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Unleashing Passion in FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) heat up the garage. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) heat up the garage. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

My Angel, when will you chase after me?

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By Jude Bautista

Antonio (Francesco Arca) is dark, brooding, hardly talks, a mechanic with these intense eyes. Elena (Kasia Smutniak) was disgusted with him as Sylvia (Carolina Crescentini) her co-worker’s boyfriend. He was always hanging around the café where they worked as waitresses, staring at her when Sylvia wasn’t around. One hot day, Elena’s boss calls out to her, there’s a man at the bar asking for a beer. Elena walks in and sees Antonio looking straight ahead, not even turning to look at her. She goes to the tap trying to avoid his gaze, nervously fills up the glass. He stares at her picks up the glass, slowly drinks it straight in one gulp and stares at her again. By the time he puts down the glass, Elena felt this tug of unexplained desire. Her heart was beating faster; she couldn’t take her eyes off him. Without a word he turns and walks out the door.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) heat up the garage. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) heat up the garage. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Elena was left trying to figure out what she was feeling or why. The only thing she knew at that moment was she had to be with him. She chased after him. The sunlight burning her eyes, not knowing which direction he went, so she just ran. As she turned a corner she saw him on his motorcycle revving up the motor. They couldn’t go fast enough even if the wind was blowing in her hair. The garage where he worked was empty; still no words were said between them. Then came the slow kiss like trying to know each other. He parted the hair from her face. She slowly unbuttoned his shirt and pants. Just then two mechanics enter the garage. Regaining her senses, she walks out by herself.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) in one of many sexy scenes. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) in one of many sexy scenes. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

The scene above is from FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT (ALLACCIATE LE CINTURE), one of many films from this year’s MOVIEMOV festival. Organizers will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza from July 23-27, 2014. Just make sure to check out schedules and come an hour early to ensure tickets/seats.

2nd from left: Italian Amb Massimo Roscigno from left: FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Paola Minaccioni of ALLACCIATE LE CINTURE (FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT), Moviemov Artistic Director Senator Goffredo Bettini and Eleanora Sergio of SOTTO UNA BUONA STELLA (UNDER A LUCKY STAR). Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from left: Italian Amb Massimo Roscigno from left: FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Paola Minaccioni of ALLACCIATE LE CINTURE (FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT), Moviemov Artistic Director Senator Goffredo Bettini and Eleanora Sergio of SOTTO UNA BUONA STELLA (UNDER A LUCKY STAR). Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

2 esteemed Italian actresses were the honored guests at the MOVIEMOV opening last July 24 at the East Wing of Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Both stars glittered at the opening night: Eleanora Sergio of SOTTO UNA BUONA STELLA (UNDER A LUCKY STAR) and Paola Minaccioni who plays the funniest character Egle in ALLACCIATE LE CINTURE (FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT). Minaccioni earned a Best Supporting Actress award for this performance from Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) has an elegant beauty. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) has an elegant beauty. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Ever since she was a child Elena has these visions of the future but she never paid any attention or gave them importance. To her it was more like a dream a déjavu. Even if she knew her visions to be true, there was nothing she could do about it. Whether it’s about love or her family all she can do is be there for them. Life is not simple, there’s always something changing that’s out of our control.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) andFrancesco Arca (Antonio) in one of many sexy scenes. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) andFrancesco Arca (Antonio) in one of many sexy scenes. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT is not just a love story, its an eloquent example of love being irrational not really having to explain why we love the people we are so moved to passionately share our lives with.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) has an elegant beauty. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) has an elegant beauty. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Lead actress Kasia Smutniak who plays Elena has a strong resemblance to Princess Stephanie of Monaco in her younger days. She has that elegant beauty, even when she is in humble surroundings. Smutniak is the daughter of a Polish General and got her pilot’s license at age 16. From her modeling career she found success in Italy as a film and TV actress.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) in one of many sexy scenes. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) in one of many sexy scenes. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Francesco Arca (Antonio). Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Francesco Arca (Antonio). Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

You understand why Antonio played by Fracesco Arca is so obsessed with her in spite of him being in a relationship with her best friend. Arca is like a dark haired Daniel Craig, again perfect for the role. Antonio is dark skinned, inarticulate but overpowers women with his masculinity. He gets into fights on the soccer field and has affairs left and right.

Carolina Crescentini (Silvia). Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Carolina Crescentini (Silvia). Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Everything is complicated ALL of their relationships. Here Filipinos can very much relate to the closeness of the family. Elena lives with her mom Anna (Carla Signoris). Sharing their small flat is a kooky, freeloading aunt Viviana (Elena Sofia Ricci) who is a staunch environmentalist and vegetarian. Her mom and aunt constantly bicker about everything.

from left: Carla Signoris (Anna-mom), Filippo Scicchitano (Fabio-gay BFF) and Elena Sofia Ricci (freeloading aunt Viviana). Filipinos can relate to the close family ties. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

from left: Carla Signoris (Anna-mom), Filippo Scicchitano (Fabio-gay BFF) and Elena Sofia Ricci (freeloading aunt Viviana). Filipinos can relate to the close family ties. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

from right:  Paola Minaccioni of ALLACCIATE LE CINTURE (FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT), Italian Emb 1st Sec Deputy Head of Mission Alfonso Tagliaferri and PIA VP for Culture Silvana Diaz. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Paola Minaccioni of ALLACCIATE LE CINTURE (FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT), Italian Emb 1st Sec Deputy Head of Mission Alfonso Tagliaferri and PIA VP for Culture Silvana Diaz. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The one who gets the most laughs however is Egle played by Paola Minaccioni. In one scene she mistakes the macho looks of Antonio as being gay. She describes him as a throwback gay like ‘The Village People’. Again with the similarities, who hasn’t been mistaken (or correctly seen) as being gay or lesbian at one time in their lives here in the Philippines? The film is memorable, touching for its reality it also makes brilliant use of non-linear story telling, jumping from the future to the past and back again. This is because we understand why Elena sees the future and sometimes wants to go back to happiest times in her life, just like all of us.

Kasia Smutniak as Elena is a Polish model turned actress in Italian cinema. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak as Elena is a Polish model turned actress in Italian cinema. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) in one of many sexy scenes. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Francesco Arca (Antonio) in one of many sexy scenes. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

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Francesco Arca (Antonio) and Kasia Smutniak (Elena) ride to the beach. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Francesco Arca (Antonio) and Kasia Smutniak (Elena) ride to the beach. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Filippo Scicchitano (Fabio-gay BFF) visualize their bar IL BENZINIAO in an abandoned The Gas Station. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Kasia Smutniak (Elena) and Filippo Scicchitano (Fabio-gay BFF) visualize their bar IL BENZINIAO in an abandoned The Gas Station. Catch the sexy romance FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

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The Great Beauty: A True Inspiration

Watch Oscar award winning film THE GREAT BEAUTY for free. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Watch Oscar award winning film THE GREAT BEAUTY for free. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

My Angel, will you be my Great Beauty?

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Jude Bautista

“I don’t want to participate in parties. I want the power to make them a failure.” Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) is a celebrated novelist who never followed up on his seminal work: The Human Apparatus. Instead he becomes an auteur to Rome’s highlife. He writes about art, theater and performers to a ‘cultured and educated readership’. For decades he has ruled as the ‘King of the whirlpool of Highlife’.

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Filipinos are very fortunate to have the chance to watch this international award winning film THE GREAT BEAUTY during the MOVIEMOV festival, which will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza from July 23-27, 2014.

From left: THE GREAT BEAUTY Director / Screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino and Toni Servillo who played the debonair Jep Gambardella show their Best Foreign Language film Oscar. Photo from http://www.swide.com/art-culture/why-the-great-beauty-is-the-deserving-winner-of-the-oscar-2014-best-foreign-film/2014/03/03

From left: THE GREAT BEAUTY Director / Screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino and Toni Servillo who played the debonair Jep Gambardella show their Best Foreign Language film Oscar. Photo from http://www.swide.com/art-culture/why-the-great-beauty-is-the-deserving-winner-of-the-oscar-2014-best-foreign-film/2014/03/03

THE GREAT BEAUTY has earned Best Foreign Film award at the Oscars, Golden Globes and the BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards). Nearly every technical award was earned in every award giving body in Europe: Silver Ribbon-Best Supporting actor-Paolo Verdone, Supporting Actress- Sabrina Ferilli, Best Cinematography, Best Cinematography-Luca Bigazzi, Best Sound-Emanuele Cecere, European Film Awards- Best Film and Best Director-Paolo Sorrentino, Best Actor-Toni Servillo, Best Editor-Cristiano Travaglioli and many more. Even our own 15th Cinemanila International Film Festival gave Paolo Sorrentino the Lino Brocka Award for Best Film.

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top: Jep (Toni Servillo) enjoys himself with Trumeau (Iaia Forte) bottom a DJ jams with a string quartet in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

top: Jep (Toni Servillo) enjoys himself with Trumeau (Iaia Forte) bottom a DJ jams with a string quartet in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

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IF there is one film where you don’t have to worry about spoilers in reviews this is it. It’s a very visually rich and layered film that there is so much that viewers can discover and experience that even a whole article will not be able to reveal the encompassing life journey of Jep in Rome.

The Great Beauty is a truthful portrayal of the secret world of Rome’s elite. The park’s silence is broken by a canon’s boom in the middle of the capital filled with sculptures. A choir rehearses in an ancient hall; a man washes himself from the waters of a grand fountain. The mood is shattered by blaring music of a rave party, which all happens in one city.

A choir sings in an ancient hall above the Acqua Paolo fountain in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

A choir sings in an ancient hall above the Acqua Paolo fountain in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Jep has a posh flat overlooking the coliseum. He watches the sun set just behind the windows and ruins of the majestic wall. In his bedroom his mind wanders far, he dreams of the deep blue sea of his youth. The Great Beauty starts as something physical, a woman. Then it becomes something more, a search for meaning in this corrupt, material world. Jep searches for inspiration that has stalled his real writing for decades.

Jep (Toni Servillo) looks out on the spectacular view from his balcony in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Jep (Toni Servillo) looks out on the spectacular view from his balcony in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

To pigeonhole the film as a comedy or drama would be a disservice. Closer to a fantasy using very real people and the backdrop of breathtaking allure that is Rome. Real in a sense that they have appetites, shortcomings just like every other person, except they live these excessive lifestyles in the most picturesque city in the world.

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Roman sunset in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Roman sunset in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Alfio Bracco (Massimo Popolizio) is the high-end botox physician in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Alfio Bracco (Massimo Popolizio) is the high-end botox physician in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

This secret world of the rich in Rome has so many parallelisms with Manila’s elite. Even Jep himself falls in line for high-end botox treatments, not unlike the fans of Vicki Belo here today. Even within his close circle of friends both married and single, the gossip isn’t whom you’ve slept with but who haven’t you slept with.

top: a freaky couple invites Jep for some ‘fun’. Bottom a Japanese singer (Sara Wakayanagi) in one of the wild raves in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

top: a freaky couple invites Jep for some ‘fun’. Bottom a Japanese singer (Sara Wakayanagi) in one of the wild raves in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Calling their parties wild doesn’t begin to describe it. Since the time of the emperors, Caligula had his orgiastic parties. Modern day Romans through this film have honored their ancestors well. Sex, alcoholism and drugs are part of each celebration, although a lot of them also include various performance arts. Even in these parties, there’s a greater appreciation for the various forms of art not just visual.

Jep interviews a photographer who was photographed everyday by his father since birth. He continued the project since age 14 shooting himself everyday, and is now exhibited in the park in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Jep interviews a photographer who was photographed everyday by his father since birth. He continued the project since age 14 shooting himself everyday, and is now exhibited in the park in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Jep (Toni Servillo) kisses random girl at party in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Jep (Toni Servillo) kisses random girl at party in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Talia Concept (Anita Kravos) one of many performance artists in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Talia Concept (Anita Kravos) one of many performance artists in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Parade of fascinating people

This film is also the perfect example of a character driven story. There’s an endless parade of fascinating people almost to Alice in Wonderland proportions. That’s what Rome is, a land of several millennia of culture, history and art. Naturally the people who inhabit it are interesting to say the least. Jep is the perfect hero for this universe because he literally knows everybody from famous celebrities, to the powers that be that no one knows about.

Secret Zeus sculpture that Ramona sees for the first time in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Secret Zeus sculpture that Ramona sees for the first time in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

In one party, Jep introduces Ramona (Sabrina Ferilli) to Stefano (Giorgio Pasotti) for example, who carries around a luggage full of keys in the trunk of his car. Neither Jep nor Stefano tell her where they are going. Stefano opens a door to a non-descript place; in it Ramona sees an enormous and exquisite Roman sculpture of Zeus that takes her breath away and that was just the beginning. They enter and see paintings from the Renaissance. Jep tells her that Stefano has all the keys to palaces in Rome where nobility live and priceless works of art are kept. They end up in a palatial home watching the sunrise over an ornate garden.

from left: Ramona (Sabrina Ferilli), Jep (Toni Servillo) and Stefano (Giorgio Pasotti) in the garden of a nobleman’s palace in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

from left: Ramona (Sabrina Ferilli), Jep (Toni Servillo) and Stefano (Giorgio Pasotti) in the garden of a nobleman’s palace in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Ramona (Sabrina Ferilli) and Jep (Toni Servillo) both won awards for their performance in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Ramona (Sabrina Ferilli) and Jep (Toni Servillo) both won awards for their performance in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Ramona herself is something to behold, tan, tall voluptuous, every man’s dream, a millennial Sophia Loren. She’s a stripper even at 42 years old; she has what it takes and more to have men drooling.  She is not unlike our own Alice Dixson (44) who recently ranked 7th at FHM’s Sexiest beating out the likes of younger more famous bodies such as Anne Curtis, Ellen Adarna and Jinri Park. Alice has earned a hefty contract with the TV5 network as well.

