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Directed byTreb Monteras
Produced byMonster Jimenez[1]
Written by
  • Treb Monteras
  • Njel de Mesa[1]
  • Abra
  • Dido de la Paz
  • Loonie
  • Chai Fonacier
  • Ybes Bagadiong
  • Brian Arda
  • Thea Yrastorza
  • Kate Alejandrino
Music byJay Durias[1]
CinematographyIke Avellana[1]
Edited byLawrence S. Ang[1]
Release date
Running time
80 minutes[1]

Respeto (Respect) is a 2017 Philippine drama independent film starring Filipino hip hop artist Abra, and directed by Alberto "Treb" Monteras II.[2][1] It was co-written by Monteras and screenwriter Njel de Mesa, who drew inspiration from the works of veteran poets such as Vim Nadera and National Artists Bienvenido Lumbera and Virgilio Almario.[3]

The final film features a guest cameo appearance by poet Vim Nadera. Aside from Abra and de la Paz, the film co-stars Chai Fonacier, Ybes Bagadiong, Brian Arda, Thea Yrastorza, Kate Alejandrino, and Filipino rapper Loonie.[4]



  • Abra as Hendrix
  • Dido de la Paz as Doc
  • Loonie as Breezy G
  • Chai Fonacier as Betchai
  • Ybes Bagadiong as Payaso
  • Brian Arda as Mando
  • Thea Yrastorza as Connie
  • Kate Alejandrino as Candy


It has received critical acclaim for its powerful use of the Filipino poetry in the form of Pinoy hip hop rap battles and Balagtasan poetry,[5][6], the performance of veteran theater actor Dido de la Paz,[7] and what film critic Philbert Dy calls its "rather powerful examination of a generational relationship with government-backed violence."[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film won the awards for best feature length film, Best Supporting Actor (Dido de la Paz), Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound at the 2017 Cinemalaya Film Festival.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Info-Sheet: RESPETO (RESPECT)" (PDF). Cultural Center of the Philippines. 2017.
  2. ^ Cruz, Oggs (2017-08-09). "Movie Reviews: All 9 films at the 2017 Cinemalaya Film Festival". Rappler. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  3. ^ Liao, Archie (2017-08-10). "Multi-Palanca award winner Njel de Mesa talks about his immersion in 'Respeto' -". Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  4. ^ Mayo, Stephanie (2017-08-12). "CINEMALAYA REVIEW - 'Respeto': prose and pain". Concept News Central. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  5. ^ Concepcion, Pocholo (2017-08-06). "Rap star Abra, Pinoy hip-hop culture, Jay Durias' music score in Cinemalaya film". Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  6. ^ Quintos, Patrick. "Rebyu: Respeto para sa 'Respeto'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  7. ^ a b Dy, Philbert (2017-08-10). "The Best and Worst of This Year's Cinemalaya". Rogue Media Inc.
  8. ^ "'Respeto' bags Cinemalaya 2017 Best Film award". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  9. ^ Concepcion, Pocholo (2017-08-14). "'Respeto' bags 6 Cinemalaya awards". Retrieved 2017-08-14.

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