Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos-Recto (born Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos November 3, 1953 in Bamban, Tarlac), commonly known as Vilma Santos-Recto or Ate Vi is a Filipino actress and box office queen for almost four decades. One of the original Philippine movie queens, she rose up to become the versatile actress that has been given the fitting title of “Star for All Seasons” because of her capacity to adapt to the changing mores and values of the Filipino woman, giving a face to their plight and struggles, albeit in success both critically and box-office wise in some of Philippine cinema’s classics such as Trudis Liit (1963), Lipad, Darna, Lipad (1973), Burlesk Queen (1977), Relasyon (1982), Sister Stella L. (1984), Alyas Baby Tsina (1984), Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (1989), Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993), Anak (2000) and Dekada ’70 (2002). She is currently the governor of Batangas, Philippines (2012)(Wikipedia).

For More Informations, Visit: Vilma Santos-Recto's Official Web-site

Thursday, July 18, 2013

2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival July 26 - Aug 4 (Videos)


The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival - "...is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers – works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine filmmaking by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers. Each year, ten fresh talents are given a seed grant in order to create the film of their dreams. These films in the New Breed Full Length Category are then featured in festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines every July and compete for the coveted Balanghai Award. Awards are also given in the Short Feature Category and the Directors Showcase. Along with these competition films are an array of exhibitions that include Tributes to Past Indie Mavericks of Pinoy Cinema, a Cinemalaya Kids’ Treats, World Premieres of New Digital Works (the Cinemalaya/NETPAC Prize), and other modules. Aside from the screenings are other exciting film-related events: the Cinemalaya Film Congress, a two-day conference that looks at all aspects of independent filmmaking and distribution; the Cinemalaya Sine Taktakan, a forum with the year’s batch of new Cinemalaya filmmakers; and a host of other events...The core project of the Cinemalaya is the annual Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition which provide financial grants for the production of, at most, 10 full-length feature films which will then compete for the Best Full-length Film award. It also awards financial grants to the production of five full length feature films by veteran directors in the Directors Showcase category..." - Cinemalaya (READ MORE)

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Amor y Muerte (Love and Death) - is an erotic 16th Century period drama; an examination of the initial encounter between the Indios (natives) and their colonizers (Spaniards) and their conflicting views on love, passion, religion and sexuality. Credits: Starring - Althea Vega, Markki Stroem, Adrian Sebastian, Ama Quiambao, Mico Palanca, Kuya Manzano, Amante Pulido; Director - Ces Evangelista; writer - si Jerry Gracio

Au Naturel - "...The two other main leads of the independent production are Althea Vega and Gino Quintana, who have both appeared in several indie films. “Amor Y Muerte” is actually Markki’s second indie effort after his hilarious portrayal of a transvestite in last year’s Cinema One Originals entry, “Slumber Party”. In the auditions alone, Markki already left a good impression. A production insider told us of the screen tyro: “Very professional, alam niya ang needs ng role, pero go-go-go siya, a real artist.” From the get-go, the creative team behind “Amor Y Muerte” made no secret of the requirements from those who wished to vie for the roles of the three main characters – it called for the actors to go au naturel...Both male newbies, continued our source, are a joy to work with. “Nakakatuwa si Stroem kasi gustong matuto ng purong Tagalog for his career, mas type n’ya nagta-Tagalog...Nevertheless, Markki did face tough competition to win the role of the Spanish soldier in “Amor Y Muerte.” One of the actors who auditioned for the part was the older brother of a network star. “Na-teary-eyed kami sa audition niya, ‘yung internalized na internalized niya ‘yung loneliness and longing for the love of his life. Grabe..." - Arnel Ramos, InterAksyon, 20 February 2013 (READ MORE)



