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Three Benilde films to defend CineMapúa title

THREE short films from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Film making program will attempt to duplicate last year’s success of their fellow Benildeans when the annual CineMapúa student film festival kicks off this week at the Mapúa University in Intramuros, Manila.

Karla Urquiaga‘s Healing, Jaig de Guzman‘s Amy and Regina Aceron‘s and C.J. Villa‘s Binihag are among the ten finalists of the CineMapúa 2018 Intercollegiate category.

Last year, Benilde film graduate Michael Pagaduan‘s Kaming Mga Nakakulong won Best Director and Best Film while Martin Mayuga‘s Babuyan, another Benilde entry, brought home Best Actress for Cataleya Surio, Best Supporting Actor for Jomari Angeles and three other minor awards.

Healing takes on the reality of a traumatized girl who tries to find her psyche. The film features Larissa Louise Alivio, Fe Saligumba, Erick Samonte and Matthew Seaver Choy.

Amy tells the story of Mark, a college student from Tacloban who can’t help but see his girlfriend Amy who presumably died in the devastating typhoon Yolanda. He reaches out to a person who lives exclusively in his mind. Choy top bills this film opposite Chloe Tabanda.

Binihag is about a hitman who finds his way to redemption as he interrogates a captive. Tracy Quila, Tere Gonzales, Dino Mercado, Lian Gonzales and Bongjon Jose star in this action-drama.

The three Benilde thesis films will compete with Akalingwan Nang Rosa directed by Max Canlas from University of the Philippines-Diliman, Ang Sabi Ni Madam by Ed Paulo Villanueva from De La Salle-Lipa, Dapithapon by Nyle Libranza from Asia Pacific Film Institute, Hahahahuhuhu by Delano Vinci Agapito, also from APFI, Mission Accomplished by Eidref Magpayo from Centro Escolar University-Malolos, Pompoms by AJ Amar from Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Manila and Pua Iyam by Juan Pablo Pineda III from Far Eastern University-Manila.

Meanwhile, Nixs Bernal’s two short films Nik-Nik and Uwi, Faustino Abante’s Ang Mga Burloloy ni Ella, Jev Romuel Gamboa’s Margo, Stephanie Dumayas’ Munting Tahanan, Emmanuel Chino Mutia’s Sa Mundong Aming Ginagalawan, Michael John Tuclaud’s Scripted, Fernando Manalo’s Toilet Trobol, Jay Carlo Magboo’s and Gadriell Gem Sol’s Uwian Na and Eugene Torres’ Yujin compete in the All Mapúans Category.

The finalists for the Animation Category, which was introduced this year, are Southbound by Zaira Daradar and Rhadney Reyes, Imahe by Marc Lorenzo Tolentino, A113 by Keith Altares, Pood by Gio Sallena and Ugat by Calvin Hernandez, all from Mapúa’s Multimedia Arts and Sciences.

CineMapúa, organized by Film Arts and Media Enthusiasts, aims to showcase students’ skills in producing short films and animation as well as their appreciation of the value of making films. It is headed by Festival Director and School of Media Studies officer-in-charge Benny Agapito.

Screenings are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., every two hours, at Audio-Visual Rooms 1, 2 and 3 from January 22 to 27, as part of Mapúa’s 93rd founding anniversary celebration.


Seymour Barros Sanchez
Seymour Barros Sanchez is an advocacy filmmaker, communication and film professor, freelance writer, and producer for news and current affairs programs. He is a fellow of the 17th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop (organized by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication), 21st Iligan National Writers Workshop(organized by the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) and 9th Palihang Rogelio Sicat (organized by the UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas). He is also a graduate of the 14th Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop for film and the first Brillante Mendoza film workshop.

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