​​To Manong Carlos was first shown at FACINE XX/bente: the 20th Annual Filipino American Cine Festival at Bindlestiff studio in San Francisco, CA on December 11, 2013.  It was then featured at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival on February 9, 2014. It was nominated Best Short Documentary at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon as part of the Shorts "Life's Turn" Program on April 12, 2014.

"Adrian Alarilla's short works... are powerful in its visual poetry and insight into the process of moving - the pain of loss, the anxiety that comes with new experience... This year, with his TO MANONG CARLOS, his paean to the legacy of Filipino American poet writer, Carlos Bulosan, he seems now able to resolve the guilt of leaving and embrace his new life in America...."
            - Mauro Tumbocon Jr, Festival Organizer, FACINE

​To manong carlos

(to brother carlos)