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In Nomine Matris premieres in Spain

In Nomine Matris - Official PosterIN NOMINE MATRIS is the Closing Film at the VII Ciclo de Cine y Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain

Filipino independent movie IN NOMINE MATRIS (In the Name of the Mother) by writer and director Will Fredo has been selected to be the closing film at this year’s VII Ciclo de Cine y Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain. The yearly celebration of Flamenco films at the heart and origins of the dance, Andalusia, Spain, will premiere the movie at its capital in Sevilla this July 4th as the festival’s closing film. Instituto Andaluz Del Flamenco, Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Government of Andalusia with the support of UNESCO and Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS) organize the festival.

As critic and columnist Mario Bautista declares, “In Nomine Matris is the first local [Filipino] 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.” The movie, produced by HUBO Productions, is the first Filipino film to be presented in the Festival. In Nomine Matris stars 38th Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Best Actress Liza Diño (also a contender for the Best Actress plum of the forthcoming Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino URIAN Awards) together with Biboy Ramirez, Al Gatmaitan, Tami Monsod, and Clara Ramona (URIAN Best Supporting Actress nominee).

“Kinakabahan ako actually. To show the people of Andalusia (Spain) our movie is a big deal. The place is the heart of Flamenco, they can be really critical about the art form. But for the film festival to invite and appreciate what we tried to do in In Nomine Matris is very humbling,” expresses Fredo.  “It’s about time we highlight the thriving topnotch Flamenco artists we have here in the Philippines,” he added. As articulated by Tito Genova Valiente, Chairman of Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, “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.”

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.

In Nomine Matris closes VII Ciclo de Cine y Flamenco

In Nomine Matris closes VII Ciclo de Cine y Flamenco

IN NOMINE MATRIS (Sa Ngalan ng Ina) GOES NATIONWIDE

IN NOMINE MATRIS opens MAY 8 in SM Mega Mall, SM North, SM Manila, SM Centerpoint, SM Marikina, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, Robinsons Galleria, Star Mall (Metropolis Alabang), Gaisano Cineplex (Cebu), Eden Cinema (Cebu City), and starting MAY 10 in GMALL (Gaisano Davao City). Additional theaters will be announced or check your local theater listings during the release date.  TRAILER and SYNOPSIS: http://www.hubo.asia/in-nomine-matris

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LOVE vs PASSION, which one would you choose?

LOVE vs PASSION, which one would you choose?

IN NOMINE MATRIS (Sa Ngalan ng Ina), a film by HUBO Productions, premiered last December at the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Its dramatic premise and visually stimulating dance sequences choreographed by world renowned Flamenco master, Clara Ramona, was the much talked about and biggest hit for the New Wave entries during the festival. The movie bagged in the Festival’s NEW WAVE category the Best Actress award for Liza Diño and the Most Gender SensitiveAward. Due to clamor and demand, the movie will be released in selected Philippine theaters nationwide starting May 8, 2013, right in time for the Mother’s Day week.

Supported by the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes/SPCC, and Trinity Hearts Media, IN NOMINE MATRIS is written and directed by Will Fredo. The movie revolves around Mara, portrayed by beauty queen/actress Liza Diño, a young dance protégé who seeks to land the principal part of a dance company that is about to embark on a tour. On her quest to land the coveted break, a series of events turned her sense of meaning upside down. She is then faced with a life changing decision. She turns to her mentor Mercedes (Clara Ramona) and her mother Ava (Tami Monsod) as she searches for answers in the beautifully loud and endlessly moving world she lives in. Within this premise, director Fredo fuses the sensitivities of the Spanish culture into the Philippine modern setting through a highly tense mix of drama, dance, singing, and poetry.

Dramatic actor Biboy Ramirez and Italy-trained opera singer Al Gatmaitan, who both played Mara’s lovers in the movie, adds the complexity in the movie. The love triangle between the two half-brothers and Diño’s character creates the breath of the story. “Kikiligin at maaawa ka sa pinagdaanan ng dalawang lalaki sa kamay ng character ni Liza, maski ikaw na nanunuod, iisipin mo kung ano ang dapat mong pilliin — passion ba or true love?” quips the director. The movie is not as simple as it appears to be, IN NOMINE MATRIS is not your typical Filipino love story. The filmmaker promises that a lot of people will be able to relate, “lahat naman tayo may mga passion sa buhay, kahit ano pa yan. Araw araw, may mga choices tayong ginagawa, no matter what the consequence diba.” A perfect date movie, IN NOMINE MATRIS might be a good alternative to the high testosterone Hollywood movies coming out this May.

