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A few thoughts after watching Jerrold Tarog's SANA DATI earlier at D.L. Umali Hall, UPLB:1. I’m not really into love stories but this one redefined the ‘typical’ Pinoy love flicks that we see on the big screen. It was indeed a very brave movie.2. Lovi Poe. Paolo Avelino. What a powerful combination.3. Jerrold Tarog, you are evil. And I’m not ashamed to say that I almost screamed earlier when I saw you at the stage. Hands down, idol.4. Personally, this movie gave a me new meaning and appreciation for Up Dharma Down's 'Indak'.5. This is one of the finest movies that I’ve seen to date. Thanks for the opportunity,UPLB pelikuLAB.P.S. And kids, a little reminder: During the open forum after the screening, please don’t waste the precious opportunity of asking the director by throwing useless questions and inquiries with obvious answers. Susko.

A few thoughts after watching Jerrold Tarog's SANA DATI earlier at D.L. Umali Hall, UPLB:

1. I’m not really into love stories but this one redefined the ‘typical’ Pinoy love flicks that we see on the big screen. It was indeed a very brave movie.
2. Lovi Poe. Paolo Avelino. What a powerful combination.
3. Jerrold Tarog, you are evil. And I’m not ashamed to say that I almost screamed earlier when I saw you at the stage. Hands down, idol.
4. Personally, this movie gave a me new meaning and appreciation for Up Dharma Down's 'Indak'.
5. This is one of the finest movies that I’ve seen to date. Thanks for the opportunity,UPLB pelikuLAB.

P.S. And kids, a little reminder: During the open forum after the screening, please don’t waste the precious opportunity of asking the director by throwing useless questions and inquiries with obvious answers. Susko.

Saw Erik Matti’s OTJ “On The Job” earlier and here are my few thoughts about the movie:1. The cinematography and the screenplay was superb. I am no film nor movie expert but this has to be one of the best that I have seen!2. The dark theme and noir-esque mood of the movie was perfect!3. The musical score! And the sound track! Dong Abay's version of Juan Dela Cruz's 'Maskara' and his 'Mateo Singko' fits perfectly in the movie!4. Erik Matti has redefined Pinoy action movies - and Filipino movie, in particular - with OTJ.5. JOEL TORRE! YOU BLEW MY MIND! ‘Nuff said.6. And oh, never forget Gerald Anderson, Papa Piolo, and other Pinoy movie greats like Michael De Mesa and the perennial politician, Mr. Leo Martinez.7. Tsong Joey Marquez’s role could have been played by another, more serious actor but that’s just me.8. Bonus points: Shaina Magdayao and Dawn Jimenez. Plus Empress. Hihi.9. I have stopped watching Star Cinema movies in theaters after ‘When Love Begins’ but this movie has lifted my curse against the film outfit.I might post a full-length review in my blog sometime this week.YOU. SHOULD. DEFINITELY. SEE. THE MOVIE. NOW!

Saw Erik Matti’s OTJ “On The Job” earlier and here are my few thoughts about the movie:

1. The cinematography and the screenplay was superb. I am no film nor movie expert but this has to be one of the best that I have seen!
2. The dark theme and noir-esque mood of the movie was perfect!
3. The musical score! And the sound track! Dong Abay's version of Juan Dela Cruz's 'Maskara' and his 'Mateo Singko' fits perfectly in the movie!
4. Erik Matti has redefined Pinoy action movies - and Filipino movie, in particular - with OTJ.
5. JOEL TORRE! YOU BLEW MY MIND! ‘Nuff said.
6. And oh, never forget Gerald Anderson, Papa Piolo, and other Pinoy movie greats like Michael De Mesa and the perennial politician, Mr. Leo Martinez.
7. Tsong Joey Marquez’s role could have been played by another, more serious actor but that’s just me.
8. Bonus points: Shaina Magdayao and Dawn Jimenez. Plus Empress. Hihi.
9. I have stopped watching Star Cinema movies in theaters after ‘When Love Begins’ but this movie has lifted my curse against the film outfit.

I might post a full-length review in my blog sometime this week.
YOU. SHOULD. DEFINITELY. SEE. THE MOVIE. NOW!

A Force-Driven Life

This is not a rip-off or a critique of Rick Warren’s classic opus, The Purpose-Driven Life. This is the story of my midichlorian-infused journey to the galaxy of far, far away aboard the Millennium Falcon with The Force as my guide.

Okay, that sounds too geek.

Every once in while, a great fictional saga is born and made. Classics such as James Bond, Indiana Jones, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Batman are just some of the well-loved series by different generations of fans, geeks, and movie buffs.

