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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 Director’s Notes

Director Will Fredo

Director Will Fredo

“What made this film worth making?” I asked myself.  It’s been a journey, and the journey was good.

Mining the dramatic Spanish-Filipino narrative, the idea of fusing Filipino dances with Flamenco, the possibility of collaborating with Bob Aves, Philippines’ foremost world-jazz musician, and showcasing the hustle and bustle of contemporary Manila are the elements that first and foremost got me really excited in developing this film. You see, I watched a lot of telenovelas with my mother growing up. And a lot of such influences somehow got channeled into this movie. But my goal from such dramatic elements was to show a level that would be relatable to a lot of people.

The script was inspired by my friend’s real-life personal story. I further interviewed a lot of Flamenco dancers, and saw an abundance of passion to the art form. I see it as a devoted lifestyle, not just a dance form. I wanted to capture that and I wanted to utilize a dramatic narrative technique that is embedded in the Spanish influence on Filipino culture. But I realized, I cannot claim that we’re doing a flamenco movie, for the story is beyond the dance form. I see this movie as a homage to the dance form, to our Spanish influence, and an appreciation to our unexplored heritage.

After writing the first draft, I was motivated to tap on the growing popularity of Clara Ramona’s Flamenco Dance Company in Manila.  Her dancers are already experienced in Flamenco dance. Clara Ramona, herself, is a passionate dancer and a fiery choreographer.  Perhaps one should see her perform live in order to understand what I am talking about. She is that good. And surprisingly, for a first time actor, her attack on Mercedes Lagdameo character, the unseemly cold Flamenco maestra in the movie, is something critics should take notice.

It is widely known that the Philippines was under the Spanish rule, and its influence abound. In spite of this, however, Flamenco remain a relatively new dance to the general populace.  In a way, it is still in its infancy, thus when the core crew was auditioning for more dancers we had to tap those who come from different dance backgrounds—modern, jazz, even hip-hop. We had them undergo a grueling three-month training designed by Clara Ramona. The best thing about Filipinos is that they are a quick study. They seem to be born to dance, born entertainers.

The music is a challenge. I approached Bob Aves early on in the project and bounced off with him about the idea of fusing Filipiniana with Flamenco rhythms. Fortuitously, he was developing Kundiman music for the enigmatic singer Grace Nono, so he was receptive to the innovation. He was intrigued by the idea of using Flamenco’s 12-beat “compas” in Filipino music.  The result is a glorious pieces of music. The dancers themselves were in awe, and could not believe they were dancing to some new music.

When it came to deciding as to who will play the main character, the award-winning actress Liza Diño was a natural choice. She’s a flamenco dancer herself. I have previously worked with her in the film Compound, where she was cited for her acting in an international film festival and earned her Harvest of Honor Award bestowed by the Philippines’ National Commission for Culture and the Arts. I was excited to work with her and was not a bit disappointed by the performance she turned in. In fleshing out the main character, the inexperienced vulnerable yet driven Mara Advento Bonifacio, Diño’s characterization and performance can only be described as tour de force. Hopefully, it will engage the general audience and critics alike.

Aside from Diño, the rest of the principal casts were a bevy of talent and easy to fall in love with. Biboy Ramirez is a dramatic soap opera actor in the Philippines. Playing someone that is a bit of unsure of himself and lacks confidence about what he feels is outside of the screen characters he had been associated with.  His acting here cannot be ignored, it is beautifully understated. Al Gatmaitan is a trained classical singer schooled in Italy, and is relatively new to Philippine independent cinema. He gives off a nice opposition to what Biboy is giving in the movie.  They are quite a pair of young actors.

Rounding off the mother in the movie is Tami Monsod, a respected theatre thespian. She tackled the role of Mara Advento Bonifacio’s mother with such depth and subtlety, resulting in an unmatched performance caliber. Her take on the disabled and “laos na” (has-been) dancer is chilling at the minimum.

Mixing different mediums of performances is something I consciously wanted to do, there’s dancing, some singing, and even open-mic poetry. The much heralded open-mic poetry scene in the movie is my way of summarizing my personal take on the movie. I am surprised how audiences react to it — they laugh at the beginning and get tense at the end.  “Kuti-kuta”, a collaborative piece with poet Roldan Din, that Jam Perez recites in the middle part of the movie is my take on what we feel as artists— that gnawing itch.  The poem could mean a bunch of things but for me, as a filmmaker, it’s that ever-burning itch to do, to make, to create, to feel.

