“Iloilo” special premiere in Cebu


The Cannes Film Festival-winner “Iloilo” will have a special screening in Cebu on November 30 at Ayala Center Cinema 3 at 10 am. The screening will be for the benefit of The Freeman Foundation.




“Iloilo” is a film from Singapore that is written and directed by 29-year old Anthony Chen. It stars Filipino actress Angeli Bayani and Singaporeans Yeo Yann Yann, Chen Tian Wen and Koh Jia Ler. It is first full-length feature of Chen who was born and grew up in Singapore. The story is inspired by his recollections of his Filipina nanny Teresita Sajonia who took care of him and his brothers Justin and Christopher from 1988 to 1997. The title refers to the home province of Teresita. The Chen brothers and Teresita (fondly known as Auntie Terry) had not seen each other since 1997 until Cebu-based PR consultant Charles Lim helped find her and reunited the former nanny and her wards for the first time in July this year with the assistance of Cebu Pacific.


The film was unveiled last May at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival where it won the Camera d’Or for Best Debut Feature. In the citation read before the awarding, Camera d’Or jury president Agnes Varda declared, “We were touched by four characters, and the story of a family in Singapore. The director’s intelligence and sensitivity bring forth very important issues —childhood, immigration, class struggles, the economic crisis. We were unanimous in our first round, and have chosen to award the Camera d’Or to Anthony Chen for ILO ILO.”



“Iloilo” has so far traveled to more than 20 international filmfests. It has received numerous awards and recognitions, including Singapore’s Best Foreign Language Film entry to the Oscars, Best First Film at the British Film Institute London Film Festival, Best Feature Film at the Molodist International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the Philadelphia Film Festival and Best Film at the Pacific Meridian Film Festival. The film also reaped four more awards last weekend during the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan which includes Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann Yann, Best New Director and Best in Original Screenplay for Anthony Chen and the Best Feature Film.


Bayani is set to grace the special screening in Cebu.


For more information, contact Precious Heradura at 09228596363 or email selrahcopr@gmail.com