naaalala pa rin kita, cinemalaya…(isang sentimental na pagmumuni-muni sa isang film festival na inilalayo sa isang kaluluwang nagmamahal sa kanya…)

NAAALALA PA RIN KITA, CINEMALAYA…

LALO NA ANG HANGIN NA SUMASALUBONG SA AKIN, SA TUWINA…

KAPAG AKO’Y PUMAPASOK NA SA LOOB NG PALASYO NG CCP…

O, ANG PAGLALAMBING NG MGA ALON SA MAY HARBOUR SQUARE KAPAG AKO’Y NANINIGARILYO NA SA LABAS NG MAIN COMPLEX NG CCP…

KASABAY NU’N, MARARAMDAMAN KO NA ANG KALULUWA MO, CINEMALAYA.

 

CINEMALAYA, MAHAL KITA.

PERO SA TAONG ITO, TILA BAGANG INILAYO KA “NILA” SA AKIN…

NI ISANG IMBITASYON, WALA AKONG NAKUHA, NI ISANG PAANYAYA MAN LANG BUHAT SA ISANG KAIBIGAN…

O NG MGA TAONG LUMIKHA SA MGA PELIKULANG KASALI, WALA PO.

KINAUSAP KO NA ANG DALAWANG DIREKTOR SA FACEBOOK, PERO WALA PA RIN-

NI ISANG PAANYAYA…

 

NU’NG PRESCON MO, CINEMALAYA, NI HINDI KO NALAMAN…

INILIHIM PA RIN “NILA” SA AKIN…

SADYA NGA BANG INILAYO KA NA NILA SA AKIN, CINEMALAYA?

IYON NGA ANG NAISIP KO.

BAKA AYAW NA “NILA” SA AKIN, CINEMALAYA…

BAKA KAPAG NAGPUNTA AKO DOON NG WALANG IMBITASYON,

AKO PA AY LAITIN…

IYON ULIT ANG NAISIP KO.

 

AYOKO KASING BAYARAN KA, CINEMALAYA.

DAHIL ALAM KO, HINDI KITA DAPAT BAYARAN…

DAHIL PARA SA AKIN, LIBRE KA.

 

AT, LIBRE DIN NAMAN AKO, CINEMALAYA…

HINDI MO RIN AKO DAPAT BAYARAN.

DAHIL ANG PAGIBIG KO SA IYO, WALANG KABAYARAN….

 

SANA, MAY MAG-IMBITA PA RIN SA AKIN

SA CLOSING FILM NA “HERMANO PULI”…

PARA KAHIT PAPA’NO, MAKITA PA RIN KITA…

MAAKAP, MADAMA.

AT, HABANG GINUGULO NG HANGIN ANG MAHABA AT ITIM MONG BUHOK,

HAHAWAKAN KO IYON, PANONOORIN, AAMUYIN…

 

IKAW ANG AKING “INA”, CINEMALAYA…

NAGBIBIGAY-BUHAY… NAGMAMAHAL…

ANG PELIKULA AY ANG AKING SIGLA AT SAYA!

 

NAGTATAMPO AKO SA IYO, CINEMALAYA.

PERO PARA QUE?

SA HULING ARAW MO, PIPILITIN KONG MAPUNTAHAN PA KITA…

 

MAHAL KITA, CINEMALAYA.

MAHAL NA MAHAL NA MAHAL… KITA.

 

HABAMBUHAY.

 

 

(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio)

 

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GIL M. PORTES’ HERMANO PULI CLOSES CINEMALAYA

a gil m. portes film closes the cinemalaya 2016
a gil m. portes film closes the cinemalaya 2016

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“GIL M. PORTES’ HERMANO PULI CLOSES CINEMALAYA”

 

Gil M. Portes’ Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli (The Agony and Fury of Hermano Puli) will be the closing film of the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

Slated on August 13, 9pm at the CCP Main Theater, the film is a historical drama based on the life and times of Apolinario de la Cruz, who led a revolt in 1841 against the Spanish colonial government in the Philippines in the name of religious freedom. Decades before the rise of liberalism in Spanish-era colonial Philippines, a young charismatic preacher leads a movement for equality and religious freedom for his fellow native Filipinos.  He is hailed as the Christ of the Tagalogs, but is sentenced to death for heresy by both Church and State.  Hermano Puli is a story about love. The love of a prophet for his God, the love of a nation for its culture, the love of a native for his country.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

Catch the Cinemalaya films at the CCP and Ayala Theaters — Greenbelt 1 and Glorietta 4, Makati, Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, and UP Town Center, Quezon City, Solenad, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and at the Ayala Center Cebu.

