CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2015 FINAL COMPLETE FILM ENTRIES, WITH FILMS’ CAST AND STORYLINES…


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‘CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2015’

1.) “Baka Siguro Yata” (Joel Ferrer, genre: Romantic Comedy)

Cast

Dino Pastrano as Carlo

Valerie “Bangs” Garcia as Melissa

Cherie Gil as Remy

Ricky Davao as Adrian

Katrina “Hopia” Legaspi as Myka

Boo Gabunada as Jinno

Anna Luna as Nica

Chanel Latorre as Mae

Nicco Manalo as Japot

Jerald Napoles as Gio

Alex Medina as Epol

Synopsis

Baka Siguro Yata is a comedy drama which revolves around Carlo, a 29-year old unambitious graphic designer whose only passion is to play music with his co-unambitious long-time friends. After discovering that his girlfriend of 6 years is a lesbian, he seeks to find refuge on a one-night stand with a high school classmate named Melissa. However, Melissa gets pregnant which in turns everything in disarray. Melissa’s sister and her boyfriend mulls over their planned first sex but gets cold feet due to what happened to her sister. Carlo’s divorced parents, on the other hand, discreetly starts seeing each other as they rekindle their 20 year old relationship by having an affair and secret meetings while they cheat on their new partner. Baka Siguro Yata tells a story of love within three generations. It tells how each generation understand and perceive the idea of love.

2.) “Bukod Kang Pinagpala” (Sheron Dayoc, genre: Horror)

Cast

Bing Pimentel as Stella

Max Eigenmann as Stephanie

Paolo Paraiso as Demon

Lou Veloso as Mang Nardo

Lui Manansala as Aling Natty

Kiko Matos as James

Senon Palomares as Fr. Atilano

Extras as mga deboto

Synopsis

In an old house replete with images of Catholic icons and symbols, a young lady struggles with the demented religious fanaticism of her mother, who it seems cannot differentiate between pious fervour and demonic possession- for both exist simultaneously in her being.  The daughter seeks help for mother’s behavior, but as days go by, their relationship turns from harrowing to horrific, as strange phenomena occur inside the house, driving the daughter to evade and overcome her mother’s deranged machinations.

3.) “Dahling Nick” (Sari Dalena, genre: Docu-drama)

Cast

Raymond Bagatsing                         Nick Joaquin/Don Badong/Bro Fernando

Alessandra de Rossi                        Virgin Mary / Maria

Ma. Isabel Lopez                               Anastasia

Adrian Cabido                                   Onching

Paul Cedric G. Juan                        Leocadio Joaquin

Banaue Miclat-Janssen                    Doña Salome Joaquin

Che Ramos-Cocio                            Sara Joaquin

Ping Medina                                      Ping Joaquin

Roli Inocencio                                    Mang Emong

Kiko Matos                                        Master Novice

Angelina Kanapi                               Elizabeth

Dindi Gallardo                                   Imelda Marcos

Lance Raymundo                              Ferdinand Marcos

Bernardo Bernardo                           Adrian Cristobal

Emmanuel Dela Cruz                       F. Sionil Jose

Nick Lizaso                                        Juan Ponce Enrile

Karl Medina                                       Danny Dalena

Ross Pesigan                                    Pete Lacaba

Thea Yrastorza                                  Marra Lanot

Kris Lanot Lacaba                            Serafin Lanot

Karla Pambid                                    Elena Roco

Opaline Santos                                 Virgie Moreno

Aba Lluch Dalena                             The Sculptor

Ronah Adiel Rostata                        Ninotchka Rosca

Darwin Gordon de Roxas                Greg Brilliantes

Nico Bagsic                                       Joma Sison

Bong Cabrera                                   Mang Jojo

Gabby Padilla                                    Agueda

Hazel Faith Dela Cruz                      Catalina Montiya

Jasmine Capule                                Cousin Marina

Jessa Lyn Capule                             Cousin Elena

Cos Zicarelli                                      Rodrigo

Faye Alhambra                                  Natalia

Johnny Regana                                 Angelito

Kino Sicat                                          Children

Paris Sicat

Kirsten Moya

Rica Abad                                          Mujeres Ilustradas

Jane Valderama

Noemi Bayoneta

Synopsis

Short

DAHLING NICK is a documentary drama exploring the life and works of National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin.

Long

DAHLING NICK is a documentary-drama exploring the life and works of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, who only accepted the National Artist Award on the condition the Marcos administration release a well-known writer who was being unjustly detained during Martial Law. Depicting the “inner world” of this canonical writer, who wrote both novels as well as journalistic works, the juxtaposition of documentary interviews, episodes from his life, and evocative imagery from his literary pieces will create a cinematic collage. DAHLING NICK is a celebration of Joaquin’s life and inimitable contributions to Philippine arts.

