“As the evening of Thurs, 11 Aug, 2016, came and I was faced with a decision on which film to watch at 9 pm….This was actually my chance to see ‘Dahling Nick’ and so I just HAD to go and watch. And I didn’t have any regrets watching it! II’s a beauiful docu film!
Very glad I made this choice.”—DON GORDON BELL (ACTOR-PHOTOGRAPHER, after watching “Dahling Nick”).
PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW BY MR. DON GORDON BELL HIMSELF.
ON THE PHOTOS: ACTOR RAYMOND BAGATSING, LEAD STAR OF “DAHLING NICK”, SARI DELENA, KEITH SICAT, MS. CARMI MARTIN, RICKY LEE, MIKE HERRERA AND OTHER FRIENDS, STAFF AND CAST OF THE FILM, WHEN IT WAS SCREENED RECENTLY AT CINEMALAYA 2016.
SA DAPIT HAPON NG BUHAY MO, SIMPLE NA LANG SIGURO ANG KALIGAYAHAN MO. NGINGITI KA NA SA BANAYAD NA SALPOK NG HANGIN SA IYONG MUKHA, O SA MASASAYANG PATAK NG ULAN NA DUMADALOY BUHAT SA ULO MO, NA TILA BINIBIRO KA AT KINIKILITI…
SA DAPIT HAPON NG BUHAY MO, ISA LANG DIN SA MGA BAGAY NA HINIHILING MO AY ‘YUNG MAKAPANOOD KA NG MGA ARTISTIKONG PELIKULA NA GAWA NG MGA MAKABAGONG ARTISTIKONG NILALANG SA IKA-PITONG SINING.
NA MAPAPANOOD MO LAMANG SA ISANG PESTIBAL NA TULAD NG CINEMALAYA…
SA CLOSING DAY NG CINEMALAYA AY NASAKSIHAN MO LAHAT IYON. NADAMA NG LUBUSAN.
ITO ANG IYONG CINEMALAYA 2016 MEMORIES.
mercedes cabral with blogger sssip
shandii bacolod (mercedes cabral’s manager) with blogger sssip
HAYUN KA AT NAKIPAG-USAP SA MGA HINDI BASTA-BASTANG FILM ARTISTS NA TULAD NINA DIREK JOEY ROMERO, BIBETH ORTEZA, RICKY LEE, JOEL LAMANGAN, ERIC RAMOS, MERCEDES CABRAL, SHANDII BACOLOD, PERRY ESCANO… AT IBA PA.
HAYUN KA AT BABA-AKYAT MULA SA RED CARPET STAIRS NG CCP – SA MAIN THEATER PABABA ULIT SA DREAM THEATER.
HINDI MO RIN ALAM, SI JACKIE AQUINO NA PALA YUNG NASA HARAP MO AT KAUSAP. SI JACKIE NA MULA SA MGA ANGKAN NG MGA AQUINO NA NABIRO-BIRO MO PA AT NAKIPAG-TAWANAN SA IYO…
HINDI MO RIN ALAM KUNG PAANO MO BABATIIN ANG INIIDOLO MONG SI LAURICE GUILLEN NA DUMAAN MISMO SA HARAP MO AT NINASA MONG HABULIN AT KUMUSTAHIN DAHIL MAGKAKILALA NAMAN KAYO…
MULA SA IBABA NG MAIN THEATER, TINANAW MO SI DIREK GIL PORTES, ANG IYONG ISA SA MGA TINUTURING NA KAIBIGANG DIREKTOR, NA SIYA RING DIREKTOR NG “HERMANO PULI”, ANG CLOSING FILM NG CINEMALAYA 2016.
