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Her Elegant Neck

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

1Her Elegant title

A poem by

Jude Bautista

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

2Her elegant

Her elegant neck adorned by

the most precious pearls

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

3Jewels Made

Jewels made from the purity

of the sea desired for their rarity

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

4No Price No price can match

her kind smile

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

5She f flesh

She of flesh and bone

sweet curves of her neck

that carries these pearls

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

6She true treasure

She is the true treasure!

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

7Woman images

Woman in images

Creator of images

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

8Inspire me

Inspire me liberate your visions

of beauty with truth

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

9Ur Cntenance

Your countenance pulls my gaze

My heart is set upon you

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Railway Man and the Philippine Experience

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Written by

Jude Bautista

“My husband isn’t coping. War leaves a mark. He’s a wonderful man. I want him back,” said Pattie (Nicole Kidman). She was describing the mental state of Eric (Colin Firth) after he tried to stab a debt collector in his home. It was a whirlwind romance for Pattie and Eric. She fell for his passion for trains, which they both shared. After the wedding, it didn’t take long for her to realize something was terribly wrong.

Jeremy Irvine (Young Eric Lomax) was a radio operator in the British forces. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Jeremy Irvine (Young Eric Lomax) was a radio operator in the British forces. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

The story is based on an autobiography of the same title written by Eric Lomax as part of the British Regiment in Singapore. When the Japanese captured the Commonwealth territory in 1942, Lomax and other engineers were brought north. They were forced to help plan the very ambitious Siam-Burma railway the Japanese had intended to construct connecting Southeast Asia to China.

from left: RWM Sponsorship Officer Maribelle Aure, RWM Dir Sponsorships & Partnerships Anna Chua, RWM Mgr Sponsorships & Partnerships Brian Villanueva and RWM F&B Mgr Arman Dela Paz. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM Sponsorship Officer Maribelle Aure, RWM Dir Sponsorships & Partnerships Anna Chua, RWM Mgr Sponsorships & Partnerships Brian Villanueva and RWM F&B Mgr Arman Dela Paz. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Starting September 24, 2014 the historical epic THE RAILWAY MAN is exclusively shown in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall. Lead stars include Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman Stellan Skarsgaard, Jeremy Irvine and Hiroyuki Sanada.

Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Slave labor was used to build the Siam Burma Railroad. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Slave labor was used to build the Siam Burma Railroad. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

The reason the scale of the Siam-Burma railroad had never been done before was the incredible logistical challenges. “An army of slaves” was necessary to complete the monumental task, cutting through mountains and difficult terrains through jungle and swamp. The Japanese had to be brutal and cruel beyond belief to complete the task. This was the reality faced by a young Eric Lomax and his comrades.

Nicole Kidman (Pattie). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Nicole Kidman (Pattie). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

The film jumps from the early 1980’s when Pattie and Eric met and fell in love to his memories of the war. Eric Lomax was also made consultant to the film but passed away before it was completed. The film is a touching example of how forgiveness and reconciliation is possible in spite of the terrible atrocities of war. Nicole Kidman as Pattie is the one person who inspired Eric in dealing with his demons.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. 

from left: Stellan Skarsgaard (Finlay) & Colin Firth (Eric Lomax). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

from left: Stellan Skarsgaard (Finlay) & Colin Firth (Eric Lomax). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Stellan Skarsgaard is the older Finlay who enlightens Pattie of Eric’s condition. They were in the same unit together and he personally witnessed the ingenuity and courage that Eric displayed during those horrific times. Young Eric Lomax is played by Jeremy Irvine who became known for playing Albert Naracott in WAR HORSE directed by Steven Spielberg. He can also be seen in thriller THE REACH with Michael Douglas. In 2015 Irvine is in THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT a civil war piece with Noah Wiley and Haley Joel Osment.

Jeremy Irvine (Young Finlay). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Jeremy Irvine (Young Finlay). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) relives his incarceration. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) relives his incarceration. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

MARKOVA: COMFORT GAY / SUNDALONG KANIN

Throughout RAILWAY MAN, Finlay was talking about an unspeakable torture that Eric had gone through alone apart from the unit. This became a central element that kept on repeating itself. Naturally as the film progresses there was a deliberate plan to keep this secret until the denouement or even the climax to heighten the suspense.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Here in the Philippines as viewers there were a number of tortures or even atrocities that were going through our mind. Our history is similar in a sense where, our country was also invaded and ruled over by the Japanese forces during World War II.

Dolphy was both lead actor and producer in MARKOVA COMFORT GAY.

Dolphy was both lead actor and producer in MARKOVA COMFORT GAY.

DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

One of the landmark films about atrocities committed during that era was MARKOVA: COMFORT GAY (2000). It starred the most known and critically acclaimed Filipino actor comedian: Dolphy. His real life sons Epi and Eric Quizon played younger versions of his character. It was also similarly based on a real person; Walter Dempster Jr. aka Walterina Markova. Senator Loren Legarda played herself as a reporter interviewing Markova. The film is about a group of homosexual performers being used as ‘comfort gays’. Where Japanese soldiers would line up to rape them, which lasted for several years. It was a landmark film in a sense that it dealt with the issue of comfort women, which really happened at the time, and the fact it was gay men who were also being raped. Most recently the theme of comfort women was again dealt with in the Cinemalaya film SUNDALONG KANIN (2014).

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Unspeakable Atrocity

SO in our minds we were gearing up for the possibility that it was THIS unspeakable atrocity that Eric Lomax endured, in the case of RAILWAY MAN. Especially since he specifically could not talk about the torture with his wife. Needless to say, it was another kind of torture that viewers would have to discover through the course of the film.

Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

The theme of a homosexual abuse/rape however neatly fit every piece of the puzzle. You wouldn’t expect Eric Lomax to openly discuss it given his extremely conservative Scottish upbringing. There was also a special relationship that developed between Eric and Kempetai agent Takashi Nagase played by Japanese star Hiroyuki Sanada. SO that would have added another dimension TO that relationship. Sometimes what is NOT explicitly said in a book or film becomes more interesting food for thought.

from left: Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase) THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

from left: Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase) THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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HOLA! Editor in Chief Jose Mari Ugarte. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

HOLA! Editor in Chief Jose Mari Ugarte. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase) and Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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Colin Firth (Eric Lomax). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

PBA Courtside Reporter Rizza Diaz and long time boy friend Rex Bacud. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

PBA Courtside Reporter Rizza Diaz and long time boy friend Rex Bacud. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) on Bridge in Burma. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) on Bridge in Burma. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

from left: Julie Mainit and Glaiza Lee. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nicole Kidman (Pattie). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. 

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Miracle in Ballet Philippines’ GISELLE

foreground Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) performed magnificently with the BP company. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) performed magnificently with the BP company. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

By the time I got to CCP, 6pm September 19, 2014 the lobby lights were dimmed. I caught Tess Rances on her cell phone and landline checking the power levels. She was calling MERALCO, calling on God, anyone who could help with the power situation. Parts of the city had already lost power as safety precaution against the floods. The lobby lights and air-conditioning had to be sacrificed for electricity on the stage. She assured me it was all systems go for the Giselle performance although the Phil Philharmonic Orchestra would not be there. Ballet Philippines President Margie Moran insisted the ‘show must go on’. There was a palpable anxiety even as people trickled in. The winds had somewhat died down but the rain was still pouring.

from left: Alexander Cortez, Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Irene Marcos-Araneta and BP Trustee Richard Upton. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Alexander Cortez, Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Irene Marcos-Araneta and BP Trustee Richard Upton. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sections of Metropolitan Manila had already been inundated since yesterday. Classes, government offices had all been cancelled. The widely anticipated NAKED TRUTH fashion show by BENCH very wisely rescheduled their mega event. BP did not have that luxury as lead stars Stella Abrera and James Whiteside were due to catch a flight back to the U.S. the very next day. It was this stormy, windy, terrible night or Abrera will not be able to perform in her country of birth any time soon. The American Ballet Theater soloist who had carved out a successful career abroad very graciously agreed to perform here. Abrera & Whiteside had to go back to similarly urgent and important rehearsals and shows there.

Their presence was part of the overall celebration of Ballet Philippines’ 45th year. BP will also have a much-anticipated musical with music and story written by Kanakan Baintagos (formerly known as filmmaker Auraeus Solito) featuring the ERASERHEADS.

from left: BP Pres. Margie Moran, BP Trustee Richard Upton, former BP Artistic Director Norman Walker, former BP member (1979-1994) Perry Sevidal and Elmer Porte. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: BP Pres. Margie Moran, BP Trustee Richard Upton, former BP Artistic Director Norman Walker, former BP member (1979-1994) Perry Sevidal and Elmer Porte. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Out of anyone’s hands is typhoon Mario disrupting plans, causing destruction of homes and even loss of life. The last thing in anyone’s minds is the ballet. No one knew what to expect, they were just ready to put up the best show whether it was to an empty house or a darkened Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.

from left: Myriam Carcy, Mdme Isabelle Garachon (is an upcoming BP star), Ariane Tricaud and Thery Beord. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Myriam Carcy, Mdme Isabelle Garachon (is an upcoming BP star), Ariane Tricaud and Thery Beord. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Little by little they came. They were all a great mix of people: from young ballet students and their families to the elite in Philippine society Irene Marcos Araneta, Felicidad Sy, George Yang, Joel Cruz, Madame Isabelle Garachon, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde just to name a few. All of them braved severe weather and knew how special it was to have Abrera that one night. Soon the CCP lobby was full and abuzz with excitement. Everyone was aware of the more difficult power situation. During the cocktails, instead of complaining the lack of AC they fanned themselves with expensive abanicos plegables.

from left: Phil. Italian Association Pres. Zenaida Tantoco, Dr. Joven Cunanang and Artist Sandra Fabie Gfeller. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phil. Italian Association Pres. Zenaida Tantoco, Dr. Joven Cunanang and Artist Sandra Fabie Gfeller. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna), Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna), Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Underscoring the dangers, some members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra were stranded in Bulacan and Pampanga. So there was no live music from the prestigious ensemble. The power of the performance of all dancers that night was such that it more than made up for it. They may have fed off the crowd’s energy to make it a truly special night. As always BP’s Carissa Adea, Victor Maguad, Jemima Reyes and Emmanuel Guillermo had breathtaking performances. They were in the roles of the Peasant Pas De Quatre. Rita Angela Winder was another crowd pleaser with the very important role of Queen Myrtha. Richardson Yadao is spectacular as the villainous rival suitor Hilarion.

Stella Abrera (Giselle) has features not unlike statuesque beauties Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo and Angel Aquino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) has features not unlike statuesque beauties Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo and Angel Aquino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera

Stella (Giselle) was worth the huge trouble. She’s tall and commands your attention the moment she appears. As a writer who is so used to spoken dialogue in theater, film, it never fails to amaze me how ballerinas are able to convey so much emotion with how they move, they’re facial expressions. Abrera does this with mastery and skill that audiences can’t help but be touched.

James Whiteside (Albrecht) lifts Stella Abrera (Giselle) effortlessly. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) lifts Stella Abrera (Giselle) effortlessly. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) has features not unlike statuesque beauties Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo and Angel Aquino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) has features not unlike statuesque beauties Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo and Angel Aquino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Her facial features are very Asian and Filipina. She reminds me of statuesque models and actresses here such as Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo even Angel Aquino. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with her, when she’s in her element. She doesn’t have to DO anything to mesmerize you and yet there she is floating, leaping, spinning, evoking sadness, joy, falling in love. Your vision, your whole being is transfixed on her.

