Gasping for Air
2h 7min | Drama |


Luis (Carlos Dala) is just one of the teenage boys in the idyllic and fishing island of Silag. He goes through the issues of adolescence with his younger sister, Lulu (Barbara Miguel), who busies herself by joining amateur singing contests in hopes of becoming a star. One day, a talent manager discovers her singing and offers her to undergo vocal coaching in Manila, and later to join a popular TV singing contest. Lulu eagerly takes the opportunity and leaves for the city, thinking her dreams are finally coming true. However, after a few months, Lulu's family loses communication with her. This drives Luis to go to Manila in search for his missing sister.

Carlo Obispo


Carlo Obispo


Daphne Chiu (producer/line producer)
Vincent R. Nebrida (creative producer)
Fernando Ortigas (executive producer)
E.A. Rocha (executive producer)


Carlo Mendoza


Pepe Manikan

Editorial Department:

Outpost Visual Frontier Corp.
John Joseph Tan (producer)
Valerie Marie Alvendia (project manager)
Mark Joseph Llona (DI manager)
Jeffrey Loreno (online editor)
John Timonthy Paplileo (DI support)
Tristan Mantala (2nd assistant editor)
Ryan Bruiza (2nd assistant editor)
Orlean Joseph Tan (VFX supervisor/creative director)
Oliver Gocila (opening and closing credits)
Alex Besoña Jr. (opening and closing credits)
Vince Ivan Moran (opening and closing credits)
Tristan Arian Mangilit (digital cinema supervisor)
Reiner Angelo Ferrer (digital cinema specialist)
Mark Joseph Loterte (digital cinema specialist)
Jerome Earl Tuazon (digital cinema specialist)
Irene Leparto (digital cinema support)
Kennedy Recato Dy (head of technology)
Ronald Davis Cabataña (software developer)
Jay-el dela Cruz (technical engineer)
Antonio Ventura (technical engineer)

Mediaeast Production Services
Marilen Magsaysay (colorist)
Dia Magsaysay (assistant colorist/project coordinator)
Tiffanie Ang (project coordinator)

Production Design/Art Department:

Roy Lachica (production designer)
Daniel Fernandez (art director)
Edna Pacardo (art department coordinator)
Paloma Lindfield (set decoration)
Chino Yuseco Tolentino (props master)
Nelson Lozada (props assistant)
Rudy Cortez (setman)
Ronald Villena (setman)
Ryan Ignacio (assistant set decorator)
Honorato Garcia (assistant set decorator)
Franklin Ordonio (assistant set decorator)
Alexis Sta. Maria (assistant set decorator)
Nestor Domingo (assistant set decorator)
Nelson Lozada (assistant set decorator)
Ronald Villena (assistant set decorator)
Nuria Jordana (art department intern)

Wardrobe Deparment
Steve Salvador (head wardrobe)
Villy Jean Arimbuyutan (wardrobe master)
Jan Paul Abadia (wardrobe assistant)
Andrew Abadia (wardobe assistant)
Joseph Marie Acana (wardrobe assistant)

Make-up Department
Cha Cuyong (head of hair/make-up and prosthetics)
Gervin Macawili (make-up assistant)
Belle Custodio (make-up assistant)
Jam Kyle Perez (make-up assistant)
Chao Lilio (make-up assistant)
Charm Suerte (make-up assistant)

Production Management:

Ramonlito Escobar
Lexter Tarriela

Sound Department:

Wild Sound Studios
Albert Michel Idioma (re-recording mixer/sfx editor)
Alex J. Tomboc (re-recording mixer/foley artist/dialogue editor)
Russel Gabayeron (ADR engineer)
Jheane Bastian (ADR engineer)
Aian Caro (ADR engineer)
Marco Javier (ADR engineer)
Gerald Guardiono (ADR engineer)
Timi Idioma (studio head)
Tin Gomez (project coordinator)
Ace Idioma (studio coordinator)

Ruben Gatmaitan (crowd dubbing supervisor)
E.A Rocha
Nikki Borbon
Justin Lacuata
Cherry Malvar
Fae Bartosis
Aya Pornel
Bianca Patungan
Ace Idioma
Miguel Jose A. Malvar
Alarice Reyes
Sai Zacarias
Katherine Dungog
Karlo Dungog

Camera and Lighting Department:

Camera Department
Apol Anao
Bel Tan
Rady Rait
Elvis Vargas
Jeffrey Navarro
Julius Salarda
Nelson Castilio
Christian De Guzman
Sam Paguyan
Stanlin Garaul

Lights and Grips
Mico Naranjo (head crew)
Fredie Santos (genset operator/driver)
Samuel Sagana (electrician)
Claro Laulita (dolly operator)
Carnie Pantilon (light crew)
Gener Belista (light crew)
Mark Ryan Jebulan (light crew)
Raymond Yalung (light crew)
Eduardo Ducot (light crew)
Joanne Cadua (light crew)
Nestor Roldan (light crew)
Felix Grefiel (light crew)
Jordan Bardoquilio (light crew)
Randy Pasara (light crew)


Relisa Lim-Dungog (post-production coordinator)
Mikhail Pineda (trailer editor)
Doy Del Mundo (subtitle)
James Clifford Viloria (script translation)

Assistant/Associate Director:

Sheenly Vee Gener (assistant director)
Antonette Go (2nd assistant director)

Production Company:

