Baler (film)

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Baler
Directed by Mark Meily
Produced by Vicente G. del Rosario III
Vic del Rosario Jr.
Veronique del Rosario-Corpus
Erwin Genuino
Hermie Go
June T. Rufino
Screenplay by Roy Iglesias
Story by Roy Iglesias
Starring Anne Curtis
Jericho Rosales
Phillip Salvador
Music by Vincent de Jesus
Cinematography Lee Meily
Edited by Danny Anonuevo
Production
company
VIVA Films
BIDA Foundation
Distributed by VIVA Films
Release dates
  • 25 December 2008 (2008-12-25)
Running time
116 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog
Spanish
Budget P 100,000,000
Box office P 20,500,000

Baler is a 2008 drama film and the official entry of VIVA Films in the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival, starring Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales. Its first screening was on December 25, 2008, simultaneously with the rest of the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival film entries.

Plot[edit]

In 1898, a band of Spanish soldiers heroically defended Baler (which was later made the provincial capital of Aurora in 1951) against Filipino revolutionary forces for 337 long and grueling days. This battle, now known as the Siege of Baler, is the setting of a forbidden love between a mestizo soldier (Jericho Rosales) and a native Filipina (Anne Curtis) who lived at the end of the 19th century.

Release[edit]

Baler has been available on original CD and DVD since March 17, 2009.

Baler had a special screening at the 2nd San Joaquin International Film Festival, on May 19, 2009 in Stockton, California.

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

2008 Metro Manila Film Festival

Category Subject Result
Best Picture Baler Won
Best Actress Anne Curtis Won
Best Supporting Actor Phillip Salvador Won
Best Director Mark Meily Won
Best Screenplay Roy Iglesias Won
Best Cinematography Lee Meily Won
Best Production Design Aped Santos Won
Best Editing Danny Añonuevo Won
Most Gender-Sensitive Film Baler Won
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards Baler Won

2009 Gawad Genio Awards

Category Subject
Best Film VIVA Films Won
Best Film Director Mark Meily Won
Best Actress Anne Curtis Nominated
Best Actor Jericho Rosales Nominated
Best Film Supporting Actor Phillip Salvador Nominated
Best Film Cinematographer Lee Meily Won
Best Film Editor Danny Añonuevo Won
Best Film Production Designer Aped Santos Won
Best Film Screenwriter Roy Iglesias Won
Best Film Sound Engineer Ditoy Aguila Won
Best Film Soundtrack Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman By: Sarah Geronimo Won
Best Film Story Roy Iglesias Won
Outstanding Genio Awardee VIVA Films Won

2009 FAMAS Awards

Category Subject Result
Best Picture Baler Won
Best Director Mark Meily Nominated
Best Actor Jericho Rosales Nominated
Best Actress Anne Curtis Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Phillip Salvador Nominated
Best Child Actor Fender de leon Legaspi Nominated
Best Screenplay Roy Iglesias Nominated
Best Cinematography Lee Meily Won
Best Art Direction Aped Santos Won
Best Sound Ditoy Aguila Won
Best Editing Danny Añonuevo Won
Best Story Roy Iglesias Won
Best Theme Song Ngayon Bukas at Magpakailanman by: Sarah Geronimo and Louie Ocampo (composer) Won
Best Musical Score Vincent de Jesus Nominated

2009 FAP Awards

Category Subject Result
Best Picture Baler Won
Best Director Mark Meily Won
Best Actor Jericho Rosales Nominated
Best Actress Anne Curtis Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Phillip Salvador Won
Best Screenplay Roy Iglesias Won
Best Cinematography Lee Meily Won
Best Sound Ditoy Aguila Won
Best Production Design Aped Santos Won
Best Musical Score Vincent de Jesus Won

Controversy[edit]

On February 25, 2013, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the indictment of former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) chairman Efraim Genuino, his son Erwin, and six other officials of the state-run gaming firm for malversation and graft charges in connection to a multimillion-peso deal for "Baler." [1]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Resiklo
Metro Manila Film Festival Award for Best Picture
2008
Succeeded by
Panday