ABS-CBN Canada Marketing Head Rosary Escaño (5th from left) is shown here with fellow Filipina Canadians, from left, Intercontinental Toronto Hotel Director of Sales and Marketing Mary Ann Gamboa, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Girly Garcia, Her Worship Justice Mila Eustaquio-Syme, FWN Board Member Maria Greaves, Escaño, Senior Philippine Trade Commissioner Nini Alvero, and former Executive Director and Senior Adviser of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Cora Dela Cruz. Not in photo is Ana Karina Tabunar, director for corporate communications of Sodexo Canada, based in Ottawa.


FWN Gala Awards Ceremony held at the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit in Toronto, Canada

TORONTO, OCTOBER 31, 2017 –  ABS-CBN Canada Marketing Head Rosary Escaño has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World (Global FWN100™) by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN).

The Global FWN100 Award™ recognizes 100 women of Philippine ancestry who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship (female mentorship) and legacy. Escaño was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.

Escaño won under the category of BEHIND THE SCENES LEADERS. This award category recognizes Filipina women who may not have the big title or corner office, but is a driving force behind the success of a social cause or life issue, a community organization’s project or initiative; or her employer’s organizational business unit or department.  Someone who has gone beyond the call of duty to devote time, energy, and resources to advocate for those who need a voice, or support the organization she represents or works for.

The 2017 recipients of Global FWN100 Award™

“The Global FWN100™ women are either dynamic entrepreneurs, rising stars under age 35, practitioners, behind-the-scene leaders, community, government and corporate managers and executives who have moved through the ranks in large organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” said Marily Mondejar, Founder and CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network. “They were selected based on the size and scope of their positions, influence in their industries and their communities, board affiliations and other leadership roles.”

The Global FWN100 Award™ is a working recognition award with a meaningful purpose:  FWN’s 2020 Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy. The awardees were asked to re-invent herself by femtoring (female mentoring) a young Filipina woman and bring her to the Filipina Leadership Global Summit on October 25-29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.

Rosary Escaño is now a valued partner in helping FWN develop the Filipina community’s pipeline of qualified leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “president” position in all sectors of the global economy, ” added Dr. Maria Beebe, FWN’s Board Chair. “We gather all these amazing women at the Filipina Summit to inspire each other and create synergy. We interview each awardee so that their collective stories of how they disrupted their professional and personal lives will be part of the largest recorded diaspora in modern times.”

“The summit’s theme this year is Filipina Women: Leading. Advocating. Impacting. Seeing all the Awardees on stage during the gala awards ceremony assures me that the future of our young Filipina sisters is solid,” said Susie Quesada, President of Ramar Foods and FWN President. “Awardees often share this inspiring evening with their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sons, spouses, partners, young women and men, mentors and bosses from their organizations. They all come on stage to celebrate her.”

“It is such an honor to receive this award and stand beside amazing Filipina leaders from 12 countries.  I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting former mentors, university batchmates and fellow Filipina-Canadians among this group of inspiring and uplifting women. I thank FWN for bringing the Filipina women of the world together to plan the future for our next generation leaders in business and industry,” says Escaño.

~ eND ~

About Filipina Women’s Network (FWN)

The Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) is a U.S. (San Francisco) based international advocacy organization that seeks to increase the power of Filipina women as leaders and policy makers at all levels in corporate, government, institutions and community organizations to achieve economic and social justice and women’s rights. With members in 25 countries, FWN provides the content, credibility and a worldwide network to support the success of Filipina women in their businesses and careers.

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About the Filipina Leadership Global Summit

The annual Summit brings together Filipina women global leaders, influencers, thinkers and public figures for discussions, learning journeys, “kwentuhan strategies” on how to succeed as multi-cultural professionals and private chats to ignite cooperation through public and private partnerships. The high-powered gathering is a vital part of FWN’s Pinay Power 2020 Mission: A Filipina leader in every sector of the economy. It is the leading forum of its kind in the Filipina global community, which inspires a renewed understanding of the Filipino culture’s emerging influence as a community. The summit raises funds for FWN’s programs to raise awareness of FWN’s pipeline development of qualified next generation leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “CEO-suite” position so Filipina women can be part of decisions and policies made that impact the lives of women and families.

