The winners of the 24th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video were announced in awarding rites held on November 23, 2012 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

In the Experimental category, the 1st Prize went to PIKIT SA ALAS-TRES (Sleeping Uncertainties at 3) by Mark Sherwin M. Maestro (UP-Diliman), 2nd prize to UN – by Inshallah P. Montero (De La Salle College of St. Benilde) and 3rd prize to PILIPINAS by Alyssa Suico (UP Film Institute). Honorable mentions went to DESTINASYON by Catherine Luna Capistrano (University of the East – Caloocan) and SA GABI NAHIHIMLAY, NASAAN KA AKING MADALING-ARAW? (On Night’s Sleep, Where are you my Daylight?) by Mark Sherwin Marquez Maestro (UP-Diliman).

In the Animation category, the 1st Prize was awarded to MARIANING by Niko Salazar (De La Salle College of St. Benilde) and 2nd Prize to OLI IMPAN by Omar P. Aguilar (Ateneo de Naga University). Two films in this category garnered the 3rd Prize— BULADOR DE CASA (Indoor Kite) by Victor Ian M. Covarrubias (Ateneo de Zamboanga University) and KALEH AT MBAKI by Dennis E. Sebastian (Independent).  Honorable mentions went to BROWNOUT ANIMATION by Christine Joyce Silva (Independent), TULAK-BALA (To Push Away Calamity) by Mary Grace S. Antonio (Ateneo de Zamboanga University) and THE WILLOW by Phoebe Semfuego (Ateneo de Naga University)

In the Documentary category, no 1st Prize was awarded.  HAPI LIBING (Happy Living) by Steve Cardona (Independent – Lipa City, Batangas) received 2nd Prize while WALANG HANGGANG BUHAY NI LEONARDO CO by Nannette Matilac (Independent – DocuCinema Media Collective, Inc.) got 3rd Prize.  Honorable mentions went to BALITOK (Gold) by Sheryl Rose Andes (UP Film Institute), PAMUKOT (CAUGHT IN A NET) by Godson Escopete (Independent – TUDLA Productions Group, Inc.) and THE QUIAPO PERSPECTIVE by Inshallah P. Montero (De La Salle College of St. Benilde).  A special citation was given to MISYON SA BUNDOK APO by Jophel Botero Ybiosa (Independent – RCP Productions).

In the Short Feature category, the 1st Prize was awarded to SARANGHAE MY TUTOR by Victor Villanueva (Independent – Dreamline Productions) and 2nd Prize to IMIK by Anna Isabelle Matutina (Independent – Digital Cheese).  AU REVOIR PHILIP by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo (Independent) and MANI by Hubert Tibi (Independent – Shotlist Productions) shared the 3rd Prize.

Omar Aguilar’s OLI IMPAN and Villanueva’s SARANGHAE MY TUTOR were named Best Regional Entries while Covarrubias’ BULADOR DE CASA was named the Best Work by/for/on children.

The 24th Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video was held November 20-23, 2012 at the CCP.  A competition for works for both Film and Video formats, it is held in four categories of Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary and Animation.


“melodrama negra”: a low-key film entry at cinema one originals 2012

new indie film actress – ms. gee canlas, looks at the stars with a different psyche in the low-key cinema one film entry- “melodrama negra”.
stars have something to say in the film “melodrama negra”.

Cinema One Originals 2012

A Film by Maribel Legarda

Gee Canlas/Jerald Napoles/Bong Cabrera/Sheng Belmonte/Gerard Acao/Nicco Manalo/Cindy Lopez/Ria Garcia/Acey Aguilar/Mara Lopez

with: Arnel Ignacio/Bembol Roco/Upeng Fernandez/Cai Cortez/Ku Aquino/Issa Litton/Richard Manabat/Jim Pebangco/Roi Calilong/Denzel Guiao/She Maala/Mae Paner/Carla del Rosario/Ernie Conception

Production Design – Boni Juan
Director of Photography – Kerwin Go
Sound Design – Michael Idioma
Musical Score – Myke Salomon
Editors – Kevin Hindriks and Paco Raterta
Screenplay – Layeta Bucoy

Based on a play by Allan Lopez

Directed by Maribel Legarda

from sip & sip:

this film is so low-key… mystifying…”relating”.  🙂

(watch this film at cinema one originals fest 2012 starting nov. 29).

handsome acey aguilar, gives support in the film “melodrama negra”.
yes, mara lopez is also included in the film “melodrama negra”.
carizza cortez, one of the cast in “melodrama negra”.
stage actor jerald napoles portrays a ghost in “melodrama negra”.

lance raymundo joins cinema one originals grand opening tomorrow, november 28, at robinson’s galleria movieworld!