“Not all independent movies get the opportunity to release in wide distribution. Honestly, it is a difficult task. We are encouraged though by the audience reaction and by the support of our partners,” explains Producer Ida Tiongson. Executive Producer Greg Macaraeg enthused, “It is seldom we see an audience cheer and clap in between scenes, especially after each dance or performance. It feels like you’re watching a live show, but it’s on screen.” Medwin Garcia, one of the producers, further shares, “I hear the audience getting involved, invested with the characters. Nakakatuwa panuorin!”

The movie also stars Nepal’s foremost Flamenco dancer, Maradee De Guzman, Flamenco dancer/openmic poet Jam Pérez, award-winning actors Bong Cabrera and actor/director Leo Rialp, first time comedienne theater/TV actress Joan Palisoc, and a group of dancers from various background who trained for more than 3 months to dance Flamenco. World jazz musician Bob Aves created the beautiful music score, a first in Philippine cinema wherein “Kundiman” and Flamenco rhythms were fused together.

IN NOMINE MATRIS will be shown MAY 8 – 14 in SM Mega Mall, SM North, SM Manila, SM Marikina, SM Fairview, SM South Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Metroeast. Additional theaters will be announced or check your local theater listings during the release date.

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More information about IN NOMINE MATRIS, check movie official website:

http://www.hubo.asia/in-nomine-matris

HUBO Productions is an independent multi-media production company that is known for its core film ventures. The film group is headed by Will Fredo, Gregory Macaraeg, Ida Tiongson, Joan T. Manalang, Medwin Garcia, and George K. Sommerrock. HUBO has ventured its artistic reach in music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. HUBO encourages artistry through practical means, and dedicates its art to stimulate the mind however unconventional and unfamiliar.

Love  Life  Passion

Love Life Passion

Harvest Time: Director Will Fredo received an ANI NG DANGAL award

Will Fredo, Ani ng Dangal awardee with Felipe De Leon, NCCA Chairman

Will Fredo, Ani ng Dangal awardee with Felipe De Leon, NCCA Chairman [ photo by Don Gordon Bell ]

HARVEST TIME, HUBO MOMENT: “For achieving the highest levels of artistic excellence and bringing honor to the country”, CEO and Resident Director Will Fredo received an ANI NG DANGAL (Harvest of Honor) award during the National Commission of Culture and the Arts awarding ceremony, Friday, March 8, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Our very own Fredo was recognized for his Best Director win for HUBO’s “The Caregiver” at the 2012 International Film Festival Manhattan NYC. Fredo was one of 16 recipients in the field of cinema along with Ms Nora Aunor, Brillante Mendoza, and Auraeus Solito.

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Will Fredo, Ani ng Dangal awardee with Felipe De Leon, NCCA Chairman

Will Fredo, Ani ng Dangal awardee with Felipe De Leon, NCCA Chairman
[ photo by Don Gordon Bell ]

 

 
 

 

SING FOR ART. New NCCA Goodwill Ambassador for Music Sarah Geronimo sings the "Ani ng Sining" themesong. All photos by Andrew Robles

SING FOR ART. New NCCA Goodwill Ambassador for Music Sarah Geronimo sings the “Ani ng Sining” themesong. All photos by Andrew Robles

MANILA, Philippines – The 5th Ani ng Dangal Awards held Friday, March 8, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines was a night of intensely moving art in all its forms.

Nothing less can be expected of the awards ceremony, the culminating event of the 2013 Philippine Arts Festival held by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon Jr led the ceremony to recognize Filipinos who have brought honor to the country by winning in international competitions in their respective fields.