Child artist’s (Anna Della Rosa) tantrum becomes entertainment in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Child artist’s (Anna Della Rosa) tantrum becomes entertainment in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Child artist Ragazza esangue (Anna Della Rossa), is a 12 year old who in the midst of a wild tantrum, throws and splashes paint on a wall to create a work of art. Her ‘process’ becomes entertainment to a crowd of partygoers. There’s also the nobility for hire Conte Colonna (Franco Graziosi) and Contessa Colonna (Sonia Gessner). They are an old couple of noble descent fallen on financial ruin. They end up being hired to bolster the prestige of guest lists in formal dinners.

Child artist’s (Anna Della Rosa) tantrum becomes entertainment in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Child artist’s (Anna Della Rosa) tantrum becomes entertainment in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

from left: Cardinal Belucci (Roberto Herlitzka) and Jep (Toni Servillo) in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

from left: Cardinal Belucci (Roberto Herlitzka) and Jep (Toni Servillo) in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Catholicism

As counterpoint to hedonism, Romans revere their religious figures just as much as we do here in the Philippines. Rome is after all the seat of the Catholic Church, which comprises 80% of our population. Religious leaders of all faiths from a rabbi to African tribal chiefs meet a Mother Theresa-like character. Sister Maria (Giusi Merli) becomes an unexpected influence on the ‘King of Whirlpool of Highlife’.

in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Filipinos should watch this breakthrough film not just because of the accolades abroad but rather it highlights what we have in common with the Italians. We too have that dichotomy between our appetites for food, music, sex, life and dearly hold on to our faith. We should be inspired just as Jep Gambardella was to search for meaning in our lives and find our own GREAT BEAUTY.

From left:  PIA Director JP de la Vega, Italian Emb 1st Sec Deputy Head of Mission Alfonso Tagliaferri and PIA VP for Culture Silvana Diaz. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

From left: PIA Director JP de la Vega, Italian Emb 1st Sec Deputy Head of Mission Alfonso Tagliaferri and PIA VP for Culture Silvana Diaz. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Romano (Carlo Verdone) is the playwright/actor Jep helps out in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014

Romano (Carlo Verdone) is the playwright/actor Jep helps out in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014

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Friends chat on Jep’s balcony in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Friends chat on Jep’s balcony in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Jep (Toni Servillo) is nothing if not honest in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Jep (Toni Servillo) is nothing if not honest in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

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center in left photo: Romano (Carlo Verdone) is not as lucky as Jep (Toni Servillo) far right with women in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

center in left photo: Romano (Carlo Verdone) is not as lucky as Jep (Toni Servillo) far right with women in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Romano (Carlo Verdone) is the playwright/actor Jep helps out in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014

Romano (Carlo Verdone) is the playwright/actor Jep helps out in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014

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Rome is the most picturesque city in the world in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Rome is the most picturesque city in the world in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

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Silhouette of Ramona in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

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In Rome a wild rave party deserves its own Mariachi from THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

In Rome a wild rave party deserves its own Mariachi from THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Jep (Toni Servillo) and Stefania (Galatea Ranzi) in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Jep (Toni Servillo) and Stefania (Galatea Ranzi) in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Rome is the most picturesque city in the world in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Rome is the most picturesque city in the world in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

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left: young Jep (Flavio Mieli) and Elisa De Santis (Annaluisa Capasa) in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

left: young Jep (Flavio Mieli) and Elisa De Santis (Annaluisa Capasa) in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Lorena (Serena Grandi) comes out of a cake to greet Jep in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Lorena (Serena Grandi) comes out of a cake to greet Jep in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

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The King of Whirlpool of Highlife (Toni Servillo) upside down shot to show chaos of party in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

The King of Whirlpool of Highlife (Toni Servillo) upside down shot to show chaos of party in THE GREAT BEAUTY. The Moviemov Italian Film festival will screen the best of Italian cinema for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangrila Plaza Mall from July 23-27, 2014.

Cinemalaya X NEW BREED

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Janice O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN) and RS Francisco representing Francis Xavier Pasion (BWAYA). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Janice O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN) and RS Francisco representing Francis Xavier Pasion (BWAYA). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

For Cinemalaya X there are very interesting casting choices for the NEW BREED category. Long time TV fans of Nova Villa and former senator Freddie Webb of 80’s sitcom Chika Chika Chicks will see them back in 1st KO SI 3RD. Urian Best Actress winner Angeli Bayani has 2 films in this category as one of the most sought after talents in Cinemalaya: BWAYA and RONDA together with the indie film debut of Aiai Delas Alas in a very serious action packed role for the famous comedienne. K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER is also the first lead role for Mara Lopez Yokohama who also became the Playboy magazine cover this past June. Bembol Roco, RK Bagatsing, Nonie Buencamino are also in the most picturesque film in the fest shot entirely near Lake Sebu in South Cotabato.

from right: Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ), Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN) and Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA). Angeli Bayani is in 2 Cinemalaya X movies: BWAYA and RONDA. Angel Aquino was also Cinemalaya last year in Adolf Alix’s PORNO. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ), Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN) and Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA). Angeli Bayani is in 2 Cinemalaya X movies: BWAYA and RONDA. Angel Aquino was also Cinemalaya last year in Adolf Alix’s PORNO. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

GB Sampedro has switched genres from his successful Cinemalaya debut of ASTIG with Dennis Trillo. Now Sampedro has S6PARADOS, a romantic drama about male divorcees. It also stars filmmaker Joel Lamangan, who himself directed JUSTISYA with Nora Aunor at the Director’s Showcase. Elmo Magalona also makes his Cinemalaya debut in #Y along with ARTISTA ACADEMY alum Sophie Albert.

GMA Star Enzo Pineda is in SUNDALONG KANIN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

GMA Star Enzo Pineda is in SUNDALONG KANIN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#Y stars Sophie Albert & Elmo Magalona Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#Y stars Sophie Albert & Elmo Magalona Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#Y

DIRECTED BY GINO SANTOS

WRITTEN BY JEFF STELTON

NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  Coming of Age / Teen Drama

SYNOPSIS:  #Y chronicles the adventures of the members of a generation made universal by the realms of social media, the Internet, sex, drugs, and alcohol, and the nights they won’t remember but will never forget.

#Y cast from left: Sophie Albert, Coleen Garcia and director Gino M. Santos. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

#Y cast from left: Sophie Albert, Coleen Garcia and director Gino M. Santos. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Gino M. Santos is one of the youngest commercial, TV, and film directors in the Philippines.  He  has  directed  numerous  short  films  that  have  garnered  attention  not  just locally, but also internationally, in film festivals held in Berlin and Los Angeles. He is a two-time recipient of the Honorable Mention award from Gawad CCP for his short films “Ang Tangke” (The Water Tank) and an experimental film “Bangungot” (Sleep Paralysis). His college thesis, “Labing Dalawa” (Twelve) received a Best Short Film nomination at the 35th Gawad Urian Awards – the most prestigious local award-giving body.  “Every Other Time” was his short film entry to the 7th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. He directed his first full-length feature – “The Animals”– a year later, which premiered at the same festival.  “The Animals” received the Best in Editing award at Cinemalaya, and wide recognition for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Musical Score at the 36th Gawad Urian Awards, as well as international premieres in Stockholm, Malaysia, and New York City.  He co-directed his second full-length feature, entitled “Island Dreams”, with veteran director and screenwriter Aloy Adlawan. The film was an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival – New Wave Category, and received the Most Gender Sensitive award.  “#Y” will be his third full-length feature to be premiered at the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in August 2014.  Gino currently directs “The Tim Yap Show” on GMA7, and is the second unit director for “Jasmine” on TV5.  He is also an in-house director at Straight Shooters Media Inc. where he directs commercials.

#Y star Sophie Albert was discovered by TV5 via Artista Academy. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#Y star Sophie Albert was discovered by TV5 via Artista Academy. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#Y cast from left: Kit Thompson & Sophie Albert. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

#Y cast from left: Kit Thompson & Sophie Albert. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST:  Elmo Magalona, Coleen Garcia, Sophie Albert, Kit Thompson, Slater Young PRODUCTION:  Director-Gino M. Santos, Writer-Jeff Stelton, Producer-Jane Torres and Armi Cacanindin, Executive Producer-Stained Glass Productions and Timeframe Media Production, Director of Photography-Carlo Mendoza, Assistant Director-Alex Uy, Editor-Benjamin Tolentino, Production Designer-Digo Ricio, Art Director-Mao Fadul, Musical Scorer-Jorge Bautista Wieneke (Similar Objects), Sound-Addiss Tabong, Production Manager-Nailen Garalde

#Y cast from left: Slater Young, Coleen Garcia, Director Gino M. Santos, Kit Thompson, foreground: Sophie Albert and Elmo Magalona. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#Y cast from left: Slater Young, Coleen Garcia, Director Gino M. Santos, Kit Thompson, foreground: Sophie Albert and Elmo Magalona. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

S6PARADOS from left: Director GB Sampedro, Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin and Alex Vargas. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

S6PARADOS from left: Director GB Sampedro, Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin and Alex Vargas. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1st KO SI 3rd lead stars Nova Villa & Freddie Web. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1st KO SI 3rd lead stars Nova Villa & Freddie Web. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1ST KO SI 3rd

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY REAL FLORIDO

NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  Drama-Love Story

SYNOPSIS:  A 65-year old woman gets reunited with her 1st love and finally the supposed 1st date happens four decades after they got separated.

from left 1st Ko si 3rd director Ralph and lead actress Nova Villa. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

from left 1st Ko si 3rd director Ralph and lead actress Nova Villa. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Real S. Florido is currently finishing his full-length feature, 1st Ko Si 3rd, a Cinemalaya Film Festival finalist.  His short film Mr. Perfect was chosen as part of the Supreme Films List in the 2008 Shoot4life, an international blood donation awareness campaign in Hungary.  The short film won 3rd Place People’s Choice Award in the 1st 180 Microcinema Festival headed by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.  Hist first short film Parang Sirang Plaka was an official selection to the 2007 Chicago Filipino American Film Festival in U.S.A and finalist to the 9th Cinemanila International Film Festival, Young Cinema Night Short Film Competition in the Philippines.  Saan Nagtatago si Happiness?, a Cinemalaya 2006 finalist, was the full length feature he co-wrote with the film’s director.  He was assistant director for ICU bed # 7 which was one of the nine finalists in the 2005 Cinemalaya. He has worked for various music videos and AVPS.  He is currently working as a senior writer producer for GMA Broadcasting Network Entertainment TV in the Philippines.

1st KO SI 3rd star Denise Barbaceña. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1st KO SI 3rd star Denise Barbaceña. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

right in red cap 1st Ko si 3rd director Ralph checks on footage (far left) lead actress Nova Villa. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

right in red cap 1st Ko si 3rd director Ralph checks on footage (far left) lead actress Nova Villa. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Nova Villa, Freddie Webb, Dante Rivero, Ruby Ruiz, Ken Chan, Coleen Burgonia, RJ Agustin, Lara Morena PRODUCTION STAFF:  Director and Scriptwriter-Real Florido, Line Producer-Erika de Leon, Director of Photography-Dom Dycaico, Assistant Director-Onel Alatiit, Production Designer-Jeck Cogama, Sound Engineer-Rolly Ruta

1ST KO SI 3RD cast from left: Co producer/actor RJ Agustin, Producer Vian Seranilla, Denise Barbaceña, Ken Chan, Coleen Borgonia, Nova Villa, former Senator Freddie Webb, director Real S. Florido and Dennis Marasigan. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1ST KO SI 3RD cast from left: Co producer/actor RJ Agustin, Producer Vian Seranilla, Denise Barbaceña, Ken Chan, Coleen Borgonia, Nova Villa, former Senator Freddie Webb, director Real S. Florido and Dennis Marasigan. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1st KO SI 3RD: Denise Barbaceña (Young Maria) w Director Real S. Florido. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1st KO SI 3RD: Denise Barbaceña (Young Maria) w Director Real S. Florido. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1ST KO SI 3RD cast from left: director Real S. Florido, Coleen Borgonia, Nova Villa, & Co producer/actor RJ Agustin, Ken Chan and Producer Vian Seranilla. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1ST KO SI 3RD cast from left: director Real S. Florido, Coleen Borgonia, Nova Villa, & Co producer/actor RJ Agustin, Ken Chan and Producer Vian Seranilla. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

GMA Star Enzo Pineda is in SUNDALONG KANIN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

GMA Star Enzo Pineda is in SUNDALONG KANIN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

URIAN Best Actress Angeli Bayani is in 2 Cinemalaya X movies: BWAYA and RONDA. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

URIAN Best Actress Angeli Bayani is in 2 Cinemalaya X movies: BWAYA and RONDA. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

BWAYA

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY FRANCIS XAVIER PASION

NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  True-To-Life Family Drama

SYNOPSIS: Divina, a 35 year old Manobo, is preparing for her daughter Rowena’s 12th birthday when she hears a shocking news: her daughter has been attacked by a crocodile, her body still missing.  As Divina searches for the body of her daughter in the marshlands of Agusan, she learns a lesson more tragic than her fate: not all predators are underwater.  Based on actual events.

