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Thursday, September 30, 2010

THE 1993 METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL: AGA MUHLACH WINS ANEW; "KUNG MAWAWALA KA PA" BEST PICTURE



Reyna Films'
Kung Mawawala Ka Pa and Star Cinema's May Minanahal shared top honors in the 1993 Metro Manila Film Festival. Kung Mawawala Ka Pa was awarded Best Picture and received 7 other awards--- Best Actress (Dawn Zulueta); Best Supporting Actress (Amy Austria); Best Child Performer (Sarah Jane Abad); Best Musical Score (Ryan Cayabyab); Best Original Song; Best Sound (Ramon Reyes) and Best Cinematography (Romy Vitug).

May Minanahal won 9 awards--- Best Actor (Aga Muhlach); Best Supporting Actor (Ronaldo Valdez); Best Director, Best Story and Best Screenplay (Jose Javier Reyes); Best Production Design (Benjie de Guzman); Best Float, Second Best Picture and the coveted Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Memorial Award.


Other awardees--- Best Editing (Augusto Salvador/ Doring Dorobo); Best Visual Effects (Bobby Pineda/ Doring Dorobo) and Best Make-up Artist (Teresita Dominguez/ Gaano Kita Kamahal) and Doring Dorobo for third Best Picture.





"Kung Mawawala Ka Pa" (1993)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Daw Zulueta, Sarah Jane Abad, Amy Austria, Pilar Pilapil/ Directed by Jose Mari Avellana


"May Minamahal" (1993)- Stars Aga Muhlach, Aiko Melendez, Boots Anson Roa, Ronaldo Valdez, Aljon Jimenez, John Estrada, Agot Isidro, Liza Lorena, Marita Zonbel, Nikka Valencia And Claudine Barretto/ Directed by Jose Javier Reyes


"Inay" (1993)- Stars Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Chanda Romero, Tommy Abuel, Tita Munoz, Orestes Ojeda, Caridad Sanchez, Louella de Cordova, Carol Dauden and Jaclyn Jose & Melanie Marquez/Directed by Artemio Marquez


"Doring Dorobo: Hagupit ng Batas" (1993)- Stars Eddie Garcia, Eddie Gutierrez, Boots Anson-Roa and Sharmaine Arnaiz/ with Paquito Diaz, Re 'PJ' Abellana, Ali Sotto, Dick Israel, Vivian Foz/ Directed by Augusto Salvador


"Gaano Kita Kamahal" (1993)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Tirso Cruz III, Daniel Fernando, Juan Rodrigo, Marita Zobel, Sylvia Sanchez, Ali Sotto/Directed by Butch Perez


"Pusoy Dos" 91993)- Stars Janno Gibbs, Dennis Padilla, Gelli de Belen, Leo Martinez, Mat Ranillo III, Jackie Aquino/ Introducing Dindi Gallardo/ Directed by Jun Aristorenas


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

THE 1992 METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL: AGA MUHLACH TOPS AWARDS; "ANDRES MANAMBIT" BEST PICTURE



Screen hearthrob and matinee idol Aga Muhlach copped his first major award by winning the Best Actor trophy for the movie, Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal. The movie also won three other awards--- Best Supporting Actor (Ariel Rivera); Best Musical Score (Dionisio Buencamino) and Best Original Theme Song (Alex Mallillin).

Viva Films’ Andres Manambit: Angkan ng Matatapang was adjudged the festival’s Best Picture. It also received four other awards--- Best Director and Best Editing (Ike Jarlego, Jr.); Best Sound Recording (Rolly Ruta) and Best Original Story (Humilde ‘Meek’ Roxas).


Other awardees--- Best Actress (Gina Alajar/ Shake, Rattle, Roll 4); Best Supporting Actress (Sylvia Sanchez/ Takbo, Talon, Tili); Best Child Performer ( I.C. Mendoza/ SRR 4); Best Screenplay (Ricky Lee and Jose Bartolone/ Takbo…); Best Cinematography (Arnold Alvaro and Ramon Marcelino/Takbo…); Best Production Design (Don Escudero/ SRR 4); Best Visual Effects (Tony Marbella/ Okay Ka, Fairy Ko 2); Best Make-up Artist (Andrea Manahan/ SRR 4); Second Best Picture (Takbo…); Third Best Picture (Engkanto); Best Float (Okay Ka…) and the Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award (Okay Ka…)



Philippine Daily Inquirer/ December 30, 1992
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"Andres Manambit: Angkan ng Matatapang" (1992)- Stars Eddie Garcia, Eddie Gutierrez, Pinky de Leon, Kier Legaspi, Joko Diaz, Mia Pratts, Ramon Christopher/ Directed by Ike Jarlego, Jr.


"Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal" (1992)- Stars Aga Muhlach, Ariel Rivera and Lea Salonga/ Directed by Jose Javier Reyes


"Engkanto" (1992)- Stars Janice de Belen, Francis Magalona, Raul Zaragosa, Maila Gumila, Emon Ramos, Apple Pie Bautista, Suisan Lozada, Cita Astals and Roderick Paulate/ Directed by Tata Esteban


"Okay Ka, Fairy Ko, Part 2" (1992)- Stars Vic Sotto, Aiza Seguerra, Tweetie de Leon, Techie Agbayani, Ruby Rodriguez, Jinky Oda, Bayani Casimiro, Jr. and Miss Charito Solis/ Directed by Tony Reyes



Shake, Rattle & Roll 4 (1992)/ Three Episodes/ Directed by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes
Episode 1: “Guro”- Cast- Manilyn Reynes, Edu Manzano, Sunshine Cruz, Aljon Jimenez and Nida Blanca
Episode 2: “Kapitbahay”- Cast- Aiza Seguerra as Nikki, Janice de Belen as Yaya Tising, Al Tantay and Lady Lee
Episode 3: “Madre”- Cast- Gina Alajar, Aiko Melendez, Miguel Rodriguez, Ai Ai Delas Alas, IC Mendoza, Bella Flores, Lilia Cuntapay


Takbo Talon Tili (1992)- Stars Rene Requiestas, Rita Avila, Raymond & Richard Gutierrez and Sheryl Cruz & Romnick Sarmenta/ Directed by Efren Jarlego

Sunday, September 26, 2010

MARCH 22, 1972: TALIBA---" 'BOMBA': DI NAKAPANNOOD NAGPAKAMATAY"

It looks absurd, funny and ridiculous. But it’s true and actually happens. An elderly man shot himself to death. The reason in detail, read the whole story below---

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Taliba/ March 22, 1972


Saturday, September 25, 2010

A GUIDE FOR "BOMBA" FANS

Watching a censored or mutilated version of a bomba movie could flare up one's mind and you felt like being robbed of your hard-earned money. I experienced it in some occasion in the past and leave the movie house disgusted and frustrated.

Did you know that an article was written for this purpose? Yes, titled, "A Guide for Bomba Fans," it give out tips on how one can watch a bomba film without cuts. You can read the article below by clicking the images---


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After "Uhaw" comes "Busog"!


"Busog" (1970)- Stars Vic Vargas, Bert LeRoy, Jr., Philip Gamboa and Merle Fernandez/ Directed by Omar Serolf


Thursday, September 23, 2010

"NYMPHA" (1971): UMANO'Y SINING ("NYMPHA": POSING AS ART)/ A REVIEW

A blockbuster during its theater run

Nympha (1971)- Stars Rizza, Philip Gamboa, Bella Flores, Romy Diaz/ Directed by Celso Ad Castillo


The URIAN Anthology 1970-1979

The bomba movie may be classified into two types: hard pornography, and the “art Film.” Celso Ad. Castillo’s Nympha is an example of the latter, but its defective structure prevents the director from conveying his message artistically.

Nympha
begins and ends with a scene in the cemetery where a group of people are standing around a tomb under the rain. The movie as a whole is an exposition of the events in Nympha’s life that lead to this scene. Nympha is a young girl reared and morally sheltered by a hypocritically pious elder female relative. The girl’s blind piety, however, is ripped apart by her sudden awareness of the sexually-charged environment and by her own first love affair. Eventually, she goes from man to man, driven by her demonic desires. Her unwanted pregnancy finally leads to a gory, fatal abortion.


Castillo’s structure is untenable. Enveloping scenes from Nympha’s life within the cemetery scene is unnecessary. First, it is the director himself, not any of the characters, who assumes the narrative viewpoint; and, second, the cemetery scene is not credible--- the people stand there for an unbelievably long time, and under the rain at that.


Because of this structure, the director forgot to pursue the movie’s thematic conflict, which is, hypocritical morality versus a sexually promiscuous world. As a result, there are gaps in the story, and inconsistencies between psychological make-up of the characters, and their behavior. Lastly, while the movie clearly disapproves of moralistic hypocrisy, it ironically insists on its own ethical standards. Thus, it objects to abortion. But then, the Philippines is a Catholic country, isn’t it?


