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    Benilde film tops CCP’s Gawad Alternatibo, 2 others win honorable mention

    August 11th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    Coleen Tanco. Photo © Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A FILM about a T’boli dancer, who experiences a sudden turn of events in her pursuit of a good life for her family, bagged first prize in the Short Feature category and Best Regional Entry at the 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video Awards night held Monday at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

    Rufyla, Coleen Tanco‘s capstone project under the digital filmmaking program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Design and Arts (SDA) bested more than a hundred entries in the said category. The young filmmaker hails from Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

    “Rufyla started when our house helper left us in her pursuit to get married to a foreigner. She is a 23-year-old girl who desired for a good life even if it took her to a red-light district in Manila. She believes that only a wealthy man can save her from poverty. As luck would have it, she nailed it,” the Benilde alumna explained when asked what inspired her to make her thesis film.

    “I hope the film will create and build a language that helps delineate what it means to be living in a remote area in the southern part of the Philippines. I also hope that the film will root for the indigenous people and make everyone aware not to treat the Filipino culture like a worthless material,” Tanco added after learning about her twin victories.

    In addition, other Benilde entries E and Ang Kabit ni Papa won honorable mention in the Experimental category. Directed by Benilde film alumnus, and now humanities and literature professor Jose Mojica, E zeroes in on a man who wakes up in an unfamiliar room and sees a mirror for the first time. By looking at himself, he discovers sexuality and sin.

    Meanwhile, Ang Kabit ni Papa by Benilde film student Robin Estargo is an experimental drama which focuses on a boy’s recollection of memories of his father who works abroad. The film explores confined rooms and empty spaces, with an unending fear of being discovered for telling the uneasiness in this what-could-have-been relationship.

    “Since I was born, my father has always traveled abroad to work with no other choice. We rarely see each other in a year, and whenever we do, we rarely talk. It is this separation that makes us move away from each other inch by inch through time, that there is this fear that our relationship in the future would be non-existent,” Estargo revealed.

    “Through time, I have met friends who have Overseas Filipino Worker parents as well, with some having more unfortunate conditions than mine. This separation results to doubt, sparking conflict in the family, as the child does not know the distant lifestyle of the parent, and vice versa,” the young filmmaker concluded.

    Rufyla is the first in BenildeFilm’s 10-year history to win the grand prize in the Gawad Alternatibo. The department came close to accomplishing the feat in 2018 when Benilde films dominated the 29th Gawad by bagging four of five awards, with the first prize going to Sa Saiyang Isla of Christian Candelaria from the University of the Philippines Film Institute.

    Last year, Benildean filmmakers also shone in the Gawad Alternatibo’s Short Feature category. Alfonso Silva bagged second place for his short film Proxy. Andrea Arias and Mia Rosero placed third for their entry Auntwo Susan. Tim Rone Villanueva and Vince Sevillano got honorable mention awards for Santa Nena! And Ma’am La, respectively.

    Rufyla is also among the short films that will compete at FACINE 25: The 25th Annual Filipino International Cine Festival from October 18 to 21 in San Francisco, California.

    Established in 1987, Gawad Alternatibo is considered the longest-running independent film festival and competition of its kind in the ASEAN region. A few years ago, it became one of the major components of the annual Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.


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    DOST-SEI boosts improved S&T scholarships

    August 9th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo during the press conference. Photo from Seymour Barros Sanchez

    THE Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute said it will increase the number of offered scholarship slots and the amount of monthly stipends for its scholars as it revealed more developments in its programs.

    DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo made the announcement in a press conference held last July 18 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

    The event coincides with the celebration of the 2018 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), which Biyo considers an opportune time to drum up the public’s interest in DOST’s scholarship program.

    DOST-SEI recently posted the names of 8,994 new qualifiers for its undergraduate scholarships, the biggest batch since the program started in 1958.

    Biyo hopes to further increase the number of scholars being supported in by DOST-SEI from 20,618 in 2016 to a target number of 33,256 scholars for 2019.

    Scholars will also benefit from the increased monthly stipend of PhP7,000 a month from the previous amounts of PhP5,000 to PhP6,000.

    This is in addition to the PhP40,000 per year tuition and other school fees subsidy, PhP10,000 per year book allowance, one-time PhP1,000 uniform allowance; one-time PhP1,000 graduation allowance, one economy-class round trip fare per year for those studying outside their home province, and group insurance.

    Through the new benefits in our scholarship program, we hope to get more scholars and graduates who will eventually work in S&T for the country,” de la Peña said.

    Biyo acknowledged top scholar-graduates, Ruben James Rosal and John Kenneth Malilay, who joined the panel to share their experiences as DOST scholars.

    “The testimonies of our scholars are always the best proof of the effectiveness of our programs,” she said.

    Interested Grade 12 students are encouraged to submit their applications for the 2019 DOST-SEI Undergraduate Science and Technology Scholarship until August 31, 2018. Examination will be on October 21, 2018.

    Incoming 3rd year college students taking identified S&T programs are likewise invited to apply in the Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) program. JLSS application ends on September 14, 2018. Examination is scheduled on October 20, 2018.

    For details, you may log on to or email


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    Benilde films make it to vertical shorts tilt

    August 6th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    THREE short films made by digital filmmaking students and recent graduates of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Design and Arts were selected as finalists to the Cinemalaya Nespresso Vertical Shorts Competition.

    iTay” by Gian Arre, “Kasama” by Ira Lastrilla and “Pedro Pasahero” by Paulito Del Mundo Parohinog are among the entries created using a mobile phone, with a maximum length of three minutes only and in a vertical format (9:16) which will vie for awards in the film competition organized by Novateur Coffee Concepts, Inc., CCP and Cinemalaya Foundation.

    This year’s theme is “pagmamalasakit” or empathy, a value most honored by Filipinos.

    The grand prize winner will receive PhP50,000 cash. The second and third placers will get PhP30,000 and PhP20,000, respectively.

    All of them will also take home state-of-the-art Nespresso machines and coffee capsule packages. Winners will be announced during the Cinemalaya Awards Night on August 12.

    A tribute to fathers and children, “iTay” follows a lonesome young woman who becomes overwhelmed with attention when a father learns how to use a new phone as a means to be a parent in this age. The film explores how some parents find their purpose in taking care of their children and how they may feel stripped of this purpose when they lose their family.

    Kasama” tells the story of Rica, played by BenildeFilm alumna Beatrice Ramos, who has just lost her job. On her commute home, she recalls the moments in her life when friends and family lifted her out of her sorrows.

    She tries to figure out the reasons behind their actions until a chance encounter gives her a clue. Apart from Ramos, Lastrilla also got the support of fellow Benilde film alumni, co-writer Remil Baylon, cinematographer Jaig de Guzman and co-producer Rachel Esperon.

    Meanwhile, “Pedro Pasahero” is about a breadwinner who faces the pressures of providing for his mother and little sister. When he decides to rob a utility vehicle, each passenger reminds him of what he is truly taking away from them. Aside from Molina, also helping Parohinog is recent BenildeFilm graduate Yves Publico.

    Completing the list of finalists are “Ratsky” by Ruby Rosa Baldevarona, “The Door” by James Edward Golla, “Takipsilim” by Benny Yunsay Pioquinto, “Love Others As You Love Your Selfie” by Arjanmar Rebeta, “SLN” by Brian Spencer Reyes, “Ako” by Jonel Revistual, “Kapit Lang” by Christian Borras Tan, “Braveheart” by Kevin Tuason and “Yakap” by Michael Sy Yu.

    The competing entries will be shown at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theater) on August 11, 10 a.m. There will be a talkback forum after the film screenings to give the audience a chance to ask questions on aspects of film production. Moreover, it will also serve as an opportunity for members of the production team to interact with the viewers.

    Serving as a challenge to young filmmakers to share their stories through vertical video, the contest also celebrates innovation, passion, and excellence in film making.


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    ‘Innovation Prizes’ up for grabs in 2nd imake.wemake plum

    August 1st, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    AFTER a successful opening salvo in 2017, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) “imake.wemake: create. innovate. collaborate.” project is again on the lookout for science and technology projects that cater to important societal and community issues.

    Now on its second year, the competition challenges young Filipinos to use their creativity, discover their potentials, and learn the process of using innovation to help their community of interest. Senior high school students will get the opportunity to pitch, build, and present their projects based on accessible technological platforms.

    For this year, DOST-SEI is partnering with lead innovation company, ACER Philippines, and will introduce its innovative platform called ACER Cloud professor.

    In the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the two parties last July 20 at the World Trade Center, SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo thanked ACER Philippines for its support in promoting innovation among the youth.

    “Having partners from the private sector is always a welcome boost to our work. Linking up with a globally recognized leader in the name of Acer in promoting science, technology, and innovation among our youth is especially crucial as we are entering the fourth Industrial Revolution. We are uncertain about our overall readiness as a country, but with this partnership we can say that we are preparing ourselves better,” she said.

    The competition comes in three stages: 1) Call for Proposals and Selection; 2) Technical Training/Workshop and Project Pitching; and 3) Final Project Presentation and Judging.