ISANG NAPAKATAMIS NA NGITI MULA KAY MERCEDES CABRAL ANG LUBOS DING NAGPASAYA NG IYONG DAMDAMIN, SABAY SABI PA NIYANG- “KUMUSTA KA NA, ROBERT?” SAPAT NA IYON PARA MALAMAN MO, MAHAL KA PA RIN “NILA”- NG MUNDO NG PELIKULA…
INAKAP KA NI DIREK SHANDII HABANG PINIPIKTYURAN KAYO NG “GUARDIAN ANGEL” MO AT SPONSOR MO NU’NG ARAW NA IYON NA SI DON GORDON BELL (SI MR. BELL NA SIYANG DAHILAN KUNG BAKIT NAWALA ANG TAMPO MO SA CINEMALAYA)…
MAY MGA BAGONG KAIBIGAN KANG NAKILALA NA KASAMA NI MR. PAULEY VECINO NA FAN NG BETERANANG AKTRES NA SI DIVINA VALENCIA…
KAPAG TINITIGNAN KA NG MGA KABATAANG KAPWA MO NANONOOD NG MGA PELIKULA SA MAIN THEATER AT SA DREAM THEATER, ALAM MONG WELCOME NA WELCOME KA SA KANILA. NA “BELONG NA BELONG” KA…
MGA ESTUDYANTE SA U.P., YOUNG FILM ARTISTS, CELEBRITIES… LAHAT SILA, NARARAMDAMAN DIN ANG MGA NARARAMDAMAN MO NUNG MGA SANDALING IYON-
“THE FEELING OF MAGIC” IN WATCHING TRUE AND GENUINE FILMS NA HINDI KOMERSYAL ANG PAGKAKAGAWA.
BINATI KA NINA MARIO HERNANDO (A FILM CITIC), JOEL LAMANGAN, RICKY LEE, AT IBA PA.
PERO HIGIT SA LAHAT, NAKITA MO ANG DATI MONG KASAMAHAN SA PANULAT NA SI JOCELYN DINO, DATING KOLUMNISTA SA BALITA TABLOID, NA KASAMA NI JULIANITO V. VILLASANTA NA ISA RING MANUNULAT NA TULAD MO. NAG-BONDING KAYONG TATLO SA MULI. NI-RECALL NINYO ANG MGA ALA-ALA NUONG KAYO’Y MGA BATANG MANUNULAT PA LAMANG… MAGHAPON SA CINEMALAYA, MAGKAKASAMA KAYO…
HINDI MO AKALAIN, MAY ISA PA PALA.
KAY TAGAL MO SIYANG HINDI NAKITA. AT LUMAPIT SIYA SA IYO MULA SA KINAUUPUAN MO PARA KAMAYAN KA NG NAPAKAHIGPIT AT PUNO NG DAMDAMIN.
SIYA SI RAIN.
SI RAIN YAMSON, ANG CINEMATOGRAPHER. SI RAIN, NA NAPAPANOOD MO NA NGAYON ANG KANYANG HUSAY AT GALING SA MGA TELESERYES NG CHANNEL 2…
AKALA MO ‘YUN NA ‘YON. PERO SA MAIN FACADE NG CCP, NAKITA MO MULI SI RAIN. NAG-USAP KAYO SANDALI. AT SA HULING SULYAP MO, NAKITA KA NIYA.
ITO ANG IYONG CINEMALAYA MEMORIES 2016.
AKALA MO, HINDI KA NA MAKAKAHABOL PA. PERO NAGKAMALI SILA.
“sabi ko naman sa inyo, hindi NIYA ako pababayaan, eh.”— sssip.*
(FROM SSSIP :-), Video above not connected with the blog feature below. I just thought of putting it because of the coming Holy Week season. Thank you so much for the Jesuit Communications for the video above).*
THE MANY FACES AND FRIENDS OF MR. DON GORDON BELL
Just like Jesus Christ who transformed himself into many different personalities and wisdom, veteran Hollywood actor-Photographer-Film Artist- Mr. Don Gordon Bell, also did just so.
With a very dramatic personal life and a film career that lived for generations- Don Gordon Bell has found a HOME in the Philippines and the Philippine Entertainment scene. He is well-loved by many INDIE film artists because of his great support to them, very friendly and caring to local media bloggers and press-friends (especially to his best friend- photographer John Silao), and continues to contribute something for the betterment of the movie industry.
A very special film project is on the can for Mr. Don Gordon Bell, and he’s very much excited about this. But we can not reveal any small details yet, as per his request.
Via this small blog tribute on Mr. Bell, this blogger (Me, Sssip.*) is very thankful to have Mr. Bell around. His presence in the world of indie film artists, beauty queen-friends (like Maria Isabel Lopez and Melanie Marquez), is indeed, an added GLAMOUR and PRESTIGE to all film artists.
