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The Perception of Jo Ann Bitagcol

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.
Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jude Bautista

Perception can be the strangest thing. What is completely apparent and obvious to me may not be the same thing another person sees or feels. There are occasions when I find that extremely strange and unbelievable. How different people perceive the same phenomena, in this case a person. But it IS true.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

I’ve never had the pleasure and privilege of actually meeting Jo Ann Bitagcol although, I have photographed her several times as a model in fashion shows. I’m also a fan of hers as photographer, from her countless magazine covers and she’s done an infinite number of fashion spreads for the biggest brands AS photographer.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography; model and TV personality Joey Mead is on the right. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography; model and TV personality Joey Mead is on the right. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

My favorite photos of Jo Ann are when she wears pants and suits ala Marlene Dietrich. There was this one fashion show where she was the only woman in what was basically a men’s line. The reason I found her so hot was the fact that her femininity shone through while wearing what was essentially men’s clothes. She has Asian traits, fair skinned, slits for eyes, thin soft lips that are all unmistakably… feminine. This is what makes her stand out among a dozen male models all wearing similar clothes. That’s why she was cast there too.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Jeturian is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Jeturian is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

That’s why it was with disbelief that I was listening to Jeffrey Jeturian relating an experience of Jo Ann’s. She was teased by street kids calling her: bakla bakla bakla. (fag fag fag) The interview was from a feature by GOOD COMPANY a new show by CNN Philippines aired on 9TV, 7pm Sundays. The show interviews and shows a day in the life of different artists, creative minds and interesting people. The show opened my eyes to how I and other people perceived Jo Ann.

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

NOT that there’s anything wrong with our gay sisters, it just never occurred to me that’s all. The more I see Jo Ann in jeans and t-shirt the more attractive and feminine she is to me. I don’t know why. I just don’t know how she could possibly look masculine.

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For me what distinguishes men and women’s bodies are the curves. I love how her slender neck curves to her shoulders, how her waist curves to her hips, how her long thighs curve to her sleek legs. Her jawline is extremely, perfectly shaped extenuating her elegant neck. I can’t imagine seeing her anything than female.

from left: from left: Sen. Ralph Recto, Ryan Christian Recto, Gov Vilma Santos, director Jeffrey Jeturian, Jenelyn Mercado and Luis Manzano. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: from left: Sen. Ralph Recto, Ryan Christian Recto, Gov Vilma Santos, director Jeffrey Jeturian, Jenelyn Mercado and Luis Manzano. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

I respect Jefferey Jeturian as a filmmaker. I photographed the premiere of EXTRA with Vilma Santos in Cinemalaya. But I have to completely disagree with him when he ascribed some of Jo Ann’s success to the androgynous look that was prevalent in the 90s.

Direk Jeffrey Jeturian described Apples Aberin as elegant and the prevailing beauty during Jo Ann’s debut in the fashion world. I shot this photo of the Unilever PR Head for Personal Care at Fashion Watch Quartet supporting her friend Jojie Lloren’s show. It was held at Makati Shang Rila Hotel, September 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Direk Jeffrey Jeturian described Apples Aberin as elegant and the prevailing beauty during Jo Ann’s debut in the fashion world. I shot this photo of the Unilever PR Head for Personal Care at Fashion Watch Quartet supporting her friend Jojie Lloren’s show. It was held at Makati Shang Rila Hotel, September 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

He said, “At the time the prevailing beauty sila Tweetie, sila Apples. Si Apples is a very elegant model. Si Jo Ann kasi even if she doesn’t fit the prevailing norm of beauty then may character siya e. It is precisely because of her unconventional looks na yan ang naging passport niya to be accepted sa modeling world. At the time uso rin naman yung androgynous look.” For me other than Psy, the majority of male K-POP stars who endorse whitening, skin moisturizers for women, now, those guys are androgynous.

Peter Lim is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Peter Lim is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Still, Jeturian was one of ‘three fairy godmothers’ (JoAnn’s words) that found her meeting with a friend in a pansiteria in Malolos. Seeing her height and facial features Peter Lim and Jay Lozada offered her work as a model.

