October 28, 2013

A mother in the forests of Agusan del Sur patiently waits for her delivery. Because of their meager resources and lack of access to a clinic or hospital, Marina Catanao has decided to give birth at home, in the far barangay of Mahagsay. The hard-working mother goes on with her day as usual… oblivious of the dangers of her fifth pregnancy.

Nene Precioso is determined to bring Marina to the town clinic of San Luis. As first midwife of their pre-colonial Banwaon tribe, she wants to avoid losing their women due to death during childbirth. Some lives have been claimed by the unforgiving rough road to town. Here, a woman in delivery has both feet in the grave. Will Marina take a chance on this road?

Alternative film winners of Gawad CCP named

The Manila Times
November 23, 2013 7:45 pm

Winners of the 25th Gawad CCP for Alternative Film and Video were named Friday, November 15 at the CCP Dream Theater.

In the Animation category, the winners were Milkyboy by Arnold Arre (first prize), Inay by Carl Joseph Papa (second Prize) and Ang Tala by Arlei Dormiendo (third prize).

Honorable Mention was given to Ang Lalong ni Kulakog by Omar Aguilar and Levanta by Glenn Oliva.

In the Experimental category, the winners are 50/50 by Mikey Red (first prize) and Gapas by Iar Lionel Arondaing (second prize) with two films, Ang Libingan ng mga Pantas ng Perya by Joyen Santos and Si Ginoong Supremo at ang Walang Hanggang Linya by Jeffrey Ortaliza tying for the third prize. Honorable mention was given to Bihag ni Lumang Juan by Peter James Bacatan.

In the Documentary category, the winners are Magdalena by Anna Isabelle Matutina (first prize), Tortyur sa Ilalim ng Martial Law (second prize) with two films Daan Patungong Melancholia by Mike Esteves and Saka by Harold Calderon tying for the third prize.

Honorable Mentions were given to Lundayan by Mikhail Kevin Pineda and Pwede Mo Ba Ako Turuan Ulit? by Patricia Angeli Damaso.

In the Short Feature category, first prize went to Kakosa by Milo Paz; first prize to Boda de Oro by Cynthia Paz and third prize to Ang Walay Kahumanang Adlaw by Glenmark Doromal and Punla by Kenneth Mandrilla. Honorable Mentions were given to Kawal by Edward “EJ” Salcedo, Deathsquad Dogs by Jose Maria Basa, and Sonder by Arianna Martinez.

The Ika-25 Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video is the longest running indie film festival and competition in Asia. It promotes Filipino independent filmmaking by giving recognition to the year’s most outstanding film and video artists.

The competition features strictly independent works, including school-based works, and not produced for commercial screening in the four categories of Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary and Animation. Winners are awarded cash prizes and certificates.

This year, the announcement for the winners of Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video was held on November 13 to 15.


Two PH films in Wiesbaden

Bayani San Diego Jr.
October 15, 2013 | 9:20 pm

NADINE Samonte and Barbara Miguel in “Nuwebe”

Two Filipino films will be shown at the Exground Film Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, from Nov. 15 to 24. Joseph Israel Laban’s feature narrative “Nuwebe” and Anna Isabelle Matutina’s full-length documentary “Magdalena” are in the fest’s lineup. “Magdalena” is a product of the 2012 Franco-German-Filipino Documentary Workshop, made possible by the Goethe Institut Manila. Laban and Matutina would “personally present their works at the fest,” said Axel Estein of the Exground fest.

‘Mamay Umeng’ in Mumbai

“MAMAY Umeng”

Filipino filmmaker Dwein Baltazar’s “Mamay Umeng” will compete in the International Competition (of First Feature Films) section of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival in India, to be held starting tomorrow up to Oct. 24.  “Mamay Umeng,” which won the Woosuk Prize in Jeonju, South Korea, in May, was also screened at the Karlovy Vary fest Czech Republic in June.

A meditation on old age and mortality, “Mamay Umeng” is the only Filipino film in Mumbai and will compete with Singaporean Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo.”

Read more: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/116809/two-ph-films-in-wiesbaden#ixzz2qdv2zYNW

GMA’s ‘24 Oras,’ ‘I-Witness,’ nominees in this year’s Emmy

by Crispina Martinez – Belen
September 11, 2013, Manila Bulletin

Photo by Kara David

Photo by Kara David

GMA News and Public Affairs brings pride to the country anew with two nominations in this year’s International Emmy Awards. GMA-7’s flagship primetime newscast “24 Oras” and longest-running public affairs program “I-Witness” were among the eight international nominees for the News and Current Affairs categories.