Karl Medina with Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN).  They are now lead stars in BWAYA. Angeli is wearing a design by Tatah Galias. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Karl Medina with Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN). They are now lead stars in BWAYA. Angeli is wearing a design by Tatah Galias. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: BWAYA director Francis Xavier Pasion and lead actor Karl Medina. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

from left: BWAYA director Francis Xavier Pasion and lead actor Karl Medina. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Francis Xavier E. Pasion was born in Manila, Philippines on February 8, 1978. He graduated Cum Laude, Major in Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University where he founded the first film organization in the university: the Loyola Film Circle.  He occasionally teaches Independent Film at the Communication Department of the Ateneo de Manila University. His first feature film, Jay won the Best Film Award at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2008. It also won Best Actor for Baron Geisler and Best Editing.  It premiered at the Orizzonti section of the Venice International Film Festival and went on to be screened in over 30 international film festivals and has won 6 international awards. Sampaguita, National Flower, his second film, has been selected at the HongKong Asian Financing Forum last 2009. The film won the Special Jury Prize at Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in the Philippines last 2010 and has participated in the New Currents Section at the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival and was in competition in the Generation section of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.  He is currently directing the primetime fantasy soap opera Dyesebel at ABS-CBN. His third feature-length film is BWAYA, one of the finalists in the 2014 Cinemalaya, is the first film to be shot entirely in the marshlands of Agusan del Sur, in Mindanao.

RS Francisco (BWAYA). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

RS Francisco (BWAYA). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

BWAYA from left: Jolina Salvado as Rowena and Urian Best Actress Angeli Bayani as Divina. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

BWAYA from left: Jolina Salvado as Rowena and Urian Best Actress Angeli Bayani as Divina. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Angeli Bayani as Divina (mother), RS Francisco as Nestor (teacher), Karl Medina as Rex (father), Jolina Salvado as Rowena (the daughter attacked by a crocodile) PRODUCTION STAFF: Director/Writer – Francis Xavier Pasion; Cinematographer – Neil Daza; EXECUTIVE Producers – Nico Alonso, Raymond S. Francisco, Samuel S. Verzosa, Francis Xavier Pasion; Line Producer – Sarah Pagcaliwagan; Producer: Ferdinand Lapuz; Production Designer – Mau Fudul; Asst Director – Lorna Sanchez; Editor: Carlo Manatad; Music – Erwin Fajardo; Sound Recordist/Scorer – Mike Idioma; Digital Effects – Digital Dodge Inc.

Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN) is still in disbelief as she receives the award. She is in 2 Cinemalaya X movies: BWAYA and RONDA The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN) is still in disbelief as she receives the award. She is in 2 Cinemalaya X movies: BWAYA and RONDA The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

S6PARADOS from left: Director GB Sampedro, Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin and Alex Vargas. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

S6PARADOS from left: Director GB Sampedro, Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin and Alex Vargas. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Buboy Villar in CHILDREN’S SHOW. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Buboy Villar in CHILDREN’S SHOW. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

CHILDREN’S SHOW

DIRECTED BY DERICK CABRIDO

WRITTEN BY RALSTON JOVER

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GENRE:  Suspense Drama

SYNOPSIS:  Children’s Show is a full-length film based on a real life story of Children ages 10-15 years old being used by a syndicate for an underground wrestling match.

CHILDREN’S SHOW stars from left: Allen Dizon, Director Derrick Gabrido, Buboy Villar & Miggs Cuaderno. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

CHILDREN’S SHOW stars from left: Allen Dizon, Director Derrick Gabrido, Buboy Villar & Miggs Cuaderno. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

CHILDREN’S SHOW from left: Buboy Villar takes Miggs Cuaederno on pedicab ride and director Derrick Cabrido. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

CHILDREN’S SHOW from left: Buboy Villar takes Miggs Cuaederno on pedicab ride and director Derrick Cabrido. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Roderick “Derick” Dela Cruz Cabrido is an award-winning Filipino documentary producer and filmmaker who works for the Philippine television network GMA News and Public Affairs.  He won recognition both local and abroad; some of these are for his documentaries “Pinays for Export- A Sex Trafficking Trail in Southeast Asia and “Yaman sa Basura (Garbage Treasures).” He is the cinematographer and lead actor of the film “Antipo”, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. His second short film titled “Engkantong Laog sa Mahabang Dapithapon” also premiered at 2013 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. He produced the film “Cuchera”, a finalist at the 2011 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival which participated in the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival under Discovery section; Main competition for the 2011 Stockholm International Film Festival; Official Selection, 2011 Belgrade International Film Festival and Official Selection, 2011 Cleveland Film Festival.  His latest film as a producer titled “Nuwebe” (Termitaria), written and directed by Joseph Israel Laban, was an Official Selection at the 2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. It also competed at the 2013 Harlem International Film Festival where it was nominated for Best World Feature and clinched the Best Actress award for child actress Barbara Miguel. It was also screened at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival and the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival, 2013 Exground Film Festival, 2014 Dhaka International Film Festival and the 2014 Goteborg International Film Festival.

CHILDREN’S SHOW stars from left: Allen Dizon, Buboy Villar & Derrick Gabrido. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

CHILDREN’S SHOW stars from left: Allen Dizon, Buboy Villar & Derrick Gabrido. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Allen Dizon, Gloria Sevilla, Suzette Ranillo, Nathan Lopez, Jacob Clayton, Divine Grace Aucina, BuboyVillar and Miggs Cuaderno Production Staff: Director-Derick Cabrido Executive Producers-Jade Valenzuela, Joseph Laban, Story–Derick Cabrido, Screenplay-Ralston Jover Producers-Jedd Dumaguina, Sheron Dayoc, Suzette Ranillo, Associate Producers, Bong E. Salvejos, Arianne Nicole Dulay, Director of Photography-Mycko David, Line Producer-Bong E. Salvejos, Production Designer-Stefanie Dereja, Assistant Directors-Ian Bondoc, Marj Darunday, 2nd Assistant Director-JE Tiglao Film Editor-Gerone Centeno, Production Manager-Arianne Nicole Dulay, Script Continuity Supervisor-Baschia Mariano, Field Sound Recordist-Jonathan Hee, Bryan Dumaguina

CHILDREN’S SHOW from left: Buboy Villar, Divine Grace Aucina and Gloria Sevilla. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

CHILDREN’S SHOW from left: Buboy Villar, Divine Grace Aucina and Gloria Sevilla. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Eula Valdez and Nonie Buencamino in DAGITAB. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Eula Valdez and Nonie Buencamino in DAGITAB. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

DAGITAB (SPARKS)

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY GIANCARLO ABRAHAN V

NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  Drama

SYNOPSIS:  While the marriage of two professors is on the verge of falling apart, the woman is dragged into a scandal involving a young student.  On the other hand, the man falls in love with his research — a deity (supernatural being) that appears to him as the ghost of an old flame.

Eula Valdez and Nonie Buencamino in DAGITAB. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Eula Valdez and Nonie Buencamino in DAGITAB. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

New Breed From left: Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB),  Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD) and Gino M. Santos(#Y). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

New Breed From left: Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD) and Gino M. Santos(#Y). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Giancarlo Lauro C. Abrahan V is a young filmmaker and poet from the Philippines. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. His most notable screenplays are Hannah Espia’s TRANSIT and Whammy Alcazaren’s ISLANDS. In 2014, he was awarded Best Story from the Gawad Tanglaw along with Espia.  He has served as assistant workshop director of Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA)—the premier organization of poets in the Filipino language. His works have been anthologized in collections published by LIRA, Vibal Foundation, and the LIKHAAN Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature.  He participated in the Film Leaders Incubator (FLY) 2013 in Huahin, Thailand.

Eula Valdez and Nonie Buencamino in DAGITAB. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Eula Valdez and Nonie Buencamino in DAGITAB. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

URIAN Best Director Hanna Espia (TRANSIT) is the producer of DAGITAB directed by Giancarlo Abrahan V. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

URIAN Best Director Hanna Espia (TRANSIT) is the producer of DAGITAB directed by Giancarlo Abrahan V. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Eula Valdes, Nonie Buencamino, Martin del Rosario, Sandino Martin, Max Eigenmann, Ronnie Lazaro, Frances Makil, Rolando Inocencio PRODUCTION STAFF: Executive Producers: Paul Soriano, Ernest Escaler; Supervising Producers: Krisma Maclang Fajardo, Marie Pineda, Jaime De Los Angeles; Writer, Director: Giancarlo Abrahan; Producer: Hannah Espia; Line Producer: Jono de Rivera; Production Manager: Regina Valenzuela; Assistant Director: Chad Cabigon; Director of Photography: Rommel Sales; Production Designers: Whammy Alcazaren, Thesa Tang; Editor: Benjamin Tolentino; Music: Mon Espia; Sound: Adam Newns, Mikko Quizon

Eula Valdez in DAGITAB. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Eula Valdez in DAGITAB. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER lead stars: Mara Lopez as K’Na & RK Bagatsing as Silaw. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER lead stars: Mara Lopez as K’Na & RK Bagatsing as Silaw. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

K’NA, THE DREAMWEAVER

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY IDA ANITA DEL MUNDO

NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  Epic

SYNOPSIS: When Kana, a young T’boli woman, becomes a dreamweaver, she has the chance to weave together her village’s warring clans.  But, will she give up true love to do so?

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER from left: Mara Lopez Yokohama (K’Na), Nonie Buencamino and Screenwriter / Director Ida Anita del Mundo in T’Boli garb. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER from left: Mara Lopez Yokohama (K’Na), Nonie Buencamino and Screenwriter / Director Ida Anita del Mundo in T’Boli garb. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Ida Anita del Mundo is a writer and musician. She writes primarily for The Philippine Star’s Starweek Magazine and has been a fellow of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop and the Iyas National Writers’ Workshop. She has a bachelor’s degree in Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing, both from De La Salle University-Manila. Aside from being a writer, she is a Music and Movement teacher at Bankstreet Summit School in Taguig. She has also taught Literature and Art Appreciation at DLSU. Ida has been playing the violin since she was three years old. She is currently a member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. K’na the Dreamweaver is her very first venture into filmmaking.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER cast mates from left: Bembol Roco (North Chieftain) and Nonie Buencamino (Lobong Ditan). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER cast mates from left: Bembol Roco (North Chieftain) and Nonie Buencamino (Lobong Ditan). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER from left: Screenwriter / Director Ida Anita del Mundo as musician and with cast Alex Medina, Bembol Roco, Nonie Buencamino and T’Boli woman. Actual T’Bolis played supporting roles to the main cast. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER from left: Screenwriter / Director Ida Anita del Mundo as musician and with cast Alex Medina, Bembol Roco, Nonie Buencamino and T’Boli woman. Actual T’Bolis played supporting roles to the main cast. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST:  Mara Lopez Yokohama, Ramon Khino (RK) Bagatsing, Alex Vincent Medina, Anthony (Nonie) Buencamino PRODUCTION STAFF: Director/Writer-Ida del Mundo, Director of Photography Lee Briones, Asst Director-Maricris Calilung, Producer-Clodualdo del Mundo, Assoc., Producer/Line  Producer-Michael Kho Lim Assoc Producer-Rhodora de Castro Prod Manager- Jose Genesis de Leon, Post Production-Voyage Studios, South Cotabato Unit: Translator/Cultural Consultant/Dialect Coach-Oyog Todi,  Logistics/Coordination-Ana Dejesica, Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance, Red Allaga, Local Government Support Program, Datu Baay, Datu of Lake Sebu.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER cast from left: Erlinda Viallalobos (Be Lamfey), Bembol Roco (North Chieftain), Nonie Buencamino (Lobong Ditan), Mara Lopez (K’Na), Director & Screenwriter Ida Anita Del Mundo, RK Bagatsing (Silaw) and Alex Medina (Kagis). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER cast from left: Erlinda Viallalobos (Be Lamfey), Bembol Roco (North Chieftain), Nonie Buencamino (Lobong Ditan), Mara Lopez (K’Na), Director & Screenwriter Ida Anita Del Mundo, RK Bagatsing (Silaw) and Alex Medina (Kagis). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MARIQUINA cast from left: Bing Pimentel (Tess), Director Milo Sogueco and Mylene Dizon (Imelda). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MARIQUINA cast from left: Bing Pimentel (Tess), Director Milo Sogueco and Mylene Dizon (Imelda). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MARIQUINA

DIRECTED BY MILO SOGUECO

WRITTEN BY JERROLD TAROG

NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  Tragic Comedy

SYNOPSIS:  Unlike the former Philippine First Lady, Imelda is indifferent towards shoes.  To her, they are fraught with the bittersweet nostalgia of childhood, one that was marred by a difficult relationship with her shoe-maker father, Romeo.  Growing up, all of hers were handmade by him.  Now a mature woman, she takes a pivotal call from the morgue, spurring her search for the perfect pair of shoes for her dead father.  The deeper she searches for the perfect shoes, the more she finds herself.