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Sana Dati - a story about Andrea Gonzaga (Lovi Poe) who has accepted her fate by agreeing to marry a man she does not love. This would be rich businessman and former politician Robert Naval (TJ Trinidad). But a few hours before Andrea's wedding, a videographer named Dennis (Paulo Avelino) arrives and strangely reminds Andrea of the one person she truly loved but nobody in her family knows about—a man named Andrew Cesario (Benjamin Alves). Credits: Starring - Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino, TJ Trinidad, Benjamin Alves, Ria Garcia, Carla Martinez, Liesl Batucan, Nico Antonio, Chinggoy Alonzo, Nonie Buencamino, Cai Cortez, Bong Cabrera, Gee Canlas; Director - Jerrold Tarog; Writer - Ramon Ukit

Beautifully Photographed - "...Though best known as a horror filmmaker, Filipino helmer Jerrold Tarog has also won acclaim with the first two installments of his 'camera' trilogy. Indie dramas revolving around characters who use cameras in their everyday lives, the camera trilogy comes to a conclusion this year with Tarog's Cinemalaya entry Sana Dati. Beautifully photographed and boasting what look to be quite strong performances, the first trailer for Sana Dati has arrived and promises something quite different from what we've come to expect from the Philippines: a romantic drama that refuses to pander either to the mainstream cineplex crowd or the ultra low budget indie aesthetic and lands someplace really quite interesting..." - Todd Brown, Twitch Film, 31 May 2013 (READ MORE)


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Ekstra, The Bit Player - A socio-realist drama-comedy film, which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan (Vilma Santos) as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation on the marginalized laborers like her. Credits: Starring - Ms. Vilma Santos, Cherie Gil, Pilar Pilapil, Richard “Sir Chief” Yap, Eula Valdes, Ronaline Enriquez, Tart Carlos, Abby Niesta, Marlon Rivera, Vince de Jesus, Piolo Pascual, Marian Rivera; Director - Jeffrey Jeturian; Writers - Zig Dulay, Tonette Jadaone and Jeffrey Jeturian

Impromptu Audition - "...the indie dramedy also gives us a glimpse of Ate Vi’s able supporting cast that includes Cherie Gil, Pilar Pilapil, Eula Valdes and a standout Rosario “Tart” Carlos (yes, Doris of “Be Careful With My Heart” ) playing Loida’s best friend and fellow extra. Tart was particularly in a hilarious nod to Nora Aunor as she delivers a variation of Ate Guy’s classic line in “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo” in what looks like an impromptu audition that saw her and Ate Vi competing for the same role. As a kontrabida with a golden heart who has a soft spot for bit players, Cherie Gil looks like in peak form as she looks poised to own every scene she’s in. There are also cameos galore as the trailer also shows shots of Piolo Pascual, Marian Rivera, Richard Yap and Cherry Pie Picache. As the trailer ends on a touching note, its mostly comic scenes prompts one commenter to compare it to Jeturian’s 2004 sex comedy “Bridal Shower” even as most of the Vilmanians are singing praises for what they consider as an auspicious indie debut and another award-worthy performance of Ate Vi..." - Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon, 08 June 2013 (READ MORE)


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Porno - a powerful story about individuals linked by pornography. Three souls, one explicit illusion. To find the ultimate joy in their empty lives. A safe haven, where passion and love mean humanity, ecstasy means enlightenment; and the soul is the ultimate arbiter of the truth. Credits: Starring - Carlo Aquino, Yul Servo, Angel Aquino; Director - Adolfo B. Alix Jr.; Writer - Ralston Jover

The Brightest - "...His latest work Chassis (2010), about a mother trying to make ends meet as she lives under the container vans in Pier 16, premiered in the Pusan International Film Festival and was screened in the Vancouver Film Festival. It is also the first Filipino film to compete in the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Alix has been recently listed by The Hollywood Reporter in its “Next Generation Asia 2010, which features the top 20 young entertainment personalities in the region deemed “the best and the brightest among their peers” from a vast region considered “the world’s biggest entertainment market.” He is now working on several projects including Kalayaan (Wildlife) which received script development support from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Porno which was part of the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum. His 2013 film Death March was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival..." - Wikipedia (READ MORE)


