MERCEDES CABRAL : THE QUEEN CELEBRATES ANOTHER BIRTHDAY!


MERCEDES CABRAL with Shandii & Gio

Hindi naman seguro kalabisang sabihin and short of being patronizing that at this point of her career MERCEDES CABRAL reign as the Queen Of Filipino Indie Films.  Owe it all to her talent, perseverance and child-like charm kaya unti-unti niyang nilisan ang pagiging face in the crowd at simpleng mamamayang nagtataglay ng gandang kayumangging kaligatan.  Marahil kahit sinong pedestrian na haharangin ko at tanungin kung anong masasabi nila tungkol kay MERCEDES CABRAL ay mababanggit nila ang sobrang daming katauhang inilapat na niya sa telong indielikula.  Prolific si Chedeng , hindi puedeng tawaran na halos 30 pelikula na ang kanyang nilabasan sa loob lamang ng maiksing panahon niyang pamamalagi sa industriya. Memorable at the same breath controversial siya sa ‘SERBIS’ ni Brilliante Mendoza at nitong huli ay kinagiliwan siya sa ‘HIYAS‘ ng ABS2 bilang si Giana na isang prinsesang katutubo nasangkot sa masalimuot na mundo ng pagkagahaman; nasa ‘LUNA BLANCA’ rin siya ng GMA7 bilang si Marietta. Idagdag pa riyan ang kanyang pakipagbalitaktakan sa aktingan to no less SUPERSTAR NORA AUNOR sa ‘THY WOMB’ ni Brilliante Mendoza at kanyang excitement sa pag-attend sa 69th Venice International Film Festival!  Nandun din siya sa showing pa rin sa kasalukuyang  ‘THE HEALING’ ni Chito Roño; and hold your breath, malapit na rin siyang mapapanood sa ‘CAPTIVE’ ni Direk Brilliante din sa nationwide release nito ng StarCinema sa Setyembre 5, at sa France run nito simula Setyembre 19; Setyembre 19 din ang opening ng isa pa niyang pelikula na ‘BIKTIMA‘, with Cesar Montano and Angel Aquino, sa direksyon ni RD Alba at mula sa StarCinema. Bigla nang nagkaroon ng MERCEDES CABRAL Film Festival? Sabi nga ni Xixi Maturan (makasingit lang) : ‘MERCEDES CABRAL IS NOT JUST AN ACTRESS, SHE IS A GENRE!’ Ewan lang kung may kokontra dyan! Cheret!

Sa isang tete-a-tete noong pumirma siya bilang FACE OF FILIGRENASIA 2012 last Saturday sa Baang Cafe ; naloka ako nang sabihin niyang nakagat pa siya ng aso sa shoot ng ‘DOG SHOW’!  She had to have anti-rabies shots pa!  Well, it so happened kasi na sa isang eksena kung saan ay gumaganap siyang isang pipi ay kunwa’y may inaaway siya. Nangyari eh, ‘friend’ pala nung aso ang ‘inaaway’ nya kaya instinct segurong kinagat siya!  Ang ‘DOG SHOW’  ay kwento ng mga asong nag-soshow para sa ikabuhay ng kanilang amo and she plays a pivotal role there.  Kasalukuyan din niyang sinu-shoot ang ‘BAD ROMANCE’ at aliw na aliw siya sa nakakangarag na role niya dun. Dahil indie nga ay maximized ang presence niya kaya raw ang bilis lang ng shifting of characters sa scenes na kailangang makunan for the day. Her manager Shandii Bacolod is pessimistic though na matindi ang kalalabasan ng akting nya dun.

Later into last Saturday night, Shandii made hatak to me (made hatak talaga? hahaha) sa TOMATO KICK along Maginhawa sa Sikatuna, QC ( where you also find BOOKAY UKAY) para naman sa advance Birthday Chill Out Bash ni Mercedes (her birthday is actually this Friday, August 10) where  , together with her Road Manager Roma Oyson and upcoming (?) actor James Mendoza, we beered up ourselves and made a lot of chikka and new friends! Spotted were of course Indie Icons in the likes of RONNIE LAZARO, EPY QUIZON, ANGELI BAYANI, ROENCE SANTOS, and DWIGHT GASTON; CHAYA CLAVER of Filigrenasia of course was there too. I figured that her boyfriend was also there but I am not telling who… choz!  The slideshow relives the fun… again HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY MERCEDES!