Mylene Dizon as Imelda Guevarra in MARIQUINA. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Mylene Dizon as Imelda Guevarra in MARIQUINA. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MARIQUINA from right: director Milo Sogueco checks the viewfinder of a Mamiya RZ67 and Ricky Davao plays shoemaker Romeo Guevarra. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MARIQUINA from right: director Milo Sogueco checks the viewfinder of a Mamiya RZ67 and Ricky Davao plays shoemaker Romeo Guevarra. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE: In 2009, Milo Sogueco essayed his first full length feature film Sanglaan (The Pawnshop), for the 5th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.  After winning Best Acress (Ina Feleo) and Best Supporting Actress (Tessie Tomas) at Cinemalaya, Sanglaan went on to be screened and to compete in international film festivals in France, China Spain, Singapore and Germany.  The film won Students’ Choice at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Inalco Institute Jury Prize at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, the New Asian Cinema Award (Bronze) and Audience Prize (Silver) at the yon Asian Film Festival.  In 2010, he was included in the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s first batch of Filipino filmmakers honoured with a Pioneering Award of Distinction. Milo actively supports independent cinema through his position as MTRCB board member and Quezon City Film Commission commissioner.  A lifestyle and fashion photographer and an entrepreneur, his greatest passion is and will always be filmmaking.

from left: Rem Zamora, Che Ramos and Topper Fabregas during the Gawad Buhay, Philstage awards. Che Ramos is in MARIQUINA and SUNDALONG KANIN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Rem Zamora, Che Ramos and Topper Fabregas during the Gawad Buhay, Philstage awards. Che Ramos is in MARIQUINA and SUNDALONG KANIN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MARIQUINA from left: Barbie Forteza (Imelda) and Bing Pimentel (Tess). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MARIQUINA from left: Barbie Forteza (Imelda) and Bing Pimentel (Tess). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Mylene Dizon, Ricky Davao, Che Ramos, Barbie Forteza, Kenneth Cruz PRODUCTION STAFF: Director-Milo Sogueco, Screenplay-Jerrold Tarog, Executive Producer-Paul Soriano, Producer/Line Producer-Daphne Chiu, Assoc. Producer-Gay Domingo, Anna M. Rosete, Production Manager-Rainier Alvarez, Production Designer-Aped Santos, Director of Photography-Sasha Polmenares, Asst. Director-Ninay Castinlag, Sound Recordist-Drew Milallos, Sound design-Central Lab, Music Scorer-Jerrold Tarog, Editor-Benjamin Tolentino

Ricky Davao plays shoemaker Romeo Guevarra in MARIQUINA. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Ricky Davao plays shoemaker Romeo Guevarra in MARIQUINA. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Janice O’Hara—(NOT IN PHOTO) is co-director Denise O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN) and RS Francisco representing Francis Xavier Pasion (BWAYA). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Janice O’Hara—(NOT IN PHOTO) is co-director Denise O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN) and RS Francisco representing Francis Xavier Pasion (BWAYA). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Ai ai Delas Alas of RONDA and MPP member Butch Francisco. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Ai ai Delas Alas of RONDA and MPP member Butch Francisco. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

RONDA

DIRECTED BY NICK OLANKA

WRITTEN BY ADOLFO B. ALIX, JR. AND JEROME ZAMORA

NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

 GENRE:  Drama

SYNOPSIS:  A policewoman who patrols Manila during the night arrests her teenage son for killing his lover.

RONDA from left: Ai ai De las Alas, Carlos Morales and director Nick Olanka. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

RONDA from left: Ai ai De las Alas, Carlos Morales and director Nick Olanka. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Nick Olanka graduated from the U.P. Film Institute in 2006, the same year he made his full length Cinemalaya film “Ang Huling Araw ng Linggo.” Active in theatre through the group The UP Repertory Company, he directed for CCP’s Virgin LabFest for three consecutive years. He also attended workshops in Mowelfund Film Institute. He is trained under film director Marilou Diaz-Abaya as part of Star Cinema’s Directors Training Program.  For Star Cinema, he directed an omnibus horror film entitled “Cinco.” For ABS-CBN he co-directed “E-boy” and “Apoy sa Dagat” with F.M. Reyes. He also had directorial stints in “Magkaribal” and “Angelito: Batang Ama.” From 2009 to present he is part of the director’s pool for the weekly drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

RONDA star Ai ai De Las Alas makes her Cinemalaya debut. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

RONDA star Ai ai De Las Alas makes her Cinemalaya debut. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

right photo: Ai ai De las Alas talks about car shoot with director Nick Olanka and Carlos Morales. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

right photo: Ai ai De las Alas talks about car shoot with director Nick Olanka and Carlos Morales. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Ai-ai de las Alas, Carlos Morales,Angeli Bayani, Menggie Cobarrubias, Julian Trono,CesarMontano, Carlo Aquino, Bernardo Bernardo, Lao Rodriguez,  Perla Bautista, DM Sevilla, Kiko Matos, Moi Marcampo PRODUCTION STAFF: Production Company-Phoenix Features, Director-Nick Olanka, Writer-Adolfo Alix, Jr., Jerome Zamora, Executive Producer-Martina Eileen delas Alas-Nick Olanka, Line Producer- Adolfo Alix, Jr., Director of Photography-Albert Banzon, Production Designer-Roma Regala, Assistant Director-Armi Cacanindin, Editor-Nick Olanka, Associate Line Producer-Emily Pacheco, Field Sound Recordist-Mark Locsin Production ,Manager-Rolly Palmes, Location Manager-Robin Palmes

RONDA star Ai ai De Las Alas makes her Cinemalaya debut. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

RONDA star Ai ai De Las Alas makes her Cinemalaya debut. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

S6PARADOS wedding pic standing from right: director GB Sampedro, Victor Neri, Anjo Yllana, Erik Santos, Alfred Vargas, Melissa Mendez, Ricky Davao, Jason Abalos, Patricia Javier and foreground bride: Ritz Azul. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

S6PARADOS wedding pic standing from right: director GB Sampedro, Victor Neri, Anjo Yllana, Erik Santos, Alfred Vargas, Melissa Mendez, Ricky Davao, Jason Abalos, Patricia Javier and foreground bride: Ritz Azul. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

s6parados

DIRECTED BY GB SAMPEDRO

WRITTEN BY ERIC RAMOS

NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy-Drama

SYNOPSIS:  This is the bittersweet saga of six men who have separated from their wives. Inspired by true stories, their parallel and overlapping tales offer six different portraits of the failure of monogamy in a society where divorce is supposedly not an option. Ironically, fate and circumstance bring them together at a church wedding, where one of them takes a second chance at marital bliss.

S6PARADOS Ricky Davao is confronted by Melissa Mendez. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

S6PARADOS Ricky Davao is confronted by Melissa Mendez. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

S6parados from right: director GB Sampedro, discusses dinner scene with cast. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

S6parados from right: director GB Sampedro, discusses dinner scene with cast. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Giuseppe Bede Magno Sampedro, better known as “GB,” is one of the Philippines’ most prolific directors today. Garnering recognition both among his peers and in the international arena, GB started his career in 2002 – a career that now encompasses major productions in the fields of theater, television, live entertainment and concerts, corporate events and film. With a solid background in theater, where he acquired the discipline to write scripts, direct plays and hone his talent as an actor, GB’s subsequent ventures into TV, live events and film directing have served as a testament to his dynamic vision, youthful energy and technical mastery of whatever medium he undertakes to create in.  His first foray into film directing, the edgy and stylish “Astig” (“Squalor”), earned him both Best Director at the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Special Mention honors at the Pusan International Film Festival that same year. This film likewise earned him a nomination as Best Director at the prestigious Urian Awards in 2010.

S6PARADOS director GB Sampedro & lead actor Alex Vargas. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

S6PARADOS director GB Sampedro & lead actor Alex Vargas. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MAJOR CREDITS:  CAST: Victor Neri, Ricky Davao, Jason Abalos, Anjo Yllana, Erik Santos, Alfred Vargas, Ritz Azul, Angel Jacob, Melissa Mendez, Althea Vega, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Iwa Moto, Diana Zubiri, Sue Prado, Menggie Cobarrubias, Cris Pastor, K-La Rivera, Rhea Lim, Jace Flores, Patricia Javier, Katrina Halili,  Joel Lamangan, PRODUCTION STAFF:Director-Gb Sampedro, Producer-GB Sampedro and Alfred Vargas, Supervising Producer-Noel Ferrer, Production Manager-Flor Milan, Line Producer: Omar Sortijas, Production Designer-Popo Diaz, Assoc Director-Ayrin Villamor, Editor-Geff Sampedro, Prod. Asst-Dhong  Ferrer

Anjo Yllana in S6PARADOS. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Anjo Yllana in S6PARADOS. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. 

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SUNDALONG KANIN

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JANICE O’HARA AND DENISE O’HARA

NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  Drama

SYNOPSIS:  Set during the Japanese Occupation, four friends (Nitoy, Benny, Carding, and Badong) aspire nothing more than to become soldiers fighting the Japanese… until they are confronted by the realities of war that threaten to destroy their families and their friendship.

SUNDALONG KANIN from left: Paolo O’Hara threatens Akihira Morishita and Gardo Verzosa. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

SUNDALONG KANIN from left: Paolo O’Hara threatens Akihira Morishita and Gardo Verzosa. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

SUNDALONG KANIN from left: Producer Denise O’Hara and Nathaniel Britt. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

SUNDALONG KANIN from left: Producer Denise O’Hara and Nathaniel Britt. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Denise O’Hara was born on March 6, 1980. She was a student of Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines (Diliman) where she fell in love with writing. As such, she became a writer for television. She started writing for ABS-CBN on 2004. Among her works are teleseryes such as Hiram, Sa Piling Mo, Ysabella, Kahit Isang Saglit and the adaptation of the koreanovela, Only You.In 2010, she became headwriter for the same network and worked on the following teleseryes: Rosalka, Juanita Banana (adaptation), Maria la del Barrio (another adaptation),  Mundo Man ay Magunaw, and Be Careful with My Heart . Presently she is on leave from the show to collaborate with her sister for the film, Sundalong Kanin, an entry for Cinemalaya 2014.

KJWAN from left: Kelley Mangahas and Marc Abaya with French Press Attache Camille Conde at the Plaza Maestranza Intramuros stage. Marc Abaya is in Cinemalaya film SUNDALONG KANIN. Fete Dela Musique 2014 had 200 acts in more than 20 different locations last June 21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

KJWAN from left: Kelley Mangahas and Marc Abaya with French Press Attache Camille Conde at the Plaza Maestranza Intramuros stage. Marc Abaya is in Cinemalaya film SUNDALONG KANIN. Fete Dela Musique 2014 had 200 acts in more than 20 different locations last June 21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

SUNDALONG KANIN from left: Marc Abaya has Gardo Verzosa at gunpoint. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

SUNDALONG KANIN from left: Marc Abaya has Gardo Verzosa at gunpoint. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Janice O’Hara was born on March 6, 1980. Growing up, Janice was not only influenced by classic Filipino movies and literature.  She studied Comparative Literature at UP Diliman. Before graduating, she dropped out of college to work. Janice started a concept developer in ABS-CBN. Later on, she began to write for the horror show “Nginiig!” Janice wrote for other shows such as “Super Inggo,” Kung Fu Kids,” “Alyna,” “Nasaan ka Elisa?,” and the recently ended “Maria Mercedes.” In 2010, Janice wrote the screenplay for the Cinemalaya film, “Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio,” directed by Mario O’Hara. The year after, she consulted on the film “Cuchera” of Joseph Laban.  This year, janice is taking a break from teleseryes to do their film “Sundalong Kanin,” a finalist in this year’s Cinemalaya Festival.

SUNDALONG KANIN cast from left: Akira Morishita, Nathaniel Britt, Isaac Cain Tongonan and Elijah Canlas. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

SUNDALONG KANIN cast from left: Akira Morishita, Nathaniel Britt, Isaac Cain Tongonan and Elijah Canlas. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MAJOR CREDITS:  CAST: Nathaniel Brit, Ian de Leon,Marc Abaya, Gardo Verzosa, Via Veloso, Enzo Pineda, Paolo O’Hara, Che Ramos, Diana Alferez, Dante Balois, Elijah Canlas, Angelo Martinez PRODUCTION STAFF: Director-Janice O’Hara, Producer-Denise O’Hara, Associate Prod- LA Dacula, Line Producer/Scriptwriter-Jerry O’hara, Asst Director-Mara Marasigan, DOP-Nelson Macababat, Prod. Manager- Melanie Entuna, Prod. Designer-Fiel Zabat, Art Director-Poly Garci, Post Production-SQ Film Lab

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Janice O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Janice O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

CHILDREN’S SHOW from left Buboy Villar and Miggs Cuaderno. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

CHILDREN’S SHOW from left Buboy Villar and Miggs Cuaderno. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER star Mara Lopez and #Y’s Gino Santos. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER star Mara Lopez and #Y’s Gino Santos. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Jason Abalos in S6PARADOS. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

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Alex Medina is in K’NA THE DREAM WEAVER and THE JANITOR. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Alex Medina is in K’NA THE DREAM WEAVER and THE JANITOR. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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K’Na stars from left: Mara Lopez & Writer Director Ida Anita Del Mundo. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The futuristic design of the new East Wing in Shangri La Plaza Mall played host to the successful opening of Eiga Sai. The annual fest organized by the Japan Foundation, which allows audiences to watch the best contemporary Japanese films for free has garnered a lot of fans over the years. It will run from July 3-13 at the Shang Cineplex.

