Cinema One Originals counts 10 years

Ten years is a good round number to wrap up an era. For its first ten years, Cinema One Originals has produced some of the most unique, diverse, adventurous independent films in Philippine cinema.  On its eleventh year, it is ready to level up.

Cinema One channel head Ronald Arguelles (Rightmost) with the Cinema One Originals 2015 festival filmmakers
Welcome to Cinema One Originals Mark 2.0. As exemplified by its new tagline “Kakaiba Ka Ba?” Cinema One Originals continues to uphold diversity and uniqueness in Philippine Cinema, an exhortation and an affirmation for both filmmakers and film-goers. This year marks the first of another ten years and beyond and promises more of the same only bigger, better, bolder.

Starting everything off are our nine Originals 2015. Joel Ferrer’s cross-generational screwball rom-com Baka Siguro Yata, which stars Valerie “Bangs” Garcia, Dino Pastrana, Ricky Davao, and Cherie Gil. 

Bangs Garcia is part of Joel Ferrer's Baka Siguro Yata
Sheron Dayoc’s religious horror gothic Bukod Kang Pinagpala featuring real-life mother and daughter Bing Pimentel and Maxie Eigenmann as a mother and daughter in the grip of sinister forces.

Ivan Andrew Payawal’s comedy about suicide and celebrity The Comeback features Kaye Abad as a fading star whose life takes an unexpected turn.

Sari Dalena’s Dahling Nick, an experimental docu-fiction hybrid that celebrates the life and work of Nick Joaquin with Raymond Bagatsing in the title role.

Bor Ocampo’s Dayung Asu, featuring Ricky Davao and Junjun Quintana as a father and son enmeshed in a life of crime, is homage to Pinoy action set in a unique milieu.

Ralston Jover’s Hamog blends neo-realism and magic realism with Zaijan Jaranilla and Teri Malvar as street children.

Carl Joseph Papa’s fully animated Manang Biring is the touching story of a terminal patient and her estranged daughter with Erlinda Villalobos in the title role.

Raymond Bagatsing is part of Sari Dalena's Dahling Nick in the Cinema One Originals 2015 festival
Raymond Red’s Mga Rebeldeng Walang Kaso is a look back at the early days of the first wave of Philippine independent cinema with Felix Roco, Epi Quizon, Earl Ignacio, and Nicco Manala.

And lastly, Ara Chawdhury’s Miss Bulalacao introduces performance artist Russ Ligtas in his first film role, a comedy about a young drag queen whose life is changed by a strange encounter.

Aside from the nine Originals 2015, there will a Special Presentation of Cinema One’s production of Sherad Sanchez’s found footage horror film Salvage, with Jessie Mendiola as a reporter lost in a haunted jungle.

Ms. Tessie Tomas is also part of Ara Chawdhury's Miss Bulalacao
There will also be an impressive program of films showcasing the best of world cinema, including Miguel Gomez’s Arabian Nights, Hou Hsiao Hsien’s The Assassin, Hong Sang Soo’s Right Now Wrong Then, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, and Roy Andresson’s A Pigeon Sat On A Branch.

This year’s Filipino Classics will be highlighted by a restoration of Ishmael Bernal’s Ikaw Ay Akin with no less than Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos, as well as restorations of Lino Brocka’s Insiang and Marilou Diaz Abaya’s Karnal.

Mon Confiado is part of Ara Chawdhury's Miss Bulalacao
In the spirit of commemorating revolutionary cinema, Cinema One Originals 2015 will pay tribute the first wave of Pinoy indies, the short filmmakers from the 80s led by Raymond Red, Nick De Ocampo, Rox Lee and Joey Agbayani, the pioneers of alternative cinema. As an auxiliary program, there will be also a showcase of 10 short films from the Philippines, New Zealand and Iran. Here is the form’s glorious past and it’s glittering future.

From Nov. 9 to17, cinemas at Trinoma, Glorietta, Resorts World and SM Megamall will be haven for discerning cinephiles as Cinema One Originals once again celebrates cinema with a difference. “Kakaiba ka ba?”

