Tuesday, July 30, 2013

POV: A Not So Important Cinemalaya 2013 Review!

as of August 04, 2013

MY Cinemalaya 2013 ranking!



After watching  25 out of 25 entries for the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, here's my ranking based on its depth, originality, cinematography, sound engineering, editing and over all impact (1 being the highest):


For the Director's Showcase 

  1. Ekstra
  2. Sana Dati
  3. Liars
  4. Amor Y Muerte
  5. Porno


For the New Breed Full-Length Category

  1. Transit
  2. Babagwa
  3. Purok 7
  4. Instant Mommy
  5. The Diplomat Hotel
  6. Quick Change
  7. Rekorder
  8. Nuwebe
  9. David F
  10. Debosyon


New Breed Shorts Category

  1. Onang
  2. Taya
  3. Pukpok
  4. My Houseband's Wife
  5. Missing
  6. Ang Huling Labok
  7. Para Kay Ama
  8. Tutob
  9. Sa Wakas
  10. Bakaw
                   
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Decided to have my own list of awards for this year. You can agree or disagree. We all have our own tastes. :)

New Breed Shorts
Best Screenplay: Taya 
Best Direction: J.E. Tiglao - Onang
Best Film: Onang


New Breed Full-Length
Best Sound: Rekorder
Best Original Music Score: Transit
Best Editing: Transit
Best Production Design: Quick Change
Best Cinematography: Nuwebe
Best Performance of a Supporting Actor: Joey Paras - Babagwa
Best Performance of a Supporting Actress: Mercedes Cabral - Transit 
Best Direction: Hannah Espia - Transit
Best Performance of an Actor: Ronnie Quizon - Rekorder
Best Performance of an Actress: Eugene Domingo - Instant Mommy
Best Film: Transist


Directors Showcase
Best Sound: Porno
Best Original Music Score: Sana Dati
Best Editing: Porno
Best Production Design: Amor Y Muerte 
Best Cinematography: Sana Dati 
Best Screenplay: Ekstra
Best Performance of a Supporting Actor: Benjamin Alves - Sana Dati
Best Performance of a Supporting Actress: Cherrie Gil - Ekstra
Best Direction: Jeffrey Jetturian - Ekstra
Best Performance of an Actor: Paolo Avelino - Sana Dati
Best Performance of an Actress: Vilma Santos - Ekstra
Best Film: Ekstra


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Commentaries

New Breed Shorts

  • Onang
    • Very tragic. Shots were very enticing to the eyes. Eye opener. Abuse. Haunting.
  • Taya
    • Brings back the childhood memory of 90's kids/ under privileged kids through games. Great relation between demolition and street games. 
  • Pukpok
    • Importance of circumcision in the Philippines. Show the masculinity and male dominance.
  • My Houseband's Wife
    • Long Distance Relationship. Infidelity. Comedic.
  • Missing
    • Cases of force disappearances in the country. Searching for closure. Finding the missing piece.
  • Ang Huling Labok
    • Struggle of fishermen against haulers. Relation with faith and fate.
  • Para Kay Ama
    • Reflects the differences between Chinese and Filipino cultures. Others may find it a lil' racist
  • Tutob
    • Stereotypical views about our brothers and sisters in Mindanao.
  • Sa Wakas
    • Tragic abortion. Fatherly love. 
  • Bakaw
    • Exposes Child Labor

New Breed Full-Length

  • Transit
    • Beautifully done. Storyline was very interesting. Good editing and sound. The character who played Joshua was really really good. A breakthrough performance from Jasmine Curtis Smith. The cast gave justice to every role in the film.
  • Purok 7
    • Very touching. With a lot of Kilig Moments from the crowd. Very rural. Good editing and cinematography. Showing the simplicity of life. Struggle of longing.
  • Babagwa
    • Great use of suspense. Really not so predictable on some parts. Love sometimes can really get us blinded. Karma si a bitch. Very believable performance from Joey Paras.
  • Instant Mommy
    • I like the screen play and how the director plays with the audience through scenes that the viewers have predicted but didn't happen. It's quite 'bitin' but i guess it's a planned. A roller coaster ride of emotions. Another stellar perfomance from Ms. Eugene Domingo.
  • Quick Change
    • A tale of transgenders in the Philippines. Science as their fountain of youth. Gay love. Illegal transactions. Stereotyped society.
  • The Diplomat Hotel
    • Great use of lights and sound. Gave me chills while watching. Psychotic attack. 
  • Nuwebe
    • Great acting from the lead cast who played the 9 year old mother. Looking for other people who can play the father and mother role since the set up was very rural. Some dialogues were in English which made the film quite unbelievable despite the very interesting content and topic.
  • Rekorder
    • Dark. Psychotic attack. Great sound engineering.
  • David F
    • Story about Amerasians and their struggles in life. With a historical attack.
  • Debosyon
    • I like the struggling scene of Paolo Avelino during the procession. Great music engineering by the Philharmonic Orchestra. Mystical.
Directors Showcase
  • Ekstra
    • Life behind the camera. The feeling of being important. Dream of stardom. Light
      and comedic. Great script and story line.
  • Sana Dati
    • Light but very heartfelt. I really like the story line and color. Quite tragic.
  • Liars
    • It's not important if you win or lose, what important is how you played the game. You'll never enjoy what you have, if you get it by stepping on others.
  • Amor y Muerte
    • Kind of film which I can recommend for a college history class. Althea Vega gave justice to her role. 
  • Porno
    • shows how pornography can corrupt ones mind. Lustfully done and quite visual. 



