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Saturday, December 31, 2016

THE 2016 METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL: "SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN"- BEST PICTURE/ PAOLO BALLESTEROS- BEST ACTOR/ IRMA ADLAWAN- BEST ACTRESS


MANILA, Philippines – "Sunday Beauty Queen" won Best Picture at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 awards night on Thursday, December 29 at the Kia Theatre. This is a major milestone for the festival – "Sunday Beauty Queen" is the first ever documentary to make it to the festival and thus is also the first documentary to win the coveted Best Picture Prize. It follows overseas domestic workers in Hong Kong and the one day off they have a week – Sunday – during which they participate in preparations for a beauty pageant. This is an important win for "Sunday Beauty Queen," which had not been among the earlier entries announced as top grossers following Day 1 of the festival. Like the other entries, it faced the challenge of staying in theaters. 

"Die Beautiful" star Paolo Ballesteros, who won the Best Actor Actor award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, also bagged the Best Actor in a Leading Role. Directed by Jun Lana, the movie is about a trans woman's final wish to be laid to rest as a beautiful woman, and has been hailed for trans representation and for Ballesteros' powerful performance.

Acclaimed filmmaker Erik Matti won Best Director  for "Seklusyon." The taut thriller features 4 deacons in seclusion as a rite of passage before priesthood. In this time, they face their own inner demons and ghosts from their past. 
(source: Rappler, 29 December 2016)


LIST OF WINNERS:
Best Picture: Sunday Beauty Queen
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: Sunday Beauty Queen
Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award: Oro
Best Director: Erik Matti, Seklusyon
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Paolo Ballesteros, Die Beautiful
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Irma Adlawan, Oro
Best Ensemble Cast: Oro
Special Jury Prize: Rhed Bustamante, Seklusyon
Best Screenplay: Seklusyon
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bables, Die Beautiful
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Phoebe Walker, Seklusyon
Best Cinematography: Seklusyon
Best Sound Design: Seklusyon
Best Theme Song: "Dominus Miserere" Seklusyon
Best Editing: Sunday Beauty Queen
Best Musical Score: Saving Sally
Best Production Design: Seklusyon
Best Float: Die Beautiful
42nd MMFF My Most Favorite Film: Die Beautiful
Children’s Choice Award: Saving Sally, Sunday Beauty Queen, Vince & Kath & James
Male Celebrity of the Night: Ronnie Alonte
Female Celebrity of the Night: Rhian Ramos
Short Film – Best Screenplay: Mitatang
Short Film – Special Jury Prize: Manila Scream
Short Film – Best Picture: EJK
Short Film – Best Work for Children: Passage of Life
Best Short Film Director: Jarell Serencio for Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad












THE 2015 METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL: "WALANG FOREVER"- BEST PICTURE/ JENNYLYN MERCADO- BEST ACTRESS/ JERICHO ROSALES- BEST ACTOR


As the saying goes, the show must go on.

Amidst ticket swapping allegations and film disqualification, as well as the ire of many Filipino film aficionados, the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival held its Awards Night on Sunday at Kia Theater in Araneta Center, Quezon City.

"Walang Forever" came out as the night’s biggest winner with six awards including FPJ Memorial Award for Film Excellence, Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Actor for Jericho Rosales, and Best Actress for Jennylyn Mercado.

And despite its sudden disqualification for the Best Picture category a day before award’s night, "Honor Thy Father" still bagged two major awards–Best Director for Erik Matti and Best Supporting Actor for Tirso Cruz 3rd–on top of Best Child Performer, Best Original Theme Song, and Best Makeup Artist awards.

 Maine Mendoza won the Best Supporting Actress award for "My Bebe Love."

Meanwhile, “Nilalang” won best editing, best film editor, best cinematography, best festival sound, and best festival musical score. Named best picture is “Walang Forever.” Second in line is “Buy Now, Die Later,” while the third best picture is “My Bebe Love.”

