MINSAN LANG PO SILANG MABUBUHAY. AT MAIKLI NA LANG PO SIGURO ANG ORAS NA ILALAGI SA MUNDO NG ILAN SA MGA BATANG ITO… ISANG MILAGRO NA LANG MULA SA DIYOS SA ITAAS ANG HINIHINTAY NILA SA TULUYANG PAGGALING. AT SA TULONG NG MGA DOKTOR, STAFF, NURSES AT VOLUNTEER WORKERS NG TAHAN-TAHANAN HALFWAY HOME NA LOCATED SA BASEMENT NG EAST AVENUE MEDICAL HOSPITAL SA QUEZON CITY, MARAHIL DIN AY MAGTATAGAL PA ANG ORAS NILA UPANG MANATILI SA MUNDONG ITO.
AT SA MGA ORAS NA IYON, PASAYAHIN NAMAN PO NATIN SILA. IBIGAY SA KANILA ANG ATING MGA YAKAP AT HALIK, LALONG-LALO NA ANG IBAYONG PANSIN AT PANGANGALAGA. PASAYAHIN PO NATIN SILA.
NUONG NAGDAANG OKTUBRE 23, GANAP NA ALAS-DIYES NG UMAGA, PINASYALAN SILA NG PAMOSONG AKTOR AT SINGER NA TUMATAKBO NA NGAYON BILANG KONSEHAL NG SAN JUAN, UPANG MAG-ALAY SA KANILA NG PAGMAMAHAL. PINASAYA NI LANCE ANG MGA CANCER KIDS NG TAHAN-TAHANAN HALFWAY HOME NUONG TANGHALI NA IYON.
MAKIKITA NAMAN PO NINYO SA MGA LITRATO AT SA VIDEO SA IBABA ANG IBAYONG PAGKANTA NA GINAWA NI LANCE PARA SA MGA CANCER KIDS NA ITO. TUNAY NA NAKAKA-TOUCH NG PUSO, DI BA? ISANG TUNAY NA PUBLIC SERVANT SI LANCE.
NAROON DIN NUONG UMAGA NA IYON ANG AKTOR NA SI ALEX VINCENT MEDINA (NA MADALAS NAMING MAKITA SA MGA CHARITY EVENTS NG TAHAN-TAHANAN DAHIL ADVOCACY NIYA ANG TUMULONG DIN SA MGA CANCER KIDS), AT ANG AKTRES AT BOOK AUTHOR NA SI MS. RITA AVILA (NA SUMUSULAT NG MGA CHILDREN’S STORIES SA MGA AKLAT NA PINA-PUBLISH NIYA).
MAY MGA BEAUTY QUEENS DIN NA NAGSIDALO. AT SA TULONG NG P.R. PERSON NG TAHAN-TAHANAN NA WALANG IBA KUNDI SI MR. OGIE MEDINA, MATIWASAY NA NAIRAOS ANG ISANG CHARITY EVENT NUNG UMAGA NA IYON. NAG-ALAY NG MGA REGALO ANG MGA ARTISTANG NAGSIDALO DOON.
KAILANGAN PA PO NG TULONG NG MGA CANCER KIDS NA ITO PARA SA KANILANG MGA GAMOT AT IBA PANG PANGANGAILANGAN. TULUNGAN PO NATIN SILA HABANG NARIRITO PA SILA.
SA PARAISO, MAKAKAMTAN NILA ANG WALANG-HANGGANG KASIYAHAN NA NUON PA NILA INAASAM.
SALAMAT SA TAHAN-TAHANAN SA PAGTULONG SA KANILA.
(words by robert manuguid silverio, WITH PHOTOS COURTESY OF: MR. ROGELIO BUNYE MEDINA AND LANCE RAYMUNDO).
lance with the cncer kids and guests at tahan-tahanan halfway home. ;ance raymundo with the cancer kids. alex vincent medina with a mom of a cancer kid children books author and actress ms. rita avila entertains the cancer kids, too
“Official competition selection of the #QCinema International Film Festival.
Gala premiere night Friday Nov 7 at 930pm Trinoma Cinema 3. Public is welcome.
2nd screening on Saturday Nov 8 at 12pm noon Trinoma Cinema 3.
Much thanks for your support and please share to help foster #independentcinema.
Cheers!”— FROM DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER AD CASTILLO
DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER AD CASTILLO SPEAKS ABOUT HIS FILM “IN DARKNESS WE LIVE”:
“The idea was borne about by my love for Takashi Miike gangster films and French slasher films of the
90’s. I always put my influences in anything that I do artistically and this film gave me a chance with a
couple of film languages that I admire. Plus it was a great way to work with my dear friend producer
Suzette Ranillo and my fiancee Malaya Santos who was actively involved in my production for the first
It’s about bank robbers who botch a job and have to go on the run. They run out of gas on and go on
foot in this weird forest where no one has gotten out alive. There they discover an old house where a
young woman lives with her grandmother. As they insist on staying, the Grandmother tells them that it
is the night of Ang Kumakatok (Those Who Knock), a mythical being who takes away a soul from the
occupants of the house they knock in. As the dead of night unfolds, we realize who they all really are
and when the knock comes, none of them can run away from an evil that stays in their soul.
