While various indicators show developments in the Philippine economy, the urban poor hardly feel this government-proclaimed growth. Unemployment rate is at record high while wages of workers remain depressed. Prices of basic commodities and utilities are soaring. Social services remain widely inaccessible because of fiscal constraints and misprioritization by the government.

Moreover, the urban poor continue to be depicted as “eyesores” and ”squatters”. This is periodically highlighted when mainstream media newscasters regularly portray them in the worst possible light, especially when violence ensues in the aftermath of clashes between government forces and urban poor communities in demolition attempts.

There is a need to reach out to other sectors, especially the academe and the studentry, in broadening the struggle of the urban poor for higher wages, jobs, housing and social services.

About CineMaralita

The project entitled, “CineMaralita: A Film Festival About the Philippine Urban Poor ,” is a film festival featuring a broad spectrum of films—independent and mainstream films, short and full-length features, documentaries and narratives—all of which highlight the lives and struggles of the Philippine urban poor.

It is a project of the Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines, Inc. (UPRCP). The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) under the National Commission on Cinema Grants Program has been sponsporing CineMaralita for the past three years.

It is a travelling film festival and currently features more than 30 works of critically-acclaimed and renowned filmmakers, such as the late Lino Brocka; peoples’ alternative media; independent production companies; independent filmmakers and students. Also, UPRCP announces a call for entries every year for new films to be included in the film festival.

CineMaralita seeks to raise awareness and action of the general public, especially the academe, on the situation of the Filipino urban poor through cultural and artistic projects such as this film festival. It also aims to bridge the gap between different academic institutions and the urban poor sector in the country.

Through this project, the URPCP is able to create venues for exchanges of ideas and experiences between the organizers, the audience, the filmmakers and the urban poor organizations and leaders.

The event is also an income-generating project aiming to initiate and sustain community actions and projects to work for improving the socio-economic and cultural welfare of urban poor communities.

List of Films:

  1. Maralita: General Situation of the Urban Poor
    1. “Metro Manila” by Sean Ellis, 115 mins. (2013) (International Film)
    2. “Anino” by Raymond Red, 12 mins. (2000)
    3. “Tundong Magiliw: Pasaan Isinisilang Siyang Mahihirap?” by Jewel Maranan, 78 mins. (2011)
    4. “Taya” by Adi Bontuyan, 8.49 mins. (2013)
    5. “Mula 3rd Ave. Hanggang Dulo” by Sipat, 40.53 mins. (2004)
    6. “Entablado” by EJ Mijares, 30 mins. (2010)
    7. “Nanay Mameng” by Kodao Productions and Adjani Arumpac, 38 mins. (2012)
    8. “Kung Balatan ang Bawang” by Jewel Maranan, 62 mins. (2008)
    9. “Pamatid-gutom” (“Hunger Pangs”) by Richard Soriano Legaspi, 11 mins. (2012)
    10. “Eskinita: Ang Alternatibong Ruta Episode 2” by PinoyMedia Center, directed by JL Burgos, 23:44mins.(2013)
    11. “The Journey: A Story of Urban Poverty” by Justin de Leon, 12:04 mins. (2008)
    12. “How to Reduce Poverty in Poor Countries” by Tom Estrera III and Kenneth Guda, 1.53 mins. (2012)
    13. “Isang Maikling Balita” by Lucan Villanueva, 1.15 mins. (2014)
  2. Kayod-kalabaw: The Working Class Struggle
    • “Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim” by Lino Brocka, 108 minutes (1984)
    • “Sister Stella L.” by Mike de Leon, 96 mins. (1984)
    • “Maynila: Sa Kuko ng Liwanag” by Lino Brocka, 125 mins. (1975)
    • “Himpapawid” by Raymond Red, 98 mins. (2009)
    • “Piyon” by Mayday Productions, 33 mins. (2012)
    • “Kuwentong Obrero” Series (1 and 2) by Mayday Multimedia, (2011)
    • “Two Tiered Wage System” by Anakbayan, 3:32 mins. (2012)
  3. Kapit-bisig: Standing Against Massive Dislocation
    1. “Dear Mandela” by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza, 93 mins. (2012) (International Film)
    2. “People Before Profit” by WITNESS, 11:11 mins. (2012) (International Film)
    3. “Evict Them! 5 easy steps” by, 2:11 mins. (2013) (International Film)
    4. “Puso ng Lungsod” by Ilang-ilang Quijano, 49 mins. (2012)
    5. “Demolition Reel” by KADAMAY, 3.41 mins. (2013)
    6. “Demolisyon” by Kodao Productions, 16 mins. (2011)
    7. “Barikada” by Tudla, 33 mins. (2011)
    8. “Bagyong Gobyerno” by Adjani Arumpac, 5:59 mins. (2014)

