Photos: AAIFF42; Filipino American Filmmakers of Opening Night Film 'Yellow Rose', VIP's at the Red Carpet

July 28, 2019


AAIFF 42 Opening Night and Reception. The 42nd Asian American International Film Festival presented by Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society, Opened with Filipino American Film ‘Yellow Rose’, Directed by Diane Paragas, Starring Eva Noblezada with Princess Punzalan, Lea Salonga, Dale Watson, Liam Booth, Libby Villari and Gustavo Gomez. July 25, 2019. Asia Society New York. Photos by Lambert Parong for Asian Herald © Kababayan Media 2019.


Princess Punzalan at AAIFF42's Opening Night Screening of 'Yellow Rose'.


Lea Salonga at AAIFF42's Opening Night Screening of 'Yellow Rose'.


Anne del Castillo, NYC's Commissioner of Media and Entertainment; John C. Woo, Executive Director, Asian Cinevision; and Diane Paragas, Director of 'Yellow Rose', AAIFF42 Opening Night Film.


 Liam Booth


Leslie Lewis, Ms. Loida Nicolas Lewis and Lora Nicolas Olaes


Cecila R. Mejia


Diane Paragas


Gigi Dement and Cristina DeHaven-Call


Cecila R. Mejia, (center with flowers) Producer, "Yellow Rose' joined by friends at AAIFF42's Opening Night.


 Leslie Lewis


Alexander Hodge


Lea Salonga, Anne del Castillo and John Woo


Charisse Arboleda of Philippine Airlines


Carmen Vicencio and Anne del Castillo


David Rances and Wynton Wong



Yellow Rose, directed by Diane Paragas, tells the story of a headstrong Filipino girl, from a small Texas town, fighting to pursue her country music dreams while facing the threat of deportation. 


The film stars Tony Award Nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon); Tony Award Winner and Disney Legend Lea Salonga (Once on this Island, Miss Saigon); Princess Punzalan (Mula Sa Puso); Dale Watson (Friday Night Lights); Gustavo Gomez (The Walking Dead); Libby Villari (Boyhood); and Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep).

Yellow Rose has recently won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, with Eva Noblezada taking Best Breakout Actor. It has also won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival and 2019 CAAMFest Asian American Film Festival‎.

The 42nd Asian American International Film Festival runs through August 3. More information and tickets here.

Since 1978 the Asian American International Film Festival, produced by Asian CineVision, is the nation’s first and longest running festival of its kind and the premier showcase for the best Asian independent and Asian American cinema. AAIFF is committed to film and media as a tool for social change and to the support of diversity and inclusion in independent cinema and the Asian American media arts.



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