It’s not your traditional exercise in horror but more of a drama and the toll the extreme psyche exerts on
the human soul. I toy with the idea of a myth and its effects on people who are already on the edge
while being violent by nature. The legend of Ang Kumakatok is something I discovered after doing
research on Philippine mythology. I wanted to pick on something more obscure and stay away from the
overused standard ones like Tikbalang and Kapre to name a few. Every time I ask people whether
they’ve heard of Ang Kumakatok, they don’t know what it is. Our culture is rich in mythology, let’s be
inventive about it.”
ON THE VIOLENCE OF THE FILM
“My motto on set was never run out of blood. I came in knowing that the screen will be awash in red
and I was not going to shy away from the reality of the characters and the story. These are violent
people that will not think twice to kill and will die before they get caught and I have to be honest in the
actions they do. And if that means ultra violence then so be it. Actually I started the film knowing I was
headed into X rating territory and enjoyed every second of it. There’s a feeling of liberation when your
art is unencumbered and you’re free to unleash onto the audience the terrible darkness in your mind.”
ON THE ADLIB OF THE FILM
“I wanted to do something different and fun for me and the actors. I just wrote a seven page treatment
and I went out and got my friends which happen to be some of the best actors in the industry namely
Mon Confiado, Alex Medina and Jerald Napoles. I just gave them the character and their traits and
things I wanted to hear from their dialogue and they just ran with it. I respect actors a lot and give them
a lot of leeway to create as long as it fits the life of the film. Most actors and directors never get a
chance to be experimental in their craft so you do it the first time you get a chance. And they all did a
wonderful job. It was a very dark and bloody shoot but it was the most fun I’ve had on a set. No matter
how hard it was to think of a line of the spot, they dug deep down and found it. These actors really
deserve more accolades from the mainstream.”
ON GLORIA SEVILLA.
“I don’t get intimidated especially not in the film industry but it was very difficult for me to give instructions to Mommy Glo when she first arrived on the set. She’s on a different plain as an actress and
I know where I stood in regards to experience. But she cracked a joke before we started and that melted
all the anxieties I had with working with her. And I think she knew how I was feeling and she did that
on purpose for my benefit. I didn’t really have to tell her much except what the character was about and
I just sat back and enjoyed her eerie performance like everyone else.”
ON THE CINEMALAYA DIALOGUE
“People asked my why I didn’t speak out after the controversy of the uploading. It’s because I rabble
rouse in a different way and it was already getting out of hand. They told us about their plans and they
announced it during the filmmaker reunion. The outcry should have happened there and we would have
saved a lot of anger and grief.
I went into the dialogue wanting to hear solutions but there’s still a lot of hurt from the filmmakers and
it was evident in the meeting. It was combative most times and rightfully so. Anything worth saving is
worth fighting for and being mad about.
The blame goes both ways. While I understand my contract and Cinemalaya was within their rights to
do what they did and I even truly understand why they did it, they just went about it the wrong way.
The dialogue should have happened prior and not after. On the other side, some of the bashing and
name calling coming from the filmmakers should have been tempered down although emotions are the
last thing you have control over. We are all in this together whether we like it or not. The festival is not
a money machine and most of the films don’t turn a profit and right now the festival is fighting for its
For better or for worse, Cinemalaya has contributed a lot to the industry and to careers. I had some of
the best time in my life at the festival last year. I wanted to come out of the dialogue with ideas and
solutions for the future and while there were some bandied about, it was more putting the raw emotions
on the table. I hope a second dialogue happens because it would surely be more productive. So is there
a Cinemalaya 2015? Personally I highly doubt it and we are all the poorer for it.”
Hindi mo matatakasan ang katotohanan. Hindi mo matatakbuhan ang “nakatakda na”. Hindi mo matatanggihan ang anyaya ng mga batang naghahangad ng iyong aruga, tulong at pagmamahal.
Nu’ng una, ipinikit mo lamang ang iyong mga mata. Marahil, dahil hindi mo kaya. Marahil, dahil alam mo sa sarili mong “mahina ka”.
Pero sa ikalawang pagkakataon, naro’n pa rin sila. Nasa iyong mga harap, Panaka-nakang tumitingin sa iyo, na tila ba, nakikilala ka na nila… noon pa.