THE CREW. Award-winning hip hop group The Crew dance for the audience
THE CREW. Award-winning hip hop group The Crew dance for the audience

In his welcoming remarks, he declared, “The arts lead the way for all other kinds of development. Our artists, just like the artists of the European Renaissance, will always be at the vanguard of human progress.”

Among the winners were actresses Nora Aunor and Shamaine Buencamino, singer Sarah Geronimo, directors Brillante Mendoza (“Thy Womb”), Marty Syjuco (“Give Up Tomorrow”) and Marlon Rivera (“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank”).

The Cinema category was blessed with the most number of awardees with a total of 15.

CHEMISTRY. Dancers Maradee de Guzman and Liza Dino captivate audiences with a powerful performance
CHEMISTRY. Dancers Maradee de Guzman and Liza Diño captivate audiences with a powerful performance from Will Fredo’s latest movie IN NOMINE MATRIS.

The night was peppered with performances by some of the winners themselves.

Sarah Geronimo performed the “Ani ng Sining” theme song and was announced as the new NCCA Goodwill Ambassador for Music.

Best Dancers at the Cheonan World Dance Competition 2012 Peter Laurent Callangan and Irina Feleo performed their award-winning indigenous dance.

SUPERSTAR. Nora Aunor smiles through happy tears as she accepts her award beside NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon and other members of NCCA
SUPERSTAR. Nora Aunor smiles through happy tears as she accepts her award beside NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon and other members of NCCA

The hip hop dance group The Crew regaled audiences with their upbeat, modern choreography. The group won the Gold Medal at the 2012 World Hip Hop Dance Championship held in Las Vegas.

Operatic singer Joseleo Logdat, Grand Prix winner at the 6th Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan moved the audiences as well with two songs.

Here is the list of winners and their international achievements:

Architecture & Allied Arts

  • Aidea Philippines, Inc. – The openBIM Build London Live 2012 Award
  • Kenneth Cobonpue – Top Pick Award for Cabaret Sofa, American Society of Interior Designers Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Cinema

  • Nora Aunor – Best Actress for “Thy Womb,” 6th Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Bisato d’Oro Award for “Thy Womb,” Premio Della Critica Indipendiente
  • Shamaine Buencamino – Best Supporting Actress for “Niño,” 6th Asian Film Awards
  • Lav Diaz – NETPAC Prize for Best Asian Film for “Florentinahubaldo,” CTE 13th Jeonju International Film Festival
  • Lawrence Fajardo – Best Feature Film for “Posas,” Hanoi International Film Festival 2012
  • Charles Andrew Flamiano – Winner in the 14-17 Age Category for “Letting Go, Letting God,” Faith Shorts 2012 of Tony Blair Faith Foundation
  • Will Fredo – Best Director for “The Caregiver,” International Film Festival Manhattan 2012
  • Christopher Gozum – Le Prix des Signes for “Anacbanua,” 10th International Festival Signes de Nuit
  • Brillante Mendoza – Best Director for “Thy Womb,” 6th Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards
  • Marlon Rivera – NETPAC-Asian Film Prize for “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank,” 6th Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards
  • Adrian Sibal – Grand Prize for “The Rivals,” ADB MyView Asia-Pacific Video Contest 2012 for Asia Clean Energy Forum 2012
  • Eduardo Roy Jr – Lotus du Jury for “Bahay Bata,” 14th Deauville Asian Film Festival
  • Auraeus Solito – Grand Prize for “Busong,” National Geographic All Roads Film Festival
  • John Paul Su – Best Asian-American Filmmaker East Region Winner for “Pagpag,” Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards
  • Marty Syjuco – Best Documentary for “Give Up Tomorrow,” Anchorage International Film Festival 2011
  • Brandon Relucio and Ivan Zaldarriaga – Best Picture for “Di Ingon ‘Nato,” Macabre Festival Internacional de Cine de Horror de la Ciudad de Mexico

ENTHRALLING. The Halili-Cruz Ballet Company performs an award-winning dance
ENTHRALLING. The Halili-Cruz Ballet Company performs an award-winning dance

