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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Call for Entries: PeliKultura - The 2010 Calabarzon Film Festival

The University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, in cooperation with pelikuLAB-Samasining, Dept. of Humanities, will hold PELIKULTURA: The Calabarzon Film Festival 2010 on Dec.9,10,11 at UPLB.

In line with this, we are now accepting short film entries showcasing the region's culture and heritage. The film should be made in 2010 and by filmmakers residing in the region. Deadline for entries is on or before Oct. 31 at 5 pm.

The winners of the competition will receive cash prizes and certificates of participation, and the winning films will have the chance to be screened in NCCA's Cinemarehiyon 2011 in Davao City in February.

Here are the detailed rules and guidelines for submission:

1. All entries should be original. It is encouraged that the filmmaker use original music for their films, but if this is not the case, she or he should secure permission to use copyrighted materials appearing in the film.

2. The filmmaker/s should be residents of any of Calabarzon provinces namely, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. Filmmaker should submit proof of residence (cedula, ID indicating address, barangay clearance, etc.).

3. The film should be made in 2010 and should showcase the region's culture and heritage, specifically that of the filmmaker's province.

4. Entries should be a short film. All film genres (e.g. narrative, documentary, experimental, animation) are accepted. Running time should not exceed 20 minutes, but longer films may be considered for valid reasons but should not exceed 60 minutes.

5. A filmmaker may submit more than one entry, but there is no guarantee that all will be screened. A shortlist of finalists will be released in early November.

6. The film should have English subtitles in consideration of foreign audience.

7. Filmmaker should submit duly accomplished submission form, one (1) DVD format and one (1) AVI file of the film, trailer in AVI format, and poster in CD form.

8. Shortlisted filmmakers should attend the three-day film festival on Dec. 9-11 at UP Los Baños.

9. The organizers reserve the right not to show the film deemed unsuitable for general patronage. Filmmaker should notify the organizers if the film contains explicit language and images.

10. Winners will receive cash prizes and certificate of participation. The winning film has the chance to be screened in NCCA's Cinemarehiyon 2011 in Davao City.

11. All entries should be received on or before Oct. 31 at 5:00 pm. Send your entries to Katrina Ross Tan, Department of Humanities, 2nd Floor, CAS Annex 1 Bldg., UP Los Banos.

Submission form and other pertinent documents could be foundat PeliKultura's Facebook fanpage (

For inquiries, contact the pelikulab Secretariat and 0916.375.1339.
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Sunday, October 03, 2010

YCC Bares All The Year's Best For 2009

YCC bares all the year's best for 2009

The Film Desk of the Young Critics Circle formally announces the winners of the critics' group's annual awards for distinguished achievement in films of 2009. Three films all from debuting directors lead the recipients of top honors for various categories.

Ralston Jover's Bakal Boys (Children Metal Divers) won Best Film of the Year and Best Cinematography and Visual Design. Armando Lao's Biyaheng Lupa (Soliloquy) bagged Best Screenplay and Best Sound and Aural Orchestration. Pepe Diokno's Engkwentro (Clash) clinched Best Achievement in Film Editing. The sixth award - for Best Performance honor - went to Janice de Belen in a lead role for Last Viewing.

Established in 1990, YCC is the academe-based critics group. Its members are attentive observers of Philippine cinema who constantly bring into the analysis of film an interdisciplinary approach.The organization departs from many conventions of other award-giving bodies both here and abroad in bestowing cinematic honors. For instance, the award for Best Film of the Year is reserved for the director such that no separate prize for direction is needed. The Best Performance award is most coveted as it is conferred on a screen performer whether male or female, adult or child, individual or as part of an ensemble, in leading or supporting role. To uphold a more dynamic and encompassing way of looking at films, technical honors refer to fusion of outstanding efforts in fields otherwise deemed apart. In this case, the Best Cinematography and Visual Design recognition covers both camerawork and art direction. Similarly, Best Sound and Aural Orchestration encompasses not just sound engineering per se but musical score as well.

YCC drew its selection from both regular and non-regular releases comprising the entirety of Philippine cinema output in 2009. Some titles had to be dropped out of consideration if they failed to have a total of three or more screenings before a paying or non-paying audience in any one or more public venues within the given calendar year.

In thorough deliberations leading to final voting last 16 September 2010, “Bakal Boys” – the story of children who scavenge for scrap metal in the murky waters of Manila Bay to make a living – emerged as the clear frontrunner as it is the only selected film to figure in all six categories of this year’s YCC roster of honor.

The other three Best Picture nominees – “Last Viewing”, “Biyaheng Lupa” and “Engkwentro” – got less number of nominations but were rewarded just the same with their own respective awards.

This year’s Best Screenplay category proved to be strongest yielding the most number of nominees compared to the rest. Three of the Best Picture contenders were joined in the said category by two more titles, namely, Veronica Velasco’s “Last Supper No. 3” and Alvin Yapan’s “Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe”.

The same three Best Picture contenders also landed slots in the Best Performance category with eventual winner De Belen’s individual performance from “Last Viewing”pitted against another individual performance by a virtual non-actor – Meljun Ginto – from “Bakal Boys”, the ensemble performance by the entire cast from “Biyaheng Lupa” and lastly, that by the novel tandem of elderly stars – Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio – from Brillante Mendoza’s “Lola”.

YCC is set to issue critical essays for public dissemination expounding on the merit of its choices for this year’s conferment of honors officially billed as 20th Annual Circle Citations for Distinguished Achievement in Film. Among previous films in recent years to attain YCC’s topmost distinction are “Inang Yaya” (2006), “Foster Child” (2007) and “Adela” (2008).

A list of complete winners and nominees for this year’s YCC film awards presented by categories is as follows:

Young Critics Circle Film Desk Awards

20th Annual Circle Citations for Distinguished Achievement in Film for 2009

Best Film of the Year

Winner: Bakal Boys directed by Ralston Jover (Apogee Productions; Albert Almendralejo and Bessie Badilla, Producers; Celso de Guzman, Line Producer)


Last Viewing directed by Roni Bertubin (Davis Entertainment; Liza Davis, Executive Producer; Ferdinand Lapuz, Antonio de Guzman Jr. and Olivia Madrigal, Producers; Roberto OJY Yap, Associate Producer)

Biyaheng Lupa directed by Armando Lao (Quantum Films; Joji Alonso, Josephine Bautista-Tence and Armando Lao, Executive Producers; Jocelyn D. Bracamonte and Ferdinand Lapuz, Producers)

Engkwentro directed by Pepe Diokno (Pepe Diokno, Producer; Joji Alonso, Associate Producer; Amor Olaguer, Line Producer)

Best Screenplay

Winner: Biyaheng Lupa (Quantum Films) – Armando Lao


Last Viewing (Davis Entertainment) – Romualdo Avellanosa

Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe (Rolyo Productions) – Alvin Yapan

Last Supper No. 3 (Beinte Singko Mil Productions) – Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel

Bakal Boys (Apogee Productions) – Ralston Jover and Henry Burgos

Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design

Winner: Bakal Boys (Apogee Productions) – Ruben de la Cruz and Carlo Mendoza, Directors of Photography; Deans Habal, Production Designer


Engkwentro (Pepe Diokno) – Emman Pascual, Director of Photography; Leeroy New, Production Designer

Best Achievement in Film Editing

Winner: Engkwentro (Pepe Diokno) – Ralph Crisostomo, Miko Araneta, Orlean Tan


Last Viewing (Davis Entertainment) – Lee Mi Soon

Bakal Boys (Apogee Productions) – Charliebebs Gohetia, Kats Serraon

Best Achievement in Sound and Aural Orchestration

Winner: Biyaheng Lupa (Quantum Films) – Ditoy Aguila and Nolet Clemente, Sound Engineers; Gian Gianan, Musical Director


Engkwentro (Pepe Diokno) – Mark Laccay, Sound Designer

Bakal Boys (Apogee Productions) – Mark Locsin, Sound Engineer; Teresa Barrozo, Musical Director

Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role

Winner: Janice de Belen in Last Viewing (Davis Entertainment)


Duo Performance by Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio in Lola (Centerstage Productions)

Ensemble Performance by the Entire Cast in Biyaheng Lupa (Quantum Films)

Meljun Ginto in Bakal Boys (Apogee Productions)

Film Desk of the Young Critics Circle: Prof. Jason P. Jacobo (President), Dr. Eloisa May P. Hernandez, Prof. Gerard R. A. Lico, Dr. Patrick D. Flores, Nonoy L. Lauzon, Dr. Flaudette May V. Datuin, Romulo Baquiran Jr., Noel D. Ferrer, Dr. Galileo S. Zafra (on leave), Dr. Eli R. Guieb, Dr. Jerry C. Respeto (on leave), Prof. Neil Martial R. Santillan (on leave), Eileen C. Legaspi-Ramirez.
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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Likhang Kamay Bazaar to Showcase Local Artisans

Likhang Kamay Bazaar to Showcase Local Artisans
100% Handmade Goods at Three-Day Fair at RCBC Plaza Oct. 21 – 23

Skip the mall and shop handmade this holiday season at Likhang Kamay: The Artisans Circle by Yuchengco Museum, a three-day open-air bazaar where over 20 especially invited vendors will sell their handcrafted wares. The bazaar is on October 21 to 23, Thursday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the courtyard of RCBC Plaza (corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat, Makati). Likhang Kamay will bring together local products made by artisans, artists, and community and livelihood groups from all over the country.

