FIRST LOOK: Nora Aunor in Derick Cabrido's Tuos

Superstar Nora Aunor, dubbed as the 'greatest Asian actor of all time', portrays perhaps one of her most challenging film roles to date – that of a Binukot. Aunor topbills Derick Cabrido’s sophomore film, TUOS, for next year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Set in Panay Islands and written in native Kinaray-a, the film will be shot by award-winning cinematographer Mycko David and produced by Tere Villonco, Joseph Laban, Ferdinand Lapuz, and Noel Ferrer, TUOS is written by Denise O'Hara.


Pinailog is chosen to be their village’s “Binukot”, a maiden chosen to be the fairest amongst the women in her village, confined inside her house, never allowed to go outside. She is chosen to keep the oral tradition alive, memorizing the chants and performing it. She is to pass the title and responsibility to her granddaughter Dowokan. When sanctity of the “tuos” becomes threatened putting Letty in danger, Elena realized that she cannot just stand aside. Pinailog finds herself coming face to face, literally, with the ghosts of a tradition, which shackled her into a life of solitary confinement.

Director’s Profile

Roderick "Derick" Cabrido is an award-winning Filipino documentary producer and film maker. He was awarded with the Bronze World Medal at the 2009 New York Television Festival, for the documentary "Pinays for Export", Silver Screen Award at the 2010 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for the documentary "Tasaday", he also won the 2012 Silver World Medal Award at the New York Festivals for his documentary "Yaman sa Basura" which is also a finalist for the 2011 UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Awards. He is an award-winning film and documentary producer of such films at Cuchera (2011) and Nuwebe (2013). In 2014 he directed his debut feature film Children's Show. It won Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Canon Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor at 2014 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. "Children's Show" also won the Special Jury Prize for the Orient Express Category at Fantasporto International Film Festival; It also grabbed Special Jury Award, Best Screenplay for the Fantastic Cinema Festival, Arkansas, Texas and also the Emerging Director Award from the same festival. It was also nominated for "Regard'Or from the concluded Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland. Cabrido also won the Best Story Award at the 15th Gawad Tanglaw Awards, Outstanding Achievement-Development Communication Category of the 9th Hildegarde Awards and Emerging Filmmaker Award at Film Society of Little Rock, Arkansas, Texas. He is also the producer and cinematographer of the film, "Antipo" which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner and produced the film "Cuchera", a finalist at the 2011 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival under Discovery Section. Main Competition, 2011 Stockholm International Film Festival, Official Selection, 2011 Belgrade International Film Festival and Official Selection, 2011 Cleveland Film Festival.He also produced Nuwebe (Termitaria), a finalist at the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival which won awards from the Queens World Film Festival and Harlem International Film Festival in New York City, Lume International Film Festival in Brazil, Festival Internacional de Cine Puebla in Mexico and Best Director at the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards in Sarawak, Malaysia.


Nora Aunor as Pinailog (formerly Elena)
Barbie Forteza as Dowokan (formerly Letty)
Flor Salanga as Mayhuran
Ron Martin as Dapuan
Elora Españo as Anggoran
Ronnie Martinez as Muwa
Al Bernard Garcia as Datu Paiburong
Adrianne Vergara as Bulawanon


The 12th edition of Cinemalaya will be held on August 5-14, 2016 at the CCP and other festival venues. Now on its eleventh year, Cinemalaya is expanding its mission to the training of practitioners in key aspects of film production and serving as an inspiration to independent filmmaking in Asia. It created the Cinemalaya Institute which offers short courses in Film Producing, Screenwriting and Directing. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

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