Oo, ito nga. Ito nga ang pangalawang pagkakataon na napadpad ka’t inimbita sa Tahan-Tahanan Halfway Home, na nasa lower ground floor ng East Evenue Medical Center. Sadyang ikaw ay nagtataka, nagtatanong- KUNG BAKIT NAROON KA?
Hindi mo rin maapuhap ang mga kasagutan. Itinatago mo ang iyong mga emosyon sa pamamagitan ng pagtawa, pagkukunwari’t pagpapakumbaba. Sa pagganap ng isang nakakatuwang karakter ng isang nilalang sa ikatlong kaurian….
Sa kaibuturan ng iyong puso, sumasaya ka kapag nakikita mo ang mga “mumunting anghel” na iyon sa iyong harapan. Lalo na kapag sila’y ngumingiti na sa mga kinantang awitin nina Lance Raymundo at Jose Mari Chan.
At, ang pagasang sumisilay sa kanilang mga mata nu’ng nagsalita na si Dra. Marvic Abesamis, ang Medical Director ng Tahan-Tahanan. Dahil si Dr. Abesamis ang kanilang natitira na lamang na inspirasyon upang mabuhay at lumaban, magmahal at sumaya- dahil inilalaban sila ng taong ito… Iniaangat, binubuhat.
Sapat na iyon upang kalabanin nila ang nakapanlulumong sakit na CANCER. Sapat na ‘yun upang harapin pa rin nila ang PAGASA at tumingin sa bahagharing iba’t-iba ang ang mga kulay…
Ang petsa: Marso a-Nuwebe, taong 2014, sa ganap na alas-kuwatro ng hapon.
Isang maliit na programa’t palatuntunan ang naganap nu’ng hapon na iyon sa lower ground floor ng East Avenue Medical Center.
Ito ang “birthday celebration” ng music icon na si Jose Mari Chan. Isang advanced birthday celebration na matatawag. Dito pinili ni Mr. Chan na mag-celebrate upang maialay ang kanyang pagmamahal sa mga “mumunting anghel” na ito- mga batang may sakit na cancer, mula sa edad na isang taon hanggang beinte anyos.
At mas lalo kang natuwa, naroon ang iyong kaibigan na si Lance Raymundo na nagsilbing host ng mini-program, kasama sina Ms. Liza Tuazon at Ms. Emy Casimiro.
Umawit pa si Lance ng dalawang masasayang kanta- “Just The Way You Are” (by Bruno Mars) at “Adik Sa ‘Yo”. At, nakita mo, sumigla ang mga batang nasa inyong mga harapan- ang mga mumunting angjhel na iyon na nakaupo sa mga wheelchair, ang iba’y putol na ang isang paa, ang iba’y may malalaking bukol sa mukha, lahat sila’y naka-surgical masks at tunay na nakakatusok sa puso ang kanilang mga kaanyuhan…
PERO, wala kang makikitang “pait o galit” sa kani-kanilang mga mukha. Ang mga batang ito’y lumalaban upang mabuhay ng may buong sigla, katapangan at ngiti sa kani-kanilang mga labi.
Muli, ikinubli mo ang iyong mga luha. Umasta ka na parang isang “cartoon character” sa TV na nagkukunwaring masaya, maginhawa…
Sa naging pananalita ni Dr. Abesamis, ay naramdaman mo ang kanyang sinseridad at kanyang matibay na pananalig para mai-uplift ang spirits ng mga batang ito. Hindi siya humihingi ng awa, kundi ng higit pang pampapatibay ng loob upang makayanan ng mga munting nilalang na ito ang kanilang sakit.
“Ang Tahan-Tahanan ay ang kanilang bahay ngayon”, sabi pa ni Dr. Abesamis. “Dito sila mamalagi habang pinaglalaban nila ang paggaling nila sa sakit na cancer. It’s their haven. Susubaybayan namin ang kanilang paggaling.”
Habang may buhay ay may pagasa. Huwag tayong bibitiw sa mga anghel na ito. Huwag natin silang pababayaan…
Salamat, may mga tulad pa nina Jose Mari Chan, Lance Raymundo, Micah Munoz, Alex Vincent Medina, Suzette Ranillo at si Ms. Gloria Sevilla, isang beteranang aktres na hinahangaan ng lahat…
Oo, sila ang mga bituing hindi nakalimot sa mumunting mga anghel ng Tahan Tahanan. Inialay nila ang kani-kanilang mga oras at serbisyo upang pasayahin ang mga anghel na iyon- sa maliit man nilang pamamaraan- malaking bagay na iyon…
upang MADUGTUNGAN PA ANG KANILANG MGA BUHAY…
(mga salitang nilikha ni robert manuguid silverio, sa petsang Marso a-onse, martes, taong 2014… mula sa LIBRO NG PAGIBIG).