(source: The Manila Times/ 28 December 2015)


LIST OF WINNERS:
Best Picture: Walang Forever
Second Best Picture: Buy Now, Die Later
Third Best Picture: My Bebe Love
Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado – Walang Forever
Best Actor: Jericho Rosales – Walang Forever
Best Director: Erik Matti – Honor Thy Father
Best Supporting Actress: Maine Mendoza – My Bebe Love
Best Supporting Actor: Tirso Cruz III – Honor Thy Father
Best Child Performer: Krystal Brimner – Honor Thy Father
Best Screenplay: Paul Sta. Ana – Walang Forever
Best Original Story:  Dan Villegas and Antoinette Jadaone – Walang Forever
Best Editing: Nilalang
Best Cinematography: Nilalang
Best Production Design: Buy Now, Die Later
Best Visual Effects: Nilalang
Best Festival Sound: Ditoy Aguila – Nilalang
Best Musical Score: Jessy Lasaten – Nilalang
Best Theme Song: “Tao” by Armi Millare – Honor Thy Father
Best Festival Make-up Artist: Ryan Panaligan and Erika Racela – Honor Thy Father
GatPuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: My Bebe Love
FPJ Memorial Award for Film Excellence: Walang Forever
Male Celebrity of the Night: Cesar Montano
Female Celebrity of the Night: Jennylyn Mercado
Best Float Award: Buy Now, Die Later












Monday, December 26, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 152: GLORIA ROMERO, RAMON REVILLA, WITH CHICHAY, TOLINDOY IN "MISTER KASINTAHAN" (1953)


"Mister Kasintahan" (1953)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date September 17- 26, 1953/ Life
Music Pastor de Jesus
Direction Nardo Vercudia
Cast Gloria Romero, Ramon Revilla/ Also Staring Chichay, Tolindoy, Rebecca del Rio, Precy Ortega

Saturday, December 24, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 145: NORMA BLANCAFLOR, REYNALDO DANTE, ROSITA NOBLE, OSCAR KEESE, EDDIE INFANTE IN "ANG PAGSILANG NG MESIYAS" (1952)


"Ang Pagsilang ng Mesiyas" (1952)
Lebran Productions
Release Date December 16- 25, 1952/ Dalisay
Direction Carlos Vander Tolosa
Cast Norma Blancaflor, Reynaldo Dante, Rosita Noble, Oscar Keese, Eddie Infante, Tita Munoz, Rolando Liwanag, Andres Iturbi





A nativity scene from the movie "Ang Pagsilang ng Mesiyas" (1952)--- Photo shows Norma Blancaflor as Mother Mary and Tirso Cruz III as Baby Jesus

Friday, December 23, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 680: TESSIE SAN JUAN, AMADO CORTEZ, LEONORA RUIZ, ANTONIO MOGUEIZ, BENNY MACK ANG HELENGRACE PROSPERO AS "RITA RITS" (1952)


"Rita Rits" (1952)
Peoples' Pictures
Released tru Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date September 27- October 26, 1952/ Dalisay
Serialized in Bulaklak Magazine
Story Emil Quizon Cruz
Produced by Cornelio Hermoso and Artemio Marquez
Direction Consuelo P. Osorio
Cast Tessie San Juan, Amado Cortez, Leonora Ruiz, Antonio Mogueiz, Beny Mack and Helengrace Prospero (in the title role)/ Also Starring Tony Osorio, Baby Corazon, Virgie Calasanz, Dory Corpuz and Luis San Juan (Lolo Poto)

(Movie Ad- courtesy of James de la Rosa/ Baul ni Juan)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 679: ARMANDO GOYENA, TESSIE QUINTANA, PRISCILLA CELLONA IN "ISABELITA" (1952)


"Isabelita" (1952)
LVN Pictures
Release Date June 4- 13, 1952/ Life
Cast Armando Goyena, Tessie Quintana, Priscilla Cellona/ Also Starring Alfonso Carvajal, Milagros Naval and Mat Ranillo

(Image- courtesy of James de la Rosa/ Baul ni Juan)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 678: NORMA BLANCAFLOR, EDUARDO DEL MAR AND BABY LINDA IN "TAIMTIM NA DALANGIN" (1951)


"Taimtim na Dalangin" (1951)
Atheca Productions
Release Date May 30- June 5, 1951/ Dalisay
Direction Ding M. de Jesus
Cast Norma Blancaflor, Eduardo del Mar and baby Linda/ Also Staring Luiz Vizconde, Dony Palacio, Jose Cris Soto  (Guest Artist)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 677: MILA DEL SOL, JAIME DE LA ROSA, EVELYN VILLAR IN "ANAK NG PULUBI" (1951)