Perhaps it is that itch that prompted me to make this film. It is that itch which determines that choices we make in life. But in hindsight, I recognize the strong female, specifically mother, figures that bring out the best of me as a Filipino. From the story of a female friend who was on the brink of motherhood but tragically lost her baby, from the stories and memory of my mother, the choices she made as a mother, from the tales of all the mothers I have met, from the culture that I grew up in that is undeniably matriarchal. What I make of me as a Filipino, and perhaps every Filipino, is in the name of the mother.

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

An Actor’s Journey: Excerpts from In Nomine Matris

Liza Diño [photo by Ruben Domingo]

Liza Diño [photo by Ruben Domingo]

Actress LIZA DIÑO in the raw, as Mara Bonifacio Advento, the protagonist in the movie In Nomine Matris (In the Name of the Mother). She plays a young dance protégé in search for perfection, her real passion, and her true love.

Inspired by Bjork and Marina Abramovic work, transposing excerpts and creating a simplistic collage of lines from the movie In Nomine Matris as a performance piece, director Will Fredo together with long time collaborator Roldan Din, harnesses the rawness of Liza Diño by subjecting the actress in constrained body movements. At the same time, this piece showcases in a playful form the Spanish style monologue coming from the movie’s dramatic narrative. Accompanied by a heartfelt acoustic Flamenco-Filipiniana inspired musical score from Bob Aves, this performance piece will draw you closer to your own personal passion and desires.

“Sometimes, watching the journey of an actress go through cycles of emotion in constrained situations is simply breath taking,” Fredo explains.

 

 

CREDITS:
Produced by HUBO Productions
Creative Directors: Roldan Din & Will Fredo
Cinematography: Kim Guanzon & Marden Blake
Music: Bob Aves (taken from the movie In Nomine Matris)
Make-Up: Laa Hernando-Guanzon
Production Assistants: Ferdz Din & Zaldy Ilagan
Post Engineer: Will Fredo

 

This piece is not in the movie. This is simply a creative play used by the artists.

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

Fusing Worlds: A Glimpse at Art Collaboration

Clara Ramona as Mercedes Lagdameo

Clara Ramona as Mercedes Lagdameo

CLARA RAMONA, a world-renowned Flamenco master, shares her artistry in the movie In Nomine Matris. In this rare footage of deleted scenes from the movie, her character Mercedes Lagdameo pours out her soul, her passion, her frustration as an aging dancer, an embattled teacher, and above of all, as a loving mother.

Filipino music scholars agree that kundiman is uniquely Filipino musical form that taps deep into one’s heart and bring untold emotions.  Felipe M. de León Jr. once wrote that kundiman is a “unique musical form expressing intense longing, caring, devotion and oneness with a beloved…its music is soulful and lofty…”

Soleá is one of the foundational styles of flamenco that always incorporates the elements of romantic tragedy, desolation, and death. It affords the dancer both profound emotion and blazing footwork in the unique 12-beat cycle of flamenco music.

What WILL FREDO envisioned for the scene is to narrate the travails of being a mother from a Filipino perspective but express it in a form that is at once foreign and familiar. From this direction what BOB AVES has done is absorb the 12-beat cycle of soleá flamenco music into the lyrical triple time of kundiman. In this way the expressiveness that is distinctively Filipino is overlayed on the aggressiveness and passion that the dance required.  This has not been done before, and the result is simply astounding.