Dance

  • Candice Adea – 1st Prize, Senior Women’s Divison, Helsinki International Ballet Competition
  • Peter Laurent Callangan – Best Dancer, Couples Category, Cheonan World Dance Competition 2012
  • The Crew – 1st Place, 2012 World Hip Hop Dance Championships
  • Irina Feleo – Best Dancer, Couples Category, Cheonan World Dance Competition 2012
  • Halili-Cruz Ballet Company – Grand Pize Winner, 14th Asia Pacific Dance Competition

Dramatic Arts

  • Peter de Guzman – Best Choreographer, 2012 L.A. Weekly Theater Awards

Literary Arts

  • Romulo Baquiran Jr – S.E.A. Write Award, Southeast Asian Writers Awards 2012

Multi-disciplinary Arts

  • BBDO Guerrero – Grand Prix, Public Service Advertising, Ad Stars 2012
  • Kara David – UNICEF Child Rights Award, Asia Broadcasting Union Awards 2012
  • Sarah Geronimo – Best Asian Artist, 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards
  • Wansapanataym – Prize of the Children’s Jury, 7-11 Fiction, Prix Jeunesse International

UPLIFTMENT. Singer Joseleo Logdat and pianist Belinda Baltazar perform the night's doxology
UPLIFTMENT. Singer Joseleo Logdat and pianist Belinda Baltazar perform the night’s doxology

Music

  • Baao Children’s Chorus – 1st Place, 18th Certamen International Juvenil de Habaneras y Polifonia
  • Edgardo Manguiat – 1st Place, 18th Certamen International Juvenil de Habaneras y Polifonia
  • Imusicapella – Grand Prix Winner, 2012 Busan Choral Festival and Competition
  • Joseleo Logdat – Grand Prix, 6th Yokohama International Music Competition
  • Miriam College High School Glee Club – Gold IV Diploma, Youth Choir of Equal Voices World Choir Games 2012 and Gold V Diploma, Musika Sacra World Choir Games 2012
  • Muntinlupa Science High School Chorale – Gold V Diploma, Mixed Youth Choirs Category, 1stGuangzhou International Open Competition
  • Novo Concertante Manila – Grand Prix, 1st Xinghai Prize International Choir Competition and Grand Prize, 2012 Asia Cantate International Choral Competition
  • Samiweng Singers – Gold IV Diploma, Folklore, World Choir Games 2012
  • Arwin Tan – Outstanding Conductor Prize, 2012 Asia Cantate International Choral Competition
  • UP Concert Chorus – 1st Prize, 30th Festival Internacional de Musica de Cantonigros
  • UP Singing Ambassadors – 1st Prize, Romantic Period Music, LX Concorso Polifonico Internazionale Guido d’Arezzo and 1st Prize, Folklore Music, LX Concorso Polifonico Internazionale Guido d’Arezzo

WINNING PERFORMANCE. Irina Feleo and Peter Laurent Callangan perform the dance that won them awards at the Cheonan World Dance Competition 2012
WINNING PERFORMANCE. Irina Feleo and Peter Laurent Callangan perform the dance that won them awards at the Cheonan World Dance Competition 2012

Visual Arts

  • George Tapan – PATA Gold Award for Travel Photograph, Pacific Asia Travel Association 2012 Gold Awards and Winner for Places Category, National Geographic Photo Contest 2011
  • Jamille Bianca Aguilar – 1st Prize, Fine Arts High Schools’ “From Green to Blue” Competition of Children’s Art Work
  • Joel Forte – 1st Prize, ADB’s CLICK: Capturing Images of Inclusive Growth and 1st Place, Tumbhi’s 2012 Nature and Wildlife Photography Contest
  • Zohayma Montañer – Islamic Artist of the Year, Pearl International
  • Trisha Co Reyes – 1st Prize, 24th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest
  • Engr Jaime Singlador – 1st Place, ASEAN Secretariat Photo Competition
  • Jamia Mei Tolentino – Grand Prize, 2012 Wrecks of the World International Art Contest
  • Jophel Botero Ybiosa – Grand Prize, 24th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest

 

First seen in RAPPLER, Winners Perform at Ani ng Dangal Awards by Pia Ranada http://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/23443-winners-perform-ani-ng-dangal-awards

