A biking pilgrimage through the open road… a letting go of a ‘love story’ that never was or will ever be…  safe and sound at the hands of Faith where silence abounds to start anew…







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REQUITED’s journey so far…


Directed, written and produced by Nerissa Picadizo, “REQUITED” is one of the main-competition finalists (full length category) at the elite and prestigious 2017 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

Starring Jake Cuenca and Anna Luna, “REQUITED” is about a disease-stricken biker who wants to conquer a treacherous terrain on one final adventure that pitted him against nature and the woman he desires. The film’s main location was set in the majestic Mt. Pinatubo Lake.




Full Synopsis:

Matt (Jake Cuenca) is driven by one ultimate goal: to bike all the way from Manila to Mt. Pinatubo Lake to defy his ill-fated life. His body is ravaged by Parkinson’s disease and a faltering faith; but his resilience to live and end life on his own terms carries him through. He encounters a road block in Sandy (Anna Luna) who ironically is the person he’s running away from and “the one” he wants to be with most.

In their biking trip, Matt and Sandy’s different personalities collide with each other in spite of their unlikely endearing qualities together. Verbal battles constantly arise that spills out the nature of their complicated relationship. From facebook status quarrels, unanswered phone call arguments, their past conflicts, Sandy’s self-absorption as a star-volleyball player, Matt’s annoyance of Sandy’s striking tiger print helmet and all their repressed feelings resurfaces in their journey. Biking through the tough terrains and lahar-filled lands of Mt. Pinatubo they experience many challenges on the road. As Sandy gets tangled in Matt’s anger and desperation, she becomes an unwitting sacrifice for his redemption.




REQUITED’s trailers




REQUITED’s Gala Night

at the 2017 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival held last August 8, 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


Director Nerissa Picadizo giving the Opening Speech at REQUITED’s Gala Night


Actors Jake Cuenca and Anna Luna with director/writer/producer Nerissa Picadizo


The Cast and Crew of REQUITED onstage at the Cultural Center of the Philippines




Behind the scenes at REQUITED’s Gala Night



Behind the scenes at REQUITED’s Gala Night





Behind the Scenes

of REQUITED’s Production Shoot


Director Nerissa Picadizo giving instructions to actor Jake Cuenca


REQUITED’s major location at the Mt. Pinatubo Lake


Jake Cuenca, Director Nerissa Picadizo, Anna Luna, Richard Quan










Director Nerissa Picadizo giving instructions to cast and crew



Cast and Crew of REQUITED at Mt. Pinatubo


Director Nerissa Picadizo



REQUITED behind the scenes video



Press Interview Links:

Indie Bravo! honorees come together for Cinemalaya drama (Philippine Daily Inquirer article)

Watch ‘Requited’ If You’re in the Mood for a Surprising Love Story (CANDY magazine article)

Award-winning filmmaker Nerissa Picadizo considers ‘Requited’ her ode to life (PSR.PH article)

A Different Jake Cuenca in ‘Requited’ ( article)



Related Link:

REQUITED at Cinemalaya’s official website






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“Matt and Sandy” of REQUITED


We are very pleased to announce that our official lead actors for REQUITED are Jake Cuenca and Anna J. Luna.

Both actors has already earned their stripes in terms of acting accolades. Jake Cuenca won Best Actor at the 2014 International Film Festival Manhattan and the 2016 World Cinema Festival Brazil for the film “Mulat”. He also received the 2015 “Ani Ng Dangal” awards and the 2014 “Inquirer Indie Bravo” awards for the said film.  He won Best Supporting Actor award at the 2012 PMPC Star Award for Movies for “In the Name of Love”.

While Anna J. Luna won Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 TOFarm Film Festival for “Paglipay” and Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 Cinema One Originals Film Festival for the film “Bendor”. Anna was also proclaimed as Actress of The Year 2015 by

The below photos  were taken from the first table reading of the two leading actors of REQUITED film.




Anna J. Luna and Jake Cuenca as “Sandy and Matt” of REQUITED film




Actress Anna J. Luna, director/writer Nerissa Picadizo and actor Jake Cuenca




Table reading with “Matt and Sandy” of REQUITED




The “Sandy and Matt” of REQUITED





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REQUITED at 2nd Philippine Bicycle Demo Day 2016


The cast and crew of REQUITED were invited at the 2nd Philippine Bicycle Demo Day last December 11, 2016 at the Pacific Rim Avenue, Filinvest, Alabang to promote the film and to support the event.


Philippine Bicycle Demo Day is “a bicycle fiesta wherein more than 150 bicycles are displayed and most can be ridden around road tracks and dirt trails.” It’s a family bike-event as well as there are events for both the kids and adults. One of the aim of the event is to help riders and bike enthusiasts to become better buyers.


