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Aparisyon poster.jpg
Official poster
Directed by Vincent Sandoval
Written by Vincent Sandoval
Jerry Gracio
Starring Jodi Sta. Maria
Mylene Dizon
Autodidact Pictures
Distributed by Autodidact Pictures
Release date
  • July 21, 2012 (2012-07-21) (Philippine Independent Film Festival)
  • March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20) (Philippines)
Running time
87 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Filipino

Aparisyon (Apparition) is a 2012 Filipino psychological drama by Vincent Sandoval. The film is Sandoval's sophomore feature. It is a story about nuns in the period immediately preceding martial law. It is one of the official entries for the New Breed Full Length Feature Category in Cinemalaya 2012.[citation needed]

Aparisyon was invited to film festivals around the world, including Deauville Asian Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. At the Hawaii International Film Festival, the film won the NETPAC Award "for its courageous exploration of religious faith, guilt and forgiveness through masterful storytelling and visual imagery". The film was also nominated for the New Currents Award at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival.


Set in 1971, the sisters of the Adoration monastery in a remote town in Rizal lead quiet and peaceful lives. Remy (Mylene Dizon), an extern nun or someone who is able to leave the monastery from time to time to do errands for the nuns, learns from her mother that her activist brother is missing. She asks Mother Superior Ruth (Cuyugan-Asensio) for an indefinite leave of absence to help her family search for her brother. When her request is turned down, she starts secretly attending meetings of families with missing relatives. Lourdes (Jodi Sta. Maria), who joined the monastery just recently, decides to become an extern too to go with Remy to attend a meeting. They fall victim to violence on their way back.


  • Jodi Sta. Maria as Sister Lourdes
  • Mylene Dizon as Sister Remy
  • Fides Cuyugan-Asensio as Mother Superior
  • Raquel Villavicencio as Sister Vera
  • Maria Monica Reyes as Sister Emilia



8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

  • Best Sound
  • Nominated-Best Film

Deauville Film Festival

  • Audience Award
  • Nominated-Best Film

Hawaii International Film Festival

Pusan International Film Festival

  • Nominated-New Currents Award

Young Critics Circle

  • Nominated
    • Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role (Fides Cuyugan-Asensio)
    • Best Editing (Jerrold Tarog and Vincent Sandoval)
    • Bes Screenplay (Vincent Sandoval and Jerry Gracio)

Gawad Urian Awards 2013


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