MGA LARAWANG KUHA NI ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO SA NAGANAP NA CHARITABLE EVENT SA TAHAN-TAHANAN SA IBABA:
FOR MEN, IT SHOULDN’T BE EXTRAVAGANT, OUTRAGEOUS NOR OUTLANDISH. A MAN’S DRESS OUTFIT MUST BE SIMPLE BUT EXPRESSIVE. IT SHOULD LEAVE A DEEP STATEMENT. IT’S THE WAY THAT HE CARRIES HIS PANTS AND SHIRT THAT MATTERS, MUCH MORE, HOW HE TOTALLY FITS-IN WITH A JACKET OR A COAT. THAT’S MY MAN!
A COMBINATION OF RUGGEDNESS, NEATNESS AND ALL-OUT STYLE- THESE ARE THE THREE FACTORS THAT “SSSIP’S A.W.E.” BLOG CONSIDERED IN CHOOSING THE TOP 25 BEST-DRESSED MALE ACTORS IN THE PHILIPPINES.
OF COURSE, THEY SHOULD LEAVE A VIEWER SOMETHING MUCH DEEPER- AND THAT, A THOUGHT OR TWO OF TAKING THEIR CLOTHES-OFF? (HAHA.), … AND LINGERING IN YOUR SENSES THEIR INNERMOST FRAGNANT SMELL AS A MAN THAT YOU CAN TAKE HOME AND SHOW PROUDLY TO “MAMA”? (YAY!)
IN-BETWEEN GOOGLE PICTURES, SHOWBIZ EVENTS, PARTIES, T.V. AND MOVIE APPEARANCES, WE’VE CHOSEN THESE 25 HANDSOME MALE MOVIE ACTORS AS THE “25 BEST-DRESSED FOR THE YEAR 2013″… AND THEY ARE THE PERSONAL CHOICES OF THIS BLOG, NOT TO BE CONTESTED OR QUESTIONED BY ANYONE! OK?
ENJOY, CHERISH AND HUG THEM. WE EXPECT MORE FROM THEM IN THE COMING YEAR! HERE THEY ARE:
1.) JASON ABALOS-
A blogger- (me, sssip*) saw him at the Cinema One closing film “Death March” only recently at Trinoma Cinema. He wore a beige jacket and a beige pants. Underneath was a tight-fitting sando that exuded much of his manliness and appeal. This boy has turned into a MAN. And that made him land as our no. 1 Best Dressed actor. Yummy!
2.) MATEO GUIDICELLI-
He may not be tall, but the way he carried a coat and a formal pants is totally RUGGED. How did he do that? Well, that’s his style and that made him in on the no. 2 spot. Awesome!
3.) AKIHIRO BLANCO-
This blogger has not met him yet in person- ‘coz that blogger preferred NOT TO. A director of his film has even invited the blogger to spend time with him in a shoot. And Ms. Mocha Uson also promised to introduce that blogger to him. But the blogger HESITATED. Why? He may FALL. Haha, Based on the pictures alone, this handsome young man is totally a good dresser. Tempting!
4.) VINCE TANADA-
Need we say more? Whatever this lead star of the indie movie Otso wears, he leaves a profound statement. Whether clad in a fashionable sando and jeans, this new movie actor gives “good justice” to the clothes he wears. He leaves a very “papable” feeling to the viewer. Magnetic!
5.) DANIEL PADILLA-
His slim but sexy body is “to die for”. With that, he can carry his clothes so well. But he looked so totally in fashion in his last major solo concert early this year. And that made him land on the no. 5 spot. Alluring!
6.) MIGGS CUADERNO-
He may be a child, but he knows how to be a good dresser. Kudos to his good mom (not to his manager, sorry) for providing Miggs with a good couturier that shows this child’s good fashion sense. For sure, when he grows up, the more he’ll gonna be a fashionable and stylish man. Keep it up, baby Miggs. Cute!
7.) RONNIE LIANG-
His height, slimness and good poise plus stature is so magnificent to look at. He moves so simple and elegant, he is soft-spoken, humble and precise. What a man! A blogger personally met him in one high-society event, and he totally gave warmth and kindness to that blogger (me again, sssip*). Give him a nice coat and shirt, he’ll totally fit-in well. And that made him land on the no. 7 spot! Captivating!
8.) JM DE GUZMAN-
Who says JM is out? No way. This cool kid is definitely a good dresser, no matter what they say bad about him! Common’, don’t totally label him as a “drug-dependent” artist. he’s simply undergoing a phase. Still, his taste for clothes and the way he carries them is very noticeable. he is, indeed, a good dresser. Embracing!
9.) RAYVER CRUZ-
Totally awesome. he is tall, rugged and handsome. He looked better in formal clothes, though, and that’s where his innermost rugged appeal shows much. He is charming, too, and it adds a lot more appeal when he wears a coat and tie. Fascinating!
