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Michiko Yamamoto (山本 美智子, Yamamoto Michiko, born 1979) is a Filipina screenwriter.[2] Her screenwriting credits include Magnifico (2004), The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2006), Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings (2013), On the Job (2013), and Honor Thy Father (2015).

Michiko Yamamoto
Michiko Yamamoto 08-20-2005 (cropped).jpg
Yamamoto on August 20, 2005
Born1979 (age 39–40)
Bulacan, Philippines
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas (B.S.)
Notable work
Spouse(s)Erik Matti[1]

Early life, education and personal lifeEdit

Yamamoto was born in 1979 in Bulacan. Her father is a native of Japan who has since separated from her mother. Their relationship produced Yamamoto and her two sisters, Mariko and Noriko. She has a half-sister from her mother's second marriage, Stephanie Jane.[2]

Yamamoto attended Catholic schools and graduated from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) with a Bachelor of Science in math and computer studies.[2]

She is married to director Erik Matti.[1]


Before starting out as a screenwriter, Yamamoto worked for two years in Viva Entertainment doing post-production-related work, and in ABS-CBN. She attended the Film Development Council of the Philippines' screenwriting workshop in 1999.[2]

Yamamoto's first screenwriting credit was for 2004's Magnifico,[3] which reportedly won first place in a screenwriting contest. She said the Magnifico script was inspired by a personal experience she had with her late grandmother.[2] In 2006, she wrote the screenplay for the gay-themed drama film The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, which was directed by Auraeus Solito in his feature film directorial debut.[4] The film won the Jury Prize at the 2005 Cinemalaya Film Festival, and was the first to be produced by her own film outfit, UFO Pictures, Inc.[2] In 2013, Yamamoto co-wrote Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings with Raymond Lee and Jade Castro, and On the Job with Erik Matti. She collaborated with Matti for 2014's Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2,[5] and 2015's Honor Thy Father.[3]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Film Award Date of Ceremony Category Outcome Note Ref.
Endo Young Critics Circle August 11, 2008 Best Screenplay Won Shared with Jade Castro and Raymond Lee [9]
Endo Gawad Urian October 1, 2008 Best Screenplay Won Shared with Jade Castro and Raymond Lee [10]


  1. ^ a b Sallan, Edwin P. (July 3, 2017). "Buy Bust, Ang Larawan, Palanca winner among scripts snubbed by MMFF". Interaksyon. TV5. Archived from the original on July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Arcellana, Juaniyo Y. (October 14, 2007). "Interior. Evening. The Real Michiko Yamamoto". The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on June 25, 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Michiko Yamamoto Movie Profile". Metacritic. CBS Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Harvey, Dennis (January 27, 2006). "Review: The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2". Film Affinity. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Erece, Dinno (February 14, 2008). "Toni Gonzaga and Sam Milby star in their third romance comedy My Big Love" (in Filipino). Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Endo". Cinemalaya. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  8. ^ Windsor, Harry (September 13, 2015). "Honor Thy Father: TIFF Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Eldridge Industries. Archived from the original on December 7, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (August 11, 2008). "Young Critics Circle honors winners of 18th Annual Circle Citations". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Indie film Tirador wins big in 31st Urian awards". ABS-CBN News. ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. October 1, 2008. Archived from the original on October 18, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2017.

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