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What is #MadalingArawMahabangGabi?

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Actress, Angel Locsin, Best Actor, Best Actress, GMA network, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2012 by Eduard Orgel


The film #MadalingArawMahabangGabi is my cinematic interpretation of everybody’s pursuit for the right level of faith and the desire to experience all kinds of love.
The journey of a hopeless romantic and a family man (Rocco Nacino & Boboy Garovillo), an illiterate and two adventurers who are lost in an unfamiliar culture and language and how they can change the world of a simple man (Bojong Fernandez, Tutti Caringal, Eric Tai & Lou Veloso), a risk-taker, an attention-seeker, and someone with a jaded perspective on life and love (Kean Cipriano, Edgar Allan Guzman & Cherie Gil), someone who seeks to belong and someone who will indulge in a little fantasy to get a little vengeance (Jerald Napoles and Boobay), those who will reconsider their sexual preference and compromise their faith to get the most out of life (Dominic Roco & Karel Marquez) as told from the perspective of those who believe that love can develop overnight (Callum David & Glaiza De Castro), the ones who question the dignity of life (Alchris Galura) and those who are willing to lose their poise to have it all (Angelica Panganiban).
Nicolas Pichay (Co-Writer, Palanca Awards Hall-Of-Famer) and Lawrence Fajardo (Editor, Cinemalaya and Urian Awardee / Amok & Posas) helped me tell these stories and how destinies can change through a long night of a pagan tradition in a 98-minute film.
It opens in Philippine theaters and available on The Filipino Channel (TFC) Pay-Per-View all over the world on November 7, 2012.
-Dante Nico Garcia, Writer/Director, #MadalingArawMahabangGabi


Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There)

Posted in Actor, Actress, Best Actor, CCP, Cinemalaya, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2012 by Eduard Orgel

Ang Nawawala (What Isn't There)

Gibson Bonifacio stopped speaking as a child. He is now twenty years old, returning to Manila from his studies abroad, his first visit home in three years. He finds his family trying to keep it together, his mother still hurting from a tragic loss in the past. In the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend reaches out to him, and he finds a chance at his first real romantic relationship. Amidst the holidays, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationships with his family, his friends, and with himself.

Awards Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2012 Finalist (New Breed Full-Feature Category)

Starring Dominic Roco, Felix Roco, Annicka Dolonius, Alchris Galura, Mercedes Cabral, Kelvin Yu, Jenny Jamora, Marc Abaya, Sabrina Man with Mr. Boboy Garrovillo and Ms. Dawn Zulueta

Directed By Marie Jamora

Written By Marie Jamora & Ramon De Veyra

Screenplay By Marie Jamora & Ramon De Veyra

Produced By Marie Jamora, Bernard Dacanay, Trinka Lat, Daphne O. Chiu & John Sy

“Bagong Hari”: A lost gem of a film retrieved, March 12 at CCP!

Posted in Actor, Actress, CCP, Cinemalaya, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2011 by Eduard Orgel


Mario O’Hara’s “Bagong Hari”, filmed in 1985 to launch Dan Alvaro to action stardom will finally be screened at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Manuel Conde on Saturday, March 12, 2pm. as part of the ongoing series “Overlooked Films, Underrated Filmmakers” by the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (SOFIA).

The film starred Dan Alvaro, Robert Arevalo, Joel Torre, Carmi Martin, Perla Bautista, ElviraManahan (her first and last film!), Celso Ad. Castillo, Ruel Vernal and other supports.

I chanced upon this rave review of “Bagong Hari” by Jojo Devera in Sari-Saring Sineng Pinoy.  May I quote:  “Bagong Hari (Cineventures, Inc.) is the picture by which all other films of 1986 is measured.  The film is director Mario O’Hara’s best work showcasing a very exciting performance by Dan Alvaro.  Blessed with a good physique and strong features, his characterization of Addon, the cunning street fighter caught in a political power struggle, is memorable for its raw power.  He is competent in scenes that call for bone breaking fist fights as well as scenes that require toned down emotions.  Underneath a cool exterior, the sheer energy expelled by Alvaro in the film’s vicious fight scenes takes the notion of acting with sincere cruelty to a new ecstatic high.

