Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

Globe Studios/Epicmedia/sine olivia pilipinas production
Distribution: Films Boutique
Black and white, Digital, 3 hours and 52 minutes
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In the late 70s, a gang of militias, under the control of the military, terrorizes a remote village in the Philippines. The terror being inflicted on the populace is not just corporal but intensely psychological as well. They were constantly fed with apocryphal tales about the village leader. A few souls are not giving up. They are fighting.

The poet/teacher/activist, Hugo Haniway, decides to find out the truth about the disappearance of his wife.

A love story set in the darkest period of Philippine history, the Marcos Dictatorship.

The narrative and the characters are a composite of real events and real people that happened and existed during the period.

A Filipino rock opera.

Cast and Crew



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Video interviews

Ion Cinema Part 1/ Part 2

News articles

Bayani San Diego, Jr., ‘Halimaw’ in Three Continents’, Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 22, 2018