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Patintero: Ang Alamat Ni Meng Patalo | Trailer | Mihk Vergara | Nafa Hilario-Cruz | TBA Studios

Published on 31 Jul 2020 / In Film & Animation

Winner of the Audience Choice Award and Gender Sensitivity Award at the 2016 QC International Film Festival, Patintero: Ang Alamat Ni Meng Patalo is the latest film from the producers of Heneral Luna, by Mihk Vergara and featuring Nafa Hilario-Cruz, William Buenavente, Isabel Frial, Claude Adrales among others.


Patintero is a Filipino street game that is a modified version of tag. Played on a rectangular grid made up of 5 rectangles, the object of the game is to cross the grid and get back to the starting line without being tagged out by a defending team. It is usually played with four man teams. Who gets to be a runner and a defender is decided by a coin toss. The players then take their position like this (Where 0 are the attackers and X the defenders). The film centers on Meng Francisco (Nafa-Hilario Cruz), a 10-year old who loves one thing: Patintero.

The only hitch is that she’s terrible at it and her reputation has earned her the title of the neighborhood “patalo” (loser). But in the continuing struggle against the high school team that has one-sidedly claimed the territory of the local sari-sari store, Meng forms aunlikely team of fellow losers to finally challenge these high schoolers in the game of their lives.In this heroic effort to win back what was unfairly taken from her and her friends, Meng will train, bleed, and do almost anything to fight for what she wants: a good game of Patintero on the streets. And what she does for it will be the stuff of legend.

Director: Mihk Vergara
Producers: Dan Villegas and Bernard Dacanay
Executive Producers: Fernando Ortigas, E.A. Rocha, Jalz Zarate, Yano Escueta, John Sy, and Mihk Vergara
Screenplay: Zig Marasigan
Director of Photography: Myco David


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