“hustisya”: at patuloy na pipiringan ang mga mata ng katotohanan… (isang film review na akda ni robert manuguid silverio)

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Sa tuktok ng mataas na gusali ng Manila City Hall, may isang babaeng nangarap at gumawa ng isang ritwal para sa ikaaayos ng buhay at ng lipunan. Ang hiling niya ay hindi pansarili lamang, kundi para sa pankalahatan. Sumulat siya ng mga hiling. Naghagis ng pera mula sa tuktok ng gusaling iyon. At nagdasal.

Ang karakter ng babaeng iyon ay napakahusay na ginampanan ni Ms. Nora Aunor, sa pelikulang Hustisya, na naging entry sa Director’s Showcase ng nakaraang Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Lumahok din ang pelikulang ito sa katatapos lamang na Toronto International Film festival.

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Ang lipunan – saan mang lugar o panahon- ay sadyang mapagbadya. Nagku-krus dito ang mga pilosopiya at paniniwala ng Relihiyon, ng tao at ng puso. Umaagos ang dugo sa mga taong nakikipaglaban sa katohanan at kaganapan, umaapaw naman ang salapi at materyal na mga bagay ng mga taong naghahangad ng mas higit pa.

ricky f. lee, scriptwriter
ricky f. lee, scriptwriter

Isa namang akda ni Ricardo F. Lee ang masasabi mong makatotohanan, tunay na nagsasalamin sa mga pankasalukuyang pangyayari ng bawat siyudad at nasyon.

Kung inisip man ng iba na hindi naging maganda ang direksyon ni Joel F. Lamangan sa pelikulang ito, masasabi mong nagkamali sila. Banayad at simple lamang kasi ang naging atake ni Lamangan sa bawat eksekusyon niya sa mga eksena, pero kung ikaw ay tunay na maka-tao, tatagos ito sa iyong puso. Marahil, ang mga taong pumuna sa istilo ng direksyon ni Lamangan sa pelikulang ito ay takot lamang humarap sa reyalidad ng buhay. At baka rin, hindi pa nila nakita ang tunay na kalagayan ng mga taong nasangkot sa mga pangyayaring hindi naman nila ginusto.

ms. nora aunor and director joel f. lamangan
ms. nora aunor and director joel f. lamangan

Simple lamang ang mensaheng nais ipahayag ni Lamangan sa pelikula: Ang tunay na hustisya ay hindi makakamtan sa buhay na ito, kundi sa kabilang buhay lamang. At, ang huling halakhak ng isang babaeng naging biktima nito, ang siyang nagpatunay ng lahat.

Tatlo pa, bukod kay Ms. Aunor, ang siyang nagbigay ng mga kahanga-hangang pagganap sa pelikulang ito. At hindi sila ang mga karakter na may mahahalagang papel sa pelikula. bagkus, sila’y mga supporting players lamang sa pelikula.

chynna ortaleza
chynna ortaleza
angelina kanapi
angelina kanapi
channel latorre
channel latorre

Sila ay sina Chynna Ortaleza, Angelina Sparks Kanapi at Channel Latorre. Ang mga eksena nila’y pawang mga nasa loob lamang ng isang selda o kulungan (maliban kay Chynna na nakalaya at naging kasamahan ni Nora paglabas nila ng kulungan), pero damang-dama mo ang kaluluwa ng kanilang mga karakter sa pelikulang ito. Si Chynna ay natural na natural, si Ms. Kanapi ay grabe sa pagiging makatotohanan sa pagganap, at si Chanel, mapapa-“wow” ka sa galing niya bilang isang halos mabaliw na nanay ng kanyang anak na nagahasa. Kay sarap nilang palakpakan na tatlo ng malakas na malakas.

mr. rocco nacino
mr. rocco nacino

Medyo nakakita lamang kami ng kaunting “loophole” sa pagganap dito ni Mr. Rocco Nacino bilang isang batang tagapag-tanggol na lawyer ni Nora. At ang loophole na iyon ay ang kanyang KAKISIGAN. Napakaguwapo ni Rocco sa pelikulang ito. Kaya natabunan ang kagalingan niya sa pagganap. But he’s so wonderful. Simply wonderful.

May karapatan ang pelikulang ito na lumahok at mapasali pa sa iba’t-ibang international film festivals sa abroad. Ipinakita lamang ng pelikula ang human survival at ang walang hanggan na paghahangad ng isang human spirit na patuloy pa ring mabuhay sa mundong ito- at iyon ay malinaw na nakita sa karakter na inarte ng matindi ni Ms. Aunor.