    To join, a team composed of three Grade 11 and/or Grade 12 students and one teacher per school may submit a project proposal addressing any of the following areas: food safety, security, traffic/road congestion, health, education, disaster mitigation, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and environment. This should be accompanied by a 2-3 minute video supporting the concept. Entry form and contest mechanics are available at

    School teams passing the selection process will be invited to attend free technical training/workshop on basic electronics, programming, troubleshooting, presentation skills, and ACER Cloud professor and sensor application – the programming tool that will be used in all imake.wemake projects. They will also get free ACER Cloud professor Starter Kit, Sensor Expansion Pack, and toolbox containing basic tools and components.

    Teams will be given a build and testing period of three months prior to the final project presentation and judging. The projects will be evaluated by this year’s judges: Dr. Nestor Michael Tiglao and Engr. Percival Magpantay of UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI); Engr. Carlos Matti Oppus of Ateneo de Manila University; and Alexis de Guzman of Acer Philippines, Inc., based on relevance and potential impact to the community of interest, novelty, viability, and community engagement.

    Three school teams will win PhP50,000 cash prize and The Youth Innovation Prize each.

    Deadline for submission of proposals is on August 10, 2018. For details, visit or email

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    Benilde, FEU films top IUF, next compete at Gawad Alternatibo

    July 28th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    Janna Lejano and Annika Yanez with IUF awards.

    A SHORT film about a 25-year-old lesbian, who is having a hard time coming to terms with her traditional Filipino father, won Best Feature and five other awards in the Indie Un-Film Festival 2018 at the Br. Andrew Gonzales Hall, De La Salle University.

    Sa Pag-agos ng Panahon, a capstone project of Annika Yañez and Janna Lejano under the Digital Filmmaking program of the DLS-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, also won Best Direction for Yañez, Best Cinematography and Best Editing for Lejano, Best Actor for Chase Salazar and Best Soundtrack for song composer M Laciste, song arrangerNick Lazaro and sound mixer and designer Veronica Valdez.

    Yañez, who graced the awards night last July 21 with Lejano, thanked the organizers “for giving young filmmakers the opportunity to share our art to a bigger crowd, and for inspiring all of us to keep creating films – no matter how bizarre, vulnerable, charged they may be.”

    Meanwhile, Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala, an entry from Far Eastern University, bagged Best Pamana Film, Best Cinematography for Rommel Ruiz, Best Production Design for Ron Alos and Best Sound Design for James Manalili. The inaugural Pamana category aims to bring forth stories of Filipino heritage and culture.

    Directed by Francis Guillermo, the film revolves around the continuous disappearances of townsfolk, prompting the local chieftain to find out who is behind it and where they are being brought. Upon conducting a search, he and his son came across a mysterious answer.

    Another FEU short film, Dama directed by Trish Ruedas Antonio, bagged Best Production Design for Reopaolo Nuñez and Best Actor for Rolando Inocencio in the Feature category. Inocencio plays a father who adopts a stray child to cope with his son’s death in a crisis-ridden world.

    The three films will next vie for awards in the 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, also known as Gawad Alternatibo, from August 4 to 6 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Manuel Conde or CCP Dream Theater.

    Also in the Feature category, James Allen Fajardo’s Ang Lalaking May Regla sa Gitna ng Dagat won Special Jury Prize and Best Screenplay. In the film, a fishing community faces an impending demolition when the landowner plans to turn the place into a beach resort. One of the fisherfolks is a teenage boy who had a menstruation in the middle of fishing. Fellow UP Diliman films Bago and Kasama Ng Paglisan ang Pag-alala at Paglimot won Best Sound Design for Alejo Barbaza and Best Actor for Ruby Ruiz, respectively.

    Al Basir from the Lyceum of the Philippines University won for Best Direction for Raymond Cultura and Best Editing for Ralph Quijano in the Pamana category.

    Mapua University’s entry Dory, which is about a 101-year-old transwoman who walks around the streets of Tondo, topped the Documentary category and bagged Best Direction for Beverly Ramos, Best Editing for Kristian Palma, and IUF People’s Choice award.

    Si Baste, a documentary on the 127-year old all-steel Basilica of San Sebastian, brought home Best Sound Design for Xamantha Asdisen from Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Deane Marie Yase of UP Cebu won Best Cinematography in the same category for Unscathed, which tells the story of resilience of the victims of the recent Pasil Fire.

    Vince Entuna from UP Diliman won Best Experimental Film, Best Direction, Best Production Design and Best Sound Design for Ang Lisyang Edukasyon ng Pilipinas while John Peter Chua of Ateneo de Manila University won Best Cinematography and Best Editing for Liyag.

    In the Music Video category, Ghost won Best Direction for Aaliyah Ybañez, Best Editing for Miggy Arnonobal, and Best Production Design for the UPD entry while Riel Louise Castalone of DLS Lipa took home Best Cinematography for A Place Somewhere.

    Organized by the DLSU Green Media Group, the 15th annual intercollegiate digital film festival celebrates film by showcasing the competition’s finalists and a plenary talk involving the country’s renowned filmmakers. The IUF talks, held last July 14 at Warehouse Eight in Chino Roces Avenue, had award-winning scriptwriter Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo Jr. and filmmakers Antoinette Jadaone, Pepe Diokno, Ice Idanan and Kaj Palanca as speakers.

    The award-winning entries will again be screened on August 3, Friday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Waldo Perfecto Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Br. Connon Hall, DLSU. For tickets, visit the DLSU GMG booth at 5F Artist Commons of the same hall. Interested parties may also visit or contact Jenni at 0915-1291021.


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    Gems of Latin American Cinema set to be shown next month at the Spanish cultural center

    July 27th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    INSTITUTO Cervantes will feature “Four Gems of Latin American Cinema,” a series of critically acclaimed and award-winning films directed by Latin American filmmakers, every Saturday during the month of August at the new Intramuros branch of the Spanish cultural center.

    The film cycle, which serves as an invitation to appreciate Latin American cinematography, will kick off on August 4, 6 p.m., with the screening of “Azul y no tan rosa” (My Straight Son), a plea for respect and non-discrimination due to sexual orientation. It won the 2013 LGBT Montreal Film Festival Best Feature and the 2014 Goya Award for Best Latin American Film.

    Directed by Miguel Ferrari, the film tells the story of Diego, a successful Venezuelan fashion photographer, who decides to formalize his relationship with his boyfriend Fabrizio by moving in with him. A tragic accident leaves his partner in a coma. Unexpectedly, he is obliged to take care of his own son, Armando, who lives in Spain and with whom he has not seen in years. Now, both of them have to adapt to each other – Armando to the unknown, homosexual world of his father, and Diego to the closed attitude of his teenage son.

    Next to be shown as part of the film series is El método (The Method) on August 11, 6 p.m. Based on a famous play by Jordi Galcerán and directed by Argentine filmmaker Marcelo Piñeyro, El método explores the dark inner mechanisms of the corporate world.

    Seven candidates are put together in a meeting room as part of final selection process for a single high-level position in a multinational corporation. Then, they are informed that one of them is not a candidate but an employee from HR analyzing their attitudes. What follows is a series of fierce tests which will question their priorities, ethics and loyalty under stress.

    On August 18, 6 p.m., the masterfully-crafted thriller El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) will be shown. Benjamin Esposito, a legal counselor who is about to retire, starts writing a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later.

    Writing the book leads Benjamin to investigate his own past and a period of Argentina’s history marked by violence and death. Arguably the best work by talented Argentinean filmmaker Juan José Campanella, it has received more than 50 international awards, among them the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film, and the Goya Award for Best Latin American Film.

    The comedy Lista de espera (Waiting List) concludes the film cycle on August 25, 8 p.m. Directed by Juan Carlos Tabío, it tells the story of a group of passengers who wait for their transportation at a Cuban bus station.

    However, the passengers have no way to get on any bus, as all buses that pass are full. The administrator does not see any solution and intends to close the terminal. Even so, they decide to stay and repair an old bus – as a strange and tender story is woven among them.

    This film series “Four Gems of Latin American Cinema” is presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, and the Film Archives of AECID, with the support of Intramuros Administration and Accenture.

    Instituto Cervantes Intramuros is located at Casa Azul, a two-floor replica of a 19th-century Philippine house at Plaza San Luis Complex, next to San Agustin Church. Designed to complement the cultural and academic activities of the main branch in Makati, it has a 90-seat auditorium, an exhibition room, classrooms, and a library containing over 30,000 items.

    All the films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit the Instituto Cervantes’ website ( or its Facebook page (


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    The Maningning Miclat Art Foundation extends deadline of the online submission to the 2018 Maningning Miclat Art Award

    July 17th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    THE Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. (MMAFI), in cooperation with District Gallery and Far Eastern University, has extended the submission of online entries to the 2018 Maningning Miclat Art Award to the end of this month.

    Entries must be submitted to Image file of the entry must be high-quality, high-definition, and in .jpg format. Artist name, title, dimension, medium and year of the artwork must be included. Passport photo, bio data, birth certificate and entry form must also be sent as attachments via email. The filename format should be [title]_[size in cm]_[year].JPG (Example: TroubleInParadise_160cmx184cm_2018.JPG)

    Artists of shortlisted entries will be informed through email on August 13.

