Ang Mga Kahon

College of the Holy Spirit, Communication Arts 3 would like to invite you to our upcoming play on the 5th of October 2012.

MATINEE: 1:30 -3:00PM
GALA: 5:00-8:30PM

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For ticket inquiries please don’t hesitate to contact Shane Bernardo, 09169784687. Or you can purchase the ticket on the day itself.


Ambon, Ulan, Baha

Yesterday (September 23) we watched a play entitled Ambon, Ulan, Baha written by Frank Rivera and directed by CJ Andaluz.

(L-R) Shane, Clar, Laiye, Bert, Mark, me, Andrea and Bridget

After the play, we stayed at the food court to talk

with Shane, Laiye and Bert



Ang Bangkay

Last Thursday (September 20) we watched an  intimate play at PSF (PhilStagers Foundation) Studio. It is entitled Ang Bangkay, written and directed by Vince Tanada. It was a nice play and the actors did a great job on portraying their roles.

Here are the photographs I took, enjoy. 🙂

with the gang (L-R) Ate Bap, Nery,  Bridget, Laiye, me, Clar and Shane

Monique Azerreda as Isabel

Glory Ann Nacional as Manang Miding and Cindy Liper as Oryang

Vince Tanada as Senyor Sigismundo

Jordan Ladra as Lemuel

More photos HERE!!!


2 EDSA-inspired films to compete in Greece

Richard Soriano Legaspi’s “Pamatid-Gutom” (Hunger Pangs) and Seymour Barros Sanchez’s “Patron ng Laging Saklolo” (Patronage Politics) will compete in the short film and documentary category, respectively, of the 14th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers to be held in the city of Patras, Greece from September 29 to October 6.

Both produced by Red Room Media Productions, the films are part of “EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival” which was organized and supported by Focus on the Global South – Philippines, a non-government organization, in commemoration of the 25 years of the EDSA People Power movement.

Starring internationally-acclaimed actress Mercedes Cabral, Legaspi’s “Pamatid Gutom” is a stark rendition of electoral politics in post-EDSA Philippines. A mother, desperate to feed her child, takes part in the feeding program of the mayor of a city. Upon seeing the favorable response of the wife of the mayor to her child, she undertakes a disturbing gamble.

On the other hand, Sanchez’s “Patron ng Laging Saklolo” is a short documentary of enduring patterns of patronage politics in the Philippines, chronicling the activities throughout a typical election season. By examining the fiesta mentality of Filipinos and their attitudes towards politics, several gripping comparisons will be drawn.

Patras International Film Festival, as it is also called, will be held “at a time particularly critical both at the economic and political front,” festival director Chionidis Panagiotis said.  “At times of social crisis, the need to bring society closer to culture becomes more imperative.”

The Festival welcomes art creations that reflect upon the problems, struggles and hopes of the individual and society as a whole,” Panagiotis added.

Legaspi recently won the Special Jury prize for his short film “Manenaya” (Waiting) in the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. He also won second prize for “Primera Bella” in the screenplay category of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature this year. He is one of the fellows of the Asian Film Academy of the 2007 Busan International Film Festival where he studied under renowned filmmakers Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.

Meanwhile, Sanchez also has a Palanca tucked under his belt, winning the grand prize for his screenplay “Hiwaga” in 2009. He currently teaches film, journalism, broadcasting, and other communication subjects at the Far Eastern University and the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila. He attended the Produire au Sud workshop under the World Film Festival of Bangkok.

Legaspi and Sanchez are both members of the Katorse Writers Group, which is comprised of graduates of Ricky Lee’s 14th batch of scriptwriting workshop for film and television.

