San Diego’s ‘Magic Hour Fest’ puts a spotlight on Filipino films

San Diego, CA — A warm San Diego summer night was filled with the smells of Filipino food, the colors of the Philippine flag, and the captivating visuals of short films presented by young Filipino American filmmakers at the Magic Hour Fest: Film, Music, and Food Festival by the San Diego Filipino Cinema.

“We’re trying to get everyone together to celebrate who we are. We’re not inviting just the Filipino Americans, we’re inviting the diverse community, to see our representation, to see who we are, to see what we can do,” said Benito Bautista.

The films presented were reflections of the lives and experiences of the filmmakers, capturing the essence of how young Fil-Ams draw from their pasts reflect on the present to create art for the future.

Chrissie de Guzman, the artist behind the film Throuple, tackled love in a triumvirate form.

“I think there are different ways of open relating, and being in romantic relationships — love is not black and white. I grew up at the local drive-ins in San Diego, my dad managed the box office.”

Charles Gray, whose film delved into social media culture and human connectivity said he drew upon his pedigree. He is the great-nephew of the Philippine king of comedy – Dolphy.

“To me my family legacy is my driving force, this is my great uncle, I love representing him because even though he passed away, he left such a legacy… and I have to continue it.”

The event was capped by two Filipina performers, San Diego native Roaan Ro Mesina, and rap star Ruby Ibarra.

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