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Cinemalaya

Cinemalaya X SHORT FILMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASAN SI LOLO ME?

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY SARI ESTRADA

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Comedy 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EYEBALL

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER “THOP” NAZARENO

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Comedy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INA-TAY (MOTHER-FATHER)

DIRECTED BY CHLOE ANNE A. VELOSO

WRITTEN BY BADIDI LABRA

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Comedy Drama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JORIS FERNANDEZ

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Dance Narrative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOLA

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY KEVIN ANG

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Thriller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MGA LIGAW NA PARU-PARO

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

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:    Dark Comedy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NAKABIBINGING KADILIMAN

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY PAOLO O’HARA

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  A slice of life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN (GOING HOME)

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED FEDWILYN “EDEN” VILLARBA SABOLBORO

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:    Drama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE ORDINARY THINGS WE DO

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DAVID R. CORPUZ

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: Experimental

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TIYA BENING

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY RALPH ALDRIN L. QUIJANO

DIRECTED BY SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE:  NarrativeDrama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


37th Gawad Urian Awards

Ravishing Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.
from right: Best Director Hannah Espia (TRANSIT), Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ), Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANANA NG KASAYSAYAN), Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA) and Best Supporting Actor Junjun Quintana (A PHILIPPINO STORY). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Best Director Hannah Espia (TRANSIT), Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ), Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANANA NG KASAYSAYAN), Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA) and Best Supporting Actor Junjun Quintana (A PHILIPPINO STORY). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Photos by

Jude Bautista

One of the big upsets of the night was Angeli Bayani who won BEST ACTRESS for NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN. The Best Actress category had heavy names from Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, Cherie Gil, Eugene Domingo, Agot Isidro, Rustica Carpio.

Hosts Piolo Pascual (OTJ) & Bianca Gonzalez during the 37th Gawad Urian Awards held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Hosts Piolo Pascual (OTJ) & Bianca Gonzalez during the 37th Gawad Urian Awards held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nominees from right: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music Armando ‘Bing’ Lao (DUKIT), filmmaker Arnel Mardoquio and Kei Tan of RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING which won Best Editing- Chuck Gutierrez. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Nominees from right: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music Armando ‘Bing’ Lao (DUKIT), filmmaker Arnel Mardoquio and Kei Tan of RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING which won Best Editing- Chuck Gutierrez. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

There were multiple nominations such as Perry Dizon (Best Production Design, Best Music) Armando Lao was nominated in Best Direction, Screenplay and Music. Angel Aquino was nominated for 2 films PORNO and won Best Supporting actress for HULING CHACHA NI ANITA. Rody Vera shared his Best Screenplay award with Lav Diaz in NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN. Vera was also nominated for DEATH MARCH & BADIL.

Awardees from left: Emerson Texon (Best Music--SONATA), Atty. Julius Matibag, creative consultant representing Adjani Arumpac (Best Documentary-NANAY MAMENG), Chuck Gutierrez (Best Editing- RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING), Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA), Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN), Best Supporting Actor Junjun Quintana (A PHILIPPINO STORY), Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ), Best Director Hannah Espia (TRANSIT), Corinne de San Jose (Best Sound--OTJ), 2nd Assistant Director Lir dela Cruz and Line Producer Maya Quirino represented Lav Diaz as NORTE SA HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN also won Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Lav Diaz and Rody Vera) and Best Cinematography (Lauro Rene Manda). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Awardees from left: Emerson Texon (Best Music–SONATA), Zig Carlo Dulay (Best Short Film—MISSING), Atty. Julius Matibag, Human Rights Lawyer representing Adjani Arumpac (Best Documentary-NANAY MAMENG), Chuck Gutierrez (Best Editing- RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING), Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA), Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN), Best Supporting Actor Junjun Quintana (A PHILIPPINO STORY), Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ), Best Director Hannah Espia (TRANSIT), Corinne de San Jose (Best Sound–OTJ), 2nd Assistant Director Lir dela Cruz and Line Producer Maya Quirino represented Lav Diaz as NORTE SA HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN also won Best Picture, Best Screenplay-NOT IN PHOTO: (Lav Diaz and Rody Vera) and Best Cinematography (Lauro Rene Manda). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Awards LIST with nominees:

Best Picture:

Winner: Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan

OTJ

Transit

Ekstra

Riddles of my Homecoming

Badil

Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti

Porno

Dukit

Best Actress nominee Cheri Gil (SONATA) and Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Actress nominee Cheri Gil (SONATA) and Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Actor:

Winner: Joel Torre (OTJ)

Mark Gil (A Philipino Story)

Mimi Juarenza (Quick Change)

Sid Lucero (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Ping Medina (Transit)

Jhong Hilario (Badil)

Alex Medina (Babagwa)

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

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

Best Actress:

Winner: Angeli Bayani (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Nora Aunor (Mabuti)

Vilma Santos (Ekstra)

Cherie Gil (Sonata)

Eugene Domingo (Instant Mommy)

Rustica Carpio (Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?)

Agot Isidro (Mga Anino ng Kahapon)

Vivian Velez (Bendor)

Lorna Tolentino (Burgos)

Jasmine Curtis Smith (TRANSIT) is also TV5’s JASMINE. Beside her is Best Supporting Actor nominee Archie Alemania (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Jasmine Curtis Smith (TRANSIT) is also TV5’s JASMINE. Beside her is Best Supporting Actor nominee Archie Alemania (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Supporting Actor:

Winner: Junjun Quintana (A Philippino Story)

Art Acuna (Kabisera)

John Arcilla (Metro Manila)

Joey Marquez (OTJ)

Yul Servo (Porno)

Carlo Aquino (Porno)

Victor Basa (Lauriana)

Cesar Montano (Alamat ni China Doll)

Archie Alemania (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Bor Ocampo (Dukit)

from left: Best Supporting Actor nominee Joey Marquez (OTJ) and Best Actor nominee Sid Lucero (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Best Supporting Actor nominee Joey Marquez (OTJ) and Best Actor nominee Sid Lucero (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Ravishing Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Ravishing Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Supporting Actress:

Winner: Angel Aquino (Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita)

Angel Aquino (Porno)

Mitch Smith (Angustia)

Ruby Ruiz (Ekstra)

Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Transit)

Raquel Villavicencio (Dukit)

Awardees from left: Emerson Texon (Best Music--SONATA), Atty. Julius Matibag, creative consultant representing Adjani Arumpac (Best Documentary-NANAY MAMENG), Chuck Gutierrez (Best Editing- RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING), Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA), Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN), Best Supporting Actor Junjun Quintana (A PHILIPPINO STORY), Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ), Best Director Hannah Espia (TRANSIT), Corinne de San Jose (Best Sound--OTJ), 2nd Assistant Director Lir dela Cruz and Line Producer Maya Quirino represented Lav Diaz as NORTE SA HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN also won Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Lav Diaz and Rody Vera) and Best Cinematography (Lauro Rene Manda). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Awardees from left: Emerson Texon (Best Music–SONATA), Zig Carlo Dulay (Best Short Film—MISSING), Atty. Julius Matibag, Human Rights Lawyer representing Adjani Arumpac (Best Documentary-NANAY MAMENG), Chuck Gutierrez (Best Editing- RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING), Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA), Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN), Best Supporting Actor Junjun Quintana (A PHILIPPINO STORY), Best Actor Joel Torre (OTJ), Best Director Hannah Espia (TRANSIT), Corinne de San Jose (Best Sound–OTJ), 2nd Assistant Director Lir dela Cruz and Line Producer Maya Quirino represented Lav Diaz as NORTE SA HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN also won Best Picture, Best Screenplay-NOT IN PHOTO: (Lav Diaz and Rody Vera) and Best Cinematography (Lauro Rene Manda). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Direction:

Winner: Hannah Espia (Transit)

Erik Matti (OTJ)

Lav Diaz (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Jeffrey Jeturian (Ekstra)

Peque Gallaga and Lorie Reyes (Sonata)

Arnel Mardoquio (Riddles of My Homecoming)

Alvin Yapan (Mga Anino ng Kahapon)

Whammy Alcazaren (Islands)

Chito Rono (Badil)

Mes de Guzman (Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti)

Adolf Alix Jr. (Porno)

Armando Lao (Dukit)

from left: Cinema One Channel Head Ronald Arguelles, Soliman Cruz of (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN), Cinema One Selection Committee member Lilit Reyes and Ping Medina (TRANSIT). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Cinema One Channel Head Ronald Arguelles, Soliman Cruz of (NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN), Cinema One Selection Committee member Lilit Reyes and Ping Medina (TRANSIT). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Screenplay:

Winner: Lav Diaz and Rody Vera NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN

Michiko Yamamoto and Erik Matti (OTJ)

Rody Vera BADIL

Giancarlo Abrahan and Hannah Espia TRANSIT

Jason Paul Laxamana (Babagwa)

Ralsston Jover (Porno)

Rody Vera (Death March)

Armando Lao (Dukit)

2nd Assistant Director Lir dela Cruz and Line Producer Maya Quirino represented Lav Diaz as NORTE SA HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN won Best Picture, Best Actress (Angeli Diaz), Best Screenplay (Lav Diaz and Rody Vera) and Best Cinematography (Lauro Rene Manda). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Assistant Director Lir dela Cruz and Line Producer Maya Quirino represented Lav Diaz as NORTE SA HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN won Best Picture, Best Actress (Angeli Diaz), Best Screenplay (Lav Diaz and Rody Vera) and Best Cinematography (Lauro Rene Manda). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Production Design:

Winner: Adolfo Alix Jr. (Porno)

Jun jun Montelbano (Sonata)

Perry Dizon (Riddles of my Homecoming)

Richard Somes (OTJ)

Ericsson Navarro (Ekstra)

Kip Oebanda (Shift)

Leo Abaya and Olga Marie Marquez (Dukit)

Emerson Texon (Best Music--SONATA) during the 37th Gawad Urian Awards held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Emerson Texon (Best Music–SONATA) during the 37th Gawad Urian Awards held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Music:

Winner: Emerson Texon (Sonata)

Nonong Buencamino (Lauriana)

Perry Dizon (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Gauss Obenza (Riddles of My Homecoming)

Armando Lao (Dukit)

Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino seated from left: Phl Star Columnist Butch Francisco, Dr. Mike Rapatan, Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso standing from left: Dr Nick Tiongson , Head of Cinema One and Velvet channels Ronald Arguelles, Ntl Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, Mario Hernando, Tito Valiente and Dr. Roland Tolentino. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino seated from left: Phl Star Columnist Butch Francisco, Dr. Mike Rapatan, Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso standing from left: Dr Nick Tiongson , Head of Cinema One and Velvet channels Ronald Arguelles, Ntl Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, Mario Hernando, Tito Valiente and Dr. Roland Tolentino. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Cinematography:

Winner: Lauro Rene Manda (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Arnel Barbarona, Bordie Carillo and McRobert Nacario (Riddles of My Homecoming)

Ben Cruz and Lyle Nemenzo Sacris (Transit)

Francis Ricardo Buhay (OTJ)

Albert Banzon (Porno)

Sasha Palomares (Islands)

Diego Marx Dobles, Triztan Garcia, Jeffrey Icawat and Bruno Tiotuico (Dukit)

Chuck Gutierrez (Best Editing- RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING) during the 37th Gawad Urian Awards held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Chuck Gutierrez (Best Editing- RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING) during the 37th Gawad Urian Awards held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Editing:

Winner: Chuck Gutierrez (Riddles of My Homecoming)

Jay Halili (OTJ)

Lav Diaz (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Aleksandr Castañeda (Porno)

Benjamin Tolentino and Hannah Espia (Transit)

Diego Marx Dobles (Dukit)

Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino members from left: Butch Francisco, Tito Valiente and Host Piolo Pascual (OTJ). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino members from left: Butch Francisco, Tito Valiente and Host Piolo Pascual (OTJ). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Corinne de San Jose (Best Sound--OTJ) during the 37th Gawad Urian Awards held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Corinne de San Jose (Best Sound–OTJ) during the 37th Gawad Urian Awards held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Sound:

Winner: Corinne de San Jose (OTJ)

Corinne de San Jose (Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Addiss Tabong and Wild Sound (Ekstra)

Albert Michael Idioma (Porno)

Arnel Barbarona (Riddles of My Homecoming)

Mes De Guzman (Ang Kwento ni Mabuti)

Mark Locsin (Death March)

Armando Lao (Dukit)

from left: MPP Butch Francisco, Dr. Mike Rapatan and host Bianca Gonzalez. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: MPP Butch Francisco, Dr. Mike Rapatan and host Bianca Gonzalez. The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

right: Best Editing awardee Chuck Gutierrez (RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING) with Best Documentary nominee Baby Ruth Villarama (JAZZ IN LOVE). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

right: Best Editing awardee Chuck Gutierrez (RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING) with Best Documentary nominee Baby Ruth Villarama (JAZZ IN LOVE). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Short Film

Winner: MISSING by Zig Carlo Dulay

INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK by John Rhys C. Fernandez

MAY DINADALA by Giancarlo Lauro C. Abrahan

ASAN SI LOLO ME? by Sari Estrada

THE HOUSEBAND’S WIFE by Paolo O’Hara

ONANG by JE Tiglao

WALAY KATAPUSANG ADLAW by Glenmark Doromal

CON ENFERMEDAD Y BUEN SALUD by Xeph Suarez

Carmen Deunida is NANAY MAMENG who had the most emotional speech. She accepted the award for BEST DOCUMENTARY (NANAY MAMAENG) for filmmaker Adjani Arumpac who based it on her life as an 86-year-old activist and organizer of women’s group Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa (Samakana). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Carmen Deunida is NANAY MAMENG who had the most emotional speech. She accepted the award for BEST DOCUMENTARY (NANAY MAMAENG) for filmmaker Adjani Arumpac who based it on her life as an 86-year-old activist and organizer of women’s group Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa (Samakana). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Best Documentary

Winner: NANAY MAMENG by Adjani Arumpac

WAR IS A TENDER THING by Adjani Arumpac

JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama

THE PRIVILEGED MIGRANTS by Rica Arevalo

ATI-ATIHAN LIVES by Patrick Alcedo

URIAN awardees’ selfie from left: Best Editing (RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING) Chuck Gutierrez with Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA) and Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANANA NG KASAYSAYAN). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.

URIAN awardees’ selfie from left: Best Editing (RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING) Chuck Gutierrez with Best Supporting Actress Angel Aquino (ANG HULING CHACHA NI ANITA) and Best Actress Angeli Bayani (NORTE HANGGANANA NG KASAYSAYAN). The 37th Gawad Urian Awards was held at the Dolphy Theater last June 17, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista.


French Phil Cinema Flourishes

from right: TV5 reporter MJ Marfori and ABS CBN reporter Marie Lozano. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista
2nd from left H.E. French Amb. Gilles Garachon, from right: TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos and Ayala Malls Marketing Head Maricris Bernardino. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from left H.E. French Amb. Gilles Garachon, from right: TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos and Ayala Malls Marketing Head Maricris Bernardino. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-15, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cinema continues to be a significant field of cooperation in between France and the Philippines following the conclusion of a landmark agreement between the two countries. This comes as France nears two decades of bringing the best in French cinema to the Filipino public through the annual French Film Festival.

Last May 19, 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairman Briccio Santos and Centre National du cinema et l’image animee (CNC) Deputy Director Michel Plazanet signed a film cooperation agreement outlining specific areas of collaboration between the agencies.

Stars from left: Mercedes Cabral, Maria Isabel Loopez, Althea Vega, Lance Raymundo and Alma Concepcion. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stars from left: Mercedes Cabral, Maria Isabel Loopez, Althea Vega, Lance Raymundo and Alma Concepcion. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-15, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

According to the agreement, France and the Philippines will engage in efforts such as information sharing, reciprocal participation of national cinematographic works in film festivals, capacity building, archiving and anti piracy.

The facilitation of production and co production projects is also a highlight of the agreement. Director Pepe Diokno  is currently in the post production phase of his film ABOVE THE CLOUDS which is co produced by the French media outfit UNLIMITED. It was made possible through the World Cinema Support fund managed by the CNC and Institut Francais under the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Development.

The agreement will be effective for duration of two years and is renewable.

TV5 Artista Academy alums from left: Akihiro Blanco, Malak So Shdifat, director Brillante Mendoza, Chanel Morales and Mark Neumann. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 Artista Academy alums from left: Akihiro Blanco, Malak So Shdifat, director Brillante Mendoza, Chanel Morales and Mark Neumann. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-15, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

The signing of this accord comes shortly before the 19th French Film Festival, which has consistently gathered thousands of viewers yearly to experience a certain French touch in filmmaking that is not easily accessible to the Filipino public.

The 19th French Film Festival opens on June 9 with the romantic comedy 20 ANS D’ECART (IT BOY). Alice Lantin’s uptight attitude is the only thing preventing her from becoming the next editor in chief of a French fashion magazine. Everything changes when she meets 20-year-old Balthazar who may be the key to her promotion.

Center H.E. French Amb. Gilles Garachon, from left:  Kickers Brand Mgr Kristine Balbuena, PRIMER Group of Companies AVP & GM Darwin Bañez, Delsey Brand Mgr Redg De Vera. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center H.E. French Amb. Gilles Garachon, from left: Kickers Brand Mgr Kristine Balbuena, PRIMER Group of Companies AVP & GM Darwin Bañez, Delsey Brand Mgr Redg De Vera. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-15, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

This year’s festival features newly released French films that will be screened to the public from June 10-15 at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas for a minimal price of P100. The line up of films include LA VENUS A LA FORTUNE (VENUS IN FUR), MONE AME PAR TOI GUERIE (ONE OF A KIND), UNE AUTRE VIE (LOVERS), AMOUR ET TURBULENCES (LOVE IS IN THE AIR), LES BEAUX JOURS (BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD), L’ECUME DES JOURS (MOOD INDIGO), QUAI D’ORSAY and SITUATION AMOUREUSE: C’EST COMPLIQUE (RELATIONSHIP STATUS: ITS COMPLICATED).

from left: TV5 Business Development Ian Monsod, TV5 Pres TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana and IBC Pres. Lito Ocampo Cruz. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: TV5 Business Development Ian Monsod, TV5 Pres TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana and IBC Pres. Lito Ocampo Cruz. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-15, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Filipino films have gained renown in different international film festivals throughout the years. French viewers have been taking a keen interest in Philippine cinema, with the likes of Brillante Mendoza and Raya Martin becoming household names in France.

from right: TV5 reporter MJ Marfori and ABS CBN reporter Marie Lozano. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: TV5 reporter MJ Marfori and ABS CBN reporter Marie Lozano. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-15, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

The 19th French Film Festival also pays tribute to Filipino filmmaking on June 12, Independence Day. The fest will screen three masterpieces that have had the honor of being showcased at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival: Lino Brocka’s digitally restored MAYNILA SA KUKO NG LIWANAG, Erik Matti’s OTJ and Lav Diaz’ NORTE HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN.

For screening schedules and film synopses visit Spot.ph or the Embassy of France to the Philippines official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FrenchEmbassyManila

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Tickets for the films will be on sale for a minimal price of P100 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas.

The 19th French Film Festival is organized by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, the Alliance française de Manille and Institut Français, in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and in cooperation with Greenbelt, Ayala Malls Cinemas, and Ayala Center. The festival was made possible with the support of L’Oréal, Total, Peugeot, Sledgers, Kickers, Delsey, Le Cellier, Perrier, Monin, and Marithé François Girbaud, together with our official media partners: Solar News Channel, TV5, Town & Country Magazine, BusinessWorld, High Life, HerWord.com, Status Magazine, Travelife Magazine, and Spot.ph.

For inquiries, contact the Embassy of France to the Philippines at 0936 919 6097 or send an email to frenchfilmfest@gmail.com.

TV5 Artista Academy alums from left: Mark Neumann and Akihiro Blanco. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 Artista Academy alums from left: Mark Neumann and Akihiro Blanco. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-15, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from left H.E. French Amb. Gilles Garachon, from left: French AudioVisual Attaché Martin Macalintal, French Press Attache Camille Conde, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos and Cannes Award winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from left H.E. French Amb. Gilles Garachon, from left: French AudioVisual Attaché Martin Macalintal, French Press Attache Camille Conde, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos and Cannes Award winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-15, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Taiwanese model Jessica Yang has made Manila her home. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

Taiwanese model Jessica Yang has made Manila her home. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-15, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lance Raymundo and Stylist Regina Raymundo. The 19th French Film Fest will run from June 10-16, 2014 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, tickets are at 100 pesos. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Pinoy & French Stars at HKIFF

At the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, (L to R): Piolo Pascual, HKIFF Executive Director Roger Garcia, Joel Torre, and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos. Photo provided by FDCP.
Ms. Catherine Deneuve at the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony. Photo provided by FDCP.

Ms. Catherine Deneuve at the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony. Photo provided by FDCP.

From FDCP:

The 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) had it’s first-ever “Philippines Day” last March 30, 2014. The whole-day event revolved around the Hong Kong premieres of the films “On the Job,” directed by Erik Matti, a sensation at the 2013 Cannes Director’s Fortnight, and “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel,” directed by Chris D. Martinez, the latest chapter in a smashingly successful comedy franchise, as well as the presentation of the short-film “The Heart of the Storm.” Made by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), “The Heart of the Storm” chronicles the recent tragedy of typhoon Haiyan and the devastation that fell upon Tacloban City last November 2013. Following the screening of the short-film, the HKIFF society presented a donation of HKD 25, 000 to the Philippine Red Cross. A portion of ticket sales will be donated for the relief of the typhoon victims.

At the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, (L to R): HKIFF Executive Director Roger Garcia, Piolo Pascual, Eugene Domingo, Joel Torre, and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos. Photo provided by FDCP.

At the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, (L to R): HKIFF Executive Director Roger Garcia, Piolo Pascual, Eugene Domingo, Joel Torre, and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos. Photo provided by FDCP.

Filipinos fill the Grand Theatre at the Philippines Day event of the HKIFF. Photo provided by FDCP.

Filipinos fill the Grand Theatre at the Philippines Day event of the HKIFF. Photo provided by FDCP.

FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos introduced the short-film to the audience in attendance and broke the news of the upcoming “International Film Commission’s Conference on Climate Change” that the FDCP has organized for June 25 to be held in Manila, Philippines. The hope is that this important conference will induce more awareness among film counterparts and the audiovisual communities and organizations world-wide on the changing patterns of our climate. He concluded, “After all, this is our planet and we are all stakeholders in it. We all need to preserve and protect to insure its well-being. “

FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos and acting Philippine Consul General Ms. Rosanna Villamor-Voogel (1st and 2nd from left, respectively) accept the donation from HKIFF Executive Director Roger Garcia and Ms. Catherine Deneuve (1st and 2nd from right, respectively). Photo provided by FDCP.

FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos and acting Philippine Consul General Ms. Rosanna Villamor-Voogel (1st and 2nd from left, respectively) accept the donation from HKIFF Executive Director Roger Garcia and Ms. Catherine Deneuve (1st and 2nd from right, respectively). Photo provided by FDCP.

Executive Director of the HKIFF Roger Garcia and special guest Ms. Catherine Deneuve presented the donation to Chairman Briccio Santos and Ms. Rosanna Villamor-Voogel, the acting Philippine Consul General. Ms. Catherine Deneuve is a legendary French actress most known for her work in films such as “Le Dernier Métro” and “Indochine.” Ms. Denueve was extended an invitation by Chairman Santos to grace the opening of the “International Film Commission’s Conference on Climate Change.” Also on stage were Filipino stars Piolo Pascual and Joel Torre from “On the Job,” Eugene Domingo from “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel”. Piolo and Eugene came straight from the Asian Film Awards where Eugene was nominated for Best Actress for her work in “Barber’s Tales”.  Mimi Juareza from “Quick Change” was also nominated in the same awards night.

At the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, (L to R): Piolo Pascual, Eugene Domingo, and Joel Torre. Photo provided by FDCP.

At the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, (L to R): Piolo Pascual, Eugene Domingo, and Joel Torre. Photo provided by FDCP.

Ms. Catherine Deneuve (center) speaks at the donation ceremony. Photo provided by FDCP.

Ms. Catherine Deneuve (center) speaks at the donation ceremony. Photo provided by FDCP.

“The Heart of the Storm” short film is an 8 minutes long documentary aimed at providing viewers with a firsthand account of the recent tragedy. Taken from footage captured by the FDCP team during a trip to the Leyte provinces to witness the aftermath. It shows the daunting task of rebuilding the lives of the victims, which is a storm in itself. The documentary is meant to give the public a glimpse of what lies ahead for a population still rearing from collective shock and many uncertainties.

At the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, (L to R): Piolo Pascual, HKIFF Executive Director Roger Garcia, Joel Torre, and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos. Photo provided by FDCP.

At the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, (L to R): Piolo Pascual, HKIFF Executive Director Roger Garcia, Joel Torre, and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos. Photo provided by FDCP.

Eugene Domingo (3rd from right) and Filipino fans at the Philippines Day event. Photo provided by FDCP.

Eugene Domingo (3rd from right) and Filipino fans at the Philippines Day event. Photo provided by FDCP.

Executive Director of the HKIFF Roger Garcia conceptualized the “Philippines Day” event hoping to bring focus to Filipino films gaining popularity worldwide. At the same time provide new Filipino films for the numerous Filipinos based in Hong Kong. Filipinos filled up the venue from communities based in Hong Kong. They showed up to the red carpet and premiere screenings to see their home-grown stars, and even stayed post-screening for the special Q&A sessions with the films’ actors.

FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos and Catherine Deneuve at the Red Carpet Ceremony of the Philippines Day. Photo provided by FDCP.

FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos and Catherine Deneuve at the Red Carpet Ceremony of the Philippines Day. Photo provided by FDCP.

The 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival takes place from March 24 to April 7 primarily at the Hong Kong Cultural Center and then other nearby venues. The festival’s special section “The Glories of Filipino Cinema” included Jun Robles Lana’s “Barber’s Tales,” Lav Diaz’s “Norte, The End of History,” Elwood Perez’s “Otso,” Eduardo Roy Jr.’s “Quick Change,” and Brillante Mendoza’s “Sapi.”

The Red Carpet at the Philippines Day event of the HKIFF at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. Photo provided by FDCP.

The Red Carpet at the Philippines Day event of the HKIFF at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. Photo provided by FDCP. 


Happy Birthday Kanakan!

Kanakan Balintagos dips the sexy Assunta De Rossi…
from left: Alex De Rossi, mommy Leonie Solito, Kanakan Balintagos and Chanel Latorre. Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc, Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

from left: Alex De Rossi, mommy Leonie Solito, Kanakan Balintagos and Chanel Latorre. Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc, Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

Written and photographed
By Jude Bautista

Most people know him as award winning director Auraeus Solito, but he prefers to be addressed as Kanakan Balintagos which, is his tribal name. It means ‘Seeker of Truth’ in the Palawanon dialect. Last night he hosted a get together of cast mates and friends in their home in Sampaloc, Manila to celebrate his birthday. Assunta and Alessandra De Rossi (BUSONG & BAYBAYIN), twins Nathan and Gammy Lopez (ANG PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS), Sue Prado (BUSONG), Chanel Latorre, (BUSONG) Mon Confiado and (BUSONG) Don Gordon Bell were among those who attended.

from left: Sue Prado, Assunta Ledesma, Alex De Rossi and Mon Confiado. Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc,  Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

from left: Sue Prado, Assunta Ledesma, Alex De Rossi and Mon Confiado. Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc, Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

80’s music was mixed in with 70’s swing. That was when Kanakan grabbed Alex to dance. Not to be out done Assunta also danced with him. Kanakan got carried away as he dipped Assunta which resulted in her crashing to the coffee table beside them.

Kanakan Balintagos dances with Alex De Rossi (Busong, Baybayin). Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc,  Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

Kanakan Balintagos dances with Alex De Rossi (Busong, Baybayin). Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc, Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

Kanakan Balintagos dances with the sexy Assunta De Rossi. Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc,  Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

Kanakan Balintagos dances with the sexy Assunta De Rossi. Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc, Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

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Kanakan Balintagos dips the sexy Assunta De Rossi…

Kanakan Balintagos dips the sexy Assunta De Rossi…

… and then crashes on the coffee table. (Sam was not hurt, direk’s rep as a dancer was hurt more) Photo taken at Solito residence last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

… and then crashes on the coffee table. (Sam was not hurt, direk’s rep as a dancer was hurt more) Photo taken at Solito residence last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

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from left: Kanakan Balintagos, Mon Confiado and Hai Balbuena. Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc,  Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

from left: Kanakan Balintagos, Mon Confiado and Hai Balbuena. Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc, Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

Chanel Latorre rubs Brandon’s tummy…

Chanel Latorre rubs Brandon’s tummy…

Everyone was amazed with Kanakan’s collection of rare fresh water fishes. His trophy room of international and local awards also had walls plastered with posters of his theater days. But it was Brandon, his 5-year-old Golden retriever who stole guests’ hearts.

Don Gordon Bell also begs Chanel Latorre for tummy rub (without success). Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc,  Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

Don Gordon Bell also begs Chanel Latorre for tummy rub (without success). Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc, Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

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Actors and friends from Kanakan Balintagos’s films: PISAY, BUSONG and BAYBAYIN :

Actors and friends from Kanakan Balintagos’s films-PISAY, ANG PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS BUSONG and BAYBAYIN: standing from left: Sherman Tenorio of UP TROPA, Aeious Asin Lead Actor in “BOY”, Erwin Navarro- PISAY cast/co producer, Don Gordon Bell- actor, photographer BUSONG, Chanel Latorre, Leonie Solito, Sue Prado (BAYBAYIN), Nathan & Gammy Lopez (PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS), Rommel Panal (Script Supervisor), Belle & Louie Lopez. Seated on sofa from left: E Heads Mngr Day Cabuhat, line producer Ngoc Hai, Claudine Najera, Assunta Ledesma (BAYBAYIN) celebrant Kanakan Balintagos, Alex De Rossi (BUSONG, BAYBAYIN), filmmaker Ato Bautista and Mon Confiado (BUSONG, BAYBAYIN). Seated foreground from left: Dulce Fortunado, writer photographer Jude Bautista, filmmaker Lawrence Fajardo (AMOK, POSAS) abd actor Ross Kempis. Photo taken at Solito residence, Sampaloc, Manila last March 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

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SAPI: Fear In All Levels

Ruby Ruiz may have been possessed for real as they were shooting the film SAPI, showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Ruby Ruiz may have been possessed for real as they were shooting the film SAPI, showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Written

By Jude Bautista

Neither of them anticipated the horror they were about to witness. Broadcast journalist Dennis Marquez (Dennis Trillo) and Producer Meryll Flores (Meryll Soriano) try to calm down public school teachers Ruby (Ruby Ruiz) and Flor (Flor Salangga). Ruby had been possessed earlier in the week and both Dennis and Meryll promised to blur out her face in the video footage they took. In spite of the promise Ruby’s face was never blurred out and students in school where she teaches find out that she was possessed. Meryll suggests they review the episode together so they can talk about their complaints. Instead, the violent images trigger a reaction from Ruby.

Dennis Marquez (Dennis Trillo) interviews Flor (Flor Salangga). Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Dennis Marquez (Dennis Trillo) interviews Flor (Flor Salangga). Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

The voices from the screen seemed to grow louder in Ruby’s head, whispering yet deafening. When her face is shown screaming, her whole body writhing, mouth frothing, the albularyo hits her with a broom UMALIS KA! UMALIS KA!  Watching it Ruby is hanging on by a thread. But she still manages to speak. Ruby: Yan diba mukha ko yan? (Cries)

Ruby (Ruby Ruiz) is agitated seeing the episode where she is possessed on screen. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Ruby (Ruby Ruiz) is agitated seeing the episode where she is possessed on screen. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

She slowly gets up from the conference table turning away not looking at the TV screen. She hides behind a shelf at the end of the conference room. Now Flor, Dennis and Meryll try to convince her to calm down and come out. After a few moments she emerges, eyes burning, she comes out screaming “Niloko niyo ko! Niloko niyo ko!”. In spite of being small and frail, she overturns the conference table. Meryll: “Kelangan natin ng pari tumawag kayo ng pari! (grabs her i-phone) Hello? Tita? Yes si Meryll ‘to. Do you know a priest? Merong sinasapian ngayon! Ngayon na!

Meryll gets mysterious text message. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Meryll gets mysterious text message. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

In Brillante Mendoza’s SAPI, a spiritual possession becomes the focal point of a network war, where all forms of evil come out and almost everyone becomes a victim. Opening November 6, 2013 in a theater near you, the spine tingling film is a first in the horror genre for the internationally acclaimed director.

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Dante Mendoza is set to receive the Order of Arts & Letters Rank of Chevalier from French Ambassador Gilles Garachon. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

 Before 2013 ends, Dante will be receiving the Order of Arts & Letters Rank of Chevalier from French Ambassador Gilles Garachon. Mendoza joins an exclusive list of previous awardees which include: Napoleon Abueva, Arturo Luz, F Sionil Jose, Juvenal Sanso, Lucrecia Kasilag, Tikoy Aguiluz, Fides Asencio-Cuyugan and Lulu Tan Gan.

Dennis Trillo meets a girl who was possessed in real life as part of his research. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Dennis Trillo meets a girl who was possessed in real life as part of his research. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Mendoza is known for tackling complex issues in his films, SAPI is no exception. What seems to be coverage of spiritual possession turns into a tug of war between the top (fictional) TV networks: SARIMANOK BROADCAST NETWORK (SBN) and Phil Broadcasting Channel (PBC).

SBN Network bosses Racquel Villavicencio and Jon Achaval goes to the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel for a power meeting with their rival network PBC. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

SBN Network bosses Racquel Villavicencio and Jon Achaval goes to the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel for a power meeting with their rival network PBC. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

The film provides an insight into that unspoken world of network execs who control what a huge portion of the Filipino population gets to see on their TV sets. In one scene Racquel Villavicencio and Jon Achaval of SBN reach out to their rival Richard Manabat to negotiate the terms of their conflict. They enter the posh Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel but the details of the settlement were excluded. Visually, the environs and the circumstances were more important than the contents of the meeting itself.

SBN Network bosses Racquel Villavicencio and Jon Achaval goes to the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel for a power meeting with their rival network PBC. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

SBN Network bosses Racquel Villavicencio and Jon Achaval goes to the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel for a power meeting with their rival network PBC. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Corruption reaches all levels. It’s never just an individual or even a group of individuals but a whole system, a commentary on society as a whole. It was the same with KINATAY, which dealt with corruption in the police force or military. When a cop receives a bribe for a small traffic violation he is only the tip of the iceberg. Corruption in media isn’t just about paying off cameramen or a few reporters. Mendoza is able to show that the whole system breeds corruption. TV networks need audiences/ratings and the desperation to build that audience leads them to achieve it with whatever means necessary.

Dennis Marquez (Dennis Trillo) is assigned to Manila Bay at the height of a typhoon. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Dennis Marquez (Dennis Trillo) is assigned to Manila Bay at the height of a typhoon. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Baron Valdez (Baron Geisler) is a cameraman playing both sides of the network war. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Baron Valdez (Baron Geisler) is a cameraman playing both sides of the network war. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Baron Geisler is cast as Baron Valdez a treacherous cameraman working both sides of the network war. He is reunited with Flor Salangga, the faithful friend of the possession victim. Salangga and Geiseler had worked in the Cinemalaya film JAY (2008) by Francis Xavier Pasion. JAY has a similar theme of media people manipulating the depiction of stories for their own ends.

Direk Brillante shoots on an overpass during heavy rains. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Direk Brillante shoots on an overpass during heavy rains. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Horror in SAPI comes in different forms. Scenes shot in the middle of typhoons give Manileños a chilling reminder of Ondoy and floods ravaging the metro. Nature can be just as terrifying as demons who take possession of human bodies. For a great number of Filipinos SAPI or possession is a part of everyday reality and yet is a subject not dealt with often in the horror genre. It seems too close to home, too real for most of us.

Dante Mendoza shot during the height of not just one but several typhoons. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Dante Mendoza shot during the height of not just one but several typhoons. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Direk Jim Libiran cast as TV reporter. He really did have an extensive experience in TV5 in real life as news producer before directing TRIBU. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Direk Jim Libiran cast as TV reporter. He really did have an extensive experience in TV5 in real life as news producer before directing TRIBU. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Jim Libiran is also cast as a broadcast Journalist who touches on environmental issues of irresponsible waste management. Libiran is the multi awarded director of another Cinemalaya film TRIBU. Libiran in real life worked as a network news producer before delving into film. Roeder Camañag is memorable as Abdalap in action musical Dulaang UP’s Orosman at Zafira. Even though he is not able to show his incredible vocals or dance moves as he did in that musical, he easily inhabits a detail oriented Producer of Jim Libiran.

Roeder Camañag is cast as Jim’s frantic TV producer. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Roeder Camañag is cast as Jim’s frantic TV producer. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Mercedes Cabral is sexy even in an ordinary t-shirt. She has been cast in SERBIS, KINATAY, THY WOMB and now SAPI. She’s also in GMA Network’s KATIPUNAN with Sid Lucero as Andres Bonifacio.

Mercedes Cabral is sexy even in an ordinary t-shirt. She has been cast in SERBIS, KINATAY, THY WOMB and now SAPI. She’s also in GMA Network’s KATIPUNAN with Sid Lucero as Andres Bonifacio.

The seductive Mercedes Cabral can truly claim to be Mednoza’s favorite actress having appeared in his most applauded work: THY WOMB, KINATAY, SERBIS and now SAPI. Cabral is also currently cast in GMA Network’s KATIPUNAN with Sid Lucero as Andres Bonifacio.

Mercedes Cabral is sexy even in an ordinary t-shirt. She has been cast in SERBIS, KINATAY, THY WOMB and now SAPI. She’s also in GMA Network’s KATIPUNAN with Sid Lucero as Andres Bonifacio.

Mercedes Cabral is sexy even in an ordinary t-shirt. She has been cast in SERBIS, KINATAY, THY WOMB and now SAPI. She’s also in GMA Network’s KATIPUNAN with Sid Lucero as Andres Bonifacio.

Dante Mendoza’s achievement in SAPI is that he redefines what it is that scares us. He knows the most recent and deepest fears of Filipinos. He combines them all, the wrath of nature putting Dennis Trillo in Manila Bay during the height of a typhoon. Animals like boa constrictors become a metaphor for evil. Most of all, he shows us that we are blind from the darkness that resides in each individual. The worst most horrendous of them all is our failure to recognize and admit the potential for evil in each of us.

right: Meryll Soriano shoots with her i-phone 5 in between takes while Baron Geisler and Dennis Trillo receive their blocking instructions. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

right: Meryll Soriano shoots with her i-phone 5 in between takes while Baron Geisler and Dennis Trillo receive their blocking instructions. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

The faithful flock to Quiapo church in Manila in the hopes of gaining powers against the evil one. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

The faithful flock to Quiapo church in Manila in the hopes of gaining powers against the evil one. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

PEP Editor Jo Dimaculangan with Direk Dante Mendoza. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

PEP Editor Jo Dimaculangan with Direk Dante Mendoza. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Dennis Marquez (Dennis Trillo) is assigned to Manila Bay at the height of a typhoon. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

Dennis Marquez (Dennis Trillo) is assigned to Manila Bay at the height of a typhoon. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

from left: SOLAR UIP people-Ryan Estioco, Sunby Teng, Lulu Chua, Bing De Ramos of BLINK, SAPI director Dante Mendoza, Butch Ibañez of SOLAR UIP, Ivan Lobaton, Janika De Belen and Mark Suntay of BLINK. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.

from left: SOLAR UIP people-Ryan Estioco, Sunby Teng, Lulu Chua, Bing De Ramos of BLINK, SAPI director Dante Mendoza, Butch Ibañez of SOLAR UIP, Ivan Lobaton, Janika De Belen and Mark Suntay of BLINK. Horror film SAPI is showing in a theater near you on November 6, 2013.


Cine Europa Reaches 36,000

France’s Les Bien Aimes (Beloved) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 6 FRI 8pm / September 11 WED 230pm / September 15 SUN 12pm
EU Political Counselor Julian Vassallo. Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

EU Political Counselor Julian Vassallo. Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

“As Cine Europa turns 16 it is reaching more Filipinos than ever before with screenings right across the country. With its expansion from three to six cities last year, attendance has increased by a quarter from 29,000 in 2011 to 36,500 in 2012,” said Julian Vassallo, Political Counselor at the EU Delegation to the Philippines.

Cine Europa is an annual gift of the European Union to Filipino audiences hence the free admission to the whole film fest which starts from September 5 to 14 at the Shang Cineplex Premiere Theaters in Shangri La Plaza Mall. The fest goes on to other venues like Cinematheque Baguio City (September 17-22 ), Cinematheque Iloilo City (September 23 -29), Ayala Center, Cebu City (October 4 -6), Liceo de Cagayan University (October 10-13) and  Cinematheque Davao City (October 15-20).

ROYAL AFFAIR cast from left: Mads Mikkelsen of HANNIBAL fame, Alicia Vikander as  Queen Caroline Mathilda and  Mikkel Boe Følsgaard as Christian VII. Catch European films for free during Cine Europa 16 at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

ROYAL AFFAIR cast from left: Mads Mikkelsen of HANNIBAL fame, Alicia Vikander as Queen Caroline Mathilda and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard as Christian VII. Catch European films for free during Cine Europa 16 at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

In terms of the sheer number of feature films in one festival Cine Europa may be considered as one of the largest film festivals in the Philippines. Vassallo adds, “The fest will present an original, entertaining and thought-provoking set of 21 European movies, while reserving a special place for quality Filipino films.”

The restored classic ORO PLATA MATA by Peque Gallaga will be shown on September 8 at 4pm. While the Cinemalaya opening film JAZZ IN LOVE a well-received documentary by Baby Ruth Villarama will be shown September 14 at 2pm, both at the Shang Cineplex Premiere Theater.

Shangri La Plaza Mall Mktg Officer Mimi Tecson. Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shangri La Plaza Mall Mktg Officer Mimi Tecson. Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The fest has always been known for the variety of titles, “With numerous award winning European movies including romantic musicals, wartime movies, historical dramas, family comedies and even world class documentaries, there really is something for everyone at Cine Europa 16.”

He also credits the Film Development Council of the Philippines, which has welcomed the fest in other cities through the use of its Cinematheques. According to FDCP Executive Director Teddy Granados, “The Philippine Cinematheque is a vital part of the Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema program. It was designed, and is destined to be, an alternative and accessible venue for classic and contemporary Filipino films, both mainstream and independent for state-of-the-art foreign films sourced through the FDCP’s Film Cultural Exchange Program with other countries.”

from left: FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Ganados, EU Political Counselor Julian Vassallo, Emb of Netherlands Deputy Head of Mission Ank Willems and French Audio-Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal.  Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Ganados, EU Political Counselor Julian Vassallo, Emb of Netherlands Deputy Head of Mission Ank Willems and French Audio-Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal. Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cine Europa has also benefitted from the FDCP’s Film Cultural Exchange Program by being exempted from the MTRCB screening process. The FCEP allows the foreign film to adopt the ratings from its native country. FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos initiated the FCEP as a means to encourage the exchange of films between the Philippines and other countries.

Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Check out the synopses and schedules of films below:

Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. Check out the synopses and schedules of films below:

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Shangri-La Plaza opens its doors to cinephiles and film enthusiast once again as it hosts the highly anticipated Cine Europa 16 from September 5 to 15 at Cinema 2 of the Shang Cineplex. 2013 sees 21 poignant and compelling titles from the seventeen participating European nations.

