Mangatyanan is a work that cements Tarog's place as one of the country's most promising young filmmakers exhibiting a level of proficiency in almost all aspects of the craft that can hardly be found among the country's more seasoned directors.
Himalaya Marquez has never had a complete dream since she was 12.
Something always wakes her up at night.
That something used to be her father, the famous photographer Danilo Marquez, whose constant sexual abuse of Laya tore her family apart.
Now at 27, Laya posseses a cold exterior that hides torrents of pain.
Working as a travel photographer, Laya is sent to Isabela to capture a rare harvest ritual called Mangatyanan by the Labwanan tribe.
What Laya finds there however, is a severely dwindled group held together by their desperate leader Mang Ranato.
As Laya feels a connection between the tribe's predicament and her own troubled life, a series of events soon brings her hidden emotions to the surface.
Will she finally face her demons or will she keep running?
Directed by Jerrold Tarog.
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