Ang batas, ang pananalig at ang pagmamahal ay naglaban-laban sa pelikulang ito. Pero alin nga ba sa kanila ang tunay na HIPOKRITO?

Ang sagot ay iyong malalaman sa isang halakhak na umalingawngaw sa walang hanggan- at sa kamalayan ng isipan ng isang manonood.

ANG HULING HALAKHAK NI MS. NORA AUNOR SA PELIKULANG "HUSTISYA"
ANG HULING HALAKHAK NI MS. NORA AUNOR SA PELIKULANG “HUSTISYA”

“HUSTISYA”— ***** (five stars)

 

(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio)

P.S.: HINDI PO ISANG NORANIAN ANG SUMULAT NG REVIEW NA ITO.*

don gordon bell photographs the cast and the shoot of an indie film- “of sinners and saints”…

ruben maria soriquez, chanel latorre and sssip
ruben maria soriquez, chanel latorre and sssip
ruben maria soriquez
ruben maria soriquez

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“Of Sinners and Saints” is a movie that focuses on the plight of battered women, child abuse and violence, and conflicts that arises with Catholic religion. It’s plot is so delicate to discuss, and this blogger opted not to reveal the synopsis of the movie, because it still has a long way to go for the post-production stages and may cause bad results for doing an early promotional revelations.

90% of the film was shot in Payatas, Q.C. And its director- Mr. Ruben Ma. Soriquez is half-Italian, half-Filipino. Aside from this film, he will soon do a Hollywood film project, eyeing James Franco (a Hollywood actor) in the main lead.

The cast of “Of Sinners and Saints” includes Ruben Ma. Soriquez himself, Ms. Chanel Latorre, Raymond Bagatsing, Polo Ravales, Althea Vega, Richard Quan, Sue Prado, Alvin Fortuna and Don Gordon Bell (in a cameo role, aside from being the film’s Unit Stillman and official photographer). Mr. Monch Bravante acts as the film’s line producer and Alejandro ‘Bong” Ramos is the ssistant director.

A blogger had seen Mr. Soriquez’ very meticulous style of directing. He wanted every scene in its perfect outcome, and that impressed a blogger a lot. Mr. Soriquez also recently attended the awards night of Cinemalaya X Independent Film Festival and he was really curious of joining this film festival soon.

Just and enjoy and cherish Don Gordon Bell’s pictures below. Have a grab!

 

robert silverio
robert silverio

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

mr. don gordon bell
mr. don gordon bell

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BY: DON GORDON BELL

 

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“ang hirap palang mag-artista!”– chanel latorre

chanel: a new role, a new challenge in her acting career
chanel: a new role, a new challenge in her acting career

Sa panimula ng aming panayam kay Chanel Latorre nu’ng bisitahin namin siya sa set ng bago niyang pelikulang Of Sinners And Saints, mayroon siyang mga naging opinyon ukol sa Relihiyon na sinabi niyang “on the record” naman, pero minabuti ng blogger na ito na huwag na lamang isulat. Medyo ‘delicate” kasi ang mga naging pahayag ni Chanel, at basta pagdating sa Relihiyon, mahirap magbigay ng opinyon at baka masamain pa ng iba. So, para ma-protektahan namin si Chanel, hindi na lang namin isusulat ang mga naging pahayag niya ukol sa pagkakaroon ng isang pari ng ugnayan o pagmamahalan sa isang babae. Maganda man ang mga nasabi ni Chanel, we felt it’s not right to quote her with those words she said.

chanel being interviewed by a blogger
chanel being interviewed by a blogger

Medyo sensitibo kasi ang mga anggulong tinatalakay sa bagong indie film na “Of Sinners & Saints” – na kung saan ang central character sa pelikula ay isang Catholic Priest at kung paano siya naging mahina, kung paano siya nagmahal, kung paano siya tumulong sa mga taong na-aapi at sa bandang huli, siya pa rin ay naging isang dakila.

channel with his co-actors in the film "of sinners and saints"- mr. ruben ma. soriquez and polo ravales
channel with his co-actors in the film “of sinners and saints”- mr. ruben ma. soriquez and polo ravales