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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NEWS: Suits Season 3

Suits Season 3 makes it’s much awaited return to Philippine television this July 31, Wednesday at 8:00 PM on JackTV.



The series follows top legal closer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and his brilliant associate, young college-dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). With only one Law degree between the two of them, the duo lives in constant fear that Mike’s secret will be uncovered.

Season 2 ended with Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) pushing forward plans to merge with the UK Law firm headed by Edward Darby (guest star Conleth Hill) much to the ire of Harvey. Not going down without a fight, Harvey made a play to outmaneuver the merge that resulted with Jessica using Mike and his secret to get her way. Elsewhere, paralegal Rachel Zane (Megan Markle) confronts Mike who reveals that he never graduated from Harvard and leads to an intense encounter between the pair.

With the start of Season 3, each character must deal with the fallout of their actions. There is tension between Mike and Rachel; a rift between Mike and Harvey; and a divide between Jessica and Harvey.




Rachel who aspires to be a lawyer must deal with Mike living the life she has always longed for with the knowledge he didn’t earn it. Will she be able to stay quiet and keep his secret or will her ill-will cause her to push Mike to reveal the truth?

Aside from Rachel, Mike also needs to win back the trust of Harvey. But that’s not going to be easy as Harvey takes on a bribery case involving oil honcho Ava Hessington (guest star Michelle Fairley) and he makes it clear that he doesn’t want Mike at his side. Jessica doesn’t help matters when she gives Mike a new office.

Speaking of Jessica, having thrown her weight around in order to prove that she is in charge, she has more or less alienated herself. Only time will tell if Harvey and Jessica can find a common ground in which they can talk through their issues. However, with the merger still being finalized Jessica might want to have someone in her corner as throughout the course of this season we will see a battle for control of the firm and as usual, people’s allegiances will shift, and alliances will change.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

NEWS: SONA 2013!



When I was still in school, I used to watch State of the Nation Address because I need to pass a reaction paper as a pre-requisite for some of my subjects. Now, I enjoyed watching it as part of my responsibility not just for myself but for my country.

After hearing State of the Nation of President Noynoy Aquino, I can say that Philippines is doing great in all aspects. Showing people concrete examples and statistics helps each and everyone to have that positive outlook to life here in the Philippines.

I just want to share with you some of the reactions of netizens during and after his delivery.



























You can find PNoy's SONA in text here --> SONA 2013



For you? What are your thoughts about PNoy's SONA this year?


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

MOVIES: July for Cinemalaya!


July is a great month for the Philippines Film industry as it marks another year for Cinemalaya. The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers – works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine filmmaking by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers. Each year, ten fresh talents are given a seed grant in order to create the film of their dreams. These films in the New Breed Full Length Category are then featured in festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines every July and compete for the coveted Balanghai Award. Awards are also given in the Short Feature Category and the Directors Showcase. Along with these competition films are an array of exhibitions that include Tributes to Past Indie Mavericks of Pinoy Cinema, a Cinemalaya Kids’ Treats, World Premieres of New Digital Works (the Cinemalaya/NETPAC Prize), and other modules.

The 25 movie entries that made to this year’s festival were as follows: (You can click on the TITLE of the FILM to know more about the entry and schedule.)