Das Pferd auf dem Balkon (The Horse on the Balcony) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 10 TUES 1230pm / September 13 FRI 6pm

Austria presents Das Pferd auf dem Balkon (The Horse on the Balcony) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 10 TUES 1230pm / September 13 FRI 6pm

Austria presents Das Pferd auf dem Balkon (The Horse on the Balcony) – the story of 10-year-old Mika, who suffers from a mild form of autism. He loves math, is incapable of a telling a lie or understanding a joke, and has to have lunch at precisely 14:17 each day. Mika’s strictly controlled life is turned upside down one winter’s night when he hears a neighing sound. He can hardly believe his eyes when he spots a horse on the balcony of the apartment next door, and sets on a mission to solve the mystery. September 10 TUES 1230pm / September 13 FRI 6pm

Belgium’s entry A Pas de Loup (With a Wolf’s Gait) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 9 MON 530pm / September 14 SUN 12pm

Belgium – A Pas de Loup (With a Wolf’s Gait) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 9 MON 530pm / September 14 SUN 12pm

Belgium’s entry A Pas de Loup (With a Wolf’s Gait) tells the story of six-year-old girl Cathy who must accompany her parents to the countryside every weekend despite her distant relation with her parents. Weekends at the farm are as dreary as usual, until Cathy receives ‘magic seeds’ from the hands of an old farm worker. Curious and excited, she decides not to return home at the end of the weekend, so that she can observe how the seeds start to grow. Staying behind alone, Cathy realizes that her parents will be worried and will start looking for her. She is afraid to be severely punished for this big mistake, and she runs away into the forest where she gets lost. September 9 MON 530pm / September 14 SUN 12pm

Bulgaria’s Стъпки в пясъка (Footsteps in the sand) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 9 MON 730pm / September 14 SUN 3pm

Bulgaria’s Стъпки в пясъка (Footsteps in the sand) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 9 MON 730pm / September 14 SAT 3pm

Directed by Ivailo Hristov, Bulgaria’s Стъпки в пясъка (Footsteps in the sand) is a sad and funny story about the love of a boy (Slavi) and a girl (Nelly), who at the age of six promised to marry each other, and whose intertwined lives take them through love, friendships, betrayals, partings, and roamings around the world, until reaching a final homecoming. September 9 MON 730pm / September 14 SAT 3pm

Czech Republic’s Musíme si Pomáhat (Divided We Fall) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 9 MON 3pm / September 15 SUN 730pm

Czech Republic’s Musíme si Pomáhat (Divided We Fall) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 9 MON 3pm / September 15 SUN 730pm

Czech Republic’s Musíme si Pomáhat (Divided We Fall) begins in a small Czech town occupied by Nazi German forces during the Second World War. Josef and Marie Cizek, a childless couple, are trying to survive the difficult times of war by confining themselves in their house, simplifying their lives to everyday passive commonness. They are forced to change this life attitude radically though, after Josef meets with David Weiner, the young Jewish son of his former employer, whose family has long since been deported from the town. David is now the only surviving member of his family and has recently escaped from a concentration camp. Fully aware of the extreme danger of harboring a Jew, the Cizeks cannot leave David to certain death and decide to provide refuge in their home. September 9 MON 3pm / September 15 SUN 730pm

Denmark - A Royal Affair  Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 5 THURS 12pm / September 10 TUES 8pm

Denmark – A Royal Affair Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 5 THURS 12pm / September 10 TUES 8pm

A Royal Affair from Denmark is a true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician Struensee – a man of enlightenment and idealism, and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda, A Royal Affair is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in the pursuit of freedom for their people. Above all, it is a story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation. September 5 THURS 12pm / September 10 TUES 8pm

France’s Les Bien Aimes (Beloved) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 6 FRI 8pm / September 11 WED 230pm / September 15 SUN 12pm

France’s Les Bien Aimes (Beloved) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 6 FRI 8pm / September 11 WED 230pm / September 15 SUN 12pm

From Paris in the 60’s to London’s modern days, France’s Les Bien Aimes (Beloved) tells the story of Madeleine and her daughter Vera waltz in and out of the lives of the men they love. But love can be light and painful, cheerful and bitter. An elegy to femininity and passion with musical outbursts. September 6 FRI 8pm / September 11 WED 230pm / September 15 SUN 12pm

Germany- Barbara Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 5 THURS 3pm / September 12 THURS 330pm

Germany- Barbara Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 5 THURS 3pm / September 12 THURS 330pm

About nine years before the fall of the Wall, Barbara (Germany), a doctor from Berlin, applies for an exit permit from the GDR, but she is arrested and transferred to a provincial hospital after her release in the summer of 1980. While her lover prepares for her escape to the West via the Baltic Sea, Barbara works under frequent observation and control. When the day of her escape finally arrives, Barbara makes a surprising decision. September 5 THURS 3pm / September 12 THURS 330pm

Germany Almanya – Wilkommen in Deutschland Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 5 THURS 530pm / September 10 TUES 530pm

Germany Almanya – Wilkommen in Deutschland Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 5 THURS 530pm / September 10 TUES 530pm

In Almanya – Wilkommen in Deutschland (Germany), Hüseyin Yilmaz came to Germany in 1964 as an Anatolian guest worker. Shortly before he is about to be naturalized, he realizes he is not sure he wants to become a German citizen. Unexpectedly, he reveals to his wife, children and grandchildren that he has bought a house in his old hometown and that he expects them to go there and help him renovate it. Reactions are mixed. Hüseyin reassures everyone that he only wants to use it as a holiday home; that he does not want to return there permanently. Canan is afraid to travel; she is pregnant and neither her parents nor her grandparents know. Episodes from the past are meshed with those from the present. Canan tells us how her grandfather eloped with his wife, how he left for Germany to be able to support his wife and children; how he later fetched his family, and what problems he was confronted with upon his arrival in Germany; how the family took their first holiday in Anatolia together and the first signs of alienation. September 5 THURS 530pm / September 10 TUES 530pm

GREECE O xenagos (The Guide), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 5 THURS 8pm / September 10 TUES 230pm

GREECE O xenagos (The Guide), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 5 THURS 8pm / September 10 TUES 230pm

O xenagos (The guide), Greece’s entry in Cine Europa, is the comedic tale of Iasonas who arrives in Athens to start his new ambitious career as an “architects’ guide” to international students of architecture. Soon, Iasonas is trapped between a friend who progressively sees him less and less as a friend, and a group that sees him less and less as a guide. September 5 THURS 8pm / September 10 TUES 230pm

HUNGARY-Made in Hungaria, Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 6 FRI 1:30pm / September 11 WED 1230pm / September 15 SUN 530pm

HUNGARY-Made in Hungaria, Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 6 FRI 1:30pm / September 11 WED 1230pm / September 15 SUN 530pm

At a time when everybody else would like to escape to the West, Hungary’s Made in Hungária tells the story of an adolescent boy returns home from America to spread rock’n’roll… In the spring of 1963 Miki and his parents leave behind the American dream and after four ears away return to Budapest. Back in Hungary revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries alike regard Miki’s jobless father with suspicion, while Miki – who is a great guitarist and singer with dreams of becoming the next Jerry Lee Lewis – is not accepted by his former friends whose new leader, Röné is referred to as the “Kingfisher”. His first love, Vera, now has a new boyfriend. Miki is left with but one choice: to apply to a talent show and prove to everybody that he has a place in this old-new world. He is a great success and with his American music he casts a spell on his young audience. As the final is approaching it becomes clear to Miki that with his victory he can gain his friends’ appreciation, win back his love and even save his father’s life. September 6 FRI 1:30pm / September 11 WED 1230pm / September 15 SUN 530pm

Italy- Pranzo Di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 6 FRI 3:30pm / September 11 WED 530pm

Italy- Pranzo Di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 6 FRI 3:30pm / September 11 WED 530pm

In Italy’s Pranzo Di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch), a middle-aged man lives with and looks after his elderly mother, as unpaid bills pile up around him. He is given at least a partial solution to his problem when his landlord and his doctor each persuade him to let them dump their elderly relatives on him. Though reluctant, the hapless hero takes on nanny duties for an assortment of ill-matched, old ladies who descends his flat during the traditional Italian holiday weekend. September 6 FRI 3:30pm / September 11 WED 530pm

Italy- La Stanza Del Figlio (The Son’s Room), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 6 FRI 5:30pm / September 12 THURS 1pm

Italy- La Stanza Del Figlio (The Son’s Room), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 6 FRI 5:30pm / September 12 THURS 1pm

La Stanza Del Figlio (The Son’s Room), the second title from Italy, is the story of a family having to face tragedy, and an extenuating and heart-rending period of mourning that is only exacerbated by misunderstandings and the different ways in which each one faces the immense loss.  September 6 FRI 5:30pm / September 12 THURS 1pm

Netherlands Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet (Cool Kids Don’t Cry) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 7 SAT 1pm / September 11 WED 730pm

Netherlands Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet (Cool Kids Don’t Cry) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 7 SAT 1pm / September 11 WED 730pm

Based on the best-selling novel by Jacques Vriens, Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet (Cool Kids Don’t Cry) from The Netherlands, tells the story of Akkie, a spirited young girl who loves soccer, even though her classmate Joep thinks that soccer is not meant for girls. When Akkie is diagnosed with leukemia, she remains optimistic and even continues to be involved with the school soccer tournament while in the hospital. But when Akkie’s health deteriorates so much that she is no longer able to participate, Joep comes up with a really special plan. September 7 SAT 1pm / September 11 WED 730pm

Norway Kautokeino-opprøret (The Kautokeino Rebellion) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 8 SUN 730pm / September 13 FRI 330pm

Norway Kautokeino-opprøret (The Kautokeino Rebellion) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 8 SUN 730pm / September 13 FRI 330pm

Norway presents Kautokeino-opprøret (The Kautokeino Rebellion), which examines the events following the eve of November 7, 1852, when 57 of the Sami people, men, women and children leave their tents and their reindeer behind and head for Kautokeino to spark a revolution. Several of them will never return home. They reach the township in the early hours of dawn on the next day; and the result is one of the most dramatic episodes in Scandinavian history. September 8 SUN 730pm / September 13 FRI 330pm

Romania- Tatal Fantoma (Phantom Father), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 7 SAT 330pm / September 12 THURS 6pm

Romania- Tatal Fantoma (Phantom Father), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 7 SAT 330pm / September 12 THURS 6pm

In Tatal Fantoma (Phantom Father) presented by Romania, American Professor Robert Traum takes a leave and decides to embrace an adventure that has a close connection with the past. Back in the old continent, Robert tries to unravel the mystery behind the origins of his father and uncle, the famous Traum brothers: Rudolf, a famous novelist, and Samuel, once a big gangster in Chicago. September 7 SAT 330pm / September 12 THURS 6pm

Slovakia Nedodržaný Sľub (Broken Promise), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 7 SAT 8pm / September 14 THURS 730pm

SLOVAKIA Nedodržaný Sľub (Broken Promise), Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 7 SAT 8pm / September 14 SAT 730pm

Nedodržaný Sľub (Broken Promise) from Slovakia is a powerful cinematic retelling of the real life story of Martin Friedmann, a Slovak Jew during the Second World War. Unaware of the impending Nazi threat, this talented soccer player sets off to a work camp in Sereď, where his friend has secured him a place on the football team. As the war progresses, Martin finds himself in various different situations and manages to escape death through luck and his talent as a footballer. September 7 SAT 8pm / September 14 SAT 730pm

Spain- Silencio en la nieve (Frozen Silence) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 7 SAT 530pm / September 12 THURS 730pm

Spain- Silencio en la nieve (Frozen Silence) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 7 SAT 530pm / September 12 THURS 730pm

Spain’s Silencio en la nieve (Frozen Silence) brings audiences back to the Russian front in the winter of 1943 where a battalion of the Blue Division encounters a series of horses’ heads scattered on the frozen surface of a lake with the bodies submerged beneath the ice. Mounted on one of the horses is the body of a Spanish soldier. Arturo Andrade, a former police inspector, takes on the investigation believed to be related to either infiltration or the Masonry. September 7 SAT 530pm / September 12 THURS 730pm

SWEDEN Svinalängorna (Beyond) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 8 SUN 1230pm / September 13 FRI 1pm

SWEDEN Svinalängorna (Beyond) Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 8 SUN 1230pm / September 13 FRI 1pm

Svinalängorna (Beyond), director Pernilla August’s debut feature from Sweden, is loosely based on Susanna Alakoski’s award-winning novel of the same name. Set both in the present and in the southern Swedish town of Ystad in the 1970s, the film is a gripping story of a woman’s confrontation with memories from her troubled childhood. September 8 SUN 1230pm / September 13 FRI 1pm

SWITZERLAND- Operation Libertad Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 9 MON 1230pm / September 13 FRI 8pm

SWITZERLAND- Operation Libertad Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 9 MON 1230pm / September 13 FRI 8pm

From Switzerland, Operation Libertad revolves around the story of the members of a small revolutionary group who break into a Swiss bank near Zurich. The group films the entirety of their actions to prove the collusion between the Helvetic financial system and dictators. And 30 years later, the tapes of the Operation Libertad resurface. September 9 MON 1230pm / September 13 FRI 8pm

UNITED KINGDOM- Project NIM Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 8 SUN 3pm / September 15 SUN 3pm

UNITED KINGDOM- Project NIM Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 8 SUN 3pm / September 15 SUN 3pm

Finally, the United Kingdom screens two titles for the film festival. Project NIM, from the same Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire, is the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. September 8 SUN 3pm / September 15 SUN 3pm

UNITED KINGDOM- Dreams of a Life, Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 8 SUN 530pm / September 14 SUN 1pm

UNITED KINGDOM- Dreams of a Life, Catch European films for free during Cine Europa at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza mall from Sept 5-14, 2013. September 8 SUN 530pm / September 14 SUN 1pm

And Dreams of a Life, a documentary that focuses on Joyce Vicent who died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003, and whose body wasn’t discovered until three years later. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love. September 8 SUN 530pm / September 14 SUN 1pm

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Renowned German Composer works with Manila Composer’s Lab

seated from left: Pierre Oser and Manila Composer’s Lab Dir. Jonas Baes. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets.  Photo by Jude Bautista

seated from left: Pierre Oser and Manila Composer’s Lab Dir. Jonas Baes. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

The Goethe Institut Philppinen brought renowned German composer Pierre Oser to collaborate with the Manila Composer’s lab. They have been working to create a live soundtrack for the film I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN screening in the 7th edition of the Silent Film Festival. The fest runs from August 23-25, 2013 at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza, featuring silent films from 6 countries, which include Japan, Germany, Italy, U.S., Spain and the Philippines.

Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets.  Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

Entrance to these screenings are free, on a first come first served basis. But in order to ensure you are able to get your tickets you may contact the respective participating cultural offices such as the Japan Foundation, Phil Italian Association, Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes and the Film Development Council of the Phil. Raymond Red’s KAMERA OBSKURA originally produced by Cinemalaya represents the Philippines.

from left: FDCP Exec. Dir Teddy Granados & Raymond Red who will show his silent film masterpiece KAMERA OBSKURA. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets.  Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: FDCP Exec. Dir Teddy Granados & Raymond Red who will show his silent film masterpiece KAMERA OBSKURA. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Silent films are provided with live music by today’s cutting edge musicians which include: SINO SIKAT (Italy), EARTHMOVER (Spain), SPY (Philippines), RAZORBACK (U.S.) and PULSO (Japan).

SINO SIKAT from left: Kat Agarrado-vocals, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Nikki Cabardo-guitars and Reli De Vera-drummer. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets.  Photo by Jude Bautista

SINO SIKAT from left: Kat Agarrado-vocals, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Nikki Cabardo-guitars and Reli De Vera-drummer. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pierre Oser works as a composer and conductor in the cities of Mainz and Munich. He has created soundtracks for different European TV organizations and productions. Among his works are live telecast of silent films for international festivals and concert halls. Oser dispels the modern notion of silent films, “Its exciting to know there’s a silent film fest in your country. The tradition of music for silent movie has been around for more than a hundred years. Most important thing is that the silent movie was never silent. It was always accompanied by small or bigger groups (of musicians).”

seated from left: Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Officer MJ Mendoza, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, myproperty.ph Mktg Officer Carissa Hiquiana, FDCP Exec. Dir Teddy Granados and Goethe-Institut Philippinen Prog. Coordinator Luisa Zaide. Standing from left: Inst Cervantes Cultural de Manila Cultural Affairs Asst. Nicole Villamor, Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson, Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Institut Philippinen Dir. Petra Raymond, Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Maria Fons Guradiola and Brotzeit Managing Dir Malvin Ang. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets.  Photo by Jude Bautista

seated from left: Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Officer MJ Mendoza, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, myproperty.ph Mktg Officer Carissa Hiquiana, FDCP Exec. Dir Teddy Granados and Goethe-Institut Philippinen Prog. Coordinator Luisa Zaide. Standing from left: Inst Cervantes Cultural de Manila Cultural Affairs Asst. Nicole Villamor, Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson, Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Institut Philippinen Dir. Petra Raymond, Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Maria Fons Guradiola and Brotzeit Managing Dir Malvin Ang. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

According to him the silent film tradition is closer to theater roots, “The ideal of silent movie is to have live music. It’s very important to understand its live music. Its in the tradition of music theater. Its not like sound film because it s another kind of art. Silent movie is a special kind of art in the tradition of Music Theater.”

Oser explains, “The music has the rule to make the interpretation of the pictures, of the ideas of the director. This is very important to understand, it’s not the same. We also have the chance to work with young composers from U.P. and (Manila) Composer’s Lab and we have young musicians a small group. We’ve created music especially for that film.”

from left: Goethe Inst Dir. Petra Raymond and Pierre Oser. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Goethe Inst Dir. Petra Raymond and Pierre Oser. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN is directed by Ernst Lubitsch who received an honorary Oscar in 1947 for his distinguished contribution to the art of the motion picture. And was nominated 3 times as Best Director.  Goethe Institut Philippinen Dir. Petra Raymond said,We have a lot of films in our archives that we are excited to show for this and future editions. And we are very grateful to have BROTZEIT the German restaurant here in Shang Rila plaza as our sponsor for this festival.”

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The Manila Composer’s Lab was founded by Professor Jonas Baes in 2009 as an organization of young composers and performers dedicated to the development of new music in Southeast Asia. Baes also studied music in Germany and has written extensively on sociology of music among indigenous peoples like the Iraya-Mangyan.

PULSO from left: Robby Mananquil (guitarist) and Franco Malaya (Drummer). Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

PULSO from left: Robby Mananquil (guitarist) and Franco Malaya (Drummer). Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

Baes said, “It’s a great honor to be part of this project and I’d like to thank Frau Raymond and Pierre. The Manila Composer’s Lab is a small pool of young composers and young musicians and it’s a great experience for the first time in our lives to work directly with Silent Film which never escapes our imagination.”

from left: Goethe Inst Dir. Petra Raymond, Pierre Oser and Manila Composer’s Lab Dir. Jonas Baes. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets.  Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Goethe Inst Dir. Petra Raymond, Pierre Oser and Manila Composer’s Lab Dir. Jonas Baes. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

The preparations according to Baes have been happening for some time, “Months before Pierre arrived we’ve already been discussing what music we’ll be writing.  That will be kind of a challenge for us composers. We are reminded of the time in 1918. That’s the time they just ended the war. Among the best compositions that came out in contemporary Europe at the time was Stravinsky, the soldier’s story.  Having that in mind we put up an ensemble that is reminiscent of that ensemble. We also have a violin a trombone and a clarinet together with a piano and a cello.” Baes laso credited the work of composers: Alexander John Villanueva,  Marie Luise Calvero, Feliz Macahis and Pat Rodriguez.

Standing from left: BROTZEIT Managing Dir Malvin Ang, Goethe Inst Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab member Feliz Anne Macahis, seated from left: Pierre Oser, Manila Composer’s Lab member Pat Rodriguez and Manila Composer’s Lab Dir. Jonas Baes and Goethe-Institut Philippinen Prog. Coordinator Luisa Zaide. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets.  Photo by Jude Bautista

Standing from left: BROTZEIT Managing Dir Malvin Ang, Goethe Inst Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab member Feliz Anne Macahis, seated from left: Pierre Oser, Manila Composer’s Lab member Pat Rodriguez and Manila Composer’s Lab Dir. Jonas Baes and Goethe-Institut Philippinen Prog. Coordinator Luisa Zaide. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cultural Attachés Seated from left: U.S. Emb Cultural Officer Kristin Kneedler, Goethe Institut Philippinen Dir. Petra Raymond, Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Standing from left: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, FDCP Exec. Dir Teddy Granados and Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Maria Fons Guradiola. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets.  Photo by Jude Bautista

Cultural Attachés Seated from left: U.S. Emb Cultural Officer Kristin Kneedler, Goethe Institut Philippinen Dir. Petra Raymond, Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Standing from left: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, FDCP Exec. Dir Teddy Granados and Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Maria Fons Guradiola. Catch free screenings on the 7th Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza from August 23-25, 2013. Log on to https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila on how to get your free tickets. Photo by Jude Bautista


PhilPOP MEGAWORLD Mall Tour

1M Grand prizewinners from left: hip hop artists and songwriters Yumi Lacsamana, Thyro Alfaro, QUEST and Sam Concepcion. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

1M Grand prizewinners from left: hip hop artists and songwriters Yumi Lacsamana, Thyro Alfaro, QUEST and Sam Concepcion. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

The dazzling FINALS night last July 20, 2013 belonged to Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana who won the grand prize of 1 million pesos for their song DATI interpreted by Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos. Now the PHILPOP finalists will have a mall tour starting this Friday August 9 at the Eastwood Mall in Libis Quezon City. The event is practically a free concert. But buying the PHILPOP CD gives you a VIP seat.

PHILPOP sign lights up the MERALCO building façade and theater. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILPOP sign lights up the MERALCO building façade and theater. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Hosts Jasmine Curtis Smith recently won Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress for TRANSIT and Ogie Alcasid will have a 25th Anniversary concert this August 16. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Hosts Jasmine Curtis Smith recently won Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress for TRANSIT and Ogie Alcasid will have a 25th Anniversary concert this August 16. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILPOP features the freshest and best Original Pilipino Music and this is your chance to see them live with the mall tour. (For pics and article on finals night click here) Just in case you miss it there will also be a concert at LUCKY CHINATOWN ATRIUM on August 17 and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill on August 18.

Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18).

Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18).

from left: PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez and TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez and TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILPOP Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan said, “Nation building has become an integral part of our mission as a business. Together with our group of companies, the PhilPOP Music Fest Foundation aims to support this nation building effort through music in our society today. There has been a detectable need to initiate an undertaking as significant as PhilPOP to remind people where our music would and should be headed.”