*Press Release





INDIEpendensya Film Festival

Filmfest for freedom to be held at UP on Sept. 17-19
Are we truly free?
This is the question that various films from here and abroad, including Public Service Advertisements (PSA) made by independent and student filmmakers, will seek to answer in the INDIEpendensya Film Festival to be held on September 17-19, 2012 at the University of the Philippines Film Institute (Cine Adarna and Videotheque), Diliman, Quezon City.
The three-day festival will feature films and forums that tackle the important and often-contentious themes of nationalism, national sovereignty and imperialism. It aims to help raise the level of public awareness on the importance of asserting nationalism amid threats – and actual political and economic intervention – from forces external to us.
Among the films to be screened are Raymond Red’s “Sakay, Lupita Concio’s “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamoSari Lluch Dalena and Camille Griggers’ “Memories of a Forgotten War”, Ron Magbuhos Papag & Kodao Productions’ “Basilan: Siklab ng Digma”, and Southern Tagalog Exposure’s “Ang Kaaway.”
Aside from these classic and contemporary films, INDIEpendensya will also show foreign films that tackle the said themes. These include the classic and definitive documentary film on the US-Vietnam War, Peter Davis’ “Hearts and Minds”.  Important, well-crafted and relevant documentary films such as Stephanie Black’s “Life and Debt”, Connie Field’s “¡Salud!”, Alessandra Keeble’s “Chavez, Venezuela, and the New Latin America” and Linda Hoaglund’s “ANPO: Art X War” will also be shown.
INDIEpendensya Film Festival will also showcase original Public Service Advertisements (PSA) from independent and student filmmakers, which will be screened in between the full-length films. After attending workshops facilitated by esteemed practitioners such as Pat EvangelistaNap JamirRicky Orellana and Sari Dalena, student filmmakers from different universities created a total of almost 40 PSAs that will be competing. Among the judges of the competition are veteran scriptwriter and director Bibeth Orteza, scriptwriter, director and activist Bonifacio Ilagan, and film critic and UP Masscom Dean Rolando Tolentino.
The festival will also feature forums on September 17 and 18. On Sept. 17, 1PM, during the festival opening, a forum on History of National Resistance in Film with Dean Rolando Tolentino will be held before screening the film“Sakay.” The next day, on Sept. 18, 6PM, a forum on Women and Cultural Resistance to Imperialism with world-renowned theater actor and women’s rights activist Ms. Monique Wilson and noted progressive academic and sociology professor Sarah Raymundo will be held before the screening of the Nora Aunor classic “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo.”
“We believe this is an important festival that addresses important issues,” said JL Burgos, one of the festival organizers. “Compared to previous generations, it seems that there is less awareness among the youth and the public about the need to assert our nationalism amid imperialist intervention and exploitation. We want to help in changing that.”
“It is important to question the assumption that we are free, because in many ways and aspects, we are not,” said Ilang-Ilang Quijano, one of the festival organizers and executive director of PinoyMedia Center.
INDIEpendensya Film Festival is sponsored by PinoyMedia Center, Mayday Multimedia, Red Ants Productionsand STAND-UP-CMC, and in cooperation with the UP College of Mass Communication.
FOR MORE INFO, VISIT: indiependensya.wordpress.com
*Press Release

Legaspi’s “Kinulayang Kiti,” “Pamatid-Gutom” to be shown at CineMaralita

Richard Soriano Legaspi’s short films “Kinulayang Kiti” (Hand-Painted Feathers) and “Pamatid-Gutom” (Hunger Pangs) were officially selected to screen as part of the first CineMaralita film festival on September 28 at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

CineMaralita is a film festival featuring short and full-length documentaries and films that highlight the lives and struggles of the Philippine urban poor. Tickets are priced at P50 for regular screenings, P80 for evening screenings, and P500 and P1,000 for patron tickets.