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle), Mailes Kanapi (Berthe), Gilliane Gequinto & kid. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle), Mailes Kanapi (Berthe), Gilliane Gequinto & kid. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad & Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad & Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Her height and long legs doesn’t seem like an advantage but they are. The execution of ballet moves is all about the lines. Hers was a perfect execution of an arabesque and especially the Grand Jeté, which is a long horizontal jump, starting from one leg and landing on the other. Her limbs create the sought after compass like movement vis-a-vis her torso. So the lines created by her body are longer, straighter, the precision is more evident, than others.

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) mourns the loss of love. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) mourns the loss of love. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside

James is in the role of Albrecht. He shows his skills as principal dancer of American Ballet Theater and before that the Boston Ballet. The word that comes from seeing him on stage is effortless. There’s immense power needed to execute the male lead’s moves especially that of carrying his partner in the air. James does all of them with effortless grace. Even the repeated pirouettes where he spins in the air multiple times consecutively brought the house down. The usually reserved crowd had to applaud his execution of that difficult move.

James Whiteside (Albrecht) performs consecutive pirouettes. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) performs consecutive pirouettes. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

The younger female fans later on screamed with delight when he threw his sampaguita garland to them after the show. His features are similar to that of another great dancer although not of ballet. He’s like a young, brown haired, Saturday Night Fever-era John Travolta especially with his hairstyle that night. They have the same cheekbones, nose, blue eyes and cleft chin.

James Whiteside (Albrecht) is inconsolable with the loss of Giselle. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) is inconsolable with the loss of Giselle. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle) and Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle) and Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seeing the two of them together onstage for Giselle is nothing but magical. The many attendees who overcame the weather were truly privileged. The scenes where Giselle would visit Albrecht as a spirit was even more moving than the two of them alive. They seemed to share that elusive ‘chemistry’, especially between dancers who are used to each other’s movements. There’s a soul-like quality to Abrera’s movements that makes it seem that they are closer and more bonded than the scenes when she was alive. Stager Nonoy Froilan played the role of the Duke of Courtland only for that night as well.

from left: Butch Esperanza (Leader of the Hunt), Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde) and Chin Valdez (Lord of the Court). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Butch Esperanza (Leader of the Hunt), Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde) and Chin Valdez (Lord of the Court). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Richardson Yadao is the villainous Hilarion. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Richardson Yadao is the villainous Hilarion. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna) & Jemima Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna) & Jemima Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) gives partner James Whiteside (Albrecht) a rose. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) gives partner James Whiteside (Albrecht) a rose. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Way before the dancers took their bows, a powerful standing ovation had come from the audience. During the curtain call James Whiteside made a sweeping gesture with his hand presenting Stella to the adoring crowd. An usher presented a huge bouquet of roses to her. She pulled a rose, bowed her head low and handed it to her partner. James then kissed her hand.

He then kisses her hand.

He then kisses her hand.

Here was a woman who would give a man a rose, so humbly. It was a show of affection, an appreciation in the most public, most open way possible. She was reciprocating very publicly, on stage to the world all the support and love that he gave her. The gesture was so real and sincere; it was as if they’re lovers. But whether or not they are in real life, is immaterial, the bond, gratitude is real. Their dynamic is something to behold, to which we were all privileged to see.

Fans stayed on waiting for a closer glimpse of the cast in the lobby. When they descended on the grand CCP lobby staircase Whiteside proclaimed “We would like to thank the typhoon for attending our performance tonight!”

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) and cast descend at the CCP lobby staircase. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) and cast descend at the CCP lobby staircase. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gilliane Gequinto (Wilis), Gary Corpuz (Peasants), Victor Maguad (Peasant Pas De Quatre), Carissa Adea (Moyna), Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) and Emmanuel Guillermo (Peasant Pas De Quatre). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gilliane Gequinto (Wilis), Gary Corpuz (Peasants), Victor Maguad (Peasant Pas De Quatre), Carissa Adea (Moyna), Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) and Emmanuel Guillermo (Peasant Pas De Quatre). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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PEASANTS rejoice. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANTS rejoice. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Angeli Kanapi (Berthe) is playing a prestigious role previously belonged to Shamaine Beuncamino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Angeli Kanapi (Berthe) is playing a prestigious role previously belonged to Shamaine Beuncamino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main photo: Stella Abrera is Giselle with crown of flowers, bottom right: Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main photo: Stella Abrera is Giselle with crown of flowers, bottom right: Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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foreground PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad & Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad & Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ladies of the Court. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ladies of the Court. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carissa Adea (Peasant Pas De Quatre). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Main photo from right: Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde), Stella Abrera (Giselle), Angeli Kanapi (Berthe), Chin Valdes (Lord of the Court) and seated Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) top left: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) bottom left: Stella Abrera (Giselle). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main photo from right: Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde), Stella Abrera (Giselle), Angeli Kanapi (Berthe), Chin Valdes (Lord of the Court) and seated Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) top left: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) bottom left: Stella Abrera (Giselle). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Carissa Adea & Victor Maguad. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Carissa Adea & Victor Maguad. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Restager Nonoy Froilan (as Duke of Courtland), Chin Valdes (Lord of the Court)  & Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Restager Nonoy Froilan (as Duke of Courtland), Chin Valdes (Lord of the Court) & Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, SM Hotel and Conventions Pres. Elizabeth Sy & D.O.T Usec Edu Jarque. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, SM Hotel and Conventions Pres. Elizabeth Sy & D.O.T Usec Edu Jarque. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Emmanuel Guillermo & Victor Maguad. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Emmanuel Guillermo & Victor Maguad. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Top from left: Mailes Kanapi (Berthe) tries to comfort  Stella Abrera (Giselle) Bottom: Stella Abrera (Giselle) pleases Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top from left: Mailes Kanapi (Berthe) tries to comfort Stella Abrera (Giselle)
Bottom: Stella Abrera (Giselle) pleases Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes & Emmanuel Guillermo. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes & Emmanuel Guillermo. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Peasant kids. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Peasant kids. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Male peasants rejoice! Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Male peasants rejoice! Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle), Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) and Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle), Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) and Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht), WILLIS, Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht), WILLIS, Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Richardson Yadao (Hilarion) pleads with Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha). Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Richardson Yadao (Hilarion) pleads with Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha). Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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James Whiteside (Albrecht) is inconsolable with the loss of Giselle. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) is inconsolable with the loss of Giselle. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) performs moves that requires legs strength. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) performs moves that requires legs strength. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