New Breed Full Length Category

  1. Diplomat Hotel by Christopher Ad. Castillo
  2. Transit by Hannah Espia
  3. Nuwebe by Joseph Israel Laban
  4. Babagwa by Jason Paul C. Laxamana
  5. Instant Mommy by Leo Abaya
  6. Purok 7 by Carlo Obispo
  7. David F by Emmanuel Palo
  8. Rekorder by Mikhail Red
  9. Quick Change by Eduardo Roy Jr.
  10. Debosyon by Alvin B. Yapan


Director's Showcase Category

  1. Porno by Adolf B. Alix, Jr.
  2. Amor’y Muerte by Cesar Evangelista
  3. Extra by Jeffrey Jeturian
  4. The Liars by Gil M. Portes
  5. Sana Dati by Jerrold Tarog


Short Film Category


  1. Bakaw (Ron Segismundo) 
  2. Katapusang Labok (Aiess Athina E. Alonso) 
  3. Missing (Zig Madamba Dulay) 
  4. Onang (Jann Eric S. Tiglao)
  5. Para kay Ama (Relyn A. Tan)
  6. Pukpok (Joaquin Adrian M. Pantaleon)
  7. Sa Wakas (Ma. Veronica Santiago)
  8. Taya (Philip Adrian Bontayam) 
  9. The Houseband’s Wife (Paulo P. O’Hara) 
  10. Tutob (Kissza Mari V. Campano



You can view the complete schedule here: Cinemalaya 2013 Complete Schedule!


On its 9th year, movie enthusiasts can enjoy to watch movies inside the different theatres of Cultural Center of the Philippines and with special screening at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma  from July 26 to August 4, 2013. 


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EXPERIENCE: My Glad to be Globe story.

While being faced with the grim realities of human suffering, such as poverty, homelessness, mental illness, violence, and disease, we, after the immersion, are likely more aware of the realities of the world and realize that the suffering we face in our own lives is much less significant compared to the suffering of those whom we've interacted with during our immersion experience.

I am Leo Kevin Mendiola, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Information and Communications Technology in San Beda College - Manila, and I would like to share to you my #GladToBeGlobe story.

It was way back 2009 where we have a project for our Theology subject which talks about  being a lay apostolate in the current setting. Our professor allowed us to be exposed in a 300 hour immersion to different organizations based on a given topic. The topic that was given to us was social justice and upon brainstorming, we decided among ourselves to immersed  at Lourdes Handicapped Center inside the compound of Caritas Manila.

Sunday gathering.


Lourdes Handicapped Center is a place dedicated for residential care, special education, physical rehabilitation and sensitivity activities. It was funded by various organizations and volunteers around the country. Their goal is to provide personal love of Jesus Christ, the right to minimum of standard of living, a caring family and an appropriate education.

Playtime outside.


On our first encounter with the children inside Lourdes Handicapped Center, we we're amazed on how bright and loving they were. They love to play and they were a little bit touchy. Some of them can't stand or walk alone that's why when we need to play outside, they need to be on their wheel chairs. We keep our communication through group text messages, may it be with the person in charge at the center or within our group, since we also have irregular students in our team. Thanks to Globe for having affordable unlimited rates that let us keep in touch with each other.



As our usual routine, we sent group messages to everyone regarding the iterinary or flow of activities every time we will be visiting the center. As last day of our immersion comes, we decided to let our irregular classmate bring the materials needed (e.g. food, party hats and decorations) for the party since he will go to the place with his car. It was also the 18th birthday of  one of the children in the center.

Sample Christmas and Birthday cards that was prepared by the kids from one of our activities.


September 26, 2009. A date to remember. This same date was the start of Typhoon Ondoy hitting the Philippines. I received a text message from Kuya Mac, one of our irregular student groupmate, saying that he can't make it on time. He was stranded at Pureza station and the road going to Caritas were already flooded and impassable.  We still need to push through with the said party since the birthday celebrant was expecting for something and we already informed them that we will throw a party for everyone.

The rain won't stop and the flood was everywhere. We need to evacuate the children from the first floor up to the second floor since the water started to come in. My other groupmate, Nico, decided to contact Kuya Mac who was stranded at Pureza. He was using a different mobile network provider that time. Due to strong winds and rain, he has no signal and told me that I should contact Kuya Mac instead. I grabbed  my phone and wished that I have a signal to contact him. With Globe, it's like a normal day, I have four bars of signal on my phone and I was able to call and text him to have some updates on how we can transfer the materials needed for the party.

After ensuring that everyone's safe, Nico and I decided to face the rain and the flood. We walked from Caritas Manila to LRT Legarda station. The LRT station was too crowded as operations has been shut down several times. We're glad that the operation was resumed upon touching the area. On our way to Pureza, we saw a lot of people stranded on their house and cars submerged in water particularly in the area of V.Mapa station. As soon as we alight from  train at Pureza station, I called kuya mac to ask for his exact location. He said he parked outside. We met him and decided to leave his car at the station since flood won't reach the area. We carry everything from Pureza to Legarda station to Caritas Manila at Pandacan. As we arrived at Lourdes Handicapped Center, the children's faces light up as they saw us coming. Some of them smile as they saw a box of cake and some party hats. It's a very touching moment.