In ‘Bagong Hari’, Addon becomes the symbol of social rage.  He is an angry young man fighting for survival in a community that lives by the gun, where power bestows the privilege of abuse on a select few.  In Addon’s chaotic world, the police are no longer friends but foes in the service of corrupt officials.  Addon is introduced as a diligent riverboat worker with simple pleasures except for Isagani Labrador (Robert Arevalo), his politically well-connected father.  Addon’s world revolves pretty much around his environment in the slums.

When his mother (Perla Bautista) falls ill, the need for money to settle a huge hospital bill forces Addon into a criminal mission that puts him at odds with the town’s political kingpins.  Because of his skill at weapons, he is admired by the powers that be.  In the process, his combat achievements earn the wrath of the Governor Nenuca Lailles’ (Elvira Manahan) murderous son, Rex (Joel Torre).  Suddenly, he finds himself a pawn in the fight between two warring parties for the governor’s office. At one point, he is forced to shoot his father, who had been branded as an opportunist by the enemy camp.  To cover up the crime, Addon is ordered salvaged but the plan fails.  Addon escapes eventually destroying his opponents by fist, gun and knife!

Director Mario O’Hara and screenwriter Frank G. Rivera have created a fresh character who has neither the wealth nor the influence to assert social control but who has the ability to define his terms against those who trample his domain.

‘Bagong Hari’ is difficult not to like.  It has some of the most haunting images in recent movie memory.  One of the film’s most striking compositions shows Addon burying his mother by the roadside, owing to their poor state.  As he digs a hole in the ground, the camera shows the city lights glittering like gems in the distance.  This particular image is one of the film’s most interesting allusions to the idea of the city as agent of seduction and death, the city lures people on the promise of financial gain only to leave them in poverty and despair.

The use of such expressive images is the key to the film’s effectivity.  Mario O’Hara’s direction is outstanding.  His clever use of environment, particularly the riverbank dwellings and the ice factory which he turns into a visual maze is highly effective in creating feelings of fear and suspense.

For sheer visual excitement, ‘Bagong Hari’ is hard to match.  One gets the impression that both ‘Condemned’ and ‘Bulaklak Sa City Jail’ (two O’Hara pictures from 1984) were just sketches in preparation for this thriller.

The cinematography by brothers Johnny and Romulo Araojo is superb.  Antonio Aguilar’s music is imaginatively absorbing and the film’s editing is just brilliant.  To pass judgment on ‘Bagong Hari’ for the sheer aspect of its violence is unfortunate.  Considering its unique qualities and taking its story and direction as a whole, the film merits serious consideration even from the most discriminating Filipino moviegoer.”

ER Ejercito on alleged whooping P100-M “El Presidente” budget: “Kulang pa nga ‘yan, e!”

Posted in Actor, Actress, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Revolution with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2011 by Eduard Orgel


Marami ang nagulat (na may kasamang pagtataas ng kilay) sa announcement ng aktor at Laguna Governor na si Jeorge E.R. Ejercito Estregan na ang production cost ng pet film project niyang Emilio Aguinaldo (the first president of the Philippine Republic) biopic na pinamamagatang “El Presidente” ay aabot ng P100-million.  Sobrang taas daw kasi at hindi na pang-“indie film” na matatawag!

Kino-correct ni ER ang mga maling impresyon.  Ang P100-million daw na sinabi niya ay para sa dalawang pelikulang parehong period movie:  “El Presidente” at “Asiong Salonga”.

Ipinasalang muna ni Governor Ejercito ang DVD ng film teaser sa wide-screen TV set ng Governor’s Office sa Laguna Provincial Capitol sa Sta. Cruz, Laguna, bago siya nagsalita.  Teaser pa lang ay very impressive na kaagad ang napanood namin.  Mukhang expensive talaga ang kabuuan ng pelikula!

“Actually, kulang pa nga ‘yan, e!”, reaksyon ni ER.  “Period movie ito, alam naman nating magastos talaga ang period o historical movie in terms of production design.  Plus the fact na ang kukunin kong leading lady dito sa Aguinaldo biopic ay no less than Batangasgovernor Vilma Santos-Recto!  Idagdag pa dito ang iba pang big-name stars na ika-cast namin ni Direk Tikoy (Aguiluz) sa mga vital roles ng pelikula.”