A very kind man, frank, honest and sincere, Mr. Bell never brought us down. His uplifting ways will make you see life on a more positive and gentle way.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. BELL.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
BELOW ARE SOME FACEBOOK PHOTOS OF MR. DON GORDON BELL THAT WE GRABBED FROM HIS OWN FACEBOOK ACCOUNT. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS TO MR. BELL AND HIS FRIENDS.*
The Biennale College – Cinema winners of the third edition have been announced. The Biennale College has been one of the most interesting projects of Venice Film Festival. Each year three mini-budget films are selected in order to be produced and screened for the next festival. The selection has been made out of 12 previously selected projects. Each film will be funded with 150,000 euro and it will be screened at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
One of the three chosen projects is:
“Blanka”, from the Japanese director Kohki Hasei and produced by the Italian Flaminio Zadra is now being shot in Philippines. The story of the film is about an 11-year-old girl that has been abandoned by her own mother decides to travel in order to find and buy a new one.
That was it. That’s how I came about meeting the handsome and chubby producer of the film Blanka, no less than Mr. Flaminio Zadra, a gentle Italian film maker who loved the beaches of Palawan and adores a filipino film director by the name of Brillante Mendoza. It was an afternoon of very artistic and highly intellectual talks, as the sudden outpouring of the rains outside a cozy bar in an M.H. del Pilar vicinity gave a more lasting impression and surreal depth in the bonding session of artists, mixed-in with bottles of beers, chips and a heavy mug of coffee (for the blogger).
“I can say I am a frustrated film director that’s why I ended-up as a producer”, Mr. Zadra joked-around. “But basically, I really love the cinema.”
It was not really a serious interview-session-type of a bonding. The afternoon went on just like a casual talk, as the blogger was just invited to mingle-in with them- through the courtesy of Mr. Don Gordon Bell, also an actor and part-time photographer. Together with them on that afternoon was Mr. Michael James, Don’s contemporary as a film actor doing international films in the Philippines way back in 1970’s.
If the outcome of the film Blanka (quality-wise) will be good, according to Mr. Zadra, the film will land in the Venice International Film Festival. The Japanese director of the film, Kohki Hasei, has done several prestigious films to his credits- that includes the film Gold Dog, which director Kohki shot in Smokey Mountain several years back.
“We are also planning to enter the film at Busan International Filmfest”, Mr. Zadra added. “They promised to give us extra support in the distribution of the film.”
The Asian Cinema Fund or ACF will provide the post-production services and added support to the making of the film Blanka. The whole staff, cast and crew of the film are now deep into work and most of the scenes are being shot in Hobbit House bar-restaurant along M.H. del Pilar in Malate, Manila.
Don Gordon Bell and Michael James appears in the film as tourist-victims of street-kids who pickpockets their wallets.
“Playing the lead role of Blanka is an 11 year-old girl named Cydel Gabutero”, Mr. Zadra said again. “And she can act! We discovered her on Youtube and she got an offer to sing at The Voice, but she declined it because of this film project. Her role here is that of a street kid who’s trying to look for her mother. She becomes distorted with so many things, including an adoption process, but finally, she meets a blind musician and she discovers a part of herself. She realizes she has a talent in singing and in the musical field.
“I told our director that the film must cradle more on the relationship of the girl to the blind musician”, he added. “We want to show here the beauty of discovering a part of yourself rather than show the ugliness and dirt of the city streets. Because that’s what the film is all about.”
Mr. Flamino Zadra also loves the Philippine Cinema. He knows Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. And he hopes, the future of the Philippine Cinema will grow stronger soon.
Yes, that’s my afternoon with a handsome Italian, as I saw him more, rather than a handsome film producer, too.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
GROUP PHOTO AND BLACK & WHITE SOLO PHOTO OF MR. FLAMINIO ZADRA, TAKEN BY: MR. DON GORDON BELL
A veteran Hollywood film actor at that, Don Gordon Bell portrays another unique kind of role in the film Gemini, one of the ‘New Wave’ film entries in this coming 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival.
With countless international movies on his cap, Don embraced the country Philippines and pursued, rather, continued his acting career here. Alongside acting is his passion for Photography, that’s why he’s now deep into taking pictures at different entertainment events in the Philippines.
The film Gemini is his one remarkable film for him. Because he’s so happy to star here opposite his real-life Filipino friends – actors Mon Confiado and Lance Raymundo, also with the director of the film Ato Bautista.
“Both Mon and Lance knew I was a war veteran in Vietnam”, Don told a blogger one time. “That’s why they were both impressed. And I admire them both as actors.”
Don portrayed the role of a father of psychollogically-disturbed twins in the movie Gemini. But there’s something more in his role here.