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The Liars - Liars is the story of a journalist (Eloisa) whose exposé of the truth results in life-changing consequences to a baseball team of poor boys. Inspired by a true story. Credits: Starring - Alessandra de Rossi, Jan Harley Hicana, John Michael Bonapos, Cris Villanueva, Richard Quan, Jim Rocky Tangco, Sue Prado, Dax Alejandro, Arnold Reyes; Director - Gil M. Portes; Writer - Senedy Que

Mercurial Filmmaker - "...His films have also tackled a wide array of socially relevant themes including drug addiction (“Sa Piling ng mga Sugapa”), teenage pregnancy (“High School Scandal”) and, most recently, reproductive health (“Bayang Magiliw”). His latest film, “Liars” is another first for the mercurial filmmaker. Based on a real-life sports scandal, Portes’ entry to the Directors’ Showcase section of the 9th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a fictionalized account of the incredible rise and the humiliating fall of a humble Filipino baseball team of young boys in an international baseball competition in the 1990s. Written by Senedy Que (“Mga Munting Tinig”, “A Mother’s Story), “Liars” is headlined by recently crowned Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress Alessandra de Rossi as the reporter who exposes the team’s irregularities. ..." - Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon, 19 June 2013 (READ MORE)


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The Diplomat Hotel - A disgraced reporter (Gretchen Barretto) seeks redemption by leading her documentary crew to spend one night and tell the story of what really happened at the haunted and infamous The Diplomat Hotel. Credits: Starring - Gretchen Barretto, Art Acuña, Mon Confiado, Joel Torre, Sue Prado, Nico Antonio, Abe Pagtama, Sarah Gaugler; Writer/Director - Christopher Ad. Castillo

Haunted Sites - "...Best known internationally as a leader of the Filipino arthouse indie wave of the past several years, Cinemalaya - which, like other similar events, is also a funding body - is headed to darker grounds this year with the inclusion of Christopher Ad Castillo's The Diplomat Hotel...Castillo - the son of iconic director Celso Ad Castillo (Snake Sisters, Burlesque Queen) - sets his film on the grounds of an actual hotel purported to be one of the most haunted sites in the world (you can read the history of the actual site here) for an experience that promises to chill. Check the latest trailer below for a taste..." - Todd Brown, Twitch Film, 29 May 2013 (READ MORE)


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Babagwa (Spider) - An Internet scammer falls in love with a wealthy spinster while trying to swindle her using a fake Facebook profile. Credits: Starring - Alex Vincent Medina, Joey Paras, Alma Concepcion, Nico Antonio, Chanel Latorre, Sunshine Teodoro, Raqs Regalado, Garry Lim, Kiko Matos, Marx Topacio; Executive Producer - Joji Alonso; Writer/Director - Jason Paul Laxamana

Intenet scammer - "...I didn’t know that he was one until I heard stories from his victims, some of whom I knew. So when I was composing the story, I thought, what if the scammer/poser was actually the one who falls in love with the person he/she is trying to victimize?” And that’s how “Babagwa” was crafted. To get the film made after it qualified for Cinemalaya, Laxamana knew he would be needing more than the P500,000 seed money that the film festival foundation granted...When she asked if I’m interested to partner with her for ‘Babagwa’, medyo na-pressure ako kasi mostly award-winning ‘yung mga films niya. Pero she believed in the project kaya ayun, natuloy ang partnership namin.” In casting for the top four roles in the film, Laxamana said he was fortunate to get the services of some really good actors, beginning with Alex Vincent Medina (“Palitan”, “Pascalina”, “Supremo”) who plays the role of the Intenet scammer. “Isa siya sa top three choices namin nung pumipili kami. Aside from his rugged look na bagay sa role, nakita ko na rin ang performance niya sa ibang indie films. Siya din yung pinaka-game na gawin ‘yung mga eksena, kahit medyo maselan,” he noted..." - Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon, 14 June 2013 (READ MORE)


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Rekorder - tells the story of a former 1980's film cameraman who currently works as a movie pirate operating in present day Manila. He routinely smuggles a digital camcorder into movie theaters in order to illegally record films. One night he records something else... And the footage goes viral. Credits: Starring - Ronnie Quizon, Mike Lloren, Buboy Villar, Earl Ignacio, Suzette Ranillo, Archie Adamos, Abe Pagtama and introducing Belinda Mariano; Director - Mikhail Red; Writers - Mikhail Red, Ian Victoriano