Todate, the only highly-budgeted local film na alam namin ay ang “EMIR” na ginawa ni Chito Rono at produced ng Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) using the funds from the President’s (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) Social Fund na nagkahalaga ng P70-million.

“Mas mataas pa diyan ang ‘Jose Rizal’ ni Marilou Diaz-Abaya na umabot ng P80-million”, sabi ng-actor-public servant.

Malaki na rin daw ang nagastos ni ER sa research work ng “El Presidente” bago nila inumpisahan ang script some ten years ago.  Kasama niya sa research at scriptwriting sina Jose Victor Torres (ng National Historical Institute at Intramuros Administration) at Jose Mari Avellana (mahusay na stage-film-TV actor-writer na anak ng National Artist for Film na si Lamberto Avellana).  Just recently ay isinama na nila sa scriptwriting team ang award-winning writer na si Roy Iglesias.

On Vilma Santos as leading lady, sabi ni ER na bagay kay Ate Vi ang role bilang Maria Agoncillo (the second wife of Aguinaldo). “Hindi malayo sa edad niya kasi 50 years old more or less si Agoncillo!”

Kinumpirma ni Gob ER na tutulong sa pagkuha ng funding for “El Presidente” sina dating Prime Minister Cesar Virata (na pamangkin sa tuhod ni Aguinaldo) at ilan sa mga living direct descendants ni Aguinaldo.  Nag-pledge na rin daw ng support of any kind ang mga government agencies like National Historical Institute (NHI), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), Katipunan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon (KAPPT).  At dahil wholesome at pang-General Patronage ang pelikula, tiyak nang maipalalabas ito sa mga sinehang pagmamay-ari ng SM, Robinsons at Ayala Theaters.

Makakakuha din tiyak ang “El Presidente” ng endorsement from the Department of Education para panoorin ito ng mga estudyante, lalo na ang mga kumukuha ng subjects on Philippine History.

Tinatantiyang isang Filipino historical movie of epic proportions ang “El Presidente” na magiging kasinlaki ng “GANDHI”, “BRAVEHEART”, “TROY”, at “THE LAST SAMURAI”.


Samantala, ang pelikulang “Asiong Salonga” ay isa sa mga early movies na pinagbidahan ng dating Presidente ng Pilipinas na si Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada (uncle ni Governor ER, being the brother of his father).  Ginawa ito noong 1961.  Nagkaroon ito ng remake noong 1978 with Rudy Fernandez as title-roler.

After 32 years ay magkakaroon ng isa pang remake ang “Asiong Salonga” at bibigyang-buhay ni ER ang hoodlum na tinaguriang Robinhood ng Tondo noong 1950.

Si Tikoy Aguiluz pa rin ang mamamahala ng “Asiong Salonga”.  Wala pang casting ang pelikula pero tiyak nang mga popular and big-name stars pa rin ang kasali dito.

Heto ang character sketch ni “Asiong Salonga”.  “He robbed the rich to give to the poor.  He lived and died by the gun.  He lived fast and died young.  He was the youngest and toughest criminal  considered as Number One Public Enemy!”

Brillante Mendoza film, inaabangan!

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Actress, Best Actor, Best Actress, CCP, Cinemalaya, dennis adobas, GMA network, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Showbiz News, TV5 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2011 by Eduard Orgel



Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza


 Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert and Chanel Latorre and others cast of "PREY"

Tapos na tapos na ang principal photography ng “Prey”, ang latest film project ng internationally acclaimed Filipino filmmaker na si Brillante Mendoza.  Kinunan ito sa apat na lugar:  Batangas, Quezon, Rizal sa South at (Subic) Zambales sa North.

Ang “Prey” ay tumatalakay sa mga hostage-taking incidents ng mga local at foreign tourists ng Abu Sayyaf. Pinaka-peg ng kuwento ang madramang nangyari sa Dos Palmas Resort sa Palawan mga ilang taon na ang nakakaraan.  The script is written by Boots Agbayani Pastor based on various researches, interviews.  Mismong si Direk Brillante Mendoza ay nagpunta sa Mindanao para magsaliksik!