10.) ARNOLD REYES-
Yes, Arnold. You landed on the 10th spot. Simply because in all the showbiz functions you’ve attended within the year, you always leave a MARK. And what kind of mark? “Arnold Reyes was here and he wore a good clothes”. That’s it. Marvelous!
11.) VICTOR BASA-
He is a fashion model, by the way, before he joined the acting business. He looked so dashing at the premiere night this year of the movie Lauriana during the National Film Festival of the Master film directors. When he smiled that night to one blogger, the world melted. Aggravating!
12.) ENCHONG DEE-
A consistent best-dresser, that is, Mr. Enchong Dee. Whatever he wears, it looks outstanding on him. GRabeeee!!!
13.) FELIX ROCCO-
His shabby looks and moreno skin is a great attraction that adds appeal to his being a good dresser. But he looks better in trendy casual clothes that in a formal wear. And that made him different among the rest. To the maaaaxxxxx!
14.) ROCCO NACINO-
An angel already approved of Rocco being on this list. As he did a good job of portraying the role of St. Pedro Calungsod, very well, his being a fashionable handsome young man can never be questioned now. He always looks so neat everytime he wears a casual outfit attire. But oh my, he looks so great, too, in a formal wear. Wonderful!
15.) BILLY JOE CRAWFORD-
Nikki Gil, sorry. But whatever is the reason… obviously, you say your best when you say nothing at all. And that’s how Billy Joe, too, carries his clothes. Hugs!
16.) TOM RODRIGUEZ-
A blogger (me again & again- sssip*) saw him back at the premiere night of Sapi to support director Brillante Mendoza. He looked totally terrific! His smiles were so sincere. And gosh, he carried his pants so well on that prem night that showed much of his “bulge”. Oh, my!
17.) CHRIS LIM-
This theater actor turned movie actor now, too (he also appeared in the movie Otso, as a corrupt hired man of a politician, and he looked so telegenic onscreen) is such a great dresser. In many private parties and events of Philippine Stagers Foundation, he could almost steal a glance away from the “main man” of PSF- Vince Tanada. He looks great in a blue short-sleeved polo shirt in one occasion. Nakakalokaahhhh!!!!
18.) CARLO CRUZ-
Simple, manly, tender. These are the great qualities of Mr. Carlo Cruz that blended so well with his good taste in casual clothes. I love you, Carlo. Heart-stealing!
19.) ALEX VINCENT MEDINA-
During the Cinema One Originals Currents press conference, Alex Vincent stood-out among the rest as the Best Dressed actor on that occasion. He simply wore a great coat and that’s it! Terrific!
20.) LANCE RAYMUNDO-
Another consistent Best-Dresser. He is, indeed, a wonderful man. Whatever he wears- spells like F-U-N. Fun! And why? You would want to strip those clothes-off and make love to him. That’s how a good dresser he is. Kakainlab talagahhhhh!!!
21.) PAULO AVELINO-
Yes, yes, yes. We’ve almost forgotten about this great guy. He looks so appealing in tight-fitting shirts and pants that reveals the pattern of his muscular body and sexy but manly moves. Still among the best man that this blogger has ever met. Miss you, Pau. Naman!
22.) RICHARD YAP-
He is the only mature actor to be included in this list. His conservative appeal adds-up to his being a good dresser! Heavenly!
23.) RURU MADRID-
A blogger first saw him during the birthday party of one veteran film director (sorry, we forgot the name of that director) at the month of October this year. And he looked great! He is slim, but a white dress outfit did looked so great on him. Scene-stealing!
24.) KRISTOFFER MARTIN-
He simply wore a black shirt, a cap and a tight-fitting jeans on one occasion but it amazed one blogger! He exuded so much sexiness and sensousness as a young man. Overpowering!
25.) JOEM BASCON-
He always looks great on leather jackets. And those heavy, round thighs, nakakakiliiiiggg! A denim pants that’s so tight makes him- “an object of everyone’s sexual fantasies”. AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
And that’s it, folks. Hope you enjoyed MY LIST. More to come next year!— SSSIP*
Si Maria Isabel Lopez nga ba ang Angustia na karakter sa pelikulang “Angustia”, isa sa mga film entries sa darating na Cinema One Originals fest?
“Hindi”, maagap na sagot ni Mama Maribel sa blogger na ito. “Angustia is an image of Mama Mary in deep anguish and pain, it’s like the one of the Pieta image na kung saan ay nakahimlay sa kanya ang dead body ni Jesus Christ. Angustia means anguish, at mayroong image na gano’n si Mama Mary nu’ng 19th century Bicol, sa isang remote town doon. Very historical ang lugar na iyon in terms of it’s religious background. Bubuhayin ni Kristian Cordero, writer at direktor namin ang isang pangyayari sa lugar na iyon, based sa mga historical findings…
“Pero sabi ng aming direktor na si Kristian Cordero, any of the characters in our film could be Angustia”, dagdag na sabi ni Mama Maribel. “Angustia could be me, it could be Alex, it could also be the other minor characters in the fim. Kasi, we all experienced anguish and pain in the movie, I mean, bawa’t isa sa amin doon ay nakaranas ng matinding kapighatian kaya puwede kaming maging isang Angustia.”