    Actual artwork of shortlisted entries should be submitted with a passport photo, bio data, copy of birth certificate, and notarized entry form to FEU President’s Committee on Culture office no later than August 28.

    The painter is responsible for transporting and submitting entries to FEU. The painter releases MMAFI, District Gallery, and FEU from any claims of damage to artwork due to storage or transport in connection with the competition.

    Shortlisted entries will be unveiled and displayed at the Exhibit Hall of the FEU Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts (IARFA) from September 3 to September 28. Awarding will be at FEU on September 28 back to back with the performance art, Ginugunita Kita. All submitted artworks will be available for sale.

    The grand prize to be chosen by the Board of Judges will be awarded as follows: a Julie Lluch sculpture trophy, PhP28,000, Miclat book collection, and a solo exhibit at District Gallery. All entries must be claimed by the buyer, with painter present on September 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at FEU. Paintings not sold must likewise be claimed by the artists on the same day.

    Maningning Miclat. Photo ©

    Maningning Miclat was a poet of three languages, prize-winning artist, published essayist, translator/interpreter and teacher. She passed on at the age of 28 in 2000. In her honor, the MMAFI, which was formed in 2001, has been organizing activities aimed at encouraging creativity and recognizing, awarding and nurturing outstanding and talented young poets and artists 28 years old and younger, the same age when she died.

    Alternately, poetry and painting competitions are held, poetry during odd-numbered years and painting during even-numbered years.

    For more information, visit For further inquiries, email


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    Benildean filmmakers compete in California

    July 11th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    FOUR capstone projects from the Digital Filmmaking program of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts will vie for the Best Short Film at FACINE 25: The 25th Annual Filipino International Cine Festival this October in San Francisco, California.

    Among those which made it as finalist to FACINE’s short film competition, which will be held are Caramel Child by Kim Timan, Rufyla by Coleen Tanco, Suerte by Carlo Fajarda, and the documentary Hope Spots by Joseph Dominic Cruz.

    Caramel Child, co-written by Timan with Palanca awardee Lino Balmes, is a light drama about a Filipino-American girl Katherine Kaye Jones (Angelica Ulip), or Kakay, who tries her best to look for her absentee father. Kakay’s curiosity is triggered by a regional science quiz bee poster and an American client (Savino Bellini) of her mother (Sue Prado).

    It won Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Performer and Best Musical Score (Marcus Santos and Joseph Salcedo) at Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival 2018. It also brought home the Best Screenplay award from De La Salle University’s Indie Un-film Festival 2017 and competed in the short film category of Cinema One Originals Festival last year.

    In Suerte, two student filmmakers are shooting a documentary about the drug trade within their city until it descends into a very dangerous obsession for them. As they go on along with their subjects, they slowly become characters in their own film, crossing the line between observer and creator. The film competed at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, 28th Singapore Int’l Filmfest and Taipei Film Festival in Taiwan.

    In Rufyla, a T’boli tribeswoman dances for a living and encounters a dramatic turn of events in pursuit of a better life for her family. The short film is a CineFilipino 2018 student category finalist.

    Hope Spots, a finalist in the documentary category of UP Cinema’s Piling Obrang Vidyo, looks into the debut of women wrestlers in a fight sponsored by the Philippine Wresting Revolution. It zeroes in on the local professional wrestling scene, presenting the polarizing sport of pro wrestling through the lens of the homegrown promotions’ first female talent.

    The competition will open FACINE 25 on October 18 at the San Francisco Main Library and the SF Philippine Consulate. The winner will receive a US$100 cash prize and certificate of recognition. Special citations will also be awarded in any category upon the jury’s discretion.

    Aside from the four Benildean student films, Hulid (Lie Together) by BenildeFilm program coordinator Jan Philippe Carpio also made it to the competition. The experimental narrative questions sexual pleasure, voyeurism, detachment and the paradox of public anonymity.

    “The finalists cover a wide range of genre, format, style and subject, all 45 minutes and less in length, both student and professional works, including notably films by non-Filipino filmmakers with the Filipino as subject,” FACINE Director Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr. said.

    Meanwhile, nine full-length films will slug it out for the Best Film and other awards in the main competition from October 19 to 21 at the Roxie Theater, also in San Francisco. Vying for awards in the different categories are 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten written by Jason Paul Laxamana and directed by Petersen Vargas; Bomba by Ralston Jover; Kita Kita by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo; Meet Me in St. Gallen by Irene Emma Villamor; Melodrama / Random / Melbourne by Matthew Victor Pastor; Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha by Mes de Guzman; Pauwi Na by Paolo Villaluna; Tale of the Lost Boys by Joselito Altarejos; and Tu Pug Imatuy written by Arnel Mutia Mardoquio and directed by Arbi Barbarona.

    FACINE is organized by the Filipino Arts and Cinema International, a nonprofit media arts organization that aims to promote and develop Filipino cinema from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora. It has organized the festival for the past 25 years.


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    Navotas HS students compete in 3rd Navoteño Film Festival

    June 22nd, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    NINE short films made by junior high school students from Navotas City will battle it out in the 3rd Navoteño Film Festival this weekend at the NC Sports Complex.

    Kaunlaran High School‘s “Love @ First Vlog,” La Naval Academy‘s “Mea Patria” (My Homeland), Navotas National High School‘s “1485,” Navotas National Science High School‘s “Sukbit,” San Jose Academy‘s “Iris,” San Roque National High School‘s “Aninag,” San Rafael Technological and Vocational High School‘s “Draw Lots,” Tangos National High School‘s “Pantagrace” and Tanza National High School‘s “Padyak” will vie for the top three films, audience choice award and other special prizes.

    The entries will be judged according to the following criteria: 50% for originality and execution and 50% for adherence to this year’s theme, which is Navotas tourism.

    The Best Picture winner will receive PhP20,000 and plaque of recognition. The 2nd Best Picture will get PhP15,000 and a plaque while the 3rd Best Picture will bring home PhP10,000 and a plaque. Consolation prizes of PhP5,000 and a plaque will be awarded to the other finalists.

    Special awards, which come with a cash prize of PhP1,500 and a plaque, will also be given to the Best Poster Design, Best Original Song, Best Performance by an Actress, Best Performance by an Actor, Best Sound Design, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay and Best Direction.

    The official film entries will be shown on the same day as the awarding ceremonies, with two screening schedules, from 8 am. to 10 am. and 10 am. to 12 noon, at the same venue. Viewers will be given one ticket each to vote for their chosen entry. The film which gets the most number of votes from the audience will win the Box Office Hit (People’s Choice) award with a cash prize of PhP10,000 and a plaque of recognition.

    The participating schools submitted their scripts last May 21. A review and mentoring session with workshop facilitator and Beyond Deadlines writer Seymour Sanchez was held last June 9 at the Pangisdaan Hall, 4th Floor, Navotas City Hall before the final submission of entries.

    Sanchez, who conducted a seminar-workshop on digital filmmaking last May 10 and 11, teaches film at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts and cinema and journalism at the Far Eastern University Department of Communication.

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    The film festival, an annual activity of the Navotas City government, serves as a platform for the city’s future filmmakers to develop and harness their craft and showcase their works, as well as a means to discover young and talented Navoteños.


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    FDCP’s Cine Lokal features LGBT films from June 22 to 28

    June 20th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez


    THE Film Development Council of the Philippines celebrates Pride Month by screening four award-winning films that empower and recognize the LGBT community, in all Cine Lokal cinemas as part of PelikuLAYA: An LGBT Film Festival from June 22 to 28.

    The lineup includes the Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival 2013 drama Lihis written by Ricky Lee and directed by Joel C. Lamangan.

    Set in the 70’s during the turbulent period in Philippine history, the film stars Jake Cuenca and Joem Bascon as communist rebels bound by a similar cause to topple a dictatorship. Their characters’ relationship turns passionate amid their struggles to fight for freedom. Lihis also features Lovi Poe, Isabelle Daza, Gloria Diaz, Raquel Villavicencio, Tony Mabesa, Jaime Pebanco, Lloyd Samartino, Alex Castro, Ruby Ruiz, Jess Evardone and Chanel Latorre, among others.

    Another film featured in PelikuLAYA is the Cinema One Originals 2017 comedy film Si Chedeng at Si Apple directed by Rae Red and Fatrick Tabada.

    Chedeng (Gloria Diaz), 66, decides to come out during her husband’s wake while her best friend Apple (Elizabeth Oropesa), 63, kills her live-in partner, beheads him and stuffed his head inside her favorite Louis Vuitton bag. Together, they are on the run from the law and their children as they set off an adventure to find Chedeng’s ex-girlfriend.

    Also part of the program is Joselito Altarejos’ Kasal, which won Best Film at the 2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival. It tells the story of a gay couple, played by Arnold Reyes and Oliver Aquino, whose relationship is challenged when they attend a wedding. Providing support are Rita Avila, Maureen Mauricio, Ruby Ruiz, Rener Concepcion, Sue Prado, Ronwaldo Martin, Luis Ruiz and Ray An Dulay.