Lance Raymundo will tell you soon a lot of good things that has happened in his life and his career lately. Especially his recent U.S. trip.

But for now, first things first.

Lance is included among the many talented, handsome, famous and great stars in the Cinema One Originals Filmfest 2012.

His latest indie film, “Edsa XXX” is included in the category 2 of the said festival.

And you will be shocked when you see Lance here!

He’ll portray a female mermaid, a vampire, a rockstar, among others in this “trend-setting” musical-parody film.

Just watch the trailer and you’ll know!

By 6 p.m. tomorrow, November 28, 2012, at the Robinson’s Galleria Movieworld… Yes, Lance will be among the many stars who’s going to formally grace and open the CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS FILM FESTIVAL 2012.

Via some formal ceremonies, cocktails and speeches!

For sure, Lance’s star will sizzle, together with the rest of stars there- who are all included in this indie fest!



“sobrang kabaligtaran ng character ko in real-life ang role na ginampanan ko sa PALITAN!”—mara lopez

mara lopez: “cinema one baby”.

A “license” for ART is undeniable.

Art depicts life. And life imitates art.

With the case of Mara Lopez, this smart and brainy College student of De La salle University and daughter of famous actress-beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez, an artist’s dedication to the field of arts was once again proven.

Denied of the good breaks that should have been given to her by a major TV network talent agency, Mara pursued her dream to act- still.

Her mom, Maria isabel Lopez, had always been supportive of her acting career. That’s why, when she got the lead part for the indie film “Palitan” (one of the film entries for Cinema One Originals, which will have its grand opening tomorrow, November 28, 2012, at Robinson’s Galleria Movieworld at 6 p.m.), she didn’t “dilly-dally” anymore. She gave her best! Granting the fact that many of her scenes there required her to do some baring and some steamy love scenes.

‘Coz Mara is not defensive of herself. She’s not putting-up a “front”.

Mara Lopez, lead actress in “Palitan”.

“I portrayed the role of Luisa in the movie”, Mara said to this blogger during one of those visits at the Lopez residence. “At sobrang baligtad sa character ko in real-life ang character ni Luisa. But I had to portray it. It’s my duty as an actress. I had no choice but to agree to do those lovescenes.”

“Luisa was just avictim of circumstances in the movie”, Mara further added. “She did things she’s not capable of doing. She was caught in a web of deceit and lies.”

Mara was already so relaxed with actor Mon Confiado when they did their steamy lovescenes in the film.

“Before we shot the film, we hanged-out, we went-out, we bonded” Mara said. “Mon would visit me and eventually, we became friends. That’s why when we did the scenes, we’re already comfortable to each other.”

According to her director Ato bautista, Mara was a revelation in the film. What could Mara say about this?

“I am flattered”, Mara said in the end. “Let’s keep our fingers crossed that people will like my acting. I’m so nervous already.”


That, we guarantee.

words by robert manuguid silverio

direk celso ad castillo (r.i.p.) was my 4th best friend in showbiz. 🙂 goodbye, direk.



“memories on a summer’s day…

they linger in my hearts forever…

friends i have known, who shared their worlds and their lives…

to me.

people i will always cherish…

and up to this time,

i can still hear them laugh whenever i feel down-

trying to lift me up and make me smile… through the laughters they tickle on my soft and sensitive heart…

i no longer see them now,

but within my heart

they stay.”

––robert m.s.




The vigorous hot springs water of Pansol, Laguna, which director Maryo J. delos Reyes, willingly shared to me at his private resort there. Every year in the past years, but it stopped when we had some “differences’ a few years back…


The beautiful South China Sea, shared to me by my mentor and old friend- director Edd Palmos. Its huge waves always wants to carry me farther…

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“Isa pa nga, direk!” (mga alaala ng isang manunulat sa kanyang pakikipag-kaibigan kay yumaong direk CELSO AD CASTILLO)

young celso (r.i.p.)

Sa mga huling pagkikipagkita ng blogger na ito kay direk Celso Ad Castillo, mga ilang taon na ang nakakaraan- sesenyas siya at itataas ang isang daliri ng kanyang kamay.

Ngingiti pa si direk sa akin, liliit ang kanyang mga mata na halos mawala na ang mga bilog na itim sa loob nu’n- at lalabas ang mga “dimples” niya sa pisngi.

