MANILA – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), thru its National Committee on Cinema led by the Commissioner for the Arts Mr. Teddy Co, spearheads the Cinema Rehiyon X, the offering of the best of Filipino regional films through happening from 25 – 28 February 2018.

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The four-day festival will be composed of a series of film screenings, forums, workshops, and activities geared towards the promotion of Regional Cinema and its importance in the growth of Philippine Cinema as a whole.

Now on its tenth year, Cinema Rehiyon has since highlighted works of Filipino filmmakers from all over the Philippines, especially outside of Metro Manila, raising awareness on the efforts on and progress of filmmaking in the different regions. It serves as a platform for films from the regions, most of which are produced in the local languages and showing culturally-rooted narratives.

With the theme “One Country, One Cinema, One Future,” Cinema Rehiyon X partners with the Dakila Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism (DAKILA), and Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival in bringing select films to various screening venues across Metro Manila. Apart from film viewing, there will be artists talks, lectures, workshops and forums hosted by participating schools and organizations.

Opening Ceremony and Forum

Cinema Rehiyon X will open on 25 February 2018, 1 PM, at the EVIA Lifestyle Center in Las Pinas City with screenings of “Babylon” by Cebuano filmmaker Keith Deligero and “Dapol tan payawar na Tayug 1931” (The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931) by Pangasinan-rooted director Christopher Gozum.

The screenings will be followed by a forum dubbed “Cinema X: The Future of Philippine Cinema” which will gather stakeholders from different film organizations to discuss the best practices in the industry, steps onto further developing regional cinema and how it would reflect into ushering the future of Philippine cinema.

Screenings and forums

Aside from partnering with film stakeholders, CRX will also have school tours and will be visiting select universities and colleges within Metro Manila. Among the participating schools which will hosts screenings and forums are the De La Salle University and the College of Saint Benilde (February 26); Far Estern University and the University of the Philippines – Manila (February 27); and University of Makati (February 28).

Film talks will also be hosted at the Selah Garden Hotel (Forging Synergy in Cinema) on Febuary 26 and the QCX (Finding X: Discovering Stories Untold, Regional Films at the Forefront) on February 28.

Screenings for the Cinema Rehiyon X will also run at the Cinematheque Manila from February 26 to 28 and at the UP Film Center Videotheque on February 28.

10 years of Cinema Rehiyon

Cinema Rehiyon has seen a decade-long run and, since its inception, has been a major part of the Philippine Arts Festival, NCCA’s celebration of the National Arts Month every February. The first two years of Cinema Rehiyon was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City. Since 2011, it was held in different parts of the country—Davao City in 2011; Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, in 2012; Los Banos, Laguna, in 2013; and Cagayan de Oro City in 2014. In 2015, Cinema Rehiyon was held in Cebu City, highlighting Cebuano filmic achievements. In 2016, Cinema Rehiyon traveled to Dasmarinas, Cavite finally, last year, 2017, Cinema Rehiyon 9 graced the outdoor screening venue in the small but active film community of Nabunturan, Compostella Valley.

This year, Cinema Rehiyon comes back to Manila with a stronger affirmation to continue bringing regional films onto the silver screen.

ADMISSION TO CINEMA REHIYON PROGRAMS IS FREE. LIMITED SLOTS ONLY. Deadline is on 22 February 2018. For any inquiries or concerns, you may contact or through mobile number 09162152591. 


Download: Cinema Rehiyon X Final Program Guide

The National Committee on Cinema is composed of its head and Commissioner for the Arts Teddy Co; vice-head Jose Antonio Garcia, secretary Baby Ruth Villarama; assistant secretary Elvert Bañares; and members Archi Adamos, Ed Palmos, Tito Valiente, Vicente Nebrida, Patrick Campos, Rosanni Sarile, Ian Casocot, Hobart Savior and Joel Arthur Tibaldo.

NCCA is led by its chairman National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, executive director Rico S. Pableo Jr., and deputy executive director Marichu G. Tellano.

DAKILA (nobility) – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism is a group of artists, students and individuals committed to advocating social consciousness formation among both their industry peers and their immediate audiences.

Active Vista and the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival is a learning institution established by DAKILA to address the pressing need for human rights education and to encourage social advocacy involvement in the Philippines. Active Vista facilitates the learning process of empowering citizens into becoming agents of social change  

For questions on this press release please contact Mr. Rene S. Napeñas, Head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office through numbers 527-2192 loc 625 or email your queries to