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In Nomine Matris bagged Top Honors at Film Festival in New York City

IFFM Best Picture Awardee

International Film Festival Manhattan Best Picture Awardee, In Nomine Matris

Filipino film HUBO Productions’ IN NOMINE MATRIS (In the Name of the Mother) bagged top honors at the recently concluded International Film Festival Manhattan 2014 in New York City.  Director Will Fredo’s dance-drama was named Best Picture, and lead actress Liza Diño was named Best Actress.  Aside from the director and lead actress, the sold-out Opening Night and Encore presentations of the movie was attended by Executive Producer Greg Macaraeg, Marketing Producer Fernell Cruz, and world renowned Flamenco artist choreographer & actress Ms. Clara Ramona.

This is a momentous moment for the movie. In behalf of HUBO, Will Fredo, Greg Macaraeg, Ida Tiongson, Joan T. Manalang, Medwin Garcia, George Sommerrock, we share this honor to the entire cast, crew, patrons, and supporters of In Nomine Matris. Thank you to the audience of New York City, and the entire organization of the growing International Film Festival Manhattan.

Based on real life events, this heart-stomping and intense drama, In Nomine Matris (In the Name of the Mother) dares to capture the passion of women and their dance. At the same time the narrative pays homage to the Philippines’ Spanish heritage and culture.

In the heart of Metro Manila, Mara (Diño), a young dance protégé, seeks to land the principal part of a dance company that is helming a show named In Nomine Matris. On her quest to land the coveted break, a series of events turned her sense of meaning upside down and is faced with a life-changing decision. She turns to her mentor Mercedes (Ramona) and her mother Ava (Monsod) as she searches for answers in the beautifully loud and endlessly moving world she lives in.

The movie also features Jam Pérez, Maradee De Guzman, Bong Cabrera, Leo Rialp, and Joan Palisoc. Flamenco master Clara Ramona dance-choreographs and world jazz musician Bob Aves scores the film, fusing original Filipiniana and Flamenco movement and music.

 

WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING

“In Nomine Matris is the voice of the woman and the dance of her life. Intense and gripping, it is a marvelous fusion of flamenco and folk dances. In form and substance, this film is a winner. I cried in one scene. You gotta watch it.” ~ Marivir Montebon, NYC Executive Editor at OSM (Awesome Global Citizens online magazine)

“In Nomine Matris remains one of the most thematically daring and, ultimately, most visually compelling of films produced in this republic. Dance in this film is not merely an expression of a mood; dance in this film pushes the tale to a finish.” ~ From Tito Genova Valiente, “Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino” (Critics of Philippine Cinema), GAWAD URIAN (Critic’s Choice Awards)

“In Nomine Matris is the first local movie to feature flamenco as part of the story. It could very well be our official introduction to this classical Spanish dance with its elaborate footwork, arm, hand and body movements, sometimes with castanets or a fan.” ~ From Mario Bautista, Movie Critic and Columnist

“In Nomine Matris has a novel solution to most of its trickiest narrative hurdles: dance. It harnesses the heat and passion of flamenco as a means of expressing ideas and emotions that words are insufficient to carry. Whenever the characters arrive at an impasse, they strap on their dancing shoes and pound the dark away.” ~ From Philbert Ortiz Dy, Movie Critic for Click The City

International Film Festival Manhattan Opening Night attendees from the movie IN NOMINE MATRIS  (L-R) Producer Fernell Cruz, Actress Clara Ramona, Actress Liza Diño, Executive Producer Greg Macaraeg

International Film Festival Manhattan Opening Night attendees from the movie IN NOMINE MATRIS (L-R) Producer Fernell Cruz, Actress/Choreographer Clara Ramona, Actress Liza Diño, Executive Producer Greg Macaraeg

2012 IN REVIEW: HUBO’S TOP 10

HARVEST OF HONORS:  The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Office of the Philippine President handed out 6 of the 13 ANI NG DANGAL (HARVEST OF HONORS) recognitions for cinema to artists involved in HUBO Productions films. The awardees were film directors RICA AREVALO, ELLEN RAMOS, and SARAH ROXAS (GANAP NA BABAE), cinematographers GYM LUMBRERA and MICHAEL MANALASTAS (GANAP NA BABAE), and actress LIZA DIÑO (COMPOUND).  ANI NG DANGAL is an annual affair celebrated to give recognition to artists who won top international honors from the previous year in the seven art disciplines of music, dance, cinema, literary arts, visual arts, dramatic arts, and architecture and allied arts with the inclusion of multi-disciplinary arts.