Finals night: Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez were among the many star guest performers, which included Charice Pempengco, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, The Company, 5AZ1, Baihana, The Opera, and beat box artist Myke Salomon. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Finals night: Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez were among the many star guest performers, which included Charice Pempengco, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, The Company, 5AZ1, Baihana, The Opera, and beat box artist Myke Salomon. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

(right) Christian Bautista is The Prince in RW Manila’s CINDERELLA. Christian interpreted ARAW ULAP LANGIT composed by (left) Marlon Barnuevo. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

(right) Christian Bautista is The Prince in RW Manila’s CINDERELLA. Christian interpreted ARAW ULAP LANGIT composed by (left) Marlon Barnuevo. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

The stars that shone at the FINALS night belonged to the interpreters like Karylle who performed SAYO NA LANG AKO by Lara Maigue and Christian Bautista ARAW, ULAP, LANGIT by Marlon Barnuevo. Both exceptional singers will be the lead in Resort’s World Manila’s production of CINDERELLA this October. Yael Yuzon, Kean Cipriano, KLEGGY, Joey Ayala, Six Part Invention, Sitti and Julianne Tarroja, Ace Libre of Never The Strangers are just a few of the names that will attract fans to the show.

from left: Joey Ayala (PAPEL), Denise Barbaceña, DJ Silver filter, Paul Armesin (SEGUNDO) and Yael Yuzon. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Joey Ayala (PAPEL), Denise Barbaceña, DJ Silver filter, Paul Armesin (SEGUNDO) and Yael Yuzon. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

PANSAMANTAGAL composer Jungee Marcelo shoots the spectacle w his iphone5 with him are Sitti Navarro (right) and Julianne Tarroja (left). Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

PANSAMANTAGAL composer Jungee Marcelo shoots the spectacle w his iphone5 with him are Sitti Navarro (right) and Julianne Tarroja (left). Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phil Pop Exec Dir. Ryan Cayabyab, Phil Pop Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, Ney Dimaculangan, 1st Runner Up awardee Johnoy Danao (Kung Di man). Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phil Pop Exec Dir. Ryan Cayabyab, Phil Pop Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, Ney Dimaculangan, 1st Runner Up awardee Johnoy Danao (Kung Di man). Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

The songwriter’s themselves however are more often than not accomplished singers as well. Personally I’m hoping the songwriters get to show their talents in interpreting their own songs as well or jamming with their more famous counterparts. Johnoy Danao for example who wrote KUNG DI MAN interpreted by Ney Dimaculangan earned the SMART Audience Choice Award. Danao is himself a YouTube sensation getting rave reviews from fans and music critics alike. His podcasts are among the most popular among Filipino artists, which has earned him the moniker “Philippines’ Best Kept Secret”.

from left: 1st Runner Up awardee Johnoy Danao (Kung Di man), Ney Dimaculangan, Six part Invention’s Rey Cantong and Kaye Malana-Cantong (interpreted TIME MACHINE composed by Kenneth Faraon). Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: 1st Runner Up awardee Johnoy Danao (Kung Di man), Ney Dimaculangan, Six part Invention’s Rey Cantong and Kaye Malana-Cantong (interpreted TIME MACHINE composed by Kenneth Faraon). Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: ASKAL Composer Ganny Brown with Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: ASKAL Composer Ganny Brown with Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola.
Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

From the official PHILPOP handbook profiles:

GANNY BROWN- was a former pastor of the United Pentecostal Church. With 21 years in ministerial service as an evangelist and singer songwriter. He stopped in the ministry and resorted to secular music. He has released two novelty albums which circulated in many parts of Mindanao like Davao, Davao Del Sur, Bukidnon, North and South Cotabato. He is a radio announcer in Kidapawan City and does the rounds performing in local gigs and concerts. Jose and Wally interpreted Ganny’s song ASKAL.

from left: ASKAL Composer Ganny Brown with Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: ASKAL Composer Ganny Brown with Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola.
Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

(center) Karylle is the lead star in Resort’s World Manila’s CINDERELLA, she interpreted SAYO NA LANG AKO composed by (left) Lara Maigue. The song landed in the top 5 of the Phil Pop Music fest 2013. (right foreground) ASKAL Composer Ganny Brown. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

(center) Karylle is the lead star in Resort’s World Manila’s CINDERELLA, she interpreted SAYO NA LANG AKO composed by (left) Lara Maigue. The song landed in the top 5 of the Phil Pop Music fest 2013. (right foreground) ASKAL Composer Ganny Brown. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

LARA MAIGUE- is a 21-year-old classical and Jazz singer. She was born in a family of musicians. Her dad is a professor at the U.P. College of Music, a conductor and arranger. Her mom is a soprano and was her first classical mentor. In 2006 she became a member of a classical pop group OPERA BELLES. They released their self titled album under SONY Music in 2011. But she’ll be moving forward this year as a solo artist. She’s currently a voice major at the U.P. College of Music and a managing partner of their family’s music school: MAIGUE MUSIC STUDIOS. Karylle interpreted her song SAYO NA LANG AKO.

from left: PHILPOP Top5 Lara Maigue SAYO NA LANG AKO with Cellist Giancarlo Gonzales and Kai Honasan. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PHILPOP Top5 Lara Maigue SAYO NA LANG AKO with Cellist Giancarlo Gonzales and Kai Honasan. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Myrus Apacible SANA PINATAY MO NA LANG AKO, Karylle, Lara Maigue SAYO NA LANG AKO and Joey Ayala PAPEL. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Myrus Apacible SANA PINATAY MO NA LANG AKO, Karylle, Lara Maigue SAYO NA LANG AKO and Joey Ayala PAPEL. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

MYRUS APACIBLE – is a certified Gold Record Artist for the album LOVE CYCLE and the man behind the hits SA ISANG SULYAP MO and PUSONG LITO. Which were used as teleserye theme songs. He is also a producer, vocal arranger and proud advocate of Original Pilipino Music (OPM). He is the project head of the TUNOG NATIN OPM Concert Series, that is conceptualized to promote the appreciation of and rally support for OPM among today’s youth.

from left: Songwriter Myrus Apacible (SANA PINATAY MO NA LANG AKO) with interpreter and YouTube sensation Kimpoy Feliciano. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Songwriter Myrus Apacible (SANA PINATAY MO NA LANG AKO) with interpreter and YouTube sensation Kimpoy Feliciano. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Raffy Calicdan SPACE hugs Lara Maigue SAYO NA LANG AKO while Kimpoy Feliciano dances with Karylle. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Raffy Calicdan SPACE hugs Lara Maigue SAYO NA LANG AKO while Kimpoy Feliciano dances with Karylle. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

RAFFY CALICDAN- is a member of a male group TAKEOFF which earned the Aliw Awards Best New Artist (Group) in 2011 and Best Performance (Group) in 2012. His songwriting used to be only for the group. His recent success came after writing HANDANG UMIBIG MULI for Sarah Geronimo’s ONE HEART album. He also composed and sang the theme of a radio show on BGY LS 97.1 FM entitled WANTED SWEETHEART.

from left: songwriter Raffy Calicdan (SPACE) with interpreters Kean Cipriano of Calllalilly and Ang Banda ni Kleggy. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: songwriter Raffy Calicdan (SPACE) with interpreters Kean Cipriano of Calllalilly and Ang Banda ni Kleggy. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Songwriter Raffy Calicdan (SPACE). Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Songwriter Raffy Calicdan (SPACE). Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Phil Pop Exec. Dir Ryan Cayabyab, PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, Phil Pop Pres. Ricky Vargas and Assoc. Exec Dir Patricia Hizon. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Phil Pop Exec. Dir Ryan Cayabyab, PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, Phil Pop Pres. Ricky Vargas and Assoc. Exec Dir Patricia Hizon. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

You can also purchase the PHILPOP 2013 album through SMART Music on: www.smart.com.ph/music.

Smart will start offering content from MCA Music at very affordable rates and convenient terms through “Smart Music”, its new online music portal which instantly becomes the largest digital store of its kind in the country.

1M Grand prizewinners from left: hip hop artists and songwriters Thyro Alfaro, Yumi Lacsamana, Tippy Dos Santos, Sam Concepcion and QUEST. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

1M Grand prizewinners from left: hip hop artists and songwriters Thyro Alfaro, Yumi Lacsamana, Tippy Dos Santos, Sam Concepcion and QUEST. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Ace Libre of Never The Strangers interpreted SOMETIMES THAT HAPPENS composed by Niño Regalado and Adrienne Sarmiento. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Ace Libre of Never The Strangers interpreted SOMETIMES THAT HAPPENS composed by Niño Regalado and Adrienne Sarmiento. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Smart Music will offer music downloads for as low as P15 per track – the lowest peso rate in the digital music market today. New releases will be sold at P20 each track –roughly half the comparable rates of other online music stores.

from left: First Pacific Leadership Academy Executive Dir. Roy Agustin K. Evalle, Dudut Jaworski, PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: First Pacific Leadership Academy Executive Dir. Roy Agustin K. Evalle, Dudut Jaworski, PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

1M Grand prizewinners from left: hip hop artists and songwriters Yumi Lacsamana, Thyro Alfaro (covered), QUEST and Sam Concepcion. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

1M Grand prizewinners from left: hip hop artists and songwriters Yumi Lacsamana, Thyro Alfaro (covered), QUEST and Sam Concepcion. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Philpop 2013 is presented by Meralco and Smart. It is co-presented by Maynilad, PLDT, and TV5. Major sponsors include NLEX, Sun Cellular, Jollibee, the First Pacific Leadership Academy, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Philex, Sony, its media partners Business Mirror, Business World, Myx, Radio Republic, Rappler, RX 93.1, its production partners Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Essensuals Tony and Guy, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Jing Monis Salon, and the Universal Records.

from left: Yael Yuzon, Regine Velasquez, Mikke Cojuangco-Jaworski and Karylle.  Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yael Yuzon, Regine Velasquez, Mikke Cojuangco-Jaworski and Karylle. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Songwriter Myrus Apacible (SANA PINATAY MO NA LANG AKO) with interpreter and YouTube sensation Kimpoy Feliciano. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Songwriter Myrus Apacible (SANA PINATAY MO NA LANG AKO) with interpreter and YouTube sensation Kimpoy Feliciano. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18).

Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18).

Regine Velasquez was among many star guest performers during the Finals night. Other stars included Martin Nievera, Charice Pempengco, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, The Company, 5AZ1, Baihana, The Opera, and beat box artist Myke Salomon. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Regine Velasquez was among many star guest performers during the Finals night. Other stars included Martin Nievera, Charice Pempengco, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, The Company, 5AZ1, Baihana, The Opera, and beat box artist Myke Salomon. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cinemalaya Best Supporting actress Jasmine Curtis Smith TRANSIT, PhilPOP Top5 Lara Maigue, 1M Grand Prize winners Yumi Lacsamana, Thyro Alfaro and Sam Concepcion. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cinemalaya Best Supporting actress Jasmine Curtis Smith TRANSIT, PhilPOP Top5 Lara Maigue, 1M Grand Prize winners Yumi Lacsamana, Thyro Alfaro and Sam Concepcion. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM CINDERELLA’s Christian Bautista congratulates rapper QUEST. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM CINDERELLA’s Christian Bautista congratulates rapper QUEST. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phil Pop Exec. Dir Ryan Cayabyab presents PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan a plaque of appreciation. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phil Pop Exec. Dir Ryan Cayabyab presents PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan a plaque of appreciation. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18).

Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18).

from left: PANSAMANTAGAL composed by Jungee Marcelo, Sitti Navarro and Julianne Tarroja. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PANSAMANTAGAL composed by Jungee Marcelo, Sitti Navarro and Julianne Tarroja. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carlo Orosa, Karylle, Tippy Dos Santos, Sam Concepcion pose with hot boy band 5AZ1 and REPERTOY Phils Audie Gemora. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carlo Orosa, Karylle, Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos, pose with hot boy band 5AZ1 and REPERTORY Phils Audie Gemora. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Grand Prize winners Yumi Lacsamana, Thyro Alfaro (DATI), 1st Runner Up Johnoy Danao (KUNG DI MAN) Universal Records General Mgr Kathleen Go, Ney Dimaculangan, Universal Records Producer Ito Rapadas and Unicap Managing Dir George Go. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Grand Prize winners Yumi Lacsamana, Thyro Alfaro (DATI), 1st Runner Up Johnoy Danao (KUNG DI MAN) Universal Records General Mgr Kathleen Go, Ney Dimaculangan, Universal Records Producer Ito Rapadas and Unicap Managing Dir George Go. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Yael Yuzon shoots a video of girlfriend Karylle for her twitter account with Phil Pop Exec. Dir Ryan Cayabyab. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Yael Yuzon shoots a video of girlfriend Karylle for her twitter account with Phil Pop Exec. Dir Ryan Cayabyab. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

You can also purchase the PHILPOP 2013 album through SMART Music on: www.smart.com.ph/music.

Philpop 2013 is presented by Meralco and Smart. It is co-presented by Maynilad, PLDT, and TV5. Major sponsors include NLEX, Sun Cellular, Jollibee, the First Pacific Leadership Academy, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Philex, Sony, its media partners Business Mirror, Business World, Myx, Radio Republic, Rappler, RX 93.1, its production partners Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Essensuals Tony and Guy, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Jing Monis Salon, and the Universal Records.

from left: SMART Wireless Consumer Division Head Charles Lim, SMART Music Marketing and Innovations Head Melissa Limcaoco presented the 1st runner up trophy to Johnoy Danao for the song KUNG DI MAN interpreted by Ney Dimaculangan. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: SMART Wireless Consumer Division Head Charles Lim, SMART Music Marketing and Innovations Head Melissa Limcaoco presented the 1st runner up trophy to Johnoy Danao for the song KUNG DI MAN interpreted by Ney Dimaculangan. Catch the PHILPOP 2013 finalists on their mall tour in EASTWOOD Central Plaza (Aug 9), LUCKY CHINATOWN Atrium (Aug 17) and VENICE PIAZZA at McKinley Hill (Aug 18). Photo by Jude Bautista


Regine Anthem for JAZZ IN LOVE

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE a boy sings for Theo and Jazz, camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.
Ernesto Tiglao is Jazz in the documentary JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Ernesto Tiglao is Jazz in the documentary JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

The Cinemalaya 2013 opening film is a documentary called JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. It’s about Ernesto Tiglao nicknamed Jazz,  a gay 22 year old in Davao who fell in love with middle aged German via facebook. This documentary is able to show real emotion in a way that a feature film can’t. In one part Theo (German guy), Jazz and his brother celebrated their birthdays (only weeks apart) together.

Jazz zip lines into Theo’s arms in Cinemalaya Opening film JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Jazz zip lines into Theo’s arms in Cinemalaya Opening film JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Regine Velasquez was among many star guest performers, which included Martin Nievera, Charice Pempengco, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, The Company, 5AZ1, Baihana, The Opera, and beat box artist Myke Salomon. The Phil Pop Music fest was held last July 20, 2013 at the MERALCO Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Regine Velasquez was among many star guest performers, which included Martin Nievera, Charice Pempengco, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, The Company, 5AZ1, Baihana, The Opera, and beat box artist Myke Salomon. The Phil Pop Music fest was held last July 20, 2013 at the MERALCO Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

In it, there was this little boy not more than 10 years old. An orphan, he survives by taking care of the videoke machine that people rent for their parties. When everyone else had their fill with the machine, he took the mic and sang DADALHIN made famous by Regine Velasquez, music and lyrics by Tats Faustino.

from left: Ayala Mall Cinemas Mktg Mgr Rhia Arda, Ayala Malls PR Mae Vecina, Baby Ruth Villarama JAZZ IN LOVE, Ayala Malls Mktg Associate Barbie Maceda Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin and Cinemalaya Deputy Dir. Tess Rances. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. 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: Ayala Mall Cinemas Mktg Mgr Rhia Arda, Ayala Malls PR Mae Vecina, Baby Ruth Villarama JAZZ IN LOVE, Ayala Malls Mktg Associate Barbie Maceda Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin and Cinemalaya Deputy Dir. Tess Rances. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

Hearing the lyrics it could not be more apt with the situation of Jazz and Theo. Jazz has high hopes of going to Germany, changing his life literally: Ang pangarap ko ang ‘yong binubuhay ngayong nagmamahal ka sa akin ng tunay at ng tinig mo’y parang musika. Nagpapaligaya sa munting nagwawala ang sarap nitong pag-ibig.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE a boy sings for Theo and Jazz, camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE a boy sings for Theo and Jazz, camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

The brilliant song written and composed by Tats Faustino is about how love can change someone’s life, full of hope and promise. Then reality sinks in, love turns to loss and pain. Lalo na noong sinabi mong dadalhin kita sa ‘king palasyo. Dadalhin hanggang langit ay manibago ang lahat ng ito’y pinangako mo. Dadalhin lang pala ng hangin ang pangarap ko. Nang mawalay ka sa aking pagsinta bawat saglit gabing malamig ang himig ko hanap ang yakap mo…

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE a boy sings for Theo and Jazz, camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE a boy sings for Theo and Jazz, camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

There was so much more truth hearing an eight year old singing it with sincerity. The foreground was the boy’s innocent face; in the background Jazz would caress Theo’s cheek. The issue wasn’t that they were gay; the question is what will happen to their love? It’s the same with everyone else’s relationship whether straight, gay or whatever. By the end of the song in Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo the audience could not help but applaud the performance of that child.

DAVID F cast: Line Producer Krisma Maclang, Screenwriter Liza Magtoto, director Manny Palo, Eula Valdez and Rocky Salumbides. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

DAVID F cast: Line Producer Krisma Maclang, Screenwriter Liza Magtoto, director Manny Palo, Eula Valdez and Rocky Salumbides. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

Jazz and Theo go to a Marian shrine; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Jazz and Theo go to a Marian shrine; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Other documentary screenings in Cinemalaya from July 26-August 3 include: YANAN by Mae Urtal Caralde, BUKANG LIWAYWAY by Pabelle Manikan, THE PRIVILEGED MIGRANTS  by Rica Arevalo, ISHMA by Sari Dalena and Keith Sicat, BOTONG FRANCISCO: A NATION IMAGINED by Peque Gallaga written by Vince Groyon and SEARCH FOR WENG WENG by Andrew Leavold.

JAZZ IN LOVE filmmaker Baby Rith Villarama was enrolled in GOETHE INSTITUTE and had Jazz as classmate there; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

JAZZ IN LOVE filmmaker Baby Rith Villarama was enrolled in GOETHE INSTITUTE and had Jazz as classmate there; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Docu filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama in an interview said that she just wanted to capture moments in Jazz life whose full name is Ernesto Tiglao. Life happens and sometimes reality is even more entertaining than any made up story. Just like the moment captured above. Baby Ruth was herself enrolled in the Goethe Institute taking up German classes when she found out the fascinating stories of her classmates. A number of them, like Jazz have met Germans on the net. One of the visa requirements is fluency or working knowledge of German.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE from left: Theo and Jazz. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE from left: Theo and Jazz. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Baby Ruth was already shooting another subject when she had problems with permission to shoot details of her life. Switching to Jazz as a subject seemed natural, since he was such an animated personality and had no problems with the shoot along with Theo.

Mellie Caballe (Jazz’ Aunt) with Theo Rutkowski, she discussed her family’s reaction to Jazz relationship; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Mellie Caballe (Jazz’ Aunt) with Theo Rutkowski, she discussed her family’s reaction to Jazz relationship; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

An intimate moment between Theo and Jazz with shallow depth of field camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

An intimate moment between Theo and Jazz with shallow depth of field camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Baby Ruth tapped the services of Dexter Dela Peña as director of photography while also doing camera work herself. Since, it was mostly a run and gun style, just going with Jazz and Theo there were no opportunities to light scenes or block subjects. To achieve this they used the CANON EOS 5D Mark II which allowed them to use lenses with wider apertures 2.8, 1.8 etc. The low light performances of these lenses were amazing having great bokeh or circles of confusion in darker scenes.

An intimate moment between Theo and Jazz with shallow depth of field camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

An intimate moment between Theo and Jazz with shallow depth of field camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Sometimes the two would have intimate conversations silhouetted against street lamps, the lights behind them melt into soft glowing hues. The 5D Mark II setup also allowed them to shoot Davao’s famous fest, the very colorful KADAYAWAN. Dela Peña is one of the young talented cinematographers today. He has 3 other films shot in Cinemalaya: DIPLOMAT HOTEL by Chris Ad Castillo, DEBOSYON by Alvin Yapan and INSTANT MOMMY by Leo Abaya.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE showing Davao’s KADAYAWAN festival; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE showing Davao’s KADAYAWAN festival; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE showing Davao’s KADAYAWAN festival; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE showing Davao’s KADAYAWAN festival; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Baby Ruth Villarama’s better half is multi awarded film editor Chuck Gutierrez. The successful pair runs VOYAGE Studios, which has been involved in a great number of Cinemalaya projects.  She is also executive producer for DEBOSYON and worked as producer most recently for MNL 143 by Emerson Reyes and PALAWAN FATE by Auraeus Solito. She prefers to direct more documentaries in the future. Being able to capture these moments that are intimate, that are real especially in JAZZ IN LOVE help us viewers to see truth in our own lives.

from right: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, Voyage Studio’s Chuck Gutierrez, TWITCH reviewer Oggs Cruz and JAZZ IN LOVE director BabyRuth Villarama. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. 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 right: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, Voyage Studio’s Chuck Gutierrez, TWITCH reviewer Oggs Cruz and JAZZ IN LOVE director BabyRuth Villarama. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

Sunset in Malita Davao Del Sur; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Sunset in Malita Davao Del Sur; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

For My Angel,

Haplos ng ‘yong puso

Parang walang ligtas

Kundi ang lumuha

Ang hapdi din

Nitong pag-ibig

Umasa pa sa sinabi mong

 

Dadalhin kita sa ‘king palasyo

Dadalhin hanggang langit ay manibago

ang lahat ng ito’y pinangako mo.

Dadalhin lang pala ng hangin ang pangarap ko.

Umiiyak, umiiyak ang puso ko

Alaala pa ang sinabi mo

Noong nadarama pa ang pag-ibig mo

 

Ang lahat ng ito’y pinangako mo

Dadalhin lang pala ng hangin ang pangarap ko

Theo watches the sun rise in Malita, Davao Del Sur; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Theo watches the sun rise in Malita, Davao Del Sur; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.


Butch Francisco Honored by Marichu Vera Perez in FAMAS

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award, during the 61st FAMAS April 21, 2013, AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista
Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award, during the 61st FAMAS April 21, 2013, AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award, during the 61st FAMAS April 21, 2013, AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Understandably in any film award giving body screenwriters and other technical people are almost always second-class citizens compared to the actors and actresses, the goddesses who inhabit the silver screen. Even less recognition is given to entertainment writers who continually promote and try to make sense of what goes on and off screen.

from left: Pops Fernandez with LA DIVA: Maricris Garcia, Jonalyn Viray and Aicelle Santos. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Pops Fernandez with LA DIVA: Maricris Garcia, Jonalyn Viray and Aicelle Santos. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

The 61st FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences) is probably the last body anyone would expect to recognize writers which is known for honoring the commercial or mainstream films in the Philippines.

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award from Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award from Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Two entertainment writers/ journalist / TV hosts were honored April 21, 2013 at the AFP Theater along with all the glitz and glamour of the stars. Butch Francisco of STAR TALK TX on GMA network was given the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award and Cristy Fermin of ANG LATEST on TV5 was given the Arturo M. Padua Memorial Award. Fermin however, was not able to attend the ceremony.

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award from Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award from Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch Francisco was holding back the tears during his speech, “I’ve always been saying na sa lahat ng mga award giving bodies pinaka maganda ang tropeo ng FAMAS.  More than the physical attributes what I really appreciate about this award is the honor attached to it. You see I’ve been on television 18 years. On print 500 years. This is the first time I’m being acknowledged for whatever little contribution I’ve given to the entertainment profession. I’m sorry for being emotional but this is the first time.”

