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People…are/are not talking about

Sid Lucero

He has found a home that does not just appreciate his exceptional acting talent but also make sure that he is well taken care of. Unlike in his previous mother studio, Sid is now very much visible with numerous TV projects one after another.

Daniel Padilla

Believe it or not, he signed with a major label to release a compilation album solely dedicated to his growing number of followers. And as expected whether the teen heartthrob can hit a note or not, those giddy fans will surely buy his record.

…are not talking about

 Gretchen Fullido

She was the envy of many for being the first to interview visiting Hollywood star Ian Somerhalder at the airport until the PR firm that brought the actor in the country banned her in future press dos. What did she do? Your guess is as good as ours.

Sharon Cuneta

We couldn’t agree more when director Joey Reyes said that she is in a career suicide. Now infamous for answering back her bashers on Twitter, now nobody cares so much about her, unless you want some heavyweight bashing yourself.

A Filipino movie musical

By Nickie Wang

There are movies that can compel you to sit through it not because they are fine and entertaining films but because you’re concerned about the money you spent to buy the ticket. And at the back of your mind, you keep on telling yourself, this film will get better, might as well stay until it ends.

This should not be the usual scenario when we talk about local films since most if not every local filmmaker believes that he or she is a cut above the rest, thus the industry must produce high quality stories that don’t dwell too much on sexuality and violence.

In its effort to treat local theatergoers with high-quality films, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), in association with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, announces the production of an original Filipino musical called Emir. Originally written for the screen, it is a full-feature Filipino movie musical helmed by critically-acclaimed director, Chito S. Roño. Continue reading

Here’s one for cockfighting enthusiasts

By Nickie Wang

Joel Torre is a Sabungero in an indie film

Joel Torre is a Sabungero in an indie film

There is no particular film dedicated to cockfighting as part of local culture and heritage. It has been around for centuries and enjoyed both as a sport and a hobby by millions of Filipinos. In fact, it is already a thriving multibillion peso industry and there are about six million registered sabungeros or cockfighting enthusiasts in the Philippines.

To JB Bernardino, a first-time movie producer, making a film dedicated to cockfighting doesn’t just give him some sense of pride as a certified cockfighting enthusiast, it also gives him an opportunity to send a message to everyone that cockfighting is just like any other recreation, there are numerous worth telling stories beyond it. Continue reading

Comedy film receives Cinemalaya’s highest plum

By Nickie Wang/ Manila Standard Today

Despite the continuous rain that caused flood and traffic congestion, throngs of independent film buffs flocked to the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City last July 26 to witness the conclusion of the 10-day Cinemalaya independent film festival and competition.

The awards night named Last Supper No.3 as the best film in the full-length category. It was directed by Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel.

While receiving the Cinemalaya Balanghai trophy, one of the directors said that a day before the awarding ceremony, she received numerous text messages saying, “Congratulations, but comedy films don’t win the top honor in film festivals!”

Now she proved them wrong because aside from a trophy, the film also received an additional P200,000 and a post-production package worth P1 million from Roadrunner Network and a Certificate for Full Audio Post, Remix and Remastering Services from SQ Film Laboratories.

Based on a true story, Last Supper No. 3 is a humorous look at the circuitous path the Philippine legal system takes to justice. The main character who is an assistant production designer is tasked to look for a Last Supper to use as a prop for a TV commercial. He finds three, but loses one. What happens next changes the lead character’s fate forever as he spends the next two years entangled in bureaucracy and red tape facing estafa and serious physical injury charges. As to how will this ordinary man fare against a system he knows nothing about is the main issue the film resolves.

Meanwhile, cited for their being exemplars of the possibilities of filmmaking, Colorum and Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe tied for the Special Jury award.

This years Cinemalaya jury was composed of Mark Vincent Escaler, director of the Ateneo de Manila University Center for Communication Research and Training; Aude Hesbert, head of Paris Cinema International Film Festival; Aruna Vasudev, founder-president of NETPAC; film director Chito Roño; and actress Cherry Pie Picache.


Known as a comedian and a seasoned stage actor for decades, Lou Veloso was surprised when he bested other independent film veterans receiving the Best Actor trophy for his serious portrayal of a 70-year-old ex-convict in Colorum, a feature by Jon Steffan Ballesteros.

“I only do serious acting in stage plays,” Veloso chuckled and ended his acceptance speech with hilarity, “I also want to share this award to my leading man, Alfred Vargas.”

Meanwhile, budding actress and showbiz scion Ina Feleo won Best Actress plum for Sanglaan. Tessie Tomas won the Best Supporting Actress award for the same film while indie film regular Arnold Reyes went home with Best Supporting Actor trophy for Astig.

Being the most watched competing film in this year’s festival, Astig, which stars Dennis Trillo, Glaiza de Castro, Sid Lucero, and Edgar Allan Guzman, snatched three other honors including Best Director for GB Sampedro, Best Editing and Best Sound Recording.

Other awards like Best Screenplay went to Nerseri, Best Cinematography to 24K, Best Production Design to Mangatyanan, and Best Musical Score to Dinig Sana Kita.

Three special awards were also given out: NETPAC Award went to Baseco Bakal Boys; and National Council for Children’s Television Award and Audience Choice were both awarded to Dinig Sana Kita.

