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

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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.”

Ernie Garcia concert, successful!

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By: Dennis Adobas

Isang malaking tagumpay ang pre-Valentine concert ng singer-actor-visual artist na si Ernie Garcia!
Pinamagatang “Ernie Garcia…Loving You”, ito ay ginawa noong Sabado, February 12, sa grand ballroom ng Eastwood Richmonde Hotel sa Libis, Quezon City.

Puno ang venue ng mga guests who were mostly Ernie’s friends from way, way back, avid followers of his concerts and common friends of Ernie and concert producer Rey Carpio (Grand Monaco Estate Developers, Inc. president).  Sighted immensely enjoying the show were actress-turned TV host (“Up Close and Personal with Marissa del Mar” on Channel 13 every Wednesday evening) Ms. Marissa del Mar,  CREBA officer Ms. Rose Basa, singer-businessman Bobby Valle, WCOPA singing champ Kean Andessa, Atty. Nestor Belardo (the cultural attache of Syria).

Ernie started his show with a Queen number aptly titled “Crazy Thing Called Love” which he performed with pelvic twists and kicks.  Then he went on to interpret two love songs: the first one in Japanese (the original of Renz Verano’s “Remember Me”) and the second one in Chinese.

Ernie’s own take of Santana’s “Smooth” was spiced with dancing with two of his closest pals, Ms. del Mar and Ms. Basa.

Pagkatapos noon ay sumunod ang makabagbag-damdaming interpretation niya ng Jack Jones love song na “If You Go Away”.  Maraming female guests ang nakita naming kinilig at nagsu-swoon sa perfect vibrato ng boses ni Ernie!  Talagang may asim pa rin si Pareng Ernie!

Um-exit si Ernie para sa kanyang costume change.  Pasok naman si Mark Anthony Carpio who did the upbeat “Sunday Morning” na sinundan naman ng falsetto Southborder song na “Love Of My Life”.  Aba, may ibubuga nga ang batang ito at pinalakpakan siya ng mga manonood! Ang hindi alam ng karamihan ay vocalist si Mark ng MIDJ Band!

Pasok uli si Ernie with a Japanese love song.  Then, bumanat siya ng “Unchained Melody” at pina-jam sina Bobby Valle at Kean Andessa.  Galing!  Isang makabagbag-damdamin uling “All By Myself” na sinundan ng “Volare”.

Tinawag ni Ernie ang kanyang prodyuser na madalas niyang nakaka-sing-along sa mga Rotary Club functions, si Mr. Rey Carpio na mga Manila Sounds ang kinanta:  “Sumayaw, Sumunod” at “Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko”.  Galing din, muntik-muntikanan nang ma-upstage si Ernie!

Pagbalik uli ni Ernie ay naka-Chinese inspired rust-colored barong with matching sarong siya.  Signal ‘yon na OPM suite na ng show.  Kinanta niya ang Metro Pop award-winning song ni Leah Navarro na “Isang Mundo, Isang Awit” na sinundan ng Michael V. song with funny lyrics, “Sinaktan Mo ang Puso Ko”.  Pinaka-applauded ang popular na kanta ni Wency Cornejo, ang “Hanggang”.

International na uli ang repertoire ni Ernie with “Uno, Dos, Tres” ni Ricky Martin with matching sexy movements na ikinakilig na naman ng mga girls!  Sinundan ito ng “You Made Me So Very Happy”.  Senti time uli sa theme song from the Broadway musical “Chorus Line”, ang “What I Did For Love”.

Finale number ang “Bailamos” na hudyat ng ballroom dancing.  The dance instructors (DI) took over the dance area with their partners.  Suguran naman sa dressing room ang mga Ernie Garcia fanatics para magpa-picture at autograph.  Minsan pang pinatunayan ni Ernie that he still has what it takes to become a magnetic personality!

It was a splendid performance by someone who is more known as an actor and not as a singer. We asked Ernie where he got the energy that night.  Sagot niya:  “Kahit ako nagtataka kung paano ko nagawa ‘yon.  Medyo paos ako kanina dahil sa stress at rehearsal pero paglabas ko parang bumalik ang boses ko!  It could be because of Buddhist chanting!”

Of course, part of the artistic credit should go to the director Josel Reyes and musical director Bong Nanafranca, leader of the accompanying band, Without Warning.  Congratulations to all involved in the production!


Ibinabalik ng Dulaang UP ang “Amphitryon” ni Heinrich von Kleist na isinalin sa Tagalog ni Jerry Respeto at sa direksyon ni Jose Estrella, sa February 16 hanggang March 6, sa Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2/F, Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Ang “Amphitryon” ay isang kakaibang love triangle.  Perfect for the month of hearts!