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About the Global FWN100™ Awards

The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ recognizes Filipina women who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. The awardees are asked to femtor a young Filipina through the FEMtorship initiative and bring her to the Filipina Summit.
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A TFC Online Exclusive: Watch 1MX Dubai 2017 LIVE on November 3 – With Yeng Constantino, Rico Blanco, KZ Tandingan, Silent Sanctuary, Inigo Pascual, DJ Moophs, Xela & UAE-based artists


A Gathering of the Most Exciting Names in Various Genres of Music in One Show, One Shared Experience
Delivered Right to You LIVE… via TFC Online*


On November 3, at 7pm Dubai Time (8am Pacific, 11am Eastern, 3pm London, 11pm Hong Kong and on November 4, 12pm Tokyo, 2pm Sydney)*

Watch One Music X (1MX) Live from Dubai City Amphitheatre! Catch the exciting performances from Pop-Rock Superstar Yeng Constantino; Soul Supreme KZ; Pop-Rock Band Silent Sanctuary; and Rock Icon of His Generation Rico Blanco; including EDM sensation DJ Moophs and EDM artist Xela.  Sharing the stage are some of Dubai’s best indie performers: Pop RnB performer Josh McCartney and reggae performer Emmanuel Marie. Adding fun and entertainment are the hosts: award-winning host and Myx VJ Robi Domingo; Myx’ home-grown host VJ Ai dela Cruz; and Ang Nag-iisang Diyosa sa Balat ng Radyo MOR 101.9 For Life’s DJ Chacha.

*This free TFC livestream is available everywhere except in the Philippines and UAE.  For those in UAE, visit  to purchase tickets to the live concert.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFCU Talks Heads to San Jose State University, Breaking Through to Greatness



TFCU Talks Heads to San Jose State University, Breaking Through to Greatness 

Presented by Akbayan SJSU Pilipino-American Organization, this inspiring university talk features Musician P.Lo, Photobucket CEO John Corpus, Professor and Community Leader Dr. Allysin Tintiangco-Cubales, and DJ Qbert, with performers Str8Jacket and Full Potential

SAN JOSE, Calif, October 27, 2017 – After the successful TFCU Talks at the CSU Dominguez Hills last October 21, TFCU Talks is now coming to San Jose, California on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 3:00-5:30 P.M. Doors open at 2:30 P.M.

An affiliate of ABS-CBN International, TFCU Talks San Jose will feature a lineup of top industry leaders to connect, inspire, and empower college students and young professionals to help them realize their full potential.

The event takes place at the Student Union Ballroom at San Jose State UnivErsity. TFCU Talks San Jose is an exclusive free event with limited seating – first come, first served. For all ticketing information, and to reserve your spot today, please visit

TFCU curated an exciting and fitting line-up of speakers and performers for “Breakthrough to Greatness”:


  • P.LO (Musician) – P. Lo is a rapper & music producer based in the Bay Area. He’s become a force in the music industry as a recording artist, producer, and songwriter. A BMI award winner, multi-platinum songwriter, and touring act, P-Lo has been reaching new audiences with his music since he co-founded the HBK Gang, a collective of musicians and creatives that revitalized the Bay Area’s music scene. P-Lo is cultivating the sound of the Bay Area on a national level and expanding his reach always pushing the boundaries of the West Coast sound as a rapper and a producer.
  • JOHN CORPUS (CEO of Photobucket) – John Corpus took over as chief executive for in 2015. Corpus also co-founded and was CEO of Milyoni Inc. (social media video tech startup) until it was acquired by Photobucket. He has specialized in the development of e-business strategies including business plan development, content structure, publishing strategy, technical implementation, corporate communication, and workflow process. (via Bloomberg)
  • Dr. ALLYSON TINTIANGCO-CUBALES (Professor/Community Leader) – Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales was recently promoted to Full Professor of Asian American Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.  In addition to her responsibilities as a faculty member at SFSU, Tintiangco-Cubales is extremely dedicated to the Filipina/o American community. To respond to the social, academic, and emotional challenges that Filipina/o American youth face, she founded Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), an ethnic studies educational pipeline that creates partnerships and projects that work toward social justice.
  • DJ QBERT (Hip Hop Pioneer) – DJ QBert, born Richard Quitevis, is widely regarded as the most highly skilled skratching DJ that has walked this planet. His long-standing career of innovating the DJ culture has set off a worldwide generation of DJs who are now regarded as musicians and not just DJs that play records, from A-Trak to Craze to C2C to Z-Trip; they would testify to DJ QBert’s influence in their sound and successful careers.


