Cinema One Competition 9: Pang MMK

For its fourteenth year, Cinema One Originals gave out grants of three million each to nine original narrative features, three to filmmakers who are making their first feature films.

The title might be enough of a clue but John Lapuz reiterates how his debut feature Pang MMK is “a dark comedy, a parody of the ABS CBN anthology” which follows a young man who, after finding out his estranged and philandering father, whom he hasn’t seen in twenty years, has suddenly died, must go to his funeral and get it over with.

Of course, things aren’t going to be that simple. “This is an answered prayer. I was at my lowest when I wrote the script. Now I even get to direct it.”

The story is based on an actual story featured in the show twenty years ago, picking up where the episode left off and following the character through his next journey.

“It’s a little dramatic, but big on funny too, because that’s the kind person I am.” says Lapuz. Neil Coleta, Nikki Valdez and Zeppi Boromeo star.

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