top and bottom left: Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) Main photo from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna), Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

top and bottom left: Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) Main photo from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna), Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle) top right Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and bottom right: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle) top right Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and bottom right: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) reappears as a spirit. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) reappears as a spirit. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) lifts Stella Abrera (Giselle) effortlessly. Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) lifts Stella Abrera (Giselle) effortlessly. Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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foreground Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) performed magnificently with the BP company. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) as a spirit departs from James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) as a spirit departs from James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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top left: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) & Chin Valdez, main photo: Stella Abrera, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad (Peasant Pas De Quatre), Corinne Siniguian (Wilis) and Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

top left: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) & Chin Valdez, main photo: Stella Abrera, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad (Peasant Pas De Quatre), Corinne Siniguian (Wilis) and Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: James Whiteside, Stella Abrera, Jemima Reyes, Chin Valdez, Richardson Yadao, Emmanuel and Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fans try to take selfies with Stella Abrera. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Stella Abrera (Giselle) had a successful first performance in her country of birth. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) had a successful first performance in her country of birth. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

SCIALLA Easily Inspires

Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) is very popular with his classmates. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) is very popular with his classmates. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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“Pietas has many meanings: the sense of duty, devotion to religion, the fatherland, the family. How is Aeneas symbolically shown? Fleeing Troy as it burns and carrying his father on his back. A son who has so much love and compassion for his father that he carries him on his back, see? Respect but not in the sense you mean (fear of mafia/ criminals): respect for others. ” Bruno Beltrame (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) is a tutor trying to show his student Luca (Filippo Scicchitano) the finer points of Roman literature to no avail.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) tutors Luca. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) tutors Luca. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Bruno is a washed up writer just trying to eke out a living tutoring because it’s more convenient and pays more than a teacher. Luca is a typical teenager who gets on everyone’s nerves, belligerent, aimless, hates school. They were perfect for each other, as Bruno disliked teaching or making him do anything. Bruno was actually one of the cooler grown ups in Luca’s life until one day when things take a dramatic turn. Marina (Arianna Scommegna), Luca’s mom has to work in Africa as a translator. She tells Bruno that Luca is actually his son and asks to live with him for 6 months while she’s away.

Arianna Scommegna (Marina) reveals a long held secret from Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Arianna Scommegna (Marina) reveals a long held secret from Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

SCIALA is one of many European films that can be seen for free at the CINE EUROPA 17 screened at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. Cine Europa film fest will run in Shang Mall in Mandaluyong from September 11-21, 2014.

from left: METROMANILA stars Jake Macapagal & Althea Vega with DOT (UK) Sales Mgr Richard De Villa. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: METROMANILA stars Jake Macapagal & Althea Vega with DOT (UK) Sales Mgr Richard De Villa. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cine Europa will then move to other cities: Baguio Cinematheque from September 23-28, Ilo-ilo Cinematheque from September 30 to October 5, Ayala Center Cinema in Cebu from October 10-12, Visayas State University in Leyte and then Tacloban from October 21-26. Davao will host the screenings from October 28-November 2, Zamboanga Cinematheque from November 4-9 and concluding screenings in Liceo De Cagayan University in Cagayan De Oro from November 13-16.

The film title SCIALLA translates to ‘easy’ in Italian but is derived from the Islamic saying Inshalla or ‘God Willing’. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

The film title SCIALLA translates to ‘easy’ in Italian but is derived from the Islamic saying Inshalla or ‘God Willing’. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

The film title SCIALA translates to ‘easy’ in Italian but is derived from the Islamic saying Inshalla or ‘God Willing’. In Italy it has evolved into a more commonly used term by teenagers meaning take it easy or relax. SCIALA is deceptively simple but the film allows us to see the power of literature. Poetic ancient words still have that same moving influence in our modern world if we only listen to it. Novels, poems even classical music are able to inspire people around Bruno even if he seems so jaded and the one who actually delivers them.

Just like the many poets of old SCIALA also includes the gritty, urban side of Rome’s hip-hop scene. Twelve tracks of the original soundtrack were produced by The Ceasars and sung by the Italian rapper Amir Issaa. The song “Scialla” won the “Premio Cinema Giovane” for the best original soundtrack.

The soundtrack includes QUESTA E ROMA (THIS IS ROME) by rapper Amir Issaaa aka China. The music creates that perfect feel and atmosphere in the dangerous neighborhoods of the ancient city. Amir has written songs about immigrant children who have grown up in Italy but do not have the same rights as those whose parents are Italian citizens. His cause is like that of Fil-Am Jose Antonio Vargas in the U.S.

SCIALLA shows Rome’s gritty urban side. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

SCIALLA shows Rome’s gritty urban side. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Luca seems like a lost cause at 16. He’s a product of his environment that glorifies money, wealth, fame even violence. His main ambition in life is to be a drug pusher. Filippo Scicchitano, who makes his debut in this film, plays Luca. He’s big for his age and is a toughie, into boxing and bully’s his younger friends and even grown ups. Scicchitano shows his incredible versatility early in his career. He convincingly played the gay best friend in the film FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT screened at the Italian Film Festival that was also held at Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The two roles couldn’t be more different and polar opposites. Scicchitano has a bright a future ahead of him almost chameleon like from one interesting role to the next.

Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) watches Tina’s ‘video’ on his laptop. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) watches Tina’s ‘video’ on his laptop. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) on cell. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) on cell. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio plays the biographer/tutor Bruno Beltrame with a very sympathetic and endearing quality. Bruno is one of those people who’s undeniably brilliant but has been through so much in life they’ve already given up. As a means to bolster his income he readily gives his services as ghostwriter to rich people doing their autobiography.

Barbora Bobulova plays the sexy Tina. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Barbora Bobulova plays the sexy Tina. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

The hot Barbora Bobulova is cast as Tina, the wealthy former porno star who hires Bruno as ghostwriter. Bobulova is a red haired version of Scarlett Johanssen and has even more charms, curves and sex appeal. Although Tina is retired from the pornographic career she still has the looks. She plays Chopin to relax and often discusses the great novelists with Bruno.

former porn star Barbora Bobulova (Tina) plays Chopin to relax. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

former porn star Barbora Bobulova (Tina) plays Chopin to relax. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Luca is hard headed as ever ruining not only his life but also that of Bruno’s. Eventually, Italian literature helps save them both. There is this genuine love for knowledge, history, culture that results from a traumatic experience. The movie is for anyone who has ever lost hope and wants to regain inspiration through eloquent words. Who would ever think that a quote from Pasolini could change their fate?

The desire for wealth is thus bandit-like, aristocratic similar to mine. Everyone thinks of himself, about winning his anguished bet and saying to himself with a royal grin: ‘I made it!’”

from left: Prince Chidozie Manujibeya (Prince) and Filippo Scicchitano (Luca). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

from left: Prince Chidozie Manujibeya (Prince) and Filippo Scicchitano (Luca). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

from right: Swiss Emb Sr. Proj Officer & Asst Head of Mission Diana Chan, PIA Officer Cristina Moricca, METROMANILA/DEMENTIA actress Althea Vega, French Press Attaché Camille Conde, Cyril Constatino, Writer Adrian Lontoc and Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Swiss Emb Sr. Proj Officer & Asst Head of Mission Diana Chan, PIA Officer Cristina Moricca, METROMANILA/DEMENTIA actress Althea Vega, French Press Attaché Camille Conde, Cyril Constatino, Writer Adrian Lontoc and Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Alessandro Tuzzi (Bidello) and Filippo Scicchitano (Luca). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

from left: Alessandro Tuzzi (Bidello) and Filippo Scicchitano (Luca). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

from left: Giuseppe Guarino (Carmelo), Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) and Prince Chidozie Manujibeya (Prince). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

from left: Giuseppe Guarino (Carmelo), Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) and Prince Chidozie Manujibeya (Prince). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) takes Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) to school on his scooter. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) takes Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) to school on his scooter. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Barbora Bobulova plays the sexy Tina. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Barbora Bobulova plays the sexy Tina. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) talks about Achilles’ homosexual relationship with Patroclus to Filippo Scicchitano (Luca). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) talks about Achilles’ homosexual relationship with Patroclus to Filippo Scicchitano (Luca). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno)  & Barbora Bobulova (Tina). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) horses around with Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) horses around with Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno). Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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from right Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) gives Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) long delayed life lessons. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

left Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) with rich client Barbora Bobulova (Tina), Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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from right Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) gives Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) long delayed life lessons. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

from right Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) gives Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) long delayed life lessons. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

from left: French Press Attaché Camille Conde, Writer Claire Agbayani, Cong. Rufus Rodriguez, FDCP Media Affairs Ina Avellana Cosio and Writer Adrian Lontoc. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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right Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) scrimps on cash and avoids hot meal. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) skips class to text his pals. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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from right Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) gives Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) long delayed life lessons. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

Barbora Bobulova (Tina) is still a hot red head after retiring from porn. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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left: Filippo Scicchitano (Luca)  and Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) their first meal together is in fast food. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

left: Filippo Scicchitano (Luca) and Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) their first meal together is in fast food. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

The film title SCIALLA translates to ‘easy’ in Italian but is derived from the Islamic saying Inshalla or ‘God Willing’. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

The film title SCIALLA translates to ‘easy’ in Italian but is derived from the Islamic saying Inshalla or ‘God Willing’. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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Raffaella Lebboroni (Professora Di Biagio)chides Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) on his parenting. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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Cine Europa in Zamboanga

Nearly a year later, people still live in tents in Tacloban a similar situation in Zamboanga. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nearly a year later, people still live in tents in Tacloban a similar situation in Zamboanga. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Cine Europa 2013 already scheduled screenings in Zamboanga known as The City of Flowers or Asia’s Latin City. But were cancelled when the MNLF lay siege to the city and the resulting violence that erupted between them and the government forces. What happened next was a humanitarian disaster: a total of 100,000 people were displaced from barangays being set aflame. Although the violence has been quelled, a great number of people still live in camps. Of last count there have been 167 deaths, which include children who have succumbed to diseases acquired from the evacuation camps.

Nearly a year later, people still live in tents in Tacloban a similar situation in Zamboanga. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nearly a year later, people still live in tents in Tacloban a similar situation in Zamboanga. Photo by Jude Bautista

This year Cine Europa will finally be able to push through with the free screenings of Europe’s finest films in Zamboanga Cinematheque from November 4-9, 2014. While it may not rebuild the homes they badly need it may give them a much-needed breather from the day-to-day struggles they face.

EU Delegation Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

EU Delegation Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

EU Delegation Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo said, “The Zamboanga Cinematheque screening is with the help of the FDCP (Film Development Council of the Phil). It was not possible last year. I will be there myself. We are happy that we are expanding it. This is one of the things that we are very proud in Cine Europa that we are expanding and growing to the four corners of the country. You don’t make it very easy for us with 7,100 islands.”

Now on its 17th year the Cine Europa film fest has screened the best films from Europe in its home at the Shang Cineplex in Shangri La Plaza Mall. It will run from September 11-21, 2014. The fest has always had long lines watching films from as far as Czechoslovakia to Bulgaria to the more familiar Italian and English cinema.

from left: EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo and FDCP Exec Dir Mike Dela Rosa. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo and FDCP Exec Dir Mike Dela Rosa. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Cine Europa will then move to other cities: Baguio Cinematheque from September 23-28, Ilo-ilo Cinematheque from September 30 to October 5, Ayala Center Cinema in Cebu from October 10-12, Special screenings will also be held in Tacloban from October 21-26. Davao will host the screenings from October 28-November 2, Zamboanga Cinematheque from November 4-9 and concluding screenings in Liceo De Cagayan University in Cagayan De Oro from November 13-16.

Admission is free to all screenings at all locations for the two-month festival.

foreground from left: French Emb Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, FDCP Exec Mike Dela Rosa, Austrian Emb Consular Affairs Lisbeth Strohmeier, Spanish Emb First Sec. Meritxell Parayre-Sabés, Danish Emb Charge d’Affaires Pia Salma, Emb of Netherlands rep Fleur Edens, Swiss Emb Sr. Proj Officer & Asst Head of Mission Diana Chan, EU Public Affairs Officer Thelma Gecolea, Shangri-La Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, EU Info Officer Robert Leon and Phil Italian Association officer Cristina Moricca. Background from left: Inst Cervantes MLA Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid, Goethe Inst Dir. Dr. Petra Raymond and EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

foreground from left: French Emb Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, FDCP Exec Mike Dela Rosa, Austrian Emb Consular Affairs Lisbeth Strohmeier, Spanish Emb First Sec. Meritxell Parayre-Sabés, Danish Emb Charge d’Affaires Pia Salma, Emb of Netherlands rep Fleur Edens, Swiss Emb Sr. Proj Officer & Asst Head of Mission Diana Chan, EU Public Affairs Officer Thelma Gecolea, Shangri-La Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, EU Info Officer Robert Leon and Phil Italian Association officer Cristina Moricca. Background from left: Inst Cervantes MLA Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid, Goethe Inst Dir. Dr. Petra Raymond and EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The line up this year has a total of 23 movies from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy The Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland.

Goethe Institut Philipinen, the cultural center of Germany here in our country is one of the more active participants in Cine Europa. Goethe Institut was also part of the recently concluded International Silent Film Festival also held at the Shang Cineplex.

from left: Goethe Inst Dir. Dr. Petra Raymond and EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Goethe Inst Dir. Dr. Petra Raymond and EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Goethe Institut Director Dr. Petra Raymond explains, “This is the attraction of Cine Europa that is not only in Metro Manila. We are going out enlarging our screening venues. We are working closely with the FDCP, this is a strong point of Cine Europa. The Philippines has these 7,000 islands. We have the need to manage how to communicate bring people together. People are like I have to go to Manila. This is not good for Manila. If you are present in these other places then it makes them culturally attractive. People may say hey we can have a living there because things are coming to us. Of course its difficult to handle that specifically in Mindanao.”

ANG SAYAW NG DALAWANG KALIWANG PAA team from right: Producer Alemberg Ang, Associate Producers Beth Maquiling-Lozada, Gaye Domingo and Dennis Cortez. Photo was taken during the 35th Gawad Urian awards night last June 13, 2012 at the AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

ANG SAYAW NG DALAWANG KALIWANG PAA team from right: Producer Alemberg Ang, Associate Producers Beth Maquiling-Lozada, Gaye Domingo and Dennis Cortez. Photo was taken during the 35th Gawad Urian awards night last June 13, 2012 at the AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

The European Union has always been a model for countries coming together for economic and political reasons. The film fest is a product of this harmony. Raymond goes on, “Unity is only possible because we have respect for the differences. Otherwise its pressure and you don’t feel comfortable. When you look at all these films they all have a relation to the topic of family. Even these two German films are so different. Family has a big role to play in the Philippines. I can totally relate to this feeling. Or think this can never be possible in the Philippines. Or it is the same here. So there’s a big possibility of how you can relate and connect to the films. The structure of Europe is the freedom to be different and that is important.” Maybe the respect for differences can also be key to peace in Mindanao.

from left: Phil Italian Association officer Cristina Moricca, Inst Cervantes MLA Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid and Austrian Emb Consular Affairs Lisbeth Strohmeier. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Phil Italian Association officer Cristina Moricca, Inst Cervantes MLA Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid and Austrian Emb Consular Affairs Lisbeth Strohmeier. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The 17th Cine Europa also has an emphasis on film forums and education. Urian award winning producer Alemberg Ang will have a talk about Film Appreciation September 12 Friday, 11am at the Shang Cineplex. The forum is followed by a screening of MAGNIFICO-2pm and ANG PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS-4pm. On Saturday 1pm there will be a forum between Filipino Filmmakers with the EU Cultural officers from Spain, Italy, & France. And a screening of Lav Diaz’ NORTE, HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN. All events will be at the Shang Cineplex, Shang rila Plaza Mall.

from left AMOK team: Writer Paul Sta. Ana, John Bedia, Best Supporting actor nominee Garry Lim and director / Best Editing awardee Lawrence Fajardo, with Best Picture awardee Producer Alemberg ANG ANG SAYAW NG DALAWANG KALIWANG PAA. Photo was taken during the 35th Gawad Urian awards night last June 13, 2012 at the AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left AMOK team: Writer Paul Sta. Ana, John Bedia, Best Supporting actor nominee Garry Lim and director / Best Editing awardee Lawrence Fajardo, with Best Picture awardee Producer Alemberg ANG ANG SAYAW NG DALAWANG KALIWANG PAA. Photo was taken during the 35th Gawad Urian awards night last June 13, 2012 at the AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cine Europa Tacloban Bound

Nearly a year later, people still live in tents in Tacloban. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nearly a year later, people still live in tents in Tacloban. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Nearly a year after the strongest typhoon in recorded history pounded Tacloban and Visayas, these areas are still struggling to put their lives back together. Portions of population in Tacloban are still living in tents, residential homes still lie in ruins.

