CineSB Film Festival: Three Films In

FeaturedCineSB Film Festival: Three Films In

One night, I suddenly had a random idea of submitting some of the films I made to a school film festival. I found four films in my MacBook Movies folder and submitted them all. Three got in.

It was so unexpected, as I submitted the requirements clumsily one night. (The resumé I submitted had an obvious objective of gaining an internship and not for a film festival.) I did not even bother telling my friends that I submitted our film (“Lasa ng Lawa”) because I knew it would not get in being a documentary. But apparently it did. (Sorry, guys.)

The first one was a one-minute film (which film festival panelists don’t usually accept.) The second was a documentary made by my group mates in NATURA1 and me (which is peculiar for a short feature dominated film festival.) The third one was a music video that won second place (which is also peculiar as a selection among short films that won in Cairo or in major local film festivals, and it’s a music video.) The fourth one was complete garbage that I had no hopes for from the start.

Then, one morning, news popped out that I and my group mates got in with not just one but three films! Unbelievable. I was praying really hard, thanking God.

Here they are, and wish them luck:

“IIIRI MO BA?” (Will you push it?) (2016)

A one-minute film about a woman in the toilet, releasing something that must not be released according to many.

I wanted to make a film that does not only address the issue of abortion. In the beginning of production, my vision for it was to capture what a woman feels when aborting an unwanted child. Many see abortion as a question of “Yes or no?” But, people forget the emotional aspect of it; How hard it can be or how easy it can be, depending on the person. My vision was a one-take film of a woman just crying.

The problem: She cannot do it. The solution: She tried harder.


  • Lead: Andrea Mae Felipe
  • Production Designer: Anna Mikaela Quizon
  • Writer, Editor, Cinematographer, Director: Robin Estargo
  • Injeenyuhs Films

“LASA NG LAWA” (Taste of the Lake) (2016)

A fourteen-minute documentary about Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines and dubbed as “the largest septic tank in Southeast Asia.”

The documentary highlights environmental issues tormenting the lake, the people living by the lake, the people who profit from the lake, and the people who protect the lake. The film goes to the different regions surrounding the huge body of water, journeying from Cabuyao, Laguna to Binangonan, Rizal, to gain information and stories from these people.

In the end, the film demands action.


  • Filmmakers: Kathrina Kate Castillo, Robin Estargo, Jocelyn Frago, Anna Mikaela Quizon, Hannah Patricia Siy, Alexandra Louise Supnet
  • Assistant Directors: Jocelyn Frago, Anna Mikaela Quizon
  • Sound Mixing: Hannah Siy
  • Directors of Photography: Kathrina Kate Castillo, Alexandra Louise Supnet
  • Director: Robin Estargo
  • Hugas Kamay Productions


A film about a girl’s catharsis from her murderer.

From the darkness, a girl emerges and walks down the street. She suddenly
stops for feeling that something is behind her, but she continues to walk,
now at a faster pace while looking back from time to time, going into a main
street and into a marketplace, where she encounters an entity that
manipulates her: her past, her spirit and her true intentions.

In the beginning, I had a recurring vision in my mind of a girl just walking, being followed, and going crazy. Then, I made it even more crazier and I found the right music. In the poster, it says “It murders.” It is a phrase that has blank spaces on both ends: What’s ‘it’ and what does ‘it’ murder?

‘It’ may either be paranoia, a physical tormentor, stress, responsibilities, or anything that follows the youth today, that they end up going to a dead end, or in this case, suicide.

Or maybe not suicide. Who knows?


  • Lead: Theresa Isabel Matula
  • Music: Nathaniel Salvador (The After-School Special or pillow talk)
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Victor Christian Donceras
  • 2nd Assistant Camera: Carlos Vince Gamueda
  • Costume Design: Theresa Isabel Matula
  • Production Assistant: Jann Daniel Medenilla
  • Extras: Marian Cortez-Estargo, Nisa Traya, Johniel
  • Production Design: Marian Cortez-Estargo, Brent Marion Estargo
  • Executive Producer: Rolando Estargo
  • Writer, Editor, Director of Photography, and Director: Robin Estargo
  • Injeenyuhs Films in association with The UP Underground Music Community

I hope these films win something! 🙂




She turns to him.

The night is as darkest as ever, but for Miss Mijares, the man is a sunrise—a new beginning. She looks straight into his eyes, feeling her cheeks trembling; her face swollen, full of deep emotion and passion. There was a pinch of confusion as well.

Inch by inch, their faces are getting closer, but as Miss Mijares examines the eyes of the boy, she feels wary: the hint of an eyelid twitching and the sudden bend of an eyebrow. The man feels the same.

“What’s wrong?” she asks. Continue reading “Revelation”

Sunday Clothes

Sunday Clothes


This is the day when she died.

The morning of December rose as she fell,

And I literally smell the morning vapor.

Her breathing fainted just as the cold water went downhill.

The ground shook and I felt her crack.


That was when we had to lay her down,

Like a dress you just ironed.

A naked being, vulnerable and oppressed. Continue reading “Sunday Clothes”

Like A Man

Like A Man

 Why do you sound like that?; like what?; like a girl, it’s not good; lower your voice; lower; lower; lower; good, it sounds just like mine; as I told you, you do not shout unless you’re in a game or you’re in a fire; you don’t scream in high pitch, those are for homos; sit like a man; do not ever cross-leg and always sit up straight; stand straight as well when you’re walking in public and keep your hands to your pockets; let me see; why are your arms like that?; it looks like you’re holding a skirt; my elbows are deformed, they look like they’re holding a skirt but they’re just like that, sir; that’s not an excuse, you have to force yourself, and what’s with that voice again?; you speak to me like you are flirting with me, you only do that to girls; don’t treat them as your best friends, treat them as potential mates; remember to be shy when in front of them; only treat guys as you’re friends, like me; be in a group of boys in school; like them, you don’t talk in class, you’ll always be reckless in class but you have to keep your grades up; keep your grades up but don’t be an attention whore; don’t ever be a whore, like the ones you like; Continue reading “Like A Man”

Running Away to Balay Indang

Running Away to Balay Indang

Staring through the window, I see a view that feels uncomfortable to me. Usually, when I ride a bus, I see wide buildings and tall glass ones that seem to go on forever through the clouds, but here, I only see tiny houses and wide fields of grass and crops in every direction. By this thought, I can conclude that Manila is a very far place from Indang, Cavite, figuratively and literally. Continue reading “Running Away to Balay Indang”

The Words That Form but Never Come Out

The Words That Form but Never Come Out

It’s funny to think that we are coming up with a million thoughts per second in our minds but we can only comprehend about a fraction of a percent of it. What’s also funny is I have been also thinking about this thought during the first term of my college year in class. Continue reading “The Words That Form but Never Come Out”