Marlon Rivera
68 mins | Drama, Comedy | 2011

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. For their last task of the day, they visit the dumpsite for the first time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the ”beauty” of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with reality as they come face-to-face with the real effects of their chosen subject. The film is about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticizing of poverty. It is a gritty, no frills neo-realist film, a glossy musical, an over-the-top melodrama and a docu-drama.


Eugene Domingo, JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Mercedes Cabral, Cherry Pie Picache


Director Marlon Rivera, Screenwriter Chris Martinez, Executive Producers Chris Martinez, Marlon Rivera, Line Producers Madonna Tarrayo, Josabeth Alonso, John Victor Tence, Director of Photography Larry Manda, Musical Director Vincent de Jesus, Editor Ike Veneracion, Sound Engineers Albert Michael Idioma, Addiss Tabong, Production Designer Reji Regalado, Asst. Directors Melvin Lee, Julius Alfonso, Creative Supervisor Chris Martinez, Head of Production Grace Quisias

*Cinemalaya Award-Best Film, Best Direction (Marlon Rivera), Best Screenplay (Chris Martinez), Best Performance by an Actress (Eugene Domingo), Audience Choice Award