---More on the article, click images above---
Article source: “Nympha: Umano'y Sining” by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr., originally published in Pilipino Reporter, 1971/ compiled in the book, The URIAN Anthology 1970-1979

Monday, September 20, 2010

"UHAW" (1970) : UNANG BOMBA (THE ORIGINAL BOMBA): A REVIEW



The bomba or soft-core porno film established itself as a definite genre in the early 70s, after the tremendous box-office success of the movie Uhaw, 1970, starring the original bomba star Merle Fernandez which used a melodramatic framework for its ten explicit sex scenes.


"The URIAN Anthology 1970-1977"

Uhaw, a money-raker, is nothing but a disgusting piece of pornography. An impotent husband (Lito Legaspi), his sex-starved bride (Merle Fernandez), and a most accommodating male friend (Tito Galla) make the love triangle, propped up with ten sex scenes. In the end, the husband is killed in an accident, the guilt-ridden adulteress who attempts suicide survives, and her lover waits for her in the hospital. Between start and finish are generous opportunities for the cast to exhibit their skills in histrionic acting and in the realization of sexual bliss.


Lead stars Merle Fernandez and Lito Legaspi from the movie "Uhaw"
(photo source: The URIAN Anthology 1990-1999)

There is nothing redeemable in the movie, for two reasons: 1) characterization, the basis for drama in film, is zero (we never get to know who the characters are as people, and how they relate emotionally to each other in the triangle); and 2) the movie is obviously a “quickie” which has neither script nor direction in some scenes; the canned music stops abruptly; the dialogues are fit for radio drama, not film, and overacting mars the actors’ performances.

Uhaw’s
huge commercial success is not gauge at all that it is a good film. One despairs over the audience’s inability to distinguish between quality movies and bad movies. To be blamed in this case is producer-director Ruben Abalos who hits the right formula for success--- sex. The audience, most of them already thirsty for this fare, laps it all up.


---More on the article, click images above---

Article source: “Uhaw: Unang Bomba” by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr., originally published in Pilipino Reporter, November 10, 1970/ compiled in the book, The URIAN Anthology 1970-1979


Saturday, September 18, 2010

RARE FIND: "THE URIAN ANTHOLOGY 1970-1979" BOOK

I have been searching for this book for so long and I’m glad I finally found it. The URIAN Anthology 1970-1979, edited and introduced by Nicanor Tiongson, was launched and released in 1983 with Manuel Morato as the publisher. Featured are selected essays and innovation of the 1970s by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, with about 550 photos and illustrations and a filmography of Philippine movies, from 1970-1979.

I bought the book in one of the antique shops in Quezon City. I just asked the shop owner in passing if he was selling any books on Philippine movies. He showed me a couple of art books, history books, old magazines and Urian. “How much?” I asked him of the Urian book. “P1, 500,” he said. I readily paid for it after some haggling to lower the price. Not bad for a rare find. Except for some creases, the book is in fine condition with no tear or missing pages. A delight for film lovers like us owning a copy, considered by many as ‘endangered specie’ because of its rarity.



The Urian Anthology 1970-1979
















Thursday, September 16, 2010

"THE URIAN ANTHOLOGY 1990-1999" BOOK LAUNCH/ SEPT. 15 (2010)

The Urian Anthology 1990-1999, the third Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino compilation, was launched yesterday, September 15 (2010) at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman. The book, introduced, compiled and edited by Nicanor Tiongson, consists of 562 pages with more than 500 photographs. The launch price is P2,600 and it will be available soon in major bookstores at P3,250. The event was attended by showbiz personalities and celebrities, critics, fans and film aficionados. Seen were National Artists Bienvendo Lumbera and Eddie Romero, Armida Siguoun-Reyna, Bibeth Orteza, actors Joel Torre, Ricky Davao and Richard Gomez, directors Gil Portes, Maryo J. delos Reyes, Brilliante Mendoza, Adolf Alix, Jr. and Joel Lamangan, among others.


The venue- Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman


Nicanor Tiongson signing the book





Me with Nic Tiongson



Filmmakers Gil Portes and Joel Lamangan


Director Gil Portes signing the book


Me and Direk Portes






Director Joel Lamangan signing the book


Me and Direk Lamangan






Joel Torre reenacting a scene from the book-
photo courtesy of Nestor de Guzman

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