Jay Lozada is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jay Lozada is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol is the cutie on the far left. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol is the cutie on the far left. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

PAMPANGA roots, Factory worker

Whenever one sees or thinks about fashion models, humility and honesty aren’t traits that particularly come to mind. But Jo Ann exhibited this talking about her roots during the interview also from GOOD COMPANY. “I was born in Angeles City. Tubong Kapangpangan po ako. I got started in Bulacan when we moved after the Mount Pinatubo eruption. I took up my high school there. Highschool nag umpisa po yung chapter ng pagiging factory worker ko. 1994 June it says here, December 1994 official na kong worker sa Indo Phil Cotton Mills inc.”

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s Indo Phil Cotton Mills IDs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s Indo Phil Cotton Mills IDs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

I felt if only for the candid revelations of her humble beginnings this show has justified itself. AGAIN, perception here plays with my mind. Just by looking at her anyone would think she’d have a privileged upbringing with her Fil-Chinese looks. I can imagine her high school in ICA and college in Ateneo. But no, she didn’t make a big deal about it, very matter of fact. She actually had to work in a factory as a high schooler.

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol who has reached the heights of fashion not just in the Philippines but internationally. And yet casually, comfortably admits she worked as a teenager. That gives her more strength of character, makes her more ‘beautiful’ in my eyes. While some people would rather forget their humble roots she actually kept and showed her factory ID to the TV crew. (Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta who acknowledged my blog for their use of my photos of Jo Ann for GOOD COMPANY)

Jo Ann is proud of working as teen-ager in a factory. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann is proud of working as teen-ager in a factory. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

CHANEL, Hong Kong, Paris, India

One of the highlights of her career was being cast in a CHANEL show in Hong Kong along with Lala Flores. She didn’t realize the significance until seeing the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and sharing the ramp with other supermodels: Nadja Auermann, Karen Elson and Helena Christensen. Designer Jojie Lloren, himself, worked on her first piece in Body SHOTS Competition in the mid 90s. Later on they shared an apartment in Paris where Jo Ann worked as model.

Jojie Lloren designed Jo Ann’s piece for BODY SHOTS Competition the mid 90s. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jojie Lloren designed Jo Ann’s piece for BODY SHOTS Competition the mid 90s. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

THE top Make Up artist Patrick Rosas. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

THE top Make Up artist Patrick Rosas. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Possibly the most sought after make up artist today, Patrick Rosas recalls working with Jo Ann abroad, “Image wise she gave the Philippine fashion industry a global perspective. As a model her face is everywhere. We’ve been together abroad several times: India, Paris, several times in Hong Kong. She represents the new face of Filipina, hindi lang yung typical brown skin na maganda, global dahil Asian. Several times napagkakamalan siyang Chinese or Japanese, which is good.”

Jo Ann had a unique look and gait on the ramp. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann had a unique look and gait on the ramp. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol uses the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in her studio. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol uses the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in her studio. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

8-Year Cycle

Jo Ann believes that major changes in her life seem to come in 8-year cycles. After working as a model she has transitioned into photography. It was borne out of a need to challenge herself in making better photos and going behind the camera. She credits the moral and technical support of many photographers: Lhiliane Uy , Jun De Leon, Juan Caguia, Mark Nicdao, Jake Verzosa and Nelson Villarica. This encouraged her to take it professionally. Who knows maybe filmmaking or cinematography may be in the next cycle?

Photographer Jun De Leon. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Jun De Leon. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Mark Nicdao. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Mark Nicdao. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

While giving a tour of her studio to the TV crew distinguished designer Lulu Tan Gan was getting prepped for a shoot. Lulu said, “She has evolved. It’s her design sensibilities. She has interpreted her visions across the different disciplines in design first as a model then now, as a photographer. Since she is into fashion she has become more specialized into fashion photography. Her strength is bringing out the expression of the model and the concept of the designers clothes.” I suspect my own perception of Jo Ann will still change. One thing is certain; my fascination of her will forever continue to grow.

