Director Alvin B. Yapan Screenplay Alvin B. Yapan Cast Paulo Avelino, Mara Lopez, Ramona Rañeses Cinematography Dexter Dela Peña Music Teresa Barrozo, Jireh Pasano Production Alemberg Ang, Alvin Yapan, Paulo Avelino, Khristian Cordero Lenght 82’ Language Tagalog with English subtitles Country Philippines Year 2013 Genre Drama / Fantastic
Debosyon is an enigmatic love story between a young man and a mysterious woman set at the foot of the Mayon Volcano. Ultimately, it is the woman’s secret that will test the man’s debosyon to her and to the Virgin of Peñafrancia. Variety’s Maggie Lee includes Debosyon to her Top 10 list of Under the Radar Asian films for its erotic rhapsody on Catholic & Pinoy pagan iconography.
Dr. Alvin Yapan, Ph.D. currently chairs the Filipino Department of the School of Humanities at the Ateneo de Manila University, won many awards in literature: four Palanca Awards for Excellence in Literature, a National Commission for Culture and the Arts Writers Prize and the National Book Award. After mastering the art of storytelling on paper, he wrote his first screenplay with his first short film, Rolyo, which won the best short film in the 2007 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and the 2008 Gawad Urian Awards. His first feature film Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe) took home the Golden Prize Award for Best Digital Feature Film at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival