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2012: The Year in Lead Actresses   7 comments

2012 lead actresses

Hey there everyone! And Happy New Year once again from Tit for Tat! ūüėÄ

There’s no better way to kick off 2013 with a blog post that covers a topic awards prognosticators love the most:¬†BEST ACTRESS.¬†The past few days, I have been covering acting performances in local cinema, and we’ve already tackled¬†supporting actresses,¬†supporting actors and¬†lead actors. To complete the list, here’s my coverage of lead actress.


There’s no better person more fitting to begin this coverage with the one and only Superstar herself Nora Aunor. After years of absence in local filmmaking scene, she is back with Brillante Mendoza’s¬†Thy Womb as midwife Shaleha who wants to grant her husband’s wish of having a child. Aside from La Aunor, Gina Alajar‘s role as the matriarch in Adolf Alix’s¬†Mater Dolorosa¬†gives her a huge possibility to have an awards comeback as well. A pair of Kapamilya actresses can find themselves contending at different award giving bodies: Angel Locsin will definitely be nominated either for her role as the sultry Princess in¬†Unofficially Yours though my bet is she’ll get nods ¬†for her role as a mother who will do anything for her son in the MMFF entry¬†One More Try.¬†Bea Alonzo‘s most mature performance to date as the title role in Olivia Lamasan’s¬†The Mistress can reap some nods as well. As for the fifth spot, a consecutive visit at award giving bodies is plausible for veteran actress Shamaine Buencamino, this time, for her comedic turn in Loy Arcenas’s¬†Requieme.


Aside from the five names above, other¬†noteworthy¬†lead actress performances the past year were from Jodi Sta. Maria as the newest member of Adoracion Convent in¬†Aparisyon,¬†Pokwang as another mother who sacrificied as an OFW in the US in¬†A Mother’s Story, and¬†French actress Isabelle Huppert having the most vital role in Brillante Mendoza’s Berlin entry¬†Captive. Vilma Santos can get in based on name status alone for her movie last year,¬†The Healing,¬†while Lauren Young as the psycho best friend of Maxene Magalona in¬†Catnip can break through the awards circuit too. Other performances that gained buzz this year were Cinemalaya Best Actress winner Ama Quiambao in¬†Diablo,¬†Erich Gonzales who is in search of her sister in Manila in¬†Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi,¬†Veronica Santiago who plays the charming ¬†title role in¬†Pascalina,¬†LJ Reyes who resorted to being the town prostitute in¬†Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino,¬†and Judy Ann Santos as the owner of the diary in¬†Mga Mumunting Lihim.


As for the rest of the race, there’s also Anne Curtis, not as the other woman, in¬†A Secret Affair, the pair of Fe GingGing Hyde and Glorypearl Dy trying to escape in¬†Ang Paglalakbay ng Mga Bituin ng Gabing Madilim,¬†Mylene Dizon as the other nun in¬†Aparisyon,¬†and Cinema One Originals Best Actress Mara Lopez in¬†Palitan.¬†There’s also the performances of Erich Gonzales as the¬†unang aswang¬†in¬†Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang,¬†Angelica Panganiban as the naive Majoy in¬†Every Breath U Take,¬† and real life sisters¬†Assunta and Alessandra de Rossi in¬†Baybayin.¬†Lastly, Angel Aquino can also see herself nominated either for her performance as the torn mother in¬†Amorosa: The Revenge or as the reporter who everybody thought was dead in Biktima.

That’s it. Who are your bets this year? Are you excited for the coming award giving bodies? I sure am! ūüôā

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Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2012 Review: Part 2   5 comments

Hi everyone! Before I start with the second of my four part Cinema One coverage, we’d go to a quick update of what has happened since. LOL. First, I managed to see a screening of Arnel Mardoquio’s¬†Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, and boy was it worth it. Anyway, more of that later. Also, the winners for the festival were already revealed with¬†Pascalina getting Best Picture, Alex Medina and Mara Lopez (both from¬†Palitan)¬†receiving Best Actor and Best Actress respectively, and¬†Catnip‘s Kevin Dayrit winning Best Director.

If you haven’t seen the first part, here’s the link¬†which includes reviews of Dwein Baltazar’s¬†Mamay Umeng, Adolf Alix Jr.’s¬†Mater Dolorosa, Emmanuel dela Cruz’s¬†Slumber Party,¬†and Khavn dela Cruz’s¬†EDSA XXX.

Now, off to the reviews: Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Madilim na Gabi
Director: Arnel Mardoquio
Starring: Fe GingGing Hyde, Irish Karl Monsanto, Roger Gonzalez, Gloria Pearl Dy
Competition: Cinema One Currents

The movie follows the escape of three Muslim rebels, together with a ten year old kid who’s seeking revenge for his parents, in the midst of the Bangsa Moro issues in Mindanao.

To sum this one up, ¬†this film really beautiful. More than the postcard worthy cinematography and the wonderful music all throughout, what captivates me about the film is its simplicity. We get to follow these four people, see their plight, and join their journey. There’s a deeper sense of understanding that this film brings without lecturing its viewers. The movie might be one of the longer ones in the festival, but you’ll never feel bore while watching. The film also boasts of exceptional performances especially from Fe GingGing Hyde and Gloria Pearl Dy who I’ll be rooting for in the coming awards season. Definitely one of the festival’s bests.

Grade: 4.5/5


Director: Pam Miras
Starring: Mara Veronica Santos, PeeWee O’Hara, Cara Eriguel. Alex Medina
Competition: Cinema One Currents

Pascalina (Santos) discovers that she has the blood of an aswang running into her veins. We now follow how she dealt with it and how this changes her life.

Pascalina is a wonderful character study of someone who’s battling her monster within literally and figuratively. This film has the fortune of having an interesting premise that was sustained all throughout. Once Pascalina entered in the scene, you get to be more interested with her and that follows all throughout the movie. I felt that Mara Veronica Santos gave the title role justice, and she was consistent all throughout. Small roles like those of PeeWee O’Hara (who I think was seated beside me during the screening) as the aunt, and Ian Galliguez as the boss were also worthy. The camera used was hit or miss, though. On one hand, it adds to the effect of the “unraveling¬†aswang” while on the other, it can really be distracting.

Grade: 3.5/5


Director: Kevin Dayrit
Starring: Lauren Young, Maxene Magalona, Rommel Luna
Competition: Cinema One Currents

A closer look at the friendship between introvert Liv (Young) who has family issues and Cieca (Magalona) who lives a life that is perfect from the outside but empty on the inside.

For what it’s worth, the whole movie and its premise is interesting. There were a lot of approaches that were unique and some funny bits in it. However, for a film this short (I think it runs 70-75 minutes tops, credits included), the sudden rush of the third act caught everyone off guard and not in a good way. Many times while watching, I can’t prevent myself from thinking that the film is more style, less substance, and while there were some good things in it, there’s a lot left to be desired here. That, or it targets a specific audience that I don’t belong to. Still though, Lauren Young was fantastic in it, and probably her best performance yet (aside from her quick enjoyable stint as Mama Mary in Erik Matti’s¬†Vesuvius).

Grade: 2.5/5

So seven down, six more to go. I’ll continue my Cinema One Originals coverage tomorrow with Gym Lumbera’s¬†Anak Araw,¬†Aureus Solito’s¬†Baybayin, and Christina Linaban’s¬†Aberya.

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