Films for the Faithful

Vivo Jovenes Filipinos (Mabuhi ang Kabatan-onang Pilipinhon) with the Evangelization Office, Archdiocese of Cebu and SM City Cebu will hold a series of film screenings to help raise funds to support forty-five Missionaries for Evangelization who will join World Youth Day 2011 on August 16 to 21 in Madrid, Spain.

The screenings are to be held at SM City Cebu Cinema 7 on on July 23, 24, 30, 31 and August 6, 2011. (Note: Schedules may change without notice)

Three independent filmmakers, whose films took part in the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, were kind to share their films for these screenings, the proceeds of which will go for World Youth Day 2011 delegates: few of whom are poor but deserving youth leaders from different areas in Mindanao while the rest are students and youth leaders from Luzon, Visayas, Metro Davao, Metro Cebu and the Greater Manila Area.

These movies portray stories of young people and children from different backgrounds and with significant issues to present.

The films are:

MAYOHAN, directed by Dan Villegas.

An Official Entry to the 2010 Cinemalaya Film Festival New Breed Category; Romantic Comedy.

May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Christ. In Infanta Quezon, locals turn each of the 31 days in May into a charming honor not only to celebrate good harvest in their agricultural setting, but also to pay tribute to virginal virtues of the Mayohan.

Amidst the festivities, a 15-year old young outsider becomes the focal point in the preparation that the Pasayaw entails. With the recent loss of both parents, this grieving young man comes of age when he catches the eye of a 19-year old provincial lass, the elected “presidenta” of the pasayaw’s pamunuan, who, herself gets lost in all the hoopla and hullabaloo that transpire before May ends.

Starring Lovi Poe and Elijah Castillo.



LIMBUNAN, directed by Teng Mangansakan II.

An Official Entry to the 2010 Cinemalaya Film Festival New Breed Category; Drama.

Limbunan glimpses into the life of seventeen-year-old Ayesah, a Muslim bride-to-be who is betrothed to a man she barely knows, as she is kept from public view and secluded to her private quarters prior to the wedding as the women in her family goes through ritual motions.

Starring Tetchie Agbayani, Jea Lyka Cinco and Joem Bascon.


SAMPAGUITA, directed by Francis Xavier Pasion

An Official Entry to the 2010 Cinemalaya Film Festival New Breed Category; Drama, Documentary.

SAMPAGUITA NATIONAL FLOWER is a film that chronicles the journey of the sampaguita flower from the time the buds are plucked in the province to the time they are sold in the city. The story is told by the children who are involved in the different stages of the journey

For confirmation of screening schedules please direct your inquiries to SM City Cebu Cinema 7, phone numbers : (63 32) 231-3876, (63 32) 231-4852) or to the organizers the Evangelization Office, Archdiocese of Cebu, Patria De Cebu, Corner P. Burgoz and Legaspi Sts.  Cebu City, Metro Cebu 6000. Their email is and 032- 255-1247 (Cellphone) 09282399449 / 09275676723.

Sources:  Freeman article, 21 July 2011,  Vivo Jovenes Filipinos Website









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