Buchi Boy Films
Tuko Film Productions


Carlos Dala (as Luis)
Barbara Miguel (as Lulu)
Therese Malvar (as Reyna)
Sue Prado (as Shanang)
Patricia Javier (as Mrs. Kim)
April Jasmine Rosales (as Maricar)
Anthony Falcon (as JR)
Luis Ruiz (as Cocoi)
Elijah Canlas (as Rey)
JC Santos (as Niko)
Krystle Valentino (as Juliet)
Divine Aucina (as Divine Grace Aucina)
Karenina Haniel (as Monica)
Julia Chua (as Rica)
Wenah Nagales (as Ditas)
Paolo O'Hara (as Pidong)
Dolly De Leon (as Angie)
Rener Concepcion (as Kapitan Felix)
Bong Cabrera (as Jericho)
Jun Nayra (as NBI Undercover)
Rob Rownd (as Arthur)
Kathlyn Castillo (as Mara)
Tracy Quila (as Chief's Subordinate)
Frances Makil-Ignacio (as Mother)
Joel Saracho (as Allan/Hepe)
Chrome Cosio (as Officer-in-Charge)
Archie Adamos (as NIBI Chief)
Andy Kunz (as James Smith)
España Cervantes (as News Reporter)
Ruby Ruiz (as Mamasan)

Additional Crew:

Eduardo Roy Jr. (script consultant)
Raffy Magsaysay (president of Mediaeast Productions Services)
Mr. Jim G. Baltazar (president of CMB Film Services, Inc.)
Jason Nidea (utility) (Wild Sound Studios)

Casting Department
Mary Antonette Perez
Florentyna P. Merciales

Underwater Team
Marissa Floirendo (underwater cinematographer)
Tet Lara (lights)
Louie Barrios (assistant director)
Edgar Rauto (safety)
Katrina Escudero (safety)

TBA Studios
Fernando M. Ortigas (chairman)
E.A Rocha (vice chairman)
Vincent Nebrida (president)
Daphne O. Chiu (chief finance)
Ria Regina Limjap (marketng coordinator)
Eireen Dumancas (head accountant)
Mary Ann Paladin (production accountant/senior bookkeeper)
Sweet Dianne Sarabia (accounting assistant)
Catherine Noguera (office manager)
Mary Antonette Perez (traffic coordinator)
Jommel Castillan (office custodian)
Joseph Yumul (warehouse custodian)
Allan Sasutan (messenger)
Margie Navarro (executive coordinator)
Mikhail Navarro (project associates)
Celina Peñaflorida (project associates)
Bianca Patungan (project associates)
Leonel Miranda (project associates)
Francisse Anne Frias (online store manager)
Shinji Manlangit (online community manager)
Nancy Favor (utility favor)
Gina Lozada (utility personnel)
Ricky Gafuud (in-house security)
Ruchier Daulong Jr. (company driver)
Marlon Latube (security guard)
Ariel Labrador (security guard)
Joelyn Seva (executive drivers)
Chito Policarpio (executive drivers)

Outpost Visual Frontier Corp.
Abegail Agbayani (traffic supervisor)
Robeta Anuba (traffic supervisors)
Charlemagne Blaza (traffic personnel)
Remedios Florentino (traffic personnel)
Raymayk Buerano (traffic personnel)
Raymond Nabio (traffic personnel)
John Lawrence Uy (finance executive)
Kim Homer Gracia (general manager)
Jamagne Laura Vergara (accounts)
Beverly Naive (administration staff)
Marynette Guerrero (administration staff)
Rhodora Macasadia (administration staff)
Ricardo Salonga (messenger)

Master Joel Enterprises
Joel "Master Joel" Casaol (rigging/scaffolding/rain effects department)
Jojo Mejia (rigging/scaffolding/rain effects department)
Jayson Montecalbo (rigging/scaffolding/rain effects department)
Jonjon Casem (rigging/scaffolding/rain effects department)
Antonio Devaras (rigging/scaffolding/rain effects department)
Viel Quinto (rigging/scaffolding/rain effects department)
Jay Javier (rigging/scaffolding/rain effects department)
Micko Casaol (tent department)
Jessmar Matudan (tent department)
Vicente Bandiwan (tent department)
Mabini Bandiwan (tent department)
Alvin Malagday (tent department)
Sonny Boy Cortez (tent department)
Arnie Montenid (tent department)
Jayson Cruz (tent department)
Aaron Malagday (tent department)
Rene Herce (tent department)
Mariano Montecalbo (driver)
Jhonn paulo Morada (driver)
Efren Sumilang (driver)

Alternative Title: Gasping for Air
Year: 2016
Genre: Drama





Manila, Philippines
Angeles City, Pampanga
Lucena City, Quezon Philippines
Gasan, Marinduque, Philippines



Awards, Recognition, & Participation:

Best Actor - Carlos Dala
2018 Northern Virginia International Film Festival

Best Cinematography - Carlo Mendoza
2018 Northern Virginia International Film Festival

Best Director - Carlo Obispo
2018 Northern Virginia International Film Festival

Best Editing - Thop Nazareno
2018 Northern Virginia International Film Festival

Best Supporting Actress - Barbara Miguel
2019 ASEAN International Film Festival

Official Selection
Riverside International Film Festival, USA.

Official Selection
Asian American Intl Film Festival, New York, USA.

Official Selection
Zlin Film Festival, Czech Republic

Official Selection
40th International Festival For Young Film Lovers

Total Running Time: 2h 7min
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Sound Mix: -
General Carrier Specific Carrier Form Completeness
Optical DVD Feature Complete
18 October 2019, Friday