"Anak ng Pulubi" (1951)
LVN Pictures
Release Date April 27, 1951/ Dalisay
Story Susana C. de Guzman
Direction Tony Arnaldo
Cast Mila del Sol, jaime de la Rosa, Evelyn Villar/ Also Starring Alfonso Carvajal. Rosa Aguirre, Justina David, Sloria Seres, Amado Cortez

Monday, December 19, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 676: LEILA MORENA, EFREN REYES, FERNANDO ROYO, PATRIA PLATA IN MARS RAVELO'S "RAUL ROLDAN" (1952)/ KOMIKS SERIAL AND MOVIE ADPATATION


"Raul Roldan" (1952)
Premiere Productions
Release Date September 12- 21, 1952/ Life
Serialized in Hiwaga Komiks
Story Mars Ravelo
Cameraman Ricardo Marcelino
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Billy Icasiano
Cast Leila Morena (as Rosenda), Efren Reyes (as Raul Roldan), Fernando Royo (as Dr. Enrique Moreno), Patria Plata (as Prinsesa Xandra)/ Also Starring Luis San Juan, Isa Rino, Lita Soriano, Nello Nayo/ Co-starring Guillermo Carls, Lourdes Galicia, Antonio Hernandez, Emma Ledesma, Evangeline Sayson, Ben Jaro


"Raul Roldan"
Nobela ni Mars Ravelo
Guhit ni Nestor Redondo
Inilathala sa Hiwaga Komiks/ 1951-52


Komiks images- Unang Labas/ Internet source

Sunday, December 18, 2016

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 172: ERLINDA CORTEZ, FERNANDO ROYO, ROSA AGUIRRE, CRIS DE VERA, PEDRO FAUSTINO IN "HE PROMISED TO RETURN" (1949)


"He Promised to Return" (1949)
A Movietec Release
Release Date  December 16- 24, 1949/ Life
Direction Fermin Barva
Cast Erlinda Cortez, Fernando Royo, Rosa Aguirre, Cris de Vera, Pedro Faustino

Friday, December 16, 2016

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 171: FE AMORSOLO, ROY DE SILVA IN "CARMELITA" (1948)


"Carmelita" (1948)
Parlatone 
Release Date June 27, 1948/ Boulevard
Story Armando de Guzman
Direction Mar. I. Esmeralda
Cast Fe Amorsolo, Roy de Silva/ Also Starring Conrado Conde, Flor Bellecer, Amelita Sol, Minda Bernal, Sonia de Gracia, Tony Liwanag, Dick Roque, D. Arcilla, J. Evangelista, Tolindoy

Thursday, December 15, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 675: RICO ROMERO, GRACITA DOMINGUEZ, BABY LINDA, BABY VIOLETA AND INTRODUCING MELANIE IN "HIWAGA NG LANGIT" (1951)


"Hiwaga ng Langit" (1951)
Fortune Pictures
Release Date October 26- November 1, 1951/ Rialto
Photography Fred Obien
Sound D. Santos
Music Lorenzo Fajardo
Executive Producer C. Villongco
Asst. Director Fortunato Santos
Direction Fermin Barva
Cast Rico Romero, Gracita Dominguez, Baby Linda, Baby Violeta/ Introducing Melanie/ Also Starring Jose Troni, Juan Urbano, Andy Bravo, Ruby Bierra, Tessie Abad, Boy Roland, Nora Dee, Emelda Pastor, Laura Alegra

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 674: ROGELIO DE LA ROSA, TESSIE QUINTANA, ROSA ROSAL, BEN RUBIO, TONY SANTOS IN "BAYAN O' PAG-IBIG" (1951)


"Bayan O' Pag-ibig" (1951)
LVN Pictures
Release Date March 18- 27, 1951/ Dalisay
Direction Gregorio Fernandez
Cast Rogelio de la Rosa, Tessie Quintana, Rosa Rosal, Ben Rubio, Tony Santos/ Also Starring Frankie Gordon, Nora Linda, Armando Garces, Ezar Visenio, Justina David, Engracio Ibarra, Miguel Lopez