Prestigious designer Lulu Tan Gan talks about Jo Ann’s work. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Prestigious designer Lulu Tan Gan talks about Jo Ann’s work. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol uses the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in her studio. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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far left Jo Ann Bitagcol, Wilma Doesn’t. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

far left Jo Ann Bitagcol, Wilma Doesn’t. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Designer Joey Samson. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Designer Joey Samson. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann Bitagcol’s features are both Asian and Filipina. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s features are both Asian and Filipina. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Jake Versoza. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Jake Versoza. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Tim Yap shot by Jo Ann Bitagcol for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Tim Yap shot by Jo Ann Bitagcol for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol modeled the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol modeled the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann poses with the Louvre Pyramid in the background. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann poses with the Louvre Pyramid in the background. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Designer Jojie Lloren is one of Jo Ann’s long time mentors and friends. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Designer Jojie Lloren is one of Jo Ann’s long time mentors and friends. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol on PREVIEW. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol on PREVIEW. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

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Jo Ann Bitagcol checks images on her i-mac. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann works with designer Jojie Lloren. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann works with designer Jojie Lloren. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s famous gait as described by designer Jojie Lloren. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s famous gait as described by designer Jojie Lloren. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

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Yul Servo, Truth as Inspiration

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista
Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Dalawampu, tatlumpung trabahao ang pinasukan ko, shipping clerk, trabahador kung anu ano. 34 anyos nako, di ako mapalagay. Ayoko mag aksaya ng panahon. Tuwing nandito ako wala akong ginawa kung di magaksaya ng panahon.” There’s sadness in Biff Loman’s (Yul Servo) words. Even if he tries so hard to hide it or admit them to himself, he’s lost not able to make his life work.

PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE runs on the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater), from September 26 until October 19, 2014, Thursday to Sundays, with 3:00PM (Matinee) and 8:00PM (Gala) shows.

foreground from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta), Dan De Guzman (Stanley) and Antonette Go (Jenny). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta), Dan De Guzman (Stanley) and Antonette Go (Jenny). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Servo is also in the film DEMENTIA with Nora Aunor as her son in law, his wife played by Bing Loyzaga. This is the fourth time that he has worked with Superstar Nora Aunor. They were together in NAGLALAYAG (2004) by Maryo J. Delos Reyes, TV5’s Untold Story-THIRD Eye episode, and now DEMENTIA (2014) by Perci Intalan and WHISTLEBLOWER by Adolf Alix. In the previous times Yul worked with Aunor he was a little bit intimidated. This time he saw the funny side of Ate Guy. “Nakita ko pagka kalog niya, biruan nila ni Bing. Siya pa lumalapit sa tao at ok magpa picture.”

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arthur Miller wrote the brilliant, much heralded play DEATH OF A SALESMAN in 1949. But it was National Artist for Literature Rolando Tinio who translated it to Filipino capturing the subtleties, the realities that we feel as a son, mother, father, and family member. Tinio supplied the fuel for which the actors on stage burns. My own vocabulary was enriched with words in the dialogue like tagsibol (spring) and bikas (stance).

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Throughout PAHIMAKAS NG AHENTE, Yul Servo played Biff Loman on an even keel. Whatever pain, frustrations that were there was just beneath the surface. Until that moment where it’s revealed how and why he had this emotional burden that he has carried for such a long time in his life.

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

One might even say that he did play the scene still on an even keel. He shed a tear as a man does trying not to show it. Trying to hide the sobbing, that he couldn’t stop. It was all too powerful and real. How could you show vulnerability on stage at the same time hiding it? The effect on a live audience is immediate people to my left, right rows away, even I myself was moved to tears by his performance.

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

When he was cast for the role, there was no hesitation at all. This was the third time that he has worked with director Chris Millado: first was MASS written by F Sionil Jose and ISANG ARAW KARNABAL. In spite of his busy schedule between TV, film and stage work he is also a Councilor for Manila’s 3rd District.

from left: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Nanding Josef (Willy), Yul Servo (Biff), Gina Pareño (Linda) & Director Chris Millado. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Nanding Josef (Willy), Yul Servo (Biff), Gina Pareño (Linda) & Director Chris Millado. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Martin and Zenaida Nieto, Gina Pareño (Linda) & Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Martin and Zenaida Nieto, Gina Pareño (Linda) & Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Both his parents Martin and Zenaida Nieto were there to watch him on stage for the opening night. When asked later on how he was able to bring such real emotion on stage, he recalls his own father, his own relationship even being a father himself. “Idol ko tatay ko. Gusto ko siyang gayahin. Iisipin ko siya yon.” Yul has that genuine love for his own father and visualizes him in that painful and traumatic situation. Although his family life is not as traumatic or tragic as that of Biff’s, the emotions are real and touching that it makes one easy to cry.

