Huling Palabas

In every movie he watches, 16-year-old Andoy creates narratives that could help him find answers to the questions that have always bothered him: Who is he and who is his father? The truth remains elusive; none of his imaginings come true. But then two characters appear in Andoy’s hometown who themselves seem to have come out of a movie: Ariel, a hairdresser who attracts young men with their inexplicable charm, and Isidro, a mysterious, long-haired man who owns a VCD player. Andoy finds himself entranced by them both. But the deeper he becomes entangled in their twisted lives, the more his reality begins to falter. Andoy must decide whether to end his years of searching for his father with a bang or with a whimper.
by Ryan Machado
with Shun Mark Gomez, Bon Andrew Lentejas, Cedrick Juan, Serena Magiliw, Jay Gonzaga
Philippines 2023 Tagalog, Onhan, Subtitles: English 97' Colour International premiere | Debut film | recommendation: 14 years and up

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  • Shun Mark Gomez (Andoy)
  • Bon Andrew Lentejas (Pido)
  • Cedrick Juan (Isidro)
  • Serena Magiliw (Ariel)
  • Jay Gonzaga (Julio)
  • Senanda (Fe)
  • Adelyn Fabon (Mrs. Tirol)
  • Glenn Mas (Mr. Rufon)


DirectorRyan Machado
ScreenplayRyan Machado
CinematographyTheo Lozada
EditingCyril Bautista, Kurt Abrahan
MusicErwin Fajardo
Sound DesignImman Verona, Fatima Nerikka Salim
SoundFatima Nerikka Salim
Production DesignDavid Esguerra
CostumesJaylo Cunanan
Make-UpAlan Verzonilla
ProducersCris Bringas, Jalz Zarate
Creative ProducerJerom Canlas
Executive ProducerRyan Machado
Co-ProductionTerminal Six Post, WAF Studios, Quezon City
Studio Pulô, Manila

Produced by

Tilt Studios

Manila, Philippines

World Sales

Pluto Film

Berlin, Germany

Ryan Machado

Born and raised in Romblon, an island province of the Philippines, he became fascinated by radio plays and films at an early age. After a summer film camp and a directing workshop, he became a filmmaker. He also works as a playwright and won the 2022 Carlos Palanca Award for Literature for his one-act play “Huling Haraya nina Ischia at Emeteria”. He currently teaches language, drama and creative writing at the University of the Philippines while also pursuing his MFA in creative writing at De La Salle University. Huling Palabas is his debut feature film.


2016 Engkwento (A Boy’s Tale); short film 2017 Kagat (Bite); short film 2020 AL+ER; short film 2023 Huling Palabas

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