NAGA CITY— The Caramoan massacre takes center stage in Oro, a film included in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival roster.
Oro, which is written and directed by Bicolano filmmaker Alvin Yapan, tells the story of Elmer, a small-scale miner, Kapitana, his long-time employer benefactor who buys the gold he mines, and Linda, an elementary teacher who is pregnant with Elmer’s child.
“Just when Elmer and Linda are about to reveal their plans and secrets to each other, their small mining community is disturbed by the arrival of an armed group, Patrol Kalikasan, masquerading as environmentalists. The loyalty of Elmer and the small mining community to Kapitana will be tested as they could not produce a permit to mine, even though they have been working the mines since World War II, with no effects of environmental degradation. As Kapitana scrambles to secure a permit to protect her community from the harassment of the armed group, Elmer and the rest of the community struggle to eke out a living, as Patrol Kalikasan settles down in their community, and takes over the mining operations,” reads the film’s synopsis.
“The film is about the lives of simple folk caught between the crossfire of Kapitana accused of political patronage, and Patrol Kalikasan using the environment as a front for their own political and economic interests on the small mining community. As the provincial government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) fight over the jurisdiction over small-scale mining operations, Elmer and Linda suffer the devastating consequences of the legacy of violence and corruption of the country’s turbulent political and ideological history,” the synopsis continues.
Joem Bascon, Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral, Sandino Martin, Sue Prado, Adrian Labios, Cedrick Juan, Biboy Ramirez, Ronald Regala, Tracy Quila, Timothy Castillo, Sunshine Teodoro, and Acey Aguilar star in the drama crime thriller.
Oro is set to be released on December 25.