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director: Chris Millado

Lighting Designer: Katsch Katoy

Set Designer: Leo Abaya

Costume Designer: James Reyes

Sound Designer: TJ Ramos

Dramaturg: Giselle Garcia

from right: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Gina Pareño (Linda), Nanding Josef (Willy), Yul Servo (Biff), Doray and Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Gina Pareño (Linda), Nanding Josef (Willy), Yul Servo (Biff), Doray and Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), JV Ibesate (Bernard), Nanding Josef (Willy)  and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), JV Ibesate (Bernard), Nanding Josef (Willy)
and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sheenly Gener shoots a selfie with lead cast and friends. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sheenly Gener shoots a selfie with lead cast and friends. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

PERFORMANCE DATES:

26 September / 8PM

27 September / 3PM and 8PM

28 September / 3PM

3 October / 8PM

4 October / 3PM and 8PM

5 October / 3 PM

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

PERFORMANCE DATES:

10 October / 8PM

11 October / 3PM and 8PM

12 October / 3PM

17 October / 8PM

18 October / 3PM and 8PM

19 October / 3PM

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Gina Pareño (Linda), Yul Servo (Biff), Dido Dela Paz (Charley) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Gina Pareño (Linda), Yul Servo (Biff), Dido Dela Paz (Charley) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

CAST

Fernando “Nanding” Josef (Willy Loman)

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy Loman)

Ms. Gina Pareño (Linda Loman)

Racquel Pareño (Linda Loman)

Yul Servo (Biff)

Marco Viaña (Biff)

Ricardo Magno (Happy)

Ding Navasero (Ben)

Mcdonell Bolaños (Ben)

Dido Dela Paz (Charley), Nanding Josef (Willy) and Ding Navasero (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dido Dela Paz (Charley), Nanding Josef (Willy) and Ding Navasero (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: JV Ibesate (Bernard) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: JV Ibesate (Bernard) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

CAST

Dido dela Paz (Charley)

Bong Cabrera (Charley)

JV Ibesate (Bernard)

Doray Dayao (Ang Babae)

Aldo Vencilao (Howard Wagner)

Dan Jarden de Guzman (Stanley)

Regina De Vera (Miss Forsythe)

Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta)

Antonette Go (Jenny)

from left: Sheenly Gener, Antonette Go (Jenny) and Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sheenly Gener, Antonette Go (Jenny) and Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

VENUE:

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater)

Cultural Center of the Philippines

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy), Gina Pareño (Linda)  & Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy), Gina Pareño (Linda) & Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

TICKETS:

8:00 PM: Php800;

3:00 PM: Php800 / Php600

Discounted tickets require valid IDs. Applicable to students, senior citizens,

Government and Military Employees, and Persons with Disability (PWD).

from left: Ding Navasero (Ben), Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ding Navasero (Ben), Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dido Dela Paz (Charley) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dido Dela Paz (Charley) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff), Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff), Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Yul Servo (Biff), Gina Pareño (Linda) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff), Gina Pareño (Linda) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top: Yul Servo (Biff) bottom left: Ding Navasero (Ben) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top: Yul Servo (Biff) bottom left: Ding Navasero (Ben) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Yul Servo (Biff) takes his bow behind him is Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff) takes his bow behind him is Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ding Navasero (Ben) dares Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ding Navasero (Ben) dares Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Dido Dela Paz (Charley), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dido Dela Paz (Charley), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top—Ding Navasero (Ben) haunts the memory of Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top—Ding Navasero (Ben) haunts the memory of Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Railway Man and the Philippine Experience

DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista
Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARKOVA: COMFORT GAY / SUNDALONG KANIN

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

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Unspeakable Atrocity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SCIALLA Easily Inspires

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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left: Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Bruno) was one of the cool grown ups in Luca’s life. Cine Europa will screen SCIALLA and the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014.