 

UNO, DOS, TRES:  UNO Magazine, a men’s lifestyle magazine, collaborated with HUBO on three undertakings this year.  A fitness flashmob in April in partnership with the Department of Health dubbed “Dance for Life” with a surprising close to 250 participants, a video production showcased during UNO’s 9th Anniversary Party and Issue in August with the theme “UNOversity — Back to Basics”, and IN NOMINE MATRIS partnership with the movie poster launch in the magazine’s September issue and the world premiere after-party in December.

 

Maan Perez Ilustre (L), UNO Magazine Managing Director and Ida Ceniza-Tiongson, HUBO Board Member

Maan Perez Ilustre (L), UNO Magazine Managing Director and Ida Ceniza-Tiongson, HUBO Board Member

 

IN NOMINE MATRIS After Party at the exclusive posh PRIVE club

IN NOMINE MATRIS After Party at the exclusive posh PRIVE club

 

100 HONOREES:  HUBO Productions founders WILL FREDO and GREG MACARAEG honored among the 100 Outstanding Filipinos in the USA by the Press Photographers Philippines-USA and Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc.  Both received the award during a black-tie charity event in July at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles, California.

HUBO Productions' Mad Men Greg Macaraeg (L) and Will Fredo

HUBO Productions’ Mad Men Greg Macaraeg (L) and Will Fredo
Photography by Kim Guanzon, Make-up by Laa Hernando-Guanzon, Stylist/Creative Direction by Roldan Din

 

Greg Macaraeg and Will Fredo, Outstanding Filipinos in the USA

Greg Macaraeg and Will Fredo, Outstanding Filipinos in the USA

 

THUMBS UP FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES:  HUBO co-produced Outside Inside’s entry to the Annual New York International Fringe Festival, NIGHT OF THE AUK, the first major New York revival after more than 50 years of this Arch Oboler’s play.  Positive reviews received and The New York Times agreed.

NIGHT OF THE AUK - Official Poster

NIGHT OF THE AUK – Official Poster

 

Adam Levi in action with the ensemble cast of the revival of NIGHT OF THE AUK

Adam Levi in action with the ensemble cast of the revival of NIGHT OF THE AUK

 

GANAP NA BABAE STRIKES BACK:  The film about women and written and directed by women became a box office hit during the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, screening to an SRO crowd and breaking the record for an independent  film single screening in Cagayan de Oro.  GANAP NA BABAE was also screened in San Francisco during the Filipino Arts and Cinema International (FACINE) Festival.

ACTIVE VISTA FILM FESTIVAL 2012 - Official Poster

ACTIVE VISTA FILM FESTIVAL 2012 – Official Poster

 

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA Cagayan De Oro, Director Rica Arevalo in Photo

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA Cagayan De Oro, Director Rica Arevalo in Photo

 

FACINE19 Film Festival – Official Poster

 

Program Director Mauro Tumbocon Jr (left) with Guests

Program Director Mauro Tumbocon Jr (left) with Guests

 

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM:  Resident Director WILL FREDO was the recipient of the Best Director award during the year’s International Film Festival Manhattan NYC.  Fredo was recognized for the HUBO-produced film THE CAREGIVER.