    Completing the list is Out Run, a documentary about an LGBT political party mobilizing transgender hairdressers and beauty queens. Directed by S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons, the film provides a unique look into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.

    PelikuLAYA, which is organized by FDCP in partnership with different LGBTQIA+ organizations, screens this month at Cine Lokal theaters in SM Manila, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Southmall and SM Bacoor.


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    Benildean filmmakers bag INPFF award

    June 19th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A SHORT documentary made by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking students won Best Direction at the Istorya ng Pag-asa (Stories of Hope) Film Festival gala night and awarding ceremony held last June 12 at Glorietta, Makati City.

    Winning the award for their short documentary “Pamilyang Bernardo” are Anna Mikaela Quizon, Alda Dalisay and Jocelyn Frago. Two members of the Bernardo family from Looc, Romblon are suffering from ectrodactyly, a condition which causes malformation of their limbs and makes life difficult for them. Despite this, they find strength in their own home.

    Florence Rosini’s “Ang Biyahe ni Marlon,” an inspiring tale of an Uber driver with Tourette Syndrome, which manifests through involuntary movements, got the INPFF Best Film trophy, a cash prize of 50,000 pesos, a DSLR camera and a Samsung S8 cellphone.

    First runner-up winner Margaret Serranilla brought home 30,000 pesos for her entry “Tago,” which tells the story of Nelson Gonzales, drummer and owner of Tago Jazz Café, a small jazz joint in Cubao that serves as a place for budding musicians to hone their craft.

    Kelsy Lua’s “Gawilan,” about a disadvantaged Filipino swimmer named Ernie Gawilan who faced hardships that forced him to battle his insecurities before making it to the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, won second runner-up and 20,000 pesos.

    Aunell Ross Angcos’ “The Climbing Puppeteer,” about a BPO employee-cum-ventriloquist who climbs mountains to help local villagers, won Best Cinematography, while Demy Cruz, Jr.’s “Ang Gahum Sang Daku Nga Handum,” about a member of an indigenous tribe who has to face challenges to selflessly pursue her dream, got the Best Script award.

    Aside from her documentary with Quizon and Dalisay, Frago has another entry which made it to INPFF’s list of 15 finalists, “Liham Pagmamahal Para sa Kasalukuyan” (Love Letter to the Present). It tells the story of Lola Lita Vinuya and how she, and other members of Malaya Lolas, an organization composed of former “comfort women” or victims of sexual slavery, survived the cruelty of the Japanese imperial army during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. This serves as their voice and a love letter to the present.

    Their fellow DLS-CSB film majors Matthew Pelayo and Gian Arre were also selected as INPFF finalists from among 73 submissions all over the country.

    Pelayo’s “Overdrive,” follows the life of Mel Majadas, a female Uber driver, as it shows what it is like for Mel, a mother who works hard for her family, to drive around Metro Manila.

    On the other hand, Arre’s “Mclaine” is based on the life of Mclaine Buatis, a student confronting complaints for his disruptive behavior. When his high school teacher warns him that he might get expelled from school, Mclaine reveals his innate desire to graduate and pleads for one last chance.

    The other short film finalists are “Alkansiya” by Sandra Fajardo, “Ngiti” by Rhycie Anne Custodio, “Dealing with Healing” by Alyssa Bernardino, “Liwanag” by Kimberly Ilaya, “Dibuho” by Erri Rojo and “Person with This Ability” by Tala Reyes.

    INPFF judges and organizers. including Vice President Leni Robredo (Fourth from left)

    Acclaimed screenwriter Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo, Jr., Film Development Council of the Philippines Chairperson Liza Diño, award-winning filmmakers Quark Henares and Dan Villegas, and veteran actress Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino served as INPFF judges. Actor Dingdong Dantes hosted the event.

    Vice President Leni Robredo, whose office organized the nationwide film competition together with Ayala Foundation, described the entries as “extraordinary stories of ordinary people, and we are very, very proud of them. We wish that there are more that we can discover, and we vow to continue looking for them.”

    The INPFF was held to celebrate the first year of Istorya ng Pag-asa, an initiative that aims to inspire and empower the nation through extraordinary stories of the Filipino people. It seeks to promote hope and inspiration on a wider scale, with positive real-life stories that feature the triumph of ordinary Filipinos over life’s adversities.

    The winning short films are currently being screened at Ayala Malls Cinemas until June 30.

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    New “Gee-gee At Waterina” musical opens in August

    June 18th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    ARTIST Playground will stage a new original Filipino musical, based on the fictionalized retelling of the friendship between two gay men, this coming August at Arts Above in Quezon City.

    The arts and performance company turns J. Dennis Teodosio’s Gee-gee At Waterina, a bittersweet tale of an evening in the life of a flamboyant city councilor and a sentimental comfort gay, into a musical to be directed by “King of Comedy Bars” Andrew De Real.

    Actor-designer Norman Peñaflorida will play the role of Gee-gee, the politician benefactor of Waterina, to be portrayed by actor-director Roeder Camañag.

    Noted musical director and composer Jesse Lucas and dancer, choreographer and theater actor Lezlie Dailisan will provide the show’s music, with lyrics by Teodosio, and choreography, respectively.

    The original material was first read at the PETA Writers Bloc and was given the Jimmy Y. Balaquit Literary Award for Best Manuscript at the 9th Iligan National Writers Workshop in 2002.

    The straight play version was first presented at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Virgin Labfest in 2005. Lou Veloso and Paolo Cabañero shared the stage, with the direction of Roobak Valle.

    A short film version starring Veloso and Cabañero was produced for Cinemalaya a year after. Teodosio co-directed the film with Gawad Urian-winning filmmaker Mariami Tanangco.

    Artist Playground aims “to create artistic projects that reflect, celebrate and explore the bravery of Filipino artists and to create opportunities that facilitates a collaborative environment for artists from all fields of art.”

    The musical runs from August 18 to 26, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, West Avenue Building, 112 West Avenue, QC. For inquiries, please contact Kimberly Somoza at 0975-9193179.

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    Benildean filmmakers earn Urian nods

    June 12th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

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    TWO alumni of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking program (BenildeFilm) will vie for the Best Short Film award at the 41st Gawad Urian on June 14 at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent in Quezon City.

    Kim Timan’s Caramel Child and Carl Chavez’s Sorry for the Inconvenience were nominated in the short film category along with Glenn Barit’s Aliens Ata, Keith Deligero’s Babylon, TM Malones’ Bawod, Dennis Hubag’s Empyreus, Kiri Dalena’s Gikan Sa Ngitngit Nga Kinailadman (From the Dark Depths), Carlo Francisco Manatad’s Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, Maje Papin’s and Ef Orpiada Jr.’s Lutab, Kyle Fermindoza’s Manggagarab, Roanna Mercado’s Piko, Edmund Telmo’s Redempsyon, Christian Candelaria’s Sa Saiyang Isla and Xeph Suarez’s Si Astri Maka Si Tambulah (Astri and Tambulah).

    Set in the year 2003, Caramel Child tells the story of Katherine Kaye Jones (Angelica Ulip), or Kakay, the daughter of a call girl, Ellie Pilorin (Sue Prado), and an absent American man. A poster of the Regional Science Quiz Bee and her mother’s American client (Savino Bellini) will trigger Kakay’s curiosity and determination to look for her father.

    Caramel Child brought home Best Film, Best Director (Timan), Best Screenplay (Timan and Lino Balmes), Best Performer (Ulip) and Best Musical Score (Marcus Santos and Joseph Salcedo) at Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival 2018. The film also received the Best Screenplay award at De La Salle University’s Indie Un-film Festival 2017 and it is also one of the finalists in the short film category of Cinema One Originals Festival last November.

    On the other hand, Sorry for the Inconvenience is about a timid teenager (Ronwaldo Martin) who comes home one night after being beaten up by the school’s bully. With revenge on his mind, the teenager decides to take matters into his own hands. When things don’t go as planned, he is left with no choice but to seek help from his policeman father (Simon Ibarra).

    Sorry for the Inconvenience won Best Short Film at Cinema One Originals last year and it also competed at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

    Meanwhile, Respeto leads the Best Film race with 12 nominations, followed by Balangiga: Howling Wilderness with 10 nods, Tu Pug Imatuy with nine, The Chanters with seven, and Bhoy Intsik and Birdshot with six apiece.

    The Natatanging Gawad Urian will be given this year to jazz pianist, composer and musical director Winston Raval.

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    Award-winning FEU short films compete in California

    June 11th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

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    FOUR student films from Far Eastern University will vie for the Best Short Film at FACINE 25: The 25th Annual Filipino International Cine Festival, considered the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in North America.

    Boyet Loves You and Caterwaul, both directed by Josel Fajardo, Pua Iyam by Juan Pablo Pineda III and Touch Move by Frances Louise Giner made it as finalists in the event organized by the Filipino Arts and Cinema International in San Francisco, California.

    Fajardo, Pineda and Giner are all alumni of the FEU Film Society.

