Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bamboo Flowers: Direk Maryo J's Latest Opus


Middle of February 2013, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced during a press conference of its latest project that would provide seed funds for veteran filmmakers as a “fitting tribute to those who helped carve the history of Philippine movies.”

Boholano director Maryo J De los Reyes was among 12 filmmakers who were chosen by the council to participate in the 2013 Sineng Pambansa All-Masters National Film Festival  in September. 

The batch also included Elwood Perez, Romy Suzara, Jun Urbano, Gil Portes, Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes, Mel Chionglo, Tikoy Aguiluz, Joel Lamangan, Carlos Siguion-Reyna and Jose Javier Reyes. 

They each got P1.5 million grants from the FDCP Film Investment Program to help them realize their dream movies, ideally to be shot in their respective home provinces.


Nine of the directors who are part of FDCP's Sineng Pambansa All-Masters National Film Festival 
(from left) Gil Portes, Maryo J. de los Reyes, Romy Suzara, Joel Lamangan, Mel Chionglo, 
Lore Reyes, Peque Gallaga, Jun Urbano, and Tikoy Aguiluz. (Allan Gomez/InterAksyon)

Under the program, Joel Lamangan will shoot his project in Cavite, Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes in Bacolod, Gil Portes in Quezon, Romy Suzara in Nueva Ecija, Maryo J. de los Reyes in Bohol, Mel Chionglo in Lucena, Jun Urbano in Bicol, Tikoy Aguiluz in Davao Del Norte, Elwood Perez in Pampanga, Carlitos Siguion-Reyna in Metro Manila and undisclosed places for Chito Roño and Jose Javier Reyes, who were both not around at the press conference officially announcing the film festival.

Except for Jun Urbano, all the other directors who were around were able to give members of the media an idea of what their respective projects are all about, including working titles and possible cast members although nothing was considered as final yet.


Direk Maryo J's latest film "Bamboo Flowers" is the result of the artistic and creative collaborative efforts of Philippine luminaries like Palanca awardee Aloy Adlawan (“Ang Katiwala”) who wrote the script and starred veteran and character actors like Spanky Manikan, Irma Adlawan and Mylene Dizon along with young talents Ruru Madrid, Orlando Sol, Neil Ryan Sese and Max Collins in the lead  and supporting roles.

Partly inspired by the director’s trip to Nepal and Katmandu, the film tackles the story of several individuals whose lives intersect in a majestic river called Loboc.

The film is set against the backdrop of Bohol 
 Majestic Loboc River in Central Bohol
Direk Maryo J de los Reyes guides the actors 

Here's the link for the  Direk Maryo J De Los Reyes Story

Photo & News Credits:

(Allan Gomez/InterAksyon)

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