THE CAREGIVER - Official International Poster

THE CAREGIVER – Official International Poster

 

IFFM Best Director Awardee, Will Fredo (THE CAREGIVER)

IFFM Best Director Awardee, Will Fredo (THE CAREGIVER)

 

SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS:  GANAP NA BABAE named the first recipient of the Mount Hope Project Award which recognizes films that present social issues in the hope that it will be a catalyst for change.   Mount Hope Project is a non-profit organization that uses film and the arts to make a direct impact on lives of the underprivileged residents of Payatas in Quezon City, Philippines.  The award was given during the International Film Festival Manhattan NYC.

GANAP NA BABAE (Garden of Eve) - Official International Poster

GANAP NA BABAE (Garden of Eve) – Official International Poster

 

GANAP NA BABAE: Mount Hope Project Awardee

GANAP NA BABAE: Mount Hope Project Awardee

 

CO-INDIE-PENDENCE:   HUBO Productions was a partner to two independent outfits in the realization of Cinema One Originals entries — Solito Arts’ BAYBAYIN (directed by Auraeus Solito) and Origin8 Media’s SLUMBER PARTY (directed by Emmanuel Dela Cruz).

BAYBAYIN - Official Poster

BAYBAYIN – Official Poster

 

HUBO's Ida Tiongson (5th from L) with the cast and crew of BAYBAYIN

HUBO’s Ida Tiongson (5th from L) with the cast and crew of BAYBAYIN

 

SLUMBER PARTY - Official Poster

SLUMBER PARTY – Official Poster

 

Ida Tiongson (HUBO Exec), Venus Raj (Beauty Queen), Ining Dalmacio (HUBO Associate), and Emmanuel Dela Cruz (Director)

Ida Tiongson (HUBO Exec), Venus Raj (Beauty Queen), Ining Dalmacio (HUBO Associate), and Emmanuel Dela Cruz (Director)

 

BRAVO, INDIE! :   WILL FREDO recognized by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as one of this year’s Indie Bravo awards honorees.  Fredo joined an influential list that included Brillante Mendoza, Auraeus Solito, Jaclyn Jose, Eugene Domingo, Eddie Garcia and Nora Aunor.  Eugene Domingo, Eddie Garcia and Nora Aunor.The Inquirer Indie Tribute honors movie icons—filmmakers and actors who have made waves in the international and local scenes.

INDIE BRAVO Award of Distinction, Will Fredo

INDIE BRAVO Award of Distinction, Will Fredo

 

INDIE BRAVO Awardees - Directors and Filmmakers

INDIE BRAVO Awardees – Directors and Filmmakers

 

Will Fredo and Nora Aunor, INDIE BRAVO! Awardees

Will Fredo and Nora Aunor, INDIE BRAVO! Awardees

 

IN NOMINE MATRIS SHINES:  The original and first Flamenco-Filipiniana film, written and directed by WILL FREDO, bagged two trophies during the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night — New Wave Category Most Gender Sensitive Film and Best Actress for LIZA DIÑO.

Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Winners Liza Diño and Will Fredo

Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Winners Liza Diño and Will Fredo

 

Best Actress Winner Liza Diño

Best Actress Winner Liza Diño

 

Most Gender-Sensitive Film Winner IN NOMINE MATRIS

Most Gender-Sensitive Film Winner IN NOMINE MATRIS

 

In addition IN NOMINE MATRIS is the New Wave Category box office topnotcher of the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival.  The movie stars Liza Diño, Biboy Ramirez, Al Gatmaitan introducing Tami Monsod and Clara Ramona with Maradee De Guzman, Jam Pérez, Bong Cabrera, Joan Palisoc, and Leo Rialp.

Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave 2012

Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave 2012

 

IN NOMINE MATRIS cast and crew at the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night

IN NOMINE MATRIS cast and crew at the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night

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IN NOMINE MATRIS SPOTTED

In Nomine Matris at Fitness First

In Nomine Matris at Fitness First

In Nomine Matris at Fitness First
In Nomine Matris at Fitness First

Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) Breaking Hearts and Record

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


“Wow! Talo pa ang Twilight sa haba ng pila sa Active Vista sa SM CDO! Congrats Xavier University!” ~ Leni Velasco posted, Executive Director of DAKILA

“So, apparently, Active Vista is breaking records in SM Cagayan de Oro. SRO screening now and huge crowd still lined up to enter the cinema. Wohooo!” ~ Leni Velasco posted, Executive Director of DAKILA

“Kayo ang Totoong Paraan. The BEST FEATURE FESTIVAL of relevant films. Mahal namin kayo! :)” ~ Emmanuel Dela Cruz posted, Film Director

“Nakakataba ng puso! Directors Sarah Roxas and Ellen Ramos were missed but we’re glad Rica Arevalo went to do the film discussion! Her news brought us joy, ramdam namin ang saya sa Cagayan De Oro. Congratulations to Dakila, Active Vista Film Festival, Xavier University, and to everyone involved in this effort! Sa uulitin!” ~ Will Fredo, Ganap Na Babae Executive Producer

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO


GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

GANAP NA BABAE in SM CINEMA CDO

SLUMBER PARTY: A CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2012 FILM FESTIVAL ENTRY

CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2012
presents

in association with Origin8 Media, HUBO Productions Inc., and Christian Diamzon Pictures

SLUMBER PARTY
a film by Emman Dela Cruz
Starring Archie Alemania, RK Bagatsing, Sef Cadayona, Markki Stroem
with special participation of
Niño Muhlach, Maey Bautista, Betong Sumaya, and Ms. Venus Raj

2012 CINEMA ONE ORIGINAL FESTIVAL

Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 at Robinsons Galleria
Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 at the EDSA Shangri-La Cineplex 

SLUMBER PARTY Official Poster

SLUMBER PARTY Official Poster
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BABAYIN: A CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2012 FESTIVAL OFFICIAL ENTRY

CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2012
presents

in association with Solito Arts with the support of HUBO Productions Inc.,

BAYBAYIN
Written and Directed by Auraeus Solito
Starring Assunta De Rossi, Adrian Sebastian, Alessandra De Rossi2012 CINEMA ONE ORIGINAL FESTIVAL

Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 at Robinsons Galleria
Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 at the EDSA Shangri-La Cineplex 

BAYBAYIN Official Poster

BAYBAYIN Official Poster
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Five Independent New Wave Opens the 38th MMFF

As first seen on COMMUTER EXPRESS (Entertainment Express section by Arsenio ‘Archie’ Liao)

Shout-out to the Creative Artists behind the In Nomine Matris poster:
Kim Guanzon (photography), Laa-Hernando Guanzon (make-up), and Roldan Din (stylist/art direction)

In Nomine Matris Official Poster in Commuter Express

In Nomine Matris Official Poster in Commuter Express
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2012 International Film Festival Manhattan Awards Night

The 2nd Annual International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) held its Opening Night and Awards Ceremony last November 8 at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate in Manhattan, New York a day after a strong Nor’easter hit the city that is still recovering from the devastation brought about by Hurricane Sandy.

The festival is scheduled to run from November 9th till the 15th with all film screenings at the Quad Cinemas in Manhattan.

IFFM founders Luis Pedron and Gerry Balasta expressed their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped them achieve their goal of showcasing and entertaining the diverse films in all genres and scope to equal the diversity of New York.

Here’s a complete list and snapshots from the Opening/Awards Night courtesy of Rex Romero, Fernell Cruz, and blogger Felix Manuel.

International Film Festival Manhattan Awards Night

International Film Festival Manhattan Awards Night

 

International Film Festival Manhattan 2012 Award Categories and Winners

2012 Mount Hope Project Awardees:

-“21 and a WakeUp”

– “ABC Nunca Mas”

-“Ganap Na Babae”

 

Best Director
-Will Fredo, “The Caregiver”

Best Cinematographer
-“I’ve Only Just Begun.”