Tampok sina Lex Amores (sa papel ni Jupiter, ang mangingibig ni Alcmene), Wenah Nagales at Diana Malahay (magka-alternate bilang Alcmene), George de Jesus, Paolo O’Hara, Lucky de Mesa at Natasha Cabrera.

Set designer si Lex Marcos, lights designer si John Batalla, costume designer si Raven Ong at sounds designer si TJ Ramos.

Aljur, disappointing as “Machete”!

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Aljur Abrenica

Aljur Abrenica

Sino na naman kayang GMA-7 executive ang nagbigay ng ilusyon kay Aljur Abrenica
na puwede na siyang magbida o maging title-roler sa “Machete”?  Ayan tuloy, lumalabas na hindi pa siya handa (read disappointing!) para sa ganitong role!

Napakalamya magsalita at kumilos ni Aljur.  Walang kabuhay-buhay, halos expressionless and wooden ang mukha niya.  Para ngang tumugma sa pagiging wooden statue niya.  Hahahaha!  Idagdag pa dito ang kanyang feminine facial features, mas lalong naging effeminate ang otherwise ay machong “Machete”.

Kung wala lang sanang young audience, mas mabuti pang nag-concentrate na lang ang kamera sa katawan (perfect abs, crotch, muscled chest) ni Aljur.  Papalakpak pa sana ang mga kababaihan at kabadingan!

Aljur is a major letdown, especially because his predecessors (Cesar Montano and Gardo Versoza) were the epitome of masculinity and quality acting combined.

Paging Wilma Galvante!


Tapos na ang Sinulog 2011 Short Film Festival sa Cebu.  Narito ang listahan ng mga winners:

Best Short Film:  1st Prize, “Ukit”; 2nd Prize, “Biyahe”; 3rd Prize, “Regenesis”.

Consolation Prize Winners:  “Hilot”, “What Love Can Do”, “Remember The Child”, “Damgo” and “Life Is Good.

Best Actor:  Chicoy L. Romualdez (“Ukit”)

Best Actress:  Phoebe Kaye Fernandez (“Biyahe”)

Best Supporting Actor:  Edgar Jugadora (“Biyahe”)

Best Supporting Actress: Juana Tundal (“Hilot”)

Best Child Performer:  Ren Ortiz (“Ukit”)


1st Prize, “Mga Hulagway sa Pagtuo” (Images of Faith)

2nd Prize, “Pagtuo” (Faith)

3rd Prize, “Rhythm and Blushes of January”

Best Director:  Charmaine Maristela-Cagang (“Hulagway”)


Very prominent ang presence ng action star-character actor na si Jess Sanchez sa birthday ng martial arts grandmaster Sir Jun Matagay na ginawa last Saturday, January 29, sa pub house ng birthday boy sa Las Pinas City. Attention-grabber nga ang entrance niya sa party with character actor Richard Duran in tow.

Action star na action star talaga ang dating ni Jess Sanchez, what with his well-built physique na in fairness ay name-maintain niya hanggang ngayon.  Anytime nga na magpatawag ng shooting ang anumang pelikula ay ever-ready siya to shoot!

Hindi kumanta si Jess sa party, out of delicadeza naman kay Rhey Roldan na nagbigay ng isang stand-up comedy-impersonation act!   Bumati lang siya sa may birthday!

Abangan ang mga balitang ipapahayag ng nagbabalik na “Rebelde Ng Mindanao”!

“Amphitryon”, Dulaang UP’s 35th Theater Season presentation

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Celebrating its 35th Theater Season, Dulaang UP presents its fourth production, Amphitryon, a Roman comedy by Heinrich von Kleist with Filipino tranlation by Jerry Respeto and direction by Jose Estrella.

Amphitryon is a tale of love, infidelity and deception. It tells the tale of Alcmene, a loving and faithful wife whose husband, King Amphitryon, goes to battle. Falling in love with Alcmene, the god Jupiter disguises himself as her long-lost husband. After a night of exceptional happiness transpires between the supposed “husband” and wife, King Amphitryon of Thebes returns victorious from battle, and Jupiter suddenly disappears. Would Alcmene recognize the difference? Would Amphitryon discover the game played on them by the gods?

The cast includes Neil Sese, Lex Marcos, Diana Malahay, Wenah Nagales, George de Jesus, Paolo O’Hara, Lucky de Mesa and Natasha Cabrera.

Comprising the artistic team are Set Designer Lex Marcos, Light Designer John Batalla, Costume Designer Raven Ong and Sounds Designer TJ Ramos.

Amphitryon will run from February 16 to March 6, 2011 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City  from Wednesdays to Fridays at 7pm and at 10am and 3pm during weekends. For tickets, please contact Cherry at 09177500107, or the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840.