“24 Oras’” in-depth coverage of Typhoon Pablo, considered as the world’s deadliest natural disaster in 2012, received a nomination in the News Category. Led by anchors Mel Tiangco and Mike Enriquez, GMA News and Public Affairs’ ace team of reporters covered the typhoon that whipped Mindanao a few weeks before Christmas. “24 Oras’” coverage of the heartbreaking loss of lives after the typhoon was cited for being “a catalyst for public debate regarding the effectiveness of the country’s emergency preparedness.”

Kara David’s “I-Witness” documentary on children’s rights titled “Alkansiya” earned a nomination in the Current Affairs category. “Alkansiya” tells the story of a 12-year-old boy from Eastern Samar who dives and scours the seabed every night in search of sea cucumbers. Hoping to finish his studies, he eagerly deposits his measly income from selling his daily haul to his “alkansiya” or piggy bank. The documentary also received the prestigious UNICEF Child Rights Award in October of last year in Seoul, Korea.

Entries from GMA Network are the sole nominees from the Philippines and even in Asia in the News and Current Affairs categories. The eight nominees came from five countries including Brazil, Germany, Romania, Philippines, and United Kingdom. GMA Network and Brazil’s TV Globo are the only international entries to have earned a nod in both categories.

“The 2013 Nominees reported on subjects ranging from war to politics to human triumph and tragedy,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization conferring the Emmys, in a news release announcing the nominees last Aug. 14.

Winners will be announced at the Lincoln Center in New York on Oct. 1.


23 September 2013

Filipinos are known for their resilience, their admirable endurance. They never falter in the face of trying times. Fernando and Ma. Luna Man-Oblahan have long been resilient–two decades to be exact. To be frugal is the only way for their six children to survive. The children’s future depends on the couple’s toil.

A witness to the Man-Oblahans’ endurance is the youngest child, JR. He accompanies his parents from the fields to the mountains, where they cut their falcata trees. These falcata trees earn money for the Man-Oblahan children’s education in town; there may be no chance to change their fate if they remain in the village. But in this same village are the seeds, and the firm will, for a better future. Will there still be trees for JR’s education?

Watch the excerpt:


19 August 2013


In the forests of Agusan del Sur, beneath the fogs that cloak it, a quaint village named Mahagsay has stood the test of time. This barangay is home to the Banwaon tribe, an indigenous group that has remained faithful to its traditions amid threats of the modern times. It is where datus (chieftains) still remain central to everyday life, where a Filipino minority still heeds the spirits of the natural world.

Through rough and difficult terrain, Kara David visits the Banwaon tribe and meets the datus of Mahagsay. These datus are not mere symbolic gatekeepers of their culture; they actually perform rituals. And the rituals that Kara David witnesses have a significant role not only to their present state, but also to the future of their tribe. What prophecy do the animal sacrifices reveal? How do the Banwaons deal with different threats to their culture?

Watch the excerpt below:


Airing Date: July 22, 2013


At umagos ang namumuti at mabahong tubig…

Sa isang bayang pinagpala sa niyog, sa probinsya ng Quezon, may mga tubong matiyagang binabantayan. Mula rito dadaloy ang mala-panis na tubig. Mula rito, aagos ang tubig na may natatanging dumi.

At bago pa ito humalo sa ilog, tahimik na sinasalok ni Anghel ang maputing likido sa ibabaw ng tubig. Maaaring patapon na ito para sa iba, pero para sa kanilang nagtatrabaho sa “kapahan”, sa mala-palayan ng napapanis na tubig, ito pa lang ang simula. Kailangan pang lutuin ang mga katas na ito, kailangang pigain para sa natatanging langis.

Samahan si Kara David sa tabing ilog kung saan ang langis ay tila mas matimbang sa tubig.



And so flowed the whitish, foul-smelling water…

In a town blessed with coconut, in Quezon Province, some drainage is being closely watched. From here flows spoiled water. From here, comes a valuable waste. And before it mixes with the nearby river, young Anghel silently collects the white fluid that cloaks the water. It may be waste for others. But for Angel and the rest of the workers, these paddies of spoiled water can yield precious oil.

Join Kara David as she visits a riverside where oil outweighs water.