  • STR8JACKET (DANCE CREW) – As World of Dance 1st place winners, Str8jacket strives to challenge the standards of hip hop dance while still preserving its culture and roots. Their doors are open to everyone to create a safe space where people can feel comfortable being who they are and pursue their passions for dance. They help their members improve as dancers, but more importantly they help them improve as people by building consciousness and awareness on a personal and societal level.
  • FULL POTENTIAL (DANCE COMPANY) – Established in 2016 and directed by Duncan Padilla, Full Potential is a dance company based in Fremont, CA that aims to foster others – near and far – by teaching wisdom, knowledge and life values through the art of dance. As a dance company, they strive to create leaders, teachers and role models. Full Potential is a family of individuals who aspire to reach their full potential as not only dancers, but as members of the community.

CONNECT. INSPIRE. EMPOWER. Click here to register now, or visit for more information.



TFCU strives to connect, inspire, and empower millennials helping them realize their full potential in relation to their cultural identity. Their frontline project, TFCU Talks, is an opportunity where students and young professionals can connect with successful industry leaders who share their stories and experiences in order to empower the next generation.

For additional information about TFCU, please visit or follow TFCU on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFC at the Movies brings Aga Muhlach Back to the Big Screen in Seven Sundays


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Star Cinema gathers a powerhouse cast for the biggest Filipino family drama of 2017 – Seven Sundays – screening in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting October 27.

TFC at the Movies brings Aga Muhlach Back to the Big Screen in
“Seven Sundays,” an Emotional Comedy about Family

DALY CITY, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2017) “This movie is my first time again after (how) many years of absence from the movie industry. That alone is what made it really nice,” shares Aga Muhlach, one of the most prominent names in the Philippine movie industry, in their press conference for “Seven Sundays.”

“Seven Sundays” is a family dramedy about four estranged adult siblings – Allan (Aga Muhlach), Bryan (Dingdong Dantes), Cha (Christine Reyes) and Dex (Enrique Gil) – who are forced by their dying father, Manuel (Ronaldo Valdez), to hold their Sunday family get-togethers again for the remaining two months of his life.

In the movie helmed by blockbuster director Cathy Garcia-Molina, Valdez is Manuel, a man who learns he is terminally ill with just a few weeks to live. He takes this opportunity to bring his children back together. Muhlach is the eldest son Allan who remains to be the favorite even if he is not successful in life. Dantes is the very accomplished Bryan, who is still treated as second best despite his successes.  Reyes plays Cha, the only girl in a brood of four, who has not been lucky in love and in life.  Gil is Dex, the youngest and most detached, and the one who feels out of place, because of the age gap between his siblings and himself.

As they are now forced to spend time together, comedy and chaos ensue as old family and sibling issues resurface while they all deal with their own problems. Can they survive the next seven Sundays and find family in each other again?

Brothers at odds with each other. Enrique Gil (left), one of the most brilliant actors of his generation, plays the youngest sibling, Dexter. Aga Muhlach (center), an icon of Philippine cinema, plays the eldest, Allan. Perennial leading man Dingdong Dantes (right) is the second son, Bryan.

Veteran film and TV actor Ronaldo Valdez (left) is Manuel, the padre de familia of the Bonifacio family. He wants to spend his last few Sundays with his children after he finds out he is terminally ill. The alluring Christine Reyes (right) plays a different character as Cha, the only girl in the Bonifacio family.

“Seven Sundays” is about a family going through experiences that are very relatable. Their issues within the family, among siblings, and even in their own respective families are human realities and struggles that viewers can identify with. The scenes teeter from being amusing and playful, to being heartbreaking and poignant. These are scenes from real-life families.

Director Garcia-Molina emphasizes that “more than romantic love, family love is really basic.” That is why a lot of people will be able to connect, perhaps even see themselves in the characters of “Seven Sundays”. She adds that they just really wanted to tell a story through this movie, “because we have a new story to tell, and a good story at that.”

The members of the Bonifacio family are both bruised and beautiful, with emotions that are exposed and tender to the touch. Watch the cinematic masterpiece that is “Seven Sundays,” opening this Friday, October 27, in theaters across the U.S. and Canada.

