"PAGBALIK" an Offcial Entry to Pista ng Pelikula 2019

PISTA NG PELIKULA is the perfect avenue to celebrate the wonderful 100 years of Philippine Cinema. It will showcase meaningful movies which include the only Visayan entry “PAGBALIK” (The Return).

Pagbalik tackles the hardships of being an OFW and the challenges of returning home. Many for sure would be able to relate to this story and can easily find empathy from the characters in this film.

Starring Gloria Sevilla, Vince Ranillo, Suzette Ranillo, and Alora Sasam, PAGBALIK depicts the reality of handling relationships among family and the responsibilities that go along with it. As Filipinos, we have strong reverence towards our parents which shows strong family ties. No doubt that Gloria Sevilla which plays as the elderly stubborn mother to an OFW Suzette Ranillo, becomes the focal of the movie and with her natural acting ability audience will be treated to a thought provoking and moving movie experience like no other.

The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) is a week-long celebration of Philippine Cinema where new quality genre Filipino films are screened for one (1) week in all regular cinemas nationwide. No foreign film will be screened during PPP except in specialty cinemas to give the opportunity for the whole country to celebrate its own local films. This event is organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with the National Cinema Association of the Philippines.

In the last two years, PPP has created a culture of support from the audience and FDCP intends to continue this tradition to continuously engage moviegoers nationwide to patronize local films.

Release date: September 13, 2019, an official Pista ng Pelikula Entry, Sandaan Showcase

Directed by: Hubert Tibi and Maria Ranillo
Cast: Gloria Sevilla, Vince Ranillo, Suzette Ranillo, and Alora Sasam
Production Companies: Nuances Entertainment Productions and PRO.PRO, released thru Solar Pictures, Inc.

Genre: Family Drama 
MTRCB Rating: G (General Audience, all ages admitted)
Running Time: 1HR 33MINS (including hardlock of 5-minute shortfilm “Kanlungan”)

Rica (50s), after working abroad, comes home to stay with Choleng (85), her ageing mother, until she finds new work. She learns what her mother has done all the years when she was working abroad.

Rica (50s), after working abroad comes home to stay with her ageing mother until she finds new work. She is disappointed to discover that all past years of sending money to the Philippines to repair their old home amounted to nothing. It looks the same way as she left it years ago. Her son, Vincent (18), is finishing college and needs to focus on his studies so Rica takes over to be a caregiver to her mom, Choleng (85).

Taking care of her stubborn elderly mother is a nightmare. She never thought that it can be so difficult. Choleng complains about everything and treats Rica like a child which she really despised. Afternoons are spent on prayer meetings and evenings on more praying. Rica realizes that her mother's difficult behavior is caused by her impaired hearing. With the help of their prayer meeting group they pitched in to buy her a hearing aid that she refuses to use. It reaches a point that Rica and Choleng start fighting. Rica blames her mother for her futile sacrifice of working abroad. Rica decides to accept an offer to work abroad again. Choleng requests for her not to leave anymore. Rica thinks otherwise. In the end, Rica learns what Choleng has done all the years that she was working abroad. 


Pagbalik is one of the official entries for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019.  It is the only Visayan entry to this year's festival.