He is no longer Papa P’s nephew. He is now his own guy. He is BENJAMIN ALVES. Benjamin has proven enough that he truly is an actor by patiently waiting in the wings of success to conquer the status he deliciously is savoring at the moment. After signing up with GMA7 and several teleplays [and mainstream flicks] starting up with a remake of ‘Coffee Prince’, no lull came to his career but instead his star is being buoyed up further now with a weekender show ‘KATIPUNAN’. Perfectly fit and lusciously suitable for a moist afterthought, Benjamin has arrived and from the looks in every angle he is here to stay!
It’s that time of year for ALIWAN AVENUE to create a special page for the CINEMALAYA PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL! Featured here are the 5 Director’s Showcase & 10 New Breed films in competition. It will also include highlights of the 10-day event such as SCREENING SCHEDULES, Midnight Specials , posters, trailers, etc.
OPENING FILM : Baby Ruth Villarama-Gutierrez’s documentary “Jazz in Love” ,the story a Filipino gay man who waits for the arrival of his German boyfriend. JULY 26 / 7p / CCP Main Theater
CLOSING FILM : Joel Lamangan’s “Burgos” . Lorna Tolentino as Edita Burgos, crusading mother of missing activist Jonas.
The festival will run from JULY 26 to AUGUST 4, 2013 at the CCP , Greenbelt, Trinoma and Alabang Town Center Cinemas.
DIRECTOR’S SHOWCASE :
“AMOR Y MUERTE”
July 27 Trinoma Cinema 2 1:30pm
CCP litle theater 3:30pm
July 28 Greenbelt 3 cinema3 1:30pm
Trinoma Cinema2 6:30pm
Alabang Town Center 6:30 pm
July 29 Trinoma 1 4PM
ccp mkp hall 9pm
July 30 ccp Main Theater 3:30PM
Tanghalang Huseng Batute 9pm
July 31 CCP MAIN THEATER ( GALA NIGHT) 6:15PM
TRINOMA 1 9PM
August 1 TRINOMA 2 1:30PM
August 2 ALABANG TOWN CENTER 1:30PM
GREENBELT 3 CINEMA 5 6:30pm
Agust 3 ccp MKP HALL 12:45 PM
GREENBELT 3 CINEMA3 4PM
August 4 TANGHALANG HUSENG BATUTE 12:45 PM
Director: CESAR EVANGELISTA Writer: Jerry Gracio Cast: Althea Vega, Markki Stroem, Adrian Sebastian, and Ama Quiambao. Also starring: Mico Palanca, Kuya Manzano, Amante Pulido
… Set in 16th century, “Amor Y Muerte” (means “love and death”) is an examination of the initial encounter between the Indios (natives) and their colonizers (Spaniards) and their conflicting views on love, passion, religion, and sexuality.
Director: GIL PORTES Writer by: Senedy Que Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Jan Harley Hicana, John Michael Bonapos, Cris Villanueva, Richard Quan, Jim Rocky Tangco, Sue Prado, Dax Alejandro, and Arnold Reyes
… Based on a real-life sports scandal, “THE LIARS” traces the incredible rise and the humiliating fall of a humble Filipino baseball team of young boys in an international baseball competition in 1990s.
… “SANA DATI” is a love story about a woman whose wedding is thrown into disarray when a mysterious person arrives and reminds her of the man she really loves. It is the third part of JERROLD TAROG’s Camera Trilogy after CONFESSIONAL (Cinema One Originals 2007) and MANGATYANAN (Cinemalaya 2009).
Director: ADOLFO ALIX, JR. Writer: Ralston Jover Cast: Carlo Aquino, Yul Servo, and Angel Aquino
… “PORNO” is 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.
“EKSTRA (THE BIT PLAYER)”
July 27 Saturday 1:30pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3
3:30pm CCP Studio Theatre
July 28 Sunday 11am Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5
6:15pm CCP Main Theatre ***Gala Night
July 29 Monday 1:30pm Trinoma Cinema 1
3:30pm CCP MKP Hall
July 30 Tuesday 6:30pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3
July 31 Wednesday 1:30pm Trinoma Cinema 1
Aug 1 Thursday 3:30pm Ccp Main Theatre
6:15pm CCP Studio Theatre
Aug 2 Friday 6:30pm Ccp Little Theatre
9pm Trinoma Cinema 2
9pm Alabang Town Center
Aug 3 Saturday 1:30pm Trinoma Cinema 2
6:15pm CCP MKP Hall
Director: JEFFREY JETURIAN Writers: Jeffrey Jeturian, Antoinette Jadaone, and Zig Dulay Cast: Ms. Vilma Santos, Marlon Rivera, Vincent de Jesus, Ruby Ruiz, Tart Carlo… with the special participation of Piolo Pascual, Pilar Pilapil, Cherie Gil, Cherry Pie Picache, Richard Yap, and Marian Rivera
... A socio-realist drama-comedy film, which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of LOIDA MALABANAN 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.
