CFAD Warriors’ Short Film Premieres at Malaysian Film Fest


“Marangle” (“Farm”), an experimental short film directed by UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (CFAD) alumna Rodmarie Angeline Tabilog, was recently screened as part of the Cinebalu program of the 17th Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival 2017. The festival is considered Borneo’s first and longest-running film festival which aims to nurture young and future ASEAN talents in the filmmaking industry.

The nine-minute experimental and symbolic short film narrates the life of a farmer who risks everything, including his land, just to have a chance to work abroad and provide a better future for his family. Marangle was entirely shot in San Simon, Pampanga, in 2016.

Ms. Tabilog was present during the screening and film forum, truly representing the UE community and the Philippines with pride in this weeklong festival (July 22-29, 2017). This marked the international premiere of “Marangle” after its selection at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 28th Gawad CCP Independent Film and Video Festival in 2016.

“Marangle” is a product of the video and film production subject of the UE CFAD under the tutelage of Professor Richard Soriano Legaspi.


The short film was produced by a production team composed of UE advertising students Angeline Tabilog (Director), Isiah Isabelo Bucao (Director of Photography), Rhuva Patiag (Assistant Director), Gerard Halabaso (Writer), Aldric Matthew Manapat (Production Manager), Chelsea Mae Natividad (Production Designer), Erica Balaan (Wardrobe and Costume Designer), Cyrill Mustera, Jayson Torres and Kent Santos (Production Staffers).

The makers of “Marangle” are all UE CFAD Advertising Arts majors: Ms. Tabilog, Ms. Balaan, Mr. Torres, Mr. Santos and Mr. Halabaso are all December 2016 graduates; Ms. Patiag, Ms. Natividad and Mr. Manapat are all April 2016 graduates; while Mr. Mustera and Mr. Bucao are fourth-year students and, incidentally, working on a new short film for Maybank and Cannes-awarded director Brillante Mendoza.

This is the third short film produced by UE Advertising Arts students that went on to be officially selected for an international film festival. Russel Sobrino’s 2015 short film “Aswe” was part of the prestigious 23rd Annual Filipino International Cine Festival in San Francisco and in competition at the 9th CMS International Children’s Film Festival in Lucknow, India; while 2016′s “Kuya,” directed by Rayson Tancasis, was screened at the Children’s International film festival in Dubai.


The images here show the “Marangle” promotional poster; the film’s director, UE CFAD graduate Rodmarie Angeline Tabilog; and the film’s production team with a family of Kapampangan farmers, the inspiration for “Marangle”
Kudos, Filmmaking CFAD Warriors!

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