For the short film category, the Best Short Film award went to Bonsai by Borgy K. Torre. Bonsai was cited for its story of hope and pain in love that can and do exist even in the most ordinary of circumstances. Bonsai won P100,000 cash award, the Balanghai Trophy, and a Canon XHA-1 kit pro video worth P220,000.

Other awards given out in the Short Feature category were: Special Jury Award for Blogog; Audience Choice for Tatang; Best Director for Dexter Cayanes (Musa), and Best Screenplay for Behind Closed Doors.

Bigger Cinemalaya

According to CCP president Nestor Jardin, this year’s Cinemalya Cinco attracted 38,000 people. That is about 10,000 more audience compared to last year’s number of attendees.

“I can’t believe that in a span of five years, we’ve gone this far. Now, the only challenge we have is how to keep it growing,” Jardin remarked.

Cinemalaya Cinco, was held from July 17 to 26 at the CCP. It is a competitive film festival that aims to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filpino filmmakers and seeks to invigorate the Philippine film industry by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers. Cinemalaya is a presentation of the Cinemalaya Foundation in cooperation with the CCP, Econolink Investments and the Film Development Council.

Indies dominate 31st Gawad Urian

By Nickie Wang/Manila Standard Today

Brillante's Tirador went home with five major awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

Brillante's Tirador went home with five major awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

When young actor Jason Abalos said that winning an Urian trophy is a dream come true for him, he was actually speaking in behalf of every nominee who was present at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino on Oct. 1 for the 31st Gawad Urian.

Alternative or independent films that have been viewed as the creative avenues where political and social issues are extensively depicted were overwhelmingly recognized and dominated the awards from technical to creative categories.

This year’s Gawad Urian is a triumph of independent films because they received majority of the nominations and bagged all the awards making movies produced by big production outfits leaving the venue empty handed.

Tirador, a film by Brillante Mendoza, went home with five awards including Best Picture,  Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Angela Ruiz), Best Cinematography (Jeffrey dela Cruz, Brillante Mendoza, Gary Tria and Julius Villanueva), and Best Sound Editing (Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia). Mendoza was not present during the awards night to accept his award because he was in Pusan, South Korea serving as an instructor at the Asian Film Academy.

Mendoza’s film Tirador was regarded by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP) as a film that utilized hyperrealism to sincerely document the aggravating poverty in Manila. With an English title Slingshot, Tirador (slang for petty thieves), had already been screened and received accolades in various international film festivals such as the Berlin and Singapore international film festivals.

Gawad Urian is famous for awarding ties, and this year is no exception. Best Actor award was split between Jayson Abalos for the film Endo and Sid Lucero for Selda.

The Best Actress trophy was given to Cherry Pie Picache for her role as a surrogate mother in Foster Child (a film also by Brillante Mendoza).Meanwhile, the Best Supporting Actor that was presented by Rustom Padilla, who graced the event in drag, handed the trophy to Emilio Garcia for his role in Selda.

Other winners of the Urian trophy include: Jade Castro, Michiko Yamamoto, Raymond Lee for Best Screenplay (Endo); Lav Diaz and Dante Perez, Best Production Design (Death in the Land of the Encantos); Aleks Castaneda, Best Editing (Tambolista); Francis de Veyra, Best Music (Tribu); and Alvin Yapan for Best Short Film (Rolyo).

The annual critics’ lifetime achievement award that honors filmmakers who made notable contributions to local cinema paid tribute to world-renowned Kidlat Tahimik. He is famed for his internationally acclaimed 1977 film, Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare).

Gawad Urian is considered the most prestigious award-giving body in the country. For more than three decades, it has been known for honoring those who are most deserving winners based on the criteria of the MPP.

The MPP, which gives out the Gawad Urian, is a society of film critics. It is currently chaired by Mike Rapatan of the communications department of De La Salle University. Other members of the society are Nicanor Tiongson, former artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board; Bienvenido Lumbera, 1993 Ramon Magsaysay Award laureate; Gigi Alfonso, chancellor of the UP Open University; Mario Hernando, Sunday Malaya editor; columnist and television personality Butch Francisco; Roland Tolentino, professor at the UP College of Mass Communications; and Lito Zulueta, Inquirer editor and professor at the University of Santo Tomas.

Indie Films dominate the 31st Gawad Urian

Here is the complete list of winners for the 31st Gawad Urian held at the CCP Little Theater.

Best Picture: Tirador (Centerstage Productions)

Best Director: Brillante Mendoza (Tirador)

Best Actress: Cherry Pie Picache (Foster Child)
Best Actors: Jason Abalos (Endo) and Sid Lucero (Selda)
Best Screenplay: Jade Castro, Michiko Yamamoto, Raymond Lee (Endo)

Best Supporting Actress: Angela Ruiz (Tirador)
Best Supporting Actor: Emilio Garcia (Selda)

Best Production Design: Lav Diaz and Dante Perez (Death in the Land of Encantos)
Best Cinematography: Jeffrey dela Cruz, Brillante Mendoza, Gary Tria and Julius Villanueva (Tirador)
Best Editing: Aleks Castaneda (Tambolista)
Best Music: Francis de Veyra (Tribu)
Best Sound: Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia (Tirador)

Best Short Film: Rolyo by Alvin Yapan
Natatanging Gawad: Kidlat Tahimik

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