Go to and for more information and to find a theater near you, or visit TFC US  or TFC Canada  on Facebook. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and @KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFC Continues to Celebrate what is Unshakable, Unique and United in the Filipino American Community on October 21

TFC shines the spotlight on communities across the country who bravely represent and commemorate the spirit and ideals of the Filipino American in a country that continues to evolve.

TFC Continues to Celebrate what is Unshakable, Unique and United in the Filipino American Community on October 21

City of Carson, Calif., Oct 17, 2017 — Back-to-back-to-back events are happening on October 21 as TFC brings the best of Filipino American talent in celebration of Filipino American History Month.

The City of Carson culminates their Filipino-American History Month celebration with a special tribute to union leader Larry Itliong in the morning, followed by TFCU Talks ‘Rise Up’ in the afternoon.

The City of Carson holds a tribute for farm labor union leader Larry Itliong on October 21, starting with a parade around Veterans Park.

Various organizations will join the entire community in honoring the life’s work and legacy of Larry Itliong – a Filipino-American labor leader and organizer, starting with a tribute march at 9 a.m. around the vicinity of Veterans Park located at 22400 Moneta Avenue in Carson followed by a labor awards ceremony.

This year’s Larry Itliong Labor Awardees are Luisa Blue, elected Executive Vice President of SEIU International, and AFSCME Local 809, a City of Carson employees’ union.  Vocalist, music producer and TV personality Annie Nepomuceno will headline the performances after the parade. The event is free and open to the public.

Annie Nepomuceno will be performing at the Larry Itliong Day celebration in the City of Carson in California. Her work ranges from musical theater to being a featured vocalist of the Filipino-Amercian Symphony Orchestra.

City of Carson Mayor Albert Robles proudly shares that “the City of Carson is the first city to recognize the contributions of labor union leader Larry Itliong.  We are proud to have this annual event and proud to have been instrumental in the movement to get AB 7 passed in Sacramento to have October 25 recognized as Larry Itliong Day throughout California.”

In the afternoon of October 21, TFC’s student outreach, TFCU (TFC University) will host a free youth symposium and networking event called TFCU Talks ‘Rise Up’ at 3 p.m. at CalState Dominguez Hills University Theatre.  TFCU Talks is an opportunity for students and young professionals to connect with successful industry leaders who share their stories and experiences to empower the next generation.

“The ‘Rise Up’ theme was inspired by Larry Itliong’s leadership with the Delano Grape Strike of 1965.  What he did to start the farm labor movement in this country is a great example of standing up for what is right, using your voice, and owning your power to create positive change. We want to remind those who attend TFCU Talks Carson that they, too, have the power and ability to do the same with their talents, gifts, and passions,” said TFCU Program Manager Romeo Marquez, Jr.

Featured speakers for TFCU Talks “Rise Up’ in Carson are actress/philanthropist Monique Coleman, LA City Commissioner Joel Jacinto, and paratriathlete Rob Balucas. Musical artist Low Leaf and the Miniotics dance crew will be performing. Registration starts at 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information on TFCU Talks.

TFCU Talks at the CSU Dominguez Hills is a free event. Inspirational speakers are actress Monique Coleman, LA City Commissioner Joel Jacinto, and Paratriathlete Rob Balucas. Musician Low Leaf and the Miniotics dance crew will be performing. First 100 attendees get free swag bags.

Meanwhile, in the east coast, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) will hold its 20th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme of their anniversary is NaFFAA 2.0: One Voice, Four Million Strong.

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is celebrating their 20th anniversary on October 21 with the theme: NaFFAA 2.0: One Voice, Four Million Strong. 

NaFFAA, the largest network of Filipino American organizations, will recognize its 20-year legacy and highlight its comprehensive vision to unite and amplify the voices of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans living in the United States.

“The significance of this momentous 20th Anniversary celebration cannot be understated,” says NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores. “For NaFFAA to be able to commemorate twenty years of advocacy and leadership, in our nation’s capital, during Filipino American History Month, is a testament to the ingenuity and vision of our founders, the perseverance of our regional networks, and the emerging power of the greater Filipino American community. I invite everyone to come witness what an empowered community coming together looks like.”

During the Gala, NaFFAA will recognize and confer special awards to key Filipino American leaders, organizations, and corporate partners. NaFFAA will also showcase the collaboration between all generations: from students and young professionals, business leaders and elected officials, to community leaders and allies.