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award, during the 61st FAMAS April 21, 2013, AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award, during the 61st FAMAS April 21, 2013, AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch mentioned all of his mentors and networks who discovered him, especially on his TV career, “I never had the chance to meet Dr. Perez but I’d like to thank his family led by Mrs. Maceda here. I’d like to thank the Philippine Star, Ricky Lo for the long period I wrote for them. Thank you also to ABS CBN for discovering me, to my GMA 7 STAR TALK family for nurturing me. Malou Fulgar my manager and adviser I see Ethel Ramos here and the other press people. You were a part of my life and my career. Tess Celestino, Arnel Natividad, Maribeth Bichara for the early years. I love you all, of course to the FAMAS for providing this wonderful recognition, of course to the creator and savior for this wonderful blessing thank you for the very, very long career capped by this very good blessing.”

Performers from left: Julie San Jose, Christian Bautista and Garrie Concepcion during the 61st FAMAS April 21, 2013, AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Performers from left: Julie San Jose, Christian Bautista and Garrie Concepcion during the 61st FAMAS April 21, 2013, AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marichu Vera Perez who presented him with the award gave a short background on the awardee, “Ang mga sulat at pinagsasabi sa column ni Butch Francisco, na realize naming ay manunulat na laging nagsisikap na i-project ang magandang image ng mga artista imbes na siraan at palakihin ang mga iskandalo. Malaking bagay yon para sa min. Di lamang yon. Nagpakita siya ng tunay na pagpaphalaga at respeto sa ating mga senior stars at bihira na ang ganoon. Dahil kung wala ang senior stars natin wala ang mga artista sa harap natin ngayon. At dahil dito pinasya ng amin pamilya na ibigay ang Dr. Jose Perez Memorial award sa newspaper columnist, talk show host na si Mr. Butch Francisco na malalim ang kaalaman sa industriya.”

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award from left: FAMAS Pres. Angelo Padua, Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award from left: FAMAS Pres. Angelo Padua, Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch Francisco is also a member of Manunuri Ng Pelikulang Pilipino a very well esteemed circle of film critics and academicians which gives out the yearly GAWAD URIAN awards. An indication of the prestige of the award he received is the presenter.

from left: Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marichu Vera Perez is the matriarch of the original film clan in the Philippines, which owned and operated SAMPAGUITA PICTURES. The early production company dominated the country’s film scene starting from the 1930’s. According to her biography, incidentally written by Francisco in the Manunuri website, Marichu Vera Perez is very instrumental in the establishment of several film organizations today such as the FILM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF THE PHILPPINES, CINEMA EVALUATION BOARD and the OPTICAL MEDIA BOARD among others.

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award from Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch Francisco receives the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award from Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves. Photo was taken at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

For any student, fan and auteur of Philippine cinema, the article on Marichu Vera Perez’ GAWAD Urian Lifetime Achievement award is a must read. Follow this link to the article in the official Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino Website.

from left: Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Benjamin Alves at the 61st FAMAS, April 21, 2013 AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marichu was also producer of BATCH 81 of which she had monumental conflict with director Mike De Leon. In spite of her conflict she was driven to help finish the film, which was also exhibited at the CANNES film fest along with KISAPMATA in 1982.

This year, the Philippines is represented by 3 films in CANNES: NORTE, HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN (NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY) by Lav Diaz, DEATH MARCH by Adolfo Alix Jr. and the short film ENGKANTONG LAOG SA MAHABANG DAPITHAPON (The Nomadic Creatures of a Long Twilight) by Derick Cabrido.

From left: TV5 reporter Jeff Fernando, GMA 7 reporter Cata Tibayan and DDB Phil PR Manager Millet Liberato. Photo was taken, at the 61st FAMAS last night April 21, 2013, AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: TV5 reporter Jeff Fernando, GMA 7 reporter Cata Tibayan and DDB Phil PR Manager Millet Liberato. Photo was taken, at the 61st FAMAS last night April 21, 2013, AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista


Mercedes Cabral’s BAD ROMANCE

Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang) is sexy in a way you’d never expect in BAD ROMANCE out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista
Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang) is sexy in a way you’d never expect in BAD ROMANCE out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang) is sexy in a way you’d never expect in BAD ROMANCE out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Still photo from film.

Written and photographed

By Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Bombshell lead star Mercedes Cabral plays a psychotic killer for the first time in BAD ROMANCE. She shares her insights on her film character, “Medyo niloko siya ng lalake yon yung reason bakit nag snap yung character. Dream role ko talaga gumawa ng  psychotic na tao. Challenging siya para sakin kaya ko tinanggap yung role.”

BAD ROMANCE cast from left: Director Ian Del Carmen, Francis Lopez (Sam Lloyd Pascual), Geraldine Catalan, Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang), Janelle Manahan (Sarah Alonzo) and Executive Producer Tim Bennett. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

BAD ROMANCE cast from left: Director Ian Del Carmen, Francis Lopez (Sam Lloyd Pascual), Geraldine Catalan, Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang), Janelle Manahan (Sarah Alonzo) and Executive Producer Tim Bennett. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang) is sexy in a way you’d never expect in BAD ROMANCE out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang) is sexy in a way you’d never expect in BAD ROMANCE out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

BAD ROMANCE is directed by Ian Del Carmen who gained fame by directing Pinoy Big Brother. Cast members include: Mr. Philippines 2011 Francis Lopez as Sam Lloyd Pascual. Miss Resort’s World Ms Photogenic 2012, Karen Gallman also makes her film debut.

From right Ms Resorts World 2012 Ms. Photogenic Karen Gallman with King & I lead stars Nonie Buencamino (King Mongkut) and Menchu Lauchengco Yulo (Anna). The Aliw awards Best musical will run until May 2013 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Photo By Jude Bautista

From right Ms Resorts World 2012 Ms. Photogenic Karen Gallman with King & I lead stars Nonie Buencamino (King Mongkut) and Menchu Lauchengco Yulo (Anna). The Aliw awards Best musical will run until May 2013 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aiza Seguerra (Jeboy Macaraig) and Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aiza Seguerra (Jeboy Macaraig) and Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aiza Seguerra has a cameo role as a tough lesbian while Rey PJ Abellana is the hotel owner Mr. Villapando. Archie Alimania, Flor Salanga and Raul Morit all play interesting characters in the film. Janelle Manahan, returns to showbiz in her first feature film. Manahan was shot in the face together with Ramgen Revilla last October of 2011.

BAD ROMANCE cast from left: Shingo Hongu (Hitoshi Nakamura), Director Ian Del Carmen, Francis Lopez (Sam Lloyd Pascual), Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang), Janelle Manahan (Sarah Alonzo) and Executive Producer Tim Bennett. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

BAD ROMANCE cast from left: Shingo Hongu (Hitoshi Nakamura), Director Ian Del Carmen, Francis Lopez (Sam Lloyd Pascual), Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang), Janelle Manahan (Sarah Alonzo) and Executive Producer Tim Bennett. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

90.7 LOVE RADIO’s Atty Rico Pañero and Kristine Dera had a game looking for the oldest text. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

90.7 LOVE RADIO’s Atty Rico Pañero and Kristine Dera had a game looking for the oldest text. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Cabral is known to most audiences for her role in BAYAN KO starring Rocco Nacino and Angeli Bayani in GMA Network.  After her successful lead role in LIGO NA U LAPIT NA ME at the Cinemalaya film fest, she talks about expectations for her current project, “ Of course there’s pressure, in any character I portray it’s a role entrusted by the director and writer. They expect me to give life to that character in the right way. Nandun lagi yung pressure na gawin mo ng maayos yung character ko at gagawin mo ng tama lahat.”

Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr) and Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr) and Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Therese Dehesa and Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Therese Dehesa and Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Before BAYAN KO she had a couple of projects with ABS CBN: HIYAS with Zanjoe Marudo and Megan Young, THE BUD BROTHERS with Jake Cuenca and Rafael Rosell. According to her there’s no problem with doing series’ with either network, “Mas marami kasi yung offer sakin from channel 7. Marami na rin ako na kikilalang mga staff, artista so kumportable akong ka trabaho ang GMA. Masaya ako sa ka nila. Pwede naman akong  gumawa ng pelikila with ABS CBN dahil wala naman akong exclusive contract with kahit anung network so open pa rin naman ako tumanggap ng project sa ibang network.”

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ALL THE WAY band. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

ALL THE WAY band. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Cabral shares that being an actress is an ongoing learning process. She does research for all her roles and learns from a lot of different people. Cabral is also happy in her personal life and is grateful for his support in spite of her sexy roles, “Non showbiz siya and sobrang masaya ako sa tao na yon. Na intindihan niya na trabaho yon e. Masaya ako na naka hanap ako ng partner na nakaka intindi.”

Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr) and Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr) and Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Mario Dumaual , Abe Pagtama and friend. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Mario Dumaual , Abe Pagtama and friend. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Early in her career she was cast with Coco Martin by Cannes winning director Dante Mendoza. Even with the current state of her love life questions between her and Coco still hound her, “Sobrang tagal nang tanung yan at ilang beses ko na sinagot yan for the past 5 years. Uulit ulitin ko wala kaming relasyon ni Coco Martin. Wala kaming naging relasyon ni Coco Martin. Pero isa siya sa mga naging malapit na kaibigan ko at una kong nagging kaibigan sa showbiz industry.”

from left: Nene Tamayo, Chx Alcala and Lance Raymundo. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Nene Tamayo, Chx Alcala and Lance Raymundo. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Ian, Flor Salanga, Dayen Violet, Lance Raymundo, Executive producer Tim Bennet, Geraldine Catalan and Donna Raquiza. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Ian, Flor Salanga, Dayen Violet, Lance Raymundo, Executive producer Tim Bennet, Geraldine Catalan and Donna Raquiza. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

The two starred in KINATAY and SERVICE by Dante Mednoza which won several awards abroad, “Siguro nag start ako naka partner siya. And naging maganda yung chemistry namin. Di mo naman siguro ma iiwasan na may mag iintriga sa amin na sobrang ganda ng chemistry nila baka sila.”

from left: Director Ian Del Carmen, Kristindera of Love Radio and Executive producer Tim Bennet. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Director Ian Del Carmen, Kristindera of Love Radio and Executive producer Tim Bennet. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Director Ian Del Carmen was also proud of his cinematographer Daniel Anaya who has worked in blockbuster films in Hollywood, “Daniel Anaya, is a Mexican American who worked with Robert Rodriguez on FROM DUSK TIL DAWN he also worked on TITANIC. Mentor ko siya sa film making. Isa siya sa mga mentors ko. Na sabi ko sa knaya, I’d rather have you D.O.P. this film. Masaya naman ako na pumayag siya. Working with a guy from Hollywood is something.”

Teen Ambassadors of the Earth candidates from left: Ivy Danica Nobleza, Gabrielle Godgiven Alfonso, Mike Fortes with 90.7 LOVE RADIO’s Kristine Dera. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Teen Ambassadors of the Earth candidates from left: Ivy Danica Nobleza, Gabrielle Godgiven Alfonso, Mike Fortes with 90.7 LOVE RADIO’s Kristine Dera. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Ian Del Carmen started out as an actor in PETA (Phil Educational Theater Association) in teen theater. Acted in TV projects then studied screenwriting under Ricky Lee, then worked for ABS CBN. He eventually became a TV director with projects like Pinoy Big Brother.

Therese Dehesa and Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Therese Dehesa and Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Even at a young age he was influenced by the late Mario O’Hara as an actor, “Pinaka na tatandaan kong play niya sa PETA ay FAUST. Ang galing nya doon as an actor. Meron akong one act play, title DIRECTOR’S CUT. Siya yung peg ko for that role at di na matutuloy. This is a sexy one act play tungkol sa porn director.nung sinusulat ko siya yung na iisip ko. Alam mo yung character niya on stage? Sayang. Siguro may ibang pwedeng gumanap.”

Lance Raymundo and Mercedes Cabral. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Lance Raymundo and Mercedes Cabral. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Mario O’Hara is now nominated for the National Artist award as a multimedia artist whose career spans as actor, writer and director in radio, TV, theater and film. Del Carmen is one of many who believe he deserves award, “Ang dami diyan na dapat naging National Artist na e kahit na bubuhay pa sila e. I don’t know mahirap magsalita pero meron din na giging National Artist na dapat may na una pang mas deserving. Para sakin kung ano yung na giging National Artist kung ano yung na kikita ng tao bilang National Artist and not the award per se, not the title. Kung ano yung influence nila yon yon e hindi yung title.”

from left: Executive producer Tim Bennet and Director Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Executive producer Tim Bennet and Director Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista


Katy’s Got Moxy

Isay Alvarez (KATY) gives a stirring vocal performance. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista
Isay Alvarez -Katy (center), Tirso Cruz III- Tatay (right), and Aicelle Santos -Young Katy (left). They were given a standing ovation during curtain call. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isay Alvarez -Katy (center), Tirso Cruz III- Tatay (right), and Aicelle Santos -Young Katy (left). They were given a standing ovation during curtain call. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Tatay (Tirso Cruz III): Aasa ka sa mga sinsilyong pinupukol ng mga manonood? E ikaw nga’y pinagkait ng Diyos ng na tatanging kagandahan! Pagkatapos kung kumilos ka masahol ka pa sa mga lalakeng kalaro mo sa labas? Sa araw araw na ginawa ka ng Diyos gumugulpi ka ng kalaro? Pagkatapos aasa kang kikita ka ng pera sa palakpak ng tao?  Batang Katy (Yedda Lambujon): Di naman na dadaan sa ganda yan e. Ang panggulat ko ay ang aking (screams) boooseees!

Yedda Lambujon (Batang Katy) lifted up by fans and finds her calling. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yedda Lambujon (Batang Katy) lifted up by fans and finds her calling. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Calling Katy precocious as an 8 year old is an understatement. If she were born these days she’d be diagnosed as a hyperactive kid. Instead she became known as the kid with a powerful voice and moxy, lots of moxy. Even at a very young age, Katy Dela Cruz knew she was destined to perform. KATY the Musical is the portrayal of her colorful, tragic and lyrical life. The era is from the heyday of bodabil, jazz, swing and bebop. The passion for music is what shines through in KATY that entices us to look and never forget. It runs from January 17-27, 2013 at the CCP.

from right: Isay Alvarez (Katy), Aicelle Santos (Young Katy), Gian Magdangal (Peping) and Dulce (Olivia). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Isay Alvarez (Katy), Aicelle Santos (Young Katy), Gian Magdangal (Peping) and Dulce (Olivia). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isay Alvarez (KATY) gives a stirring vocal performance. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isay Alvarez (KATY) gives a stirring vocal performance. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Everyone who has seen it has universally praised Isay Alvarez in the lead role. Even those who caught the original version of the production have given Isay the thumbs up. Cinemalaya Competition Head Laurice Guillen said, “The cast did really great especially Isay. I know Mitch (Valdes) is really a great performer. Pero yung work ni Isay rito may pain, feel na feel ko siya. Mitch is known as full of humor and lightness.”

Isay Alvarez (Katy) had strenuous dance sequences apart from the vocals. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isay Alvarez (Katy) had strenuous dance sequences apart from the vocals. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Aicelle Santos (Young Katy) and Gian Magdangal (Peping) fall in love. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Aicelle Santos (Young Katy) and Gian Magdangal (Peping) fall in love. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mitch Valdes was in the title role in the original 1987 production of KATY. Director Nestor U. Torre is back to for this version as well. The music by Ryan Cayabyab and Librettist Jose Javier Reyes brings out the best in the cast today as it did then. There’s the vocals of Gian Magdangal. Epy Quizon exhibited dancing skills playing the role of his real life father Dolphy. Aicelle Santos was dazzling as the young Katy on the cusp of stardom.

Dulce as Olivia (center) is comforted by performers seated from right: Tricia Amper Jimenez (Hanna San),  Isay Alvarez (Katy)  and Sheenly Gener (Ensemble) standing from left: Astarte Abraham (Ensemble), Aaron Ching (Ensemble), Epy Quizon (Dolphy), Neomi Gonzales (Ensemble), Andy Bais (Gay Principal), CJ Mangahis (Mary Walter) and Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dulce as Olivia (center) is comforted by performers seated from right: Tricia Amper Jimenez (Hanna San), Isay Alvarez (Katy) and Sheenly Gener (Ensemble) standing from left: Astarte Abraham (Ensemble), Aaron Ching (Ensemble), Epy Quizon (Dolphy), Sheng Belmonte (Ensemble), Andy Bais (Gay Principal), CJ Mangahis (Mary Walter) and Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Among recent productions KATY has a strong parallelism with STAGESHOW written by Mario O’Hara who passed away last year. KATY however, predates STAGESHOW by 2 decades or so. Both musicals honor the forgotten stars of the Philippine theater.

Gimbey Dela Cruz (Ensemble) tries to placate Poppert Bernadas (Japanese General). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gimbey Dela Cruz (Ensemble) tries to placate Poppert Bernadas (Japanese General). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

KATY composer Ryan Cayabyab with wife Emmy (left) and Sheng Belmonte (Sexy Mananayaw). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

KATY composer Ryan Cayabyab with wife Emmy (left) and Sheng Belmonte (Sexy Mananayaw). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

KATY’s advantage is Ryan Cayabyab’s music. STAGESHOW has the playful humor of Mario O’Hara. Although Joey Reyes dialogue also delivers laughs, O’Hara’s comedic wit is still funnier. It was O’Hara’s intention to make tragedy funny where, humor is just alternated from the heavy dramatic scenes in KATY. STAGESHOW will once again have a run on August in CCP.

Isay Alvarez (KATY) and Lou Veloso (Direktor). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isay Alvarez (KATY) and Lou Veloso (Direktor). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dulce is the diva Olivia and Aicelle Santos as the Young Katy. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dulce is the diva Olivia and Aicelle Santos as the Young Katy. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cayabyab’s music necessitated powerful vocals which Isay Alvarez (Senior KATY) and Aicelle Santos (Teen Katy) very capably delivered. The most poignant vocal performance and music was the duet of Aicelle and Dulce who was in the role of Olivia the Diva. The song is MINSAN ANG MINAHAL AY AKO, which expresses the pain of losing the adulation of an audience by a fading star.

from left: Andy Bais (Gay Principal), China Cojuangco (Ensemble), Aaron Ching (Ensemble), Epy Quizon (Dolphy) and Neomi Gonzales (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Andy Bais (Gay Principal), China Cojuangco (Ensemble), Aaron Ching (Ensemble), Epy Quizon (Dolphy) and Neomi Gonzales (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tirso Cruz III (Tatay ni Katy) has always been there for daughter Isay Alvarez (Katy). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tirso Cruz III (Tatay ni Katy) has always been there for daughter Isay Alvarez (Katy). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apart from the title role of Katy Dela Cruz the musical is a very intriguing look at some characters who are based on real life people. Most audiences today remember Mary Walter (CJ Mangahis) in a lot of grandmother roles, with her shock of white hair and raspy voice. She’s had countless film roles from horror to dramas and was a lifetime achievement awardee from both the FAMAS and the Urian. KATY reveals a young sexy starlet version of Mary. For most of us it’s hard to imagine Mary Walter in floozy roles and a sexy Hawaiian dancer in grass skirt.

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from left: Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay), Tricia Amper Jimenez (Hanna San) and CJ Mangahis (Mary Walter). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

KATY turns back the clock to when they were all young. While, Gloria Romero turns into Heart Evangelista to seduce Geoff Eigenman in Forever by GMA 7, KATY takes audience through one person’s life. Making them the time traveller.

Not a lot of people may be aware that Mary Walter, Mitch Valdes and KATY lyricist Joey Reyes were connected even before the musical. Considered as one of the best Filipino films of all time the Cinema One film fest recently screened the digitally restored version of ORO PLATA MATA by Peque Gallaga.

Lou Veloso is the pushy Director. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lou Veloso is the pushy Director. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

It was released in 1976 and even then Mary Walter already had her shock of white hair as the aging yaya of a nubile, barely out of her adolescence Cherie Gil. Incidentally, 1987 KATY lead star Mitch Valdes also figured prominently in ORO as the liberated doctor who came back from America. Before the screening, it was revealed by direk Peque that it was screenwriter Jose Javier Reyes who coined the name of the film.

Sheenly Gener (Ensmble) tries to placate Poppert Bernadas (Japanese General). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sheenly Gener (Ensmble) tries to placate Poppert Bernadas (Japanese General). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The three friends of KATY apart from Mary were rounded out by Tricia Amper Jimenez as Hannah San and Celine Fabie as Patsy Patochay. Their performances were key as they had a lot of scenes with both male and female leads. Their number with Gian Magdangal was also memorable with the trio of Mary, Patsy and Hanna tries to seduce the dashing Peping with a sexy but playful song and dance.

Gian Magdangal (Peping) is a ladies man with from left: Tricia Amper Jimenez (Hanna San), Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay) and CJ Mangahis (Mary Walter). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gian Magdangal (Peping) is a ladies man with from left: Tricia Amper Jimenez (Hanna San), Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay) and CJ Mangahis (Mary Walter). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dulce (Olivia) and JV Castillo (American Officer). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dulce (Olivia) and JV Castillo (American Officer). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Strong credit must be given to musical director Mel Villena and the Asosasyon Ng Pilipinong Musikero (AMP). They executed the music composed by Cayabyab not just with perfection but more of the enthusiasm and emotion that the story required.

KATY Producer Robert Seña acknowledged Fanny Serrano who designed the costumes as well as the hair and make up for the whole show. Katy Dela Cruz’ passion and love for music is evident not just in the performance but also in the artistry and generosity of everyone involved in the restaging of KATY the Musical.

Isay Alvarez (Katy) with Nomherlito Cipriano (Jungle boy). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isay Alvarez (Katy) with Nomherlito Cipriano (Jungle boy). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Tirso Cruz III (Tatay ni Katy) is also a barber cutting Andy Bais’ (Principal) hair while talking to Sheenly Gener (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tirso Cruz III (Tatay ni Katy) is also a barber cutting Andy Bais’ (Principal) hair while talking to Sheenly Gener (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right:  Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong), Isay Alvarez (Katy), Mona Lisa and Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong), Isay Alvarez (Katy), Mona Lisa and Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista


MORE Kids in Cinemalaya 2013 Auditions

Kids audition for Cinemalaya films in front of directors and casting agents. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kids audition for Cinemalaya films in front of directors and casting agents. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Cinemalaya film fest recently concluded its 2-day schedule for general auditions last January 20, 2013 at the CCP. Film entries will now be making their respective auditions or read-throughs separately. The audition process for the fest is where hopefuls can have a screen test and filmmakers and or their casting directors are able to look at talents collectively.

The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the Cultural Center of the Phil but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls.

From left: Competition Committee Head Laurice Guillen, Monitoring Head Mel Chionglo and Monitoring Committee member Benny Medina at Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Competition Committee Head Laurice Guillen, Monitoring Head Mel Chionglo and Monitoring Committee member Benny Medina at Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Competition Committee Head Laurice Guillen said, “It’s the second and last day and we’ve had more than 300 just for today alone. We’ve been doing it this way for so many years now the system is more efficient. There are a lot of children now because a lot of the films require those ages. Its very efficient.” Head of the monitoring Committee Mel Chionglo was among the panel that attended the auditions. Chionglo replaced Robbie Tan who served for 8 years.