    A scene from Caterwaul

    The silver anniversary of the film festival will open with the short film competition on October 18 at the San Francisco Main Library and the SF Philippine Consulate while the main competition will be held from October 19 to 21 at the historic Roxie Theater.

    In Boyet Loves You, which is also a short film finalist in the CineFilipino Film Festival 2018 Open category, Gab (Sari Estrada) wants to introduce her best friend Mari (Kat Galang) to Boyet. The problem is, only she can see Boyet. The comedy-horror flick bagged the Best Film, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Performance awards at Sinepiyu 2017’s Golden Reel category.

    Caterwaul is a film where painful secrets are revealed at two girls’ sleepover. While watching an R-rated movie, a girl (Andrei Eunice Osano) shares her first sexual experience and re-enacts it to a friend (Quennie Abuyuan), who does not know that she’s in for a dark revelation. The seven-minute drama won the Gold Prize in the Viddsee Juree Philippines Awards.

    In Pua Iyam (Coming Out), a young Filipino-Chinese student (Rowi Du) comes out to his childhood friend (Raphael Cruz). The short film brought home Best Screenplay and Best Actor in a Lead Role at the 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban City, Leyte; a special citation on gender sensitivity from the first Palawan International Film Festival; Best Film, Best Director, Best Performance and Best Poster at Sinepiyu 2017’s Black Reel category; Gold Award for Best Picture, Outstanding Direction, Design Excellence and Technical Excellence awards at CineSB 7: The Main Installment’s Sibol category; Best Cinematography and another special citation from Piling Obrang Vidyo XIV; and Cardinal Bronze Film Award, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography at CineMapúa 2018’s intercollegiate category.

    With characters as chess pieces, Touch Move depicts the difficulty of moving on. The film won Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Second Prize at Sinepiyu 2017’s Black Reel Category. It also garnered different awards from the Ateneo Video Open, Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival and 9th Largabista Film Festival.

    The short film finalists, which were selected out of 125 submissions to the competition, have a wide range of format, genre, style and subject, all 45 minutes and less in length, both student and professional works, including works by non-Filipino filmmakers with Filipinos as subject. The best short film will be awarded a US$100 cash prize and Certificate of Recognition. Special citations will also be awarded in any category upon the discretion of the Jury.

    Meanwhile, FACINE relaunches its main competition section with nine full-length films vying for awards in different categories.

    The finalists are 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten written by Jason Paul Laxamana and directed by Petersen Vargas, Bomba (The Bomb) by Ralston Jover, Kita Kita (I See You) by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Meet Me in St. Gallen by Irene Emma Villamor, Melodrama/Random/Melbourne by Matthew Victor Pastor, Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha (The Family That Never Weeps) by Mes de Guzman, Pauwi Na (Pedicab) by Paolo Villaluna, Tale of the Lost Boys by Joselito Altarejos, and Tu Pug Imatuy (Right to Kill) written by Arnel Mardoquio and directed by Arbi Barbarona.

    FACINE is a nonprofit media arts organization that aims to promote and develop Filipino cinema as a social document of cultural heritage, and as medium of artistic expression. Dedicated to empowering artists and audiences on films that speak about Filipino communities globally, FACINE has organized the festival for the past 25 years and it also hosts film-related events in the SF Bay Area.

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    Benilde alumni get FAMAS nods

    June 7th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez


    TWO short films made by graduates of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking program are nominated in the 66th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Gabi ng Parangal to be held on Sunday, at the Theatre at Solaire.

    This is the first time that the FAMAS is honoring the year’s best works in the short film and documentary categories.

    Carl Chavez‘s Sorry for the Inconvenience and Carlo Fajarda‘s Suerte will vie for the “historic” Best Short Film award along with fellow nominees Aliens Ata by Glenn Barit, Babylon by Keith Deligero, Dory by Beverly Ramos, Engkwento by Ryan Machado, Gikan sa Ngitngit Nga Kinailadman by Kiri Dalena, Hilom by P. R. Patindol, Link by Mike Esteves and Si Astri Maka Si Tambulah by Xeph Suarez.

    In Sorry for the Inconvenience, a timid teenager named Joshua (Ronwaldo Martin) comes home one night after beaten up by the school’s bully. With revenge on his mind, the teenager decides to take matters into his own hands. When things don’t go as planned, he is left with no choice but to seek help from his policeman father (Simon Ibarra). Cherry Malvar and Luis Ruiz also provide support.

    The film bagged the Best Short Film award at the Cinema One Originals 2017 last November. It also competed at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival last August.

    On the other hand, Suerte follows two amateur filmmakers (played by Fajarda himself and the film’s director of photography and editor Phillipe Quintos) shooting a documentary about the drug trade. While they go along with their subjects, brothers Betong (Karl Medina) and Roel (Dan Medrana), their dangerous obsession with their project forces them to cross the line between observer and creator.

    Fajarda’s thesis film competed in the Wide Angle category of the Busan International Film Festival and in the Southeast Asian short film competition of the 28th Singapore International Film Festival last year.

    Meanwhile, Nawruz Bernardo Paguidopon‘s God Bliss Our Home, Jewel Maranan‘s Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang and Victor Delotavo Tagaro‘s Yield also made FAMAS history as the award-giving body’s first-ever nominees for Best Documentary Film.

    Cinemalaya winner Respeto leads all films this year with 15 nominations, followed by QCinema Best Film Balanginga, Howling Wilderness with 11 and Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture Ang Larawan, Philippine entry to the Oscars Birdshot and the documentary Yield, with six nods each. Love You to the Stars and Back, Changing Partners, Nervous Translation and Historiographika Errata have five nominations each.

    The FAMAS awards is undergoing a major facelift this year. An independent jury, which is headed by award-winning writer Ricardo “Ricky” Lee and composed of film practitioners, critics and educators as members, selected the nominees and will vote for the winners.

    Piolo Pascual, Kim Chiu and Robi Domingo will host this year’s awards night with Megavision’s Madonna Sanchez serving as the program’s executive producer.

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    Benilde films featured in Seattle

    June 6th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    SEVEN short films from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking program (BenildeFilm) were officially selected and screened as part of the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle held at the Armory Loft 1 Seattle Center, Washington.

    John Craig de Guzman’s Amy, Christian Rae Villanueva’s Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi (The Lessons of the Night), Aleina Espineli’s Ang Pagbabalik Tanaw ni Olympia Mercado (A Look into the Life of Olympia Mercado), Kim Timan’s Caramel Child, Pamela Barrios’ Cesar & Magda, Lino Balmes’ Orlie and Dev Angeo’s and Kristine Medenilla’s Saglit (A While) were among the films about the Filipino diaspora featured in the Seattle event which took place June 2 and 3.

    Amy tells the story of Mark (Seaver Choy) who is reminded of Amy (Chloe Tabanda), a person who has just passed away in Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), as he sees her in his reverie. It earlier won Best Short Film and Best Editing at the 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban, Leyte and tied for the Best Narrative Film award at the first ASEAN Biennale or ASEANnale Film and Multimedia Competition in UP Diliman this year.

    In Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi, Juanita (Sheenly Vee Gener), a teacher battling depression, teams up with her delinquent student (Dylan Ray Talon) to retrieve something important for her over the course of one night. The short film previously won Best Editing (Annie Chua) and Best Performance (Talon) at Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival 2018.

    Ang Pagbabalik Tanaw ni Olympia Mercado is about a middle-aged woman (Maddie Martinez) remembering memories of a treasured relationship triggered through her taste buds.

    In Caramel Child, which is set in the year 2003, Katherine Kaye Jones (Angelica Ulip), or Kakay, is a child of a call girl, Ellie Pilorin (Sue Prado), and an absent American man. A poster of the Regional Science Quiz Bee and her mother’s American client (Savino Bellini) will fuel Kakay’s curiosity and determination to finally be in contact with her father. It bagged the Best Film, Best Director (Timan), Best Screenplay (Timan and Balmes), Best Performer (Ulip) and Best Musical Score (Marcus Santos and Joseph Salcedo) at Pelikultura 2018. It also won Best Screenplay at De La Salle University’s Indie Un-film Festival 2017. It is a nominee for Best Short Film at the Cinema One Originals Festival 2017 and 41st Gawad Urian.

    Cesar & Magda is a film about a man who’s trying to survive his extinguished married life. Cesar (Francis Mata) tries to bring back the spark of their relationship by mimicking an ideal woman (Larissa Louise Alivio). He has yet to discover the uncertainty of how his wife, Magda (Bridge Martin), would absorb the transformation. It is one of the finalists in the short film category of Sinag Maynila Film Festival this year.

    In Orlie, after hearing about the Orlando Massacre, the lead character finds himself deeply affected. While seeking refuge in his bathroom, he comes to discover the extent of his wounds. After winning Best Supershort Film at the CineFilipino Film Festival 2018 and a jury commendation at the 12th Filminute, the one-minute film competes at Mister Vorky: 5th International Festival of One Minute Film in Serbia and the 18th Korea Queer Film Festival in South Korea.