Rushing Cinematic Boundaries - "...A year later, Mikhail submitted yet another short film entitled Hazard, a crime drama that tells the story of a father who takes his son to the outskirts of the city for a driving lesson and stumble upon a disturbing crime scene which ultimately makes them realize the differences in their moral stances. "Rekorder is much more daring, pushing cinematic boundaries further." Mikhail said. He also added that we shall expect the similar aesthetic flavors he has used with his short films before, especially in terms of the film's over-all mood, atmosphere, and surreal sequencing...In spite of all the challenges he have been through just to finish his full-length film, Mikhail is nevertheless grateful. "It was definitely a learning experience for me." Mikhail proclaimed. His young and committed crew members also have had their fair share on this learning escapade. When asked if he is expecting to win anything for Rekorder, Mikhail did not buckle on saying that he does not need it at all. "I just want audiences to remember my films; I want them to think about it, it doesn't matter if they react positively or disagree with it completely. As long as they were affected by it, and they remember my work, then I believe I am successful in a sense. I don't need to win anything." Mikhail asserted beautifully..." - Rhea Gulin, Outrageous Writer, 06 June 2013 (READ MORE)


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Debosyon - Mando (Paulo Avelino), a Bikolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bikolandia, injures himself in the middle of the forest at the foot of the Mayon Volcano. He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome (Mara Lopez), living there. They will fall in love with each other. But when Mando invites her to come with him to the plains, Salome refuses, saying a curse prohibits her from leaving the forest. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando’s love for her. Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift the curse, making him realize just how inextricably linked are the virtues of love and faith. Credits: Starring - Paulo Avelino, Mara Lopez; Writer/Director - Alvin B. Yapan

Different Characters - "...“I feel happy and honored that people remember me for doing bad things on TV,” Paulo quipped during the recent launch of LG Optimus L Series of smartphones for which he is one of the brand ambassadors, along with actress Maxene Magalona and basketball star Kiefer Ravena. The actor was referring to his character as Nathan Montenegro, the mentally unstable antagonist of Coco Martin. The role also won for Paulo the Outstanding Supporting Actor award at the recent 10th Golden Screen TV Awards. Paulo admitted that “Walang Hanggan” opened more doors for him as an actor and sought after celebrity. This includes the LG endorsement and not just one but two Cinemalaya 2013 entries—“Debosyon”, which reunites him with director Yapan for the New Breed section, and “Sana Dati”, where he is directed by Jerrold Tarog for the Directors Showcase category. The 25-year-old said he has wrapped up both films which are now in post-production. “I’m very excited about these films because I’m playing roles that are different from the characters I have done before..." - Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon, 26 May 2013 (READ MORE)


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Instant Mommy - In order to solve a personal predicament, Bechayda (Eugene Domingo), a wardrobe assistant in TV commercials, pretends to be pregnant. Story of a summer's journey of Bechayda amidst a highly visualized world where the video screen reigns supreme. Bechayda is a wardrobe mistress in TV commercials who pretends to be pregnant to keep her Japanese fiance (Yuki Matsuzaki). Credits: Starring - Eugene Domingo, Rico J. Puno, Luis Alandy, Archie Alemania, Shamaine Buencamino-Centenera, Tuesday Vargas, Matt Evans, Alchris Galura, Yuki Matsuzaki; Writer/Director - Leo Abaya

Instant Chemistry - "...How did Leo accomplish this? He told him outright, "We don't have the money." But Yuki direly wanted to do a regional film just like Instant Mommy that his agent quoted a reasonable fee. And it was a breeze from then on just like slurping the comfort food for many Asians — the Japanase ramen! When Leo called for online auditions, 40 Japanese actors responded. Four were shortlisted including Yuki; his videos clinched him the role. When he arrived and they met, he looked so ordinary that it made Leo a tad edgy. But when he started filming, his personality glowed and transformed Yuki into the actor Leo had in mind. Then there's the qestion of whether Yuki and Eugene would have chemistry. "I thought at first wala. Pero when they started filming, again it showed. Their chemistry is fantastic..." - Edgar Cruz, Tribune, 03 July 2013 (READ MORE)