Other films to be shown are Adjani Arumpac’s “Nanay Mameng” on Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m.; Mayday Multimedia’s “Piyon,” Jewel Maranan’s “Kung Balatan ang Bawang,” and EJ Mijares’ “Entablado” on Sept. 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Raymond Red’s “Himpapawid” on Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m.;

Tudla Productions’ “Barikada,” Bulatlat.com’s “Floating Dreams,” ST Exposure’s “Batang Kabute,” and Mayday Multimedia’s “Kuwentong Obrero 1” and “Kuwentong Obrero 2” on Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m.; Ilang-Ilang Quijano’s “Puso ng Lungsod,” EJ Mijares’ “Mula 3rd Ave. Hanggang Dulo,” and “Pamatid-Gutom” on Sept. 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; “Kinulayang Kiti” and Maranan’s “Tundong Magiliw: Pasaan Isinisilang Siyang Mahirap?” on Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m.;

Jim Libiran’s “Happyland” and Kodao Productions’ “Ruta ni Ka Roda” on Sept. 29, 1-3 p.m.; and Lino Brocka’s “Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag” back-to-back with “Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim” on Sept. 29, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., respectively, to close the festival.

Aiming to raise awareness of the general public on the situation of the urban poor, CineMaralita will be held in various schools and universities in Metro Manila in cooperation with academic institutions and organizations.

Aside from the first leg of the festival at the UP CMC auditorium, it will run until December 2012 in line with the commemoration of Human Rights’ Month, and the government’s celebration of the Urban Poor Week.

The event is also an income-generating project aiming to initiate and sustain community actions and projects to work for better socio-economic and cultural welfare of urban poor communities.

Organized by the Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines (UPCRP) with Sining-Kadamay, Cinemaralita will also be a venue of exchanges and convergence between audiences, filmmakers and urban poor organizations as open forums and discussions will be conducted for every screening.

UPRCP is a non-stock, non-profit advocacy institution committed to serve the Filipino urban poor in upholding their rights to basic social services, and in the pursuit of realizing social justice and ending poverty while Sining-Kadamay is a cultural art organization for and from the ranks of the urban poor.

For more details, inquiries, or ticket sales, email cinemaralita@gmail.com or text 0918-3153296.

*Press Release





2 Pinoy docus compete in Montreal

Joseph Israel Laban’s “Mariana” (The Hermit Crab) and Seymour Barros Sanchez’s “Patron ng Laging Saklolo” (Patronage Politics) were officially selected in the full-length and short category, respectively, of the Documentaries of the World Section of the 36th Montreal World Film Festival held at the city of Montreal in Quebec, Canada from August 23 to September 3.

The festival aimed to encourage cultural diversity and understanding among nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.

Aside from featuring documentaries around the world, it also included the following sections: World Competition, First Films World Competition, Hors Concours (World Greats, out-of competition), Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania), Tributes, Cinema Under the Stars, Our Cinema, and Canadian Student Film Festival.

“Mariana” is set in the middle of the traditional Moryonan rites observed every Holy Week on the island of Marinduque.  Mariana receives devastating news from abroad – her sister, Magda, who was working as a domestic in Saudi Arabia is dead. Mariana and her mother then have to deal with the expensive process of repatriating Magda’s remains. Living on top of a mountain of mine tailings in an abandoned mining site, Mariana has very few options to raise funds. Her faith and determination are put to a severe test.

Meanwhile, Sanchez’s “Patron ng Laging Saklolo” explores the similarities between fiestas and elections in the Philippines, as well as the ambivalent role of religion and patronage relations in Philippine politics as a way of re-imagining and re-capturing the meaning of the EDSA events. It chronicles the activities during a typical election season in the Philippines, with a focus on patronage politics and the fiesta attitude of Filipinos.

Laban received his masters in journalism from New York University and has worked as a journalist for media in the Philippines and around the world, including the New York Times and GMA News. His first feature “Cuchera” was widely shown in several international film festivals.

Sanchez is a director and writer of Red Room Media Productions and a professor at the Far Eastern University and College of the Holy Spirit in Manila.  He won the grand prize in the Viva – Pinoy Box Office Digitales competition for his first short film Lababo (Kitchen Sink) and in the screenplay category of the 2009 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for Hiwaga. His films have competed in Thailand, Indonesia, Greece, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1977, the MWFF is one of Canada’s oldest international film festivals and is recognized by FIAPF (Fédération internationale des associations de producteurs de films – the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations) as the only competitive film festival in North America.

*Press Release