Thursday, March 23, 2017

9-Year Old “Boses” the movie opens the 2017 ASEAN Film Festival

With over 500 screenings nationwide and abroad, 9 year-old Cinemalaya Film Festival 2005 entry, Boses, continues its journey as it represents the Philippines and opens the 2017 ASEAN Film Festival in Geneva in commemoration of the 50th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN. 

The festival will run from March 27-April 7 at the Palais des Nations. Other films include: “Cahaya dari Timur: Beta Maluku” (Indonesia), “Adam Eve Datsa” (Myanmar), “My Magic” (Singapore), “Yellow Flower in Green Grass” (Vietnam), “Redha” (Malaysia), “Yasmine” (Brunei Darussalam), “Only Love” (Lao People's Democratic Republic), “Vanished” (Cambodia), and “Best of Times” (Thailand).

Boses was invited by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations and other International Organizations thru the office of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Under the headship of Director-General Michael Møller of the United Nations Office at Geneva, invited guests include members of the diplomatic missions/embassies based in Geneva and officials of the international organizations in Geneva such as the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), International Labor Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Trade Organization (WTO), and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

Boses is supported by the Philippine Commission on Women, the Philippine Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, various government, religious and child-advocacy organizations. It continues to screen locally and internationally having over 35 screenings this March accompanied by discussions on Violence Against Women and Children. 

The film’s main location, Casa San Miguel in Zambales, headed by Coke Bolipata, renowned violinist and lead actor of the movie, now has a full-fledged K-12 program with arts and music at the core of its program, believing in its power in the development of children and communities.

Erasto Films, producer of the movie, has launched its online platform,, with its list of women filmmakers dubbed “filmmakeHERs” as its offering this Women’s Month of March. You may also visit them on their Facebook page at
Boses tells the story of how love saved a boy from his past and how music gave him his future. It is directed by Ellen Ongkeko Marfil and stars Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache, Meryll Soriano, and introduces Coke Bolipata and his child protégé, Julian Duque, as lead actors.

Join the thousands who have been touched by this heartwarming film and book your “Boses” screening. Check out “Boses the Movie” Facebook page and to know more about this award-winning film. Contact them at or 236-4347/332-7485.

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