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Nuwebe - Inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, NUWEBE follows the story of Krista (Nadine Samonte) who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father. Her story is complex. Krista refuses to see herself as a victim. With an almost documentary style, NUWEBE follows Krista’s story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon to her age. Her mother on the other hand is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband. Credits: Starring - Barbara Miguel, Jake Cuenca, Nadine Samonte, Anita Linda, Manny Castaneda, Renaissance Tuason, Isadora Villasquez, Archie Adamos, Mikael Liwag, Renerich Ocon, Blair Arellano, Mariah Fernandez; Writer/Director - Joseph Israel M. Laban

Level of Resilience - "...Krista's story is complex. She refuses to see herself as a victim. With an almost documentary style, “Nuwebe” (Siyam) follows Krista’s story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon to her age. Her mother on the other hand is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband..." - Marinduque Rising (READ MORE)


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Purok 7 - A countryside dramedy (drama-comedy) that follows the story of 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who live by themselves after their mother went abroad and their father lived with another woman. Credits:: Starring - Krystel Valentino, Miggz Cuaderno, Julian Trono, Arnold Reyes, Angeli Bayan; Writer/Director - Carlo Obispo

Personal Experiences - "...Shot in Tarlac, the film features the lighter side of country lifestyle as the main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to take hold of their sweet childhood. Krystel Valentino and Migs Cuaderno portray the siblings whose lives change drastically because of the choice of their father (played by Arnold Reyes). Carlo Obispo based the characters of his film on actual people he grew up with in Purok Siyete in Tarlac. “Maraming events dito na based sa personal experiences ko and based on people close to me,” says the writer-director..." - Jocelyn Dimaculangan, PEP, 04 July 2013 (READ MORE)


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Quick Change - Dorina believes she is a lady incarcerated inside a male body. She’s got herself a flourishing career, albeit in an illegal cosmetic surgery business. She is a mother figure to Hero, her eight year old nephew. She acts as a devoted wife to Uno. Between her job and her family, Dorina feels that she is one lucky woman. Until Uno falls in love with another tranny (transvestite). Credits: Starring - Mimi Juareza, Junjun Quintana, Migs Cuaderno, Natashia Yumi, Felipe Martinez, John Relucio, Giggle Esmeralda, Francine Garcia, Rolando Inocencio; Writer/Director - Eduardo Roy Jr.

Cosmetic Surgeons - "...We also realize that it’s just not about making movies; you need to say something about your film regardless if it’s a comedy, drama or romance. In our case, it’s drama. The human condition of this people we are trying not to push it too far. Like what you just described as a poverty film. You know in your face. My intention was to be tender. Since the subject was babies, I want to treat it very subtle. Even if there is poverty, I wanted to present that subtly just like a baby. Even the scoring was like a lullaby. Oh ok, it’s about babies even if you see this poverty, you will forget it because of the drama behind it, like why one of the mother’s escaped or why the inmate mother can’t hold her baby...I submitted my comedy concept to Cinemalaya. I hope that gets approved. I also have another concept that I am working on about fly by night cosmetic surgeons in the Philippines. I want to tackle the obsession of Filipinos on beauty. But it’s more underground..." - Michael Edillor (READ MORE)


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Transit - begins and ends in an airport during a father and son's transit flight from Tel Aviv to Manila. It tells the story of Moises, a Filipino single-dad working as a caregiver in Herzliya, Israel, who comes home to his son Joshua's 4th birthday. It was on that day that Moises, together with their Filipino neighbors, Janet and her daughter Yael, find out that the Israeli government is going to deport children of foreign workers. Afraid of the new law, Moises and Janet decide to hide their children from the immigration police by making them stay inside the house. Credits: Starring - Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral, Marc Justine Alvarez, Jasmine Curtis-Smith; Writer/Director - Hannah Espia

