The Farmer And The Glowing Green Shell (Mang Abe's Ube)
A lone farmer must save his kidnapped son from a business rival bent on obtaining his magical secret.Director's Statement: Like any other city kid in Manila, I grew up listening to strange tales about the province. Stories of spirits and magical objects piqued my imagination and haunt my dreams. Then moving to New York left me feeling deprived of a cultural nuance one could only experience outside of a modernized city. So I returned to the Philippines with a crew of Filipino and American filmmakers to produce Mang Abe's Ube. Shooting in the mountains of Rizal and on the streets of Manila, we weaved together an original modern-day folktale. Looking back at it feels like a dream. It just so happened that we filmed in the very mountains that mark the myth of Bernardo Carpio, the beloved giant. Shackled underground by the Spaniards, he shook the earth and caused the mountains to split apart centuries ago - so the villagers told us. Working in a big city, one can often forget where one comes from. We Filipinos come from the stories we tell. No matter how fantastical, they are made real with each spoken word.