2014 Official Selection:

  1. “Pildera Connect” by Jeetendra Marcelline, 7:39 mins. (2014)
  2. “Tagong Paraiso” by Anna Lorraine Galura, 15:07 mins. (2014)
  3. “Pulo” by Wesley U. San Sebastian, 12:48 mins. (2014)
  4. “Stormed” by Francesco Conte, 43:06 mins. (2014)
  5. “Mundane Mondays” by Neville Carbon and Erriane Roji, 7:02 mins. (2014)
  6. “Hulagway” by Bahandi Films, 12:51 mins. (2014)
  7. “Silverio” by Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr., 20:07 mins. (2014)
  8. “The Parking Lot” by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza, 9:42 mins. (2014)

2015 Official Selection

    1. Preno by Calle Juana Production, Director: Ma. Alyssa S. Malapote
    2. Cut (Gupit) by Mark G. Mirabuenos
    3. Simbulo by Nikko Dajao and Irene Gonzales
    4. Di Nagkulang si Mariel by Lester Gem P. Caacbay, Roy V. Martinez and Jun Landan
    5. Wendy: Batang Trolley by Lester Gem P. Caacbay
    6. Pheonix by Geloy Concepcion, Marti Salva and Geric Cruz
    7. Ang Metamorphosis ng Apoy, Tubig at Pag-asa by Reynaldo Manlapas Tamayo, Jr.
    8. Ang mga Bulong sa Bituka ng Sta. Mesa by Hector Barretto Calma
    1. Berto (Sinkosinto) by Gilbert Cada, Cris Chunaco and Josefino Recomono Jr.
    2. Utoy by Enrique D. Tuazon
    1. Asiong…Bayani ng Estero by Donnie Sacueza
    2. Ang Pagbangon by Bahandi Films, Director: Larry Bael
    3. Pabunot by Bahandi Films, Director: Geraldo B. Jumawan
    4. Mga liham mula sa Alaska by Robert Reyes Ang
    5. Tago NangTago (Always on the Run) by Robert Reyes Ang
    6. Abakalye by St. Paul College of Paranaque, Director: Nadine A. Calisang
    7. Anyang Melagas ya ing Tangke king Sala (Once it Broke from a Stem of Light) by Reynaldo Manlapas Tamayo, Jr.
    8. Ipinanganak na Nakayapak by Jerrica Angela Manongdo
    1. Mga Batang Kalakal by Arlene de Guzman Ong
    2. Flying Kiss by Crisaldo Vicente Pablo
    1. The Color We Think In by Jaivy S. Sangalang

CineMaralita Legs

Since 2012, UPRCP has been partnering with other organizations and institutions in bringing CineMaralita to various universities and colleges. CineMaralita Legs have been held in UP Diliman, UP Manila, UP Los Banos, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De LaSalle University, University of Sto. Tomas, and Adamson University.

Film screenings are also organized in urban poor communities, such as, Payatas, Montalban, Quezon City, Valenzuela, and in the picketline of Tanduay Workers in Cabuyao, Laguna.