Matteo Guidicelli goes solo

Matteo Guidicelli
Months after his first concert stint with Daniel Matsunaga and JC de Vera in the Dreamboys concert, Matteo Guidicelli goes solo in his first solo concert entitled MG1 on Nov. 28, 8 p.m. at the Music Museum with special guests Morisette of The Voice First Season and the Comedy Concert King Martin Nievera.

Strike while the iron is hot is what heartthrob Matteo believes as he decides to pursue his passion in singing apart from his usual extreme life as a triathlete and actor.

Actor, model and racer Matteo considers singing something he loves to do outside his comfort zone. 

“It’s like participating in an extreme sport, exciting and nerve-wracking yet fulfilling”, Matteo adds.  

Apart from his indie film Tupang Ligaw and Cinema One’s Single Single Season 2, he is also launching his self-titled album under Star Records. 

Matteo admits that he is nervous and excited with MG1 concert but he would definitely be giving his best to his audience. He will perform ballad songs and medleys plus surprise production numbers with his special guests. 

Produced by Hills&Dreams Events Concepts Co, MG1 is under the musical direction of Marvin Querido and directed by Frank Lloyd Mamaril. Tickets are available in Ticketworld outlets or may call at 891.9999.


Coco Martin’s real identity

Coco Martin
ABS-CBN’s top-rating primetime teleserye Ang Probinsyano gets even more thrilling and action-packed as the true identity of Cardo (Coco Martin) was revealed last Friday. Ever since Cardo came home as Ador, Carmen (Bella Padilla) and Lola Flora (Susan Roces) have been observing drastic changes in his actions. Even his colleagues have noticed that he has been acting differently.

Ang Probinsyano airs weeknights after TV Patrol.

For more information, log-on to or follow ABS-CBN on Facebook and Twitter (@abscbndotcom).


New in It’s Showtime

ABS-CBN’s noontime show It’s Showtime recently launched its newest segment “Hulanino” where the hosts play charades with a twist as they act out titles of popular movie titles using only their shadows.

The game gets more exciting as the studio audience have the chance to steal and win instant cash when the hosts fail to guess the movie titles they picked. 

Aside from “Hulanino,” viewers can continue to watch and support their favorite tomboy in the ongoing semi-finals of “That’s My Tomboy.”

Last Saturday, seven contestants were selected and proceeded to the grand finals. 


Ningning shows the love for Typhoon Lando victims

(L-R) Nyoy Volante, Maris Racal, Ria Atayde, Ketchup Eusebio, John Steven de Guzman, and Jana Agoncillo for Ningning's Show The Love, Kapamilya
Kapamilya child actress Ningning (Jana Agoncillo) together with Macmac (John Steven de Guzman), tatay Dondon (Ketchup Eusebio), kuya Johnny (Nyoy Volante), teacher Hope (Ria Atayde), and Maris Racal the Kapamilya star who will be joining the series, toured schools and raised funds for “Show The Love, Kapamilya,” the relief drive of ABS-CBN for the benefit of typhoon Lando victims. 

Macmac collecting donations for Show The Love, Kapamilya
The Ningning cast visited Sta. Ana Elementary School and Blessed Sacrament Catholic School to showcase their ‘magpasikat’ song and dance performances.

In return, the cast encouraged teachers and students to extend donation they can give for the affected families of typhoon Lando.

They also collected other relief goods offered by the schools they visited.

Ningning aims to promote goodness and good values in everyday life among its viewers. For more information, visit the official Facebook account of Ningning (


Pokemon: XY, airs on GMA this November

Join Ash and Pikachu as they move on to a new journey in Pokemon the Series: XY. In this new adventure, he will meet new friends Serena, Fennekin, Pancham, Clemont, and Bonnie as well as new rivals and brand new Pokemons that can help him achieve his goals of becoming part of the Kalos League. With his dream to be part of this prestigious elite, Ash must complete the eight Gym badges, which he can acquire by winning different Pokemon battles.

    Pokemon the Series: XY airs 7:35 a.m. on GMA Astig Authority. 



Topics: cinema one originals , festival 2015 , kakaiba ka ba? , matteo guidicelli , coco martin , ningning , pokemon
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