Sa Dako Pa Roon explores the Philippine cinema with “ngilngig” tales that focuses on the characters, dialect, customs, topography, and other features particular to a specific region.
A Birthday Treat (2017)
Director: Amaya Han
Cebu / Town Tale Horror / 8 min
Synopisi: As Kai goes home drunk from her birthday party, she is surprised with a “birthday treat” by a supernatural being.
Director: Rojie Somera & Jette Palicas
Kalinga / Superstition / 8 min
Synopsis: Chong-As depicts the ritual of expelling bad spirits from the village of Bangad, Tinglayan, Kalinga. Bangad, Tinglayan has a unique tradition of expelling bad spirits in times of disease, disaster, chaos and even scarcity. It has been reported that the ritual has been very effective in their communal lives.
Director: Adrian Rey B. Manapil
Cagayan de Oro / Town Tale Horror / 19 min
Synopsis: Elmo, a middle-aged farmer, suddenly disappeared from the village. Months after, villagers are haunted by a strange ball of fire appearing randomly which is believed to be the spirit of Elmo. As the people in the village try to drive off the rumoured lost spirit with the guidance of Maria, a famous faith healer in town, the truth behind Elmo’s disappearance slowly emerges. The story is inspired from the Philippine mythology creature “Santelmo” which is the shortened form of the Tagalog words “Apoy ni San Elmo”.
Experimental Forest (2017)
Director: Angelica Gamolo
Cebu / Horror Sci-Fi / 17 min
Synopsis: Two sisters traversed into the woods without a guide, in an attempt to grant their mother’s last wish before she passed away. As they go deeper in search for the exact spot where their mother wanted her ashes scattered, a series of unfortunate circumstances trailed the sisters, slowly unveiling the forest’s twisted secret.
Para sa mga Ni Biya (2016)
Director: Maki M. Calo
Cagayan de Oror / Ghost Story / 10 min
Synopsis: A couple heads home from a Christmas Party. Wet from the rain and unable to find a cab, they ride the city famous “Habal-habal.”
Director: Gab Mesina
Manila / Superstition / 6 min
Synopsis: The story revolves around a quirky superstitious teenager. When her trusty old wives’ tale fails on her newly bought pair of heels, she takes extreme measures.
Sin-o ang Tiktik? (Who’s the Tiktik?) (2016)
Director: TM Malones
Ilo-ilo / Town Tale Horror / 9 min
Synopsis: On her way home, Dina, early 20s, was horrified by the strange sound of a ‘Tiktik’, a mysterious creature that preys on pregnant women to consume the unborn. The night promises to be brutal but whose fate will be compromised? Will Dina survive the night?
Ang Ikaduhang Pagbalik (The Second Coming) (2016)
Director: Jeffrie Po
Cagayan de Oro / Experimental Horror / 24 min
Synopsis: A man finds his fate in the path of a certain church when a pastor convinced him to join their gathering.
Director: Lovely Jan M. Cadauan
Echague, Isabella / Town Tale Horror / 5 min
Synopsis: Marikit depicts the doubtful girl in the Echague Folk Song of the Yogad people who was betrayed by her lover. The story of Marikit was handed down from one generation to another in the Yogad tribe. They believe that whenever an unfaithful man commits infidelity Marikit appears and kill the man gruesomely by plucking out his heart.
Lubong (Buried) (2017)
Director: Marvin Gabas
Ilo-ilo / Aswang Horror / 19 min
Synopsis: Gido follows his boss’ instructions to dispose a corpse into the woods of Kalye Utod. They faced unexpected and macabre emanation when they try to bury the mysterious body.
Director: Edmund Telmo
Ozamiz / Mystery / 16 min
Synopsis: Julius struggles to come back to reality after an encounter in an enchanted place, Moru Bagakay.
Director: Darryl Yap
Zambales / Superstition / 4 min
Synopsis: Oyayi is a short-film that will tackle the power of a mother’s love and presence, echoing the comfort of her care amidst a family tragedy that darkened every space in the house that was once filled with joy and bliss.
Director: Robert Christian Diaz
Valenzuela / Mystery Horror / 6 min
Synopsis: Marco visits her girlfriend, Rina, And like other usual happenings, Rina had a little conversation with her boyfriend, or was it his boyfriend that she is talking to the whole time?