Additional screenings for sold out Cinemalaya films Pamilya Ordinaryo and Kusina, both competition films in the full length category, have been set to satisfy audience demand.  Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr. is slated on August 12, 12:45pm at the CCP Main Theater.  Kusina, the Judy Ann Santos starrer directed by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares, will be shown on August 13, 12:45pm at the CCP Main Theater.

For more information, visit www.cinemalaya.org or www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya Facebook page or CCP Media Arts at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

Cinemalaya Awards Night on August 14 at the CCP

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WINNERS of the 2016 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival will be announced at the Cinemalaya Awards Night on August 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

With the theme “Break the Surface, this year’s Cinemalaya Festival boasted of 19 new digital films in competition.  

In the full length feature, nine films competed. These were:  Ang Bagong Pamilya Ni Ponching by Inna Miren Salazar and Dos Ocampo, Dagsin by Atom Magadia, Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover, I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal,Kusina by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares, Lando at Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr., Mercury Is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana, Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr. and Tuos by Derick Cabrido.

Ten entries competed in the Short Feature category. These were: Ang Hapon Ni Nanding (Nanding’s Afternoons) by Rommel Tolentino, Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa, Bugtaw by Noah Del Rosario,Butas by Richard Cawed, Fish Out Of Water by Mon A.L. Garilao, Forever Natin by Cyrus Valdez, Get Certified by Isaias Herrera Zantua, Mansyong Papel by Ogos Aznar, Nakauwi Na by John Relano, Patrick Baleros and Luis Hidalgo,Pektus by Isabel Quesada.

Awards in the short film category will be given for Best Screenplay, Audience Choice, Best Film and Best Director. The NETPAC Prize and Special Jury Prize will also be awarded. The Best Film winner of the short film category will receive Php150,000 cash prize while all winners will receive the Balanghai trophy.

Awards in the full length category will be given for Best Sound, Best Musical Score, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Audience Choice, Best Film, NETPAC Prize, and the Special Jury Prize.  The winner of the Best Film will receive a cash award of Php350,000 and the Balanghai trophy.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas.  Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

For more information, visit www.cinemalaya.org or www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya Facebook page or CCP Media Arts at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.  

WINNERS OF THE 28TH CCP INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO NAMED

 

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“WINNERS OF THE 28TH CCP INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO NAMED”

The Cultural Center of the Philippines named the winners of the 28th Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula At Video (Gawad Alternatibo) in awarding ceremonies on August 9, 2016 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

This year’s competition was held on August 6-9 as part of the 12th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

This year’s awardees are:

ANIMATION

 

·         1st Prize              LOLA LOLENG

     By Jean Cheryl Tagyamon

     (U.P. Film Institute)                                

·         2nd Prize            THE PASSAGE OF LIFE

      By Renz Vincent Cruz & Hannah Daryl Gayapa

     (De La Salle – College of St. Benilde)

·         3rd Prize                 A YETI STORY

      By Kuenzang Dorji

     (De La Salle – College of St. Benilde)

 

·         Honorable               POWER UP

      Mention            By Chih-Chiang Wei

     (De La Salle – College of St. Benilde)

       SWEET VICTORY 

     By Chelsea Oleta

     (De La Salle – College of St. Benilde)

      PAPERCUT

      By Patricia Camino

     (De La Salle – College of St. Benilde)

EXPERIMENTAL

·         1st Prize                 THE FILIPINO DREAM

                              By Epoy Deyto

                              (tollidBilly – Independent)

·         2nd Prize                 IISA LANG ANG DAAN PABALIK

                              By Margarita Mina

                              (University of the Philippines – Diliman)

 

·         3rd Prize            – No Winner –

·         Honorable               MANILA SCREAM

      Mention            By Blair Camilo & Roque Lee

                             (Cinema Regla – Independent)

 

DOCUMENTARY

 

·         1st Prize -No Winner –

 

·         2nd Prize-           -No Winner –

·         3rd Prize            THE MAN WHO SELLS LUCK

                               By Jose Dennis C. Teodosio, Joamar-John D. Canosa & Myo Min Htwe

                               (The Creative Playground – Independent, Myanmar)

·         Honorable         LUNAS

      Mention      By Marvin Cabangunay

(Colegio De San Juan De Letran)

 

SHORT FEATURE

 

·         1st Prize                 UWIAN NA

                              By Joanne Cesario

                              (University of the Philippines – Diliman)