The gala will be hosted by Adobo Nation’s Ginger Conejero, and will have performances from the remarkable Broadway Barkada, a group of Filipino artists who seeks to elevate the talent of the Filipino on the global stage.

Adobo Nation’s Ginger Conejero (left) will emcee the 20th Anniversary Gala of NaFFAA at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The artist collective Broadway Barkada will render musical performances for the evening.

For more information about the NaFFAA 20th anniversary gala, please visit their website at

Celebrate a culture that is unshakable, unique, and united with these trio of events on October 21.

Cinematografo International Film Festival

Cinematografo International Film Festival happens on November 9-12 at the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8 Theaters in Japantown. (Photo courtesy of Richard Lao)

The Minority as the New Majority in Cinematografo International Film Festival

A New Festival Makes its Debut in the Melting Pot of Cultures

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 17, 2017 — The very first Cinematografo International Film Festival (CIFF), a film exhibition series and networking event designed to elevate and showcase emerging Filipino and Filipino-American talent, films and television content to the world stage, was launched in a by-invitation presser at the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8 in San Francisco’s Japantown last week. The initial Cinematografo is a project of the leading Filipino media and entertainment company ABS-CBN International. The press conference was attended by representatives from various Bay Area publications, the San Francisco Film Commission, and the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco.

(L-R) ABS-CBN International Marketing Specialist Mimi Dayo-Arguelles; Publicist Vince Johnson; Festival and Industry Forum Adviser Corey Tong; CIFF 2017 Executive Director John-D Lazatin; Chief of Staff at CA State Board of Equalization Genevieve Jopanda; CIFF 2017 Festival Director Miguel Sevilla; President/Founder or Larsen Associates Karen Larsen; ABS-CBN International Global Marketing Head Pam Castillo at the Cinematografo International Film Festival launch and press conference at the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8 Theaters in Japantown. (Photo courtesy of Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion)

The vision and objective of Cinematografo was presented at the presser. Executive Director for CIFF 2017 John-D Lazatin says that “with all the content that we create, I believe that film is the strongest form. You’ve got narratives, documentaries, and shorts. Film is really a piece of art, and art is basically what we want to showcase.” Lazatin underlined that “Cinematografo’s objective really is to put the Filipino talent on the world stage.”

The Honorable Gregory Chew, San Francisco Arts Commissioner At Large, firmly stated that “we have to tell our stories, true stories, especially Asian films and stories. We’re 22 and a half million people in this country now and we don’t have enough voices.” That is why Chew strongly feels that Cinematografo is important.

San Francisco Arts Commissioner At Large Gregory Chew (left) being interviewed by the BA team said “We’re always invisible, especially when it comes to mainstream media. We have to tell our stories.” (Photo courtesy of Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion)

Festival Director Miguel Sevilla recognizes the importance of movies as a platform to present the realities of the present times. Sevilla weighs in when he says “two countries, an ocean apart and long-time allies, have now reached a turning point in their respective histories. It is almost irresponsible, nay impossible, to celebrate Philippine cinema, the Filipino, and the Filipino-American, and not recognize how these issues have permeated our art of storytelling. More and more, in this era of fake news and alternative facts, we are now looking to movies as a source of truth.”

(L-R) Festival Program Manager Eric Pugeda; ABS-CBN International Managing Director for North America Olivia De Jesus; ABS-CBN International Global Head of Corporate Affairs & PR Nerissa Fernandez at the Cinamatografo International Film Festival launch and press conference at the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8 Theaters in Japantown. (Photo courtesy of Richard Lao)

(L-R) Emmy-award winning director and videographer Jeremiah Ysip; VP and General Manager for Northern California Joseph Peralta; Digital Partnership and Integration Head Connie Lopez; CIIF Writer and Screener Noel Nuguit at the Cinematografo International Film Festival launch and press conference at the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8 Theaters in Japantown. (Photo courtesy of Richard Lao)

It is but fitting to premier Cinematografo International Film Festival in San Francisco where the city’s culture is diverse in terms of arts, music, food, and culture. According to CBS SF Bay Area, “the San Francisco Bay Area is home to some of the world’s most renowned film festivals. From intimate, small-town festivals to grand scale events featuring hundreds of movies and the biggest names in Hollywood.”