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Check out  MERCEDES CABRAL’S FILMOGRAPHY among other laurels…

2007

  -BALIW: Red Ochoa film, Cameo role

  -BITIN: UP Thesis Film, Supporting role and earned  the 2007 UP Inbox   

                    TV and Radio Festival Best supporting Actress. (digital)

  -KATHA: UP Thesis Film, Lead Role, film

   –FHM:  December Girlfriend of the month

 

2008 

 -SERBIS:  Supporting Role :  A film by Brillante Mendoza

                    Offical Entry to the 61st  Cannes Film Festival

 –LATAK:  Supporting  Role :  A film by  Jowee Morel 

 THIRST: Supporting Role :  A Film by 2004 Cannes Festival Grand Prix  Winner – Park Chan Wook

 PADYAK:  Supporting Role :  A film by Aloy  Adlawan

       FHM:  Girls of FHM     

 BUTAS: Supporting Role : a film by Alejandro Ramos

               KARERA: Supporting Role : a film by Adolfo Alix Jr.

Playboy Philippines December 2008 Covergirl

2009

KINATAY: Supporting Role : A film by Brillante Mendoza. Best Director, Cannes Film Festival

 PANAHON NA: Lead Role : A film by Sean Lim. Premiered in Boston.

 ANG PANGGAGAHASA KAY FE: Supporting Role : A film by Alvin Yapan. Special Jury Prize, Cinemalaya 2009. Digital Film of the Year 2010, Cairo International Film Festival.

 BABAE AKO: Lead Role : A film by Jeyow Evangelista.

 

2010

THERE IS ALWAYS A LOVE STORY: Lead Role : A film by Antonin Verrier, France.

 GAYUMA: Lead Role : A film by Alvin Yapan. Nominated for Best Actress, Gawad Urian 2011.

 SI TECHIE, SI TEKNOBOY AT SI JUANA B.: Lead Role : A film by Art Katipunan. In Competition, Cinemalaya Festival.

 Cover, November-December 2010, PLAYBOY PHILIPPINES.

-SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL: PUNERARYA: Cameo role : A film by Jerrold Tarog. Regal Films. Metro Manila Film Festival.

 

2011

LIBERACION: Lead Role : A film by Adolf Alix. Official Selection, Osaka International Film Festival.

 ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANKCameo role : A film by Chris Martinez. In Competition, Cinemalaya 2011.

 LIGO NA U LAPIT NA ME: Lead Role : A film by Noel Ferrer, Jerry Gracio & Eric Salud. In Competion, Cinemalaya 2011. Nominated for Best Performance in a Leading Role – Musical or Comedy, 9th Golden Screen Awards 2012.

 Precious Hearts Romance presents HIYAS: Lead Role : ABS-CBN Channel 2.

 #100, FHM 100 Sexiest Women of the World.

-BANGIS: Guest Appearance : TV5.

-CAPTIVE/PREY: Supporting Role: A film by Brillante Mendoza. In Competition, Berlinale International Film Festival 2011. Showing Nationwide in the Philippines starting September 5 and nationwide in France starting September 19.

-SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM LILIA CUNTAPAY: Cameo Role : A film by Antoinette Jadaone. CinemaOne Originals Film Festival.

-‘DI INGON NATO: Supporting Role : A film by Ivan Zaldarriaga and Brandon RelucioCinemaOne Originals Film Festival.

 –DOG SHOW: Lead Role: A film by Ralston Jover. Official Selection, Festival de Cannes Cinefondation’s Atelier Selection 2012.

-MMK: BIBLIYA Episode: Major Role:  ABS-CBN Channel 2.

2012

– ANG NAWAWALA: Supporting Role: A film by Marietta Jamora. Cinemalaya Festival.

-THE HEALING. Cameo role. A film by Chito Rono. Star Cinema.

10 WOMEN TO WATCH IN 2012 : Mega Magazine.

-COLOSSAL: Lead Role : A film by Whammy Alcazaren.

 

– BAD ROMANCE. Lead Role. A film by Ian del Carmen. (Production Stage)

 – THY WOMB. Major Role. A film by Brillante Mendoza. In Competition, 69th Venice International Film Festival

 – BIKTIMA. Major Support. A film by RD Alba. Showing Nationwide on September 19 under Star Cinema.

 – CROSSROADS. Major Role. A film by Charliebebs Gohetia.

 – LUNA BLANCA. Marietta. GMA 7 Primetime Teleserye

 – #76, FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women of the World 2012

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