“Nu’ng unang ialok sa akin ang pelikula, medyo nag-dalawang isip talaga ako”, bungad na sabi ni Chanel sa isang blogger. “Kinuwento nila sa akin ang kabuuan ng pelikula at kung ano ang magiging character ko. Baka pareho na naman na tulad nu’ng iba! ‘Yun ang naisip ko. Akala ko, so-so lang. But when I read the script, I said to myself: I so badly want to do this! Napakagandang istorya para sa isang indie film!”

chanel with the cast & crew of- "of sinners and saints"
chanel with the cast & crew of- “of sinners and saints”

Sa pelikula kasi, si Chanel ay nagkaroon ng isang relasyon sa Pari. Pero sa nakaraan na nilang buhay iyon. Kaya “justified” naman. Muli lang silang nagkita, at ang kasunod nu’n, panoorin na lang sa kabuuan ng pelikula.

Napaka-challenging na role, di ba? Kung ano ang mga conflicts, inevitables and the likes, hindi na muna namin sasabihin. Masisira ang suspense sa istorya ng pelikula kapag ito’y naipalabas na.

“At hindi talaga ako nagsisi sa pagkakasali ko sa pelikulang ito”, dugtong na sabi pa ni Chanel. “When I started shooting, I said to myself again, this is the ideal shooting set for every artist like me! Nakakatulong iyon ng husto para mas lalong ganahan ang isang artista sa trabaho niya. Isa pang napansin ko sa grupong ito na katrabaho ko sa pelikulang ito, kung ano ang sinabi nila, yun ang ginagawa nila. Kumbaga, may isang salita silang lahat. Super na-impress ako sa kanila.”

At ang ganda-ganda ng hospitality na ipinakita ng line producer ng pelikula na si Mr. Ramon Monch Bravante sa isang blogger. Pinakain muna niya ng husto ang blogger na bumisita ng isang heavy Continental breakfast, with heavy fried rice, burger steak and scrambled eggs with tomatoes and onions on the side. May dessert pang red apple. Si Chanel naman, nagbigay din ng Butter Scotch sweet bread and flakes with strawberry jam as filling. Super naman to the max na binusog nila ang blogger na bumisita. Nu’ng lunchtime, halos gano’n din ang nangyari. Yay!

Anyway, ano’ng masasabi ni Chanel sa half-Italian, half-Pinoy actor na kasama niya sa pelikula na si Mr. Ruben Ma. Soriquez?

“Wala akong masabi, super galing niya!”, maagap na sagot ni Chanel. “Sabi ko nga, if I am 42 years old and a man like Ruben, I would like to be like him! Gano’n katindi ang paghanga ko sa kanya. Sobrang passionate niya at dedicated sa craft niya. Grabe ang energy niya sa set, kaya natatangay kaming lahat.”

May lovescenes ba sila ni Ruben sa pelikulang ito?

“There could be a romantic angle naman sa isang pelikula without totally baring your skin, di ba?”, makahulugang sagot ni Chanel. “Wala naman talaga kaming love scenes dito ni Ruben. Puro intimate moments lang and gentle touches of affection. So far, yun pa lang. Pero malay mo….”, pambibitin pa niyang dagdag.

Nu’ng nagdaang taon ng 2013, maraming nag-predict na bloggers and critics kay Chanel na siya ang best new female actress ng 2014. Paano ba ngayon naha-handle ni Chanel ang expectations ng mga tao?

“Na-pressure ako, sa totoo lang”, sagot ni Chanel sa blogger. “Sabi ko sa sarili ko na naman: Ang hirap palang mag-artista! Kasi ang hirap i-deliver ‘yung expectations sa ‘yo ng mga tao, e. Na kailangan ganito, kailangan gano’n. So, what I did, I went back to my roots. I traced back my origins. Kung sino ako, kung bakit ako narito… and it helped. Mas naging humble pa akong lalo ngayon.

“All of this, I dedicate to Him- to the One Above”, pagtatapos na wika ni Chanel. “I will do my best and I know, God will do the rest.”

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

DON

PHOTOS BY: MR. DON GORDON BELL

an intimate scene with chanel and ruben in "of sinners and saints"
an intimate scene with chanel and ruben in “of sinners and saints”

 

getting to know ruben ma. soriquez…

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Religion. It’s something so delicate to discuss about, much more become a topic of a blog feature. For a movie like Of Sinners And Saints (currently filming), Religion could be a very hot issue. But let’s all leave it that way, and wait for the movie to be shown.

During the 11th day shoot, a blogger visited the set of the above-mentioned indie film through the invitation of Mr. Don Gordon Bell, the film’s unit still man. There he met Mr. Ruben Ma. Soriquez, a half-Italian, half-Filipino film maker.