To have another festival like Cinematografo is not redundant, nor does it crowd the landscape. In fact, CIIF is a welcome addition because the festival offers the chance for these unique stories to be presented, and will help amplify the voices of the writers, directors, and producers who need an arena on which life, as seen through their lens, can unfold.

David Lamble, film critic for The Bay Area Reporter, argues that niche festivals are very important when he said that “it’s the festivals that give Bay Area film goers the chance to catch films that they otherwise couldn’t see.” Lamble adds that “for over half a century, people have been nurtured through film festivals to understand foreign films.” Festivals like Cinematografo is also very crucial for producers. According to Lamble, “this is their one shot to get an important, influential audience. Since the film is not likely to open in San Francisco, it’s the only shot you get. You better take advantage of it.”

(Front L-R) Consul Carlyn Monastrial of the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco; ABS-CBN International Managing Director for North America Olivia De Jesus; Chief of Staff at CA State Board of Equalization Genevieve Jopanda; and representatives from various media and publications at the special screening of Mikhail Red’s Bird Shot, shown at the Cinamatografo International Film Festival launch and press conference at the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8 Theaters in Japantown. (Photo courtesy of Richard Lao)

Festival Highlights

Cinematografo happens on November 9-12 at the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8 Theatres in Japantown. That will be a four-day exhibition of screenings, panels, and intimate industry networking that will feature narratives, documentaries, and short films from North America and the Philippines from Filipino and Filipino-American filmmakers.

The Festival opens with Ang Larawan (The Portrait), adapted from the musical play of the same title based on National Artist Nick Joaquin’s three-act play “A Portrait of a Filipino as an Artist.” Director Loy Arcenas, lead actress Rachel Alejandro, and composer Ryan Cayabyab will be attending the U.S. premiere on November 9.

There will also be conversations with three Filipino-American filmmakers who will preview their new films that are co-productions with Cinematografo Originals. Another highlight of the festival is a tribute to documentary filmmaker Ramona Diaz. Her latest, award-winning film Motherland (Sundance 2017), about one of the world’s largest maternity wards located in Manila, will be screened, followed by an intimate conversation about her work and prolific career as one of the most renowned Asian women documentary makers today.

There will also be industry forum and panels where influential and visionary Filipino, Asian-American and independent industry leaders and festival programmers can discuss Filipino and Asian American talent, international perceptions of the Philippines and Filipino culture, and to leverage common vision and share networks and collective resources.

The Minority as the New Majority

Raffy Lopez, COO of ABS-CBN International, stated that he “has always believed that films are powerful purveyors of culture. When moviegoers leave the theaters, we provide them with a little more understanding of who we are or we trigger a curiosity or hunger for them to know and learn more about our culture and all its complexities and nuances. If all these translate into more conversations about Filipinos, and into a more positive attitude towards them, then the mission of ABS-CBN burns brightly in Cinematografo.”

A discussion at the Festival will tackle the imperative “The Minority as the New Majority.” It will focus on Filipinos as an often “invisible minority” throughout the world, including in the Asian-American media and film landscape. It is time to let the voices of a new era of storytellers be heard and resonate around the world for these are stories that depict the human condition, the realities that surround humanity in these most interesting of times.





The CIFF is the premier event for Filipinos abroad to tell their stories, and is the platform to bring these films to the world stage.

The festival is an annual celebration of film and culture, highlighted by Cinematografo Originals – a co-production initiative to help filmmakers realize their stories on the big screen. Come see and hear the voices of a new generation.

Guided by its mission to elevate Filipino talent to the global stage, Cinematografo aims to foster, nurtuire, and inspire filmmakers from the Filipino diaspora. The festival will also serve as a platform to launch films funded and developed through one of its initiatives – Cinematografo Originals, and serves as a venue for Filipino filmmakers to express their passion for filmmaking, to share their stories of the world through a cinematic lens, and to connect them through an international industry and community network.


Cinematografo is named after the first movie theater in the Philippines that opened in August 1897. From this grand establishment was borne a rich heritage of celebrating films, and the venue introduced Filipinos to the custom of going to the movies.

Cinematografo International Film Festival is the newest film festival in San Francisco that aims to continue this tradition wherever Filipinos may be, and intends to draw a wider audience of Asian and American independent cinephiles and movie lovers across the San Francisco Bay Area and also internationally.

For more information, go to Follow Cinematografo on Facebook and Instagram to get updates.