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‘Indies’ dominate Gawad Urian again


By Nickie Wang

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino’s Gawad Urian is setting a trend as more independent and lesser-known films are being recognized by the 32-year-old award-giving body.

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza

Commercially-exhibited films produced by big production outfits were snubbed at the Gawad Urian’s 32nd edition held on Sept. 22, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

From nominees to winners, “indies” dominated this year’s Gawad Urian. One of the big winners of the annual movie event was Brillante Mendoza who received the Best Director award for Serbis, which also won Best Film.

Meanwhile, the Best Actress trophy went to Mylene Dizon for 100 and the Best Actor award to actor Ronnie Lazaro for his performance in Yanggaw.

Highlights and sidelights

ronnie lazaro

32nd Urian Best Actor Ronnie Lazaro

Ronnie Lazaro was in high spirits when he receive d his very first Gawad trophy. He perked up the crowd by initially delivering his acceptance speech in Ilongo then proceeded in Tagalog. He said that receiving an Urian trophy is just one of his dreams as an actor. He’s been in the business for 27 years now and he’s overwhelmed by his first best actor recognition from Urian.

Actress Mylene Dizon was with Tomas, her eldest son, when she received the highest award given to an actress in a leading role.

Mylene and Tessie Tomas in 100

Mylene and Tessie Tomas in 100

“It might sound a cliché but I didn’t expect to win. And I don’t know, I got all nervous when my son said, ‘Mommy let’s go up on stage.’ Nag-dilang anghel siya kasi I won the Best Actress award,” she told reporters right after the program.

Lazaro and Dizon were fortunate that they were able to accept their respective trophies personally. Most of the winners were either promoting their films abroad or doing out-of-town projects.

Brillante is currently in Brazil for a retrospective of his films. Francis Xavier Pasion, who won Best Screenplay for the multi-awarded film Jay, is in Europe according to the person who accepted the award on his behalf. Coco Martin, who won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Jay, was not able to accept the award. Instead, hosts Butch Francisco and Boots Anson-Roa accepted the trophy and told the audience that the young actor is currently out of town.

Best Supporting Actress winner Aleera Montalla (Yanggaw) didn’t make it on time because of traffic congestion, but she was able to pose for photographers after the program.

Some celebrities made the night more colorful like Jennica Garcia who was visually attractive in black mini dress and Carlene Aguilar in a stunning black gown. But it was Rustom Padilla aka BB Gandanghari who received the loudest applause. It can be recalled that it was also in last year’s Gawad Urian when he first publicly appeared in drag.

This year’s Natatanging Gawad Urian Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to Peque Gallaga who has directed 36 films, wrote 22 of them, acted in 13 and produced four full-length films. His most significant achievement in film is Oro, Plata, Mata, which he directed after winning a scriptwriting contest sponsored by the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines. The director delivered a 15-minute speech.

Other winners

Just like the major awards given out, some of the awardees were not able to accept their recognitions but there were some who exerted efforts to grace the program though they did not expect to win.

Other winners were: Odyssey Flores, Serbis (Best Cinematography); Benjamin Padero and Carlo Tabije, Serbis (Best Production Design); Francis Pasion, Kats Serraon, and Chuck Gutierrez, Jay (Best Editing); Popong Landero, Hunghong Sa Yuta (Best Music); Joey Santos and Von De Guzman, Yanggaw (Best Sound); and Milo Tolentino for Andong (Best Short Film).

The night was made entertaining by performances of Bayang Barrios and her ethnic band and Cookie Chua who sang the movie theme song of Yanggaw in a cappella.

(Note from my editor: I told one of the members of the Manunuri to rename their annual awards into Gawad Urian Para sa Mga Hindi Pelikula. … who vehemently defended the group’s decision to embrace the video features as fitm)

Twilight…Camera…Action


By Lil Kitty

takipsilim-poster-cast-pictureRiding on the mammoth success of the movie Twilight, ABSCBN, according to reports, paid a whooping $ 1 million for the exclusive rights to turn the romantic-fantasy film into a television series. Although the broadcasting giant has denied the report, rants and raves already had circulated around internet forums and blogosphere. Even famous Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton featured the report in his blog.

Hilton’s post was flooded by raging comments (8,000 negative comments) from American Twilight fanatics. One comment there said that he’s a Filipino but he feels ashamed because he believes that ABSCBN will just do a ridiculous remake.  After negative feedbacks, the link on ABSCBN News Online Beta, where the report came from, was permanently removed. It only means that Takipsilim that was supposed to headline  Shaina Magdayao and Rayver Cruz as the lead stars is just a hoax.

Meanwhile, former beauty queen Carlene Aguilar was spotted wet.

carleneMama wants to get hotter so she bares her skin like what those voluptuous single ladies do. Because she thinks she’s sizzling, she dips her self in a glass water tank to see that mama can still look awesome even wet for hours.

Carlene welcomes the readers of a male magazine with her statuesque figure in a wet fashion. According to the former lover of Dennis Trillo, hotness should not stop at motherhood so she makes a bold statement by posing in a two-piece bikini believing that people will get notice of her once again.

If you’ve noticed Carlene’s bold move, we have something to tell  that might give you another reason why you should not allow your children to watch Wowowee.

wowowee1Willie Revillame’s noontime show is assigning a new meaning to the word smile. We don’t know if the script writers of the show and or even the hosts had visited their dictionary lately. Maybe it is just their numskulled idea to promote the new tagline of Coke. In a segment sponsored by the product, people in the audience are asked to give their most beautiful smiles. What makes it noticeable hilarious and then irritating is when Willie asks the sound engineer to stop the background music to give way to a laugh that supposed to be just a grin.

“Out music, okay smile,” Willie would say giving the microphone to the lucky audience who sometimes lacks teeth on his gum. “Smile ‘yung may tunog,” and the word massacre continue.