3rd from left: Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe, from left: AKIRA Co Owner & Managing Director Ricky Laudico, Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta, Shu Uemura Mktg Head Dyan Warren and JICA Sr. Representative Kunihiro Nakasone. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

3rd from left: Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe, from left: AKIRA Co Owner & Managing Director Ricky Laudico, Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta, Shu Uemura Mktg Head Dyan Warren and JICA Sr. Representative Kunihiro Nakasone. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

This year’s opening was made extra special by the participation of AKIRA and SUMOSAM. Both restaurants in Shang Mall are from celebrity restaurateur Marvin Agustin who is now also a concert producer. They created a truly Japanese atmosphere by serving authentic sushi, with master chefs assembling them fresh on site. Although the dashing Marvin Agustin the actor was not in the opening, Co owner Ricky Laudico ably represented the latest brand in Japanese dining in the new East Wing.

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Eiga SaiEiga Sai literally meaning film festival, features 16 titles. Among them is Cannes Jury Prize winner LIKE FATHER LIKE SON directed by Karee da Hirozaku. HOMELAND is likewise one of the celebrated films in the Berlin Film festival.

(center) Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe was interviewed from left by GMA News’ Cata Inocencio and TV5 Aksyon Anne Cabral. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

(center) Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe was interviewed from left by GMA News’ Cata Inocencio and TV5 Aksyon Anne Cabral. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe emphasized the importance of family as the theme of the fest, “Movies are universal everyone enjoys it. There’s no better way to start the Philippines Japan Friendship month than Eiga Sai. Last year almost 20,000 people attended this festival. This year’s movie line up will focus on family. The modern society’s abundant amenities allow people to live alone. However no one can live in solitude. People need relationships to be human. Among such relationships family ties are most important. The American writer Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull wrote ‘the bond that links true family is not of blood but of respect and joy for each other’s life”

Newly Wed Karylle was shopping at East Wing during the Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival, which will screen films for free, from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Newly Wed Karylle was shopping at East Wing during the Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival, which will screen films for free, from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

(center) Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe was interviewed from left by GMA News’ Cata Inocencio and TV5 Aksyon Anne Cabral. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

(center) Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe was interviewed from left by GMA News’ Cata Inocencio and TV5 Aksyon Anne Cabral. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Urabe linked familial bonds of the two countries from bilateral relations of governments to food, “The relationship which is building up between Japan and the Philippines in recent years are linked with such things. Renewed respect to the Philippine economy by Japanese investors, the frequent summit meetings between our leaders, the surge of Filipino tourists to Japan and the Filipino fad for Japanese Ramen, Tonkatsu and other Japanese food.” No wonder, this year organizers tapped two of the best Japanese restaurants AKIRA and SUMOSAM as food sponsors.

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

3rd from right: Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe from left: Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Etsuko Urabe, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta and JICA Sr. Representative Kunihiro Nakasone. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

3rd from right: Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe from left: Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Etsuko Urabe, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta and JICA Sr. Representative Kunihiro Nakasone. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marline Dualan, Division Manager for Marketing Shangri La plaza Corp. encapsulated what can be seen among the many titles of the fest, “This year’s edition of Eiga Sai features 16 carefully selected films that span the last 5 years of contemporary Japanese cinema. Starting tonight with the screening of HOMELAND until the next ten days, the Shang Cineplex will play host to an excellent line up of well-chosen films that center around the theme of family. From coming of age dramas to real life accounts depicting the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake that shook Fukushima on March 2011 to award winning Anime films.”

There were long queues for the opening film HOMELAND. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

There were long queues for the opening film HOMELAND. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: AKIRA Mktg Dir Sheryl Laudico, AKIRA Co-Owner & Mng Dir Ricky Laudico, Japan Foundation Prog Coordinator Roland Samson and Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: AKIRA Mktg Dir Sheryl Laudico, AKIRA Co-Owner & Mng Dir Ricky Laudico, Japan Foundation Prog Coordinator Roland Samson and Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

According to her the relationship between Shang Plaza and the Japan foundation has been a long and fruitful one, “We would like to thank the Japan Foundation of Manila, for entrusting to us this wonderful partnership that showcases Japanese filmmaking at its best. We congratulate you for another successful undertaking of this event. We look forward to many more years of partnership and friendship. We would also like to thank the invaluable support of the Japanese Embassy and the FILM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF THE PHILIPPINES for making this project a reality. We would like to thank our retail partners AKIRA, SUMOSAM and SHUEMURA for generously supporting Japan Foundation as one of the sponsors of this event.”

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Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori and FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori and FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

The role of cinema is more than just entertainment. FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta explained, “As you know both the Philippines and Japan have suffered devastating disasters in the past few years that have resulted in the loss of many lives. And cinema has the capability to unite us by respecting the value of the family in putting up with disasters and heightening efforts to rebuild lives and communities.” These inspiring stories can be gleaned in films like REUNION, HOMELAND and many more in this year’s Eiga Sai line up all for free.

CORO TOMASINO performed Hana Wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom) a Japanese song composed to raise funds for the Great East Earthquake. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

CORO TOMASINO performed Hana Wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom) a Japanese song composed to raise funds for the Great East Earthquake. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Instituto Cervantes Manila Managing Dir Carlos Madrid and Instituto Cervantes Deputy for Cultural Affairs Jose Fons at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free  from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Instituto Cervantes Manila Managing Dir Carlos Madrid and Instituto Cervantes Deputy for Cultural Affairs Jose Fons at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

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AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Vietnam Emb 2nd Secretary Le Thi Thu Thuy, Laos Emb 2nd Secretary Phoungern Soukvilai, JICA Sr. Representative Kunihiro Nakasone and Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

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It was a full house for the opening film HOMELAND. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

It was a full house for the opening film HOMELAND. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shu Uemura Mktg Head Dyan Warren and Shu Uemura Mktg officer Jam Soriano  The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shu Uemura Mktg Head Dyan Warren and Shu Uemura Mktg officer Jam Soriano
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from right: JICA Sr. Advisor Juro Chikaraishi, JICA Sr. Representative Kunihiro Nakasone and JICA Prog Officer Tracy Decena. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: JICA Sr. Advisor Juro Chikaraishi, JICA Sr. Representative Kunihiro Nakasone and JICA Prog Officer Tracy Decena. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: AKIRA Co Owner & Managing Director Ricky Laudico and Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: AKIRA Co Owner & Managing Director Ricky Laudico and Japan Foundation Managing Dir Shuji Takatori at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

CORO TOMASINO performed Hana Wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom) a Japanese song composed to raise funds for the Great East Earthquake. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

CORO TOMASINO performed Hana Wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom) a Japanese song composed to raise funds for the Great East Earthquake. Photo was taken at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

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ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata with wife Gyeong-min Bae. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata with wife Gyeong-min Bae. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

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AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

AKIRA-Shang East wing and SUMOSAM provided authentic & sumptuous sushi during The Eiga Sai Opening. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe with Chevalier Virginia Moreno at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japan Amb H.E. Toshinao Urabe with Chevalier Virginia Moreno at the Shang East Wing where the opening of Eiga Sai fest was held. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will screen films for free from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cinemalaya X SHORT FILMS

Short filmmakers from right: Sari Estrada (ASAN SI LOLO ME?), Christopher ‘Thop’ Nazareno (EYEBALL), Chloe Anne Veloso (INA-TAY), Joris Fernandez (INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK), Kevin Ang (LOLA), Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO), Paolo O’Hara (NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING)---NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Short filmmakers from right: Sari Estrada (ASAN SI LOLO ME?), Christopher ‘Thop’ Nazareno (EYEBALL), Chloe Anne Veloso (INA-TAY), Joris Fernandez (INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK), Kevin Ang (LOLA), Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO), Paolo O’Hara (NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING)—NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista. 

The Cinemalaya X Short line up a great mix of talent from all around the country from different backgrounds. Topics range from the horror of LOLA and TIYA BENING, the unexpected comedy in EYEBALL, to the outright hilarious INA TAY and the exquisite dance sequences of INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK to experimental work in THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO. Tanghalang Pilipino regular Sheenly Gener is busy in 2 shorts: ASAN SI LOLO ME? and NAKABIBINGING KADILIMAN along with theater director (and actress) Mara Marasigan and Max Celada. Erlinda Villalobos of LOLA is also in K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER (New Breed Category).

Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin awards director Ellen Ramos the award for winning the Cinemalaya contest for Best OBB/ Cinemalaya ID which is played immediately before each competition film is screened. The ceremonies were held during the launch July 9, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin awards director Ellen Ramos the award for winning the Cinemalaya contest for Best OBB/ Cinemalaya ID which is played immediately before each competition film is screened. The ceremonies were held during the launch July 9, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin awards director Ellen Ramos the award for winning the Cinemalaya contest for Best OBB/ Cinemalaya ID which is played immediately before each competition film is screened. The ceremonies were held during the launch July 9, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin awards director Ellen Ramos the award for winning the Cinemalaya contest for Best OBB/ Cinemalaya ID which is played immediately before each competition film is screened. The ceremonies were held during the launch July 9, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin awards director Ellen Ramos the award for winning the Cinemalaya contest for Best OBB/ Cinemalaya ID which is played immediately before each competition film is screened. The ceremonies were held during the launch July 9, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin awards director Ellen Ramos the award for winning the Cinemalaya contest for Best OBB/ Cinemalaya ID which is played immediately before each competition film is screened. The ceremonies were held during the launch July 9, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Asan si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada ---CAST: Sheenly Gener, Rob Sy, Joseph Dela Cruz, Zachary Ezekiel Diaz, Goosey, Amante Pulido, Andre De Guzman Montejo, Jan Michael Jamisola. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Asan si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada —CAST: Sheenly Gener, Rob Sy, Joseph Dela Cruz, Zachary Ezekiel Diaz, Goosey, Amante Pulido, Andre De Guzman Montejo, Jan Michael Jamisola. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

ASAN SI LOLO ME?

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY SARI ESTRADA

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Comedy 

SYNOPSIS:  A mother tells her young son that his grandfather has turned into a goat in order to cover up the grandfather’s death.

Asan si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada (left) ---CAST: Sheenly Gener, Rob Sy, Joseph Dela Cruz, Zachary Ezekiel Diaz, Goosey, Amante Pulido, Andre De Guzman Montejo, Jan Michael Jamisola

Asan si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada (left) —CAST: Sheenly Gener, Rob Sy, Joseph Dela Cruz, Zachary Ezekiel Diaz, Goosey, Amante Pulido, Andre De Guzman Montejo, Jan Michael Jamisola

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Every day of Sari’s childhood, she was one Disney princess or another. Sometimes Ariel, sometimes Belle, sometimes Pocahontas, always in full costume. Now “full-grown”, Sari still channels her inner Disney princess whenever circumstances allow, and has furthered this fixation by coming up with fictional characters of her own. Her desire to realize the very unreal characters and unlikely situations in her head makes it no surprise that she ended up in the field of film. Her undergraduate thesis “Asan si Lolo Mê?” received special recognition from University of the Philippines Film Institute and was nominated in the Short Film category of the 37th Gawad Urian Awards. Sari is first and foremost an editor, but is now working at honing her skills in directing and screenwriting.

Asan si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada —CAST: Sheenly Gener, Rob Sy, Joseph Dela Cruz, Zachary Ezekiel Diaz, Goosey, Amante Pulido, Andre De Guzman Montejo, Jan Michael Jamisola. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Asan si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada —CAST: Sheenly Gener, Rob Sy, Joseph Dela Cruz, Zachary Ezekiel Diaz, Goosey, Amante Pulido, Andre De Guzman Montejo, Jan Michael Jamisola. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS:  CAST: Sheenly Gener, Rob Sy, Joseph Dela Cruz, Zachary Ezekiel Diaz, Goosey, Amante Pulido, Andre De Guzman Montejo, Jan Michael Jamisola PRODUCTION STAFF: Writer & Director-Sari Estrada,  Directors of Photography-Marty Ramirez & Mikee Dela Cruz,  Production Designers-Mayee Foz Baquiran & Andre De Guzman Montejo, Editors-Sari Estrada & Cyril Bautista,  Sound Designers-Adi Bersales & Jedd Dumaguina, Music Composer-Michael Bulaong, Asst. Directors-Joyen Santos & Andrea Tatad,  Production Manager-Athena Czarina Generoso,  Executive Producers-Jose V. Ignacio Melita R. Ignacio Marivic Ignacio-Estrada Ray Estrada

Cinemalaya Chairman of Competition Laurice Guillen has an upcoming film starring Enchong Dee & Erich Gonzales Entitled ONCE A PRINCESS. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Cinemalaya Chairman of Competition Laurice Guillen has an upcoming film starring Enchong Dee & Erich Gonzales Entitled ONCE A PRINCESS. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Eyeball by Christopher “Thop” Nazareno --- CAST:  Nico Antonio, Alchris Galura, Sei Magalona Calibo, Garret Villanueva Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Eyeball by Christopher “Thop” Nazareno — CAST: Nico Antonio, Alchris Galura, Sei Magalona Calibo, Garret Villanueva Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

EYEBALL

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER “THOP” NAZARENO

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Comedy

SYNOPSIS:  A vain man is out to meet a woman he met on Facebook for the first time. While waiting for her, he comes upon a naive guy whom he teaches his ways on attracting women. But the vain may need to learn some more.