The team of REQUITED would like to extend their gratitude to Arnel Marcelo Andal (Director-Organizer of the Philippine Bicycle Demo), Nikka Ramos (marketing manager) and everyone behind the Philippine Bicycle Demo Day. Thank you!




Actor Rommel Luna, director/producer Nerissa Picadizo and lead actress Anna J. Luna being presented on stage during the Bike Demo Day event




Director/producer Nerissa Picadizo gave a few words about REQUITED







Lead actress Anna J. Luna and director/writer Nerissa Picadizo tested some bikes during the event




The REQUITED team being interviewed by Pinoy Xtreme Channel







Director/writer/producer Nerissa Picadizo




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“REQUITED”, a CINEMALAYA 2017 Finalists!


Director/writer Nerissa Picadizo

From hundreds of entry submissions that were carefully chosen down to 25 semi-finalists, until the coveted Top 10 Finalists were finally selected, “REQUITED” by director/writer Nerissa Picadizo is one of the films who made it in the elite list.


CINEMALAYA is the Philippines’ most prestigious and most popular local festival that keeps growing every year with sold-out film screenings at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Trinoma, Greenbelt, Glorietta, Fairview Terraces Cinema, UP Town Center and now with additional theater screenings at Solenad Cinema in Nuvali and Ayala Center Cebu.


The Announcement of CINEMALAYA 2017 Finalists was held during the awarding ceremony last August 14, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater.


The 13th CINEMALAYA Philippine Independent Film Festival will be held on August 4-13, 2017.





The announcement of the Top 10 CINEMALAYA 2017 finalists during the awarding ceremony last August 14, 2016  (photo courtesy of MY MOVIE WORLD)



(photo courtesy of Erickson dela Cruz)





The Top 10 Cinemalaya 2017 finalists where director/writer Nerissa Picadizo was the only female filmmaker who made it to the coveted list (collage photo courtesy of Mell Navarro)




(photo courtesy of MY PEP.PH)






MY MOVIE WORLD’s video coverage of the announcement of CINEMALAYA 2017 Finalists 




Related Links:


MY MOVIE WORLD’s coverage of Cinemalaya 2017 annoucement



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“REQUITED” at the 2016 Cinemalaya DGPI Film Pitch


“Requited” was among the Top 15 films selected at the 2016 CINEMALAYA DGPI FILM PITCH that was held during the 12th Cinemalaya Film Festival last August 6, 2016 at CCP Silangan Hall. The selection committee were composed of directors Jose Javier Reyes, Mark Meily and Doy del Mundo.

Director/producer Nerissa Picadizo pitched REQUITED to well-known producers of the Philippine Film Industry at the said film market.




Director/producer Nerissa Picadizo’s public at pitch at the 2016 Cinemalaya DGPI Film Pitch




Director/producer Nerissa Picadizo’s public at pitch at the 2016 Cinemalaya DGPI Film Pitch




Director/producer Nerissa Picadizo with President of CMB Film Services Mr. Jim Baltazar (who is also an EP for “REQUITED” film) and CMB Cinematographer Danton Wieneke.




Director/producer Nerissa Picadizo pitching with different film producers and directors




The Top 15 finalists/directors together with Producers and the people behind DGPI






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Jake Cuenca, confirmed to play the lead role in “Requited”

Award-winning actor Jake Cuenca (Best Actor at the 2014 International Film Festival Manhattan and the 2016 World Cinema Festival Brazil for the film “Mulat”)  agrees to play the lead role in the biking love story film, “Requited”.  Jake will play MATT who is experiencing an early stage of Parkinson’s disease yet he is determined to go on a long distance biking from Manila to Mt. Pinatubo.




October 18, 2016 — REQUITED team’s first production meeting with Jake Cuenca



Actor Jake Cuenca and Director/Producer/Writer Nerissa Picadizo




Neil de Guia (Jake’s manager), actor Jake Cuenca, Director/Producer/Writer  Nerissa Picadizo






(Photos by: Nicky Picadizo)




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REQUITED at the 5th Manila Film Financing Forum


“REQUITED” was one of the finalists at the 2015 Manila Film Financing Forum organized by IFC Pilipinas. ‬‬ Director/Producer/Writer Nerissa Picadizo (together with Co-Producer Karen Calilung) has pitched their “REQUITED” film to different well-known and respected film producers of the Philippine film industry last August 8, 2015. The said project market was held during the Cinemalaya Film Festival.



Director/Producer/Writer Nerissa Picadizo pitching “REQUITED



Producers, Finalists/Filmmakers and IFC organizers of 2015 MFFF



Roundtable pitching at the 5th Manila Film Financing Forum



Director/Producer/Writer Nerissa NP Picadizo pitching “REQUITED” to different film producers






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