Saturday, May 20, 2017

Brillante Mendoza Presents: PANATA on TV5

Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza creates another series of made for TV movies on TV5 network. PANATA is the first episode in the line-up under Brillante Mendoza Presents. This episode takes us back to the early years of Martial Law set in the province of Marinduque. "Panata" gives us the glimpse of the religious fervor of Filipinos depicted through one of the most popular Lenten rites, the Moriones.

This latest masterpiece of the director was unveiled in a press conference held at the Director's Club theater at Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall on May 17, 2017.

Aside from religion, PANATA shows a deeper story about the struggles of a family who waits for the father's return and a son's quest for what he truly believes in.   Full of symbolisms, the movie is another brave TV masterpiece intended for the discerning audience relevant to most Filipinos who lived during the Martial Law era.

PANATA episode airs on May 27, 2017 at 10:30PM on TV5.

Panata is the story of Mario (King), a mask maker’s son, who performs the Moriones Lenten rites for his father’s return amidst an impending rebellion during Martial Law.

Mario and his best friend, Toto, are witnesses to the brutal and unjust arrest of Mario’s father, Tasyo, a suspected rebel, during the early years of Martial Law. The desperate longing leads Mario and his mother, Azon, to devote and surrender themselves to a higher power and perform various Catholic rites and rituals for the family patriarch’s return.

Years of prayer and devotion have passed, still no father is found. Mario takes his father’s roles as breadwinner, mask maker, and rebel sympathiser. Later on, he is reunited with his childhood friend, Toto, now a student activist enlightened by higher ideologies in his studies. Exposed by the chaos brought about by the Marcos’ regime’s decline, Toto brings Mario news of the rebel group’s impending victory against the dictator and invites him to participate in a clandestine gathering in the mountains.

Kristofer King | Jao Daniel Elamparo as MARIO
Sue Prado as AZON
Arnold Cruz Reyes as TASYO
Felix Artadi Roco | Vince Rillon as TOTO
Jill Palencia Ibuyan | Crystal January Bravo as ISING
Lou Veloso as FR. FERNANDO
Edwin Nombre Pamaniän as ANDONG
Onyl Torres as _________
Ryan Sandoval as DANTE

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Scriptwriter: Kat Marasigan

Trailer: Brillante Mendoza Presents: PANATA

Creative Consultant: Armando Lao
Editor: Diego Marx Dobles
Director of Photography: Odie Flores
Production Designer: Ben Payumo

Behind-the-Scenes: Brillante Mendoza Presents: PANATA

Line Producer: Carlo Camilo Valenzona
Production Manager: Antonette Maddela Perez
Camera Assistants: Benjie De Vera, Wally Bolanos, Joshua Reyles
Assistant Director: Charita Castinlag
Production Assistant: Christine Florendo
HMUA: Ruffa Zuueta

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