Eyeball by Christopher “Thop” Nazareno --- (left) CAST:  Nico Antonio, Alchris Galura, Sei Magalona Calibo, Garret Villanueva Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Eyeball by Christopher “Thop” Nazareno — (left) CAST: Nico Antonio, Alchris Galura, Sei Magalona Calibo, Garret Villanueva Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Thop Nazareno majored in Multimedia Arts at the College of Saint Benilde – School of Design and Arts, and attended the filmmaking program at Mowelfund Film Institute. His first short film, “Ang Balut ni Mang Roger (2012)” was screened in Europe and U.S.A.. He was the editor of previous Cinemalaya films “Pasahero” (Short Feature 2012) and “Purok 7″ (New Breed 2013). “Eyeball” is his second short film which deals with relationships and the consequences that come with them.

Eyeball by Christopher “Thop” Nazareno --- (left) CAST:  Nico Antonio, Alchris Galura, Sei Magalona Calibo, Garret Villanueva Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Eyeball by Christopher “Thop” Nazareno — (left) CAST: Nico Antonio, Alchris Galura, Sei Magalona Calibo, Garret Villanueva Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS:  CAST:  Nico Antonio, Alchris Galura, Sei Magalona Calibo, Garret Villanueva PRODUCTION STAFF: Director-Thop Nazareno, Writer-Thop Nazareno, Producers-Carlo Obispo and Thop Nazareno, Director of Photography-Marvin Reyes, Production Designer-Arthur Maningas, Editor-Thop Nazareno, Music Scorer-Jerrold Tarog

Playboy Cover girl for June Mara Lopez is the lead star in K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Playboy Cover girl for June Mara Lopez is the lead star in K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Ina-Tay by Chloe Anne A. Veloso--- CAST:  Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Ina-Tay by Chloe Anne A. Veloso— CAST: Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

INA-TAY (MOTHER-FATHER)

DIRECTED BY CHLOE ANNE A. VELOSO

WRITTEN BY BADIDI LABRA

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Comedy Drama

SYNOPSIS:  A beautician named Elvis (also known as Elvira) finds out one day that he has fathered a bouncing baby boy and is left with the challenge of single parenthood.  A lighthearted take on the Cebuano LGBT culture that fuses comedy and melodrama, to show that an independently-produced gay film doesn’t always have to be about discrimination and oppression.

Ina-Tay by Chloe Anne A. Veloso (right)--- CAST:  Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Ina-Tay by Chloe Anne A. Veloso (right)— CAST: Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Chloe Veloso was born in Tacloban City but is now based in Cebu City. She graduated BS Computer Science in University of the Philippines Cebu and is currently taking her M.A. in Cinema Studies in the University of San Carlos. Founder of Amateur Creative Thespians of UP (ACT-UP), Chloe was the Festival Director of Binisaya Film Festival 2013. “Ina-Tay” is among her award-winning short films, the others being “Ang Gugmang Ti-unay ni Daniella” (Daniella’s True Love) and “Dag-um” (Dark Skies).

Ina-Tay by Chloe Anne A. Veloso--- CAST:  Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Ina-Tay by Chloe Anne A. Veloso— CAST: Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS:  CAST:  Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo PRODUCTION STAFF:  Director-Chloe Veloso, Writer:-Badidi Labra, Production Company-Amateur Creative Thespians of UP (ACT-UP), Producers-Robert and Marilou Solidum, Diego and Yonkie Veloso, Erlinda Tan, Cinematographers-Chloe Veloso and Samantha Solidum, Editor-Samantha Solidum, Sound-John Diño, Script Continuity-Bin Espina, Pia Aguilos, Threyna Diaz, Dane Figuracion, Costume Designer-Peewee Senining, Makeup Artist-Rocelle Cadavos, Boom Operator-John Diño, Crew-Rapi Sescon, Bugz Saavedra, Regil Cadavos, Tom Jopson, Ivo Monterde, Thomas Solidum, Wessui Bacareza, Mia Bultron, John Mark Maglana, Jassy Tomol, Grace Orejudo, Joshua Aquino, Feonna Tejada, Bianca Macapagal, Shaira Escuzar, Bayani Acebedo, Oyo dela Paz, Creative Consultant-Diem Judilla

Ina-Tay by Chloe Anne A. Veloso--- CAST:  Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Ina-Tay by Chloe Anne A. Veloso— CAST: Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

1st KO SI 3rd star Denise Barbaceña updates her facebook status. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

1st KO SI 3rd star Denise Barbaceña updates her facebook status. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Indayog ng Nayatamak by Joris Fernandez —CAST: Kelvin Joseph Baroso, Chinky May Juntura. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JORIS FERNANDEZ

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Dance Narrative

SYNOPSIS:  A struggle between a painter and his work.  Rex paints his frustrations on canvas:  the ballerina.  The struggle between him and his artwork escalates and is channeled through the paintbrush; and as Rex sees his artwork taking control over him, he tries to fight back.

Indayog ng Nayatamak by Joris Fernandez (left) —CAST: Kelvin Joseph Baroso, Chinky May Juntura. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Indayog ng Nayatamak by Joris Fernandez (left) —CAST: Kelvin Joseph Baroso, Chinky May Juntura. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Joris Fernandez is a young filmmaker who obtained his Bachelors Degree in Film at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Film Institute.  He started production work as an editor and has since work for notable TV shows and films.  His interest in film making grew, having been able to work with well known directors in the industry. Joris is also interested in Production Design which is very notable in his works as a director.  Indayog ng Nayatamak is his thesis film which received the Best undergraduate Thesis Award from the UP Film Institute in 2013 and was recognised by the Motion Pictures Association Asia Pacific as one of the Best Student short films in the region.

Indayog ng Nayatamak by Joris Fernandez —CAST: Kelvin Joseph Baroso, Chinky May Juntura. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Indayog ng Nayatamak by Joris Fernandez —CAST: Kelvin Joseph Baroso, Chinky May Juntura. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITSCAST: Kelvin Joseph Baroso, Chinky May Juntura PRODUCTION STAFF: Executive Producer-Jose Ephream Fernandez and Shirley Rose Fernandez, Producer-Carlo Francisco Manatad, Director-Joris Fernandez,  Assistant Director-Joan Fernandez, Choreographer-Stanley Tupaz,  Cinematographer-Aaron Cabangis, Production Design-Frances Mortel,  Writer-Joris Fernandez,  Editor-Joris Fernandez,  Music-Joris Fernandez, Sound Design-Joyen Santos, Production Managers-Kim Ocampo, Pat Damaso,  Colorist-Timmy Torres,  Marilen Magsaysay, Visual Effects-Cy Bautista, Carlo Francisco Manatad, Joris Fernandez

Alex Murphy stars in PADULONG SA PINUY ANAN & Daphne Chiu is line producer of MARIQUINA & KNA THE DREAMWEAVER. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Alex Murphy stars in PADULONG SA PINUY ANAN & Daphne Chiu is line producer of MARIQUINA & KNA THE DREAMWEAVER. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Lola by Kevin Ang-- CAST: Erlinda Villalobos, Myrtle Gail Sarrosa, Red San Buenaventura, Tony Leyba, Jimson Buenagua, Mila Imperial, Christian Villete, Ernani Lantonio, Dana Amistad, Jaeosn Magdale, Jomar Carpena. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Lola by Kevin Ang– CAST: Erlinda Villalobos, Myrtle Gail Sarrosa, Red San Buenaventura, Tony Leyba, Jimson Buenagua, Mila Imperial, Christian Villete, Ernani Lantonio, Dana Amistad, Jaeosn Magdale, Jomar Carpena. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

LOLA

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY KEVIN ANG

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Thriller

SYNOPSIS:  It’s Christmas time, and a grandmother spends a quiet afternoon tending to the family chores. But the arrival of an unexpected visitor brings with her some deadly consequences.

Lola by Kevin Ang (right)-- CAST: Erlinda Villalobos, Myrtle Gail Sarrosa, Red San Buenaventura, Tony Leyba, Jimson Buenagua, Mila Imperial, Christian Villete, Ernani Lantonio, Dana Amistad, Jaeosn Magdale, Jomar Carpena. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Lola by Kevin Ang (right)– CAST: Erlinda Villalobos, Myrtle Gail Sarrosa, Red San Buenaventura, Tony Leyba, Jimson Buenagua, Mila Imperial, Christian Villete, Ernani Lantonio, Dana Amistad, Jaeosn Magdale, Jomar Carpena. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Kevin Ang obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at De La Salle University in 2010. He then obtained a diploma in Animation and Visual Effects at the Vancouver Film School (VFS) in Vancouver Canada. He worked under several post-production houses for the next few years: doing both visual effects and animation on TV and film. His studio works include The Amazing Spiderman, Slugterra, Endangered Species and Monster High.  During his time, he wrote and directed his first short film, Contaminant, for which he also did the editing, sound design and visual effects. The film won the Vancouver Mighty Asian Filmmaking Challenge, which requires its proponents to complete a short film within one week. The film was also an entry in the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. After returning to the Philippines, he wrote and directed another short film – Lola. Again, he also handled editing, sound design and visual effects duties. The film is currently a finalist in the 10th Cinemalaya Festival and the 20th Palm Springs International Shortfest.

Lola by Kevin Ang– CAST: Erlinda Villalobos, Myrtle Gail Sarrosa, Red San Buenaventura, Tony Leyba, Jimson Buenagua, Mila Imperial, Christian Villete, Ernani Lantonio, Dana Amistad, Jaeosn Magdale, Jomar Carpena. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Lola by Kevin Ang– CAST: Erlinda Villalobos, Myrtle Gail Sarrosa, Red San Buenaventura, Tony Leyba, Jimson Buenagua, Mila Imperial, Christian Villete, Ernani Lantonio, Dana Amistad, Jaeosn Magdale, Jomar Carpena. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS:  CAST: Erlinda Villalobos, Myrtle Gail Sarrosa, Red San Buenaventura, Tony Leyba, Jimson Buenagua, Mila Imperial, Christian Villete, Ernani Lantonio, Dana Amistad, Jaeosn Magdale, Jomar Carpena PRODUCTION STAFF:  Director-Kevin Ang, Producers-Adi Bontuyan and Kevin Ang, Director of Photography-Adi Bontuyan, Production Manager-Garret Villanueva, Writer/Editor/Sound Design/Visual Effects-Kevin Ang, Production Design-Olivia Estrada, Asst. Production Design-Nina Estrada, Line Producer-Ron Conise, Score-Ling Lava, Prosthetics-Leo Velasco, Jr., Asst. Prosthetics-Justin Victorio, Production Assistants-Nash Tabanda and Kim Quilicot, Audio Man-Louie Aguila, Grip-Richard Gomez, Driver- Maning Quigao

Theater stars from left: Dennis Marasigan (1st KO SI 3rd) and Richard S Cunanan Repertory Phil and ROGUE Magazine. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Theater stars from left: Dennis Marasigan (1st KO SI 3rd) and Richard S Cunanan Repertory Phil and ROGUE Magazine. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Mga Ligaw na Paru-paro by Jann Eric “J.E.” Tiglao--- CAST: Olive Nieto, Paolo O'Hara, Solomon de Guzman, Maria Isabel Lopez. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Mga Ligaw na Paru-paro by Jann Eric “J.E.” Tiglao— CAST: Olive Nieto, Paolo O’Hara, Solomon de Guzman, Maria Isabel Lopez. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MGA LIGAW NA PARU-PARO

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JANN ERIC “J.E.” TIGLAO

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:    Dark Comedy

SYNOPSIS:  Roger and Miriam live a happily married life in spite of not having a child for years. Until one day, Roger accidentally reads a text message on Miriam’s phone; it has flirty anecdotes from a stranger named Alex. In that moment, all hell breaks loose but little did Roger know that he is yet to discover his wife’s deepest secret.

Mga Ligaw na Paru-paro by Jann Eric “J.E.” Tiglao (left)--- CAST: Olive Nieto, Paolo O'Hara, Solomon de Guzman, Maria Isabel Lopez. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Mga Ligaw na Paru-paro by Jann Eric “J.E.” Tiglao (left)— CAST: Olive Nieto, Paolo O’Hara, Solomon de Guzman, Maria Isabel Lopez. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  J.E. TIGLAO was named the Best Director of the 2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival’s Short Feature Category for his short film “Onang”. The said film also had its world premiere in Rhode Island International Film Festival in the United States. After a year, it had already entered twelve film festivals in and out of the country and was chosen the Best Short Film of 2013 by the Pinoy Rebyu, a group composed of film critics and journalists in the country. At the present, “Onang” is also nominated for Best Short film at the 37th Gawad Urian.  J.E. Tiglao also represented the Philippines to the world’s largest short film festival, the Tropfest, in Malaysia for his film Gamu-gamo Sa Takipsilim starring Ms. Anita Linda. His latest short film “Mga Ligaw Na Paru-Paro” made it to Cinemalaya this year (2014). This is his second time to join Cinemalaya in two consecutive years.

Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO) makes a grand entrance. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairveiw Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO) makes a grand entrance. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairveiw Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Olive Nieto, Paolo O’Hara, Solomon de Guzman, Maria Isabel Lopez

PRODUCTION STAFF:  Director – J.E. Tiglao, Writer – J.E. Tiglao, Producer – Alemberg Ang, Cinematographer – Box Seblario, Co-Producer – Martin Mayuga, Line Producer – Noubikko Ray, Production Design – Khalil Bañarez, Art Director – Icx Icay, Musical Scorer – Kim Nimrod Cruz, Assistant Director – Mara Marasigan & Mark Sarmiento, Lights – JT Pandy, Production Manager – Pauline Renz Legazpi & Carl Picar, Editor – Mai Dionisio & J.E. Tiglao, Poster Design – Vincent Quilop, Executive Producers – Bella Tiglao, Atty. Tyrone Agabas, Atty. Carlos Trece Mapili, Alemberg Ang, Borax Seblario, Levi de Jesus. 

Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairveiw Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairveiw Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Nakabibinging Kadiliman by Paolo O’Hara--- CAST: Amanda – Sheenly Gener, Jen – Mara Paulina Marasigan, Tiya Nali – Peewee O’Hara, Dexter – Raffy Froilan, Kaibigan – Max Celada. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Nakabibinging Kadiliman by Paolo O’Hara— CAST: Amanda – Sheenly Gener, Jen – Mara Paulina Marasigan, Tiya Nali – Peewee O’Hara, Dexter – Raffy Froilan, Kaibigan – Max Celada. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

NAKABIBINGING KADILIMAN

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY PAOLO O’HARA

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  A slice of life

SYNOPSIS:  Life has been hard for siblings Jen and Amanda.  Amanda, the older of the two, is blind and works as a masseuse for a nearby establishment.  Jen, on the other hand, is deaf-mute and devotes her time caring for her blind sister. Though their set-up is tedious and difficult, the two still maintain a cheerful disposition and rely on each other greatly.  A new handsome neighbor moves in and the balance of the simple household is tipped. Jen experiences a surge of unknown feelings and doesn’t know how to handle it.  The relationship of the siblings is then put to a test and questions of dependency, jealousy and responsibility arise.

Nakabibinging Kadiliman by Paolo O’Hara (left)--- CAST: Amanda – Sheenly Gener, Jen – Mara Paulina Marasigan, Tiya Nali – Peewee O’Hara, Dexter – Raffy Froilan, Kaibigan – Max Celada. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Nakabibinging Kadiliman by Paolo O’Hara (left)— CAST: Amanda – Sheenly Gener, Jen – Mara Paulina Marasigan, Tiya Nali – Peewee O’Hara, Dexter – Raffy Froilan, Kaibigan – Max Celada. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Paolo O’Hara. His love for acting started in his childhood when was exposed to watching different genres of theatre, TV, and film. It is one of the reasons why he pursued theater while in college. After graduating with a BS Math degree, he joined Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors’ Company under the leadership of Nonon Padilla. After almost six years of acting in most of its productions, he left the company to do freelance work as an actor.  Expanding his skills, he worked as a comedy improv player, voice talent, acting teacher, theatre and events director.  His thirst for learning led him to create his first short film “The Houseband’s Wife” which won Best Screenplay and Best Short Film in Cinemalaya 2013. Nakabibinging Kadiliman is his short film entry for Cinemalaya 2014. He is also a finalist for Cinema One Originals 2014, The Housekeepers, a feature film.

from left: Film Critic Max Tessier, Writer/director Dennis Marasigan is part of cast in 1ST KO SI 3RD, short filmmaker/actor Paolo O’Hara and Cinematographer/ Editor Dexter Dela Peña both of NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Film Critic Max Tessier, Writer/director Dennis Marasigan is part of cast in 1ST KO SI 3RD, short filmmaker/actor Paolo O’Hara and Cinematographer/ Editor Dexter Dela Peña both of NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Amanda – Sheenly Gener, Jen – Mara Paulina Marasigan, Tiya Nali – Peewee O’Hara, Dexter – Raffy Froilan, Kaibigan – Max Celada PRODUCTION STAFF: Director/Writer/Producer – Paolo O’Hara, Cinematographer/Editor/Colorist – Dexter Dela Pena, Assistant Director – Karen Haniel, Production Designer – Monica Baldemor, Line Producer – Sheenly Gener, Production Manager – Mara Paulina Marasigan, Production Assistant – Dan De Guzman, Music – Nimrod Cruz/Paolo O’Hara/Dexter dela Pena

Short filmmakers from right: Sari Estrada (ASAN SI LOLO ME?), Christopher ‘Thop’ Nazareno (EYEBALL), Chloe Anne Veloso (INA-TAY), Joris Fernandez (INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK), Kevin Ang (LOLA), Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO), Paolo O’Hara (NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING) ---NOT in PHOTO Fedwilyn Villarba Sabolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Short filmmakers from right: Sari Estrada (ASAN SI LOLO ME?), Christopher ‘Thop’ Nazareno (EYEBALL), Chloe Anne Veloso (INA-TAY), Joris Fernandez (INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK), Kevin Ang (LOLA), Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO), Paolo O’Hara (NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING) —NOT in PHOTO Fedwilyn Villarba Sabolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Padulong sa Pinuy-anan by Fedwilyn Villarba Sabolboro--- CAST: Tommy Whitmore-Alex Murphy, (Nilo) Shun Andrei Bacalla, (James Whitmore)- Jayce Alexander Stewart, (Grace)- Eden Villarba-Sabolboro, (Det. Mendoza)-Francil Silva

Padulong sa Pinuy-anan by Fedwilyn Villarba Sabolboro— CAST: Tommy Whitmore-Alex Murphy, (Nilo) Shun Andrei Bacalla, (James Whitmore)- Jayce Alexander Stewart, (Grace)- Eden Villarba-Sabolboro, (Det. Mendoza)-Francil Silva

PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN (GOING HOME)

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED FEDWILYN “EDEN” VILLARBA SABOLBORO

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:    Drama

SYNOPSIS:  Meet Tommy Whitmore divorced  andsetting out to start his own family. Tommy sets on a mission: to start a new life in the sunny and promising Philippines. However, when things do not go according to plan, Tommy’s life plummets straight down into the ground. He is feels fragile in a foreign country. Eventually, Tommy must make the toughest decision of his life: to go back to where he belongs, or risk it all and move forward with what little he has. With the help of kind strangers, Grace and her son Nilo, Tommy forges on his brave quest in trying to find where home is and discovering God again.

Padulong sa Pinuy-anan by Fedwilyn Villarba Sabolboro (left)--- CAST: Tommy Whitmore-Alex Murphy, (Nilo) Shun Andrei Bacalla, (James Whitmore)- Jayce Alexander Stewart, (Grace)- Eden Villarba-Sabolboro, (Det. Mendoza)-Francil Silva

Padulong sa Pinuy-anan by Fedwilyn Villarba Sabolboro (left)— CAST: Tommy Whitmore-Alex Murphy, (Nilo) Shun Andrei Bacalla, (James Whitmore)- Jayce Alexander Stewart, (Grace)- Eden Villarba-Sabolboro, (Det. Mendoza)-Francil Silva

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  At 27, Fedwilyn “Eden” Villarba is a critically acclaimed independent film and theater actress and an award-winning short film director born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. Having received traditional college from the University of the Philippines-Cebu college and working as a radio broadcaster for a long time, Eden left corporate work to pursue her passion for film and the arts full-time. She went on to receive the prestigious Acting for the Camera Scholarship from International Academy of Film and Television. Having been involved in and film and theater as an actress of many years, she starred in over 15 independent short films; the internationally acclaimed independent film “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria”; and has since ventured into producing, screenwriting, and directing. She has received the Best Director Award, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Award, and 2nd Best Picture for the 2012 Sinulog short film. “Lingkawas” – her first attempt at directing.

(center) Alex Murphy stars in PADULONG SA PINUY ANAN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

(center) Alex Murphy stars in PADULONG SA PINUY ANAN. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: “Tommy Whitmore” -Alex Murphy, “Nilo” Shun Andrei Bacalla, “James Whitmore” – Jayce Alexander Stewart, “Grace”- Eden Villarba-Sabolboro, “Det. Mendoza”-Francil Silva, “Thug #1″-Paul Halili, “Thug #2″- Nico Javier, “Taxi Driver #2″- Lendz Barinque, “Plaza Girl #1″-Shylyd De April Tuscano, “Plaza Girl #2″ -Brittany Baldoza, “Taxi Driver #1 (Voiceover)”-Anthony Yu PRODUCTION STAFF:  Executive Producer -  Thaad Sabolboro, Producer – Mario Lendel “Lendz” Barinque, Director- Fedwilyn “Eden” Villarba-Sabolboro, Original Screenplay-Francil Silva, Asst. Director/Co-Producer- Shylyd De April Tuscano, Directors Of Photography-  Francil Silva And Thaad Sabolboro, Editor- Thaad Sabolboro, Original Musical Score- Neil Struble and Nick Cunningham, Production Sound Mixer- Joyce Rances Lumapak, Production Design- Brittany Suelo Baldoza

Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairveiw Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairveiw Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The Ordinary Things We Do by David R. Corpuz--- CAST: Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Rafaela Anne Rivera, Kenneth Isaac Dela Cruz Andrew Basco, Angelo Abcede. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

The Ordinary Things We Do by David R. Corpuz— CAST: Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Rafaela Anne Rivera, Kenneth Isaac Dela Cruz Andrew Basco, Angelo Abcede. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

THE ORDINARY THINGS WE DO

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DAVID R. CORPUZ

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Experimental

SYNOPSIS:  The Ordinary Things We Do features the story of six souls—three couples—and a celebration of one same love. A critical look at the essence of human romantic partnership, this experimental silent short film celebrates the diversity of the expression of affection and intimacy. When everything material and immaterial are stripped off, what remains are souls united by and in love. 

from right: filmmaker David Corpuz and actor Angelo Abcede of THE ORDINARY THINGS WE DO. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: filmmaker David Corpuz and actor Angelo Abcede of THE ORDINARY THINGS WE DO. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  David R. Corpuz hails from San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. He recently received an MA Media Studies (Film) degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman. A filmmaker, media scholar, and educator, David’s research and creative interests are centered on avant garde cinema and the representation of gender in media. He also served as liaison officer at the UP Information Technology Development Center (UP ITDC) and as web producer at Summit Media’s Cosmopolitan (cosmo.ph) and the now-defunct Techie.  The Ordinary Things We Do is a research-based creative work awarded as Best Master’s Thesis at the April 2014 UP College of Mass Communication graduation rites.

The Ordinary Things We Do by David R. Corpuz--- CAST: Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Rafaela Anne Rivera, Kenneth Isaac Dela Cruz Andrew Basco, Angelo Abcede. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

The Ordinary Things We Do by David R. Corpuz— CAST: Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Rafaela Anne Rivera, Kenneth Isaac Dela Cruz Andrew Basco, Angelo Abcede. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS:  CAST: Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Rafaela Anne Rivera, Kenneth Isaac Dela CruzAndrew Basco, Angelo Abcede PRODUCTION STAFF: Writer/Director/Producer-David R. Corpuz,Producer-Jed Medrano, Co-Producer-Angelo Abcede, Director of Photography-Joy Aquino, Production Designer-Jesse Rey Baban, Editor/Colorist-Mark Lester Miranda, Assistant Director/Location Manager-Sheryl Rose Andes, Wardrobe Supervisor-Eivy Rose Lavalle, Gaffer-Joel Tiongson, Assistant Camera Operator-Bernard Amigo, Lights Crew-John Paul Gonzaga and Leonidas Sardua,Art Director-Mervine Anjelo Aquino, Hair and Make-up-Esrom Ferrer, Set Man/Poster Designer: Stephen Valena, Assistant to the Director-Patrick Jon Banag, Carpenters-Norbel Espina and Gerry Vegenia, Van Service Driver-Alejandro Capisan, Utility-Rose Tumangob and Elvin Tumangob

The Ordinary Things We Do by David R. Corpuz--- CAST: Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Rafaela Anne Rivera, Kenneth Isaac Dela Cruz Andrew Basco, Angelo Abcede. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

The Ordinary Things We Do by David R. Corpuz— CAST: Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Rafaela Anne Rivera, Kenneth Isaac Dela Cruz Andrew Basco, Angelo Abcede. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Short filmmakers from right: Sari Estrada (ASAN SI LOLO ME?), Christopher ‘Thop’ Nazareno (EYEBALL), Chloe Anne Veloso (INA-TAY), Joris Fernandez (INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK), Kevin Ang (LOLA), Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO), Paolo O’Hara (NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING)---NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Short filmmakers from right: Sari Estrada (ASAN SI LOLO ME?), Christopher ‘Thop’ Nazareno (EYEBALL), Chloe Anne Veloso (INA-TAY), Joris Fernandez (INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK), Kevin Ang (LOLA), Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO), Paolo O’Hara (NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING)—NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Tiya Bening by Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano --- CAST:  Tiya Bening - Milagros T. Martija,  Marilen - Aileen Mercado,  Lenlen - Giselle Lasin. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Tiya Bening by Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano — CAST: Tiya Bening – Milagros T. Martija, Marilen – Aileen Mercado, Lenlen – Giselle Lasin. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

TIYA BENING

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY RALPH ALDRIN L. QUIJANO

DIRECTED BY SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  NarrativeDrama

SYNOPSIS:  An old lady lives with her caregiver while her daughter is overseas.  She suffers from Alzheimers and from time to time during the night her bedroom burns. A storm is coming, a little girl plays, the old lady settles to a fateful end.