Among the above-mentioned series, there is one that always stands out for me among others - Star Wars. I am a Star Wars fan. Call me a geek but seriously, I am a die-hard fan of the universe created by George Lucas. I am also a Harry Potter fan but my obsession with Star Wars started when I was young long before I discovered the magical world of Harry Potter.

But I am not into the story of a dramatic young lady who is obsessed with a sparkling vampire. I will just leave it there for kids to devour.

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I blame my obsession with Star Wars to my father. Back when I was still a little kid, he introduced me to the epicness of Master Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, and Darth Vader. I can still remember how he brought home cutouts and scanned pages from the magazine about Star Wars (This was the time when scanners and colored printers were just a new technology, for common people at least.). He even gave me printout of all the characters - from the whole Jedi council to the Ewoks - pasted in an illustration board and covered with a plastic cover. The internet was a new technology then and the graphics were not as good as it is today so I consider those cut-outs as a priced gem.

That’s how my obsession for Star Wars started. I am thankful to have a geek and cool father (Sometimes I think he is a Jedi in disguise, a man conceived by the midichlorians themselves. Seriously).

And today, May 4, as what most of the Star Wars fan knew, is Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day (also sometimes known as Luke Skywalker Day) because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase "May the Force be with you" is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say “May the fourth be with you” (May 4th) on this day.

A few months back, I wrote about my obsession with covers and front pages of magazines and broadsheets. I decided to check the TIME Magazine cover archive and found this interesting covers on Star Wars and Science Fiction. What caught my attention was this favorite cover of mine which was released on 2002, when I was still in High School:

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This was released prior to the showing of the second part (chronologically fifth) of the Star Wars saga. This issue contains a complete guide to the Attack of the Clones - from characters to space ships and other vehicles.

Due to my obsession for the series, I made something, uhm, dark back in the day. I nenok-ed this issue in our library and cut the pages dedicated to Star Wars. I think the dark side of The Force forced me to do so (insert evil grin here).

So much for my mission to destroy the Death Star.

This particular installment came as a surprise for the fans of Master Yoda - myself included - when he, for the first time, used his light saber to fight Count Dooku. and I tell you, that was one of the most memorable sword fights in movie history.

Browsing the archives of Time Magazine’s website and the web for Star Wars-related stuff brings back good memories of my childhood as a little Star Wars fan, sharing the story with my father. And I think this will last until I grow old, and probably, when I have children of my own.

The acquisition of Lucas Films by Disney Pictures and the recent news about star wars episode 7 made me stoked and screamed like a teenage fan boy. And to add to my excitement, I heard that SciFi genius JJ Abrams will be directing the next trilogy. How cool was that? I can’t wait for 2015 to see that movie.

And just so you know, young ladies who know Order 66 have an edge to meShall we talk about Star Wars over a cup of coffee?

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! May The Force be with you!

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Elsewhere:

  • John Williams is the Man - In celebration of Star Wars day, here’s an a capella tribute of cinematic themes dedicated to composer John Williams - composer of the themes of Star Wars, Jurrsic Park, E.T. among others. The lyrics of the song contains some of the parts from the Star Wars series.
  • I Sense a Disturbance in The Force - Something that I made and wrote back in 2010 - my favorite Philippine Senator meets the Sith Lord of the Galactic Empire.
  • Star Wars Day Advertisement: Say No to The Force - A not-so-friendly reminder from the Galactic Empire

Source: juanrepublic

I decided to watch ‘El Presidente’ yesterday and here are my few thoughts:On the plus side: 1. Excellent cinematography. Mostly. Except for a couple of ‘babad ang camera sa mukha’ on ER Ejercito.2. The musical score sends shivers to my spine (nuks). Hands down to the evil genius, Jessie Lasaten.3. I commend some of the actors who showed an exceptional performance - Baron Geisler, John Regala, Cesar Montano, and Boyet De Leon.On the minus side:1. The poor, if not “mag-workshop ka pa”, performance by the lead star. ‘Nuff said. (And why does Emilio Aguinaldo speak with an American accent in the Hong Kong Junta scene? Ano ka? Call center agent?). And the poor performance of some extras. I noticed some are laughing and/or awkwardly smiling during their scene.2. Poor development of the story. It turned out to be just a pure re-enactment of the events of General Miong’s life. And oh, did I say POOR EDITING? I was expecting more from a particular scene and boom! Next scene please. Ananyare? And it failed to show the “human” side of Miong. Naging romanticized, if not fantasized. 3. The anti-climactic climax. Just pure montage shots with some goodie-dramatic musical score. It could have been better, in my opinion.All in all, the film was good. The film was okay for an epic biopic. Though, it could have been better.

