Baler (film)

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Directed by Mark Meily
Written by Roy C. Iglesias
Starring Anne Curtis
Jericho Rosales
Phillip Salvador
VIVA Films
BIDA Foundation
Distributed by VIVA Films
Release dates
December 25, 2008
Running time
110 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog
Budget P 100,000,000
Box office P 41,663,023.55

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.


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.


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.



2008 Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines

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

2009 Gawad Genio Awards

Category Awarded to:
Best Film VIVA Films
Best Film Director Mark Meily
Best Film Cinematograper Lee Meily
Best Film Editor Danny Annonuevo
Best Film Production Designer Aped Santos
Best Film Screenwriter Roy Iglesias
Best Film Sound Engineer Ditoy Aguila
Best Film Soundtrack Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman
Best Film Story Roy Iglesias
Outstanding Genio Awardee VIVA Films


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]


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