A long line of hopefuls from kids to established actors were there for the hectic 2-day auditions. Among the actors seen that day: Marife Necesito, Aleera Montalla, Menggie Cobarubias, Joe Gruta, Gerhard Acao, Arnold Reyes, Gary Lim and Bernardo Laxa,. Some are young TV personalities like Anne Curtis’ lovely younger sister Jasmine Curtis and Kylie Padilla.

Marife Necesito with swimmer/ talent Alfonso Bautista at Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marife Necesito with swimmer/ talent Alfonso Bautista at Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Several films have themes, which revolve around children. But not all will be appropriate to be viewed by younger audiences. She added, “If there are kids they are picked up by THE LIARS (by Gil Portes) , PUROK SIETE (by Carlo Obispo), SIYAM (by Joseph Israel Laban) ganun so I don’t know yet. Some of them even before they come in the scouts for the directors are outside already picking out the ones that are possibilities.”

from left: QUICK CHANGE team direk Eduardo Roy, Roderick Gabrido, THE LIARS team: direk Gil Portes and Jombits Quintos. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: QUICK CHANGE team direk Eduardo Roy, Roderick Gabrido, THE LIARS team: direk Gil Portes and Jombits Quintos. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

News website Interaksyon reported that THE LIARS by Gil Portes (in the Director’s Showcase category) is ‘based on a real-life sports scandal, it traces the incredible rise and the humiliating fall of a humble Filipino baseball team of young boys in an international baseball competition in the 1990s.’

From left: PUROK SIETE team direk Carlo Obispo and Max Celada during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: PUROK SIETE team direk Carlo Obispo and Max Celada during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

PUROK SIETE by Carlo Obispo is a countryside comedy that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who are on their own. Set in a remote purok or village, the film features the lighter side of a country lifestyle. The main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to make their childhood sweet and memorable.

SIYAM by Joseph Israel Laban is inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, “Siyam” follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father.

Kids audition for Cinemalaya films in front of directors and casting agents. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kids audition for Cinemalaya films in front of directors and casting agents. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

The main competition or NEW BREED category has a total of 10 films: DIPLOMAT HOTEL by Christopher Ad. Castillo, TRANSIT by Hannah Espia, SIYAM by Joseph Israel Laban, BABAGWA by Jason Paul C. Laxamana, PRIMERA BELLA by Richard S. Legaspi,  PUROK 7 by Carlo Obispo, DAVID F by Emmanuel Palo, REKORDER by Mikhail Red, QUICK CHANGE by Eduardo Roy Jr. and DEBOSYON by Alvin B. Yapan

The audition process can be quite tedious and nerve racking at the same time. Guillen described the process, “Usually it’s like this, every time they come in batches of 5 with numbers.  They just introduce themselves. We have monitors here so the directors see how they register on video. After they finish introducing themselves the individual directors and their staff pick them out. And then they have their own auditions and screen tests.”

from left: Max Celada of PUROK SIETE is excited with talent Michael Banapos who was part of SA ILALAIM NG TULAY by Earl Bontuyan in Cinema One fest. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Max Celada of PUROK SIETE is excited with talent Michael Banapos who was part of SA ILALAIM NG TULAY by Earl Bontuyan in Cinema One fest. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

According to her some films have already made their casting decisions this early on. “EXTRAS (by Jeffrey Jeturian) is about the movie and television world. Extras are important; you will have name stars playing cameo roles. Jeff has been doing his own casting already. If they’re not here for 2 days they have their casting people already”. EXTRAS is in the Director’s showcase category and ironically, has Governor Vilma Santos in the lead role.

Other films in the Director’s category are: PORNO by Adolf B. Alix Jr., AMOR’Y MUERTE by Cesar Evangelista, THE LIARS by Gil M. Portes and SANA DATI by Jerrold Tarog.


Bicolano, Papampango and Ilocano in Cinemalaya films

Awardees from left: Best Actress- Maja (Thelma), Best Actor-Paolo Avelino (Ang Sayaw..) Best Picture awardees Producer Alemberg Ang and Best Director-Alvin Yapan. Photo was taken during the 35th Gawad Urian awards night last June 13, 2012 at the AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista —This year Yapan casts Paulo Avelino again on a Cinemalaya 2013 film set in BICOL called DEBOSYON.
Awardees from left: Best Actress- Maja (Thelma), Best Actor-Paolo Avelino (Ang Sayaw..) Best Picture awardees Producer Alemberg Ang and Best Director-Alvin Yapan. Photo was taken during the 35th Gawad Urian awards night last June 13, 2012 at the AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista —This year Yapan casts Paulo Avelino again on a Cinemalaya 2013 film set in BICOL called DEBOSYON.

Awardees from left: Best Actress- Maja (Thelma), Best Actor-Paolo Avelino (Ang Sayaw..) Best Picture awardees Producer Alemberg Ang and Best Director-Alvin Yapan. Photo was taken during the 35th Gawad Urian awards night last June 13, 2012 at the AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista —This year Yapan casts Paulo Avelino again on a Cinemalaya 2013 film set in BICOL called DEBOSYON.

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

The premiere independent film fest in the country has already featured films set in the different regions of the Philippines. Last year alone, Cinemalaya New Breed Best Picture DIABLO was shot in Nueva Ecija and even abroad MGA DAYO shot in GUAM. Cinemalaya 2013 has several films that are set in regions and may even include dialects from those places like Bicolano, Ilocano and Pampango.

The general auditions phase where all filmmakers are together to shortlist actors were recently concluded last January 20. Among the actors seen that day Marife Necesito, Aleera Montalla, Menggie Cobarubias, Joe Gruta, Gerhard Acao and Arnold Reyes. Some are young TV personalities like Anne Curtis’ lovely younger sister Jasmine Curtis and Kylie Padilla.

The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the Cultural Center of the Phil but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Fluency in the dialects was given a plus by several directors.

from left: Christopher Ad Castillo (DIPLOMAT HOTEL), Carlo Obispo and Max Celada (PUROK SIETE). Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jason Paul C. Laxamana (BABAGWA), Carlo Obispo and Max Celada (PUROK SIETE). Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

The main competition or NEW BREED category has a total of 10 films: DIPLOMAT HOTEL by Christopher Ad. Castillo, TRANSIT by Hannah Espia, SIYAM by Joseph Israel Laban, BABAGWA by Jason Paul C. Laxamana, PRIMERA BELLA by Richard S. Legaspi,  PUROK 7 by Carlo Obispo, DAVID F by Emmanuel Palo, REKORDER by Mikhail Red, QUICK CHANGE by Eduardo Roy Jr. and DEBOSYON by Alvin B. Yapan.

DEBOSYON by Alvin Yapan in the New Breed category is about Mando (Paulo Avelino), a Bikolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bikolandia. Mando injures himself in the middle of the forest at the foot of the Mayon Volcano. He is nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome (Mara Lopez) living there. They eventually fall in love with each other. But when Mando invites her to come with him to the plains, Salome refuses, saying a curse prohibits her from leaving the forest. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando’s love for her. Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift the curse, making him realize just how inextricably linked are the virtues of love and faith.

from left: Adolf Alix (PORNO), SANA DATI team Mara Andres and Jerrold Tarrog. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adolf Alix (PORNO), SANA DATI team Mara Andres and Jerrold Tarrog. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

The synopsis was provided by producer Alemberg Ang who is also involved in another Cinemalaya film – DIPLOMAT HOTEL. Ang was all praises for Paulo Avelino the male lead in DEBOSYON on his facebook wall. He shared that Avelino insisted on being auditioned by Alvin Yapan and is now learning Bicolano, months before the shooting date. The effort and professionalism is evidence of the hard work that paid off from their original team up in last year’s Cinemalaya. Avelino won Best Actor while Alvin Yapan won Best Director and Best Picture for “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” at the URIAN awards.

“Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” team from left: Best Music - Rolinda Gibalinda (chanter from the Panay Bukidnon tribe), Christine Muyco, Best Picture awardees Producer Alemberg Ang, Alvin Yapan and Jena Pamintuan. Photo was taken during the 35th Gawad Urian awards night last June 13, 2012 at the AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista—This year Yapan casts Paulo Avelino again on a Cinemalaya 2013 film set in BICOL called DEBOSYON.

“Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” team from left: Best Music – Rolinda Gibalinda (chanter from the Panay Bukidnon tribe), Christine Muyco, Best Picture awardees Producer Alemberg Ang, Alvin Yapan and Jena Pamintuan. Photo was taken during the 35th Gawad Urian awards night last June 13, 2012 at the AFP Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista—This year Yapan casts Paulo Avelino again on a Cinemalaya 2013 film set in BICOL called DEBOSYON.

News website Interaksyon reported that PUROK 7 by Carlo Obispo is a countryside comedy that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who are on their own. Set in a remote purok or village, the film features the lighter side of a country lifestyle. The main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to make their childhood sweet and memorable. Pampango is spoken in southern half of Tarlac while Ilocano and Pangalatok are more prevalent in the northern part of the province.

THE DIPLOMAT HOTEL is written and Directed by Christopher Ad Castillo. The story revolves around a disgraced reporter. He seeks redemption by leading his documentary crew to spend one night and tell the story of what really happened at the haunted and infamous Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City. The dialect will most likely be a combination of Ilocano, Tagalog and English.

from left: Aleera Montalla Urian Best Actress Awardee YANGGAW (2009) with Marife Necesito of MAMMOTH.  Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Aleera Montalla Urian Best Actress Awardee YANGGAW (2009) with Marife Necesito of MAMMOTH. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

DAVID F by Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Palo is the story of an African-American soldier who sided with the Filipinos during the Philippine-American war. Palo was widely praised for his film STA. NIÑA that starred Coco Martin and Alessandra De Rossi. Palo has said that stories from his home province of Pampanga are close to his heart, DAVID F may not be an exception.

SANA DATI by Jerrold Tarog is a love story about a woman whose wedding is thrown into disarray. A mysterious person arrives and reminds her of the man she really loves. It is the third part of Tarog’s Camera Trilogy after “Confessional” (Cinema One Originals 2007) and “Mangatyanan” (Cinemalaya 2009). Direk Jerrold said that SANA DATI is set in La Union but most dialogue will be in Tagalog.

from left: Aleera Montalla Urian Best Actress Awardee YANGGAW (2009) with Marife Necesito of MAMMOTH.  Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Vic Tiro, JV Manalo, Cris Villanueva and PRIMA BELLA Line Producer Seymour Barros Sanchez. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Knowledge of dialects is an advantage for those being cast in these films. A lot of established actors have already expressed their desire to participate in Cinemalaya. Competition Committee Head Laurice Guillen said, “We always have a mix of big names. People who already have shows have names already in show business but would like to be in a Cinemalaya film so they come here. And we also have people who come in who’ve never had any experience.”

Actors audition in front of several directors and casting agents. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Actors audition in front of several directors and casting agents. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

EXTRAS by Jeffrey Jeturian is in the Director’s showcase category and ironically, has Governor Vilma Santos in the lead role. Head of the monitoring Committee Mel Chionglo was among the panel that attended the auditions. Chionglo replaced Robbie Tan who served for 8 years.

Other films in the Director’s category are: PORNO by Adolf B. Alix Jr., AMOR’Y MUERTE by Cesar Evangelista, THE LIARS by Gil M. Portes and SANA DATI by Jerrold Tarog.

REKORDER team Mikhail Red with Pamela Llanes Reyes during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

REKORDER team Mikhail Red with Pamela Llanes Reyes during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista


Marife Necesito’s Cinemalaya Debut

Marife Necesito makes her Cinemalaya debut in 3 films: TRANSIT by Hannah Espina, SIYAM by Joseph Israel Laban and AMOR’Y MUERTE by Cesar Evangelista. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista
Marife Necesito makes her Cinemalaya debut in 3 films: TRANSIT by Hannah Espina, SIYAM by Joseph Israel Laban and AMOR’Y MUERTE by Cesar Evangelista. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marife Necesito makes her Cinemalaya debut in 3 films: TRANSIT by Hannah Espina, SIYAM by Joseph Israel Laban and AMOR’Y MUERTE by Cesar Evangelista. Photo was taken during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Actress Marife Necesito will be making her Cinemalaya debut the same year as Governor Vilma Santos. While Necesito may not be as high profile as the Star for All Seasons, she has made more international films like MAMMOTH by Lukas Moodyson and LILET NEVER HAPPENED by Jacco Groen.

Ate Vi will be the lead in Jefferey Jeturian’s EXTRAS in the Director’s showcase category. Marife on the other hand may be cast in no less than 3 Cinemalaya films: TRANSIT by Hannah Espia, SIYAM by Joseph Israel Laban and PRIMERA BELLA by Richard S. Legaspi.

The general auditions phase where all filmmakers are together to shortlist actors were recently concluded last July 20. Among the actors seen that day were Menggie Cobarubias, Aleera Montalla, Joe Gruta, Gerhard Acao and Arnold Reyes. Some are young TV personalities like Anne Curtis’ lovely younger sister Jasmine Curtis and Kylie Padilla.

The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the Cultural Center of the Phil but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls.

From left: Arnold Reyes and Menggie Cobarubias in the crowded Cinemalaya auditions last July 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Arnold Reyes and Menggie Cobarubias in the crowded Cinemalaya auditions last July 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

Necesito believes Cinemalaya attracts talent, that’s why she’s excited to be in the fest, “Nagkikita ang mga magkakaibigan sa teatro, isa yon. Mamemeet mo yung  film maker na Pilipino na alam mong magiging future ng cinema sa Pilipinas. Masarap ka trabaho yung bagong film maker dahil fresh pa yung mind.”

TRANSIT by Hannah Espia has that international angle as well. News website Interaksyon reported the synopses of Cinemalaya films: Moises, a single dad working in Israel, must accompany his 4-year old son, Joshua, back to the Philippines. This is after the Israeli government declared that children of foreign workers will be deported.

PRIMERA BELLA written and Directed by Richard Soriano Legaspi is the story of a young man haunted by a tragic past. He tries to escape from his childhood memories and mend his ways. To do this he has to make up for all the wrongdoings he’s done for the sake of his one true love, Bella.

SIYAM by Joseph Israel Laban is inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, “Siyam” follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father.

From left: Bernard Laxa, Marife Necesito and Gary Lim during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Bernard Laxa, Marife Necesito and Gary Lim during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

AMOR’Y MUERTE by Cesar Evangelista is set in the 16th century. “Amor Y Muerte” (which means “love and death”) is an examination of the initial encounter between the Indios (natives) and their colonizers (Spaniards) and their conflicting views on love, passion, religion, and sexuality.

Necesito has established herself in both international and local feature films. Her most memorable performance is in the film MAMMOTH (2009) by Swedish Filmmaker Lukas Moodyson. She played opposite Michelle Williams and Gael Garcia Bernal. She played Gloria the nanny who bonds with her ward Jackie (Sophie Nyweide). At the same time Gloria is unable to raise her own son Salvador (Jan Nicdao).

Last year she was in the Dutch film LILET NEVER HAPPENED by Jacco Groen. Locally she recently wrapped BETCHAY where she is in the title character by Archie Del Mundo. She also appeared in GRACELAND by Fil Am director Ron Morales. Cast mates Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarubias may also be in other Cinemalaya projects this year.

Marife was also in KA ORYANG by Sari Lluch Dalena where she was one of the victims of martial law. In PAGLAYA SA TANIKALA she co-starred with Mateo Guidicelli as St Jerome. Both films are from Cinema One.

from left: Lucky Mercado with PRIMA BELLA team Kristin Joy Bactad, Direk Richard Legaspi and Seymour Barros Sanchez during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lucky Mercado with PRIMA BELLA team Kristin Joy Bactad, Direk Richard Legaspi and Seymour Barros Sanchez during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Monitoring Committee members Darlene Malimas and Flor Salanga during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Monitoring Committee members Darlene Malimas and Flor Salanga during Cinemalaya auditions held last January 20. The actual fest will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 and will screen films not just at the CCP but also in Greenbelt and TRINOMA malls. Photo by Jude Bautista


Epy Summons Dolphy in KATY

Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong) dances with Isay Alvarez (Katy). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista
Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Katy (Isay Alvarez) goes back to the theater shocked by the news that she and the older cast had been replaced by the director (Lou Veloso). They look for their cast mate Dolphy (Epy Quizon) to find out his reaction. Direktor replies “Nandun na naman si Dolphy tinutulungan ang mga mananayaw na may pakpak magbihis.” ( Dolphy’s in there helping the dancers with wings change) The sexy Sheng Belmonte comes out scantily clad with feathers barely covering her private parts. Dolphy follows immediately behind her ogling the most beautiful parts of the ‘costume.’

Isay Alvarez (KATY) gives a stirring vocal performance. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isay Alvarez (KATY) gives a stirring vocal performance. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Epy Quizon receives any comparison to his late father with a lot of humility and reluctance. Dolphy after all is considered as the greatest Filipino Comedian. No other actor in KATY the Musical, however, can claim to look like the role they play more than Epy Quizon. KATY runs from January 17-27, 2013 at the CCP. Watching Epy’s facial expressions and mannerisms on stage is almost like seeing Dolphy himself. He’s had a lot of practice as he has done a lot of TV and film projects where he shared scenes and even played the younger version of his famous father. “Pidol’s Wonderland” from TV5 allowed Dolphy to work not just with Eric and Epy but also Vandolph.

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MARKOVA: COMFORT GAY was directed by Gil Portes and written by Doy Del Mundo. Dolphy was in the title role of Walterina Markova who was a ‘comfort gay’ during World War II. Two of his sons Eric and Epy played Markova in different ages. Portes related in news reports that the three of them made cinematic history because of a rare feat that had never been done before.  The trio was given both Best Actor and Best Actress awards at the Brussels International Film Festival in 2001. The award was in recognition of their performance both as actors and actresses. Locally, FAMAS and the Urian singled out Epy’s performance by giving him the Best Supporting actor award.

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MARKOVA was the last film where Dolphy had a gay role. As a comedian it was one of his oft-repeated characters. In KATY we see him more as a Ladies Man, which Dolphy was in real life and makes one realize how good an actor he was by being so convincing as a homosexual. Epy knew his dad differently than the leering character he played on KATY, “People knew my father was a gentleman. Nilagyan natin ng flavor na medyo may pagka sexy. Kinuha yung pagka naughty nung dad ko. He was always a gentleman.”

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isay Alvarez (Katy) had strenuous dance sequences apart from the vocals. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isay Alvarez (Katy) had strenuous dance sequences apart from the vocals. KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Epy’s work in KATY is definitely worthy of award considerations. It was with great difficulty that he looked at the many dance sequences for the musical. Apart from the very sexy dance sequence with Sheng Belmonte, Epy, Aaron Ching, the whole ensemble also had a very elaborate tap dance sequence with lead star Isay Alvarez. It was very huge shoes to fill since Dolphy was known for his tap dancing with Bayani Casmimiro who was the ‘Fred Astaire of the Philippines.’

from right: Isay Alvarez (Katy), Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong) and Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Isay Alvarez (Katy), Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong) and Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw), Nomherlito Cipriano (Jungle boy) and China Cojuangco (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw), Nomherlito Cipriano (Jungle boy) and China Cojuangco (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Everyone who saw Epy thought he did a fantastic job. Cinemalaya Competition Head Laurice Guillen said, “Epy looks like Dolphy the most when he was young those days. Epy has got the grace as a dancer of Dolphy. Of course no one wants to be compared to Dolphy. If you see the old films you can see what a great dancer he was. But Epy was able to deliver.”

Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong) dances with Isay Alvarez (Katy). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong) dances with Isay Alvarez (Katy). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

IMG_9802When Epy was born however, he did not look like Dolphy. Epy said in an interview, “Honestly it’s probably the bone structure and the physique. But when I was born my dad said Di ko kamukha yan na salisihan yata ako ha? (laughs) I was born blonde, very fair skin. Blonde talaga na curly yung hair. Nung lumaki ako yung pinaka kamukha ng katawan, facial structure, boses.”

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Sheng Belmonte (Mananayaw) with Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

KATY is the perfect material to showcase Epy’s talents on stage as an actor and total performer. There are numerous funny and comedic scenes. Where else can you see singing and dancing pregnant balut vendors on skates? Kudos to Sheenly Gener, Neomi Gonzales, Gimbey Dela Cruz, China Cojuangco and teen KATY Aicelle Santos for that wild scene alone.

Gian Magdangal (seated center) surrounded by ladies from left: Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay), CJ Mangahis (Mary Walter) and Tricia Amper Jimenez (Hanna San). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gian Magdangal (seated center) surrounded by ladies from left: Celine Fabie (Patsy Patchochay), CJ Mangahis (Mary Walter) and Tricia Amper Jimenez (Hanna San). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

One realm where Epy has over Dolphy is the number of international films that he has made. 2009 Epy was in a critically acclaimed Taiwanese film called PINOY SUNDAY by Wi Ding Ho co starring Bayani Agbayani and Alessandra De Rossi. He recently finished a U.S. production: THE THEIF THE KID AND THE KILLER by Nathan Adolfson with Lance Raymundo, Felix Roco and Joy Viado. HELLO FOREVER is a film by Australian director Peter Kirk featuring transgender actor Isis King and Jennifer Blair-Bianco is about ‘four courageous women who are faced with the harsh realities of single motherhood, poverty, prejudice, and corruption.’ Cast mate Jenny Blair-Bianco is also cast in another play in Repertory called BOEING BOEING currently running until Feb 17, 2013.

Epy Quizon (Dolphy) and Neomi Gonzales (Ensemble). Neomi Gonzales (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Epy Quizon (Dolphy) and Neomi Gonzales (Ensemble). Neomi Gonzales (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Epy has definitely made his mark with his own talent and skill. He never takes his profession for granted and is grateful for every role, “With God’s help tuloy tuloy. Let’s just keep on praying di mawala trabaho. You know this business, one day they like what you do, next day they move on. Just like Katy (he sings) Minsan Lang Minahal Ay Ako’.” Every theater actor and artist for that matter can relate to this show.

