Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino streams cinematic gems from GMA Films

Seven movies from GMA Network will once again work their magic on screen in this year’s much anticipated Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) Festival happening from today until Dec. 13. 

Organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the online film festival’s “Main Feature Film Showcase” comprises 90 full-length features under 12 categories: Premium, Classics, Documentary, Romance, Youth and Family, Genre, From the Regions, Pang-Oscars, Tribute, Bahaghari, PPP Retro, and Special Feature. 

A scene from the drama 'Family History' with Michael V and Dawn Zulueta.
A scene from the drama 'Family History' with Michael V and Dawn Zulueta.
Under Romance, catch the enchanting story of Moments of Love wherein time curved for two people—Marco (Dingdong Dantes) and Divina (Iza Calzado)—to meet and part. Marco’s yearning leads to a telephone conversation with Divina, who is the daughter of a haciendero. They find solace in each other even though Divina lives in the past (1957) while Marco lives in the present (2006).

Multi-awarded comedian Michael V.’s labor of love and directorial debut Family History, which gained rave from viewers when it premiered last year, will air under the Youth and Family category. It features the life of Alex Dela Cruz (Michael V.), a happily married man who finds himself at a crossroad when a life-changing disease challenges his marriage to his wife, May (Dawn Zulueta). This family drama movie also stars Miguel Tanfelix, Bianca Umali, John Estrada, Paolo Contis, Ina Feleo, Kakai Bautista, and Nonie Buencamino.

Relive the historic journey of Philippine hero Jose Rizal, starring Cesar Montano, Joel Torre, Jaime Fabrigas, Gloria Diaz, and Gardo Versoza, under the Genre category. Witness the significant turn of events as Dr. Jose P. Rizal awaits his trial and builds his defense prior to his incarceration. 

Meanwhile, award-winning film Saranggola starring Ricky Davao makes a comeback under Pang-Oscars, following the heartwarming story of widowed ex-cop Homer and his ten-year old son Rex. As they separately wrestle with their consciences over a shared incident involving crime, the neighbors find out and chaos soon ensues.

In the same category is Sa Pusod ng Dagat, which returns to share the journey of Pepito, growing up in a remote fishing village in the Philippines and is destined to become the successor of his mother: the only midwife in the whole district, a job given from generation to generation. The film stars Jomari Yllana and Elizabeth Oropesa.

In the category Tribute, viewers will find the Filipino melodrama Deathrow, which gained numerous awards, including Best Actor for the late Eddie Garcia who played the character of the old-school gangster Lolo Sinat. Thrown into lockup among hardened lifers, terrified 16-year-old Sonny (Cogie Domingo) finds himself at the mercy of various strong-arm cliques on death row after being wrongfully convicted.

Also part of Tribute is the film Muro-ami starring Cesar Montano as Fredo, a fisherman who has endured more than his share of hardship in life; his wife and child both perished in a boating accident, and today approaches each trip to the sea with the angry determination of a man out for revenge.

These movies are offered by PPP to paid subscribers through their scheduled livestream screenings in four virtual cinemas in the FDCP Channel online.

To register and secure a slot, visit FDCP Channel’s website: and check GMA Network’s social media pages for updates.

Topics: GMA Network , Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) Festival , Film Development Council of the Philippines
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