I decided to watch ‘El Presidente’ yesterday and here are my few thoughts:

On the plus side: 
1. Excellent cinematography. Mostly. Except for a couple of ‘babad ang camera sa mukha’ on ER Ejercito.
2. The musical score sends shivers to my spine (nuks). Hands down to the evil genius, Jessie Lasaten.
3. I commend some of the actors who showed an exceptional performance - Baron Geisler, John Regala, Cesar Montano, and Boyet De Leon.

On the minus side:
1. The poor, if not “mag-workshop ka pa”, performance by the lead star. ‘Nuff said. (And why does Emilio Aguinaldo speak with an American accent in the Hong Kong Junta scene? Ano ka? Call center agent?). And the poor performance of some extras. I noticed some are laughing and/or awkwardly smiling during their scene.
2. Poor development of the story. It turned out to be just a pure re-enactment of the events of General Miong’s life. And oh, did I say POOR EDITING? I was expecting more from a particular scene and boom! Next scene please. Ananyare? And it failed to show the “human” side of Miong. Naging romanticized, if not fantasized. 
3. The anti-climactic climax. Just pure montage shots with some goodie-dramatic musical score. It could have been better, in my opinion.

All in all, the film was good. The film was okay for an epic biopic. Though, it could have been better.

Source: juanrepublic

Memoirs of Inday and the Bodyguard

It was the nineties. Some would say that it is the best decade for music, movie, recreation, fun, and entertainment. For those who were born and who grew up in that era, it wil be remembered for its good old memories of nostalgia and fun (but of course, those who were born on a different era will beg to differ).

Nineties. It was the year when kasamabahay(s) are stereotyped by popular TV shows and movies with the name Inday and having an affair with a sikyu (security guard). And it was also the year when a song for every Inday - and every romantics - came out.

It was I Will Always Love You. Or for every pun-loving Filipino in that decade, it was Inday will always love you.

The song was so popular in the country that it became an anthem of almost every music-loving Filipino (long before Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, but that’s another story). Though not a Whitney Houston original (it was Dolly Parton who sang the original), the song gained popularity after the former recorded it for the soundtrack of her debut movie, The Bodyguard.

Ah, that movie. It is considered one of the classic romantic-thriller movie of that age. I remember watching it in my grandparents’ house on their trusty VHS player. I did not care about the movie being a romantic flick then. What I care about is it being an action-thriller movie. And its theme song I will Always Love You.

This may sound not-so-manly but Whitney Houston’s  I Will Always Love you is one of the first songs that I learned to sing (aside from the jingle of cough syrup Tuseran Forte which I used to sing as 'Sa Tusenan Boteee..'). In fact, I even held a mini-concert during my fourth birthday party, singing and screaming the song at the top of my lungs in front of our house. (I still have a picture of it but I think it’s still in our old house. I’m gonna post it soon when I find the opportunity to get it.)

And just like any other kid, or a typical Pinoy, who sing that song, I used to sing it as "Indaaa-hiyaay! Will always love you! Huuwaaa..".

What made me sing a Whitney Houston song for cryin’ out loud? Perhaps it’s because of the song’s popularity during that time that it became the anthem of almost everyone. It became the song that everyone knew to sing and to love (unlike Frank Sinatra’s My Way that became infamous for it’s, uhm, fatal effects). Just like a young child singing whatever is overplayed on television and the radio, perhaps I just joined the Whitney Houston bandwagon then?

I woke up last Sunday morning, February 12 here in the Philippines, learning about Whitney Houston’s death via Tumblr and Twitter. And I told myself that’s it, another musical legend passed away, leaving her fans, listeners, and people whom she inspired in grief. The news about her drug addiction during the last years of her life may always be included in her story but that would not suffice to overshadow her fame, success, and legacy.

You may call yourself a die-hard fan who would weep because of her sudden demise. You maybe just an ordinary music fan who appreciate her music. and you may be just someone who recently listen to her music and joined the We-love-you-Whitney-Houston bandwagon.

But I will always remember her as someone who introduced me to Inday and The Bodyguard. Someone who helped me discover my love for singing and music.

Goodbye Whitney. Thanks you for the music. Millie grazie!

Source: juanrepublic

Ang Alamat ni Jeric Raval

Noong isang araw, nabulabog ang mga angry birds ng cyber space nang sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon ay tumayo ang kilalang miyembro ng Senate Committee on Silence na si Senator Lito Lapid at nagsalita sa impeachment court. At dahil bihira ang pagkakataong iyon, nag-trending worldwide ang Senador sa Twitter. Kasama ang pangalang Leon Guerrero.

E sino nga ba si Leon Guerrero? Siya ang Pinoy version ng Lone Ranger na nakilala sa pinilakang tabing dahil sa pagganap ni Lito Lapid (pero mas naunang gumanap ang kaniyang tiyuhin na si Jess Lapid). Ang pinakanatatandaan ko sa kanya ay kung paano niya pinatay ang dalawang tumatakbong kalaban gamit ang iisang bala - sa pamamagitan nang pagpapaputok ng baril sa harap ng isang punyal (na kahit si MacGyver, hindi maiisip yun).

Gusto ko sanang magsulat tungkol kay Leon Guerrero at sa tahimik na Senador pero napagtanto kong sayang lang ang bandwidth. At neurons. Kaya’y naisipan kong ibaling ang aking atensyon sa aking paboritong action star noong dekada nobenta:

Si Jeric Raval.

Noong isang araw, habang naghahanap ng matinong palabas sa TV, ay napadaan ako sa Kapuso Movie Festival ng GMA-7 kung saan may nakita akong isang pamilyar na mukha na kasama nang noo’y payat pang si Beethoven Del Valle-Bunagan (Michael V.) - si Jeric Raval. Ang pamagat ng pelikula? Biboy Banal: Pagganti ko..Tapos Kayo (halimaw sa title!) na orihinal na ipinalabas noog taong 1994. At sa puntong iyon, bumalik sa aking alaala yung kabataan ko na tuwang-tuwang nanonood ng mga Pinoy action movies sa TV, VHS at sa Pinoy Blockbusters (Tatay ng Cinema One). At isa nga sa mga naging paborito kong bida higit sa ibang action stars ng henerasyong iyon ay si Jeric Raval.

Sino nga ba si Jeric Raval? Ang tunay niyang pangalan ay Jericho Buensuceso at inilarawan siya ng Wikipedia (ang hindi nagsisinungaling na bible ng henerasyon ngayon) bilang isang artista na nakilala sa kanyang leather jacket, leather pants, at shiny hair.

Una siyang nakilala sa pelikula ni Manoy Eddie Garcia na Valentin Zapanta Alyas Ninong: Ang Huling Kilabot ng Tondo kung saan gumanap siya bilang isa sa mga bata ni Ninong at ang kanyang kauna-unahang pelikula in a lead role ay ang Kalabang Mortal ni Baby Ama kasama sina John Regala at Willie Revillame (Oo, si Kuya Wil). Matapos noon ay naging sunod-sunod pa ang pelikula niya sa OctoArts Films katulad ng Boboy Salonga: Batang Tondo, Estribo Gang: The Jinggoy Sese Story, Beloy Montemayor: Tirador ng Cebu, Victor Meneses: Dugong Kriminal, Barkada Walang Atrasan, at ang personal kong paborito dahil sobrang pamatay ng pamagat na Bunso: Isinilang Kang Palaban.

Napilitan si Jeric na tumigil sa paggawa ng pelikula matapos makatanggap ng Temporary Restraining Order matapos ang hindi pagkakaunawaan sa OctoArts Flms na nauwi sa korte. Matapos maayos ang gusot ay nagbalik pelikula si Jeric pero hindi na gaanong naging maningning ang kaniyang kasikatan. Ang kaniyang pinakahuling pelikula ay ang Lapu-Lapu ni Lito Lapid noong 2002 (na sa tingin ko ay kakaunti lamang sa inyo ang nakapanood).

E ano ba ang meron si Jeric Raval na wala ang ibang action stars katulad nina Robin Padilla, Fernando Poe, Jr., George Estregan, Cesar Montano, Monsour Del Rosario, Ronnie Rickets, Bong Revilla, at Rustom Padilla? (Oo, gumanap na astig na sundalo si Rustom sa Mistah kasama ang mga kapatid niyang sina Robin, Royette, at Rommel bago siya naging BB Gandanghari)

Para sa akin, may ibang klase ng karisma si Jeric Raval. Hindi siya yung tipikal na action star noong dekada nobenta na sa unang tingin mo pa lang ay alam mo nang mambabasag ng bote ng San Miguel beer sa ulo ni Bomber Moran o kaya ay makikipaghilahan ng bigote sa magkapatid na Rommy at Paquito Diaz. Siya yung klase ng astig na action star na hindi mo aakalaing makikipagpatayan sa mga bata ng kurap na Congressman, pulis, at negosyante. Maamo ang mukha kaya may elemento ng surpresa at gulat kapag nakikipagbakbakan sa loob ng bandonadong gusali o warehouse.