Cultural exchange through a film festival like Cine Europa may not be the infrastructure of roads, bridges and schools that they need. But it may give them a much-needed breather from the day-to-day struggles they face. From the Visayas State University in Leyte, special screenings for families affected by Yolanda will be held from October 21-26 in Tacloban.

Kids play between ships that were tossed on shore during storm surge nearly a year ago. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kids play between ships that were tossed on shore during storm surge nearly a year ago. Photo by Jude Bautista

Now on its 17th year the Cine Europa film fest has screened the best films from Europe in its home at the Shang Cineplex in Shangri La Plaza Mall. It will run from September 11-21, 2014. The fest has always had long lines watching films from as far as Czechoslovakia to Bulgaria to the more familiar Italian and English cinema.

Cine Europa will then move to other cities: Baguio Cinematheque from September 23-28, Ilo-ilo Cinematheque from September 30 to October 5, Ayala Center Cinema in Cebu from October 10-12. Davao will host the screenings from October 28-November 2, Zamboanga Cinematheque from November 4-9 and concluding screenings in Liceo De Cagayan University in Cagayan De Oro from November 13-16.

foreground from left: French Emb Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, FDCP, Austrian Emb Consular Affairs Lisbeth Strohmeier, Spanish Emb First Sec. Meritxell Parayre-Sabés, Danish Emb Charge d’Affaires Pia Salma, Emb of Netherlands rep Fleur Edens, Swiss Emb Sr. Proj Officer & Asst Head of Mission Diana Chan, EU Public Affairs Officer Thelma Gecolea, Shangri-La Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, EU Info Officer Robert Leon and Phil Italian Association officer Cristina Moricca. Background from left: Inst Cervantes MLA Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid, Goethe Inst Dir. Dr. Petra Raymond and EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: French Emb Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, FDCP Exec Mike Dela Rosa, Austrian Emb Consular Affairs Lisbeth Strohmeier, Spanish Emb First Sec. Meritxell Parayre-Sabés, Danish Emb Charge d’Affaires Pia Salma, Emb of Netherlands rep Fleur Edens, Swiss Emb Sr. Proj Officer & Asst Head of Mission Diana Chan, EU Public Affairs Officer Thelma Gecolea, Shangri-La Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, EU Info Officer Robert Leon and Phil Italian Association officer Cristina Moricca. Background from left: Inst Cervantes MLA Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid, Goethe Inst Dir. Dr. Petra Raymond and EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Admission is free to all screenings at all locations for the two-month festival.

The line up this year has a total of 23 movies from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy The Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland.

EU Delegation Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

EU Delegation Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

EU Delegation Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo said, “Yes we’re very keen to make this leg in Tacloban happen for obvious reasons. There are many European aid agencies working on the ground in Tacloban and we hope to rope them in to help us secure participation. We’re looking at different options for the location of the screening. There are challenges as you can imagine.”

Vehicles were tossed by floods during Yolanda, this one just a few meters away from the airport. Photo by Jude Bautista

Vehicles were tossed by floods during Yolanda, this one just a few meters away from the airport. Photo by Jude Bautista

There are logistical difficulties stemming from recent problems with infrastructure, “We have a new challenge that turned up today. You may have heard that the airport of Tacloban is now closed and will only be open to turbo prop aircraft for the foreseeable future. We’re looking at venues that can accommodate people who have been most affected by what happened. One possibility is to use the astrodome. We’re also looking at other possibilities if that does not work out. That is something that we are very keen to see realized.”

Trees that produced coconut water and meat were totally devastated in Tacloban, Leyte. They have NOT recovered from the loss even after a year. Photo by Jude Bautista

Trees that produced coconut water and meat were totally devastated in Tacloban, Leyte. They have NOT recovered from the loss even after a year. Photo by Jude Bautista

Goethe Institut Philipinen, the cultural center of Germany here in our country is one of the more active participants in Cine Europa. Goethe Institut was also part of the recently concluded International Silent Film Festival also held at the Shang Cineplex.

Ships that were tossed on shore during storm surge nearly a year ago are still there blocking streets and a burden to the people in Tacloban, Leyte. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ships that were tossed on shore during storm surge nearly a year ago are still there blocking streets and a burden to the people in Tacloban, Leyte. Photo by Jude Bautista

Goethe Institut Philipinen Director Petra Raymond was recently able to visit Tacloban to see first hand the current situation. That’s why for her having the fest there is vital. She said, “Its very important to send a signal there. I was there in June, 7 months after Yolanda, a lot of people are still struggling. You have brand new Petrol stations and supermarkets. Which is necessary that you provide these goods. But to see how much money went in there and next door is just broken construction. People don’t know what to do. Its good they have basketball courts. Its good they have an opportunity, they have a hard day living to see some films, which are, entertaining as well. They need to have that. We would like to be visible as Europe in the Philippines and Europe as a big variety. A film festival is a good way to show that.”

from left: K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER director Ida Anita Del Mundo, EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo and FDCP Exec Dir Mike Dela Rosa. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER director Ida Anita Del Mundo, EU Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo and FDCP Exec Dir Mike Dela Rosa. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Graffiti on ship that was tossed on shore during storm surge says it all. Photo by Jude Bautista

Graffiti on ship that was tossed on shore during storm surge says it all. Photo by Jude Bautista

Silent Film fest Proves: Culture Has No Border

from left: Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes.  and Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT). Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes.
and Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT). Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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“How do we link young people to their responsibility for development? A silent film festival is an entertaining way to think about how to take over responsibility, how to take care, how to engage and not all things are irrelevant. Musicians from the country can relate to films from other countries. It shows that culture has no border. Silent films as language and music are able to overcome borders,” said Goethe Institut Philipinen Director Dr. Petra Raymond.