·         2nd Prize                SINADYA KONG KALIMUTAN PARA MAULIT ANG LAHAT

                              By Rommel Ruiz

                              (Lampyris Production – Independent)

·         3rd Prize                 DIVINE XY

                              By Ruelo Zendo

                              (zendofilms / giantAtis – Independent)

·         Honorable               WAIVERS

      Mention            By Gino Jose

                              (Slanted Fuzz Pictures & Indioboy Productions – Independent)

                              THE LAST GIG ON EARTH

                              By Mariah Christelle Reodica

                              (University of the Philippines Film Institute)

·         Best Regional Entry

                              AN KAPINUNAN KAN MGA ALON SA DANAW

                              (WHERE THE LAKE’S RIPPLES BEGIN)

                              By Jenn Romano

                              (Starry Night Productions – Independent)

 

The Gawad Alternatibo is considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN/Asian region.  Since 1987, Gawad Alternatibo annually cites the best efforts of Pinoy filmmakers in four categories –Animation, Experimental, Documentary and Short Feature.  Winners each receive a cash prize, as well as certificate.  Aside from the main awards, special citations are given out to the best work from the regions, as well as works on/for/by children.  Many of today’s outstanding filmmakers and media practitioners are alumni of Gawad Alternatibo.  ###

“DAPIT HAPON”, a photo essay poem by MR. JOEY GONZALES…

“DAPIT HAPON”: A PHOTO ESSAY POEM BY MR. JOEY GONZALES

 

(THE PICTORIALIST LINK: https://www.facebook.com/thepictorialist/?fref=ts)

PHOTOS BY MR. JOEY GONZALES OF “THE PICTORIALIST”

 

Sa dapit hapon ng buhay ko, sinamahan mo ako… At bahala na kung anuman ang daratnan ko sa dilim ng buhay ko. Dahil alam ko, nariyan ka pa rin.”— (sssip.*)

 

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KL DIZON: ang bagong maria clara ng “kanser”…

kl: bagay na maria clara
kl: bagay na maria clara
kl: isang tunay na mang-aawit
kl: isang tunay na mang-aawit
kl: kemistri sa kapwa aktor o aktres ang importante sa kanya
kl: kemistri sa kapwa aktor o aktres ang importante sa kanya

Pang-limang dula pa lamang kung tutuusin ni KL Dizon ang bagong mild musical na KANSER sa taong ito. Pero ang ‘aura’ niya bilang isang aktres sa teatro ay damang-dama mo maski nasa malayo ka. Pang-bida ang dating ng personalidad niya, pang-‘leading lady’, ika nga. Kaya hindi naman nakapagtataka, kung siya man ang napili ni direk Frannie Zamora na gampanan ang role na Maria Clara para sa bagong bersyon na ito ng KANSER.

Maganda naman ang credentials ng acting experiences ni KL. Mga hindi basta-bastang mga stage musical productions na ang mga nilabasan niya.

“Ang una ko pong ginawang dula ay ang Bagong Harana ng Philippine Opera Company”, bungad na wika ni KL. “Pero ang first musical play ko po ay ang Manhid, at ako po si Urduja, Ang Diwata Ng Gabi sa musical play na iyon, na sinundan ng The Pinoy Super Hero Musical. May ginawa rin po ako sa Ballet Philippines. Kalimitan po’y support lead lamang ako doon sa mga bida.”

At ngayon, dumating na ang pinakamalaking hamon para kay KL. Ito ngang Maria Clara role niya. Bale unang pagkakataon din niya itong makalabas sa Gantimpala Theater Foundation.

“Last year po kasi, I also auditioned for the role”, kuwento ni KL. “I was supposed to be the alternate for Ms. Myra Mae Menesses as Maria Clara. Pero nagkaroon po ng conflict at hindi natuloy. And this year, they approched me to play the part. Natuloy din finally ako as Maria Clara.”

kl with carlo manalac (who will portray crisostomo ibarra) rehearsing for "KANSER"
kl with carlo manalac (who will portray crisostomo ibarra) rehearsing for “KANSER” (PHOTO BY: JHAY-R LAGRIMAS).

Para kay KL, napakahalaga ng papel ni Maria Clara sa nabanggit na dula.

“Siya po kasi ang representation ng Pilipinas, ang Inang Bayan”, wika ni KL. “Siya ‘yung babaeng medyo helpless, pero may gustong ipaglaban. Simbolo rin po siya ng isang tunay na babaeng Pilipina, na may self-respect at pride sa sarili nila. And to be honest po, hindi ko pa nagagampanan ang ganyang klase ng karakter o papel. It’s a big challenge for me.”