Maski ni-reveal sa amin ni Mama Maribel ang kanyang character sa pelikula, mas mainam na huwag na lamang namin munang isulat o sabihin. Basta, napaka-markado ng role ni Mama Maribel dito.
“Ilang linggo rin kaming nanatili sa Bicol para authentic ang mga scenes namin”, sey pa ni Mama Maribel. “At pawang mga non-actors ang mga kasama naming nagsiganap sa pelikula. Kami lang ni Alex Vincent Medina ang mga talagang artista na kasama sa pelikula. Minsan pa nga, ako na ang nagko-coach sa mga kasama ko para umarte ng magaling!”
Ang direktor ng pelikula na si Mr. Cordero ay isang Carlos Palanca award-winning poet. Kaya lang, medyo kontrobersyal ang napili niyang istorya para sa kanyang pelikula. Dahil ang karakter ni Alex Vincent Medina dito ay mayroong “hot scenes” sa isang babae, to think na ang role niya dito ay isang Spanish Catholic priest during the Spanish era in the Philippines.
Pero may tinatawag tayong “artistic license” at “freedom of expression”. Ang pagiging makata sa katauhan ni Mr. Cordero na siyang gumawa ng pelikulang ito ang makakapag-“justify” siguro sa character na ginampanan ni Alex Vincent sa pelikulang ito.
Ayaw munang mag-komento ni Mama Maribel ukol sa controversial aspect ng pelikula. Marahil, magsasalita lamang si Mama Maribel sa press conference (bale ikalawa na) na gaganapin bukas, November 5, sa Cinema One Originals na gaganapin sa EJL Building ng ABS-CBN Complex.
“Ang masasabi ko lang muna ngayon, tunay na nag-enjoy ako sa mga Bicolano dishes na natikman ko while we’re shooting the film”, pagwawakas na sabi ni Mama Maribel. “Lalo na ‘yung santol na prutas na niluto nila sa gata (coconut milk). Ang sasarap talaga. Pinatikim ko nga sa isang blogger na si Robert Silverio ‘yung santol dish na ‘yun na may coconut milk. Kinopya kong lutuin at sarap na sarap siya. Iba talaga ang mga lutong Bicol, tulad ng Bicol express.”
Ang Cinema One Originals indie film fest ay gaganapin sa Nobyembre 10 to 19. Ang mga satellite venues ay sa Robinson’s Galleria, Trinoma Mall at Glorieta Mall cinemas.
Alex Vincent Medina, or Alex Medina for short, is getting his way in.
Slowly, but surely.
He may not be a glamour boy, but his inept sex appeal can capture your soul. Plus the fact that he could ACT. He could definitely ACT.
Unti-unti na siyang napapansin sa teleseryeng “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” dahil markado ang kanyang role du’n. May misteryo sa character na ginagampanan niya. May “angst’. Hindi siya nagmukhang tanga o kawawa sa mga co-actors niyang mas lamang na sa kanya sa kasikatan at kagalingan. And that’s quite impressive enough.
Napakasuwerte niya na mabigyan ng ganu’ng kabigat na papel. Bilang isang mahiwagang lalaki na kapatid din pala ng dalawang bidang babae…
In every scene, sa nasabing teleserye, umiigting ang kanyang pagganap. Pa-intense ng pa-intense. Kaya nakakasabik!
On May 22, Alex’s Cinema One film- “Palitan”, is going to be shown on big Metro Manila cinemas.
Sa “Palitan” din nagwagi si Alex ng Best Actor sa Cinema One Awards late last year. At ngayon, iso-showing na rin ito sa mga mainstream cinemas.
When ‘good luck’ strikes you, it strikes you HARD AND BIG.
A regular TV miniseries, plus a film- for a male newcomer is not bad at all.
Sa nagdaang prescon ng “Halik Ng Tarantula’ last January 15 at Teatrino, naging topic ng usapan ang “long list” of actors na napipisil nina direk Soxie Topacio at Ms. Bb Gandanghari para gumanap sa papel na VALENTIN.
Napaka-challenging ng role na ito, lalo na sa mga papasikat pa lamang na aktor. Kapag nagampanan nila ang papel na’yun, lalo tataas ang respeto sa kanila ng mga tao.
Dahil ang karakter na ‘yun ay hindi “kabaklaan” na karakter, kundi isang napaka-artistikong karakter- that of a young political dissident and dreamer of a revolution na isang STRAIGHT, pero mapapaibig ng isang baklang cellmate niya (Yup, parehong nasa kulungan ang dalawa ng magkaibigan).