“THE DIPLOMAT HOTEL”
July 27 – 12.45pm little theatre CCP, 6:30pm Greenbelt 3
July 28 – 11am Trinoma, 3:30pm mkp hall CCP
July 29 – 12:45pm main theatre CCP, 9pm Greenbelt 3
July 30 – 12:45pm thb/CCP, 6:30pm Trinoma, 6:30pm Alabang Town Centre
July 31 – 9pm main theatre CCP
August 1 – 9pm Trinoma
August 2 – 1:30pm Trinoma, 4pm Alabang Town Centre
August 3 – 12:45pm little theatre CCP, 6:30pm Trinoma
August 4 – 9pm Trinoma
Director/Writer : CHRISTOPHER AD CASTILLO Cast: Gretchen Barretto, Art Acuña, Mon Confiado, Joel Torre, Sue Prado, Nico Antonio, Abe Pagtama, and introducing Sarah Gaugler
… A disgraced reporter seeks redemption by leading his documentary crew to spend one night and tell the story of what really happened at the haunted and infamous The Diplomat Hotel (Baguio City).
Director/Writer: HANNAH ESPIA Cast: Jasmine Curtis Smith, Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral, and Marc Justine Alvarez
… “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.
Director/Writer : JOSEPH ISRAEL LABAN Cast: Nadine Samonte, Jake Cuenca, Anita Linda, Manny Castañeda, Mikael Liwag, and Barbara Miguel <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/68548625″>Nuwebe Trailer 30’s</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/josephlaban”>Joseph Laban</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
… Inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, “Nuwebe” follows the story of Krista 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, “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.
Director: MIKHAIL RED Writers: Mikhail Red and Ian Victoriano Cast: Ronnie Quizon, Suzette Ranillo, Earl Ignacio, Abe Pagtama, Mike Lloren, Joe Gruta, and Belinda Mariano
… “REKORDER” tells the story of a former 1980’s film cameraman who now 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.
Director/Writer: JASON PAUL LAXAMANA Cast: Alex Vincent Medina, Joey Paras, Alma Concepcion, and introducing KIKO MATOS. Starring: Nico Antonio, Chanel Latorre, Garry Lim, Raqs Regalado, Marx Topacio, and Sunshine Teodoro
… An internet scammer falls in love with a rich old maid while trying to swindle her using a fake Facebook profile.
July 27 Sat 4:00pm Cinema 5 Greenbelt 3 / 9:00pm CCP Little Theater
July 28 Sun 12:45 CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute / 4:00pm Trinoma Cinema 2
July 29 Mon 4:00pm Alabang Town Center / 6:30pm Cinema 3 Greenbelt 3
July 30 Tue 1:30pm Trinoma Cinema 2 / 4:00pm Alabang Town Center
9:00pm Cinema 3 Greenbelt 3
July 31 Wed 12:45 CCP MKP / 3:30pm CCP Main Theater / 6:15pm CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute
Aug 1 Thu 4:00pm Trinoma Cinema 1 / 9:00pm Cinema 3 Greenbelt 3
Aug 2 Fri 4:00pm Cinema 1 Trinoma / 9:00pm CCP Main Theater (GALA PREMIERE)
Aug 3 Sat 9:00pm MKP Hall CCP
Aug 4 Sun Greenbelt Cinema 3
Director/Writer : EDUARDO ROY, JR. Cast: Mimi Juareza, Junjun Quintana, Miggs Cuaderno, Natashia Yumi, Felipe Martinez, John Relucio, Giggle Esmeralda, Francine Garcia, and Rolando Inocencio
… 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).