4.) “Dayang Asu” (Bor Ocampo, genre: Action-Drama)

Cast

Ricky Davao as Mang Peping

Junjun Quintana as Tonton

Inna Tuason as Jeljel

Lui Manansala as Lola Miding

Bernard Laxa as Ahmed

Elora Españo as Nadjoua

Kelvin Vistan as Amor

Alex Manansala as Burbos

Marco Nepomuceno as Mayor Macapagal

Ronnie Tayag as Governor Macapagal

Bajun Lacap as Mang Domeng

Gina Villa as Aling Lydia

Synopsis

Short

Amidst legalized corruption, a son struggles to prove to his father that he is fit to survive in a dog-eat-dog world.

Long

Money flows in the quarry business. Running it means constantly keeping a lot of people satisfied. And, digging deeper reveals a scheme designed for legalized corruption. Workers issue “official receipts” for the passway fee collected from every truckload of sand coming from the quarry site, 24/7.

A passway marks the delineation between two sides. It is exactly in the middle and serves both as entry and exit.

Tonton, the son of a quarry master, enters the world of quarrying.

A newbie to the business, he does his best to toughen up and blend in with his co-workers. On top of that, he struggles to prove to his father that he is fit to be part of and eventually run the business. As his co-workers search for a dog to butcher for his birthday, he tries to deal with a landlord who demands for a higher cut on the earnings. However, his diplomatic attempt on swaying the landlord is futile, proving that his father’s ways are more effective. Things get out of hand and he is forced to make a decision. “Dayang Asu” is inspired by true events.

5.) “Hamog” (Ralston Jover, genre: drama)

Cast

Zaijan Jaranilla as Rashid

Teri Malvar as Jinky

Sam Quitania as Tisoy

Bor Lentejas as Moy

OJ Mariano as Danny

Anna Luna as Paula

Mike Liwag as Bernard

Lou Veloso as Abdul

Kyline Alcantara as Super Girl

Synopsis

Short

A story of 4 street children called “Batang Hamog” who  got hooked in 2 consecutive  and unexpected events in their daily routine of crime and survival in the busy  Manila streets.  One of them suddenly disappears in the hands of a kidnapper, with a clear fate of being oblivious; while the other kid dies in a fatal car accident.  How will the remaining street kids cope with such tragedies?  Where will they go next?

Long

A child’s play at the end of innocence, heading towards a journey at the beginning of life.  It showcases 4 street children called “batang hamog” who got hooked in 2 consecutive and unexpected events in their daily routine of crime and survival in the busy streets.  One of them, Jinky, the only girl in the group, suddenly disappears in the hands of a kidnapper, a taxidriver they victimize with haphazard thievery while his vehicle got caught in heavy traffic.  The youngest, Moy suddenly dies in a fatal car accident during a petty heist.  Rashid, the Moslem boy, could not fathom the thought of leaving his dead friend in the morgue after finding out that he is an escaped ward from the orphanage; Moy has no known relatives to take care of his burial.  Rahid needs to learn the Christian tradition of burying their dead. Meantime, the eldest in the group, Tisoy, Jinky’s boyfriend feels equally lost looking for her in their regular hangouts.  He gets haunted by his sordid past when he spots a crying boy, shouting his mother’s name. Until he experiences something beyond the ordinary when he starts seeing an animated character he only used to watch on television and in some animated films. Tisoy believes his dreams have finally come alive.

6.) “Manang Biring” (Carl Joseph Papa, genre: Drama-Comedy)

Cast

Erlinda Villalobos as Biring and Jerry

Mailes Kanapi as Eva

Alchris Galura as Terence

Patrick Sugui as Yohan

Bea Benedicto as Amanda

Lance Raymundo as Richard Abadilla

Cherry Pie Picache as Nita

John Carlo Tan as CJ

Synopsis  

MANANG BIRING is a dark comedy-drama about a feisty, terminally ill old lady who has long accepted her imminent passing due to stage-4 breast cancer but then receives an unexpected letter from an estranged loved one announcing their return for Christmas

7.) “Mga Rebeldeng May Kaso” (Raymond Red, genre: Youth Drama)

Cast

Felix Roco (Rem)

Nicco Manalo (Pat)

Epy Quizon (Deo)

Earl Ignacio (Sid)

Angela Cortez (Mara)

Synopsis

The film is based on true events surrounding the emergence of the underground alternative cinema movement of the 1980s. Just after the February ’86 People Power revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship, a band of young filmmakers organize their own independent film & video festival and declare the legitimacy of the emerging “new wave” movement of alternative cinema. The film also touches on crossing paths with the brewing underground music scene, and their fateful collaboration with iconic pioneer Pinoy punk band Betrayed. 