Si VALENTIN- siya ang straight na political prisoner at si MOLINA- siya ang ordinaryong bakla na nakulong dahil sa pagiging isang bakla.
Dahil sa dami ng mga araw at gabi na sila’y nagkukuwentuhan na kung saan, kadalasa’y ‘yung mga Hollywood movies na napapanood ni Molina, naging comfortable sa isa’t isa ang straght na lalaki at ang bading.
Umibig ang bading ng husto sa lalaking ka-cellmate niya. At sa kanya din nailahad ng lalaki ang mga gawaing naiwan ng kanilang grupo na dapat tapusin ni Molina kapag siya’y nakalaya na. Gagawin ni Molina ANG LAHAT-LAHAT para sa lalaking iniibig niya.
Isang HALIK. Isang halik na puno ng pagibig at pagmamahal lamang ang naging SUKLI para gawin lahat ni Molina ang mga iniutos ng lalaki. Pero iyon ang KALIGAYAHAN niya. Ginawa niya ang lahat ALANG-ALANG SA PAGIBIG!
Hanggang sa ma-salvage ng mga militar si Molina. At ang ending ng pelikulang ito ay magkikita sa langit sina MOLINA at VALENTIN.
Ang role na Velentin ay desente, pang-aktor talaga!
Kaya naman nu’ng mga oras na iyon sa naganap na prescon ng “Halik ng Tarantula”, isang aktor ang naisip naming bagay na bagay sa papel na ito. Walang iba kundi si Alex Vincent Medina.
Pero sabi ni direk Soxy, ibang mga talents ni Manny Valera (manager ni alex Vincent) ang ipinadala sa kanila para mag-audition. Which means, baka hindi na puede si Alex? Sana naman, mabigyan nila ng “second thought” ang role na iyon.
Aside from Alex, naisip din namin ang mga aktor na tulad nina Lance Raymundo, Mon Confiado, Jonas Gruet, Jr Macanas, Joem Bascon, Arnold Reyes at Sid Lucero bilang “VALENTIN”. Pero first choice talaga ng blogger na ito si Alex Vincent dahil sa kanyang looks na mukhang rebeldeng kabataan na taga-U.P. Ganu’ng dating. Pati mga mata ni Alex, kung tumingin ay matalim at malalim. Para siyang si Che Guevarra! At isa pa, matangkad din si Alex kaya hindi awkward na magsama sila ni BB Gandanghari onstage na 5’11” ang height.
SINO KAYA ANG GAGANAP NA VALENTIN SA “HALIK NG TARANTULA”?
Ang play na ito ang first stage production ni Miss Bb Gandanghari. Ipapalabas sa unang linggo ng Marso sa Teatrino, Greenhills. Ano’ng sey mo, Rodell Fernando?
Hindi namin inaasahan na mag-e-enjoy kami ng husto sa panonood ng teleseryeng “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” isang gabi. Iniiwasan kasi namin nung una na panoorin ito dahil ewan ba namin, medyo asiwa kami sa isang senior actress na kasama sa teleseryeng ito dahil pangit na pangit kami sa style of acting niya. Pero isang gabi, sa pang-engganyo ng aming butihing ina, pinanood namin ng buo ang isang episode ng “Ina, Kapatid, Anak”. At laking gulat namin sa aming sarili, nagustuhan namin ng husto ang teleseryeng ito! Lalo pa ang acting nina Miss Pilar Pilapil, Enchong Dee, Kim Chiu at Xian Lim.
Medyo nawala na rin ang pagka-asiwa namin sa isang medyo senior nang actress sa teleseryeng ito. Gumaganap siya bilang nanay ng isang bida dito. Nagustuhan na namin ang acting niya at medyo alam na niya na huwag “mag-overact” o masyadong “mag-characterize” dahil doon kami naaasiwa. Natuto na siyang maging SUBTLE ng kaunti sa acting.
Eh, ang gaganda pa naman ng mga eksena sa episode na ‘yun. Pinagtagpo-tagpo ng lola (very classy pa rin ang style ni Miss Pilar Pilapil dito maski na ‘lola’ na ang kanyang role!) ang dalawang kampo at pamilya para ma-settle na ang isyu ukol sa pagiging isang “surrogate daughter” ni Kim Chiu. Pero haun, lalo lamang nag-away-away ang lahat! Lalong naipit si Kim Chiu kung paano tutuklasin ang sarili niya! Pilit man siyang ayain ng kanyang adopted mother na si Miss Cherry Pie Picache (medyo um-okey na rin ang acting ni Ms. Picache sa teleseryeng ito at alam na niyang huwag ‘manapaw ng husto’ sa mga kaeksena niya) na umuwi na ay tumanggi pa rin si Kim. Dapat kasing malutas muna ang problema niya sa kanyang “tunay na pagkatao”.
