Writer-director Tara Illenberger during the shoot of High Tide, the Best Picture at the second TOFARM filmfest

MANILA, Philippines — When the ocean reaches its highest level, writer-director Tara Illenberger’s High Tide, a film on how mangroves save coastal-dwelling Filipinos, wins Best Picture at the second TOFARM Film Festival. For the jurors, Laurice Guillen, Christopher de Leon, Mario Hernando, Gardy Labad, and Jess Navarro, the universality of the feature’s climate change theme gives it extraordinary global relevance.

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Flooding in Manila on Sept. 12. Photographer: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Philippine financial markets were closed on Tuesday along with government offices and schools as heavy overnight rains flooded parts of the capital Manila and nearby provinces.

Read more: Philippine Markets Shut as Waist-High Storm Waters Flood Capital


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