Kapag ginagawa na ‘yun sa akin ni direk Celso nung mga panahon na ‘yun na panay ang biro niya sa akin, halos tangayin ako sa langit… Dama ko noon, sa tuwing sesenyas siya ng ganun sa akin, isa ako sa mga naidirek niyang seksing mga artista. Haha!

“Isa pa nga, Robert!”

a souvenir “collector’s item” photo of a young & dashing director celso ad castillo during his early days as a film director. (photo courtesy of video 48

Doon nagsimula ang mga biro na ‘yun ni direk Celso sa akin. Nang humiling ako sa kanya ng- “Isa Pa Nga!” Medyo na-“turn-off” kasi si direk sa asal ko na ‘yun at nauwi sa biro… Ayaw kasi niya na humihingi pa ako ng “Isa Pa Nga”- na alak o anuman… Haha!

Humihiling kasi ako noon sa kanya ng isa pang obra-maestrang pelikula.  AT ISA PANG BOTE NG BEER KAPAG NAG-IINUMAN NA KAMI SA KANYANG TAHANAN SA SINILOAN, LAGUNA.  Doon ako sesenyas sa kanya sa tuwina ng- “Isa Pa Nga, Direk!”…At sa mga gabi at araw na ‘yun, NAKITA KO SA MGA MAKUKULAY NA KUWENTO NI DIREK ANG KAGANDAHAN NG ‘PHILIPPINE CINEMA’!…

Nung mga panahon na yun kasi na nagpatayo siya ng videoke sa ground floor ng tahanan niya doon, madalas niya akong pinapupunta at nagdya-jamming kami ukol sa Philippine Cinema. Nauna ako kay Ron Bryant (isang indie film director at scriptwriter)  sa mga ka-jamming ni direk. At kalaunan, si Ron Brytant na ang madalas niyang nakakasama nung mga araw na ‘yun…

Pero hindi na niya ako mapagbigyan noon sa kahilingan kong ISA PANG OBRA-MAESTRA, dala na rin marahil ng kanyang pagiging abala sa matahimik na niyang pamumuhay sa bayan nila sa Siniloan, Laguna.

Sesenyas ako kay direk. Itataas ko ang isa kong daliri. Ibig sabihin, ISA. 

Isa pa nga.

“direk celso, your magnificent eye has transformed the Philippine Cinema into a beautiful work of art!”, this blogger once said to the late director.

Sa kakakulit ko kay direk Celso, nang lumaon ay biniro-biro na niya ako palagi. Kapag makikita niya ako, sesenyas na siya ng ISA. Yun nga, isang daliri. Isang ngiti. Isang kindat.

At kahapon, nang malaman kong yumao na si direk Celso, naaalala ko kaagad ang senyasan naming yun…


Parang hindi pa ako kuntento sa mga nagawa mo. Feeling ko, marami ka pang magagawa. Marami ka pang mako-contribute SANA sa industriya.

“Medyo nalungkot lang ako, direk  Celso”… Sa ilang  TV News at sa ilang radio shows, tila mas nakalamang ang pagbanggit nila na gumawa ka ng “Bomba Films” sa mga huling kabanata ng iyong pagka-busilak bilang isang direktor. Tila mali yata ang mga report nila? 

Nagtatanong lang po…

“Bilang isa sa mga itinuring mong kaibigan, direk Celso”, ipaglalaban kita maski ngayong wala ka na. Na sana, mas makita nila ang MAS MGA DAKILANG PELIKULANG NAGAWA MO, hindi yung mga ‘bomba films’ na tinatawag nila…

Dahil never kang naging BOMBA film director, direk Celso!

Ginawa mo lamang ang “Snake Sisters”, “Virgin People 1 & 2”, “Ang Lihim Ng Kalapati”, “Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop Sa Balat Ng Lupa”, at iba pa, para lamang MASAGIP ang namamatay na nuong industriya ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

Tama, ikaw nga ang “Messiah”  pelikulang lokal!

Ikaw lagi ang nagpapauso ng mga bagong istilo sa paggawa ng pelikula!

Pero sana, mas maalala nila ang mga pelikula mong- “Asedillo”, “Maligno”, “Bakit Dugo Ang Kulay Ng Gabi”, “Pagputi Ng Uwak, Pag-Itim Ng Tagak”, “Tag-Ulan Sa Tag-Araw”, “Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara”, “Ang Alamat Ni Julian Makabayan”, at napakarami pang iba.

Mas grabe ang mga nalikha mong mga klasikong pelikula, keysa mga tinatawag nilang mga “bomba films” mo…

Para sa mga kabataan, dapat na malaman nila, direk.


Oo, direk.

“Isa Pa Nga”.

mga salitang nilikha ni robert manuguid silverio