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

In Nomine Matris Principal Cast

LIZA DIÑO (Mara Bonifacio Advento) is a film, tv and stage actress who has appeared in numerous films for both independent and commercial acting studios. Notably, she has appeared in commercial films like Two Timer, Pinay Pie, Xerex, and A Love Story. She landed one of the lead roles in the independent film Compound by HUBO Productions which ignited her lingering interest in indie projects. Her role in Compound earned her the lone acting recognition in the 2011 International Film Festival Manahattan NYC and eventually led to her receiving a Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Ani Ng Dangal (Harvest of Honor) Award in 2012.  Diño graduated with BA Speech Communication from the Univeristy of the Philippines, Diliman (UP). While at UP, she started venturing into stage acting and appeared in productions mounted by Dulaang UP like Passion of the Christ, Shakespeare’s Winter Tale, and Divinas Palabras. As a student, she joined the 2001 Mutya ng Pilipinas and was crowned as Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism and officially represented the country in the Miss Tourism International 2001. After which, she started appearing in television projects primarily as a member of GMA 7 Artist Center.  In 2005, a trip to Spain piqued her interest in flamenco, and made her decide to train under Clara Ramona. Together with Ramona, she has performed all over Asia and the US. She migrated to the US in 2008, where she currently divides her time between acting projects and as a line cook for Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Liza Diño as Mara Bonifacio Advento

Liza Diño as Mara Bonifacio Advento

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIBOY RAMIREZ (Daniel Lagdameo) started as a commercial model doing television ads. He got noticed when he did work for Goldilocks bakeshop in 1998. An entertainment magazine columnist discovered him and eventually managed his showbusiness career. In 1999, German “Kuya Germs” Moreno gave him a regular stint in a variety show Bestfriends. From there Ramirez pursued acting by appearing in various television shows. In 2000, Ramirez became part of the original stable of actors of the pioneering teen drama show Clickin GMA Network.  Aside from acting in television and commercial advertising, Ramirez is involved in independent films both as a producer and as an actor, and has also appeared in stage productions. Outside of acting, Ramirez is into professional photography and events directing. Biboy just recently wrapped up the TV series “Enchanted Garden” for TV 5 and is now working as a regular at GMA Studio’s latest soap “Cielo de Angelina”.

Biboy Ramirez as Daniel Lagdameo

Biboy Ramirez as Daniel Lagdameo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AL GATMAITAN (Enrique Lagdameo Herrera) has distinguished himself in classical music and theater, having been involved with performing groups such as the Philippine Opera Company, PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association), Dulaang UP, UP Playwrights, Stages, Maskara, Trumpets, and Tanghalang Pilipino. His initial music training was at the UP College of Music, after which he proceeded to Italy for vocal and acting training as well as language studies. His coach was Italian soprano Maria Francavilla from the Conservatory of Torrefranca ‘Vibo Valentia’, while his language studies led to a diploma in ‘Teaching Italian Language Abroad’ from the Dante Alighieri University for Foreigners in Reggio Calabria. He also obtained a Certificate of Training in Acting and Performing from Spazio Teatro. He capped his stay in Italy with a second place distinction at the Filipino European Pop Song Festival in Reggio Calabria.

Al Gatmaitan as Enrique Lagdameo Herrera

Al Gatmaitan as Enrique Lagdameo Herrera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCING

TAMI MONSOD (Ava Bonifacio) is a theatre actress whose credits include Angels in AmericaOur Country’s Good, All’s Well that Ends WellHow I Learned to DriveSacrilegeThe Vagina Monologues, and Equus. As a professional stage actress, Tami has worked primarily with New Voice Company under Monique Wilson but has also freelanced with other groups such as Repertory Philippines. Aside from acting, she has also been teaching theatre specializing in  writing and directing plays developed from student research and improvisation. This includes Remembering RezimaVery, Very Dangerous, The Book of Antigone, and, most recently, Indulto, a play about a woman bullfighter. In Nomine Matrismarks her return to acting after giving birth in 2005 and is her film debut. Tami began introductory lessons in flamenco during summer vacations in Spain.  She continued in Manila under Emma Estrada and, finally, under Clara Ramona who suggested that she audition for the role of Ava Bonifacio.

