Portraits by Rank: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019

The whole of the SMX Convention Center was bustling with love for Philippine cinema–filled with experts, celebrities, enthusiasts, and fans in a gathering like no other.

In a historic first, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), headed by Chair Liza Dino-Seguerra, mounted a Grand Fan Con to prelude the third Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino this 2019, gamely participated in by celebrities starring in the ten competing films in the festival.

With a running theme: Pamilya, Pagkakaibigan, Pag-ibig, the festival welcomed a diverse roster of films from arthouse gems, to mainstream blockbusters, giving an interesting lineup of audience-friendly films for Filipino film lovers.

For the first offering of Portraits by Rank, we joined the FDCP and the PPP to capture the men and women that make up this year’s remarkable gathering of industry stalwarts and newcomers–anchored all on the common mission of celebrating films by Filipinos, for Filipinos.

Produced and direction by Leo Balante

Photography by Advan Ramirez and Marl Castro

Assisted by Dee J Rieza, and Bhernn Saenz

Videography and editing by Jico Umali at QuickFilms

Additional clips by Bhernn Saenz

In partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines

Rank Scene Goes to the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019 Grand Fan Con

The whole of the SMX Convention Center – SM Mall of Asia housed film experts, fans, and enthusiasts in a fun, explosive celebration of films, joined by the ten film entries of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019. Spearheaded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, with Chair Liza Diño-Seguerra at the helm, industry stalwarts and newcomers graced the occasion for an afternoon of music, games, prizes, and interactive installations, one with the mission of celebrating love for original Filipino films.Rank caught up with festival actors from Arci Muñoz and JC Santos, Enchong Dee World, RK Bagatsing, Inigo Pascual, Khalil Ramos to Ben&Ben for a special feature. Produced by Leo BalanteIn partnership with Film Development Council of the PhilippinesVideography and editing by Jico Umali at QuickFilmsAdditional clips by Bhernn Saenz

Posted by Rank Magazine on Monday, September 16, 2019


Paolo Ballesteros, Martin Del Rosario, Christian Bables, and Via Antonio

Paolo Ballesteros

Martin Del Rosario

Christian Bables

Via Antonio


Arci Munoz and JC Santos

Arci Munoz

JC Santos

LSS ( Last Song Syndrome)

Khalil Ramos

Ben & Ben

Elijah Canlas


Paulo Angeles, McCoy De Leon, Jameson Blake, Mark Oblea, Roxanne Barcelo, and Kira Balinger

Lola Igna

Angie Ferro

Yves Flores


Suzette Ranillo, Vince Ranillo, Alora Sasam

Suzette Ranillo


Adolfo Alix, Jr. (director) and Enchong Dee

Adolfo Alix, Jr.

Enchong Dee

Cuddle Weather

Rod Marmol (director) and RK Bagatsing

Rod Marmol

RK Bagatsing

Watch Me Kill

Jean Garcia

Junyka Santarin

I’m Ellenya L

Inigo Pascual