Philippine Daily Inquirer

Maguindana­o rites, tradition in Cinemalaya

- By Jeffrey Tupas Inquirer Mindanao

DAVAO CITY—IN THE DIFFICULT SITUAtion of having to choose between a man and her family (and tradition), what’s a 16year-oldMoro girl do?

This is the conflict that the character Ayesah faces in the indie film “Limbunan,” one of the 10 finalists in the Full-Length Feature category of the ongoing Cinemalaya Film Festival.

Written by Maguindana­on filmmaker Gutierrez “Teng” Mangansaka­n, “Limbunan” stars veteran actress Tetchie Agbayani and Joem Bascon. The film tackles the practice of arranged marriages between Moro families.

Still the norm

“It is still the norm to arrange marriages between royal or prominent families,” Mangansaka­n told INQUIRER. The reasons vary—to form political or tactical alliances, for conflict resolution, to secure a family’s royal lineage...”

The 82-minute film set in 1989 was shot mostly in the riverside village of Paidu Pulangi in Pikit, North Cotabato, where Man-

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CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO ?? SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2010 JEA Lyka Cinco with Joem Bascon
GUTIERREZ Mangansaka­n
Emmie G. Velarde CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2010 JEA Lyka Cinco with Joem Bascon GUTIERREZ Mangansaka­n

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