Philippine Cinema 2016: 10 Best Short Films

Twenty seven short films were mentioned by the voters as their favorites for 2016. Here are the top 10:

1 – Fish Out of Water (Mon A.L. Garilao, Cinemalaya) 23 points, 6 votes


About: Min-jae, a Korean-Filipino teenager, who is often discriminated against for being mixed-blood. His utmost desire to belong to the homogeneous and hierarchical Korean society is tested when his single Filipina mother decides to send him to the Philippines one winter day.

2 – Ang Maangas, ang Marikit at ang Makata (Ibarra Guballa, Cinemalaya) 23 points, 5 votes


A one-act play for film about the characters meeting on an ordinary day. Alfonso, a warrior from the Other Side goes to town in search of the Captain for a payment that is owed to him. He arrived at the house seeing Liwliw, the Captain’s daughter practicing her dance. Complications arise when Delfin, a passionate poet, serenades the young lady.

3 – Pektus (Isabel Quesada, Cinemalaya) 17 points


About: The lives of two men in the city -both proud, indifferent, and bound by the confines of their milieu and their choices in life- and their incidental yet preordained meeting in a one-way alley that would change their lives thereafter. Raising questions of how far people have control over what happens in their lives, the film seeks to explore circumstance versus choice, breaking points, and second chances.

4 – If You Leave (Dodo Dayao, QCinema) 13 points


About: Two amateur ghost hunters who are hired to surveil an alleged haunted house. Nothing much happens. But just because you can’t see the patterns of strangeness, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

5 – Kung Ang Ulan Ay Gawa sa Tsokolate (Prime Cruz and Galileo Te, CineFilipino) 11 points


Set in a dystopian Philippines where human labor exportation has become the country’s main industry, Maita spends her last moments with her daughter before undergoing a process which will tamper with her emotions and change their relationship forever.

6 – Forever Natin (Cyrus Valdez, Cinemalaya) 10 points


About: A lesbian couple, Pat and Karen, who know fully well that their relationship won’t last for good. So they decide to draft a contract binding them together for a limited period of time, which starts out as a monthly contract, then becomes yearly, until they are together for 7 years. On their 7th anniversary, Pat makes a plan to surprise for Karen.

7 (tie) – Contestant #4 (Jared Joven and Kaj Palanca, QCinema) 9 points


About: A young boy who frequently visits an old man who lives alone, keeping him always in good company. One night, he chances upon the old man watching a dated clip of himself as a cross-dressing boy. This sparks within the young boy an interest to find out more about the old man’s past. What he ultimately discovers aids both him and the old man towards a richer understanding of how the weight of life and identity should be carried.

7 (tie) – Mitatang (Arvin Jezer Gagui, MMFF) 9 points


About: A maltreated child who’s longing for his drunkard single parent father’s love

9 – EJK (Bor Ocampo, MMFF) 8 points


A dark comedy short feature about the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

10 – Ang Hapon ni Nanding (Rommel Tolentino, Cinemalaya) 5 points


About: An introverted middle-aged man who finds a wonderful distraction to his otherwise dull, late afternoons by the farm




  1. EJK
  2. Ang Hapon Ni Nanding


  1. Mitatang (Arvin Jezer Gagui)
  2. EJK (Bor Ocampo)
  3. Simmer (Michael Manalastas)
  4. Manila Scream (Rox Lee)
  5. Mumu (Avid Liongoren)


  1. Ang Maangas, ang Marikit, at ang Makata
  2. Forever Natin
  3. Pektus
  4. Fish Out of Water
  5. Get Certified

MIKOY FERNANDEZ (Mga Katha ng Haraya)

  1. Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit, at Ang Makata
  2. Fish Out of Water
  3. Butas
  4. Pektus
  5. Mitatang

RICKY GALLARDO (Business Mirror)

  1. Contestant #4
  2. If You Leave
  3. Mitatang
  4. EJK
  5. Pektus

JSON JAVIER (The Spotless Mind)

  1. Ang Painting ni Tatay (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  2. Forever Natin (Cyrus Valdez)
  3. Stop. Steady. Sayaw. (Dan Villegas)
  4. Saanman Ngunit Dito (Cheska Salangsang)
  5. XXX (Allison Barretto)


  1. Fish Out of Water (Mon A.L. Garilao)
  2. Aki (Rommel Tolentino)
  3. If You Leave (Dodo Dayao)
  4. Digpa Ning Alti (Bor Ocampo)
  5. Yes Mami (Carl Chavez)

FIDEL ANTONIO MEDEL (Pixelated Popcorn)

  1. Ang Maangas, ang Marikit, at ang Makata, dir. Ibarra Guballa
  2. Fish Out of Water, dir. Mon Garilao
  3. Pektus, dir. Isabel Quesada
  4. Ang Hapon Ni Nanding, dir. Milo Tolentino
  5. Butas, dir. Richard Cawed


  1. If You Leave
  2. Ang mga Hapon ni Nanding

CATHY PEÑA (Make Me Blush)

  1. Lav Diaz’s Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas


  1. Fish Out Of Water by Mon A.L. Garilao
  2. Kung Ang Ulan ay Gawa Sa Tsokolate by Prime Cruz & Galileo Sioco Te
  3. Contestant #4 by Jared Joven & Kaj Palanca
  4. If You Leave by Eduardo Dayao
  5. Outside by Dani Chuatico

NAZAMEL TABARES (Pelikula Mania)

  1. Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata
  2. Hondo
  3. Kung ang Ulan ay Gawa sa Tsokolate
  4. Pektus
  5. Not Applicable

JOHN TAWASIL (Present Confusion)

  1. Kung Ang Ulan ay Gawa sa Tsokolate
  2. Fish Out of Water
  3. If You Leave
  4. Pektus

EMIL NOR URAO (The Movie Bud)

  1. Pektus
  2. Sitsiritsit
  3. Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata
  4. Forever Natin
  5. Ang Hapon ni Nanding

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