Inaamin ni KL na siya ay isang mang-aawit sa tunay na diwa at kahulugan nito.

“Singing is my first love po talaga and I am basically a singer”, sabi ni KL. “Kaya nga po naengganyo ako last year na mag-audition sa Kanser ay dahil full-blown musical ang Kanser last year. Doon ko unang nakilala ng mga taga-Gantimpala. Although this year, kakanta rin ako sa dulang ito dahil mild musical ang version ng Kanser this year.”

Ang gustong ma-accomplish ni KL ay kung paano siya makikipag-bagayan o makikipag-kemistri sa cast.

“Importante po kasi ang kemistri mo with your fellow performers”, sey ulit niya. “But I know, with director Frannie Zamora, magkakaroon ng justice at buhay si Maria Clara. It’s my first time also to work with direk Frannie kaya excited talaga ako”.

Let’s all make way for Ms. KL Dizon, ang bagong Maria Clara ng KANSER.

(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio)

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francis matheu: one step higher

francis: all the moves of a true performing artist
francis: all the moves of a true performing artist
francis matheu: a new breed
francis matheu: a new breed

You could easily recognize and feel a true artist when you see one. With the way he moved, the way he smiled and the way he looked at you. There’s something deeper, you see. The way he answered your questions, and the way he looked and felt about life- with his totally different points of view and all, you would know, he’s real and genuine. It’s like water being mixed with your vodka drink, or a cherry being put atop your favorite French wine in a champagne glass. Indeed, a writer would feel the “awe”.

That was the day we met French-looking stage actor (or is he really a French guy mixed with Pinoy genes? We forgot to ask him) in person of Francis Matheu, who’d be portraying the role of Elias in this year’s updated version of Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s longest-running play- Kanser.

“I just lost my dad with that dreaded disease called cancer”, Francis first spoke to a blogger during a ten-minute break on their first day of rehearsal for the play. “That’s why I could very well relate with this play. The title itself, mostly. Kanser. Because just like cancer, you won’t know that the disease was spreading already. People won’t know, you won’t know. It’s really a deep-rooted problem- the same way that our play’s message implied. Kanser is a sickness that could be attributed to a nation, in a society with many deep-rooted problems.

francis: brains for acting
francis: brains for acting

“You won’t see the real problem not unless the disease was already on its worst stage”, Francis continued on. “And you must continue to fight to get it healed.”

As Elias in the play Kanser, Francis thought of delivering the character in cerebral way. It’s a deep attack using the brain. That’s what one blogger thought when Francis said that.

Elias goes to Ibarra because he’s also being sent by higher people”, Francis said. “He does not go to meet him for his own personal intentions alone. Though, it’s only implied in the story created by Dr. Jose Rizal. Elias represents the Filipino people who simply wanted freedom at that time, and they consult Ibarra because they knew he could help him.”

And Francis would also like to prepare himself physically for the role. It would be better if he’d be a little darker as Elias, and that would be easily done because Francis said, he’s ready now to have a “sun tan” for his skin before the play would start its performances for the month of September.

In case you don’t know, Francis owns his own theater company, together with his twin brother- Joseph. It’s called Twin Bill theater company. He agreed to be among the cast of Kanser and be a guest artist for Gantimpala Theater Foundation because he’d love to work with other theater companies also and further enjoy the beauty and awe of performing. And of course, he couldn’t say ‘no’ to director Frannie G. Zamora.

francis with twin brother joseph: owners of TWIN BILL theater company
francis with twin brother joseph: owners of TWIN BILL theater company

“It’s an honor for me to be directed by Mr. Frannie Zamora who’s very much recognized and respected in the theater scene”, Francis added saying. “It would further open-up my sensibilities and harness my love for fellow colleagues in the theater profession. I would want to capture and grasp all the new things I would learn from this experience of working with the Gantimpala people. I would further embrace it and apply it in my future works at Twin Bill theater of ours. This is such a great privilege and I’m so thankful that director Frannie got me in.”

Young and handsome as he is, fresh and hopeful, passionate and idealistic- Francis would soon create more wonders in the arts of theater. And this is just one step HIGHER.

francis in black shirt, holding his script, with performers from gantimpala theater foundation, during a rehearsal for "KANSER"
francis in black shirt with white outlines, holding his script, with performers from gantimpala theater foundation, during a rehearsal for “KANSER”. (photo credits: jhay-r lagrimas)
blogger sssip with francis
blogger sssip with francis

(WORDS BY ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO)

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