Tami Monsod as Ava Bonifacio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CLARA RAMONA (Mercedes Lagdameo) is an esteemed Spanish Filipina-American flamenco artist who has professionally gained recognition in the exclusive and cutthroat world of the complex art form. Despite being a “foreign” artist, for over 15 years she established herself in Madrid, the mecca of flamenco, founding her own dance company, Ballet Español de Clara Ramona, through which she has staged productions of critical acclaim the world over and gaining international recognition for her innovative choreographies. She has also collaborated with flamenco artists of stature such as La Tati, Tomas de Madrid, Miguel Angel and Antonio Alonso for over twenty years. Clara trained as professional ballet dancer and obtained a BFA at the Boston Conservatory of Music and Dance. She pursued further studies in Spanish classical dance and flamenco with masters such as Manolo Vargas and Antonio de Cordoba in Mexico and with Ciro, La Tati, Jose Granero, and Tomas de Madridamong others in Spain. Clara paved the way for flamenco’s blossoming in Asia, conducting workshops in Australia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Japan. She is currently based in Hong Kong but spends much time travelling to Manila, Beijing, and other parts of Asia.

Clara Ramona as Mercedes Lagdameo

Clara Ramona as Mercedes Lagdameo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Movie  |  The Music  |  The Ensemble  |  The Company

When Doves Cry

Mike Portes (center) with Director Sarah Roxas (left) and Actress Mercedes Cabral

Mike Portes (center) with Director Sarah Roxas (left) and Actress Mercedes Cabral

“I took the risk, I know many will take offense but I had no other way to tell the truth that many had been so deluded to believe,” declares Mike Portes when asked about the Minsan May Isang Puta. It’s a short piece that uses a first-person narrative technique that speaks directly to its reader. The voice is even pedestrian that in its familiar tone the reader is simply drawn to it. The voice simply asks that you listen as if an old friend or relative is about to tell a story. It is a story that found thousands of listening ears since it first appeared in 2004.

The story is at once familiar yet enigmatic. In “re-telling the truth through the words of a loving mother and by using sex as an impulse zone” is perhaps what makes it fresh, intimate and endearing. Portes was already a mother of two when she worked on  Minsan May Isang Puta and would have added the realistic, not imagined or distantiated, tone of a mother’s lament in the story—a layer that was underscored in the 2007 version. It is a voice and a layer that resonates among many Filipinos, and reinvigorated the interest on the piece. Portes has always been passionate about writing, yet never neglecting her social and moral obligations. Portes wants the people who chance upon her work “to bring something with them each and every time.”

One of the uncalculated effects of writing a piece that takes up a familiar and much abused figure is how it would affect creativity in another person, in another medium. The story was already in circulation and received much following when Sarah Roxas chanced upon it through the internet.  The mother’s lament touched Sarah and felt the “pain and love for her children.” To her mind, “it would make a really good short film.”

One could say it was a fortuitous turn of events that brought Portes and Roxas together to turn Minsan May Isang Puta into a film. Portes was at a point where she was questioning the point of it all, while Roxas was determined to pick it up and try her hand on films. It was an opportunity to further seal the cultic, if not classic, status of the story.

 

The Dove Files

The Dove Files by Mike Portes with an entire chapter on the movie, GANAP NA BABAE (Garden of Eve)
[ Photo by Maria Jose – click picture for a larger image ]

Film is an interesting medium. The elements that go into writing—the voice, the character, the breathing, the lighting, the sound, the language—all those are present physically. All that is tacit in the text and the choices made by the writer that affect a reader come to a visual reality, approximating life, as it were. For Portes, the visual stimulation that a film affords might have just been the rebound that she needed at that point of her writing life. She saw it as “a blatant sign that my life was precious and that I should make full use of my gifts.”

The film adaptation may have ruffled some feminists (example Three Eves, Philippine Daily Inquirer article)  but that only testifies to how effective the material is. Portes contends “that woman was never created to be subservient to the double standards of society. The lessons in the film are meant for spiritual introspection since society proliferates with dogma [sic] that serve perverted purposes.” Birds, as it were, fly low for differing reasons.

