News Release

CELEBRATING life, truth, and faith, The Varsitarian, the 80-year-old student publication of the University of Santo Tomas, will be holding Cinevita 2008 Film Festival on March 5 to 7, 2008 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center, UST, España, Manila.

Now on its second year, the film festival, which took its name from the word “cinema” and “vita” (life) upholds cinema as a tool for meaningful expressions of life.

Cinevita will showcase independent films, documentaries, and shorts from amateur to distinguished Filipino directors. Among the roster of the various films, documentaries and shorts to be screened are Brillante Mendoza’s Foster Child and Tirador, Katsi Flores’ Still Life, Jim Libiran’s Tribu, Jade Catro’s Endo, Ned Trespeces’ Trabaho, Joey Velasco’s Kambas ng Lipunan and a documentary from UST Nursing students.

International films, documentaries, and shorts will also be featured in the festival such as Lloyd Kramer’s Five People You Meet in Heaven, Vincent Ward’s What Dreams May Come, , and Mimi Leder’s Pay it Forward.

Directors Jim Libiran, Brillante Mendoza and Manolito Sulit will grace the event. Philippine Daily Inquirer’s entertainment columnist Nestor Torre will deliver the keynote speech.

Cinevita is a non-profit and educational endeavor of the Varsitarian together with the UST Institute of Religion, UST Journalism Society, UST Literary Society, and Concilium Philososphiae. All documentaries and local films are open to the public. Foreign full-length films are exclusive to lecturers, film critics, and students. Admission is free.

For inquiries, call the Varsitarian office at 406-1611 local 8235 or contact JC Cordon at 0905-4253778 or Levine Lao at 0906-3303262 or visit

Four years of celebrating life on film


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