8.) “Miss Bulalacao” (Ara Chawdhury, genre: small town drama)

Cast

Dodong – Russ Ligtas

Lisa – Chai Fonacier

Poldo – Ferdinand Mesias

Mercy – Tessie Tomas

Peter – Keith Deligero

Fr Tony – Mon Confiado

Marlina – Nanette Inventor

Esme – Gen Mijares

Toto – Tita Chris

Hilda – Paz Tabuldan

Belen – Nikki dela Paz

Dario – Ronyel Compra

Kriston – Jeff Ogario

Synopsis

Short

Miss Bulalacao is about a young drag queen, Dodong, who joins a barangay

gay pageant to gain acceptance in his father’s community. He is instead met with hostility from his father, who chases him to a jungle, where he sobs to a lone bright star. What follows is the strangest night in his entire life, and an even stranger 9 months when he realizes he is pregnant. With only his stepmother, Lisa, as support, Dodong deals with ridicule from a barangay who does not believe him – until the rumors becomes a headline in a tabloid, “BAKLA, INA NG DIOS!”.

Long

On the eve of the fiesta of Punta Bulalacao, somewhere in the island province of Biliran, 15 year old Dodong joins a gay pageant and is asked the question, “What is the essence of being a woman?” He answers “Motherhood”, and is crowned Miss Bulalacao”. His victory is greeted with rage from his father, Poldo, who takes after him with a dos por dos. He spends the night in the jungle, sobbing to a lone star. The star grows larger and larger, until Dodong’s hiding place is engulfed in white. In the morning, he remembers nothing and is swept up in the village’s fiesta preparations. Aside from Poldo, he lives with his young stepmother, Lisa, who is cold to him. He assists her with odd jobs around town – most frequently for their rich neighbor, Mam Mercy, who has a son named Peter. Dodong only has eyes for the city-bred Peter but he never notices him or anyone in their small village. The village folk spend their days gossiping about each other and life continues as it always has.And then Dodong gets sick. He and Lisa visit the barangay health official who recommends they get an ultrasound to rule out gallstones. Instead of gallstones, the monitor reveals a tiny heartbeat. Dodong is confused. The health official suggests that maybe Dodong is biologically female, except his genitalia is submerged, or his clitoris overdeveloped. They are recommended to go to an OB, who laughs at them as soon as Dodong claims he is pregnant. Soon, word spreads about Dodong’s claims. At first, the news is met with repulsion, then amusement, and then bewilderment when some of the villagers realize he isn’t lying. The rumors reach the tabloids, where Dodong’s situation is transformed into a miracle. The community members one by one become devotees, fashioning themselves into a cult. Only his father is unconvinced. Poldo spends more and more time with his old girlfriend-turned-mistress, Esmeralda – further detaching himself from the household. Soon church officials are knocking on their door to verify the “miracle”.

9.) “The Comeback” (Ivan Andrew Payawal, genre: Comedy-Drama)

Cast 

Patrick Garcia

Kaye Abad

Valeen Montenegro and

Matt Evans

Also starring

Adrienne Vergara

Julia Enriquez

Bea Galvez

Kate Alconga

Introducing

Sheena Ramos

Synopsis

 Short

The Comeback is a comedy about a 32 year old crazy, OA fading superstar actress who loses everything in her life and decides to commit suicide but on the day she decides to kill herself, she receives a package containing 4 letters and ashes in a vase: a dead man’s ashes in search of a home. 

Long

Angela Velasco had it all: Fame, money, expensive clothes, a mansion, true love, fans that adore her, friends that support her. Even though she lost her parents at a young age, she has been a fighter and made it on her own. But that was before…Before the nasty rumors, before her showbiz downfall, before her deepest heartbreak, before all of her friends leave her, before the never-ending debts, before her disgusting diva attitude, before the drugs and alcohol, before the parties, before her attempted suicide.

Feeling like she lost everything, on the decided day of her suicide, her attempt gets cut by an arrival of a package that contains 4 letters and a vase with ashes in it. One letter is addressed to the owner of the house. She then gets the surprise of her life when she finds out that the ashes are remains of a dead man named Kiko who used to be the owner of the house Angela is staying in. Kiko is requesting if the owner of the house can help him find his real destination: to the arms of the 3 names: Melanie, Letty or Irene,that are written on the letters.The arrival of Kiko’s ashes sparks like a good luck charm for Angela as she tries to juggle her “comeback” with her old antics while she embarks on a journey finding a home for Kiko but in the process she finds a home for herself.

 

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