Yapan bags WPFF Best Picture prize anew

















Department of Filipino faculty member and film writer and director Dr. Alvin B. Yapan has walked away with the Best Picture prize for the film “EDSA” (view the trailer) at the 2016 World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF). This is his second Best Picture win in a row, having won in the category at last year’s WPFF with the film “An Kubo sa Kawayanan.”

“EDSA” also took home four other awards: Best Sound for Corinne de San Jose; Best Editing for Benjamin Tolentino; Best Cinematography for Ronald Rebutica; and a special citation for ensemble acting.

According to Yapan, “EDSA” has received endorsements from the Department of Education and the People Power Commission. Juggling film work with his work in the academe, Yapan has compiled an impressive filmography in the last decade, writing and/or directing the following films:

• Rolyo (short film), 2007
• Panibugho (short film), 2008
• Huling Pasada, 2008
• Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe, 2009
• Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa, 2011
• Gayuma, 2011
• Debosyon, 2013
• Gaydar, 2013
• Mga Anino ng Kahapon, 2013
• An Kubo sa Kawayanan, 2015
• Ang Tulay ng San Sebastian, 2016
• EDSA, 2016

He also wrote and directed the ten-episode TV mini-series “Titser,” broadcast by GMA News TV in 2013. 

Yapan (2nd row, middle) on location with the EDSA crew