Iliw at Indiesine, Robinsons Galleria: Jan 27 - Feb 2, 2010

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Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (IFC) in collaboration with Robinsons Movieworld Galleria has created a venue for independent films, Indiesine. This partnership has been made tangible by Galleria’s offer of a home for independent films by virtue of a movie house dedicated to the programming of independent films. In return, IFC has been tasked to book films for the venue and co-manage its operations with Galleria.

This week, Indiesine is featuring ILIW, January 27 – February 2, 2010

Tatlong bawal na pagsinta.

Dalawang bansang nagdirigma.

Isang wagas na pag-ibig na nagpapalaya.

Film Credits:

Lead Role: Kaye Abad

Hiroyuki Takashima

Support Role: Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan, Charee Pineda,

Hiro Sakoda, Kazumi Yoshida, Amante Pulido,

Gian Sotto,Ron Morales, Alex Medina

Story: DV B. Savellano, Bona Fajardo and Erick Castro

Scriptwriter: Erick Castro

Cinematography: Mark Baltazar-Santos

Production Design: Bona Fajardo

Costume Design: Eddie Castro

Music: Minco Fabregas

Sound Design: Jofre Nachor

Editing: Kevin Vea, Sarah Roxas and Jofre Nachor

Co-Producers: Bona Fajardo and Erick Castro

Producer: Lyn Fajardo

Executive Producer: DV B. Savellano

Production Company: Ilocandia Heritage Films Co. Ltd.


Director: Bona Fajardo


1941. World War II. The Japanese military forces reached the shores of Northern Philippines. Captain Fujiro Takahashi (Hiroyuki Takashima), one of the commanding officers at the Central Cordilleras, met Fidela (Kaye Abad)--the only daughter of Baguio’s Post Master (Amante Pulido) who was incarcerated for being suspected as a guerilla supporter. As ordered by their father, Fidela and his brother Santiago (Alex Medina) went home to their native town Vigan because it was more safe and peaceful there.

Fidela and Takahashi unexpectedly met again in Vigan and became friends. Love bloomed afterwards. Against the judgmental eyes of the entire community, Fidela and Takahashi lived together. A love in the time of war, a love between two warring nations was never an easy path to take and only true love could have pulled them through. But Pablo (Ping Medina), the childhood friend of Fidela, nurtured a broken heart for his hidden love for Fidela and would wait whatever it took him.

Santiago joined the guerilla movement and collaborated with the American soldiers to attack Vigan. Romano (Ron Morales), a good friend of Santiago, on the other hand, suspected Santiago to be a Japanese collaborator and planned for his death. The Japanese forces killed countless Filipinos and guerillas. The guerillas tortured and put to death many Japanese soldiers and collaborators. The Americans silenced all those they suspected as Japanese supporters.

1945. The Japanese forces slowly felt the wrath of American military’s revenge. The Japanese Imperial Army ordered Takahashi to make Vigan uninhabitable by killing the townspeople and burning the entire town before leaving. Takahashi needed to make the hardest decision of all: would he heed the order of the Japanese Imperial Army and burn the town? Or would he follow his heart and save Fidela and their lovechild from the townsfolk’s indignation? Would he betray his homeland? Or would he forsake his new found home? Is it his heroic love for his country? Or is it his unconditional pure love for Fidela and his child? Takahasi made a final heartbreaking decision. Fidela accepted her fate. Pablo waited for Fidela’s change of heart.

Entangled in the horrifying web of war...lives are are forsaken...friends are betrayed...countrie s fell...hopes are suffered the test of time and fate... TAKAHASHI. FIDELA. PABLO.

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