Philippine documentary selected for BC film festival

RICHMOND BC – A Philippine student documentary titled Tawilis: Palaot Sa Mailap Na Huli (Tawilis: Sailing Towards An Elusive Harvest) is one of the official selections in the upcoming Asia Film Festival in Richmond BC from May 27 -30.


Tawilis explores the drama behind one fisherman’s struggle to support his six children while tracking an elusive harvest of tiny tawilis fish in Batangas.

Directed by Reymer Salvador, a Mass Communication graduate of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Tawilis won an award at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for Independent Film in 2009. Students Melanie Fernandez, Hershel Matibag and Romina Rodriguez produced the film while Elvert Dela Cruz Bañares, the students’ thesis adviser, served as the film’s executive producer.

“My family comes from Cuenca, Batangas and I grew up knowing the fish, tawilis… I suggested the idea to my thesis team mates and we agreed to pursue this issue of the endangered tawilis,” said PLM alumna Hershel Reyes Matibag who now works as Project Execution Manager at Tagline Communications in Manila. (Hershel is the niece of Pilipino Express’ Art Director Rey-ar Reyes – ed.)

The Vancouver New Asia Film Festival is presented Cinevolution Media Arts Society and the City of Richmond in British Columbia.

Have a comment on this article? Send us your feedback