QCinema, Quezon City‘s annual Film Festival, is aimed at addressing the development and promotion of filmmaking among city residents. The three selected films, after a rigorous screening process, were awarded production grants of P800,000 each by the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC). Part of the grant’s requirements is that one of its three major proponents (director, producer or screenwriter) must be a bonafide Quezon City resident.
QCinema will be held from October 3 to 5, 2013 at the Ayala Trinoma Mall. The three winning projects which will be holding their world premieres are “Gaydar” by Alvin Yapan, “Hello World” by Joel Ferrer and “Lukas Nino” by John Torres (awarded P500,000 postproduction grant).
Included in the QCinema event will be the screening of nine 2013 Cinemalaya New Breed films which were awarded by QCFDC with postproduction grants of P100,000 each. Slated during the festival will be film workshops and talkback sessions with filmmakers as well as the awarding of special recognition to the three winners and grantees.
ROSANNA ROCES : Feisty As Ever!
Just when we all thought that everything has come to place between 90s Sex Goddess ROSANNA ROCES and her former employer GMA Network, we are suddenly taken aback with a recently released news item : THE Regional Trial Court of Quezon City decided in favor of GMA Network in the case it filed against Jennifer Molina, more popularly known as Rosanna Roces, for violating her contract as a Startalk host in 2004. GMA filed a complaint against Molina in 2005 for breach of contract after appearing in ABS-CBN’s showbiz entertainment shows during the lifetime of her talent agreement with GMA. In a seven-page decision, presiding Judge Alfonso Ruiz III of RTC branch 216 ruled that Molina breached her talent agreement with GMA when she appeared in ABS-CBN’s shows with the same format as Startalk, namely The Buzz and the defunct S-Files after she announced her “retirement” from show business. The Court added that her announcement did not terminate her talent contract with GMA, which specifically prohibits her to appear or perform in any program of the same format or time slot as Startalk within the duration of the agreement. “She cannot unilaterally dismiss a contract which she voluntarily entered into with the mere declaration that she is retiring from show business, and then escape the obligations stated in the contract,” ruled Ruiz. Molina was ordered to pay GMA P1,500,000 representing liquidated damages, P400,000 as exemplary damages, P100,000 as attorney’s fees and cost of suit. Despite the court’s strongly placed decision, Ms. Roces nonetheless is adamant with her stand that she will not shell a single cross eyed five centavos to the network and that they should charge the 1.5M to Bong Revilla [?] who is now in hot water with the pork barrel allegations. In her FB page she replied to a query on the subject with : “UNA wala akong natatanggap na anumang sulat kung me hearing o wala pangalawa.. namatay ang abugado kong si ATTY DAVE PUYAT at magmula nuon kung anuman ang nangyari sa kaso ay clueless ako. pangatlo. ANG pag bitaw ko sa trabaho ay June matapos ang huling bday ko sa startalk 2004. lumabas ito after isiwalat nila lolit na buntis ang anak ko. Ang d buzz appearance ay nangyari Dec ng same year at tungkol yun sa Hiwalayan naming mag asawa. Tinanggap nila ang resignation ko..malinaw na pinalalaya na nila ako..Kung ako naka kontrata pa sa kanila mula nuon..eh di dapat me natatanggap akong sweldo para masabi nila na ako ay under their company’s contract. since alam naman ng lahat ang nangyari sa buhay ko na di ko naman itinatanggi… wala akong pagkukunan ng ganyang halaga..at kung meron man….di nila ito makukuha sa akin sa hirap ng buhay at sa daming isyu ng pagnanakaw sa gobyerno na katumbas ng pagnanakaw sa ating lahat na nagpapakahirap para maitaguyod lang ating pamilya sa tamang pamamaraan. gaya ng sinabi ko sa FB ” CHARGE NYO NA LANG KE BONG REVILLA ” . Prayers included”
Ms. SUSAN FUENTES
NEWSFLASH : MANILA, Philippines. Queen of Visayan songs Susan Fuentes has passed away after a battle with colon cancer, singer Dulce said Saturday. Fuentes died at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, said Dulce. She was 58. “I was praying for her on the phone and assured her of the Kingdom where Jesus is waiting to welcome her home, where there’s no more sadness or pain,” said Dulce. “To everyone who helped Susan Fuentes, we thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts,” said Dulce. No member of her family was by her side when she passed away, the fellow Visayan balladeer added. She had long been estranged from her two children. Fuentes had been living in Quezon City since 1973. Born Susan Toyogan in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Fuentes was the fourth of five siblings. Her father was from Bohol, her mother from Surigao.
Lusty vocals . As a singer, Fuentes’ sultry performance was noted for its “lusty vocals and emotional styling.” It was she who, in the 1970s and ’80s, originally recorded and popularized such Visayan classics as “Matud Nila” (They Say), “Gimingaw Ako” (I Feel Lonesome), “Usahay” (Sometimes), “Rosas Pandan.” She is the original singer of that beloved season staple “Miss Kita Kung Christmas.” The repertoire—ranging from Cebuano to Boholano to Ilonggo traditional airs and folk ditties—made her very popular in the Visayas and Mindanao and a novelty hit in Luzon. So popular were they that a few became theme songs for lovers who didn’t even speak the language. The poignancy was in the music, but more so if those lovers understood the lyrics, and then they would be unspeakable.
Authentic voice.The range of Fuentes’ voice was such that she could effortlessly shift from the agony of “Gimingaw Ako” to the friskiness of “Rosas Pandan.” Here is another authentic voice that’s unheard by a new generation of listeners—and neglected by audiences as soon as they’re weaned on engineered voices of warblers who believe too much in their press releases. By age five, she was already joining amateur singing contests. While still in high school, she was featured in Bisaya magazine (Cebuano-language counterpart of Liwayway) for her talent and beauty. After high school, she went to Manila, where family friend Eugenia Molina, sister of singer Merci, helped her sign up with Alpha Records. When she transferred to Jem Recording, she was billed as the Queen of Visayan Songs. Here, she released seven albums, all certified gold records in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Constantino C. Tejero and Bayani San Diego [pdi]