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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

Arts Ambassador Boy Abunda on PIAF 2011

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Broadway, Entertainment, Host, Reporters, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by Eduard Orgel



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.

Lou Veloso: NCCA “Ani Ng Dangal” awardee!

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Actress, Best Actor, Best Actress, Cinemalaya, Comedy King's, MMFF, Pinoy Movie, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by Eduard Orgel


 Lou Veloso:  NCCA "Ani Ng Dangal" awardee!

Lou Veloso: NCCA "Ani Ng Dangal" awardee!


“When it rains, it pours!”, sambit ni Direk Naning Estrella, Chief of Staff ni Manila City 6th District Councilor Lou Veloso.

Ang tinutukoy ni Estrella ay ang sunod-sunod na awards na inaani ni Lou sa loob ng anim na buwan.  Pagkatapos niyang matanghal na Best Actor sa Brussels International Film Festival para sa kanyang makatotohanang pagganap bilang ex-convict na naghahanap ng nawawala niyang
anak sa Cinemalaya film na “Colorum” (na nagpanalo rin sa kanya ng Cinemalaya 2009 at URIAN Award Best Actor trophies), ginawaran naman siya ng FAMAS (the Philippines’ counterpart of Hollywood’s OSCAR) ng Lou Salvador Sr. Memorial Award last December 13!

Just recently ay nakatanggap naman ng official letter of notification si Lou from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) na isa siya sa mga Filipino artist international  achievers na gagawaran ng “Ani ng Dangal Awards” next month in conjunction with the celebration of the Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF) which has for its theme “Ani Ng Sining”.

Sa Malacanang gaganapin ang awarding.  Hindi pa definite ang date, bagama’t within February 25 to 28, 2010 ito naka-schedule.

Bago ang awarding ay magkakaroon ng “Ani ng Dangal” exhibit at the NCCA Gallery in Intramuros starting February 4 wherein the works and achievements (trophies, medals, citations, pictures, videos, etc.) of all the awardees will be on display.

Ayon sa project coordinator na si Ms. Joanna Beo, PIAF is a month-long and nationwide activity that aims to promote Philippine culture and the arts, highlighting the empowerment of the Filipino creativity and imagination.  It also coincides with the National Arts Month activities.


Very enterprising talaga itong kaibigan naming production designer-scriptwriter-budding filmmaker na si Lino Dalay.  Biruin mong ginawa niyang income-generating singles bar sa gabi ang kanyang artifacts/curio shop na Ang Buhay at Hugis sa Paete Heritage Shop sa Paete, Laguna?

Binuksan niya ito last December 18.  Sayang at hindi kami nakadalo, pero dumating daw sina Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes (na may hot spring resort naman sa Los Banos, Laguna), Direk Gil Portes, mga local personalities and arts patrons ni Lino.

Si Lino ay pamangkin ng yumaong direktor na si Felix Dalay. May dinidirek siyang pelikula ngayon  starring Leandro Baldemor.


Ipinapalabas na sa mga sinehan ngayon ang full trailer ng horror film ni Chito Rono na pinamamagatang “Bulong” na tinatampukan nina Angelica Panganiban, Vhong Navarro and Bangs Garcia, among others.

Mukhang matino ang pelikula dahil matino naman talagang gumawa si Rono.  Dapat nga yata ay ito ang horror entry ng Star Cinema instead of “Dalaw”.

Maganda ang box-office track record ni Rono sa horror films.  Sa kanya ang “Feng Shui”, “Sukob”, “Hula” at “T2”.  May kutob kaming tatabo rin sa takilya ang “Bulong”!