As soon as the water from the first floor went down, we arranged everything to start the party. Since there's no electricity, the place was light up with candles that made the party more intimate. The children sing happy birthday to Mina and presented their DIY greeting cards. It's great to see everyone having a good time. While watching them enjoy everything we have prepared, on the back of mind, I'm thanking Globe for having a great service in time of calamities like this. I'm glad to be with Globe for about 12 years now.

Mina blowing her birthday candles.


..and this is my #GladToBeGlobeStory


P.S. We decided to stay overnight since there's no chance of going home because of the flood. 



Thank you Nuffnang and Globe for giving me the opportunity to share my Globe Story.


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Monday, July 1, 2013

2013 Cinemalaya Short Film Entries


Here's the list of Short film entries for Cinemalaya 2013!

Bakaw (Ron Segismundo) is a day in the life of a child who steals at the Navotas fishport.



Katapusang Labok (Aiess Athina E. Alonso) depicts the struggles of fishermen who must deal with environmental abuse and the effects of coral harvesting on their livelihood.




Missing (Zig Madamba Dulay) tackles the subject of forced disappearances.




Onang (Jann Eric S. Tiglao) is the classic tale of a young probinsyana who seeks her fortune in the big city.




Para kay Ama (Relyn A. Tan) is about a young Chinese-Filipino girl who discovers she has a half-brother when she meets him on the last day of her father’s wake.



Pukpok (Joaquin Adrian M. Pantaleon) is one adolescent’s transition to manhood as he hurdles a case characterized by excessive blood, superstition and a man with failing eyesight.



Sa Wakas (Ma. Veronica Santiago) is a reflection on the bond of a father and daughter tested by cultural, political and religious hypocrisy.




Taya (Philip Adrian Bontayam) is about a 12-year-old boy who learns to play the game of life with a new set of friends. The film highlights how traditional Filipino games reflect the realities and disparities of our society.




The Houseband’s Wife (Paulo P. O’Hara) is an essay about a typical OFW family, with the OFW wife as breadwinner and the husband left in the Philippines to care for the children. Technology and the internet bridges the physical distance but shatters domestic harmony when the wife, on a Skype video call, sees a bra, not hers, hanging in the marital closet.



Tutob (Kissza Mari V. Campano) begins when recent bombings in the region put authorities on alert. A mysterious, strange-looking native Maranao man dressed up in Muslim attire shows up. He is tasked to fetch a package from his boss’ contact. From a rural area in the mountains, he rides his motorcycle to the city to get the package. On his way back, he is stopped at an army checkpoint. Speaking Maranao, he says he doesn’t know what’s in the package, but the Visayan-speaking soldiers don’t understand him and insist on opening it.



Schedule:





On its 9th year, movie enthusiasts can enjoy to watch movies inside the different theatres of Cultural Center of the Philippines and with special screening at Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center and Trinoma  from July 26 to August 4, 2013. 




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Ekstra (The Bit Player)

Ekstra (The Bit Player) by Jeffrey Jeturian


A socio-realist drama-comedy film, which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation on the marginalized laborers like her.






Directed by: Jeffrey Jeturian
Written by: Jeffrey Jeturian, Antoinette Jadaone, and Zig Dulay
Cast: Ms. Vilma Santos, Marlon Rivera, Vincent de Jesus, Ruby Ruiz, Tart Carlo, with the special participation of Piolo Pascual, Pilar Pilapil, Cherie Gil, Cherry Pie Picache, Richard Yap, and Marian Rivera

Schedule:



This film is one of the 5 finalists at the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's Director's Showcase Feature Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 26 to August 04, 2013.

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Porno

Porno by Adolfo Alix Jr.


“Porno” is a powerful story about individuals linked by pornography. Three souls, one explicit illusion. To find the ultimate joy in their empty lives. A safe haven, where passion and love mean humanity, ecstasy means enlightenment; and the soul is the ultimate arbiter of the truth.






Directed by: Adolfo Alix, Jr.
Written by: Ralston Jover
Cast: Carlo Aquino, Yul Servo, and Angel Aquino

Schedule:



This film is one of the 5 finalists at the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's Director's Showcase Feature Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 26 to August 04, 2013.

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Sana Dati

Sana Dati by Jerrold Tarog


“Sana Dati” is a love story about a woman whose wedding is thrown into disarray when a mysterious person arrives and reminds her of the man she really loves. It is the third part of Jerrold Tarog’s Camera Trilogy after Confessional (Cinema One Originals 2007) and Mangatyanan (Cinemalaya 2009).






Written and Directed by: Jerrold Tarog

Cast: Paulo Avelino, Lovi Poe, Benjamin Alves, Ria Garcia, and TJ Trinidad

Schedule:



This film is one of the 5 finalists at the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's Director's Showcase Feature Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 26 to August 04, 2013.

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