nora aunor at direk peque gallaga: nag-akapan ng mahigpit for five minutes at nag-iyakan!

nora loves direk peque gallaga
nora loves direk peque gallaga
direk peque gets emotional with ms. nora aunor
direk peque gets emotional with ms. nora aunor
nora with direk brillante mendoza
nora with direk brillante mendoza

 

Isang kamanghang-manghang eksena na bihira lamang mangyari sa mga kaganapan sa daigdig o mundo ng Philippine Showbiz. Isang tinaguriang Superstar ng Pelikulang Pilipino at isa sa mga kinu-consider na isa sa mga Greatest Masters of Philippine Cinema!

Naganap ang pangyayaring iyon sa premiere night ng pelikulang Sapi ni direk Brillante Mendoza. Pareho niyang espesyal na mga bisita nu’ng gabing iyon sina Ms. Nora Aunor at Master Peque Gallaga. Pero dahil sa sobrang kaabalahan na ni direk Brillante, hindi na niya na-escort papasok ng sinehan (kung saan iso-showing ang Sapi) sina direk Gallaga at Ms. Aunor.

Naunang dumating si direk Gallaga at medyo matagal din itong nag-stay sa cocktails table area na kung saan ay nagsilbi ng mga espesyal na cocktails food sa said event a few days ago. At nu’ng mainip na si direk Gallaga, pumasok na ito sa loob ng sinehan, together with Ms. Digna Santiago, a producer, and direk Joey Romero, also a veteran film maker and son of National Artist for Film na si Eddie Romero (R.I.P.). Hindi na inabala pa ni direk Gallaga si direk Brillante na hinihila ng kung sinu-sinong mga tao nu’ng mga sandaling iyon for interviews, picture-takings at tsikahan.

Tahimik lang na umupo si direk Gallaga sa loob ng sinehan at saglit pa siyang binati ng blogger ng “Ssssip’s Awe” blog. Na-recall pa nga ni direk Brillante ang magandang poetic film review na naisulat nu’ng blogger na iyon sa said blog. After almost fifteen minutes, hayan na, humahangos na papasok sa loob ng sinehan ang grupo ni Ms. Aunor at escorted siya ng scriptwriter na si Ricky Lee. Ngumiti at kumaway sa lahat ng taong naro’n ang Superstar in all her humility. Pero nu’ng makita na niya si direk Gallaga, nagmadali na siyang umakyat ng hagdanan para puntahan ito!

And the next scene was so emotional in the eyes of one blogger na nakasaksi sa pangyayaring iyon.

Inakap ng mahigpit ni Nora si Peque. Mahigpit na mahigpit at puno ng damdamin! Siyempre, inakap din siya ng mahigpit pabalik din ni Peque! At nagbulungan sila, tipong very personal ang mga sinasabi nila sa isa’t-isa. Inabot yata ng five minutes ang akapan at bulungan na iyon!

Ilang saglit pa, nagka-iyakan na sina Nora at Peque! Tunay namang nakakabagbag-damdamin!

Sa pangyayaring iyon, masisiguro mo talagang malalim din ang naging friendship nina Nora at Peque. Marahil, may mga pangayayari na in the past na naging madamdamin sa kanilang pareho kaya nagkayakapan sila ng gano’n…

Late na nu’ng pumasok si direk Brillante at wala siyang kaalam-alam sa nangyari. Pareho na lamang niyang inistima ng saglit ang magkalayo nang upuan nina direk peque at Nora. Maya-maya pa ay ipinalabas na ang kanyang pelikula.

 

(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio)

‘SONATA’: WHEN A LONE VIEWER SEES, BUT GOES…

joshua pineda, ms. cherie gil and chino jalandoni in the most beautiful scene from the movie "sonata"
joshua pineda, ms. cherie gil and chino jalandoni in the most beautiful scene from the movie “sonata”

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Once  upon a time, there were two playmates. They were little boys, unaware of life’s harsh realities and escaping from the things they left behind. The younger boy, he didn’t want to see or hear from his father anymore. While the older boy, simply wanted to tag him along wherever he went… And they were both so happy running along the fields, playing hide and seek, jumping and strolling from the little mountains they both conquered…

The older boy valued his younger friend so much. He didn’t want him to swim by the sea, because he knew, he might encounter danger there… Just like he tried to pull him away from the bladed machinery they hanged-around one time.

But one day, the little boy became so playful. He really wanted to swim by the sea. The older boy didn’t like the idea, so a child like he was, he got hurt when the younger boy didn’t follow his call to leave the seaside… And before leaving the little boy, or so he told him: “Bahala ka na sa buhay mo (It’s up to you to run your own life)”. He felt so bad when he left because his younger playmate didn’t join him anymore to conquer more ‘thrills’ in life… And he walked-away.

The younger boy’s only great security was his older playmate. NO ONE ELSE. And when his older playmate left him, no one could protect him anymore. And when the waves got him, he died.

The lone viewer of the world who saw… but went- was GONE.

Nothing else could be as painful as this. His mother felt the greatest sorrow of all… and his older female crush- an international operatic diva, cried and sang a very tearful lullaby song at his funeral.