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foreground from right: Isay Alvarez (Katy), Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong), and  Carlon Matobato (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from right: Isay Alvarez (Katy), Epy Quizon (Dolphy / Ompong), and Carlon Matobato (Ensemble). KATY the musical runs at the CCP from January 17-27, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista


Seeing the Colors of Life in THY WOMB

Mercedes Cabral (Ayesha) is bathed by Nora Aunor (Shaleha) in a cleansing ritual before her wedding. Pic is from Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.
Mercedes Cabral (Ayesha) is bathed by Nora Aunor (Shaleha) in a cleansing ritual before her wedding. Pic is from Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Mercedes Cabral (Ayesha) is bathed by Nora Aunor (Shaleha) in a cleansing ritual before her wedding. Pic is from Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Written by

Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Shaleha (Nora Aunor) and two other older women bathe Ayesha (Mercedes Cabral) as part of a cleansing ceremony before her wedding. Outside hundreds of red, orange and yellow banderitas (small flags) flutter in the wind. Soon her groom Nurjay arrives by boat. Clansmen carry him like a sultan to the threshold; one of them is Bangas-An (Bembol Roco). Nurjay makes his vows, in front of Ayesha’s father. He eventually sees his bride and they emerge from the house to dancing and revelry until sundown. Ayesha moves to the traditional Badjao wedding dance with Nurjay sending the guests into fever pitch excitement. Out of nowhere gun shots are fired. Guests flee for safety, disrupting the joyful and peaceful occasion.

Nurjay Sahali (the groom) arrives like a sultan, carried by Bembol Roco (Basang-An) in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Nurjay Sahali (the groom) arrives like a sultan, carried by Bembol Roco (Bangas An) in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

The pomp and pageantry of a Badjao wedding featured in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

The pomp and pageantry of a Badjao wedding featured in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Award winning Brillante Mendoza has an ability of capturing reality and having it intrude in his films. THY WOMB is no exception. He won Best Director at the Metro Manila Film fest Awards night. The film won a total of seven awards: Best Actress (Nora Aunor), Best Director (Brillante Mendoza), Best Original Story (Henry Burgos), Best Cinematography (Odyssey Flores), Best Production Design (Brillante Mendoza) and the special prizes Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award and Most Gender-Sensitive Film.

A fan takes a picture with the display of her favorite stars in Venice film fest: from left Lovi Poe, Nora Aunor, Brillante Mendoza and Mercedes Cabral. There was an exhibit of photos from THY WOMB at SM North Edsa.

A fan takes a picture with the display of her favorite stars in Venice film fest: from left Lovi Poe, Nora Aunor, Brillante Mendoza and Mercedes Cabral. There was an exhibit of photos from THY WOMB at SM North Edsa.

Mendoza is not really making any grand statements or pontificating, he just captures life the way it is. That’s his trademark style coming from the ‘found story’ philosophy of his mentor Armando Lao who was a creative consultant for this film as well. Lao also had his own film AD IGNORANTIAM with Ina Feleo at the New Wave section also in the MMFF which won the Special Jury Prize. They share the school of thought where stories come from real life incidents with little or no dramatic license, emphasizing gritty realism.

Wedding feast in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Wedding feast in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

In spite of that THY WOMB has to be the most visually arresting among Mendoza’s work. The pomp and pageantry of a Muslim / Badjao wedding is very colorful and interesting. There are a lot of ceremonies from the engagement to the wedding itself. In one of them, the family of the groom prays for a successful married life by the shores releasing replicas of their vinta or boat.

There are many rituals before a wedding in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

There are many rituals before a wedding in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Cinematography by Odyssey Flores on the many sights in Tawi-tawi may encourage tourism.

Cinematography by Odyssey Flores on the many sights in Tawi-tawi may encourage tourism.

The location itself provides a picturesque subject. It’s not just a background of the story but is part of it. The seascapes, the Muslim architecture and wildlife are very enticing reasons for tourism. The placid butanding or whale shark swims by the boat of Shaleha and Bangas-An as they travel from one island to the other. Shaleha witnesses a pawikan (sea turtle) laying eggs on the sandy beach.

A placid whale shark (Butanding) swims by Nora Aunor (Shahela) and Bembol Roco’s (Bangas An) boat in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

A placid whale shark (Butanding) swims by Nora Aunor (Shahela) and Bembol Roco’s (Bangas An) boat in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Cinematography by Odyssey Flores on the many sights in Tawi-tawi may encourage tourism.

Cinematography by Odyssey Flores on the many sights in Tawi-tawi may encourage tourism.

Nora Aunor’s performance is made real as she completes a lot of the day-to-day tasks very naturally. She helps her husband Bangas-An even in his work fishing in twilight hours. The two are silhouetted against a golden sunset on calm waters. Tawi-tawi although impoverished is paradise like having untouched natural splendor.

Cinematography by Odyssey Flores on the many sights in Tawi-tawi may encourage tourism.

Cinematography by Odyssey Flores on the many sights in Tawi-tawi may encourage tourism.

THY WOMB doesn’t have the multimillion-dollar budget for visual effects like LIFE OF PI. That’s why you know the whale shark you see is not computer generated but is an actual whale shark. A real rainbow became a good omen for Shaleha and Bangas-An in their trip to find a new wife. Cinematographer Odyssey Flores not only put to screen the wonders of nature in that very remote area but also successfully pulled off underwater shots. The Best Cinematography award from the MMFF was very well deserved.

Cinematography by Odyssey Flores on the many sights in Tawi-tawi may encourage tourism.

Cinematography by Odyssey Flores on the many sights in Tawi-tawi may encourage tourism.

Nora Aunor (Shaleha) became the personification of the need to be loved in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Nora Aunor (Shaleha) becomes the personification of the need to be loved in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Former Senator Rasul recently talked about how THY WOMB touches on the issues of indigenous people like the Badjao. In truth the film deals with a whole gamut of issues from the peace and order situation in Mindanao, religious conflict between Catholics and Muslims, the glaring need for Reproductive Health care to environmental and tourism issues.

From right: first wife Nora Aunor (Shaleha) was also a midwife to Lovi Poe (Mersila), the second wife or Bembol Roco (Bangas An) in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

From right: first wife Nora Aunor (Shaleha) was also a midwife to Lovi Poe (Mersila), the second wife or Bembol Roco (Bangas An) in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

From left: Glenda Kennedy (Mersila’s mother), MMFF Best Director Brillante Mendoza and Best Actress Nora Aunor during fan’s day in SM North EDSA. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Glenda Kennedy (Fatima), MMFF Best Director Brillante Mendoza and Best Actress Nora Aunor during fan’s day in SM North EDSA. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mendoza never pulled any punches showing the truth of what goes on in the Badjao community.  Early on the military or armed forces are portrayed as insensitive to the people whose lives they intrude on. Shaleha seeks shelter from the rain in a structure only to find broken images and bullet-ridden altar of an abandoned Catholic church.

Bembol Roco’s (Bangas An) clan visits Glenda Kennedy (Fatima) to express their desire for marriage in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Bembol Roco’s (Bangas An) clan visits Glenda Kennedy (Fatima) to express their desire for marriage in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Lovi Poe (Mersila) captivates Bembol Roco (Bangas An) the first time he sees her in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Lovi Poe (Mersila) captivates Bembol Roco (Bangas An) the first time he sees her in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Mendoza is not being simplistic about it but these are the places and things that he has seen and observed in real life. Being able to write and combine all of those elements was the job of Henry Burgos who was also honored with Best Original story.

Nurjay Sahali (the groom) sees his Mercedes Cabral (Ayesha) for the first time in her bridal gown in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Nurjay Sahali (the groom) sees Mercedes Cabral (Ayesha) for the first time in her bridal gown in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Mercedes Cabral (Ayesha) during fan’s day in SM North EDSA. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mercedes Cabral (Ayesha) during fan’s day in SM North EDSA. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mercedes Cabral as Ayesha has a close relationship with Shaleha. Ayesha’s elaborate wedding becomes a counterpoint to the Shaleha’s inability to have children with Bangas An. Cabral’s bronze skin and curves makes her very sexually appealing even wrapped up in conservative Muslim attire. She has that understated style in acting that has made her a favorite of Mendoza having also starred in CAPTIVE, KINATAY and SERVICE.

IMG_7536 Lovi Poe has limited screen time, as Mersila but has a very important role. Poe demonstrated her growing acting abilities even with the short appearance. Lovi may not have a longer list of indie films as Cabral but has already won a Cinemalaya Best Actress award for MAYOHAN some years back.

Lovi Poe (Mersila) captivates Bembol Roco (Bangas An) the first time he sees her in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Lovi Poe (Mersila) captivates Bembol Roco (Bangas An) the first time he sees her in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Left: Nora Aunor (Shahela) weaves banig or sleeping mat in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Left: Nora Aunor (Shahela) weaves banig or sleeping mat in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Audiences will no doubt be moved by the many sacrifices that Shaleha (Nora Aunor) makes for her husband. The banig or woven mat is a metaphor for Shaleha’s own life. She carefully interweaves straws to create magnificent patterns only to have other people use them. The legendary Nora Aunor plays it as real as it gets. Often her character hides her tears preferring to weep privately and silently unlike soap opera queens or on overly dramatic blockbusters that is the norm in MMFF. She makes us believe that it’s not a feminist or indigenous issue, but a human plight. She becomes the personification of every person’s need to be loved.

Left: Nora Aunor (Shahela) receives a gift from Bembol Roco (Bangas An) in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Left: Nora Aunor (Shahela) receives a gift from Bembol Roco (Bangas An) in Brillante Medoza’s award winning film THY WOMB.

Nora Aunor (Shahela) in floating market in Tawi-tawi. THY WOMB shows the tourism potential of the place.

Nora Aunor (Shahela) in floating market in Tawi-tawi. THY WOMB shows the tourism potential of the place.


Italians to Restore Brocka Masterpiece

Maja Salvador at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.
FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Written and photographed

by Jude Bautista

In his speech during the Moviemov fest opening, FDCP (Film Development Council of the Phil) Chairman Briccio Santos made an important claim, “I am proud to announce that our partners in L’Immagine Ritrovata will be once again heading our next restoration project- Lino Brocka’s ‘Maynila Sa Kuko ng Liwanag’. This is in partnership with the Martin Scorcese World Cinema Foundation.”

(Center) Amb Luca Fornari is flanked by Glenna Fernan Guidicelli (left) and Matteo Guidicelli. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

(Center) Amb Luca Fornari is flanked by Glenna Fernan Guidicelli (left) and Matteo Guidicelli. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Maja Salvador at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Maja Salvador at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The relationship between Italian and Filipino filmmakers has been long and fruitful, “Moviemov will be highlighting this growing relationship between Italian and Phil cinemas. The history of Italian Phil cinema relations goes way back in 1952, when the Venice Film Festival was the first international film festival that recognized and honored the artistry of Filipino filmmakers with the inclusion of Manuel Conde’s ‘Genghis Khan’.”

Piolo Pascual is flanked by hotties from left: Ginger Conejero and Maricar Reyes. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Piolo Pascual is flanked by hotties from left: Ginger Conejero and Maricar Reyes. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Actress Vanessa Gravina, The Godmother of Moviemov. The Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista

Actress Vanessa Gravina, The Godmother of Moviemov. The Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista

2012 is an important year for the Fil-Italian relations, “Sixty years after, Phil Cinema continues to grace Venice year after year. This year alone, the restored version of ‘Genghis Khan’, that was made possible in partnership with the festival, was shown together with ‘Thy Womb’, Brillante Mendoza’s most recent masterpiece.” Incidentally, Filipino audiences will have the chance to watch lead star Nora Aunor in “Thy Womb” as part of the Metro Manila Film Festival.

Amb. Luca Fornari of Italy with Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes beside the 2013 Ferrari California. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Amb. Luca Fornari of Italy with Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes beside the 2013 Ferrari California. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The Moviemov film fest had a glitzy opening at the Ayala Museum with the screening of ‘Caesar Must Die’ at the Greenbelt 3, last December 4th, 2012. The fest also flew in Italian actors: Andrea Bosca (Magnifica Presenza ), Salvatorre Striano (Cesare Deve Morire- Caesar Must Die!), Alessio Gallo (L’Intervallo-The Interval) and Davide Iacopini (Diaz). Vanessa Gravina was touted as The Godmother of Moviemov by Artistic Director Senator Goffredo Bettini.

Davide Iacopini (Diaz) and Serena Foddis pose on a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Davide Iacopini (Diaz) and Serena Foddis pose on a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Matteo Guidicelli, Maricar Reyes and Andrea Bosca. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Matteo Guidicelli, Maricar Reyes and Andrea Bosca. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Not to be out done Pinoy Heart throbs were also in attendance: Piolo Pascual, Maja Salvador, Matteo Guidicelli, Sam Milby, Xian Lim, Denise Laurel, Maricar Reyes, Kuya Manzano, Maxine Mamba of TV5’s ‘Moneydrop’, Tessa Prieto Valdes, Gwendolyn Ruais, Priscilla Meirelles, Ginger Conejero, Qiyama actors Arnel Mardoquio, Glorypearl Dy and many more.

from right: Diether Ocampo, Phil Star EVP Grace Glory Go, Rustan’s Pres. Nedy Tantoco and Mario Borao. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Diether Ocampo, Phil Star EVP Grace Glory Go, Rustan’s Pres. Nedy Tantoco and Mario Borao. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

(Center) Senator Goffredo Bettini Artistic director Moviemov Italian Film festival (Right) Actress Vanessa Gravina, The Godmother of Moviemov and (Left) PIA Cultural Officer Cristina Moricca. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

(Center) Senator Goffredo Bettini Artistic director Moviemov Italian Film festival (Right) Actress Vanessa Gravina, The Godmother of Moviemov and (Left) PIA Cultural Officer Cristina Moricca. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Moviemov has already grown in renown according to Santos, “Despite only being in its second year, the Italian Film Festival has grown to be one of the finest in the country. And the Film Development Council of the Phil is again honored to be its partner this year in this cultural exchange between the finest of Phil and Italian Cinemas.”

Alessio Gallo (L’Intervallo) at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Alessio Gallo (L’Intervallo) at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

2nd from right:  Amb. Luca Fornari of Italy in (white tux) with Sheika actors from left: Perry Dizon, Director Arnel Mardoquio and Fe Ginging Hyde (actor/producer). The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

2nd from right: Amb. Luca Fornari of Italy in (white tux) with Sheika actors from left: Perry Dizon, Director Arnel Mardoquio and Fe Ginging Hyde (actor/producer). The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

According to him film fests have been an opportunity for different cultures to know each other more, “Today cinema serves as a diplomatic corridor that bridges cultures and nations. Through film we have the capacity and consequently are called to engage each other with mutual openness. There are opportunities to be explored and partnerships to be strengthened and rest assured, FDCP will continue to be at the forefront of such engagement. I would like to commend and thank the honorable Italian Ambassador to the Phil. Luca Fornari and Senator Gofredo Bettini for their commitment to see this festival through together with the Phil Italian Association. We hope you continue your unwavering passion to cultural endeavors and exchanges such as this.”

from left: Star Magic Chairman Emeritus Johnny Manahan and Piolo Pascual. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Star Magic Chairman Emeritus Johnny Manahan and Piolo Pascual. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Santos also gave a salute to the outgoing Italian envoy who has made a lot of friends here, “To Ambassador Luca Fornari and his lovely wife Sylvana, Filipinos never like to say goodbye so we will await your return here to your second home.”

from left: Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari, Madame Silvana Norelli, FDCP Chair Briccio Santos and Mercedes Prieto. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari, Madame Silvana Norelli, FDCP Chair Briccio Santos and Mercedes Prieto. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Azkal Andrew Wolff, bagged the 1st Runner Up prize in Mr. World. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Azkal Andrew Wolff, bagged the 1st Runner Up prize in Mr. World. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.


Captive Reveals Societal Ills

From left Isabelle Huppert and Rustica Carpio. CATCH CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Benjamin Padero.

Written

by Jude Bautista

Kidnap victims sit huddled in an outrigger boat. Everyone is terrified. In the distance they hear another boat approaching. The Abu Sayyaf orders their captives to hunch down. A large tarp was thrown over concealing them from the other boat. None of them even thought of making any noise. The other boat is near, they’re just fishermen who wave in acknowledgment to the strange men. They pass by without any idea of the unusual cargo that lay beneath the cover.

from left: H.E. French Amb. Gilles Garachon , director Brillante Mendoza and French Cultural Counselor Christian Merer. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista.

“Captive” by director Brillante Mendoza had its Philippine premiere at the Shang Cineplex last June 9, 2012. You can catch “Captive” in nearly all theaters this Sept. 5! Among the many V.IP’s in attendance were French Amb. Gilles Garachon, Senator Loren Legarda and National Artists for Literature Bien Lumbera and F. Sionil Jose. The screening was part of the Citi-Rustan’s French film festival.

from right: Senator Loren Legarda, H.E. Amb. of France Gilles Garachon and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista

Actress/ model Angel Aquino played nurse Olive in “Captive” and is also in “Sta Niña” by Manny Palo in Cinemalaya. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista.

The current film fest at Shang Cineplex which also opens on Sept. 5 is the Cine Europa Film fest which screens the hottest European films for free. All films during the Citi-Rustans French Film festival were also screened for free. They include the works of Olivier Assayas and many other French directors. Alan Paule who plays an orderly in “Captive” is also in “MNL 143” which will also be screened in Cine Europa.

“The Captive” creative team from left: screenwriter Boots Agbayani Pastor, Line Prod. Larry Castillo, Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, “Thy Womb” screenwriter Henry Burgos. Mendoza will also release “Thy Womb” starring Nora Aunor later this year. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. It will run from June 8-17, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista.

As recognition of our Independence Day, selected Filipino films that have been exhibited in France were also screened last June 12. “Busong” by Aureus Solito was in (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2011), “Manila” by Raya Martin and Adolf Alix Jr. (Official Selection, Cannes 2009), “Bakal Boys” by Ralston Jover (Participant Cinéfondation Atelier 2012).

from left: FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, French Cultural Counselor Christian Merer and French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista

Isabelle Huppert is assisted by Allan Paule and Mon Confiado. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Benjamin Padero.

Watching “Captive” unfold on screen brings back memories of news stories of tourists foreign and local, kidnapped by the dreaded Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) more than a decade ago. Abu Sayyaf meaning “bearer of the sword” is a terrorist group that has links with Al Qaeda. There were quite a few mysteries then that could not be solved in the media regarding the kidnapping. One of them was how they were transported and yet were undetected by authorities. The tarpaulin incident above is one of many that reveal how the group did it.

From left: Actress/ model Angel Aquino and MTRCB Chair Grace Poe-Llamanzares. Aquino played nurse Olive in “Captive” and is also in “Sta Niña” by Manny Palo in Cinemalaya. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino audiences will find out the hows and whys that perplexed them during the year long incident. Soon after the commercial release of “Captive” Mendoza will also screen his much awaited film starring Nora Aunor, “Thy Womb” or Sinapupunan local title. There is also a planned blockbuster film by Mendoza with Nora, Vilma Santos and Coco Martin.

from left: Cast member Madeline Nicolas, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino member Mario Hernando, Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, Natl Artists for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera (MPP member) and actress Racquel Villavicencio. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista

Captive is captivating on every level. Although the film is quite action packed it was also able to show that the problem of terrorism is not black and white. The ASG has diminished in power but the same societal ills that gave birth to their organization still exist. Poverty, sectorial violence and lack of educational and job opportunities are only among the few problems which motivate people to join the ASG.

from left: Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, Natl Artists for Literature F. Sionil Jose and Bienvenido Lumbera (MPP member) . Mendoza will also release “Thy Womb” starring Nora Aunor later this year. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista

Mendoza doesn’t oversimplify the conflict as good guy / bad guy. He very ably captures the harrowing and fast paced pursuit of the military and the group’s escape through jungles and waterways. There’s almost never a dull moment. Violence is not just physical. It is also mental where the constant threat and verbal abuse sometimes is worse than getting shot.

From right: H.E. Amb of France Gilles Garachon, Actress/ model Angel Aquino played nurse Olive and Jewelmer Managing Dir Jacques Branellec. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista

The ordeal lasted for over a year so it was inevitable that the victims bond with their captors. Some members of the ASG and the kidnapped victims were shot by military during many encounters. The situation was a perfect case for the Stockholm syndrome.

From right: MB Entertainment columnist Crispina Belen, Brillante Mendoza and Nards Belen. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista

Isabelle Huppert plays Thérèse Bourgoine,  a French social worker helping educate children in Palawan. At first she is traumatized but slowly became the strongest willed among the victims. She looks out for Soledad (Rustica Carpio) who works with her and was also kidnapped. Therese even becomes a mother figure to Hamed (Timothy Mabalot), a 16-year-old terrorist recruit. Hamed is an example of some people who are victims of poverty, lack of education and sometimes military abuse. The whole cast has many great Filipino actors, some of them only having cameo roles. Anita Linda and Evelyn Vargas pop out of nowhere as villagers sheltering the group on the run.

Therese (Isabelle Huppert) center assists Soledad (Rustica Carpio) as Tado Jimenez leads them. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Benjamin Padero.

The actors portraying the Abu Sayyaf members were all exceptional.  The usually handsome Sid Lucero was almost unrecognizable as Mokhif, the most ruthless killer of the group. Mon Confiado as Abu Omar was the one barking orders at the captives. Ronnie Lazaro plays Abu Azali who is based on real life leader Abu Sabaya. He is the most recognizable among the ASG bosses with trademark head warmer and sunglasses. Tado Jimenez seems like a surprising casting choice. But even he is convincing as part of the group. Wearing his thick retro Coke bottle glasses and speaking broken English, he is the comic relief among the terrorists.

Seated from left counterclockwise: Isabelle Huppert, Che Ramos (Center), Rustica Carpio, Angel Aquino, Allan Paule and Mon Confiado. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo from http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/11397171/image/89856826-cast-of-brillante-mendoza-s-captive

Angel Aquino and Che Ramos are nurses Olive and Joan, who get caught up as victims when the group seeks shelter at their rural hospital. Aquino’s perfect face seems out of place in the jungle but because of her acting skills she becomes the character. One of her scenes is delivering a child in the hospital during a firefight between the military and the kidnappers. Angel was also be seen in Manny Palo’s “Sta Niña” in  Cinemalaya film fest last July. Angel Aquino fans can also watch her first lead role in lock buster film called “Amorosa.”

From left: Ces Drilon, Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, Karen Davila and Line Producer Larry Castillo. Photo was taken during the “Captive” premiere as part of the The Citi-Rustans French Film Fest at the Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Catch CAPTIVE in theaters by September 5, 2012! Photo by Jude Bautista


Poor Men Who Are Great

From Left: Ryoichi (Hideo Sugawara) and brother Keiji (Tomio Aoki) are the lead characters in ‘I was Born But’ considered as Yasujiro Ozu’s first true masterpiece. It was part of the 6th Silent film fest in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza. Photo from http://deeperintomovies.net/journal/archives/2694

From Left: Ryoichi (Hideo Sugawara) and brother Keiji (Tomio Aoki) are the lead characters in ‘I was Born But’ considered as Yasujiro Ozu’s first true masterpiece. It was part of the 6th Silent film fest in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza. Photo from http://deeperintomovies.net/journal/archives/2694

Written by

Jude Bautista

“There are poor men who are great.” Kennosuke (Tatsuo Saito) a struggling father tries to justify himself to his young son Ryoichi (Hideo Sugawara) in vain. At first glance the line is an oxymoron. How can a poor man be great? How do you explain that to a child not more than 10 years old?