Katulad na lamang noong pelikulang Biboy Banal: Pagganti ko..Tapos Kayo. Sa unang tingin, lalo na at kasama pa ang henyong si Michael V., ay aakalain mong isa na namang pelikulang comedy ng OctoArts ang palabas. Pero matapos na mapatay na ang kaniyang ama, gahasain at patayin ang kanyang kapatid , magkaroon ng nakakakilig na eksena kasama ang leading lady, ang kaunting pag-aaway sa loob ng beer house, at ang paglabas ng Mitsubishi L-300 na siyang sikat na sasakyan sa mga Pinoy action movies (samakatuwid, kapag lumabas na lahat ng cliche sa mga action films noong dekada nobenta), ay lalabas na ang kaniyang husay sa pag-arte bilang isang dekalibreng action star.

Masasabi kong isa si Jeric Raval sa mga impluwensyal na naghubog ng plikulang Pilipino noong dekada nobenta - ang huling dekada kung saan ang malaking porsyento ng masa ay gumagastos at pumipila sa mga sinehan (Siguro ay dahil mas mura pa ang panonood sa Sinehan noon. At dahil buhay pa ang Seiko Films. Oh yeah!)

Pero lumilipas ang panahon. Namatay ang action genre sa pelikulang Noypi at kasamang namatay nito ay ang karera ng daan-daang movie crew, stuntmen, kontra bida, at mga action stars na hayun, huli kong nakita sa TV ay nasa drama o sa mga pa-cute na youth-oriented shows.

Nasaan na nga ba si Jeric Raval ngayon? Wala akong balita. Huli ko siyang nakita noong isang taon sa radio show ni Cristy Fermin sa Aksyon TV 41 kung saan sinabi niyang sabik na siyang magbalik-pelikula. At ganoon pa rin ang mukha, halos hindi tumanda. Parang si Ely Buendia. At ang namayapang si Francis Magalona.

Sinasabing kinakailangang magkaroon ng ‘kamatayan’ ng action films sa Pilipinas para magkaroon ng ‘muling pagkabuhay’ at para maitaas ang kalidad nito. Sa pagpapalabas ng Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story ni George Estregan at sa nalalapit na pagpapalabas ng Hitman ni Cesar Montano, masasabi nating unti-unti na ngang nabubuhay ang action genre ng pelikulang Pilipino.

Utang na loob, sawang-sawa na ako sa paulit-ulit na comedy at love story sa pinilakang tabing. Ibalik natin ang Pinoy action Films. At ang titillating movies ng Seiko Films. Biro lamang ang huli pero puwedeng seryosohin.

Hindi ako dalubhasa sa pelikula at ekonomiya pero sa tingin ko, ang magpapabuhay sa naghihingalong industriya ng pelikulang Pilipino ay ang masa. Gumawa tayo ng pelikula na hindi mang-iinsulto sa ating kakayahang mag-isip (katulad noong mga staple movies sa MMFF). Gumawa tayo ng de kalidad na pelikula na ikatutuwa at ipagmamalaki ng mga manonood. Gumawa tayo ng de kalidad na pelikula. Gumawa tayo ng de kalidad na action films - na sa aking opinyon ay ang genre na malapit sa puso ng masa.

Nalalapit na ang muling pagkabuhay ng Pinoy action movies. At iisa lang naman ang hinihiling ko - ang makita ko ulit na nakikipagbarilan at nakikipagbasagan ng bote ang idolo kong si Jeric Raval sa pinilakang tabing.

Isa kang alamat, Jeric Raval. Mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino! Respeto.

Elsewhere:

  • Video 48Ang mga larawan sa itaas ay dito ko kinuha. Ang blog na ito ay patungkol sa mga classic Pinoy movies. Asteeg!
  • How the metrosexual killed the action star - Kung dati, ang mga iniidolo ay ang mga lalaking may bigote sa action movies, ngayon, mga lalaking kung mag-ayos ay mas komplikado pa sa mga babae.
  • Guns, Goons, and GoreLourd de Veyra’s take on the Pinoy action movies.

Source: juanrepublic

This Time For Lilia Cuntapay
My childhood years belong to an era where watching Filipino movies in the movie houses are something to look forward to. I can still remember how my Father and I would watch local movies at the then-famous Agrix movie house here in Los Banos (the site where Anthony Genuino’s Los Banos Centro Mall is being built). No torrents. No downloads. No pirated dibidis. And if one missed the movies on the theaters, there is always our suking VHS rental houses to the rescue. (Man, I can still remember how to clean the VHS head with a clean bond paper. Ah, the little wonders of those days.)
The movie industry of the nineties is rich with Carlo J. Caparas’ insert-the-name-of-the-place-and-add-the-word-massacre movies, comedy films by Viva Films (Kuwadro De Jack and Pusoy Dos will always be my favorite), the last glorious days of Pinoy action movies, titillating flicks by Seiko Films (oh yeah!), and the thriller/haunted/shocker movies by Regal Films.
Let me focus on the last one - Regal Films. The movie outlet who taught us that haunted refrigerators and toilet bowls (Undin!) do exist; who coined the term “Anak ni Janice” which is synonymous to tiyanak (I wonder how Janice De Belen’s children from John Estrada and Aga Muhlach would react to this.); and who gave us a lesson on Aswang survival (Thank you Manilyn Reynes and Ana Roces).
Regal Films played an important role in shaping the contemporary Philippine cinema, thanks to the efforts of Mother Lily Monteverde. But in my opinion, there is another two-word term synonymous to Regal Films’ success aside from Mother Lily and horror movies.
Lilia Cuntapay.
If there is one person who scared me when I was as a child aside from the creepy kid on the TV commercial of pediafortan and Mr. Shooli (Jun Urbano), that would be the most famous extra of Filipino movies - Lilia Cuntapay. Her long white hair, her toothless scare face, and the way she stares at her victims was enough for me to run to my parents in tears. Or hide under my pillow.
And of course, aside from her roles as white lady, aswang, and mangkukulam in the movies, there is always her appearance on the Halloween specials of Magandang Gabi Bayan. I can still remember her creepy face as a white lady on the Ceres bus haunted stories (where the camera caught a real image of a white lady on a highway somewhere down south).
Lilia Cuntapay. The country’s most famous extra. Even if you are not really into Filipino movies, I know that her face is familiar to you (though I bet that not all of you know her real name, like my favorite Professor in College.). And it is but proper for the movie industry to recognize her talent by making a movie starring her on her very first lead role.
A few weeks ago, the trailer of her movie 6 Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay spread on the internet. The movie tells the story of “dakilang extra” Lilia Cuntapay through the days leading up to a fictionalized awards night where she is nominated as a Best Supporting Actress for the very first time. The movie is one of the entries of this year’s Cinema One Originals.

Last night, November 13, the awarding ceremony for the said movie festival was held at the RCBC Theater. And the movie bagged six (6) awards including Best Actress for Lilia Cuntapay (other awards are Special Jury Prize, Best Supporting Actress for Geraldine Villamil, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Audience Choice Awards).
At last, Lilia’s talent is now being recognized by the industry. I hope this is not the last movie with Lilia Cuntapay. Today’s generation still need to know more of this brilliant, talented, and famous extra. I also hope that this movie be released commercially or if not, be more available for more viewers and movie goers to see.
It’s time for this industry to recognize talented extras (and sidekicks). Who knows? We might see Mang Andres (AKA Bangkay) and Bubble Gang’s Diego Lorico and Myka Flores on their first-ever movie in a starring role in the near future.
The Philippine movie industry needs more talented and creative minds to resurrect. And with the recent emergence of quality independent and mainstream movies, we may be slowly achieving that goal.
And I am sure that Lilia Cuntapay played her part on this movement.
Mabuhay si Lilia Cuntapay! 
Elsewhere: 
Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay Facebook Page
Lilia Cuntapay Facebook Page (More Lilia Cunatapay-turned-classic-portraits photos)
Capsule reviews for Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay
Cinema One Originals Awards 2011 list of winners

This Time For Lilia Cuntapay

My childhood years belong to an era where watching Filipino movies in the movie houses are something to look forward to. I can still remember how my Father and I would watch local movies at the then-famous Agrix movie house here in Los Banos (the site where Anthony Genuino’s Los Banos Centro Mall is being built). No torrents. No downloads. No pirated dibidis. And if one missed the movies on the theaters, there is always our suking VHS rental houses to the rescue. (Man, I can still remember how to clean the VHS head with a clean bond paper. Ah, the little wonders of those days.)

The movie industry of the nineties is rich with Carlo J. Caparas’ insert-the-name-of-the-place-and-add-the-word-massacre movies, comedy films by Viva Films (Kuwadro De Jack and Pusoy Dos will always be my favorite), the last glorious days of Pinoy action movies, titillating flicks by Seiko Films (oh yeah!), and the thriller/haunted/shocker movies by Regal Films.