Likhang Kamay offers Filipino unique, artistic, and high-quality treasures rarely seen in malls. Pick one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and loved ones—whether it’s fashion-forward jewelry and clothing, embellished fabrics, modern home décor and ceramics, fine prints and stationery, or regional coffee and delicacies. All items are handmade from a variety of media, including fabric, clay, metal, paper, and much more.

Come for early Christmas shopping and directly support local artists, craftsmen, and communities. Enjoy coffee and refreshments while you shop, talk to the talents behind the artistic creations, and visit the Yuchengco Museum right across. Bazaar entrance is only P20, and includes free admission to museum exhibits and events.

Likhang Kamay: The Artisans Circle by Yuchengco Museum is hosted by the Yuchengco Museum. For details about Likhang Kamay, call the museum at 889-1234 or e-mail
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Friday, October 01, 2010

Pelicula 9th Spanish Film Festival Schedule

Official Section
September 30 to October 10, 2010
Greenbelt 3, Cinema 1

Ticket Price: P65

Pelicula 9th Spanish Film Festival 2010 Schedule
@ Greenbelt Cinema

September 30 (7:00p.m. / 9:30p.m.)
Greenbelt 3, Cinema5
Encuentros en el cine. Meet Spanish scriptwriter Lola Mayo.

October 1 (9:30p.m. / 12:00a.m.)
Greenbelt 3, Cinema1
Sesión golfa + Cinema From Peru

October 2 (12:00a.m.)
Greenbelt 3, Cinema1
Sesión golfa

October 3 (7:00p.m. / 9:30p.m.)
Greenbelt 3, Cinema1
Encuentros en el cine. Meet the
Spanish director Isaki Lacuesta

October 4 (7:00p.m. / 9:30p.m.)
Greenbelt 3, Cinema1
Argentinean Night: El secreto de sus ojos, Luna de Avellaneda
October 5 (7:00p.m. / 9:30p.m.)
Greenbelt 3, Cinema1
Chilean Night: El chacotero
sentimental, Cachimba

October 6 (7:00p.m. / 9:30p.m.)
Greenbelt 3, Cinema1
Mexican Night:Otilia Ruada, Desierto adentro

October 7 (4:30p.m./ 7:00p.m. / 9:30p.m.) Greenbelt 3, Cinema5
Encuentros en el cine. Meet the
Spanish director Miguel Albaladejo

October 10 (7:00p.m. / 9:30p.m.)
Greenbelt 3, Cinema1
Closing Night: Happyland. Audience Choice.

For further information on the films, call Instituto Cervantes de Manila (526 1482)
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Art Flood 2010

A Heritage Pilgrimage

Art Flood 2010

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at
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Art Classes This Sembreak at Young Artists' Studio

This sembreak, break away from regular activities and explore your creative potential. Young Artists’ Studio, an art place run by art educators and practitioners, offers a variety of courses that will surely bring out the artist in you.

ART FOR BEGINNERS (for ages 4-8)
3 hours per session / 6 sessions
October 25-30, 2010
Php 3,800 inclusive of art materials

PORTRAITURE* (for ages 10 above)
2 hours per session / 8 sessions
MWF: October 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, November 3, 5, 2010
Php 5,500- inclusive of art materials

BASIC PAINTING (for all ages)
2 hours per session / 8 sessions
MWFSun: October 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 2010
Php 5,000- inclusive of art materials

BASIC DRAWING (for all ages)
2 hours per session / 8 sessions
TTHS: October 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, November 2, 4, 2010
Php 5,000- inclusive of art materials

2 hours per session / 8 sessions
TTHS: October 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, November 2, 4, 2010
Php 5,500- inclusive of art materials

BASIC ANIMATION (for all ages)
7 hours per session / 5 sessions
October 25-29, 2010
Php 7,500- inclusive of art materials


2 hrs per session / 8 sessions
Saturdays: October 30, November 6, 13, 23, 27, December 4, 11, 18, 2010
Php 4,500- inclusive of art materials

BASIC PAINTING for Adults and Teens BATCH 5
Sundays: October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19, 2010
Php 6,000- inclusive of art materials

* Workshop participants for Portraiture and Still Life Drawing should have finished basic painting/drawing programs from YAS, or, undergo diagnostic exercise to get recommendations from YAS head teacher.

For course descriptions and other details, please check out our website or contact us through the following:

Landlline: (632) 964-5951
Mobile: 09178378897 / 0917-5685939

Young Artists’ Studio will hold Sembreak classes at its new office located at 2nd Floor CK Building Visayas Avenue Quezon City (in front of Shell gasoline station). Inquiries prior to workshop sched shall be entertained at the old studio (Unit 3A MS Tower #29 Road 8 Proj. 6 Q.C.)

The Young Artists’ Studio (YAS) is a venue for young artists to learn art production at an early age. YAS is managed by art practitioners with a vision to develop young artists who will contribute to the art community in the near future. YAS believes the art is a powerful tool to influence communities, improve lives, and transform the society.
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