This is the first of a series of film forums that will discuss mental health in Filipino culture. We hope to explore different aspects, including treatment options for sufferers and how values system influence attitudes towards mental illness.


Join us for Samu’t Sari Shorts: A Film Forum on Filipino Mental Health, an online event hosted by the UP Behavioral Sciences Society on October 30, 2021, from 2 to 5 p.m. (PH Time). The films “An Saidt na Planeta” by Arjanmar Rebeta, “Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin” by Josef Gacutan, and “Ang Meron sa Wala” by Arby and Tin Larao will be shown during the forum.

Getting up to the same online lessons and virtual meetings every day. It’s been over two years since everything is online and our houses are the focal point of the majority of our activities. As the barrier between work and leisure begins to blur, it may be emotionally draining. We naturally get uninspired and fatigued as a result of the uncertainty of what tomorrow may bring.

“How many cases do you think we’ll receive today?” “When will I be able to visit my pals again?” “Are we going to be okay?”

These questions feel all too familiar, since they torment our brains at all hours of the day and night. They seem simple at first look, yet they really contain a lot of our problems. It only goes to show how much the epidemic forces us to be aware of our emotions. Despite the fact that our personal schedules may dictate differently, it is important to take some time to relax and decompress. It’s not about being a slacker; it’s about being responsible and taking care of ourselves. Remember that relaxing is beneficial because it prepares us physically and mentally for the work ahead of us. We set ourselves up for burnout by failing to relax and continue to be busy.

The importance of mental health is equal to that of physical health. We often disregard our mental health because we assume we are in good health. We perform best, however, when we are well rested, revitalized, and psychologically fit to face the next difficulties. Perhaps reading this will persuade you to watch some therapeutic movies?

Register now at and prepare to relax as we delve into the inner workings of a Filipino’s psyche via the eyes of visual artists.

Teaser for “An Saidt na Planeta”:


Trailer for Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin:


Trailer for Ang Meron sa Wala:




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