“That’s going to be a surprise and I won’t reveal it”, Don said. “Better watch the movie as its shown on December 25th for the Metro Manila film fest. It’s on the New Wave category. See u then.”
“don gordon bell photographs the 2014 mmff press conference”
Almost all the media people- TV & print- went to this great press conference of the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival, which opens on Christmas Day- December 25th in all Mtero Manila theaters…
The eight films competing are: “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”, “My Big Bossing”, “Shake, Rattle, & Roll XV”, “Feng Shui 2”, “The Amazing Praybet Benjamin”, “Magnum Muslim .357”, “English Only Please” and “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles”.
Big mainstream stars like Robin Padilla, Carizza Cortez, Ruffa Mae Quinto, Kean Cipriano, Nino Muhlach, Rez Cortez, Rommel Padilla and among others, attended the grand press conference.
Ms. Marichu Perez-Maceda hosted the event at her Sampaguita Gardens. Mother Lily Monteverde, veteran movie columnist Alfie Lorenzo and Kuya German Moreno, with MTRCB Chairman Eugenio “Toto” Villareal were among the special guests.
Veteran Hollywood actor Don Gordon Bell photographed this prestigious event. Don also have a New Wave film entry on this festival- the movie “Gemini”, wherein he played the role of the father of psychologically-disturbed twins in the said movie.
Kasali ang pelikulang Gemini, na kung saan ay isa sa mga bida ang aktor na si Lance Raymundo, sa darating na Metro Manila Film Festival as part of the New Wave Category. Very happy si Lance sa balitang ito, dahil malaki rin ang naging hirap niya sa paggawa ng nabanggit na “highly-artistic” film which deals about the strange journeys of the mind.
“For me, it’s one of the movies I’m really proud of”, bungad na wika ni Lance over a great lunch in a restaurant along Tomas Morato area. “Alam ko kasi na magandang pelikula ito, something I haven’t done in years. I am fascinated by director Ato Bautista’s style in movie making. And i really intend to do another film and work with him again soon.”
Papel ng isang mahiwagang suitor o love interest ng isa sa mga twins- portrayed by real-life twins Brigitte and Sheena McBride in the film- ang role ni Lance sa pelikula. Pero may “twist” sa totoong identity ng character niya sa pelikula, kaya naman challenging ito para kay Lance.
“I am really awed by director Ato Bautista’s creativity in this film”, dagdag na sabi pa ni Lance. “He is really artistic at may international appeal ang mga pelikulang ginagawa niya. All of my co-actors in this film, lahat sila, really impressed kay direk Ato.”
Kinuwento pa ni Lance sa blogger, nu’ng magkaroon ng special screening ang pelikulang Gemini, humanga ng sobra ang mga film critics.
“As I’ve seen in recent film festivals held here, I know na intellegent na ang mga movie viewers and they can appreciate na films like this one- itong Gemini film namin”, anya pa. “I am sure that this time, they can digest na films like this one. Kaya I am so hopeful na mapapansin talaga ito ng husto sa darating na Metro Manila Film Fest.”
In the meantime, tinatapos na rin ni Lance ngayon ang pelikulang Maskara, isang highly-political film na kung saan ay kasama niya sa cast sina Ina Feleo, Boots Anson-Roa at Lester Llansang. leading man ni Ina ang role ni Lance sa movie namang ito.
“I am a ladies’ man in the film”, sey ni Lance. “A debonaire man na may hidden agenda. I will swoon over the character of Ina Feleo in the film na isang news reporter, pero ‘yun pala ay may hidden interests ako. The film is about political whistle blowers kaya highly-interesting ang plot ng movie. Let’s talk about this new film of mine soon.”
Pinagpalit ni Lance ang offer ng isang giant TV network para sa isang teleserye kapalit ng pelikulang Maskara. Pero hindi naman nagsisisi o nanghihinayang si Lance. Mas bina-value kasi ni Lance ang previous commitments and schedules niya keysa sa bigger offers. Ganyan ka-professional si Lance.
Tunay namang umuulan pa rin ng blessings and good opportunities ang showbiz career ng mabait na si Lance Raymundo. Kaya naman ibinabalik niya sa Diyos ang lahat ng ito. Sa pamamagitan ng pag-aalay ng inspirational speaking engagements in various schools all-over the Philippines.
This is Lance’s second life and he is simply making the best out of it.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
WITH PHOTOS BY: DON GORDON BELL AND ERICKSON DELA CRUZ