Ginauhaw Ako, Ginagutom Ako (1977): The first-ever full length Hiligaynon film is now revived


Don’t miss to watch the restored 1977 first-ever full length Hiligaynon film entitled “Ginauhaw Ako, Ginagutom Ako” (I am Thirsty, I am Hungry) directed by Quirino “Quin” Baterna and Leonardo Q. Belen at Cinematheque Centre Manila on July 6 at 1pm.

The Baterna family discovered the surviving reel under a staircase but it was in a bad state. The NFAP (National Film Archives of the Philippines) could not restore it so they sent it to France’s National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image. The restoration was conducted by the CNC (National Centre for Cinematography) laboratories.



Filmed in 1977, “Ginauhaw” is a story of a woman who grew up in the slums. Although she is given a chance with a decent family, she stumbles into a series of misfortunes, enslaving herself in the company of characters in the underworld. She teeters on the brink of self- destruction until a man she refuses to love intervenes.

“Ginauhaw Ako, Ginagutom Ako” stars Susan Henson, Bernard Bonnin, Rosemarie Gil and Ruby Anna, supported by a cast of Ilonggo talents. The film was written and directed by himself and the late Leonardo “Nardz” Belen and produced by Quin Baterna’s own advertising and media agency, Ilonggo Productions.


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