Aug 4, 2014

Hari ng Tondo (Where I am King), Carlos Siguion Reyna’s comeback film and entry to 10th Cinemalaya Film Festival

Hari ng Tondo, an official entry to the 10th Cinemalaya Film Festival under Director’s Showcase category, sees the return of the award winning director Carlos Siguion Reyna, after a 14-year break from feature-length film making.  

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According to the director, he is grateful to have returned for a number of reasons. 

One, there is much he empathized with in all the characters in this film. From Ricardo’s single-mindedness, the grandchildren’s initial skepticism, the rich parent’s indifference to the worlds outside of their own, to the Tondo dwellers’ pragmatic mockery of  messiahs. These contradictory attitudes reflect current polar attitudes among different classes, particularly the self styled saviors and the dispossessed.

Another reason is how he missed the film making drug. As Hari ng Tondo privileged him to work with a great company of production admin, energetic and professional creative staff, and a talented cast culled from film, television and theatre --an exciting mix of people from different worlds.     

Carlos Siguion Reyna also said that Hari ng Tondo allowed him to work with members of his own family and tightened ties with his late father, Leonardo Siguion Reyna in whose memory he crafted the film.

The film has simply been an intense professional, creative and personal journey for him, born in Tondo, more than five decades ago.

Hari ng Tondo is a timely family movie far from our cultural connotation.  ‘Tis a movie every Filipino of different walks in life can appreciate.


Ricardo Villena, a self-made man on the verge of bankruptcy, brings his grandchildren back to the community that shaped him, to salvage his self-worth. As he aims to educate his progeny, save his birthplace and the way of life he grew up with, he discovers painful realizations about his own story-amidst the cynicism of attitudes in the Tondo he thought he knew.  Click here for official full trailer 

Cast and Production Team

Robert Arevalo (Ricardo Villena), Liza Lorena (Felisa), Rez Cortez (Boyong), Aiza Seguerra (Raula), Cris Villonco (Anna), Ciara Sotto (Sally), Rafa Siguion-Reyna (Ricky), Lui Manansala, Gian Magdangal (Vic), Lorenz Martinez (Emil), Menggie Cobarrubias, Carlos Canlas, Mark Tayag ,Raul Montesa, Jelson Bay, Hans Eckstein, Gino Ramirez

With the Special Participation of: Eric Quizon, Ali Sotto & Audie Gemora

Directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna
Script by Bibeth Orteza
Executive Producers – Francisco Tiu-Laurel Jr., Carlos Siguion-Reyna
Producer – Bibeth Orteza
Line Producers -- Tess Fuentes, Ruth Racela
Director of Photography -- Jay Abello
Editor – Manet Dayrit
Art Director – Rolly Cariño
Musical Scorer -- Myke Salomon
Sound Designer – Albert Michael Idioma
Production Outfits: Reyna Films, Inc., Central Digital Lab Inc., and Cinemalaya Foundation

Hari ng Tondo can be viewed on the following dates and venues. 

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