“CINEMA ONE DIARIES”

"my star".
“my star”.
a look from alex medina...
a look from alex medina…
stars in the sky...
stars in the sky…
the titanic.
the titanic.
mara lopez and alex vincent medina: best actress and best actor for cinema one filmfest 2012 awards night...
mara lopez and alex medina: best actress and best actor for cinema one digital film fest 2012 awards night…


“I love waking up in the morning not knowing where I’m gonna go or who I’m gonna meet. Just the other night, I was sleeping under a bridge, and now here I am, on the grandest ship in the world, having champagne with you fine people.”
Titanic (1997)

 

At least, that’s what the character of American actor Leonardo DiCaprio said on the 1997 film- Titanic. And I could say that again now.

Artists were known to be drifters. They would love to feel the sky and embrace the sun, make love with life and chase with the devil. But they would only love God.

They’d journey amidst the thrills and the excitements… and in the end, they would drift further ashore.

Yes, I could say again now, that: “I love waking up in the morning not knowing where I’m gonna go or who I’m gonna meet. Just the other night, I was sleeping under a bridge, and now here I am, on the grandest ship of the world, having champagne with you fine people.”

That was my experience on the few past days of my life. That was my experience when I got involved (somehow) with the “Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2012”. And that was, too, the ‘main essence’ of MY CINEMA ONE DIARIES.

 

Drifting ashore or just simply walking by under the morning sun… Embracing my rainbow ( ‘sleeping under a bridge’)… And suddenly seeing myself on the big events of Cinema One fest ( ‘being on the grandest ship’)… But lastly, at the final celebration of it all, I enjoyed the cocktail drinks served at the Opening Night of the film fest event ( ‘having champagne with you fine people’).

It all started with a GLANCE. Then, a smile. A lasting stare. And a sudden feeling… from ‘someone’.

I saw the stars, next to that, at the grand press conference of Cinema One Digital Film Festival, held at the 9th floor of ELJ Towers inside the Channel 2 TV station compound.

There they were. Young and bright. Hopeful and proud. Beautiful and handsome…

And yes, I saw back the glittering and brightful colors of Philippine Cinema coming alive once again. Just like the stars in those night skies… Just like a ‘new-found’ hope within my heart… Just like a new life suddenly emerging from an overpowering and gigantic blast.

Yes, the Philippine Cinema could still be a wonderful place to ‘believe’ in. Whether they were “mainstream” or major film people who belonged to giant film companies, or,  the “indie” film people who were always on the sidelights, everybody could still “mix-in”. Blend in, we might say…

I also saw young film directors, producers, writers, production designers, bit players- all exuberant and mighty, ‘coz they were about to showcase their talents in this magnificent film fest.

A few days after that, I was invited to the Grand Opening Night of the said festival, this time, held at the 4th floor of Robinson’s Galleria Mall in Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills. The opening night was also the night of the restored film version of the Filipino film classic  Oro, Plata, Mata. It was shown that night.

And yes, the director of that film was there. In person of director Peque Gallaga.

I felt I was on a “grand ship” at the cinema lobby of Robinson’s Galleria, as I mingled with stars, directors, entertainment people, co-bloggers/writers, etcetera…

Drinks were served, and cocktail finger foods, too. Boracay Rhum, that was it, I got drunk with it. And felt so energetic and jubilant afterwards…

I imagined myself being on that ‘Titanic’ big grand ship, with very fine and indeed very famous people…

I listed the names of the many artistic ‘showbiz’ personalities who were there… And they knew who they were, because writing their names on this personal article would sound like little bit of a ‘bragging’…

But the ‘Titanic’ ship was so full, and many delightful laughs were heard everywhere.

It was like a feeling of deja vu, gazing back at the opening scenes of the classic masterpiece Oro, Plata, Mata, mixed with a feeling of grandeur and nationalistic “pride”.

Here was the film that showed my beloved land- the Philippines, and my co-Filipino people- with huge generosity, depth and style…

 

Then, the ‘FINALE’:

It was the opening night of my three favorite movies included on the said indie (“independent”) film festival- one after another, on just one single day.

I was there again. This time, the venue was at the Edsa Shangrila Plaza Mall’s 5th floor.

And again, I was drifting by, but this time, with friends and colleagues from the print media-as we were all looking around, mixing, and mingling with mostly new film artists once more.

Until I saw the “living soul”- that ‘someone’, back again…

His gentleness touched my heart (when he approached and talked to me), and his sincerity conquered my very soul…

The way he gave importance and meaning to my presence on that opening  night of a movie- oh, my! It was so overwhelming! I didn’t know what to say or what to do, it’s as if, time stood still…

It was like, at that very moment (which was already almost a week back), the film festival itself was embracing me, feeling me, caring me…at the time when he came near.

I had felt then, it was more than enough…

And I couldn’t ask for more.

As I escalated downwards, the most memorable events I experienced at the ‘Cinema One’ festivities lingered on my mind.

Somehow, I had surely been there, and somehow, I had deeply learned and got ‘awed’ so much: On  the thick and melting ‘juice’ of its great ‘core’…

As I dramatically moved and walked further on, until finally reaching the outside exterior-street of the mall which was down the very busy and noisy Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue, I suddenly thought of looking-up at the dark night and the gray-colored skies above.

AND  I SAW BACK MY ‘STAR’.

 

 

My Cinema One Diaries…

By Robert Manuguid Silverio