His film- Of Sinners And Saints, still in the process of filming, but from the looks of it, he’s doing something good and worth of praise. Observing how he worked on that, he certainly knew every detail of a good film shoot and process.

ruben ma. soriquez tackles a sensitive issue in his first filipino indie film
ruben ma. soriquez tackles a sensitive issue in his first filipino indie film

Here’s our QUESTION AND ANSWER (Q & A) interview with Mr. Soriquez:

SSSIP: Can you tell us more about yourself, Mr. Soriquez?

RUBEN MA. SORIQUEZ (RMS): Yes. I am Ruben Ma. Soriquez. I was born in Colonna, Italy. But since 1990, I have been coming here in the Philippines. So I knew the country very well already and I have already adjusted. I am half-Filipino, half-Italian. My mother is a Filipina and my father is an Italian. I feel at home with both countries- Italy and Philippines. I consider them both my countries now. Italy and here. I so love the Philippines and I consider myself also a Filipino now since my mom is a Filipina.

SSSIP: How did you start doing films?

RMS: I started first in Italy. And I was busy doing films there that’s why I didn’t think of producing and directing a film outside of Italy at that time. But when I first came here in the Philippines in 2008, I fell in love at once with our country. Then one time, I went to see the countryside here, I did some reflections and I told myself: “I want to do something here someday”. And so I did.

mr. soriquez with lead actress of his film- ms. chanel latorre, and blogger robert silverio
mr. soriquez with lead actress of his film- ms. chanel latorre, and blogger robert silverio

SSSIP: Can you tell us something about your film “Of Sinners And Saints”?

RMS: This film is co-written by me and Bong Ramos. We wrote it in less than a month. We rushed doing the script because I wanted to shoot before the rainy season starts. It’s about a priest rescuing a woman and a kid. I cannot reveal all the details of the movie because we’re not finished yet. Just watch the film when it’s finally shown. All I can say is, the film is about the message of hope. That everyone can feel hope even at the darkest moments.

SSSIP: I heard you are also going to do a big Hollywood film someday with Hollywood American actors. Can you tell us more about it?

RMS: Yes, that’s true. It’s about an American coming here in the Philippines. That’s going to be a very expensive film and we’re still choosing the Hollywood actor who will be the lead actor of the film. We have already done the teaser of that film so for us to get an international funding. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will come true someday. It’s my dream project. We are now considering James Franco as the lead actor.

mr. soriquez at work
mr. soriquez at work

SSSIP: Last question, Mr. Soriquez, who are your favorite Hollywood film directors?

RMS: Number one for me is Peter Weir, an Australian film maker. Next is Martin Scorsese, an Italian-American film director. And third is Alan Parker, a British film director.

SSSIP: Thank you very much, Mr. Soriquez. You’re so handsome.

RMS: Oh, thank you! (smiles like Orlando Bloom).

 

—end of interview—

(written by robert manuguid silverio)

DON

PHOTOS BY: MR. DON GORDON BELL

an intimate scene with chanel and ruben in "of sinners and saints"
an intimate scene with chanel and ruben in “of sinners and saints”

a date with ms. chanel latorre- the “woman of the ruins”

chanel: a second lead role in "woman of the ruins", shown in the recently-concluded cinema one originals fest
chanel: a second lead role in “woman of the ruins”, shown in the recently-concluded cinema one originals fest
poster of "woman of the ruins"
poster of “woman of the ruins”
chanel with lead actress alessandra de rossi during thre press conference of cinema one originals fest held recently
chanel with lead actress alessandra de rossi during thre press conference of cinema one originals fest held recently

 

It was a fantastic dinner date with Ms. Chanel Latorre at the fab Mr. Choi Kitchen (a  Chinese restaurant), located at the ground floor of Robinson’s Galleria mall. The food was great and the celebrity-host who treated this blogger for that sumptuous Chinese dinner was AWESOME.

Chanel was so lovely, candid and in high spirits that night. She’s so happy about the outcome of her latest film- Woman of the Ruins, which was among the film entries in the recently-concluded Cinema One Originals fest. The film will soon have added screenings in some major cinemas.

As she talked about her latest films, her relationship with her co-stars, her new film projects and her passion as an actress, Channel became so optimistic.  She was also so elegant in her black & sexy dress that evening- that charmed her guest to the max!