    Finally, Saglit (A While) is about a former couple, Misha (Anna Luna) and Kai (JC Santos), who spends one last night together before the former gets married and the latter migrates.

    Diwa, a small community film festival made in cooperation with the annual Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, aims “to celebrate the Filipino Spirit wherever it resides by exhibiting films from the Philippine islands and beyond,” according to Festival Director Adrian Alarilla.

    Pagdiriwang, which commemorates the anniversary of Philippine independence, is presented by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) to promote better understanding of the Filipino arts and culture. Held at the Seattle Center since 1987, it has grown into the largest festival of Filipino art, craft, song, dance, music, history, literature, and culture in the Pacific Northwest.

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    Pinoy bags Best Editing award in France for “Bhoy Intsik”

    May 17th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    FILIPINO movie editor John Anthony Wong won Best Editing for “Bhoy Intsik” in the Foreign Language Film category of the 2018 NICE International Film Festival of World Cinema in France early this month.

    Wong bested fellow nominees Chang-Gyun Kim (“A Trip With Friends”), Aziz Imamoglu (“Dad Where Are You I Am Lost”), Yuji Kakizaki and Yasutake Torii (“Dai 2 Keibitai – The Second Security Unit”), Yuan Fang (“Destiny Among the Mountains”), Jose David (“Flea”), Giancarlo Escamillas and Carlo Ortega Cuevas (“Guerrero”), Takeshi Iwamoto (“Lemon & Letter”), Alex Vargas (“Rice”), Shinpei Masui (“Spit & Honey”), Maxime Aubert (“The Blogger”), Abdulla Alneyadi (“The Tragedy of the Monster”) and Sreekar Prasad (“To Let”).

    The festival ran from May 5 to 12.

    “Bhoy Intsik,” a film about two small-time felons who crossed paths and forged an uncanny friendship, stars Raymond “RS” Francisco in the title role and Ronwaldo Martin as Marlon.

    Directed by Joel Lamangan, it previously won the Special Jury Prize in the Orient Express section of the 38th Oporto International Film Festival and two acting trophies for RS Francisco at Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2017, in a tie with Kristoffer King (“Kristo”), and Star Awards for Movies 2018. It also competed at the London East Asia Film Festival 2017.

    Wong, who has been editing movies since 2000, considers the film a very interesting project to edit.

    “The challenge was to create a world where these interwoven lives would interact and counteract with each other without losing the audience in the story’s narrative. My team had to work with material that was both visually compelling and dialogue-driven.”

    The managing director of EDGE Manila Creatives Corporation (EMC2) added that it helped that he was also the film’s VFX supervisor.

    “During editing, when I felt that a sequence needed a little Visual Effects assistance to enhance the mood and tone of a scene, I just ask EDGE Manila’s VFX team to add details here and there like ‘stormy/gloomy’ clouds during a break up scene or digital prosthetics to make a pivotal scene more realistic,” he explained.

    John Wong

    Apart from Lamangan, Wong has also worked with the late Gil Portes, Mel Chionglo, Jun Lana, Quark Henares, Albert Martinez and Gino Santos, among others. His work on the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Rosario” gave him a Best Festival Editor prize and a similar award from Gawad PASADO (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro).

    He has also received a Best Editing trophy from the 2012 Cinemalaya entry “The Animals” and was nominated several times for his editing work by FAMAS, Golden Screen and Star Awards.

    Wong dedicated the win to his family, to all the hard-working Filipino film editors and to the Philippine movie industry.

    “I’m thankful to have once again been able to work with Direk Joel on one of his most important projects. It was also a pleasure to have been able to work with screenwriter Ronald Carballo, cinematographer Rain Yamson II, musical scorer Emerzon Texon and actor-producer Raymond Francisco. All of them were very hands on in the creative process. The success of the film is truly a collaborative process,” he said.

    Aside from his professional work as a movie editor, he also shares his vast post-production knowledge by teaching at the film department of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Design and Arts. He also shoots and directs short films, music videos and corporate videos.

    Wong is a graduate of Ricky Lee’s 14th scriptwriting workshop.


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    FEU short film “Pua Iyam” goes abroad after local wins

    May 15th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    Diwa Filipino Film Showcase / ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival

    AN award-winning short film from Far Eastern University will be screened as part of the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase at Seattle Center Armory Loft 1 in the United States on June 2 and will compete a week later at the nine-day ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival in China.

    Pua Iyam” (Coming Out), a film about a Filipino-Chinese student (Rowi Du) who discovers his true identity and feelings for his childhood friend (Raphael Cruz), further spreads its cinematic reach to other countries. This comes after it bagged the Best Screenplay and Best Actor in a Lead Role awards at the 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban City, Leyte and a special citation on gender sensitivity from the first Palawan International Film Festival.

    Written and directed by Juan Pablo Pineda III, the film previously won several awards from different student film competitions starting from its home turf in FEU then moving on to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, University of the Philippines-Diliman and Mapua University.

    “Pua Iyam” kicked off its victorious run last year by winning Best Film, Best Director, Best Performance and Best Poster in the Black Reel category of FEU’s Sinepiyu 2017. It won for Pineda the Outstanding Direction trophy and for the production team of IndieGo Pictures the Gold Award for Best Picture and the Design Excellence and Technical Excellence awards in the Sibol Category of DLS-CSB’s CineSB 7: The Main Installment.

    This year, the film took home the Best Cinematography award and another special citation from UP Cinema’s Piling Obrang Vidyo XIV “for being able to incorporate identity and culture in one film that meshed together tastefully.” It bagged the Cardinal Bronze Film Award, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography in the intercollegiate category of CineMapúa 2018.

    The film was also selected as part of CineMakulay Film Festival 2017, 29th Gawad CCP for Alternative Film and Video at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Indie Un-Film Festival at De La Salle University-Manila. It was also shown as part of Eksena 2017 organized by Dalubhasaan ng mga Umuusbong na Mag-aaral ng Araling Pilipino (DANUM) DLSU.

    Pua Iyam is a film that is close to my heart. There are reasons why I should not give up – my goals and my brother, who’s in a comatose condition. As soon as he wakes up I would like to give these awards to him,” the writer-filmmaker said.

    Pineda got ample support from Du, who also line produced, edited and designed the sound for the film, and their classmates – associate producer Maria Alanna Cargullo, production manager Lyka Valerie Dela Cruz, camera team members Karla Relis, Jose Miguel Ramirez and Amiel Ona, production designers Reina Rizz Esguerra and Kyla Lodriga, wardrobe and make-up artist Mickey Ponce, assistant director Zahara Depaling and script continuity supervisor Krystel Saguit. Mentor Seymour Sanchez served as creative consultant.

    The film will be shown as part of Diwa Filipino Film Showcase’s “Queer Stories” along with “Orlie” by Avelino Mark Balmes, “Queer Transnational Love in the time of Social Media and Globalization” by Adrian Alarilla, “Act Like A Woman” and “In This Family” by Drama Del Rosario, and “Akalingwan Nang Rosa (Rosa Forgets)” by Max Canlas.

    The film festival is made in cooperation with the annual Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, celebrating the Filipino spirit wherever it resides by sharing Filipino and Filipino-American stories to the Seattle community.

    Pua Iyam” will then vie for international recognition at the ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival, which supports emerging Chinese filmmakers and also brings cutting-edge international queer cinema to Shanghai.

    The ShPFF earlier worked with the Beijing Queer Filmfest to host film screenings and discussions before offering a wide array of events, as well as opportunities for filmmakers.

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    Navotas preparing for the upcoming 3rd Navoteño Film Festival

    May 14th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    Beyond Deadlines Culture and Entertainment writer Seymour Barros Sanchez. Photo © article author

    THE Navotas City government has started to prepare aspiring film makers with a seminar workshop on how to shoot narrative fiction entries.

    The workshop, which was organized through the Navotas City government Public Information Office, was facilitated by advocacy filmmaker and educator Seymour Barros Sanchez. The brief course aims to prepare the participants for the 3rd Navoteño Film Festival.

    Navotas City Mayor John Reynald Tiangco and Vice Mayor Clint Nicolas Geronimo delivered inspirational talks during opening of the event which was held at the NCH’s Pangisdaan Hall last May 10 and 11.

    Sanchez, who a Beyond Deadlines culture and entertainment writer, teaches filmmaking, film appreciation and video production at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts. He also teaches cinema, script writing and journalism at the Far Eastern University Department of Communication.

    He is a graduate of the 14th Ricky Lee script writing workshop for film and the first Brillante Mendoza directing class.

    Sanchez’ short film “Caretaker” won second prize in the short fiction category of the sixth CAM International Festival for Short Films in Cairo, Egypt, as well as the Golden Philippine Eagle Festival Director’s Choice and Best Actor award for Rolando Inocencio at the third Singkuwento International Film Festival, and the Audience Choice prize at the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, among others. He also won the grand prize for “Hiwaga” in the screenplay category of the 59th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

    During the workshop, Sanchez discussed development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution, and talked about scriptwriting, cinematography and lighting, production design, sound, music, editing and directing.