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

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Cine Europa Tacloban Bound

EU Delegation Political Counselor Dr. Julian Vassallo. Cine Europa will screen the best European movies for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from September 11-21, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista
Nearly a year later, people still live in tents in Tacloban. Photo by Jude Bautista

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

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By Jude Bautista

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cinemalaya Awards X-1

LJ Reyes lit up the screen as Dennis Trillo’s loving wife in THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista
Sophie Albert and director Gino Santos receive the Special Citation Ensemble for #Y. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sophie Albert and director Gino Santos receive the Special Citation Ensemble for #Y. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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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), Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and—NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. 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), Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and—NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

BWAYA producer/actor RS Francisco and Gretchen Barretto during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

BWAYA producer/actor RS Francisco and Gretchen Barretto during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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#Y cast from left: Director Gino M. Santos, Kit Thompson, Coleen Garcia, Slater Young, Sophie Albert and Elmo Magalona. #Y won the Special Citation for Ensemble Performance for the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

#Y cast from left: Director Gino M. Santos, Kit Thompson, Coleen Garcia, Slater Young, Sophie Albert and Elmo Magalona. #Y won the Special Citation for Ensemble Performance for the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Sophie Albert, Chynna Ortaleza  and director Gino Santos receives the Special Citation Ensemble for #Y. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sophie Albert, Chynna Ortaleza and director Gino Santos receives the Special Citation Ensemble for #Y. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Previous awardees/presenters Jasmine Curtis Smith and Art Acuña. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Previous awardees/presenters Jasmine Curtis Smith and Art Acuña. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actor Director’s Showcase Nicco Manalo THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actor Director’s Showcase Nicco Manalo THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Supporting Actor

Nicco Manalo THE JANITOR Director’s Showcase

Miggs Cuaderno CHILDREN’S SHOW New Breed

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Best Supporting Actor New Breed Miggs Cuaderno CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actor New Breed Miggs Cuaderno CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Journalists from left: MB’s Janet Susan Rodriguez Nepales, PDI’s Bayani San Diego and S6PARADOS Producer Noel Ferrer during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Journalists from left: MB’s Janet Susan Rodriguez Nepales, PDI’s Bayani San Diego and S6PARADOS Producer Noel Ferrer during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Multi awarded film editor and Kerala Intl Film fest Dir Vina Paul gives Best Editing New Breed award to Gerone Centena CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Multi awarded film editor and former Intl Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) Director Bina Paul Venugopal gives Best Editing New Breed award to Gerone Centena CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Editing

Tara Illenberger THE JANITOR Director’s Showcase

Gerone Centena CHILDREN’S SHOW New Breed

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Best Editing New Breed award Gerone Centena CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Editing New Breed award CHILDREN’S SHOW from right: Gerone Centena and Producer/Editor Jedd Dumaguina. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Francis Xavier Pasion (BWAYA), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Producer Hannah Espia representing Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Director Janice O’Hara & Producer Denise O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Francis Xavier Pasion (BWAYA), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Producer Hannah Espia representing Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Director Janice O’Hara & Producer Denise O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress Director’s Showcase Cris Villonco HARI NG TONDO. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress Director’s Showcase Cris Villonco HARI NG TONDO. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Supporting Actress

Cris Villonco HARI NG TONDO Director’s Showcase

Barbie Forteza MARIQUINA New Breed

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Best Supporting Actress New Breed Barbie Forteza MARIQUINA. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress New Breed Barbie Forteza MARIQUINA. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Shilbert Manuel and TRIBU rap group during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Shilbert Manuel and TRIBU rap group during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Cinematographer Director’s Showcase Mycko David KASAL. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Cinematographer Director’s Showcase Mycko David KASAL. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Cinematography