Let me focus on the last one - Regal Films. The movie outlet who taught us that haunted refrigerators and toilet bowls (Undin!) do exist; who coined the term “Anak ni Janice” which is synonymous to tiyanak (I wonder how Janice De Belen’s children from John Estrada and Aga Muhlach would react to this.); and who gave us a lesson on Aswang survival (Thank you Manilyn Reynes and Ana Roces).

Regal Films played an important role in shaping the contemporary Philippine cinema, thanks to the efforts of Mother Lily Monteverde. But in my opinion, there is another two-word term synonymous to Regal Films’ success aside from Mother Lily and horror movies.

Lilia Cuntapay.

If there is one person who scared me when I was as a child aside from the creepy kid on the TV commercial of pediafortan and Mr. Shooli (Jun Urbano), that would be the most famous extra of Filipino movies - Lilia Cuntapay. Her long white hair, her toothless scare face, and the way she stares at her victims was enough for me to run to my parents in tears. Or hide under my pillow.

And of course, aside from her roles as white lady, aswang, and mangkukulam in the movies, there is always her appearance on the Halloween specials of Magandang Gabi Bayan. I can still remember her creepy face as a white lady on the Ceres bus haunted stories (where the camera caught a real image of a white lady on a highway somewhere down south).

Lilia Cuntapay. The country’s most famous extra. Even if you are not really into Filipino movies, I know that her face is familiar to you (though I bet that not all of you know her real name, like my favorite Professor in College.). And it is but proper for the movie industry to recognize her talent by making a movie starring her on her very first lead role.

A few weeks ago, the trailer of her movie 6 Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay spread on the internet. The movie tells the story of “dakilang extra” Lilia Cuntapay through the days leading up to a fictionalized awards night where she is nominated as a Best Supporting Actress for the very first time. The movie is one of the entries of this year’s Cinema One Originals.

Last night, November 13, the awarding ceremony for the said movie festival was held at the RCBC Theater. And the movie bagged six (6) awards including Best Actress for Lilia Cuntapay (other awards are Special Jury Prize, Best Supporting Actress for Geraldine Villamil, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Audience Choice Awards).

At last, Lilia’s talent is now being recognized by the industry. I hope this is not the last movie with Lilia Cuntapay. Today’s generation still need to know more of this brilliant, talented, and famous extra. I also hope that this movie be released commercially or if not, be more available for more viewers and movie goers to see.

It’s time for this industry to recognize talented extras (and sidekicks). Who knows? We might see Mang Andres (AKA Bangkay) and Bubble Gang’s Diego Lorico and Myka Flores on their first-ever movie in a starring role in the near future.

The Philippine movie industry needs more talented and creative minds to resurrect. And with the recent emergence of quality independent and mainstream movies, we may be slowly achieving that goal.

And I am sure that Lilia Cuntapay played her part on this movement.

Mabuhay si Lilia Cuntapay! 

Elsewhere: 

Source: juanrepublic

Ronald Singson’s Incarceration
Your cocaine is the key to the crime.
The verdict is out. Ilocos Sur Representative Ronald Singson, son of Pambansang Anino Chavit Singson, gets 18 months in prison in a Hong Kong prison after he pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking and avoided a maximum life penalty by convincing the judge the drugs were for his personal use.
We saw this one coming. We are expecting that Ronald, the lead star of the movie Lovi and Other Drugs, will certainly be imprisoned in Hong Kong.
With the verdict out, calls for his expulsion from the House of Representatives and other (violent) reactions are once again flooding my Twitter timeline, my Facebook news feed, from critics down to the ordinary Juan interviewed in the news, and our neighbor’s inuman sessions. 
Some are saying that 18 months imprisonment not enough. They demand more years behind bars for Tito Ronald (Pwede!).
Sana daw, si Ronald na lang ang pambayad utang ng Pilipinas sa Hong Kong for the August 23 Manila Hostage Crisis where 8 Hong Kong nationals died (Ang sama niyo!).
Puwede din daw pang-X deal si Ronald para sa 3 Pinoy na nasa death row sa China, tutal, drugs din naman ang kaso. In short, si Ronald na lang daw dapat ang bitayin. (That’s bad!)
Are you satisfied with the Hong Kong court’s decision to imprison Representative Ronald Singson for 18 months? Or do you want more? Should he resign as Ilocos Sur Representative and not wait for Congressmen to expel him? What are your thoughts?

Ronald Singson’s Incarceration

Your cocaine is the key to the crime.