Buti na lang, nariyan ang napakaguwapong si Xian Lim who’s always beside Kim Chiu in times of need. Nakakakilig ang mga eksena nila.
At siyempre pa, bilib din kami sa pag-arte dito ni Enchong Dee. Na-touch kami ng husto sa eksena ni Enchong kasama ang ang ina niya (na ginagampanan ni Mickey Ferriols) sa isang eksena. Kuhang-kuha ni Enchong ang proper emotions to convery his emotions in that scene na isinama niya ang kanyang ina sa bagong bahay nilang barong-barong na lang. Dati kasi silang mayaman na naghirap na.
Abangan ang nalalapit na BOOK TWO ng “Ina, Kapatid, Anak”. NAKAKASABIK! Kasi, may bago nang character na papasok- walang iba kundi si ALEX VINCENT MEDINA, ang baguhang aktor na lumilikha na ng alingangas ngayon sa mundo ng showbiz.
Ano kaya ang magiging papel ni Alex sa teleseryeng ito? Masapawan kaya niya ang mga “kagalingan at kaguwapuhan” nina Xian at Enchong? Abangan.
Go lang ng go, at abangan gabi-gabi ang “Ina, Kapatid, Anak”!
It’s only a very small film, an “indie” (independent) film… With a very small production budget, tight setting and a simple cast. And yet, “Palitan”, one of the digital film entries at Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival this year, ranked as the best movie that this blogger saw and watched in the year 2012.
The movie started with a ‘definition’, showing the male lead character – portrayed so convincingly by Alex Medina- in a series of sexual pleasures and ‘one-night-stands’ that greatly defined his weakness and being a drifter in a harsh reality of his existence. A young man whose innocence was interrupted by an early marriage and forced labor (as he worked in an electronics shop that he didn’t seem to enjoy).
His equally young wife, portrayed so subtly and graciously by Mara Lopez, was a mystery. She wanted a happy marriage life but failed to assert her individuality and ‘value’ to her husband. Deep inside her, she was wanting a greater “satisfaction” out of life.
The wife was the object of desire to the husband’s boss- so sensitively portrayed by Mon Confiado. He was the “Peeping Tom”, as he demanded Alex to videotape his wife while taking a bath as a payment to all his financial debts. But it went too far, and soon, the boss and the young wife got trapped in the web of an illicit sexual affair.
The story plot was simple but so deep. The dialogues were brief, but so vast. It was a great screenplay.
The director of the film was Ato Bautista, and he surely did a great tribute to the “Scorpio Nights” classic film of director Peque Gallaga wherein the movie was somehow inspired.
Director Bautista’s vision of the Cinema was unique, compact and suspenseful with his style of “unpredictability”.
He used Close-Up shots, compressed settings and locations, and a smooth flow of editing to convey his kind of ART. You would feel that you were really there on that tight space and setting (in this film, the setting was in Raon St., Quiapo, Manila), and intimately, you’d feel you were almost touching the skin of the characters in his film. Almost so real… So intimate, indeed.
Kudos also to the Cinematographer of this film- Mr. Rain Yamson, for applying “squeezed shots” and minimal lightings in his ‘camera eye’, because those techniques were both so effective and brilliant.
There was something, too, in lead actor Alex Medina’s eyes in this movie. As he delivered his words in the film, his eyes would speak something more. His voice trembled in a few scenes, but they were so effective in conveying a certain emotion. Alex was so penetrating in this film. No wonder, he won the Best Actor award at the Cinema One Fest Awards for this movie.
Mara Lopez exuded so much sexiness and bareness in this movie, but you won’t feel any “dirty kind of art”. Her sex scenes with both Alex and Mon were done and choreographed in diversity- with Alex, it’s like a “robot sex” and with Mon, a “passionate kind of making love”. But both were directed with taste and a delicate touch of a creative mind that certainly pleased the viewers.
Mara acted so simply, delivered her lines so naturally and exuded a great aura of subdued performance. She, too, rightfully deserved the Best Actress award for Cinema One via this film.
But the one who provided a tremendous support for this movie was Mon Confiado. His style of acting here was full of essence and magnitude. His ruggedness- OVERWHELMING.
Mon was like a wet towel (in this film) and you could squeeze so much juicy talent and greatness in him as an actor. This was one of his greatest performances on screen.
Now, you ask again, why did “Palitan” became the best film for this blogger in the year 2012?
My answer: I hadn’t seen a movie that’s so real, so powerful and so imaginative as this. Even the ending shocked me. It’s the most original vision of a movie that I had ever seen.
Try to catch this film on DVD’s or any future screenings and you’ll know why.
“PALITAN”, the best Filipino film for the year 2012- for me. It’s my choice, and dare not contest it, okey?