The cast of “Prey” is an assemblage of top actors from the movies, television and theater.  Headlining the cast is French acting icon Isabelle Huppert who was twice proclaimed Cannes Filmfest Best Actress for her performances in “Violette” (1978) and “The Piano Teacher” (2001). She is considered “France’s counterpart of America’s Meryl Streep” in terms of acting capacity and various roles played onscreen.

Kasama rin sa cast ng “Prey” sina Maria Isabel Lopez, Sid Lucero,Raymond Bagatsing, Chanel Latorre, Ronnie Lazaro, Neil Ryan Sese,Kristoffer King, Mercedes Cabral, Bernard Palanca, Mon Confiado, Tado, Raymund Nullan, Angel Aquino, Perry Dizon, Rustica Carpio, Allan Paule at iba pa.

Malamang na isasali ang “Prey” sa 2011 Cannes Film Festival sa Cannes, France in May 2011.


Bukod sa singing ay binabalikan din ng singer-actor na si Ernie Garcia ang pag-arte.

Kasama si Ernie sa cast ng teleserye na “My Lover, My Wife” ng GMA-7 playing the role of Maxene Magalona’s loving and supportive father.

Ang iba pang artistang nasa cast ng “My Lover, My Wife” ay sina Luis Alandy, Marco Alcaraz at Nadine Samonte.  Sa direksyon ni Jay Altarejos.

Last month ay lumabas naman si Ernie sa isang episode ng dramatization of real stories on “Face To Face” ng TV5.

Babalikan din ni Ernie ang recording.  Upon the advice of stage director Freddie Santos (dati niyang kasamahan sa Repertory Philippines), magre-record siya ng mga kantang Tagalog na katipo ng mga kanta ni Tom Jones.  Kasalukuyan siyang nakikipag-usap sa mga composers para magpagawa ng mga kantang ganito.


Bago pa sila nagkakilala ni Ernie Garcia, dati na palang nagpo-produce si Dr. Rey Carpio ng mga beauty pageants.  Siya ang producer ng “Queen of the East” at “Philippine Super Model” contests some years ago.

Si Dr.Carpio ang producer ng pre-Valentine concert ni Ernie sa Eastwood Richmonde Hotel grand ballroom sa Libis, Quezon City, last February 12.  Pinamagatang “Ernie Garcia…Loving You”, ito’y nagtampok din kay Mark Anthony Carpio as special guest performer.

Presidente si Dr. Carpio ng Grand Monaco Estate Developers, Inc. na may 12 locations including Antipolo, Caloocan, Marikina, Novaliches, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig and Taytay.

GMEDI maintains a pool of accredited brokers backed up by promotional strategies of putting up sales exhibits at the malls, billboards at strategic locations, saturation within the 4.6 radius of the project sites, leafleting, mobile ads and open house activities.

Grand Monaco housing projects have been selling like hot cakes.  Gross sales for 2010 reached P600-million (up from only P5-million in 2003) and tripled 2009’s performance.

Baron, mas bagay as Hubert Webb!

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Actress, Best Actor, Best Actress, CCP, Celibrity Couple, Entertainment, GMA network, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Reklamo, Showbiz News, Star Magic, UP Diliman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by Eduard Orgel


Baron Geisler

Baron Geisler

Seryoso kaya ang mega-couple na sina Carlo J. Caparas at Donna Villa sa balak nilang isapelikula ang buhay ni Hubert Webb?  Totoo kayang si Gerald Anderson ang nasa isip nilang gumanap sa papel ni Hubert?

Kung kami ang tatanungin, mas bagay na Hubert Webb si Baron Geisler.  Bakit?  Proven na bilang mahusay na dramatic actor si Baron.  Built-in ang angas niya at hindi na kailangang i-motivate.  Sa physical aspects, masyadong tisoy si Gerald unlike Baron na tempered ang pagka-German mestizo niya na tulad ni Hubert.

Nasa rehab ngayon si Baron to cure his alcohol addiction at dalawang buwan pa ang hihintayin para makapag-umpisang mag-shoot na tamang-tama lang kasi halos ganundin katagal ang pre-production phase ng project.

Kung si Gerald ang kukunin bilang Hubert, dadaan pa sila sa Star Magic  na may reputation as mahirap kausap.

Direk Carlo, Ms. Donna, si Baron na!