The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) recently announced its line-up of new artistic and cultural events for the year 2011 at its institutional press conference held January 19 at the Main Theater lobby.  These are:

The 2011 PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL & COMPETITION which will be held on January 27-30.  It features guitar workshops, master classes and concerts of outstanding local and foreign guitarists, guitar ensembles, orchestra and display of world class guitars.  Presented in cooperation with The Guitar Friends, the First Philippine International Guitar Competition will also be held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), Little Theater Lobby and the Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino.

The annual PASINAYA (CCP OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL), the one-day “See-all-you-can, Pay-what-you-can” multi-arts festival will be held on February 6, Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The festival will showcase a street dance spectacle featuring the grand champion of the Sinulog Festival, excerpts of CCP theatrer, music and dance shows, and a grand finale of a thousand voices singing the choral version of Jose Rizal’s “Mi Ultimo Adios” accompanied by the Philipine Philharmonic Orchestra and the UST Symphony Orchestra.  The festival also features visual arts exhibits, activities for children and families, film screenings and arts and crafts fair.

In cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the International Theater Institute (ITI) Pilippines, a festival of monologues and one-person shows entitled MONODRAMA MANILA will be held from February 8-18 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) and Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Experimental Theater).

Volkswagen Foundation prize “Star of Tmorrow” and Prix Montblanc 2006 awardee, Chinese violinist TIANWA YANG performs with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on February 11 with Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, op. 77.  The concert includes Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.  Maestro Olivier Ochanine conducts.

On February 12-13, the world acclaimed PHILIPPINE MADRIGAL SINGERS returns to the CCP stage with classical and contemporary repertoire at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

A DOUBLE A: DUO PIANO CONCERT featuring Berlin-based concert pianist and recording artist Abelardo Galang II and award-winning pianist and New York banking professional Jose Artemio Panganiban III return to the CCP stage on February 16 in a concert of works for two pianos by Brahms, Poulenc and Rachmaninoff at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

DON QUIXOTE, Miguel de Cervantes’s tale of love, valor and unflinching idealism will be interpreted in ballet by Ballet Philippines and guest dancer Connor Walsh of the Houston Ballet, to be performed on February 17-20 at the CCP Main Theater.

The hilarious hit musical ZSAZSA ZATURNNAH ZE MUSICAL…VACK WITH A VENGEANCE! is slated on February 18-20,February 25-27, March 4-6 and March 11-13 at the CCP Little Theater.

Guiseppe Verdi’s monumental work “REQUIEM” will be the PPO’s main program on March 18.

On April 15, the PPO 28th season 2010-2011 finale features the 2010 Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition grand prize winner Thai pianist POOM PROMMACHART performing Rahmaninoff Concerto No. 3.

artists, cultural workers, environmentalists join hands with millions all over the world to celebrate EARTH DAY on April 17, Sunday at the CCP Complex.

In June, the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal will be celebrated in a production presented by CCP and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.  VIRGIN LABFEST, a festival of new plays will be on June 28-July 10.

On July 15-24, the finalists to the 7th CINEMALAYA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION will be shown.

In July, August and September, eminent pianist REYNALDO REYES will performa Festival of Beethoven sonatas.

For jazz enthusiasts, a JAZZ FESTIVAL will be held on August 23 to 26.


Arts Ambassador Boy Abunda on PIAF 2011

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Boy Abunda

Boy Abunda


The arts and culture environment is nothing unfamiliar to Arts Ambassador Boy Abunda.  More than two decades back, he was witness to artistic and cultural happenings and had the opportunity to mingle with the country’s finest artists as Public Relations man to Metropolitan Theater’s Conching Sunico.

The King of Talk emphasized that his post as Arts Ambassador (specifically for the Philippine International Arts Festival 2011, the third so far) is not a Malacanang appointment but an invitation directly from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

This year marks the celebration of the 20th National Arts Month thru a month-long fete.  The festival’s impressive lineup of activities is designed to further Philippine art and the Filipino’s regard for local arts and culture.  The celebration is organized by the NCCA Subcommission for the Arts which comprises the seven arts:  architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater, and visual arts.

PIAF’s tagline is “ani ng sining” and the celebration will indeed prove to be a harvest for the arts.  Thousands of local artists and cultural workers will gather all over the Philippines for the biggest artistic celebration to date! Joining in the festivities are artists from Japan, Lithuania, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.  Celebrations will be all over the archipelago, with four foci:  National Capital Region, Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon.

The celebration per area will comprise workshops, exhibitions, forums, and the performances  and grand opening programs participated in by representatives of all the seven arts.  The Grand Opening Program for the NCR is slated for January 30 at Rizal Park in Manila.  For Mindanao, it will be at People’s Park in Davao City on February 6.  Visayas will have its Grand Opening Program on February 13 at the Bacolod Provincial Capitol.  And the Grand Opening Program for Luzon will be on February 20 at Burnham Park in Baguio City.  All four Grand Opening Programs will feature elaborate performances, exhibitions, and parades.

