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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Igorot movie 'Salidumay' officially selected in the 11th International Film Festival Manhattan

Photo Courtesy || Dexter Macaraeg

Cordillera - An Igorot short movie 'Salidumay' was officially selected in the 11th International Film Festival in New York City to be held on 14th-17th October 2021.

Directed by Abrenean Filmmaker Dexter Macaraeg, 'Salidumay' is a short film that features how courtship and marriage  are performed in Cordilleran culture. 

Award-winning Igorota actress Mai Fanglayan took the role of "Ayo, a Tingguian from Abra with an Ibaloi blood, who goes on her first date with a former Seminarian "Franz", performed by Kenneth Jhayve Bautista.

Franz (Kenneth Jhayve Bautista), a former seminarian who grew up in Abra but moved to Baguio City, can't seem to find love through dating apps, he decides to use his culture's methods to arrange a marriage. 

Their differences leads to a small collision of expectation and perspectives, but what it opens up in the tension offers a glimmer of hope for the would-be couple.

'Salidumay' creative team are all from Benguet Province, namely Shem Padua, Jonnie Lyn Dasalla, Romnick Bayeng, JC Patnao, Julius Legoen Lumiqued, Ellen Castro Herrera and Melinda Ocan Castro, with some Baguio-based talents. Theme song by Sherylene Bagayao.

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