    Eloisa Sanchez sharing her experience with the workshop participants. Photo ©  Seymour Barros Sanchez

    Production Manager and Seymour’s wife Eloisa Sanchez imparted her knowledge in production management and producing films for Red Room Media Productions while FEU’s resident actor and short film editor Rowi Du shared some tips and advice in his fields of expertise.

    The annual project, which is organized by Navotas City PIO head Irish Cubillan, is open to all junior high school students from the city. Among those competing this year are Kaunlaran High School, La Naval Academy, Navotas National HS, Navotas National Science HS, San Jose Academy, San Rafael Technological and Vocational HS, San Roque National HS, Tangos National HS and Tanza National HS. Only one entry per registered school will be accepted.

    All members of the production team (maximum of eight students per school) must be officially enrolled in the school they are representing. A certification from the school principal must be submitted to PIO prior to production. They must also submit a written parental consent endorsed by the teacher-adviser/s and principal to PIO prior to the shoot.

    The film festival, which has tourism as its theme this year, serves as a platform for the city’s future filmmakers to develop and harness their craft and showcase their works, as well as a means to discover young and talented Navoteños for the city’s art scholarship program.

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    Benilde film “Kaming Mga Nakakulong” bags GEMS Best Short Film award

    March 14th, 2018

    By  Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A CAPSTONE project from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde won the Best Students’ Short Film at the Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) Hiyas ng Sining awards night.

    The awarding ceremony was held last March 2 at the Center for Performing Arts, DLS Santiago Zobel School, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City.

    Kaming Mga Nakakulong (We Who Are Trapped), written and directed by DLS-CSB Bachelor of Arts in Digital Filmmaking graduate Michael Joshua Pagaduan, tells the story of Leonard (Matt Daclan), a man who is having recurring nightmares of a childhood memory.

    Seeking help from his grandmother (Lui Manansala), he finds out the devastating truth about his dreams. He attends a support group to help him face the horrors of his past and finally have the courage to find peace. Apart from Manansala, Jill Palencia-Ibuyan also provides support to Daclan as Leonard’s girlfriend-turned-wife.

    Pagaduan or MJ, as he is fondly called by his friends and family, showed interest in writing stories as early as 2007. He also acted and directed in stage plays before he honed his craft in film school. For his capstone project, he was ably supported by director of photography Jeariel Mira, production designers Jacky Collins and Isabella Caja, sound recordist Tashana Rivera, musical scorer Patricia Lasaten and editor, the late Mich Garcia.

    Kaming Mga Nakakulong director MJ Pagaduan with family and BenildeFilm thesis mentor and Beyond Deadlines writer Seymour Sanchez.

    MJ joined fellow film category winners Ronaldo Valdez, Natatanging Hiyas ng Sining sa Pinilakang Tabing; High Tide (Universal Harvester Incorporated), Natatanging Pelikulang Pangkalikasan; Changing Partners (Cinema One Originals), Natatanging Pelikulang Pangkasarian; Respeto (Dogzilla and Arkeofilms), Natatanging Pelikulang Pangkarapatang Pantao; Ang Larawan by Loy Arcenas (Culturtain-Musicat Productions Inc.), Best Film and Best Director (Indie); 100 Tula Para Kay Stella by Jason Paul Laxamana (Viva Films), Best Film and Best Director (Mainstream); Paulo Avelino (Ang Larawan), Best Supporting Actor; Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Siargao), Best Supporting Actress; JC Santos and Bela Padilla (100 Tula Para Kay Stella), Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively.

    Through his film, MJ wants to show that “no matter how dark our past is there is still hope and that we aren’t slaves of our past, our traumatic experiences, and the lies of the world. It also hopes to show everyone that even if our earthly fathers abandoned us literally and figuratively, we still have a Father. And that Father loves us unconditionally to the point of sending His own son to die for us and freed us from the clutches of our past.”

    Kaming Mga Nakakulong previously won Best Film and Best Director awards in last year’s CineMapúa student film festival organized in Mapúa by the Film Arts and Media Enthusiasts (FAME). It also won Outstanding Performance by an Actor for Daclan in the Maningning category of CineSB7: The Main Installment.

    The short narrative film also competed at the SinePiyu 2017 intercollegiate category, 29th Gawad CCP Independent Film and Video Festival, 3rd Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health, 8th Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival, first ASEANnale film and multimedia competition, 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban, Leyte, and was part of the Luzon delegation at Cinema Rehiyon 9.

    GEMS, a non-profit group and academe-based award-giving body, is made up of academicians from different schools, professionals from private institutions and sectors of our society, and students from prestigious colleges and universities.

    Headed by its president Henry Leen A. Magahis and founding president Norman Mauro A. Llaguno, the organization is on its second year of handing out trophies and certificates to their top choices in the field of print media, theater, radio, television and film.


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    Yolanda-inspired film wins back-to-back at ASEANnale 2018 and the 9th Largabista festival

    March 8th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A SHORT film on grief, memories, past experiences and a loved one, “Amy,” scored consecutive victories in the ASEAN Biennale or ASEANnale 2018 at the Asian Center in UP Diliman and at the 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban, Leyte.

    Written and directed by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking student John Craig “Jaig” de Guzman, Amy tied for the Best Narrative Film award with Mission Accomplished by Eidref Kristin Faith Magpayo of Centro Escolar University-Malolos at the first ASEANnale Film and Multimedia Competition awarding ceremonies held last March 2.

    De Guzman’s entry also won Best Short Film and Best Editing at the Largabista Film Festival awards night held last March 3 onboard the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, which is docked at the Tacloban City port as part of its climate justice ship tour in Southeast Asia. It will be recalled that Tacloban is “ground zero” of the devastating typhoon that left over 7,000 people died last November 8, 2013.

    Chloe Tabanda plays Amy, who now lives in the mind of her boyfriend Mark after dying from the havoc caused by Typhoon Yolanda, while Seaver Choy essays the role of Mark, who tries to seek answers to his existential questions while living in a state of delirium.

    Jaig de Guzman accepts his ASEANnale trophy and cash prize from BenildeFilm internship coordinator and Beyond Deadlines writer Seymour Sanchez who represented him during the program.

    GMA news reporter John Paul Soriano, who represented the UP Film Institute, brought home the ASEANnale Best Film and Best Documentary Film for Recto while the ASEANnale Special Jury Award went to Pipo by Richard Legaspi of University of the East-Caloocan.

    Gilbert Baldoza, also from UPFI, won the top prize in the animation category for Kinalimutan Natin ang mga Bata while Edmund del Rosario’s Beautiful Soul and Donnie Ray Ipan’s Kapit, both from the University of Makati, took honorable mention.

    Hide and Seek by Nur Anis Zulaikha binti Ahmad and Che Mat Ruzinoor bagged the Best Interactive Multimedia prize. Dr. Ahmad Hisham bin Zainal Abidin of Universiti Utara Malaysia received the trophy and cash prize on their behalf.

    Meanwhile, Che de los Reyes of the Ateneo de Manila University and Jerald Yucot of the University of Makati bagged honorable mention awards in the documentary film category for Who’s Behind the Trump’s Effigy at the ASEAN Summit in Manila? And Puti(White), respectively.

    Diwa by Ma. Daniella Louise Borrero from the UP College of Mass Communication and En-Route by Anna Ma. Elizabeth Cañas-Llamas of UP Los Baños also got honorable mention certificates in the experimental film category.

    In the public service announcement category, Nancy Galang and Lynda Garcia of Upholding Life and Nature won honorable mention for their PSA PWD Sensitivity Video.

    ASEANnale gathered academics, experts, filmmakers, multimedia artists, and scholars celebrating the unique ASEAN perspectives and narratives. The three-day event centered on the theme Capturing the Spirit of ASEAN in the Digital Times and the sub-themes Diaspora, Disasters and Democracy.

    ASEANnale 2018 Film and Multimedia Competition Director Arminda Santiago, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) International Affairs Staff Director Lily Milla and ASEANnale 2018 Organizing Committee Chair Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso facilitated the awarding of trophies, certificates and cash prizes.

    Dubbed by Dr. Alfonso as “a festival of ideas in multi-modal and multi-textual spaces,” ASEANnale is a composite of activities that showcases the creative and research works of higher education students and faculty from ASEAN member countries. It is a project of CHED, UP Open University, UP Asian Center, UP College of Mass Communication, TVUP and the UP System in collaboration with the UP Open University Foundation Inc. and the Philippines Communication Society.

    Another Benilde film, Auntwo Susan, directed by Andrea Arias and Mia Rosero, won Best Cinematography for director of photography Yves Jamero and Best Actress in a Lead Role for Sherry Lara, who plays the title role. The short film tells the story of a 50-year old woman (Lara) who reconnects with her former neighbor (Kate Alejandrino) and together they settle problems about home.

    Other Benilde films which made it to Largabista’s list of finalists are Kaming Mga Nakakulong by Michael Pagaduan and Obra ng Maestro by Anna Francesca Coronel. They competed with eight other short film finalists.

    Aaron J.P. Almadro, editor in chief and creative director of 8 Magazine, spearheaded the film festival along with fellow organizers Greenspeace Southeast Asia-Philippines, led by its country director Amalie Obusan, and Sinerangan, co-founded by film director Gianfranco C. Morciano.