Mycko David KASAL Director’s Showcase

Neil Daza BWAYA New Breed

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Best Cinematographer New Breed Neil Daza BWAYA during the Cinemalaya X Awards held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Cinematographer New Breed Neil Daza BWAYA during the Cinemalaya X Awards held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy Pop Superstar & WCOPA champ Jonalyn Viray had a stirring performance of the Cinemalaya theme together with Ballet Phil. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy Pop Superstar & WCOPA champ Jonalyn Viray had a stirring performance of the Cinemalaya theme together with Ballet Phil. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy Pop Superstar & WCOPA champ Jonalyn Viray had a stirring performance of the Cinemalaya theme together with Ballet Phil. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy Pop Superstar & WCOPA champ Jonalyn Viray had a stirring performance of the Cinemalaya theme together with Ballet Phil. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Production Design Director’s Showcase Harley Alcasid KASAL. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Production Design Director’s Showcase Harley Alcasid KASAL. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Production Design

Harley Alcasid KASAL Director’s Showcase

Toym Imao K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER New Breed

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Best Production Design New Breed Toym Imao with friend Sinag De Leon. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Production Design New Breed Toym Imao K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER with friend Sinag De Leon. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

KASAL lead star Arnold Reyes is dapper in a white tux. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

KASAL lead star Arnold Reyes is dapper in a white tux. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director’s Showcase from left: Louie Ignacio (ASINTADO), cast member Rafa Siguion Reyna representing his father Carlitos Siguion-Reyna (HARI NG TONDO), Jay Altarejos (KASAL) and Michael Tuviera (THE JANITOR); not in photo is Joel Lamangan (HUSTISYA). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director’s Showcase from left: Louie Ignacio (ASINTADO), cast member Rafa Siguion Reyna representing his father Carlitos Siguion-Reyna (HARI NG TONDO), Jay Altarejos (KASAL) and Michael Tuviera (THE JANITOR); not in photo is Joel Lamangan (HUSTISYA). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Musical Direction

Richard Gonzales KASAL Director’s Showcase

Erwin Fajardo BWAYA New Breed

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Best Musical Direction New Breed Erwin Fajardo BWAYA. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Musical Direction New Breed Erwin Fajardo BWAYA. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nathan Lopez corrects himself after mistaking Angel Aquino for Angel Locsin during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nathan Lopez corrects himself after mistaking Angel Aquino for Angel Locsin during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes lit up the screen as Dennis Trillo’s loving wife in THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes lit up the screen as Dennis Trillo’s loving wife in THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Sound Director’s Showcase-Mike Idioma THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Sound Director’s Showcase-Mike Idioma THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Mike Idioma THE JANITOR Director’s Showcase

Jedd Dumaguina, Yves Patron and Bryan Dumaguina

CHILDREN’S SHOW New Breed

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Best Sound New Breed from left: Gerone Centeno, Jonathan Hee, Bryan Dumaguina CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Sound New Breed is CHILDREN’S SHOW receiving the award from left: Monoxide Works’ Sound Engr Producer/Editor Jedd Dumaguina, Sound Designer Yves Patron and Musical Scorer Bryan Dumaguina. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

BWAYA lead stars: Urian Best actress Angeli Bayani and Karl Medina during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

BWAYA lead stars: Urian Best actress Angeli Bayani and Karl Medina during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kevin Ang (LOLA) receives Audience Choice Award- Short film from CHILDREN’S SHOW Producer/actress Suzette Ranillo during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kevin Ang (LOLA) receives Audience Choice Award- Short film from CHILDREN’S SHOW Producer/actress Suzette Ranillo during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Audience Choice

LOLA by Kevin Ang Short Film

SUNDALONG KANIN by Janice O’Hara New Breed

HUSTISYA by Joel Lamangan Director’s Showcase

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Janice O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN) receives Audience Choice Award- NEW BREED during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Janice O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN) receives Audience Choice Award- NEW BREED during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Audience Choice Director’s Showcase awardee-HUSTISYA cast from left: Bernardo Bernardo, Tony Mabesa and direk Joel Lamangan. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Audience Choice Director’s Showcase awardee-HUSTISYA cast from left: Bernardo Bernardo, Tony Mabesa and direk Joel Lamangan. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

CHILDREN’S SHOW D.O.P Mycko David wins the Canon Award for Cinematography and a C100 camera (worth $5,000 U.S.) from Canon Mktg Phl Asst. Mktg Mgr for Imaging Communications Products Rolando Romero Jr. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

