Mando, a Bikolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bikolandia, injures himself in the middle of the forest at the foot of the Mayon Volcano. He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome. They will eventually fall in love with each other. But when Mando invites her to come with him to the plains, Salome refuses, saying a curse prohibits her from leaving the forest. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando’s love for her. Meanwhile, Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift the curse, making him realize just how inextricably linked are the virtues of love and faith.
Paulo Avelino, Mara Lopez, Ramona Rañeses, Roy B. Dominguiano
Written and Directed by Alvin YapanExecutive Producers - Alemberg Ang, Alvin YapanAssociate Producer - Khristian CorderoProduction Manager - Maxie Cuangco Evangelista IIIDOP - Dexter dela PeñaProduction Design - Dennis Corteza, Paolo Rey Mendoza PiañaArt Directors - Pat Noveno, Roy B. DominguianoEditing - Chuck GuiterrezMusical Score - ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mr. Gerard SalongaMusic - Teresa Barrozo, Jireh PasanoSound Design - Ray Andrew San Miguel, Andrew Milallos
Alvin Yapan ventured into filmmaking with his first solo feature-length film for Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe), winning Best Picture (Digital Feature Category) at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival (2009). His film Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (The Dance of Two Left Feet) won the Bronze Award at the 28th Festival de Cine de Bogota (2011) and Best Picture at the Gawad Urian (2012). He holds a doctoral degree in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines, and currently teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University.