Best Actress
-Tara Samuel, “Ruby Booby”

Best Actor
– Jacky Woo, “Haruo”

Independent Achievement Award (Short)
-Crystal Diane Stevens, “Organized Criminal”

Global Achievement in Acting/Independent Achievement Award (Feature)
– Jacky Woo, “Haruo”

 

Film Winners and Nominees:

*Best Short:
“Organized Criminal”
“Just a Joke”
“TheRapist”

Winner: “Just a Joke”

*Best Music Video:
“Living – Arrested Development”
“The Magic Rabbit 2”

Winner: “”Living – Arrested Development”

*Best US Documentary:
“Oxygen for the Ears Living Jazz”
“The YES Movie”
“Teach”

Winner: “Oxygen for the Ears Living Jazz”

*Best Global Documentary:
“Inori-Prayer Conversation with Something Great”
“ABC Nunca Mas”

Winner: “Inori – Prayer Conversation with Something Great”

*Best US Narrative:
“Theresa is a Mother”
“Musical Chairs”

Winner: “Theresa is a Mother”

*Best Global Narrative:
“The Foreigner”
“Misterioso Asasenito en el Aulas”

Winner: “The Foreigner”

*Most Popular Competition on Facebook Awarded Thurs Nov 15, 2012.

Runner Up:
ALIBI
Counting Happiness
TheRAPIST

Winner: “Counting Happiness”

 

2012 IFFM Best Director Will Fredo with Actress Liza Diño

2012 IFFM Best Director Will Fredo with Actress Liza Diño

 

2012 IFFM Best Actress Tara Samuel and her family

2012 IFFM Best Actress Tara Samuel and her family

 

2012 IFFM Best Global Narrative "The Foreigner"

2012 IFFM Best Global Narrative “The Foreigner”

 

2012 IFFM Best Short "Just a Joke" (Italy)

2012 IFFM Best Short “Just a Joke” (Italy)

 

As seen first Nov. 08, 2012 from columnist/blogger Felix Manuel: http://felixmanuel.opmbworldwide.com/post/35389602261/2012-international-film-festival-manhattan-awards [more photos in blog site]

Photo Credits: Rex Romero

FIRST LOOK : THE CAREGIVER Official Trailer

CLICK HERE >> THE CAREGIVER ON VIMEO from HUBO Productions on Vimeo.

IN NOMINE MATRIS in UNO Magazine’s Anniversary Issue

Hot off the press, first look at the IN NOMINE MATRIS (In the Name of the Mother) movie poster.

Put your hands on a copy of UNO Magazine’s Anniversary Issue and see for yourself.  Available in your regular magazine stands and bookstores.

http://unomagazine.com.ph/

IN NOMINE MATRIS – OFFICIAL POSTER
[ Photography by Kim Guanzon, Make-up by Laa Hernando-Guanzon, Art Direction by Roldan Din ]

In Nomine Matris in UNO Magazine

In Nomine Matris in UNO Magazine
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THUMBS UP from THE NEW YORK TIMES : Outside Inside and HUBO Productions’ NIGHT OF THE AUK “a finer piece of immense silliness”

NIGHT OF THE AUK, an Outside Inside and HUBO Productions fringe festival play reviewed in THE NEW YORK TIMES
Source : http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/new-york-fringe-festival-report-night-of-the-auk/

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NIGHT OF THE AUK featured in ARTS BEAT: THE NEW YORK TIMES (click article for readability)
NIGHT OF THE AUK featured in ARTS BEAT: THE NEW YORK TIMES (Photo by David Gazzo)

From left, Michael Ross Albert, Suzy Kimball, Hannah Timmons and Brian Rhinehard.
NIGHT OF THE AUK featured in ARTS BEAT: THE NEW YORK TIMES
(Photo by David Gazzo)

HUBO PRODUCTIONS: An independent company as featured in EAST LifeStyle: The Asian Journal Magazine

HUBO Productions' Mad Men Greg Macaraeg (Left) with Will Fredo

HUBO Productions’ Mad Men Greg Macaraeg (Left) with Will Fredo
Photography by Kim Guanzon, Make-up by Laa Hernando-Guanzon, Stylist/Creative Direction by Roldan Din

 

HUBO Productions featured in East LifeStyle: The Asian Journal
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