Two Davaoeño Film Makers Hit Big on Movies

05Aug08

Aside from the locally produced Visayan movie “The Thank You Girls“, Davao has its own share of limelight for having film directors not only in nationwide level but also in Hollywood, USA. I myself is a movie enthusiast dreaming I too could somehow direct my own movie but never did I imagine many of my fellow dabawenyos shared the same dream. I envied Yam Laranas and Paul Alexander Morales for their guts of following their dream and making it a reality (considering Davao’s accesss to film industry is most unlikely).

Yam Laranas got its big break in Hollywood by getting the go signal to direct the horror flick “The Echo” from Vertigo Entertainment. The movie outfit decided to remake Yam’s “Sigaw“, his original pinoy version, and he got the opportunity to direct it. That’s nice because, with a bigger budget, it will give him the chance to expound his cinematic artistry, showcase his talent globally and correct what he messed up on the first flick that he made. Plus, its Hollywood! Who among Filipino film makers could ever break in there? The feat itself is fantastic! He could be the only true blooded pinoy (and a dabawenyo) to direct a Hollywood movie and handle actors such as Jesse Bradford. Yam Laranas grew up here in Davao and one thing I felt connected to him is that we both graduated in Davao City High School.

Another dabawenyo director Paul Alexander Morales is also having a time of his life right now as his movie “Ang Concerto: Davao War Diary” was one of the nominees for best film in 2008 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. I am so interested to see this flick since its about Davao’s history. It is set in Davao in the middle of 1940’s during the Japanese occupation in World War II . The story is about a musician who gave hope to the people of Davao trapped in the anguish of war by performing a piano concert in the midst of Davao’s forest.

Here are the trailers of both movies



7 Responses to “Two Davaoeño Film Makers Hit Big on Movies”

  1. 1 ivy

    i’ve seen the Concerto during the cinemalaya festival. Was it really shot in davao? i wonder why there are not too many japanese in davao already, except for nakayama! lol!

  2. Hi ivy…..
    there are many japs in Davao mostly residing in Toril, Mintal and Calinan. Kadalasan sa kanila parang pinoy na so hindi mo na mahalata na Japon pala. They are descendants from the early Japanese settlers and displaced Japanese from WWII. I know kasi ang ate ko nakapag asawa ng Davao Jap and nasa Japan na sila ngayon naninirahan. Yung husband niya bisaya lang ang alam, a little tagalog and undestand english kaya pinoy na pinoy siya pero Japanese descent.

  3. wow!its so nice…………

    i hope u will continue to collect every davaoeños film.like this,

    i love it haha!!!!!!!!

    mabuhay ang davaoeños!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. ayos!!!

    btw, papromote.. the thank you girls will premiere sa davao on sept 8 sa gmall 7:00pm! cyah!

  5. 5 mark manzano 4th bonifacio

    sir, ive seen the Marie Carie’s picture and her discovery @ yahoo….
    im going to past this 2morow sir….
    And im with my other classmate sir…

    ULAW man tah ani sir woie pa ENGLISH english paman gud ang naga comment sau sir,,,
    ENGLISH nalang pud tawon ko gamai sir…
    hehehehe…

  6. The Echo was one of the bettest Movie i’ve ever seen ! I love this film =)

  7. You actually make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I find this topic to
    be actually one thing that I think I’d never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very large for me. I am looking ahead in your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!


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