Small Voices

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Small Voices
Theatrical movie poster
Directed by Gil Portes
Produced by Gil Portes, Ray Cuerdo, Cresencio Bendijo, Isabel Chapman, Marissa Dames, Eric Manlunas, Deo Tinana
Written by Adolfo Alix, Jr.
Gil Portes
Starring Alessandra de Rossi
Music by Joy Marfil
Cinematography Ely Cruz
Edited by George Jarlego
Distributed by Teamwork Productions
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • September 10, 2002 (2002-09-10) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • July 2, 2003 (2003-07-02) (Philippines)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

Small Voices or Mga Munting Tinig is a 2002 Philippine drama film directed by Gil Portes and Adolfo Alix, Jr. The film set in a public school won 11 awards and was nominated for 11 other including Gawad Urian Awards. It is the only Filipino film to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures.


Melinda (Alessandra de Rossi) is a new substitute teacher at the Malawig Elementary School, located in a poor remote barrio. A young university graduate, her family expects her to look for work abroad, but in her idealism she takes on a challenging job in the provincial public school, which lacks resources and has corrupt personnel. The heavy monsoon rains and the nearby NPAs also add to her difficulties.

The children are indifferent to their studies, having been affected by the hopelessness around them. Melinda tries to motivate them by capitalizing on their interest and talent in singing. She takes advantage of a funding opportunity to enter them in a choral contest. She encounters some resistance, however, from the school administration and from the parents of her students. Furthermore, the death of one of the choral group’s members at the hands of the NPA casts a pall on their once joyful preparations. Melinda, however, constantly tries to rise above these challenges.


  • Alessandra de Rossi as Melinda
  • Dexter Doria as Mrs. Pantalan
  • Gina Alajar as Chayong
  • Amy Austria as Luz
  • Bryan Homecillo as Popoy
  • Pierro Rodriguez as Obet
  • Irma Adlawan as Fe
  • Keno Agaro
  • AJ Delos Santos as Carlos
  • Sining Blanco as Gela
  • Noni Buencamino as Fidel
  • Mhalouh Crisologo as Solita
  • Hazel Logan as Ida
  • Christian Galindo
  • Nanding Josef as Adong's Father
  • Tony Mabesa as Mr. Tibayan
  • Lailani Navarro as Pilar
  • Jessi Diaz
  • Alchris Galura
  • Celine Suntay
  • Jocel Escobal
  • Myko Suntay
  • Jelly Cruz
  • Gemma Gonzales

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