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Alfred Vargas Stars in #Cinemalaya2017 Official Entry “Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa”

“Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa” is one of the ten (10) finalists for Cinemalaya 2017 full-length film competition written and directed by theater, television, and film actor Perry Escaño.   
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The lead actor is Alfred Vargas who plays a farmer who pretends to be a teacher in order to save the kids in his community to become child warriors.
 
With Alfred in the lead category are award-winning child actors Miggs Cuaderno (“Children’s Show”, “Purok 7”), Micko Laurente (“Bambanti”, “Pitong Kabang Palay”), Marc Justine Alvarez (“Transit”), and Bon Lentejas (“Hamog”).
 
The film, with an advocacy on the value of EDUCATION has a powerful and amazing supporting actors such as Lou Veloso, Mon Confiado, Kiko Matos, Madeleine Nicolas, Ernie Garcia, Bong Cabrera, Jess Evardone, Rob Sy, Leon Miguel, Richard Manabat, Paul Sy, Abel Napuran, and Marife Necesito (international actress from the cast of “Mammoth”).
 
The film also stars ABS-CBN Star Magic actresses Loren Burgos (“Mulat”) and Garie Concepcion (daughter of Gabby Concepcion and Grace Ibuna), while Kapuso actresses Jhoanna Marie Tan and Lianne Valentin also join the cast, among others.
 
Cinemalaya, dubbed as the most prestigious indie film festival in the country, is close to the heart of Vargas as he has been a consistent patron of the said popular filmfest.
 
For the record, “Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa” is Vargas’ FIFTH Cinemalaya film entry after “Colorum” by Jobin Ballesteros (2009), “Ang Paglilitis Ni Andres Bonifacio” by Mario O’Hara (2010), “Teoriya” by Zurich Chan (2011), and “Separados” by GB Sampedro (2014).
 
This directorial debut of Escaño will have its world premiere at the 13th edition of Cinemalaya to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from August 4 to 13, 2017 and will be released in commercial cinemas on September 2017.
 
Inspired by true events, the film is an inspirational, action and dramatic story that happened in one of the barrios in South-Western Mindanao.  It is a historical true story mixed with fiction about a farmer’s life.
 
Production shoot will start December 2016.
 
 
LOGLINE:
 
“In this barrio, the number of child warrior grows when their illiterate teacher disappears and education is ignored”
 
 
SYNOPSIS:
 
Volunteer teachers from the city are afraid to teach in small, far-flung barrios because of the threat of the on-going war between the military and the rebels. This prompts Aaquil (Alfred Vargas), a farmer, to assume the work of the educator in their community.
 
His students, some orphaned by the war, are unaware that Aaquil is actually illiterate.  How has he managed to keep them from finding the truth? Aaquil heads to the city one day and fails to return.  Feeling hopeless and confused, his pupils decide to commit themselves to a rebel organization. These children learn to use guns like skilled warriors.
 
They mercilessly shoot at their enemies, whom they accuse of being the reason for their failure to pursue their dreams.  The story depicts how the cycle of anger and vengeance continues when education is ignored and neglected.

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