“ZsaZsa Zaturnnah…Ze Musikal…Vack With A Vengeance” opened to a full house last Saturday.
To think na marami itong kasabay na palabas!

Maraming latecomers na na-traffic ang hindi nakapasok.  Alam mo naman ang CCP, mahigpit talaga sa oras!

As usual, pinalakpakan nang husto ang performances nina Eula Valdes, Rocky Salumbides, Gabe Mercado, Tuxs Rutaquio, Pinky Amador at pati na ang ensemble actors ng Tanghalang Pilipino.

Medyo na-turn off ang ibang manonood sa tahasang paggamit sa mga personal na isyu nina Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos at Sharon Cuneta para lamang makapagpatawa ng audience.  It was in bad taste, kahit na sabihin pang artistic freedom lang naman ‘yon!  Ganyan ka na ba, Chris Martinez?
Was that intended para magkaroon ng ingay ang rerun ng “Zaturnnah”? Why did Chris Millado allow it?  How utterly disgusting!

Anyway, hanggang March 13 pa ang palabas.  Tawag sa 8323661/8321125 local 1620 at 1621 para sa mga tiket.  That is, kung may mabibili pa kayo.  Ang alam kasi namin ay sold out na lahat ng tiket for all dates!


Isa pang must-see stage event ay ang “Amphitryon”, Dulaang UP’s fourth production in celebration of its 35th anniversary celebration.  Sinulat ni Heinrick von Kleist at isinalin sa Tagalog ni Jerry Respeto at pinamamahalaan ni Jose Estrella, ito ay palabas pa rin sa Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor, Palma Hall, UP-Diliman, Quezon City.

“Amphitryon” stars Neil Ryan Sese, Lex Marcos, Diana Malahay, Wenah Nagales, George de Jesus, Paolo O’Hara, Lucky de Mesa and Natasha Cabrera.

Hanggang March 6, 2011 ang palabas.

Baron, na-frustrate nang matanggal sa Brillante Mendoza film!

Posted in Actor, Best Actor, Celibrity Couple, Host, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2011 by Eduard Orgel


Baron Geisler

Baron Geisler


Maraming artista ang gustong maidirek ng Palm D’Or Cannes Filmfest 2009 Best Director na si Brillante Mendoza.  Lumalabas na karangalan ng isang artista at pampaganda ng kanyang resume ang makagawa ng isang Brillante Mendoza film!

Tulad na lamang ng mahusay pero pasaway na aktor na si Baron Geisler.  Dapat pala ay kasama siya sa isang pelikulang ididirek sana ni Brillante pero dahil sa kung anong kadahilanan ay natanggal siya!  Sa interview sa kanya ni Boy Abunda sa “The Buzz” last Sunday ay binanggit niyang isa sa mga nakadagdag sa mga frustrations niya na naging dahilan para malulong siya sa alak ay ang pangyayaring hindi siya natuloy na maidirek ni Mendoza!


Guwapong-guwapo, as in star material daw pala itong Jake Ejercito na anak ni dating Pangulong Joseph Estrada kay Laarni Enriquez at nali-link ngayon kay Andi Eigenmann.

Maraming taga-showbiz ang nakakita kay Jake sa lamay ng lola ni Andi (mother ni Jaclyn Jose) sa Arlington Ascension Columbary two weeks ago.  Sabi ng peryodistang pampelikula-author-filmmaker na si Boy Villasanta, nakuha raw ni Jake ang facial features nina Erap at Laarni.  “Para siyang batang Jesse Ejercito (kapatid ni Erap)!  Di ba si Jesse ang pinakaguwapo sa lahat ng Ejercito brothers?”, komento ni katotong Boy.

On school break lang si Jake since last Christmas.  Anytime ay babalik na siya sa London kung saan siya nag-aaral.  May nag-offer daw sa kanyang mag-artista pero mukhang hindi siya interesado.  O baka naman interesado kaya lang ay alanganin sa oras at kailangan pang magpaalam sa parents niya!


Our most heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family of our colleague Andy Beltran who succumbed to cardiac arrest last January 28.

Si Andy ay dating editor ng Controversial showbiz mag ng Graphic Arts ans Services, Inc. (GASI) noong 1980s.  Bago siya namatay ay naging member siya ng Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).