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Just 2 years old, but the ToFarm Film Festival has already produced some of the best indie films.
Two of which were picked-up by the 2017 PPP festival for Nationwide release :

My tops for "2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino" :

1. Star na si Van Damme Stallone <<< from CineFilipino film fest
2. Pauwi na <<< from ToFarm film fest
3. Paglipay <<< from ToFarm film fest

4. Birdshot <<< Opening film of Cinemalaya
5. Hamog <<< C1 Originals film fest
6. Patay na si Hesus <<< QCinema film fest

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The other 6, I don't think I can still watch.
My Top 3 above, I recommend. :cheers:

Facebook: PPP2017
Now on its third year, the ToFarm Film Fest will run Sept 12-19 in select cinemas :

OFFICIAL ENTRIES (Full Length Film Competition)

“1957” -- historical drama

SYNOPSIS: A group of farmers in Bicol are at the mercy of Don Pepe, a strict landlord.
20 year-old Lucio, son of a former member of the Hukbalahap,
pins hopes on the arrival of President Ramon Magsaysay in their area,
for genuine land reform to take place. We know what happened in 1957…
“ALIMUOM” -- science fiction

SYNOPSIS: A futuristic Philippines with specific sections of the country under individual bio-domes.
The OFWs are actually "Outerspace Filipino Workers"
and the song Bahay-Kubo is a distant memory
that makes a young boy ask: “Ano ang singkamas?”
“FASANG” -- period romance

SYNOPSIS: Based on the classic Philippine short story “Tanabata’s Wife”,
set in the 1920’s, to also feature a Japanese actor.
Tanabata-San is a successful Japanese immigrant farmer in La Trinidad Valley in Baguio,
where the Japanese have been known to pioneer the planting of salad greens.
Middle-aged and lonely, he hires a young feisty Bontoc woman, Fasang, as farmhand,
and falls in love with her. They get married and have a son,
but Fasang is attracted to the city lights of Baguio that is now taking shape,
and to someone else.
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SYNOPSIS: This is a biopic and homage to the great Filipino botanist
slain together with a guide and forest ranger in the forest of Kanangga, Leyte;
government troops claimed they were caught in a crossfire between the military and the NPA,
but two of the survivors said there was no gunfight
and that they were apparently mistaken to be NPAs.
“LOLA IGNA” -- cultural drama

SYNOPSIS: Set in Sagada. Lola Igna is 115 years old, will she get to be the Guinness Book of Records’ oldest living person
and become a tourist attraction to benefit the farming community close to the cliff of the hanging coffins?
What will her possible winning or losing do to the warring factions of her immediate family?
“MGA ANAK NG KAMOTE” -- futuristic drama

SYNOPSIS: Set in the Philippines, 2052, when the planting of kamote has been outlawed
and those caught planting and selling kamote is put in jail,
no thanks to the Kamote Planting Regulation Act.
“SOL SEARCHING” -- dark comedy

SYNOPSIS: Teacher Sol is dead and cannot be buried because there are no funds.
How will the community come forward to put her to rest,
this strict and no-nonsense teacher of grade school students and farmers
who need to be taught scientific farming methods?
“KAUYAGAN” -- Manobo tribal drama

SYNOPSIS: It is the story of a hesitant datu-presumptive
and how he learns to rise up to become leader of his people.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/TOFARMFilmFestival/posts/?ref=page_internal

Those who cannot watch this coming September,
the Nationwide PPP Film Festival in 2019 might pick-up again the best movie from this list.
 

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^^ If you are new to indie films (just like mainstream, not all indies are good),
I suggest you try first the PPP (Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino).

This festival was created by the Film Development Council of the Philippines in 2017.

They select the best films of the previous year (mostly indies)
for nationwide showing for 1 whole week in August.


PPP Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/fdcpppp/?fref=mentions
 

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The old "Sikat-Pinoy Fair" has rebranded into "National Arts and Crafts Fair" (NACF) :


(Facebook)

Still under "Sikat-Pinoy" brand,
in partnership with DTI and Office of Senator Loren Legarda:

(Source)

(Inquirer)

^^ Loren was talking on stage.
She said: "Wag na po tayo masyado tumawad;
mahirap po kasi gawin ang handmade textiles.
At ubusin po natin ang paninda nila hanggang 9pm"

I bought 6 blankets ("kumot"), without asking for "tawad". :lol:

Sample "Abel Iloco" blankets:

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A bit off-topic but people have been posting about that film, Citizen Jake.

What are your opinions on this film especially those who have watched the trailer and the movie itself?
 

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Part 1 of 2: Honest Review :

The "Habi Philippine Textile Council" trade fair
is "generally" a gathering of Manila-based souvenir shops.

I can compare it with SM Kultura:
the products are truly made in the province,
but we know that SM also has to earn its profit.
So we accept that the 100 Pesos you paid do not go 100% to the province.

Examples of Manila-based souvenir shops in "Habi Fair Glorietta":
(1) The Manila Collectible Company (Facebook)
(2) Yakang Yaka Love Local, Makati (Facebook)
You are "generally" transacting with "business men" (i.e. middle-men),
not with IP (Indigenous People) artisans.

I emphasize the word "generally";
I saw 3 real "native artisans" in the trade fair,
but generally, the concessionaires are Manila-based businessmen.
(In fact, I was joking: "Bakit hindi sumali ang SM Kultura?")

Photo2 : Makati Yakang-Yaka booth

Photo3: Vietnam Booth... obviously the owner is not Vietnamese.
Good intention,
but I would have preferred :
(a) if 100% of the money I paid went to the artisans,
not to the Manila-based "middle-men";
(b) if majority of the booths were owned by real Indigenous People,
not by Manila-based souvenir shops.
Afterall, we can always visit their Manila shops any day.

Still a good endeavor by the private sector.
But to be honest, I will not come back next year...
... what for? SM Kultura is open 365 days a year.


* All photos from Facebook Habi Trade Fair Glorietta
 

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