2 Negrense short films chosen MMFF finalists

THE short films dubbed as Tabako, which was directed by Alfredo Bayon-on, and

Hipos, which was directed by Cyrus Carano-o, are among the eight finalists in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Student Short Film category.

Tabako, a short film by students from University of St. LaSalle, features the

modern adaptation of the legend of Mt. Kanlaon.

Hipos, on the other hand, is an entry from Sagay National High School. It is a horror film about an “aswang” haunting a community in Sagay.

Bayon-on, a Communication student from Barangay Banago, is an assistant layout editor at USLS student publication, The Spectrum.

He started venturing on film making as a production designer and prosthetics way back in 2016 and tried out to be the director just this year creating different film entries for different festivals like CineMedicine,

SineKabataan, Sine Negrense, Cinemalaya and recently passing an entry in


“Me and my team are just so grateful that we made it to MMFF, we’ve been through a lot especially during the shoot because our setting is on the mountains and the weather was very unpredictable up there. All hard work paid off, to God be the glory,” Bayon-on said.

Bayon-on also said that it is a privilege to show to other provinces our own legend of Mt. Kanlaon since his main advocacy as a film maker is protecting the environment and telling local stories of Negros.

Carano-o, on the other hand, is an 18-year old Senior High school Student taking Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as a strand.

He started venturing into filmmaking just this year and recently joined different festivals such as SineKalikasan, Cinemalaya and Sine Negrense.

“I was about to burst my tears remembering all our hard works, our blood and sweat, the problems we went through just to finish this film. But instead of crying, I ran downstairs and shouted that we made it! It was a miracle. The Lord answered our prayers.” Carano-o said.

The two directors will receive P50,000 as cash prize and an opportunity to screen their works in cinemas nationwide.

The films chosen will be partnered up with a full length MMFF entry. The partnerships will be announced in November 2019.


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