Brillante Mendoza is in GR53. I met him at the SFIAAFF. He's a great guy, totally nice and I made the screening of one of his films that I wanted to see even though I really had no time. I saw him a moment before the screening, he gave me a pound and went up and intro'd his film and said something like, he was happy that some of his new friends made it to the show.
His latest film Serbis was part of the competition at Cannes. It got panned by the media, but it's the first film from the Philippines in 24 years. This film is probably harsh in some way showing the differences between the wealthy and poor in Manilla. The film is almost 5 hours long. Read more on ABS CBN.