It was the dead boy who gave her back her life. It was him who courted her back to see life’s beauty once more after loosing her voice in the major European concert of her life. 

Yes, it was the boy who just died. It was him all along. And he was the ANGEL to everyone living in that paradise-like province in a remote barangay (or provincial district) somewhere in the heart Negros Occidental’s capital city- that of Bacolod City, Philippines. Where Ilonggos (the people of living Iloilo province in that central Visayan region) dwelt and dreamed and farmed.

AND IT WAS THE MOVIE SONATA.

 

FAST-CUT TO:

We all long for something, we all aspire for company, and we all dream of a perfect life.

But life could be so unpredictable. In a blink of an eye, our most precious talent could be gone.

In a fast grab, our most precious loved one could be snatched-away by other people, and worse, by nature who so loved it and wanted it to become a part of “it”.

But the most important thing was, we all lived our lives to the fullest, we enjoyed each moment the best way we could, and became so happy while our most precious ones were still here.

Heaven on earth could be so brief. It was never lasting. And the Almighty One only takes those “precious little things” He most cherish. Just like that little boy in the movie SONATA.

He belonged to Him more and no one else. That’s why He took him.

But the players in the said movie did their best to make his life a very beautiful one.

Ms. Cherie Gil, the actress who played the role of the operatic diva was the most grandeuse thing in this movie. She was the epitome of the most magnificent actress that a blogger had ever seen.

Chino Jalandoni, captured to his role of the younger playmate with THE GREATEST ‘AWE’ AND WONDER.

And Joshua Pineda, the older playmate, was the most natural young actor a viewer had ever seen.

They all played their roles to the “most heavenly touch” and imparted the greatest amazement to everyone.

With that, the movie SONATA was the best film entry for this blogger in the recently-running National Film Festival (All Masters Edition) by Sineng Pambansa.

 

FAST-FORWARD:

Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes won.

And so with Wanggo Gallaga.

They all captured the best feeling of BEING in love with the CINEMA.

And the billing of the movie should have been like this:

Ms. Cherie Gil as the CINEMA, Mr. Joshua Pineda as GOD and Mr. Chino Jalandoni as ANGEL.

 

FOREVERMORE.

 

(as the words were written by robert manuguid silverio, september 13, 2013)

 

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lance raymundo as lapu-lapu!

lance raymundo- the actor-singer, portrays Lapu-Lapu, the first filipino hero. attched is the Lapu-Lapu image created by Botong Farncisco- the great painter. 

He was the angel who never left.

The man who would stand by you… who would always be there… no matter what.

He’s the male celebrity who had proven himself to the max. As a singer, he had proven his versatility and classy image, and,  had maintained his stature … never disappointing his fans.

Now as an actor, he’s soaring higher. Exploring many different horizons, conquering new heights… and intensifying the different kind of characters he plays onscreen.

LANCE RAYMUNDO.

Fast-Forward:

There he was, in his baggy denim shorts and plain white shirt. Something new with the way he was carrying himself this time. His wavy long hair attracted a blogger with  great awe and wonder. It was a totally different Lance he was seeing this time.

His eyes stared upon the blogger for a long while, as the blogger himself went into a different dimension while looking at those powerful eyes.

He was like a handsome mural painting, coming to LIFE.

Just like the movie… yeah, just like the movie.

 

“It was an art movie of director Peque Gallaga”, he said to this blogger. “I just finished shooting it… The concept of the movie wass based upon the great paintings of one of our greatest painters- Botong Francisco. In the movie, all his paintings would come to life. And one of the paintings he painted was our first Philippine hero in person of Lapu-Lapu. And luckily enough, I am Lapu-Lapu in that movie.”

The movie’s a project of Ayala Companies, and it’s director Peque Gallaga’s comeback movie, after going into seclusion in his hometown province for quite a number of years now. Gallaga, definitely, would always be one of the greatest filipino directors- and no one could deny that fact.

“I feel so honored, it’s always been my dream to be directed by Gallaga”, Lance continued saying to the blogger over a cup of coffeee at Starbucks Tomas Morato. “He’s so cool!”

Lance seemed to be the right actor now in portraying “real-life, historical characters”. Years back, he played the legendary local hero Boni Serrano in an indie film. After that, the late director Mario O’ Hara R.I.P.), casted him in the Cinemalaya award-winning movie “Ang Paglilitis Ni Andres Bonifacio” a couple of years back. Then, he also starred next to a film about OFW’s  entitled “Fidel”- which symbolized ordinary Filipino people working abroad in the contemporary times. History, they say, has its way towards LANCE. Haha.

“Kung sino ang pino-portray ko in a movie, nagiging ako ‘yun”, Lance further said. “There’s no conscious effort on my part. Within a snap, when I am about to act infront of the cameras, I just find myself like in a trance. I am really the person I was portraying!”

And that made Lance a real, genuine artist. A great performing artist dedicating himself to the craft he had chosen.

And we looked upon Lance’s eyes. It’s so round, so deep, so penetrating…

It’s like an eyes of an angel..

Forever in disguise.

 

 

WORDS BY ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO

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