Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016 Opening Night

Amidst the great downpour last night, Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016 mounted a successful opening night.

The opening night started with cocktails at 6pm at the ground floor of Ayala Museum. Invited guests hobnobbed with each other while feasting on food especially prepared by Alba and Jamón Ibérico de Cebo by Montaraz. They washed them down with Emperador liquor.

The ground floor of Ayala Museum was converted into a cocktails area.

The ground floor of Ayala Museum was converted into a cocktails area.

The Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016 photo wall near the main door of Ayala Museum.

The Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016 photo wall near the main door of Ayala Museum.

Some of the guests at the registration area.

Some of the guests at the registration area.

Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Luis Calvo and Instituto Cervantes Manila Director Carlos Madrid Álvarez-Piñer.

Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Luis Calvo and Instituto Cervantes Manila Director Carlos Madrid Álvarez-Piñer.

The cocktails in full swing.

The cocktails in full swing.

The table for Alba Restaurante Español

The table for Alba Restaurante Español

One of the foods served to the guests

One of the foods served to the guests

The jamón Ibérico de cebo

The jamón Ibérico de cebo by Montaraz

The sharp tools that accompanied the jamón.

The sharp tools that accompanied the jamón.

Each guest at the cocktails received an Instituto Cervantes Manila sticker.

Each guest at the cocktails received an Instituto Cervantes Manila sticker which they presented at the cinema.

At 730pm, the red carpet was rolled out for the guests who proceeded to Greenbelt 3, Cinema 1 for a short program that featured speeches from Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairman Liza Diño and Instituto Cervantes Manila Director Carlos Madrid Álvarez-Piñer. At 8pm, guests watched the screening of Truman, a film by Cesc Gay. Truman stars Ricardo Darín (Relatos Salvajes)and Javier Cámara (Vivir es Facíl con los Ojos Cerrados), two heavyweights in the Spanish movie world, and is a fitting opening salvo for the Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016.

Here are some of the photos taken during the Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016 opening night:

The Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016 photo wall near the escalators of Greenbelt 3 Cinemas

The Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016 photo wall near the escalators of Greenbelt 3 Cinemas

The lit screen welcoming the guests to the opening night.

The lit screen welcoming the guests to the opening night.

Behind it are the boxes of films featured throughout the run of The Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016.

Behind it are the boxes of films featured throughout the run of The Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016.

Images and description of the films featured in Película 2016

Images and description of the films featured in Película 2016

Stars of Truman by Cesc Gay, Javier Cámara and Ricardo Darín

Stars of Truman by Cesc Gay, Javier Cámara and Ricardo Darín. I watched Truman last night and they are both lovely. I am officially in love with Darín. 🙂

Some of the volunteers at the opening night of Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016 . Photo by Camille. Check out Camille's site, Freespanishshortfilms.com.

Some of the volunteers at the opening night of Pelikula/Película: Manila Spanish Film Festival 2016 . Photo by Camille. Check out Camille’s site, Freespanishshortfilms.com and disguisedcyclone.com.

For more information about the Film Showing of the 2016 PELÍCULA Manila Spanish Film Festival, please proceed here.

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