This new and promising actress is destined for great stardom. She’s totally dedicated to her craft, hopeful and positive for the future and no qualms at all with baring a little onscreen. And as one blogger noticed, she could really ACT.

So, here goes our Q & A (Question & Answer) interview with the lady in the Cinema One Originals film “Woman of the Ruins”:

 

SSSIP: What were your most memorable experiences while filming Woman of the Ruins?

CHANEL: It took us two weeks to shoot the film. We did rush because the Cinema One Originals indie fest was already near its deadline then. But you know what? It took us three weeks, and for five days, we got  stranded on that island in Corregidor, Bataan province because of a storm! We couldn’t get-out of the island because the only way out was through a boat. But because of the big waves, a boat could not cross- and so, we got trapped!

SSSIP: What happened then?

CHANEL: Well, we just did re-takes, played cards, hang-around and make kulit to each other. Haha. We had no choice. Sometimes, our director, Keith Sicat, would think of new ideas to shoot, so we just did added shoots even if we already finished shooting. We waited for the storm to pass. We became very collaborative to each other, it’s like one big family. And we all managed to enjoy being trapped on that great island where we shot the film.

SSSIP: What can you say about your director there – Keith Sicat?

CHANEL: I can say by now, he’s one of the best friends I ever have! Yes, you heard it right. Me and direk Keith leveled-up into becoming very good friends while we shot the film. And it was great! An artist like me having a friend like direk Keith is such a great joy for me. We have no limits to each other, you see.

SSSIP: What about direk Peque Gallaga and Alessandra de Rossi who were your co-actors in this film? What can you say about them, too?

CHANEL: Oh, my!!! They’re both so greaaaatttt!!! Direk Peque was like my real lolo (grandpa). He’s so ‘grandpa-like’, you see. He’s very caring, very warm and very loving. To think he’s one of the Masters we consider as a director and as a film maker. He’s so humble! It’s really a great experience working with him via our film Woman of the Ruins… And Alessandra, we were, like, sobrang attached to each other while we worked on that film! Hay naku, grabeeee!!! Favorite ko talaga siya katrabaho! the best!… Imagine, there’s one scene in the film wherein she’s supposed to be drowning on the sea and I was saving her, actually, on reality, we’re both already drowning on that scene take but our director didn’t know! And so we had to save each other. As the take ended, that’s the only time our director Keith realized the great hardships we had encountered while doing that take. But it’s okay for both of us. Luckily, we didn’t drown.

SSSIP: How did you get your part in this film?

CHANEL: I auditioned for the role. The director then was looking for an actress who could play a 17 yr.-old girl. And nicely enough, I got the part. When direk Keith gave me the materials and the script, I got so drawn to my role in the movie. It’s one of the best roles an actress like me could ever have… And by the way, I had to lose 10 pounds for the role. And I did it in a matter of days, would you believe that!

SSSIP: I heard that you’re from Tacloban City, Channel. And your father was first reported missing after typhoon Yolanda devastated your city province. Is everything okay now, Channel? Was your dad rescued?

CHANEL: Thank God, my dad is safe! Actually, he really didn’t go missing. It’s just that our relatives there could not contact his whereabouts. There was no communication. My dad lived in the city proper and he offered our home as a shelter to most of our neighbors and town mates who suffered heavily. Our home became an instant evacuation center there. And my dad was really a hero… Right now, me and my dad organized relief operations to all the victims and the homeless in Tacloban City. And you know what, a lot of people helped! A lot of friends donated goods, clothes, toys, etcetra. It was so overwhelming. God is soooo good. We managed to helped our fellow kababayans there now in Tacloban City.

SSSIP: What would be your next movie project, Chanel?

CHANEL: I will have another festival movie. It’s one of the indie film entries on this forthcoming Metro Manila Film Festival. It’s entitled Island Dreams and I will star here opposite a French actor. The film is about a foreigner who fell in love with his tourist guide. It’s like a love story with a sexy twist.

SSSIP: More power to you, Chanel. Great things are coming your way!

CHANEL: Thanks, tito Robert. Luvlots!

 

(end of interview)

 

QUESTIONS BY ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO, WITH ANSWERS FROM MS. CHANEL LATORRE.*

chanel sizzles
chanel sizzles
chanel with her director keith sicat and the rest of the cast of "woman of the ruins"
chanel with her director keith sicat and the rest of the cast of “woman of the ruins”
channel in red! (photo by don gordon bell)
channel in red! (photo by don gordon bell)