The verdict is out. Ilocos Sur Representative Ronald Singson, son of Pambansang Anino Chavit Singson, gets 18 months in prison in a Hong Kong prison after he pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking and avoided a maximum life penalty by convincing the judge the drugs were for his personal use.

We saw this one coming. We are expecting that Ronald, the lead star of the movie Lovi and Other Drugs, will certainly be imprisoned in Hong Kong.

With the verdict out, calls for his expulsion from the House of Representatives and other (violent) reactions are once again flooding my Twitter timeline, my Facebook news feed, from critics down to the ordinary Juan interviewed in the news, and our neighbor’s inuman sessions

  • Some are saying that 18 months imprisonment not enough. They demand more years behind bars for Tito Ronald (Pwede!).
  • Sana daw, si Ronald na lang ang pambayad utang ng Pilipinas sa Hong Kong for the August 23 Manila Hostage Crisis where 8 Hong Kong nationals died (Ang sama niyo!).
  • Puwede din daw pang-X deal si Ronald para sa 3 Pinoy na nasa death row sa China, tutal, drugs din naman ang kaso. In short, si Ronald na lang daw dapat ang bitayin. (That’s bad!)

Are you satisfied with the Hong Kong court’s decision to imprison Representative Ronald Singson for 18 months? Or do you want more? Should he resign as Ilocos Sur Representative and not wait for Congressmen to expel him? What are your thoughts?

Source: juanrepublic

LOVI AND OTHER DRUGS
Ilocos Sur Representative Ronald Singson, son of Pambansang Anino Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson, pleads guilty in Hong Kong drug trafficking case.

Philippine Rep. Ronald Singson was not immediately sentenced in Hong Kong’s District Court pending testimony on whether he planned on consuming the cocaine or sharing it with others — a factor that could influence the length of his sentence.He was caught carrying 0.24 ounces (6.67 grams) of cocaine at the southern Chinese city’s international airport in July. Drug trafficking carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million ($640,000).In his own testimony, Singson pleaded for leniency, apologizing to the judge and the people of Hong Kong. The 42-year-old legislator said he used cocaine on and off since 2004.He said he went on a cocaine-and-gambling binge after attending an Usher concert in Manila he helped stage on July 9, frustrated by an argument with his girlfriend (Juan: Allegedly Lovi Poe). He then decided to join a friend attending a poker tournament in Macau and was arrested while transiting through Hong Kong.
(Read the whole news on gmanews.tv)

To Congressman Ronald Singson, if you still have love for this country, do not wait for your comrades at the House of Representative to expel you. Please resign from your position for delicadeza’s sake. With that move, I think you will still earn the respect of some of our countrymen.
If they have still respect for you, Sir.
But if not, and in case you rot there in Hong Kong, you may watch the movie Love and Other Drugs on your prison cell. I assure you, that is a very good movie.
And better than cocaine.
Note: Original photo courtesy of circuitmag.net. Poster inspired by the movie “Love & Other Drugs” and The Professional Heckler’s tweet earlier this evening.

LOVI AND OTHER DRUGS

Ilocos Sur Representative Ronald Singson, son of Pambansang Anino Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson, pleads guilty in Hong Kong drug trafficking case.

Philippine Rep. Ronald Singson was not immediately sentenced in Hong Kong’s District Court pending testimony on whether he planned on consuming the cocaine or sharing it with others — a factor that could influence the length of his sentence.

He was caught carrying 0.24 ounces (6.67 grams) of cocaine at the southern Chinese city’s international airport in July. Drug trafficking carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million ($640,000).

In his own testimony, Singson pleaded for leniency, apologizing to the judge and the people of Hong Kong. The 42-year-old legislator said he used cocaine on and off since 2004.

He said he went on a cocaine-and-gambling binge after attending an Usher concert in Manila he helped stage on July 9, frustrated by an argument with his girlfriend (Juan: Allegedly Lovi Poe). He then decided to join a friend attending a poker tournament in Macau and was arrested while transiting through Hong Kong.

(Read the whole news on gmanews.tv)

To Congressman Ronald Singson, if you still have love for this country, do not wait for your comrades at the House of Representative to expel you. Please resign from your position for delicadeza’s sake. With that move, I think you will still earn the respect of some of our countrymen.

If they have still respect for you, Sir.

But if not, and in case you rot there in Hong Kong, you may watch the movie Love and Other Drugs on your prison cell. I assure you, that is a very good movie.

And better than cocaine.

Note: Original photo courtesy of circuitmag.net. Poster inspired by the movie “Love & Other Drugs” and The Professional Heckler’s tweet earlier this evening.

Source: juanrepublic


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