Monday, December 12, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 673: PATRICIA MIJARES, BEN RUBIO, DANILO MONTES IN "BELLA VENDETTA" (1950)


"Bella Vendetta" (1950)
Royal Productions
Release Date August 7- 16, 1950/ Dalisay
Direction Paquito Bolero
Cast Patricia Mijares, Ben Rubio, Danilo Montes
(movie ad, courtesy of James dela Rosa/ Baul ni Juan)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 672: ROSA DEL ROSARIO, RODOLFO RUIZ, SYLVIA ROSALES IN "AKLAT NG PAG-IBIG" (1950)


"Aklat ng Pag-ibig" (1950)
Balintawak Pictures
Filmed by Movietec and released thru Lebran
Release Date November 29, December 2- 11, 1950/ Life
Story Epifanio Matute, Genoveva Edroza
Technical Assistant Jesus Carreon
Production Manager C. A. Cabral
Executive Producer Luis A. de Guzman
Screenplay and Direction Domingo Principe
Cast Rosa del Rosario, Rodolfo Ruiz, Sylvia Rosales/ Also Starring Roberto Rosales, Lily Miraflor, Lucas Paredes, Alma Bella/ Featuring Citas Gonzales

Saturday, December 10, 2016

THE FIFTIES # 33: FERNANDO POE, NORMA BLANCAFLOR, FERNANDO ROYO IN "SIGAW NG BAYAN" (1950)/ UPDATED


"Sigaw ng Bayan"
Royal Productions

Release Date September 8-15, 1950/ Dalisay
Direction Carlos Vander Tolosa
Cast Fernando Poe, Norma Blancaflor, Fernando Royo, Rolando Liwanag, Fred Penalosa, Rita Rivera, Jose Cris Soto, Sepo del Rosario




THE FIFTIES # 671: LIRIO DEL VALLE, FEDERICO DEL PUERTO, CRIS DE VERA, CHING TELLO IN "THE PIRATES GO TO TOWN" (1950)


"The Pirates Go To Town" (1950)
Lebran Productions
Made at Movietec
Release Date November 2- 11, 1950/ Life
Music Prof. J. Esteban Anguita
Direction Fermin Barva
Cast Lirio del Valle, Federico del Puerto, Cris de Vera, Ching Tello


Federico del Prado (aka- Federico del Puerto)
image courtesy of James dela Rosa/PelikulaATBP

THE FIFTIES # 26: JOSE PADILLA, JR. AND ARSENIA FRANCISCO, WITH LOPITO, RAMON D' SALVA, PATRIA PLATA IN LINA FLOR'S "GULONG NG PALAD" (1950)/ UPDATED

Gulong ng Palad was one of the most successful radio dramas in the history Philippine radio. The soap opera, written by Lina Flor, was first heard over DZRH in 1949. It ran from 1949 to 1956. A movie was made in 1950 starring Jose Padilla, Jr. as Carding and Arsenia Francisco as Luisa.


"Gulong ng Palad"
Premiere Productions
Release Date: June 5- 14, 1950/ Life
A Camay Radio Serial
Story Lina Flor
Direction Consuelo P. Osorio
Cast Jose Padilla, Jr., Arsenia Francisco, Lopito/ Also Starring Ramon D' Salva, Patria Plata/ Co-starring Ester Buenaobra, Luis San Juan, Naty Rubi, Bebong Osorio/ Introducing Clarita Benitez






(l-r) Rosita Noble, Patria Plata, Lopito
(photo courtesy of Baul ni Juan/ James dela Rosa)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 92: MANUEL CONDE, ELVIRA REYES, LUNINGNING, FRANKIE GORDON IN "PRINSIPE PARIS" (1949)/ UPDATED



"Prinsipe Paris"
Manuel Conde Productions

Release Date: August 23- September 8, 1949/Dalisay
Music
Pastor de Jesus
Story Clodualdo del Mundo
Direction Horace CurryCast Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Luningning, Frankie Gordon, Jose Villafranca, Juan Urbano, Alfredo Penalosa, Ely Nakpil, Ric Bustamante, Oscar Sandoval, Noche Twins, Horace Curry, Topy Urbano, Tony Cruz, Caridad Penalosa, Ben Casitllo, Francisco Carel, Bert Intal, Manuel Conde, Jr.








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