Director/Writer: CARLO OBISPO Cast: Arnold Reyes, Angeli Bayani, Julian Trono, Miggs Cuaderno, Krystel Valentino, Jean Judith Javier, Carlon Matobato, Olive Nieto, Karen Haniel, Max Celada, Aaron Ching, and Sheenly Gener
… A countryside dramedy (drama-comedy) that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who live by themselves after their mother went abroad and their father lived with another woman. Set in a remote purok, where people display positive outlook in life despite daily struggles, the film features the light 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.
Director: EMMANUEL QUINDO PALO Writers: Liza Magtoto and Emmanuel Quindo Palo Cast: Quester Hannah (American theater actor), Sid Lucero, Art Acuña, Rocky Salumbides, Mitch Valdez, Jess Mendoza, Mariella Castillo, Dax Martin, and Madeleine Nicolas
… “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.
Director/Writer: ALVIN YAPAN Cast: Paulo Avelino and Mara Lopez
… Mando, a Bicolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, injures himself. He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome, living at the foot of Mount Mayon. They will fall in love with each other. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando’s love for her; while Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift a curse that involves his life.
July 27 Sat 12:45PM/CCP MKP Hall / 9PM Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3
July 28 Sun 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 / 4PM Alabang Town Center
6:15PM/CCP Little Theater
July 29 Mon 3:30PM GALA/CCP Main Theater / 9PM CCP Teatrong Huseng Batute
July 30 Tue 4PM Trinoma Cinema 2 / 9PM Trinoma Cinema 1
July 31 Wed 1:30 PM Trinoma Cinema 2/ 4PM Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3
Aug 1 Thur 1:30PM Alabang Town Center / 9PM CCP Main Theater
Aug 2 Fri 4PM Trinoma Cinema 2 / 6:15PM CCP MKP Hall
Aug 3 Sat 4PM/Trinoma Cinema 1 / 9PM CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute
Aug 4 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5
Director/Writer : LEO ABAYA Cast: Eugene Domingo, Rico J. Puno, Luis Alandy, Archie Alemania, Shamaine Buencamino-Centenera, Tuesday Vargas, Matt Evans, Alchris Galura, and Yuki Matsuzaki (Japanese actor from Hollywood).
… 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.
Bakaw by Ron Segismundo, Missing by Zig Dulay, Para Kay Ama by Relyn A. Tan, Taya by Adi Bontuyan, Tutob by Kissa Mari Campano
July 27 10:00 AM CCP MKP Hall / 4:00 PM Trinoma Cinema 2
July 28 11:00 AM Greenbelt Cinema 3 / 9:00 PM CCP Little Theater
July 29 1:30 PM Alabang Town Center / 6:15 PM CCP Studio Theater / 9:00 PM Greenbelt Cinema 3
July 30 3:30 PM CCP Main Theater / 9:00 PM Greenbelt Cinema 5
July 31 1:30 PM Greenbelt Cinema 5
Aug 1 4:00 PM Greenbelt Cinema 5
Aug 2 10:00 AM CCP Main Theater / 3:30 PM CCP Studio Theater / 6:30 PM Greenbelt Cinema 3
Aug 3 11:00 AM Alabang Town Center/ 1:30 PM Greenbelt Cinema 5 / 3:30 PM CCP MKP Hall
Aug 4 4:00 PM Greenbelt Cinema3
Onang by JE Tiglao, Katapusang Labok by Aiess Alonso, The Houseband’s Wife by Paulo O’hara, Pukpok by Joaquin Pantaleon, Sa Wakas by Maria Veronica Santiago
July 27 10:00 AM CCP Studio Theater / 6:30 PM Trinoma Cinema 2
July 28 10:00 AM CCP Main Theater / 4:00 PM Greenbelt Cinema 5 / 6:15 PM CCP MKP Hall
July 29 4:00 PM Trinoma Cinema 2
July 30 4:00 PM Greenbelt Cinema 3 / 6:15 PM CCP Little Theater
July 31 4:00 PM Alabang Town Center / 9:00 PM CCP Studio Theater
Aug 1 1:30 PM Greenbelt Cinema 3 / 9:00 PM Greenbelt Cinema 5
Aug 2 4:00 PM Greenbelt Cinema 5 / 6:30 PM Alabang Town Center
Aug 3 11:00 AM Greenbelt Cinema 3 / 3:30 PM CCP Main Theater / 9:00 PM Greenbelt Cinema 5
Aug 4 12:45 PM CCP MKP Hall
Acknowledgement: Special Thanks to Mell T. Navarro!