Erik Matti

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Erik Matti
Erik Matti 10-20-14 (cropped).jpg
Matti on October 20, 2014
Born (1970-12-21) December 21, 1970 (age 48)
Bacolod, Philippines
EducationUniversity of San Agustin
Alma materUniversity of St. La Salle (withdrew)
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Michiko Yamamoto

Erik Matti (born December 21, 1970)[1] is a Filipino filmmaker. He is known for directing On the Job (2013), Honor Thy Father (2015), Seklusyon (2016), and BuyBust (2018). His other directing credits include Ekis (1999), Mano Po 2 (2003), Gagamboy (2004), Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles (2012) and its sequel Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 (2014).

Matti co-founded the production company Reality Entertainment with Dondon Monteverde, son of film producer Lily Monteverde.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Matti hails from Bacolod. He is the sixth (and youngest) children of Enrique, an atheist and custom's agent, and Julieta, a government employee raised in a family "considered to be gangsters". Of his deceased father, Matti reminisced that he was "an intellectual and never really saw work as something to devote himself into. He was a dreamer and a debater."[4]

Matti graduated from elementary and high school at the University of San Agustin (formerly Colegio de San Agustin). He studied college at the University of St. La Salle initially as a biology major but eventually shifted his focus to mass communication. Despite his six years in college, he did not graduate.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Matti is married to screenwriter Michiko Yamamoto.[5] Politically he is an outspoken critic of Rodrigo Duterte, in part due to the Filipino president's proclamation of martial law during the Marawi crisis. As such, Matti sparked criticism for cursing at Duterte's supporters in social media.[6]



First Assistant Director[edit]

  • Gangland (1998)

Second Assistant Director[edit]

  • Baby Love (1998)


  • The Arrival (2010)
  • Binibining K (2006)
  • Pa-Siyam (2004)
  • Gagamboy (2004)
  • Scorpio Nights 2 (1999)
  • Magic Kingdom (Alamat ng Damortis) (1997)


  • Yanggaw (2008)
  • Gagamboy (2004)
  • Scorpio Nights 2 (1999)
  • Magic Hut (1997)


  • On the Job (2013) (co-producer)
  • Rigodon (2012) (co-producer)
  • Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles (2012) (co-producer)
  • Rounin (2007 TV series)
  • Pa-siyam (2004)
  • Banyo Queen (2001)
  • Cat Hairs (2001)


Year Award Category Work Result
1996 22nd Metro Manila Film Festival Best Original Story (with Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes) Magic Temple[7] Won
Best Screenplay (with Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes) Won
2014 30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Cinematographer of the Year On the Job Won
Movie Director of the Year Won
2015 41st Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director Honor Thy Father[8] Won
Best Original Story (with Michiko Yamamoto) Nominated
2016 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director Seklusyon[9] Won


  1. ^ @ErikMatti (December 21, 2017). "It's my birthday today! So I deserve not to take a bath. #december21 #47not50" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Starring Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson and co-produced by Matti's Reality Entertainment with Star Cinema, "On the Job" is among the 21 films announced on Tuesday as part of the festival’s prestigious Directors Fortnight section. ("Erik Matti's 'On the Job' joins Cannes filmfest Directors Fortnight section". April 23, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013.)
  3. ^ Information about Reality Entertainment on its official Facebook
  4. ^ a b Pastor, Christina. "Erik Matti on PHL corruption: 'The country is like one big Sopranos clan'". GMA News. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Sallan, Edwin P. (July 3, 2017). "Buy Bust, Ang Larawan, Palanca winner among scripts snubbed by MMFF". Interaksyon. TV5. Archived from the original on July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Serato, Arniel (May 29, 2017). "Erik Matti slams critics after cursing at Duterte supporters; gets an ally in Jim Paredes". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:1996". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  8. ^ Smith, Chuck. "Winners: 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night". Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  9. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2016 Gabi ng Parangal". Rappler. Retrieved 30 December 2016.

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