CHILDREN’S SHOW D.O.P Mycko David wins the Canon Award for Cinematography and a C100 camera (worth $5,000 U.S.) from Canon Mktg Phl Asst. Mktg Mgr for Imaging Communications Products Rolando Romero Jr. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Canon Award for Cinematography

Mycko David CHILDREN’S SHOW

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from left: Louie Ignacio ASINTADO receives the Best Poster Design for Justin Besano from Lilit Reyes. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Louie Ignacio ASINTADO receives the Best Poster Design for Justin Besano from Lilit Reyes. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Poster

Justin Besana ASINTADO

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Previous Cinemalaya awardees/presenters Shamaine Centenera Buencamino and Manila Councilor Yul Servo. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Previous Cinemalaya awardees/presenters Shamaine Centenera Buencamino and Manila Councilor Yul Servo. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

New Breed from left: Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

New Breed from left: Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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SUNDALONG KANIN cast: standing Jelson Bay w Executive Producer Shiela Ambray, Reg De Vera and Diana Alferez seated from left Urian Best Actress Angeli Bayani, Max Celada, Sheenly Gener, Mara Marasigan and DOP Dexter Dela Peña.  The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

SUNDALONG KANIN cast: standing Jelson Bay w Executive Producer Shiela Ambray, Regina De Vera and Diana Alferez seated from left Urian Best Actress Angeli Bayani, Max Celada, Sheenly Gener, Mara Marasigan and DOP Dexter Dela Peña. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Previous Cinemalaya awardees Ina Feleo & Epi Quizon during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Previous Cinemalaya awardees Ina Feleo & Epi Quizon during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Supporting Actress Director’s Showcase Cris Villonco HARI NG TONDO. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress Director’s Showcase Cris Villonco HARI NG TONDO. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Short filmmakers from right: 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), Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and—NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Short filmmakers from right: 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), Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and—NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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CHILDREN’S SHOW D.O.P Mycko David wins the Canon Award for Cinematography and a C100 camera (worth $5,000 U.S.) behind him are presenters previous awardees Angel Aquino & Nathan Lopez. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

CHILDREN’S SHOW D.O.P Mycko David wins the Canon Award for Cinematography and a C100 camera (worth $5,000 U.S.) behind him are presenters previous awardees Angel Aquino & Nathan Lopez. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Supporting Actress New Breed Barbie Forteza MARIQUINA and Best Screenplay Director’s Showcase Aloy Adlawan THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress New Breed Barbie Forteza MARIQUINA and Best Screenplay Director’s Showcase Aloy Adlawan THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Tears & Triumphs of DOCUMENTED

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Jose Antonio Vargas was at the pinnacle of journalism having won the Pulitzer Prize, having an exclusive interview w facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, working for the Washington Post and CNN.

Jose Antonio Vargas was at the pinnacle of journalism having won the Pulitzer Prize, having an exclusive interview w facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, working for the Washington Post and CNN.

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She was in tears relating, “Nagkaroon ako ng facebook ayaw niya ko accept. Accept niya naman ako. Ayaw niya ako accept bakit ganoon? Facebook lang yan e…Eto yung last sulat niya sakin November 1997.” Audiences at the CCP main theater started laughing while some were moved to tears. The interview was both humorous and touching at the same time. Emilie Salinas is the mother of Pinoy immigration crusader and Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. They hadn’t seen each other in 20 years because of Jose being an undocumented American or illegal alien in their terms. Jose couldn’t handle the complication of having to explain to most people how or why he hasn’t seen his mother for so long, that’s why he just didn’t add her.

from left: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, Emilie Salinas, Cinemalaya Competition Head Laurice Guillen and Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado. Salinas received the award of Recognition for her son Jose Antonio Vargas from the Cinemalaya foundation. Ceremonies were held at the screening of DOCUMENTED which opened Cinemalaya X last August 1, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, Emilie Salinas, Cinemalaya Competition Head Laurice Guillen and Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado. Salinas received the award of Recognition for her son Jose Antonio Vargas from the Cinemalaya foundation. Ceremonies were held at the screening of DOCUMENTED which opened Cinemalaya X last August 1, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista.