Minsan May Isang Puta is included in Portes’ recently published book The Dove Files, which collects her “popular and new writings in Filipino, Taglish and  English” The book takes up both the traditional symbolism of the dove—patience, peace, love, emancipation, hope—and the Filipino euphemism for prostitutes.  The book includes pieces “that endeavor to understand and honor the past and the present in order to face the future in full frontal. No sugar coating.  No delusions.”

The Dove Files is available in the United States through amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/The-Dove-Files-Mike-Portes/dp/1477431853/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350596192&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Dove+Files).  It endeavors to pay forward to a most deserving scholar of Project Malasakit (know more: http://bit.ly/Pf36eN) and for the post ops recovery fund of Definitely Filipino’s baby Mark, who is due for a new liver (know more: http://on.fb.me/wXv8MD).

Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve), a three-part feature movie about women by women directors, helmed by directors Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos, and Sarah Roxas will be screened in the US this fall. In San Francisco Bay area, the film is part of FACINE/19 and will be shown on October 27, 12pm at the War Memorial Center, 6655 Mission Street, Daly City. The screening is open and free to the public.

In New York, a fundraising screening at the International Film Festival Manhattan will be held on November 9, 5pm at the Quad Cinemas, 13th Street, New York City. Proceeds will benefit The HAPPYness Project. Advance and discounted tickets are available at http://igg.me/p/247324?a=1580736).

FIRST LOOK : THE CAREGIVER Official Trailer

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

Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) recipient of the 2012 Mount Hope Project Award this November

HUBO Productions’ Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) has been named the first recipient of the 2012 Mount Hope Project Award which recognizes films that present social issues in the hope that it will be a catalyst for change.  International Film Festival Manhattan co-founder and programmer Luis Pedron cites the “unique process that discovered new and upcoming women filmmakers” that culminated in the independent film Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve). Gerry Balastra, founder of Mount Hope Project, affirms the belief that “film is one of the most powerful medium to bring change.”

Ganap na Babae(Garden of Eve) is the culminating project of a mentorship program initiated by HUBO Productions that aimed at nurturing young Filipino women directors. Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) was the opening film of the 6th Cinemalaya Filmfestival, 2010.  Later, it became an official selection in the 2nd SoHo International Film Festival NYC, 2011 where it subsequently won the first Mient’s Pick for Excellence in Cinematography. The award earned the directors Arevalo, Ramos and Roxas, and cinematographers Gym Lumbera and Michael Manalastas Ani Dangal (Harvest of Honors) award in 2012 from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) of the Philippines.

Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) tells the story of Filipino women in contemporary Filipino society from the point of view of young Filipino women directors. A prostitute, two sisters, and a widow frame the narratives and insights that deals with womanhood in the Philippines. A prostitute (Mercedes Cabral) is interviewed for a documentary and in the course bared her soul in front of the camera. She looks backs on her struggles and her will to survive as a mother. Two sisters, Milagros  (Sue Prado) and Elena (Jam Pérez), together till “camote” (sweet potato) in a land that became arid due to lack of rain. This situation pushed them to abject poverty prompting Elena to seek opportunities overseas by becoming a mail-order bride in Japan. Milagros was left behind to look after their family and farm the land. Eos (Boots Anson Roa) is a widow who falls in love with a younger man, Rodrigo (Rome Mallari). They try to make the relationship work amidst the pressure of their family and the society. Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) is directed by Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos, and Sarah Roxas.

In receiving this award, Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) will have a special screening on November 9, 5:10pm at the Quad Cinemas in New York. The screening is part of the 2nd International Film Festival Manhattan and will be a fundraising event. Proceeds will benefit The Happyness Photo Project, a platform that taps into the creative side of children living in a dumpsite in the Philippines. Janice Colina, Executive Director of Mount Hope Project, adds that with the presentation of this film, it will “hopefully stimulate great minds and open kind hearts.”

Advance and discounted tickets are available through Indie Go-go (http://igg.me/p/247324?a=1580736).