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    Far Eastern University short film competes at ASEANnale after Active Vista win

    March 2nd, 2018

    By  Seymour Barros Sanchez

    FRESH from its victory at the Active Vista Short Film Competition, a satirical film on Martial Law represents Far Eastern University this week at the first Film and Multimedia Competition and Exhibition of the ASEAN Biennale.

    ASEANnale 2018 will culminate with an awarding ceremony on March 2 at the University of the Philippines Asian Center in Diliman, Quezon City.

    Retrospektib, which was made by FEU communication students as a project for their Cinema Production or CNM2 class, recently won third prize at Active Vista “for taking the audience into a brave harrowing yet comical journey through the nightmares of dictatorship.”

    Written and directed by Daryll Jameson Apaga, the short film focuses on three male activists who try to escape the atrocities of the Narkos regime. Jay (Julio Garcia) persuades Boyong (David Paul Farma) and Ramon (Renz Silverio) to travel through time with the help of Mang Jun (Andres Balano), a local quack doctor. However, Boyong is hesitant about Jay’s plan on running away from it all. They will soon discover a life-changing scenario in the present time.

    Apaga got the able support of director of photography Nathan Olid, production designers Enna Sarmiento and Jaimie Del Rosario, costume designers Wency Bautizado, Pau Latoza and Dominique Fausto, soundmen Mark Ordiz and Davey Clemente, production managers Clarinette Cariaga and Gesma Rebagay, and producer Ira Locnen for Malayang Paskilan Productions. Apaga and Locnen teamed up with Elijah Gador in editing the film.

    Dr. Grace J. Alfonso, ASEANnale Organizing Committee Chair, said that the three-day conference seeks to encourage cultural and academic dialogue grounded on the concept of students and faculty as co-creators of knowledge and works.

    Apart from showcasing select creative and research works from the 10 ASEAN countries, ASEANnale seeks to promote a community of scholars through film and multimedia, poster exhibition, paper presentation, and international symposium on three sub-themes shared by numerous parties in the region: Diaspora, Disasters and Democracy.

    The event is envisioned to be a space for the sharing of voices, collaboration and networking of ASEAN higher education students and faculty.

    Apaga believes that “art can be a space of dissent and resistance.” For him, freedom of expression is significant as it “gives the oppressed a voice in the public sphere.” The filmmaker, who hails from San Mateo, Isabela, warns Filipinos not to be complacent during this period in our history.

    Wag nating ‘takasan’ o kalimutan ang kasaysayan specifically ang mga nangyari noong panahon ng martial law. Sa panahong kalat na ang fake news at kabilaan ang mga apologists at revisionists, kailangan natin ng kamalayan tungkol sa pinakamadilim na bahagi ng ating kasaysayan. Pwedeng mangyari ulit to kung hindi tayo magiging kritikal sa nangyayari sa lipunan,” he reiterated.

    Retrospektib previously won Best Screenplay, Best Production Design and 2nd Best Picture at the 2017 Sinepiyu and Outstanding Ensemble at CineSB7. It was also exhibited at Pineapple Lab in Barangay Poblacion, Makati City as part of FRINGEMNL 2018 and at UPLB REDREC Auditorium at the recent Pelikultura: The Calabarzon Film Festival.

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    PH Film Development Council honors University of the East professor for internationally recognized film

    February 12th, 2018

    Richard Legaspi

    THE Film Development Council of the Philippines named University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (UE CFAD) advertising professor and filmmaker Richard Soriano Legaspi as one of the honorees when it recognized recent international film festival winners and other achievers during the second Film Ambassadors’ Night held at Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City last Friday.

    FDCP recognized Legaspi’s short film Pipo, which tells the story of a boy who wants to have a picture of his family taken for a school assignment. Starring Maliksi Morales in the title role, the film also features Lou Veloso and Chanel Latorre, among others. It won the viewer’s choice award during the Asian and Middle Eastern Film Night of the fifth Gatffest Film Festival in Kingston, Jamaica last year.

    Pipo has been selected to compete in more than 35 international film festivals around the globe so far. It also previously won the grand prize in the professional section of AnakTV’s Sinebata (children’s films) competition, 8-12 fiction category (based on target audience).

    The film pays tribute to manual film cameras and photographers who people often fail to acknowledge for documenting precious moments in their lives. It was produced by Red Room Media Productions through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Università delle Idee and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto.

    Legaspi is a graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Advertising Arts at the then UE College of Fine Arts in Caloocan. He eventually ended up teaching in his alma mater. He is a Gawad CCP awardee in 2010 and 2011, a recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2012 for his screenplay Primera Bella and a Cinemalaya winner and Gawad Urian nominee for his short film Manenaya.

    He is also a graduate of Ricky Lee’s 14th scriptwriting workshop, a directing fellow at the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, and a recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate Artists of 2013, a scholarship program that offers residencies to artists worldwide. He was invited last year by the Taoyuan Cultural Department to stay in the heritage village of Sianguang 2nd Village for his socially engaged art projects.

    Dubbed as “an evening of celebration, thanksgiving and gathering of award-winning Filipino films and filmmakers,” the Film Ambassadors’ Night was first launched last October 2016 to cite those who continue to bring not only prestige to the country but has also raised the level of awareness to the craft and art of filmmaking.


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    PH Film Development Council to honor outstanding Filipino films, filmmakers and actors

    February 5th, 2018

    THE Film Development Council of the Philippines will pay tribute to Filipino films, filmmakers and actors who made waves internationally in the second FDCP Film Ambassadors Night to be held at the Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City this coming Friday.

    FDCP Chair and Chief Executive Officer Liza Diño said that the event is “the best way to start the year. It’s a special night which celebrates the triumphs of our Filipino filmmakers, especially those who brought honor to our country by winning awards various international film festivals last 2017. This is our small way of showing our appreciation for their passion and hard work.”

    Among those to be cited are the documentary films Sunday Beauty Queen by Baby Ruth Villarama and Two Way Jesus by Jet Leyco, television documentaries Warmer by Atom Araullo, Front Row‘s Bata sa Bintana produced by Joseph Conrad Rubio, Reel Time‘s Maling Akala produced by Jayson Bernard Santos, and Reporter’s Notebook‘s Pasan-Pasang Pangarap produced by Ian Simbulan. The last three are all GMA Network programs.

    In addition, FDCP will also recognize short films, namely Jared Joven’s and Kaj Palanca’s Contestant #4, TJ Collanto’s Diliman, Carlo Francisco Manatad’s Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 and Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’s Imago, JP Habac’s Maria, Richard Legaspi’s Pipo, Phil Giordano’s Supot, and Joella Cabalu’s and Milena Salazar’s Do I Have Boobs Now?

    Also to be given honors during the event are the full length films 1st Sem by Allan Michael Ibañez and Dexter Paglinawan Hemedez, 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten by Petersen Vargas, Across the Crescent Moon by Baby Nebrida, Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) by Lav Diaz, Ang Araw Sa Likod Mo by Dominic Nuesa, Area and Laut by Louie Ignacio, Baboy Halas by Bagane Fiola, Baka Bukas by Samantha Lee, Birdshot by Mikhail Red, Dagsin (Gravity) by Atom Magadia, Huramentado (Oath to Die) by Noriel Jarito, Ignacio de Loyola by Paolo Dy, Imbisibol by Lawrence Fajardo, Paglipay by Zig Dulay, Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr., Patay Na Si Hesus by Victor Kaiba Villanueva, Pitong Kabang Palay by Maricel Cabrera-Cariaga, Sikreto sa Dilim by Mike Magat and Ramon Roxas, Singing in Graveyards by Bradley Liew, Tale of the Lost Boys by Joselito Altarejos and Women of the Weeping River by Sheron Dayoc.

    FDCP will also hand out awards to filmmakers Brillante Mendoza, Diaz, Ignacio, Dayoc, Red, Gutierrez, Fritz Silorio, Sari and Kiri Dalena, as well as actors Tommy Abuel, Sandy Andolong, Mary Joy Apostol, Joem Bascon, Dina Bonnevie, Iza Calzado, Ana Capri, Gabby Concepcion, Ricky Davao, Ai Ai Delas Alas, Matteo Guidicelli, Hasmin Killip, Christopher de Leon, Lotlot de Leon, Angel Locsin, Anna Luna, Ronwaldo Martin, Leon Miguel, Carlos Morales, Arnold Reyes, Charo Santos-Concio and Laila Ulao.

    Apart from those to be honored for their global achievements under the creative, technical and performance categories, FDCP will also award the A-listers and recipients of the Camera Obscura, the highest Artistic Excellence Award given by the council to outstanding filmmakers from last year. Previous Camera Obscura awardees include directors Mendoza and Diaz, and actors Jaclyn Jose, Allen Dizon and Teri Malvar.

    FDCP hopes that the event will also be an opportunity for filmmakers and industry movers of different backgrounds to come together to strengthen collaboration among the creative industries.


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    Three Benilde films to defend CineMapúa title

    January 22nd, 2018

    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.


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