Critically Acclaimed ” Toto ” Sid Lucero Indie Film at Philippine Cinemas

Critically acclaimed indie film ” Toto ” will make another run in 10 Philippine cinemas starting November 23, 2016 .

Celebrity Sid Lucero, Thou Reyes, Blake Boyd, Mara Lopez, Neil Ryan Sese, Bembol Roco, Bibeth Orteza, Liza Dino, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Jelson Bay, Che Ramos, Marnie Lapus, Raul Montesa, Carlo Cruz, David Christopher, Lorenz Martinez, and Sheila Valderrama.

The movie runs about 111 minutes and the genre is dark , comedy , drama Mr. John Paul Su co-wrote the film, based on a true story, with Donald Martin.

You Tube upload courtesy of Director John Paul Su 

Synopsis :

Antonio “TOTO” Estares comes from Tacloban, Philippines, a place ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda. His mother has cancer. He works at a hotel in Manila and tries every which way to get to the U.S. so he can support his family – which he’s been doing since his father died and left them penniless.

His father had made it to Las Vegas to become a stage act and promised to petition his family but he ended up as a dishwasher who drank and gambled everything away. The only thing Toto inherited from his father is the obsession of the dream, which he has forged into his own, and is intent on fulfilling it because it was also once his mother’s hope.

Toto makes one failed attempt after another to get a U.S. visa, risking friendships, his job, a lot of borrowed money, his dignity, and his heart. What he doesn’t realize is that, in a way, he’s already made it to America. The hotel is America. The U.S. guests represent the good, the bad, and the ugly of America. After Toto meets the bad and gets ripped off, he loses hope. Yet it’s a good American who helps Toto, in a most unexpected way.


Audience Choice Award for Best Film,

39th Asian American International Film Festival

Best Foreign Feature Film, 19th L.A. Comedy Festival

Best Actor, 19th L.A. Comedy Festival

Special Jury Prize, 41st Metro Manila Film Festival

Best Director, 41st Metro Manila Film Festival

Best Supporting Actor, 41st Metro Manila Film Festival

Best Supporting Actress, 41st Metro Manila Film Festival


Asian American International Film Festival

Hawaii International Film Festival

Los Angeles Comedy Festival

Metro Manila Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival

Palm Beach International Film Festival

Rome Independent Film Festival


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