Raymond is referring to the 8th Edition of the International Silent Film Festival to be held at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from August 28-31, 2014. This is the festival where Filipino musicians score silent films from different parts of the world live. This year will also feature a world-renowned pianist from France Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch. The screenings are free and open to the public on a first come first served basis. Every year there are long queues so make sure to check listings and schedules.

 

Der Mude: Catch Germany’s DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) with MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB in cooperation with Dr. Pierre Oser. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Der Mude: Catch Germany’s DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) with MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB in cooperation with Dr. Pierre Oser. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

USA-CITY OF LIGHTS starring Charlie Chaplin with RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT (Aug 28), Germany-DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) with MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB in cooperation with Dr. Pierre Oser (Aug 29), France-VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) with pianist HAKIM BENTCHOULA-GOLOBITCH (Aug 29), Italy-MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love Everlasting) with Caliph8 & Soprano Fame Flores (Aug 30), Japan- CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN (Aug 30), Spain- CURRO VARGAS with GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS (Aug 31), Philippines- ANG TIGMO SA AKING PAGPAULI (Riddles of my Homecoming) with KALAYO (Aug 31).

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The silent film festival has been going on at the Shang Cineplex for 8 years. The event has hosted films contributed by embassies and is anything but profit driven. French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal said, “The local cost of organizing a film fest can be prohibitive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shang Rila Plaza for hosting the festival.”

from right: FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Film Development Council has been part of the fest for several years, sponsoring and organizing the Philippine entry. FDCP Executive Dir Teddy Granados adds, “I would like to congratulate organizers and the different embassies. We from the FDCP have told them the Silent Film Festival is the most difficult fest to organize. Looking for a suitable material is very difficult because you’re looking deep into your archives to look during the Silent film era in the 20’s or earlier. And it’s really difficult to find material that’s suitable for showing in a cinema. Especially if it’s already been restored. Finally another difficulty is getting the musicians to play in the festival.”

from right: Fame Flores and Caliph8 will score for Italian entry Love Everlasting. You can catch Fame at Bar 360 in Resort’s World Manila. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Fame Flores and Caliph8 will score for Italian entry Love Everlasting. You can catch Fame at Bar 360 in Resort’s World Manila. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Goethe Institut is one of the founding members of the fest. Dr. Raymond took over from previous director Richard Kuenzel since 2012. She goes on, “When I came to the Philippines years ago and I was inheriting the participation of the Goethe of this festival. I was asking myself what could we do with this to continue? Do we have enough silent films to present? That was my first question. I went back to the archive and thought ok Germany has a big archive. So this is not the problem.”

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The next question is being able to justify the effort and expense. After getting to see the fest she sees the benefits are truly worth it, “I find the construction of this festival very convincing. It is unique it is experimental. It has connections to cultural heritage and traditions. We are able to target young audiences in the Philippines. In the Philippines most of the people are young so how do you connect young people with understanding history? We relate to a lot of issues. This year we commemorate the start of the First World War a hundred years ago. All of a sudden we see not so many things have changed. The world is again in danger.”

Seated from left: Fame Flores, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Carol Bello (KALAYO), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab-- Melita Cruz & Marie Luise Calvero. Standing from left: Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit,  Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Caliph8, Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT) and MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seated from left: Fame Flores, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Carol Bello (KALAYO), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab– Melita Cruz & Marie Luise Calvero. Standing from left: Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit, Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Caliph8, Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT) and MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

She hopes the fest will be an ongoing event for years to come, “I hope that we will find again next year a group of countries who would like to organize the 9th Edition. When Martin (Macalintal) presented his film & music and he was missing. That is also an invitation to other countries, always an open call who would like to join, participate next year. This is an experiment and is working out very well. Maybe we can have deeper relations than just diplomacy.”

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The German film DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) by Fritz Lang is accompanied by an orchestra using the work of Manila Composer’s Lab. Just like last year they consulted and worked with German composer Pierre Osser. Young composers include Pat Rodriguez, Mika Lopez, Marie Luise Caldero and Melita Cruz.

Manila Composer’s Lab from left: Anna Patricia Rodriguez, Ara Janelle Foronda, Feliz  Anne Macahis, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes, German composer Pierre Oser, MCL Exec Dir. Alexander John Villanueva, Patricia Baes and Nikka Mae Lopez. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Manila Composer’s Lab from left: Anna Patricia Rodriguez, Ara Janelle Foronda, Feliz Anne Macahis, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes, German composer Pierre Oser, MCL Exec Dir. Alexander John Villanueva, Patricia Baes and Nikka Mae Lopez. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Manila Composer’s Lab Director Jonas Baes said, “The thing about writing music for film, you have to situate yourself in another space in another time. This particular film put us in this space-time limbo. Just as that happens I asked the composers to think 1921 but also think here and now. That was more complex because the film will happen in 3 settings: China, the Renaissance and Venice. All of those had to be manifested in the music.”

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Baes added that there will be more instrumentalists this year, “Music will create this whole environment, in a way, which the film is trying to project. In a way we are in dialogue with a film. The film answers in a way that is more subtle. So that is what we have been doing in the past 3 months. It’s a long film, we have 4 composers and we have a little orchestra, a bigger ensemble than what we had last year. We have employed 12 musicians and a conductor.”

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