Gayak (Phillippines, 00:75:30)




A man who wants to be the best father. A son who hopes to be the best he can be. A devotion that raises these hopes and wants to the level of prayer. A journey. 'Gayak' is a movie about a father's (Alan Paule) unconditional love for his son (Sef Cadayona) and the son's journey towards self-discovery set in the backdrop of one of the most unique practice of Catholic devotion, the 'Pagsa-San Juan' in Brgy. Bibiclat, Aliaga, Nueva Ecija. The movie explores intimate relationships -- father to son, son to father, brother to sister (Evelyn Vargas), between cousins (Richard Bradley), and among members of a rural community within the context of faith, love and hope.

Felix (Paule) is a local sastre who is raising his son, John Christian or simply JC (Cadayona) on his own after the early death of his wife. Having been aware of a looming serious problem facing his family, Felix resorts to devotion to St. John the Baptist, a practice very common among the residents of Bibiclat. In the process, he raises his son with the values of faith in God and commitment to family, values that he himself enjoys in his relationship with his older sister Adela (Vargas). Meanwhile, JC is growing up and is confronting issues of his own especially in relation to his cousin and childhood friend Drake (Bradley). Will family values and faith be enough to pull them through the most difficult trial they will ever have to face?

'Gayak' the latest movie from acclaimed independent filmmaker Ronaldo M. Bertubin, DGPI, based on the screenplay of Jerry Apolonio who has conducted a research on the ritual of 'Pagsa-San Juan'. Tanny Perez designs the production with Nowie Cornelia as cinematographer. The movie is presented by Professional Productions (Pro.Pro) with Ferdinand Lapuz as Producer and Andres Panganiban, Ronaldo Bertubin and Jun Pablo as Executive Producers. The film was shown at Glorietta Cinemas on December 18-22, 2012 as part of the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Section.