansion of the Lopez-Aranzas, is the only remaining emblem of the once illustrious family of Gaspar and his sister Celia. When former congressman Gaspar slips into a coma, his opera doyenne sister Celia waits for a miracle through her grandson Antony, who she clads in Sto. Niño garb. But harsh reality in the figures of their children, Merced, Mombic, and Raquel, pushes the inevitable: the impending sale of the mansion to give way to a commercial venture. Celia wages her last battle to regain the glory of the past by hosting a splendid tertulla, her final eulogy to her own moribund class.
Arthur Acuña, Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Tony Mabesa , Raquel Villavicencio, Diana Malahay, Joaquin Pedro Valdes and introducing Jhiz Deocareza.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION STAFF
Director-Loy Arcenas, Screenplay-Rody Vera, Story-Loy Arcenas & Rody Vera, Producer-Daniel Arcenas & Philippe O. Chambon, Director of Photography-Lee Briones-Meily and jay Abello, Line Producer-Krisma Fajardo,Assistant Director-Issa Lopez, 2nd Assistant Director-Ed Lacson Jr., Production Designer-Laida Lim,Production Managers-Philip Buena, Ron Capili, Editor-Danny Añonuevo, Sound-Mike Idioma, Music-Jerrold Tarog.