The Grand Opening Program in Manila is a day-long affair with workshops conducted by artists belonging to the seven arts kicking off the celebration.  The workshops will then be followed by a Grand Parade participated in by various marching bands and dancing contingents from all over Metro Manila, local artists, National Artists, officials, and the NCCA’s two ambassadors:  Arts Ambassador Boy Abunda and Youth Ambassador Dingdong Dantes.

The annual celebration of National Arts Month came into being with Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991, declaring February as National Arts Month.  Since then the celebration has grown into the international artistic event that it is.  The Philippine International Arts Festival is a grand celebration of the myriad wonders of Philippine arts and culture and is a testament to the synergistic nature of the arts as it blurs form, genre, and national boundaries to create new ways of expression.

The public is invited to participate in PIAF 2011.  Given the large number of activities and locations, there is bound to be a PIAF event happening nearby.

Aktres, nag-ecstasy overdose?

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Sino kaya itong aktres na diumano’y itinakbo sa ospital na pinakamalapit sa lugar nila dahil sa kamuntik nang mamatay due to an overdose of the regulated pill called ecstasy?

Mismong asawa niya raw (na artista rin) ang nagdala sa aktres sa may pagka-upscale na ospital.
Nakiusap raw ang asawa na ‘wag nang i-register ang pasyente at gawing confidential ang pangyayari.  Pero makakalusot ba naman ito sa mga nurses na mahihilig sa showbiz chica?

Ayon sa isang nurse, pangalawang pagkakataon na raw ‘yon na isinugod ang pasyente sa kanilang medical center.  The first time was noong idineretso ito sa basement!  Bakit sa basement?  Di ba mga pasyenteng may mental disorder ang bini-basement?

Ang pagkaospital ng aktres marahil ang pinakadahilan kung bakit nawawala siya sa sirkulasyon.  Ilang buwan nang wala siyang pelikula o television appearance.

Patong-patong na raw kasi ang problemang dala-dala ng aktres.  Marami siyang kaaway, pati na ang sarili niyang kadugo ay hindi niya kasundo.  May sitsit ding madalas silang mag-away ng asawa niyang aktor at ang pinakahuli’y hiwalay na raw sila.

Parehong galing sa showbiz family ang mag-asawa.

Mahilig sa social networking ang aktres at dito niya nailalabas ang mga emotional baggage niya. Dito niya rin nakabangga ang dating kaibigan niyang aktres!


Sa limang indie movies na kasali sa Metro Manila Film Festival 2010 “Tribute To Indies:  Philippine Premieres”, bukod tanging ang “Rindido” lamang ng Waraynon director na si Noriel Jarito ang nabigyan ng MTRCB ng classification na R-18.

Ano bang meron ang “Rindido” na wala ang apat pang ibang indie films?

May pagkakataon nang tuklasin ng mga mahiligin sa pelikulang R-18 kung bakit naging For Adults Only ang “Rindido” dahil sa ipalalabas na ito sa mga sinehan umpisa sa January 26 hanggang February 1.

Ayon kay Direk Noriel, may mga titillating scenes na ginawa dito ang bidang babae na si Chanel Latorre.  May fantasy sequence siyang sini-seduce ang kakangkangan niya played onscreen by Vic Tiro.

Si Chanel ‘yong masuwerteng baguhan na kararating lang from Hongkong where she shot a film entitled “Wanchai Baby” directed by American filmmaker Craig Addison.  Siya ang title-roler dito.

Si Chanel din ‘yong nakipaglamasan ng suso at nakipaghalikan sa isang tomboy sa first movie niyang “Latak”.

Kasama rin sa cast ng “Rindido” ang Robin Padilla-look alike na si Banjo Romero.  Siya kaya ‘yong ka-lovemaking ni Chanel?

Abangan sa “Rindido”!


Kanya-kanyang umpisa na ng shoot ang mga filmmakers na finalists sa Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and Competition 2011.

Bagama’t July pa ang festival, minabuti nilang mag-shoot na ngayon para hindi sila ngarag at may panahon pang mag-reshoot kung may mga shots na hindi nila gusto!  This is especially true with first-time directors sa New Breed Full-Length Feature Category.

Last Saturday and Sunday ay nagkaroon ng general audition para sa lahat ng Cinemalaya entries sa 4th floor ng Cultural Center of the Philippines.  Marami ang dumating  — babae’t lalaki, bata’t matanda, bakla’t tomboy.  May isa pang naka-crutches na ayaw palagpasin ang opportunity to act in any of the entries in the country’s most prestigious, most organized, most talked-about indie film