DOCUMENTED is the opening film of Cinemalaya X held at the CCP main theater last August 1, 2014. It is one of many powerful documentary pieces that shed the spot light on a number of issues. The documentary section is now a couple of years old at the Cinemalaya fest and features titles like KEEP ON BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY by Ramona Diaz, PANG-ALAY: ANG PAGBABALIK SA TAWI-TAWI by Nanette Matilac, JEEPNEY by Esy Casey,DUNGKOY by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, ULILANG LUBOS by Joseph Israel Laban, VOYAGE OF THE BALANGAY by Minda Ponce-Rodriguez, KWENTONG GILAS all at the CCP.

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KWENTONG GILAS for example shows the journey of the SMART GILAS team during the 2013 FIBA Asia Cup. You can check schedules and venues of the screenings here: https://www.facebook.com/728726927160127/photos/a.822047371161415.1073741836.728726927160127/822047444494741/?type=1&relevant_count=1

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DOCUMENTED relates the journey which starts from Jose Antonio Vargas coming out in a New York Times essay revealing his illegal alien status. The experience may be personal but the need to be legitimized is something universal. It’s not just a Filipino issue but also something anyone can relate to.

IMG_3993The piece also deals with Gay rights as Vargas shared his experiences of coming out as a high schooler and then later on comparing that with his revelation as an ‘AMERICAN without papers.’ This is a documentary that should be seen by everyone, not just in the U.S. or the Philippines but the whole world. Whenever there’s prejudice, injustice one should speak up and fight. Viewers will see how social media, the Internet are all tools for change and taking part in a positive way.

Jose Antonio Vargas was at the pinnacle of journalism having won the Pulitzer Prize, having an exclusive interview w facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, working for the Washington Post and CNN.

Jose Antonio Vargas was at the pinnacle of journalism having won the Pulitzer Prize, having an exclusive interview w facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, working for the Washington Post and CNN.

Vargas has all the professional credibility as Washington Post Correspondent, Technology & Innovation editor for Huffington Post even as CNN.com Contributor. He risked it all after seeing the DREAMERS ACT movement where students who were illegal immigrants came out via YouTube. He couldn’t just be in the sidelines but had to actively participate in his own way. Starting the DEFINE AMERICA campaign along with four other journalists. One of their goals is being able to give people a mechanism/process to legitimize their life in the U.S.

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IMG_4016DOCUMENTED is able to show both sides of the argument, even those opposed to immigration reform. In one interview in Brimingham, Alabama, the interviewee was cut off by someone listening on the conversation and disagreeing with them. Jose then interviewed that guy who said “ I’m against immigrants staying in an apartment 10 people deep..” Or the time Jose was kicked out of a Mitt Romney town hall meeting just because he was holding up a sign I AM AN AMERCAN W/O PAPERS. The worst thing he did was engage a couple in a conversation about the immigration issue.

Jose Antonio Vargas was at the pinnacle of journalism having won the Pulitzer Prize, having an exclusive interview w facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, working for the Washington Post and CNN.

Jose Antonio Vargas was at the pinnacle of journalism having won the Pulitzer Prize, having an exclusive interview w facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, working for the Washington Post and CNN.

What is unsaid but is evident in the documentary though is the powerful and pervasive influence of media. DOCUMENTED is co-produced by CNN Films. One can imagine that Vargas would have been deported immediately after coming out, had he not been a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. That’s the point, however, he’s not just fighting for himself or his own status but that of millions of others, who are not as articulate and influential a position.

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Filipinos understand and appreciate the burning issues of U.S. politics especially those concerning immigration. But it’s the human side, the tearing apart of the family, which touches Pinoys the most. Whether its Pepe talking on the phone with congressmen and immigration officials and pausing to say, “Lola mamaya ka na mag hugas ng pinggan nasa telepono ako”. Or after not calling his mom for years the first time they see each other via Skype she touches the screen of the laptop in an effort to feel his face. In an interview later she says, “Gusto ko lang mahawakan yung mukha niya ng ganito, gaya ng bata pa siya.”

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