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1st Sem

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Music by  Ernie Pagtuto
Cinematography  Neil Daza
Edited by  Alec Figuracion
Cast  Lotlot de Leon
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Directed by  Dexter Hemedez Allan Ibanez Timmy Harn
Starring  Lotlot de Leon Darwin Yu Miguel Bagtas Allan Paule
Production company  Team Campry Entertainment
Release date  June 16, 2016 (2016-06-16) (CineFilipino)
Directors  Dexter Hemedez, Allan Ibanez
Written by  Dexter Hemedez, Allan Ibanez
Produced by  Dexter Hemedez, Allan Ibanez
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1st sem teaser trailer



1st Sem is a 2016 Filipino independent coming of age comedy-drama film directed and written by Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibanez in their feature-film directorial debut with collaborating director Timmy Harn. The film stars Lotlot de Leon and newcomer Darwin Yu. It is an official entry to the 2nd CineFilipino Film Festival.

The films teaser trailer was release at YouTube on January 20, 2016.

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Maru Marasigan (Darwin Yu), a sixteen-year old incoming freshman from the province, leaves his hometown to study in one of the prestigious universities in Manila. He is accompanied by his mother Precy (Lotlot de Leon) as he goes to his dormitory.

But Precy cannot help but get emotional when she is about to leave him. Maru feels sad seeing his mother cry. This escalates after Maru spent his first night at the dorm feeling alone and very lonely. Maru then decides to pack his things and go back home. Precy is very shocked to see him in their kitchen early in the morning the following day.

Down on his knees, Maru pleads to Precy to allow him to study in a nearby college for he cannot afford to live miles away from his family. But Precy rejects Maru's request and tells him to go back to Manila instead. As Maru insists his decision and disobeys Precy, his relationship with his mother starts to fall apart.


  • Lotlot de Leon as Precy
  • Darwin Yu as Maru
  • Miguel Bagtas
  • Allan Paule
  • Sebastian Vargas Jr.
  • Karen Romualdez
  • Teri Lacayanga
  • Maddie Martinez
  • Sachie Yu
  • Critical reception

    Oggs Cruz from Rappler states in his review that "At first, 1st Sem seems like it is all about jokes and punch lines. As soon as all the noise and artifice die down, what's left is a tender coming-of-age tale that has its heart in the right place."

    1st Sem won Best Debut Feature for directors Dexter Paglinawan Hemedez and Allan Michael IbaƱez at the All Lights India International Film Festival. Lotlot de Leon, also won a special acting citation for her performance in the film.


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