Tropical Depression: from right: Papa Dom (rhythm guitar) and Andrew Barrios (bass). Photo was taken during the 6th Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza last August 25, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Film has the power to show the world from the point of view of a child. That is what director Yasujiro Ozu in his 1932, silent film “I Was Born But…” achieved. It was part of the Silent film festival in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza who screened them for free from August 24-27, 2012. Tropical Depression successfully provided the soundtrack and brought out the emotions and mood for the film.

Ozu also directed “Tokyo Story” in 1953, it is considered by critics and film historians around the world as among the greatest films of all time. National Artist for Film Eddie Romero was among those who attended the screening last August 25.

from left: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, National Artist for film Eddie Romero and Goethe Institut Philipinen Director Richard Kuenzel. Photo was taken during the 6th Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza last August 25, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

There’s a universality in the ability of good films to move emotions and provoke thought even if it is in a foreign language or was made nearly a century before.

Ryoichi and his brother Keiji (Tomio Aoki) aren’t really poor. They go to a good school, their mother cooks them lovely Japanese meals. Their house is small but is more than adequate for the family. Their father is quite attentive to them making sure they go to school and have what they need.

Tropical Depression’s Papa Dom they provided the moving music for ‘I Was Born But’. Photo was taken during the 6th Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza last August 25, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Taro, Kamekichi the bully and the ‘gang’ in ‘I was Born But’ considered as Yasujiro Ozu’s first true masterpiece. It was part of the 6th Silent film fest in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza. Photo from http://deeperintomovies.net/journal/archives/2694

A bully in school harasses the two boys. Ryoichi manages to convince a delivery boy to be his resbak (enforcer) and scares the bully away. The bully’s gang of kids also becomes scared of Ryoichi and he takes the bully’s place as leader. He learns to boss them around and enjoys it. One day he learns that one of his underlings (at least in his mind) named Taro was having a film screening at home. Ryoichi as the new gang leader wrangles an invite for himself and his little brother.

From right: Ryoichi (Hideo Sugawara) and brother Keiji (Tomio Aoki) are the lead characters in ‘I was Born But’ considered as Yasujiro Ozu’s first true masterpiece. It was part of the 6th Silent film fest in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza.

Before the evening screening, the kids try to one up each other by bragging about their fathers. “My dad has better car than yours…My father is tougher and stronger than yours” contest. By virtue of being the ‘leader’ Ryoichi naturally wins the argument.

When the screening comes along Ryoichi and his little brother enter the living room of Taro’s house, which is far bigger and impressive than their own. They see their dad Kennosuke is also there to watch the film. It was more of a home movie where the ‘performers’ were Kennosuke and other employees of Iwasaki (Takeshi Sakamoto) who just happens to be Taro’s dad.

Kennosuke makes a fool himself to make his co-workers laugh. ‘I was Born But’ is considered as Yasujiro Ozu’s first true masterpiece. It was part of the 6th Silent film fest in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza.

In the home movie the brothers see their dad making a fool of himself and making co workers laugh. Ryoichi is disgusted with the film and walks out with little brother in tow. When they get home Ryoichi tells off his dad. He believed that his own father must be ‘superior’ to Taro’s father who is his underling.  He asks his father: “Why do you have to follow Taro’s dad? Why aren’t you the director? Why don’t YOU pay his salary? You tell us to study hard but you are nothing!” That was when Kennosuke tried to explain things to his son: “There are poor men who are great.”

Kennosuke makes a fool himself to make his co-workers laugh. ‘I was Born But’ is considered as Yasujiro Ozu’s first true masterpiece. It was part of the 6th Silent film fest in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza.

Tropical Depression and Japan Foundation Seated from left: Tomoko Takatori, Papa Dom and Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori. Standing from left: Art Strong (keyboard), Japan Foundation Asst Dir Yukie Mitomi, Andrew Barrios (Bass), Jun Nogoy (drums), Lito Crisostimo (lead guitar) and Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson. Photo was taken during the 6th Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza last August 25, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Earlier interpretations of the film is that the child’s point of view reveals the hypocrisy of grown ups of having a double standard, which are not any less valid. But from the Philippine perspective in light of recent events, I’d like to take a different interpretation.

I’d like to believe the father is correct. There ARE poor men who are great. ‘Poor’ in this sense is not just financial but men who sacrifice and humble themselves that in truth are truly great. The loss of DILG Sec Jesse Robredo is only the most dramatic and recent example for this year who died in a plane crash this August. Last March it was the passing of PDI Publisher Isagani Yambot and in June filmmaker,  screenwriter and actor Mario O’Hara and comedic icon Dolphy in July. Yambot and O’Hara are both personal heroes of mine. Now Robredo is also one of my heroes with the stories of sacrifice and humility that have surfaced after his untimely death in a plane crash.

DILG Sec Jess Robredo (center) did his devotion to Naga’s Lady of Peñafrancia lovingly called INA or mother with his bare feet. Photo from http://www.facebook.com/TeamRobredo

For Ryoichi, because of his young mind and conflict with the bullies, might is right. If you cannot make other people submit to your will then you’re nothing. He couldn’t even accept his father was an employee most especially of Taro’s father. And if you’re top dog you have to show your power, your wealth and let them know who’s boss. That’s what frustrated Ryoichi and ate him up inside.

Taro and the gang laugh at Kennosuke’s antics

Jesse Robredo, Isagani Yambot, Mario O’Hara and even Dolphy were the reverse of the might is right ideal. All four men have recently passed away this year. And all four men have reached positions of power, if not reached the pinnacle in their own fields. Yet instead of imposing their own will, they made sure to serve and help others with the power and influence they gained.

From left: Richard Merk, Skarlet, Kathy Solis of ABS CBN,Emmie Velarde, Isagani Yambot of PDI & Boots Anson Roa. Photo taken at Merck’s August 22, 2007 by Jude Bautista

Phil Daily Inquirer (PDI ) Publisher Isagani Yambot throughout his life supported countless causes from the urban poor, to feminist rights; human rights victims and so on. But what I personally witnessed was his strong devotion to Phil independent cinema. He religiously attended Cinemalaya, Cinemanila and other film fests that feature Filipino talent. He even made sure to invite screenings of the films of Brillante Mendoza, Aureus Solito and others in the PDI office. Yambot even encouraged the Entertainment section to put up the PDI Indie tribute the only award of its kind. In international fests I literally had to pull him in group shots with VIPs, he was reluctant to do so not wanting the limelight for himself.

From right: CCP President Raul Suñico, PDI Publisher Isagani Yambot, Guest Ballet Master from Russia Ai Gul Gaisina, Ballet Phil Chairman Margie Moran and Cinemalaya President Nestor Jardin. Photo taken last January 2011 by Jude Bautista

Mario O’Hara is a modern Renaissance man, starting out as a radio talent and excelling as writer, actor and later on as director. For those familiar with his works he is already a National Artist. His screenplay for ‘Insiang’ a film by Lino Brocka is considered to be among the best Filipino films ever made. He has worked with two National Artists Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. In person, he was also extremely humble preferring casual conversation to press interviews and wanting to emphasize his co actors.

Mario O’Hara in Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Tatlong Maria”. He has had a storied career as writer, director and actor. Photo was taken during the opening night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, February 18, 2010. Photo by Jude Bautista

He also had a genuine love for Phil History and culture as evidenced by his Cinemalaya film “Ang Paglilitis Ni Andres Bonifacio” and innumerable performances as an actor in Tanghalang Pilipino. Andres Bonifacio is one of the revolutionary heroes of the Phil known as ‘The Great Plebian’, having come from the masses. Bonifacio is one of the original Filipinos considered to be among the ‘poor men who are great.’

The late Comedy King Dolphy with Zsa Zsa Padilla. Zsa zsa recently had a successful operation removing a tumor from her kidney. Photo was taken during the Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah premiere last December 2006 at the MMFF. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dolphy although not financially poor, was generous and kind to those in need and was also a picture of humility. He has reached the pinnacle of Philippine TV and film as comedy King with countless top rating shows and blockbusters. Yet he never forgot his humble beginnings. The filmmaker’s choice of having a screening and Kennosuke ‘humiliating’ himself by amusing others through a home movie was a source of embarrassment for Ryoichi. Now we love Dolphy for making millions of Filipinos happy with his innumerable comedic performances.

DILG Sec Robredo was a man of integrity. In spite of being the youngest Naga Mayor and gaining a high position in government as cabinet Secretary, he purposefully did not enrich himself. He believed and instigated programs to help and empower the marginalized. The question in everyone’s minds is ‘How can God allow the loss of such a good man especially when his country needs him?’

Tropical Depression provided the moving music for ‘I Was Born But’. Photo was taken during the 6th Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza last August 25, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The answer is we Filipinos have become like Ryoichi. Our minds have been blinded only by what we see. Wealth, power and fame have become virtues in this material world. When the Lord took Yambot we did not listen. When the Lord took O’Hara suddenly still we did not listen or truly give honor to his deeds. We were saddened by Dolphy’s passing but still did not heed the example in his life. Now that he has taken Robredo, we reflect, we rethink our own values not just for government but for all of us.  Now we have to listen to Robredo’s words and make sure to continue his programs. Yes Ryoichi, there are poor men who are great.

DILG Sec Jess Robredo (left- black shirt) did his devotion to Naga’s Lady of Peñafrancia lovingly called INA or mother with his bare feet. Photo from http://www.facebook.com/TeamRobredo


METROPOLIS’ Full version Opens Silent Film Fest

“Metropolis” combined art deco and other techniques of the period. Catch the Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza for free from August 24-27, 2011.

Written and Photographed

By Jude Bautista

“Metropolis” by Fritz Lang was a silent film made in 1927, although not a box office hit, it became a monumental film in terms of technique. It may have spawned the sci-fi movie genre preceding Star Wars, Flash Gordon, Star Trek and so on.  Footages were also used in QUEEN’s music video for ‘Radio Gaga’. “Metropolis” has since been required viewing for all film students around the world. Lang, himself became an in demand Hollywood director apart from making this film classic.

from left: Goethe-Institut Philippinen Dir Richard Kuenzel, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Shang Rila Plaza EVP and Gen Mgr. Lala Fojas and Silent film scorer Stephan Von Bothmer. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rubber Inc composed of Malek Lopez and Noel De Brackinghe jammed with German Silent film musician Stephan Von Bothmer to provide the live soundtrack during last night’s screening of Metropolis at Shang Cineplex.

from left: Malek Lopez and Noel De Brackinghe of Rubber Inc w Goethe-Institut Philippinen Dir Richard Kuenzel and Silent film scorer Stephan Von Bothmer. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Herr Richard Kunezel, esteemed director of the Goethe-Institut Philippinen, said that the screening of the full version which opened the Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex has a special meaning for him. Audiences can watch silent films along with the best Pinoy bands for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Plaza mall from August 24-27, 2012. Silent films from the Philippines (Diwa De Leon), Japan (Tropical Depression), Italy (Garlic-Francis Reyes), Spain (Sino Sikat and Ignacio Plaza) and for the first time this year U.S. (Radio Active Sago Project) are also included.

(seated from left): Radio Active Sago (Bassist) Francis De Veyra, U.S. Cultural Attaché Alan Holst, Cinemalaya Best Musical Scorer Diwa De Leon, Cinemalaya Best Director Raymond Red, Italian Emb Cultural Attaché Emanuela Adesini, Tropical Depression founder Papa Dom, Japan Foundation Asst. Dir Yukie Mitomi, Sinosikat vocalist Kat Agarrado, Inst Cervantes Cultural de Manila Affairs Deputy Jose Maria Fons Guardiola and Rubber Inc’s Noel De Brackinghe.
(standing from left) Film Archivist Teddy Co, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Officer MJ Mendoza, Italian Asst Cultural Attaché Isis Bautista, percussionist JP Hernandez, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Officer Mimi Tecson, Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson, Garlic guitarist Francis Reyes, Inst Cervantes Cultural de Manila Press Relations Officer TJ Agacaoili, US Emb Cultural Affairs Officer Reysa Alenzuela, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Silent Film fest Proj. Coordinator Hannes Wescher, Inst Cervantes Cultural de Manila Cultural Affairs Asst. Nicole Villamor, Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit and Goethe-Institut Philippinen Dir Richard Kuenzel. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Machine man created by Rotwang in Metropolis. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kuenzel explained that the film was cut by 20 minutes to appease the movie going public in Berlin where it was first released. In 2008 the missing 20-minute footage was found in a small museum in Argentina. After a lot of negotiations, the footage was finally returned to its home in Germany. In November 2009 the full version was screened to thousands in the snow with the FriedrichstadtPalast was accompanied by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

from left: Inst Cervantes Cultural de Manila Cultural Affairs Asst. Nicole Villamor, Sinosikat vocalist Kat Agarrado and Inst Cervantes Cultural de Manila Press Relations Officer TJ Agacaoili. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza for free from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Herr Richard Kunezel, esteemed director of the Goethe-Institut Philippinen says Auf Wiedersehn at the Metropolis screening. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Philippine premiere of the full version was originally scheduled for the 50th anniversary of Goethe-Institut Philippinen last year and UST’s 400th. But due to ‘technical’ problems the premiere was pushed tonight. This also happens to be the farewell project of Herr Kuenzel who is a much respected, and loved figure in the Phil. Cultural scene. The special screening is a spectacular way to end a fruitful career. The 6th International Silent film fest is the highlight of many events that he has successfully established. He is also particularly supportive of Phil independent cinema having funded countless projects and has published a book entitled “Kino Cine”.

from left: U.S. Cultural Attaché Alan Holst, Cinemalaya Best Musical Scorer Diwa De Leon, Cinemalaya Best Director Raymond Red and Garlic guitarist Francis Reyes. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

The book detailing German filmmakers conducting technical workshops in the 70’s and 80’s have become a resource for the history of recent Phil. independent cinema. Some of the contributors include: Ditsi Carolino, Lav Diaz, Nick Deocampo, Harun Farocki, Ulrich Gregor, Nan Goldin, Christoph Janetzko, Mark Meily, Ingo Petzke, Rosa von Praunheim, Raymond Red, Roxlee, Werner Schroeter, Bobby Suarez, Kidlat Tahimik, John Torres, Maria Vedder and Michael Wulfes. One of the contributors, Raymond Red is part of this year’s fest with 2 of his films: “Eternity” and “Pelikula”. Accmpanying his films are the music of Cinemalaya Best Musical Score awardee, Diwa De Leon.”

Shang Rila Plaza EVP and Gen Mgr. Lala Fojas. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shang Rila Plaza EVP and Gen Mgr. Lala Fojas in her speech said, “Early this year, silent films got a boost when the multi awarded French Production, ‘The Artist’ won the Best Picture award, among many awrads at the 2012 Oscars. The prestigious award paved the way for the films successful commercial release in global cinema, wich inevitably trained the spotlight on the silent film genre as well. Unkown to many, we have been paying homage to this classic art form in this part of the world for the sixth year in a row through the International Silent Film Festival, which is the only festival of this type in Asia.” Just last June ‘The Artist’ opened the The Citi-Rustans French Film Festival also at Shang Cineplex.

from left: Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit, Radio Active Sago (Bassist) Francis De Veyra, Sinosikat vocalist Kat Agarrado, Garlic guitarist Francis Reyes and Rubber Inc Noel De Brackinghe. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza for free from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Film Development Council of the Phil. will also be hosting Stephan Von Bothmer in Davao for his live musical scoring of the film ‘Nosferatu’ on Sunday Aug 26. He has signed a cooperation agreement with no less than FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos.

Silent film scorer Stephan Von Bothmer gives the thumbs up in front of his Mac Laptop. He will be in Davao for FDCP’s Cinematque screening of “Nosferatu” Sunday August 26. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

From right: Shang Rila Plaza EVP and Gen Mgr. Lala Fojas, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta and Goethe-Institut Philippinen Dir Richard Kunezel. Catch the Silent film fest for free at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

FDCP Head of the Cinema Evaluation and Coordination Dept. Wilma Isleta in her speech said, “During the next few days we will be feasting on gorgeous black and white and color tinted images from all over the world served with ingenious live sound and music by the very best of Filipino musical talents. We have the Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Phil Italian Association and the Japan Foundation to thank for founding this festival years ago and now we have the United States joining the fold. It is also with great honor that the Film Development Council of the Phil, lends its hands for the first time to this festival.”

from left: DJ Ital Art, Japan Foundation Asst. Dir Yukie Mitomi, Tropical Depression founder Papa Dom, Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson,
Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit and Phil Pop Music Fest Adjudicator Adrian Lontoc. Catch the Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza for free from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Goethe-Institut Philippinen Dir Richard Kuenzel, Rubber Inc’s Noel De Brackinghe and Inst Cervantes Cultural de Manila Affairs Deputy Jose Maria Fons Guardiola. Catch the Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza for free from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Isleta was also able to cite the screening of the “Brides of Sulu” last year as the first Filipino film exhibited in the fest. She added, “ Hopefully through the current work of the recently established National Film Archive of the Phil. we will have another one next year. Until then thank you to the co organizers and sponsors of this fest including Shangrila Cineplex for being our generous host once again.”

from left: Film Archivist Teddy Co, Goethe-Institut Philippinen Dir Richard Kuenzel, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Asian Hotshots Fest Mng Dir Axel Estein and U.S. Cultural Attaché Alan Holst. Catch the Silent film fest at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza for free from August 24-27, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista


Dennis Trillo Thrills Fans

Notice the fan (on the left arm) tries to steal a kiss  from Dennis Trillo. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dennis Trillo with director Aloy Adlawan. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Fans waited during the “Ang Katiwala” premiere wanting to catch a glimpse of Dennis Trillo. Director Aloy Adlawan assembled the cast and crew in front of the full Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Theater at the CCP without the lead star. Torrential rains and traffic held up Dennis. He was able to reach the gala after the movie had started.

Notice the fan (on the left arm) tries to steal a kiss from Dennis Trillo. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: JC Ranin, Aloy Adlawan, Neri Naig, Althea Vega, Mailes Kanapi, Ronnie Lazaro and Miggs Cuaderno. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filmmaker Aloy Adlawan took the opportunity to thank a lot of the people and companies that helped produce the film, “Direk Mike Tuviera saved the production apart from Big Top. Si Mr. Tony Tuviera he gave us what we need for the rest of our shoot. I want to thank sir Jojo O’Connor. ATP group and Imaginary friends kung di sa inyo di namin matatapos yung pelikula.”

Ang Katiwala award winning Production from right: Director of Photography-Carlo Mendoza, Production Designer-Jed Sicangco, Editor-Laser Diaz; Sound Design & Recording-Cedric Region, Music-Peter Legaste. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

When he did show up after the credits rolled Dennis thanked the fans and said he was happy to know and honor Pres. Manuel L. Quezon through the film. His steady girlfriend Bianca King was on hand to show her support for her beau.  As soon as Dennis got down the stage, fans mobbed him for photos. And he couldn’t deny the moviegoers who patiently waited for him to make an appearance. The CCP ushers had to tell the fans to stop the picture taking.

Lead star Dennis Trillo catches up after the credits roll. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

the fans just kept on coming for photos I was on the stage at this point shooting down. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mailes Kanapi with Production Designer-Jed Sicangco. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

let’s get a move on it people! Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bianca King was there for her man Dennis Trillo’s premiere. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dennis hugs Entertainment writer Mell T Navarro. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dennis gives the thumbs up to Entertainment writer Mell T Navarro. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miggs Cuaderno texts word definitions to his onscreen dad Dennis Trillo. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Althea Vega, Arvin Ello and Neri Naig. Catch Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

 


Althea Vega Takes On Cinemalaya

from left: Althea Vega and Neri Naig. Catch Diablo and other Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ang Katiwala co stars from left: Althea Vega and Neri Naig. Catch Diablo and other Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Althea Vega is an actress getting lots of attention especially after her performance in “Diablo” which won Best film in the New Breed category of the recently concluded Cinemalaya. She plays the lover of Roeder Camañag who introduces her as Angela, a caregiver for his mom. Ama Quiambao is in the role of the mother and incidentally won Best Actress. Roeder was cast as the black sheep son Alberto. They have steamy sex scenes when mom is tucked away in the bedroom.

Althea Vega plays the wife of Dennis Trillo in “Ang Katiwala.” Catch Diablo and other Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ang Katiwala cast: Dennis Trillo (Ruben Manalo), kid- Migs Cuaderno (Budoy), Althea Vega (Edna) and Neri Naig (Ikay). Catch Diablo and other Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

“Diablo” is only one of two films in Cinemalaya, that features the young morena beauty. Althea is also in “Ang Katiwala” by Aloy Adlawan, she is the loving wife of Dennis Trillo who gets sent off to Manila to as caretaker to Pres. Manuel L. Quezon’s mansion. Althea is also an accomplished Flamenco dancer who can perform at events with her teacher Juan Antonio Delos Reyes.

from left: Josephine Delfino-Laxa, Wilte Celeste Cortez and Althea Vega. Catch Diablo and other Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Neri Naig, Joel Lamangan and Althea Vega. Catch Diablo and other Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apart from the two big Cinemalaya films, Althea was cast in a British produced and directed film “Metro Manila” by Sean Ellis. The film had an exclusive screening at the posh Resorts World Manila for cast and crew last July 12. One of the lead actors in “Metro Manila” is Jake Macapagal who is also in another Cinemalaya 8 film POSAS by Lawrence Fajardo.

from left: Writer Seymour Barros-Sanchez, Althea Vega and pal producer and filmmaker Nerissa Picadizo. Catch Diablo and other Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Last November, Althea was in a Cinema One film “Mga Anino Sa Tanghaling Tapat” by Ivy Universe Baldoza. She had a hot masturbation scene and a lesbian affair with lead actress Martha Comia.

Ang Katiwala co stars from left: Neri Naig and Althea Vega. Catch Diablo and other Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Althea confessed that she was able to get into the role of Edna in “Ang Katiwala” very easily. She grew up in Cagayan Valley and her role was the young wife in the farm in Quezon province is not that different form her roots. Although Direk Aloy Adlawan said that she had to prepare herself with the accent and mannerisms of the people from Quezon province. She was able to do research by watching videos on YouTube and see how they move and listen to how they speak.

Althea Vega w Direk Aloy Adlawan of “Ang Katiwala.” Catch Diablo and other Cinemalaya films at the UP Film Institute August 11-14, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista


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