Honor Thy Father (film)

Honor Thy Father (originally titled as Con-Man) is a 2015 Filipino thriller crime drama film directed by Erik Matti and starring John Lloyd Cruz. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It was an official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Honor Thy Father
Honor Thy Father poster.jpg
One of the theatrical poster of Honor Thy Father
Directed byErik Matti
Produced by
  • Ronald Stephen Monteverde
  • John Lloyd Cruz
Screenplay byMichiko Yamamoto
Story by
  • Erik Matti
  • Michiko Yamamoto
Music byErwin Romulo
CinematographyBer Cruz
Edited byJay Halili
Release date
  • 12 September 2015 (2015-09-12) (TIFF)
  • 25 December 2015 (2015-12-25) (MMFF)
Running time
115 minutes
  • Filipino
  • English


The film is about a family who find themselves in a Ponzi scheme.[1] Edgar (John Lloyd Cruz) and Kaye (Meryll Soriano) seek to pay their family's debt to Kaye's co-parishioners. The couple fear that the parishioners may hurt their daughter.[2]




The film was directed by Erik Matti. The film's lead actor, John Lloyd Cruz alongside Dondon Monteverde are producers of the film.[4][5] Agosto Dos Pictures, was originally planned to be co-producer of the film along with Reality Entertainment. The film was originally titled Ponzi.[6]


John Lloyd Cruz was chosen to portray the lead character of the film. The actor shaved his head for the role despite warnings from his big studio handlers that he might lose endorsement contracts, especially for a certain shampoo product. The actor sought to break away from the leading man role that people are familiar with in his mainstream films and also explained that his acting work isn't confined to his home television network, ABS-CBN, stating that he "refuses to be typecast". He sought to project a different image from the one audiences have gotten accustomed to by playing a lead role in an indie film.[7]

Originally, Dingdong Dantes was also offered to portray John Lloyd's role but it was the latter that ultimately played the role.[6]


The film was shot in Macabebe, Pampanga, Baguio and nearby towns. About 16 hours of shooting was spent inside the mines of Camp 6 along Kennon Road.[1]


Honor thy Father was first screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[7][8] It was also screened in the Cinema One Originals Film Festival in November 2015.[4] The film was accepted as an official entrant to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival after Hermano Puli, a historical biopic directed by Gil Portes, withdrew from the festival on October.[4]


Award Category Recipient Result
41st Metro Manila Film Festival[9] Best Director Erik Matti Won
Best Actor John Lloyd Cruz Nominated
Best Actress Meryll Soriano Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Tirso Cruz III Won
Best Child Performer Krystal Brimner Won
Best Cinematography Ber Cruz Nominated
Best Screenplay Michiko Yamamoto Nominated
Best Original Story Michiko Yamamoto and Erik Matti Nominated
Best Production Design Ericson Navarro Nominated
Best Make-up Artist Ryan Panaligan and Erika Racela Won
Best Original Theme Song Tao Won
Best Musical Score Erwin Romulo Nominated
Best Sound Engineering Mikko Quizon Nominated
32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies[10]
Movie of the Year Honor Thy Father Nominated
Movie Director of the Year Erik Matti Nominated
Movie Actor of the Year John Lloyd Cruz Nominated
Movie Actress of the Year Meryll Soriano Nominated
Movie Supporting Actor of the Year Tirso Cruz III Won
Danilo Fernandez Nominated
Movie Child Performer of the Year Krystal Brimner Nominated
Movie Screenwriter of the Year Michiko Yamamoto Won
Movie Cinematographer of the Year Ber Cruz Won
Movie Production Designer of the Year Ericson Navarro Nominated
Movie Editor of the Year Jay Halili Nominated
Movie Musical Scorer of the Year Erwin Romulo Nominated
Movie Sound Engineer of the Year Mikko Quizon Nominated


  1. ^ a b "John Lloyd starrer 'Honor Thy Father' wraps up 'bloody Baguio shoot'". Star Cinema. 18 March 2015. Archived from the original on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ "MMFF 2015 clarifies 'Honor Thy Father' disqualification". Rappler. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. ^ "John Lloyd Cruz wins acting trophy in NYC". 5 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Sallan, Edwin (25 December 2015). "'Honor Thy Father,' '#WalangForever' touted as favorites in MMFF awards race". InterAksyon.com. Archived from the original on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  5. ^ Villano, Alexa (24 December 2015). "MMFF 2015: 5 things to know about 'Honor Thy Father'". Rappler. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b Llanera, Melba (23 May 2015). "John Lloyd Cruz on replacing Dingdong Dantes in Honor Thy Father: "Naku, 'di ko alam na nai-offer din sa kanya." (John Lloyd Cruz on replacing Dingdong Dantes in Honor Thy Father: "Oh, I didn't know it was also offered to them.")". Philippine Entertainment Portal (in English and Tagalog). Philippine Entertainment Portal Inc. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Erik Matti's 'Honor Thy Father' premieres in Toronto". Inquirer. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' Robert Redford's 'Truth' to Premiere at Toronto". Variety. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  9. ^ Smith, Chuck. "Winners: 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night". Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  10. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, PMPC Star Awards for Movies 2016". Rappler. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.

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