“CINEMALAYA 2016 MEMORIES” WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BY DON GORDON BELL…

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.

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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.

director joey romero with his NATIONAL ARTIST father eddie romero (r.i.p.)
director joey romero with his NATIONAL ARTIST father eddie romero (r.i.p.)
eric ramos, scriptwriter
eric ramos, scriptwriter
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ricky lee

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.

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mercedes cabral

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…

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don gordon bell

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.

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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.*

HABAMBUHAY.

(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio)

WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BY MR. DON GORDON BELL

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GIL M. PORTES’ HERMANO PULI CLOSES CINEMALAYA

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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.

“tag-araw ni twinkle”: when two summers meet

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Everybody needs a father. A father who will simply show to you that he misses you… and a father who’s not simply out to attest his egoistic nature, but rather, a father who will simply defend you in times of need, and in times of danger. And, that is, the kind of two fathers that this blogger saw on the indie movie Tag-Araw Ni Twinkle, one of the official entries on the very first National Film Festival (All Masters Edition) by Sineng Pambansa.

A father who will understand… a father who will not shout to the world how bad you were, or how evil you were, and how stupid you were. But rather,  a father who will simply uplift you, love you, hug you…

Because no matter what, you are simply his child and HE IS THE FATHER. With that, he should be the one who must understand you more.

Twinkle, the character portrayed by actress Ellen Adarna in the movie, was so lucky to have that kind of father. Not only one, but TWO. While others suffer, Twinkle luckily fell flat on the arms of two gentle, loving dads. She suffered from cocaine addiction and was a lost ‘soul’. Until her adoptive parents took a step to change the vicious cycle of her existence and made an attempt to “rehabilitate” her. At the same time, a man from her past came along. It was her REAL DAD, so convincingly portrayed by actor Arnold Reyes.

IT WAS THE SUMMER THAT TWINKLE WILL NEVER FORGET.

What’s good about this film was the fact that there’s so much honesty in it. There’s no hypocrisy, no “self-righteousness”-effect and no egoistic ways to all the characters involved. They all accepted their Fates. They all evolved “in great unison” with each other and they all loved each other. The result was a GOOD ENDING, with one character dying to redeem all of them. Fabulous.

Mr. Eric Ramos, the scriptwriter of this film, might have experienced this kind of story somewhere, somehow, in the span of his life. It’s because the story was so articulate and scientific, although it involved melodramatic tones and subversive subplots, still, he was able to create a kind of story that seemed to be too personal and subjective.

As if, it “was based on a true story”.

But a writer’s imaginings were surely a lot clearer and more distinctive than a true life form. The story was FICTION. But the writer managed to grab a kind of reality that will touch everyone’s hearts.

Director Gil Portes wanted to impart lots of messages via this film. He had a MISSION. And his mission was succesful. AND THAT MISSION WAS TO EMBRACE THE YOUNG.

No matter what they say to this Master film maker, his vast works of film artistry and greatness only answers to the goodness within his heart. And with that, this blogger would say now, HE IS INDEED A GREAT MAN.

The director’s attack on this film was old but new. His vision was so strong. His style was original.

If only this film was given proper publicity and promotions, it would transcend to greater heights. Especially the captivating kind of acting by Ms. Ellen Adarna, who could be at par with the acting greats of the present crop of senior mainstream actresses. The angst of (again) Arnold Reyes, the sensitivity of Chris Villanueva (who portrayed Twinkle’s adoptive dad) and the calmness of style to her acting craft by Ms. Rina Reyes.

Dominic Rocco (the cocaine-addicted present boyfriend of Twinkle in the film) and Marc Acueza (as the comebacking past boyfriend of Twinkle), together with Yan Yuzon (the military dad of Dominic in the film) all did well, too. They characterized fully each of the roles given to them.

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One of the most poignant scenes of the film were those dialogues between the two “dads”. They symbolized the “two summers that met in one lifetime” in Twinkle’s young life.

In their very images, you could feel the beauty of life. The hope of an individual. And the love of an unseen Hand GUIDING EACH LIVING PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE.

This movie is a “must-see” to every youth and to all Filipino families.

You will gain back your FAITH to your parents upon seeing this film. Learn to trust them all over again. And kill whatever kind of bitterness is left there within your heart.

Ang Tag-araw Ni Twinkle is a movie, but more than that, is a VISION….

of ETERNITY.

 

(WORDS BY ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO)

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