GANAP NA BABAE (Garden of Eve)

GANAP NA BABAE (Garden of Eve)

About International Film Festival Manhattan

The International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) in New York aims to offer quality selection of world-class films that will be showcased in downtown Manhattan and offer filmmakers the opportunity to promote their work in a uniquely New York setting. In its second year, the festival runs from November 9 to 15 at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan. (http://www.facebook.com/IFFMNewyork)


About Mount Hope Project

Mount Hope Project is a non-profit organization that uses film and the arts to make a direct impact on lives of the underprivelged residents of Payatas in Quezon City, Philippines. MOUNT HOPE aims to create a positive change, starting with the lives of the scavenger-actors and venturing out to other communities in need, to promote a better world for all. (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mount-Hope-Project-Inc/ , http://www.mounthopeproject.org/)


About Happyness Photo Project

Happyness Photo Project is an off shoot of Mount Hope Project that aims to serve as a platform to tap the creative side of the children living in Payatas. It uses photography to promote and further its cause. Photographs depicting the hope and happiness among the children of Payatas are available for sale.  Pieces are exhibited in all its events.


About HUBO Productions

HUBO Productions is an independent multi-media production company with film ventures as its core. To date, HUBO has released three-full length films, with two that are in post-production work. It has ventured its artistic reach in music, theatre, dance, and painting. HUBO encourages artistry through practical means, and dedicates its art to stimulate the mind however unconventional and unfamiliar.

 

 

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Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) screens at FACINE/19, San Francisco

GANAP NA BABAE (Garden of Eve) International Poster

GANAP NA BABAE (Garden of Eve) International Poster
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HUBO Productions’ Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) will be exhibited as part of the 19thFilipino American Cinefestival in San Francisco this October. The exhibition is spread over three weekends beginning October 12 at three prominent Filipino centers in the San Francisco Bay Area—Bayanihan Center and the Manilatown Center both in San Francisco and the War Memorial Center in Daly City.

Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) tells three stories of Filipino women in contemporary Filipino society from the point of view of young Filipino women directors. A prostitute, two sisters, and a widow are the figures that frame the narratives and insights that deal with aspects of womanhood in the Philippines. A prostitute (Mercedes Cabral) is interviewed for a documentary and in the course bared her soul in front of the camera. She looks backs on her struggles and her will to survive as a mother. Two sisters, Milagros (Sue Prado) and Elena (Jam Pérez) tills “camote” (sweet potato) in a land that became arid due to lack of rain. This situation pushed them to abject poverty prompting Elena to seek opportunities overseas by becoming a mail-order bride in Japan. Milagros was left behind to look after their family and farm the land. Eos (Boots Anson Roa) is a widow who falls in love with a younger man, Rodrigo (Rome Mallari). They try to make the relationship work amidst the pressure of their family and the society. Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve)is directed by Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos, and Sarah Roxas.

Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) is the culminating project of a mentorship program that aimed at nurturing young Filipino women directors. Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) was the opening film of the 6th Cinemalaya Filmfestival, 2010.  Later, it became an official selection in the 2nd SoHo International Film Festival NYC, 2011 where it subsequently won the first Mient’s Pick for Excellence in Cinematography. The award earned the directors Arevalo, Ramos and Roxas, and cinematographers Gym Lumbera and Michael Manalastas Ani Dangal (Harvest of Honors) award in 2012 from the Office of the Philippine President and the  National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) of the Philippines.

The 19th Filipino American Cine Festival, also known as FACINE/19, is an annual event that showcases independent films, shorts and documentaries produced by Filipino American and Philippine based filmmakers. The festival is organized by Filipino Arts & Cine, International  which is committed to develop and promote Filipino American media arts and advance the interests of cinemas from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora. Aside from the festival in San Francisco, it organizes film-related events in the SF Bay Area. FACINE/19 runs for three weekends beginning October 12, 2012. Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) will screen on October 27, Saturday, 12noon – 2pm at the War Memorial Center, 6655 Mission Street, Daly City. Daly City screenings of the festival are free and open to the public.

HUBO Productions is an independent multi-media production company with film ventures as its core. To date, HUBO has released three-full length films, with two that are in post-production work. It has ventured its artistic reach in music, theatre, dance, and painting. HUBO encourages artistry through practical means, and dedicates its art to stimulate the mind however unconventional and unfamiliar.

FACINE19 Official Film Festival Poster

FACINE19 Official Film Festival Poster