Mainstream to Indie - "...Transit' was such a pleasure to work on. It's so deep, the storyline, and also the preparation that we had to do for the film," said the young actress, who was recently in Israel to shoot on location. Explaining her role in the film, Curtis said, "Ako po 'yung anak ni Ms. Irma Adlawan na lumaki sa Israel. Half-Filipina, half-Israeli, so there's a battle between cultures for my role, na kung Filipina ba ako o Israeli ako." For her part in the project, Curtis said she understands not being given a "substantial fee." "It's a whole different environment, so we can't apply what we do in mainstream to the indie world," said the actress, who has starred in three TV series so far, and has several product and brand endorsements to her name. "And that's fine, because at the end of the day, it's all about the experience and learning more about this industry," she said...." - ABS-CBN News, 05 July 2013 (READ MORE)


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David F. - "David F" is written as a triptych with 3 short stories hinged together by the story of David Fagan, a real life historical character in the early 1900's. He is a black American who was a member of the American regimen that was sent by the US government during the Philippine-American war. He became famous (or infamous) when he deserted the US troops and joined the sides of the Filipino revolutionaries. He was declared as a public enemy of the US government when he lead a series of battle with the Filipino revolutionaries against American soldiers. He was promoted as colonel of the Filipino troops under Emilio Aguinaldo and married a Filipina. Credits: Starring - Quester Hannah (American theater actor), Sid Lucero, Art Acuña, Rocky Salumbides, Mitch Valdez, Jess Mendoza, Mariella Castillo, Dax Martin, Madeleine Nicolas; Director - Manny Palo; Writers - Liza Magtoto and Emmanuel Quindo Palo

American Soldier - "...Acuña's second film in this year's Cinemalaya is similarly inspired by real-life events. In "David F," the actor portrays one of the captors of David Fagen, an actual American soldier who joined Philippine forces in the country's war with the United States in the early 1900s. "It's about a little-known anecdote back during the Fil-Am war when an African-American soldier started to side with the Filipinos and fight against the Americans," Acuña said. "I'm one of the Pinoys who kidnapped David F. to turn him in for the bounty. Sid Lucero is the other Pinoy who does this with me. But then we start to argue about what we have to do, and then morality plays into the picture..." - ABS-CBN News (READ MORE)


The Cinemalaya Foundation has announced the finalists for the Short Film Category for the 2013 Cinemalaya Competition. The ten finalists in the Short Film Category are: Bakaw by Ron Segismundo, Katapusang Labok by Aiess Athina E. Alonso, Missing by Zig Madamba Dulay, Onang by Jann Eric S. Tiglao, Para kay Ama by Relyn A. Tan, Pukpok by Joaquin Adrian M. Pantaleon, Sa Wakas by Ma. Veronica Santiago, Taya by Philip Adrian Bontayam, The Houseband’s Wife by Paulo P. O’Hara, andTutob by Kissza Mari V. Campano.

The Ten Short Films Finalists

Bakaw is a day in the life of a child who steals at the Navotas fishport.


Katapusang Labok depicts the struggles of fishermen who must deal with environmental abuse and the effects of coral harvesting on their livelihood.


Missing tackles the subject of forced disappearances.


Onang is the classic tale of a young probinsyana who seeks her fortune in the big city.


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


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


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


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


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


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


The short feature category finalists were selected by the Cinemalaya Selection Committee comprised of Emilio Abello, VI, Lawrence Fajardo, Nic Deocampo, Mike Sandejas and Teddy Co. The Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition seeks to discover, encourage, and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. The works are narrative features that articulate Filipino identity and culture in digital format. The competition is held in three categories, the New Breed Full Length Feature, Short Feature and the Directors Showcase. Cinemalaya 2013 will be held on July 26 – August 4 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ayala Cinemas at TriNoma, Greenbelt 3, and Alabang Town Center. It is a project of the of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Econolink Investments, Inc. (EEI). Cinemalaya also features the Short Feature competition category as well as film exhibitions, seminars, conference, the Cinemalaya Film Congress, and other film-related events. - CCP (READ MORE)



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