Tiya Bening by Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (left)--- CAST:  Tiya Bening - Milagros T. Martija,  Marilen - Aileen Mercado,  Lenlen - Giselle Lasin. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces

Tiya Bening by Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (left)— CAST: Tiya Bening – Milagros T. Martija, Marilen – Aileen Mercado, Lenlen – Giselle Lasin. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces

FILMMAKER PROFILE:  Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano is a freelance filmmaker, video editor and a part-time college instructor, hailing from Lipa City, Batangas. In 2006, he graduated Bachelor of Arts in Communication from De La Salle Lipa (Batangas). He is the Founder of “Sky Is Everywhere” (a showcase of short films about anything under the sky by Btangueno filmmakers), annually held in his hometown Lipa City. Most of his films reflect his love for family and memories not forgotten. He is the director, writer, cinematographer, and editor of his short film “TIYA BENING” which won Best Film, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Actress awards at PELIKULTURA (The CALABARZON Film Festival 2014, held last February 2014 at the UPLB Campus. “TIYA BENING” was also an official selection of Cinema Rehiyon 2014, a film festival of short films in the Philippines (now on its 6th year), held last February 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Tiya Bening by Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano --- CAST:  Tiya Bening - Milagros T. Martija,  Marilen - Aileen Mercado,  Lenlen - Giselle Lasin. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

Tiya Bening by Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano — CAST: Tiya Bening – Milagros T. Martija, Marilen – Aileen Mercado, Lenlen – Giselle Lasin. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.

MAJOR CREDITS:  CAST:  Tiya Bening – Milagros T. Martija,  Marilen – Aileen Mercado,  Lenlen – Giselle Lasin PRODUCTION STAFF:  Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor – Ralph Quijano, Production Design – Christian Tano Panaligan, Sound/Audio – Hector Lincallo Jr., Production Manager – Eric Paolo Santos, Make-up – Mimi Uy & Yssa Pilapil, Production Assistants – Arvin Jon Lat & Steve Cardona, Additional VO – Vigie Ador

Welcome to the Cinemalaya Family! Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairveiw Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Welcome to the Cinemalaya Family! Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairveiw Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Theater Prodigy Aaron Ching dies at 23

Nar (Aaron Ching) shakes it. MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

Nar (Aaron Ching) shakes it. MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista 

Written and photographed

by Jude Bautista

Known for his many roles in some of the biggest local plays and musicals such as STAGESHOW, KATY, MAXIE, LORENZO and TV show KAMBAL SIRENA actor Aaron Ching passed away Monday evening June 30, 2014 at the San Lazaro Hospital. Cause of death is known to be gastrointestinal bleeding resulting from Ulcers.

Several nights before, he collapsed during rehearsals for an upcoming show. Monday, he collapsed while watching the Virgin Lab Fest at the CCP. He was immediately rushed to the San Lazaro Hospital where he eventually passed on.

 

5184 from left: (Jayvhot Galang) and BFF Nar (Aaron Ching). MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

5184 from left: (Jayvhot Galang) and BFF Nar (Aaron Ching). MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

Ching has so many theater credits in spite of his young age that he has also been tapped as an acting coach in PETA. Theater companies such as Tanghalang Pilipino, PETA, BIT BY BIT productions who have become his second family along with fans will miss his presence. His wake will be in St Peters Chapel in Mayon corner A Bonifacio Avenue starting July 1, Tuesday 4pm.

 

from left: Nar (Aaron Ching), Leslie (Nomer Limatog Jr.), Monique (Teetin Villanueva) and Maxie (Jayvhot Galang). MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Nar (Aaron Ching), Leslie (Nomer Limatog Jr.), Monique (Teetin Villanueva) and Maxie (Jayvhot Galang). MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

 

6189 from left: Nar (Aaron Ching), Maxie(Jayvhot Galang), Monique (Teetin Villanueva) and Leslie (Nomer Limatog Jr.). MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

6189 from left: Nar (Aaron Ching), Maxie(Jayvhot Galang), Monique (Teetin Villanueva) and Leslie (Nomer Limatog Jr.). MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista 

Google map to St peter Chapel Mayon:

https://www.google.com.ph/maps/place/St.+Peter+Chapels+Mayon/@14.6364395,121.0024648,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x5cb633ea2d30f95b

6510 from left: Monique (Teetin Villanueva), Leslie (Nomer Limatog Jr.), Nar (Aaron Ching), Boy (OJ Mariano) cheer up Maxie (Jayvhot Galang), Bogs (Jay Gonzaga)-far right. MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

6510 from left: Monique (Teetin Villanueva), Leslie (Nomer Limatog Jr.), Nar (Aaron Ching), Boy (OJ Mariano) cheer up Maxie (Jayvhot Galang), Bogs (Jay Gonzaga)-far right. MAXIE THE MUSICAL ran from Nov 9-Dec 8, 2013 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

Click on link for full article ON MAXIE:

http://judebgallery.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/the-wild-wild-world-of-maxie/

http://judebautista.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/the-wild-wild-world-of-maxie/

from left: Bong Cabrera, Jay Gonzaga, Martha Comia and Aaron Ching toast w Hennessy at the ILO ILO SLUMBER PARTY in OPUS last December 2, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bong Cabrera, Jay Gonzaga, Martha Comia and Aaron Ching toast w Hennessy at the ILO ILO SLUMBER PARTY in OPUS last December 2, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Click on link to ILO ILO SLUMBR PARTY at OPUS:

http://judebgallery.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/ilo-ilos-slumber-party-at-opus/

http://judebautista.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/ilo-ilos-slumber-party-at-opus/

Theatrical POSE from right: Aaron Ching, Jerald Napoles, Jay Gonzaga and Martha Comia at the ILO ILO SLUMBER PARTY in OPUS last December 2, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Theatrical POSE from right: Aaron Ching, Jerald Napoles, Jay Gonzaga and Martha Comia at the ILO ILO SLUMBER PARTY in OPUS last December 2, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Eiga Sai’s Bittersweet REUNION

Aiba (Toshiyuki Nishida) comforts family members by being kind to the deceased. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Aiba (Toshiyuki Nishida) comforts family members by being kind to the deceased. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Written by

Jude Bautista

“Before the earthquake the hardest part about this job was seeing old people die alone. Now a mother can’t even leave a child in a coffin to go home,” the quote is from Tsuneo Aiba, a retired mortician. He is the central character in the film REUNION, which is one of many that, can be seen for free at the Eiga Sai film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Life was idyllic in the city of Kawaishi before the disaster. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Life was idyllic in the city of Kawaishi before the disaster. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Eiga Sai will run from July 3-13 at Shang Cineplex for Metro Manila and will move on to other cities. In Davao Eiga Sai will screen in Abreeza Mall from July 25-27 and FDCP Cinematheque, July 29 to August 3. It will then go to Cebu City Ayala Center from August 6-10.

from right: Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Officer Mimi Tecson, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Japan Foundation Asst. Dir Yukie Mitomi Buensalido PR officer Bianca Arcega, Shang Mktg Officer Nicole Villamor and Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Officer Mimi Tecson, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Japan Foundation Asst. Dir Yukie Mitomi Buensalido PR officer Bianca Arcega, Shang Mktg Officer Nicole Villamor and Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rescue operations for people were trapped in a tunnel the day after the tsunami struck. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rescue operations for people who were trapped in a tunnel the day after the tsunami struck. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March 11, 2011 in Japan is still fresh in people’s minds around the world. The tsunami was even more devastating than the earthquake. But what dominated the headlines then were the heavily damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants. This is because of the still impending danger that it presented from the meltdown. Two years on residents near the power plant are still unable to return to their homes.

Rescue operations for people were trapped in a tunnel the day after the tsunami struck. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rescue operations for people were trapped in a tunnel the day after the tsunami struck. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The world didn’t seem to get the news or the human side of the tragedy, especially in other areas. REUNION focuses on the City of Kawaishi, Iwate Prefecture one of the most devastated cities and how they dealt with the disaster. The film is based on a book by Kota Ishii entitled “Itai Shinsai, Tsunami no Hate ni ” (The Bodies at the End of the Earthquake and Tsunami).

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Families carry the remains of their loved ones to be cremated. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Families carry the remains of their loved ones to be cremated. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The film is an intimate look at how religious, cultural traditions in dealing with loss of life are essential in helping those who survived overcome their grief. This is exactly what Filipino academician and NCCA Head of the Committee on Visual Arts was referring to when he said, “We are banking on the cultural values. If we recognize our own Philippine culture, malakas e, it will strengthen us it will strengthen the resolve. We will realize who we are. When they learn who they are it will bolster their character.”

Authorities are overwhelmed by the body count. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Authorities are overwhelmed by the body count. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Tañedo was talking about the LAKAS PILIPINO LAKAS TAYO project that was conducted in Yolanda hit areas in Palo, Leyte. The program was conducted to help typhoon victims rebuild their lives months after the strongest typhoon in recorded history claimed more than 10,000 lives.

Aiba (Toshiyuki Nishida) is shocked to discover how workers treat the deceased. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Aiba (Toshiyuki Nishida) is shocked to discover how workers treat the deceased. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

In REUNION the soothing and calming effect of the Shinto traditions were even more crucial immediately after the disaster. Only days after they were faced with an almost impossible task of sorting through countless bodies. At the height of the crisis, respect for the deceased is the least of their priorities. Seeing this, a retired mortician Tsuneo Aiba volunteered his services for free in order to properly prepare them.

from left: 2 time Japan Academy Award winner Toshiyuki Nishida plays Tsuneo Aiba who volunteers his services to the Mayor played by Shiro Sano. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

from left: 2 time Japan Academy Award winner Toshiyuki Nishida plays Tsuneo Aiba who volunteers his services to the Mayor played by Shiro Sano. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

While soldiers toss bodies into the temporary morgue and breaks legs and hands of those who have rigor mortis to fit body bags and maximize space, Aiba was horrified. He constantly speaks to each as if they’re alive. He instructs all of the soldiers to massage muscles in order to move limbs without having to break bones. He insists on cleanliness of the bodies, of the surrounding areas must be maintained. These are all necessary so that when family members find the deceased they will be better able to deal with their grief. Aiba’s efforts make a huge difference to the people who have lost their loved ones in so many ways.

Aiba (Toshiyuki Nishida) speaks to the deceased as if they’re alive and massages their muscles to move limbs and even facial muscles. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Aiba (Toshiyuki Nishida) speaks to the deceased as if they’re alive and massages their muscles to move limbs and even facial muscles. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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One of the most powerful scenes is when they decided to add an altar (a bowl of sand with incense) at the temporary morgue. A Shinto priest who sings a hymn for the dead is almost choked up by the number of dead and has difficulty finishing it. The families, city staff and volunteers however, all took enormous comfort in hearing it.

Cast members from left: Mirai Shida and Ryo Katsuji. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Cast members from left: Mirai Shida and Ryo Katsuji. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The direction and screenplay by Ryoichi Kimizuka is very straightforward the film however, is able to make its own deeper statement apart from the book. 2-time Japan Academy Award winner Toshiyuki Nishida plays the central character of Aiba. There’s a genuine concern and appreciation for their ways that Nishida is able to shine through in the character of Aiba. He’s a hero in the most unglamorous, simplest of ways. He plunges himself in the worst job because he cares for those who are deceased. Perhaps the performance of the role comes with Nishida’s age in real life who is now 66 years old. He is able to draw from real life experiences and a genuine appreciation for the way things were.

2-time Japan Academy Award winner Toshiyuki Nishida plays Tsuneo Aiba. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

2-time Japan Academy Award winner Toshiyuki Nishida plays Tsuneo Aiba. Watch REUNION and many other Japanese films for free at Eiga Sai fest running from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Japan Foundation Assistant Dir Yukie Mitomi chose this particular film because of the relevance to the Philippines especially after Ondoy and Yolanda.  And she made the right choice in spite of the different language and religion the message of the REUNION is just as relevant and powerful to us here as it is in Japan. It reminds us that we can turn to our own traditions and culture in order to deal with our own loss.

Japan Foundation Asst. Dir Yukie Mitomi. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japan Foundation Asst. Dir Yukie Mitomi. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILPOP adjudicators from left: Eagle Broadcasting PR consultant Wendell Garcia, Music Writer Adrian Lontoc and Eagle Broadcasting PR & Business Dev. Karen Manalo Villafuerte. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILPOP adjudicators from left: Eagle Broadcasting PR consultant Wendell Garcia, Music Writer Adrian Lontoc and Eagle Broadcasting PR & Business Dev. Karen Manalo Villafuerte. The Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival will run from July 4 to 13, 2014 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

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