The Movie  |  The Music  |  The Cast

In Nomine Matris Dance Company

MERCEDES LAGDAMEO FLAMENCO-FILIPINIANA DANCE COMPANY
Behind the Scenes

 

BEHIND THE SCENE - MERCEDES LAGDAMEO FLAMENCO-FILIPINIANA DANCE COMPANY

BEHIND THE SCENE – MERCEDES LAGDAMEO FLAMENCO-FILIPINIANA DANCE COMPANY

 

The Reel Dance Company and their Real Persona

The Reel Dance Company and their Real Persona

 

Behind the Scene - Director Will Fredo with the Dance Company

Behind the Scene – Director Will Fredo with the Dance Company

 

Behind the Scene - Mercedes Lagdameo Flamenco-Filipiniana Dance Company

Behind the Scene – Mercedes Lagdameo Flamenco-Filipiniana Dance Company


The Movie  |  The Music  |  The Principal  |  The Ensemble

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

THE CAREGIVER TO COMPETE IN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY

IFFM NYC Official Selection Laurel Leaf 2012HUBO Productions’ The Caregiver is slated to compete in this year’s International Film Festival Manhattan New York City (IFFMNYC) in November.  It will be pit against movies from other countries in the narrative category.

The Caregiver is written and directed by HUBO’s CEO and Resident Director Will Fredo and tells the story of Carlito Mariposa (Joshua Deocareza) who is nursing Agustin Vergeire (Marcus Madrigal), a “sepaktakraw” (competitive hacky sack) player who was badly injured in one of his crucial games. Confined in a very limited and shrunken world, the two developed an unlikely attraction that had Carlito thread an unexpected journey of self-discovery, shedding layers of skin along the way like a deadly viper.

The festival runs from November 9 to 15 at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan. On its second year, IFFMNYC 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. The programming, with a special focus on social relevance, encompasses different genres contributing to the diversity within the festival.

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.

THE CAREGIVER - OFFICIAL POSTER

THE CAREGIVER – OFFICIAL POSTER

In Nomine Matris

IN NOMINE MATRIS Official Poster

IN NOMINE MATRIS Official Poster
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Official Trailer


Starring:
Liza Diño, Biboy Ramirez, Al Gatmaitan, with Jam Pérez, Maradee De Guzman, Bong Cabrera, Leo Rialp, Joan Palisoc, introducing Ms. Tami Monsod and Ms. Clara Ramona

Written and Directed by Will Fredo

HUBO Productions in cooperation with Trinity Hearts Media, The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, Gobierno De España, Ministerio De Cultura, Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation, Instituto Cervantes Manila presents  IN NOMINE MATRIS (In the Name of the Mother).

LOG LINE:  A young dance protégé seeks to land the principal part of a dance company but soon found herself at a crossroad, forcing her to face her mentor and her mother as she searches for answers in the beautifully loud and endlessly moving world she lives in.

LONG SYNOPSIS:  In the heart of Metro Manila, Mara Bonifacio Advento, a young dance protégé seeks to land the principal part of a dance company 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, and is faced with a life changing decision. She turns to her mentor Mercedes Lagdameo and her mother Ava Bonifacio as she searches for answers in the beautifully loud and endlessly moving world she lives in.

IN NOMINE MATRIS Official Symbol

Official Symbol
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Metro Manila, in its congested freeways and its busy streets, plays an integral part in creating the rhythm of the revolving lives of the people surrounding our protégé, Mara. Played by award winning actress Liza Diño who recently received an Harvest of Honor Award (Ani ng Dangal) from the Office of the Philippine President, Mara falls in love with Enrique (played by Italy trained opera singer Al Gatmaitan), the son of her mentor Mercedes (Clara Ramona) as she trains to be the principal dancer of the touring show ‘In Nomine Matris’.  In the midst of her blossoming desires for a man and her struggles to become the principal dancer, the unrequited love of Enrique’s brother Daniel (played by TV and movie star Biboy Ramirez) towards Mara complicates her dilemma. Forced to make a life changing decision as Mara prepares for the premiere of In Nomine Matris, her mentor challenges her to reach for the top while her mother (played by thespian actor Tami Monsod) inflicts her with a lesson she tries so hard not to follow. In the middle of EDSA, the famous transportation artery where the Philippine revolution transpired, Mara’s fate is handed to her by surprise, forever changes her.

In Nomine Matris (In the Name of the Mother) is a narrative close to the heart of filmmaker, Will Fredo. It is inspired by true events in the lives of real Flamenco performers and its growing popularity in the Philippines. The filmmaker aims to pay homage to the joys and failures of motherhood, to the beat of his matriarchal country, to the Spanish heritage ingrained in our Filipino culture by underscoring Philippine classics and the traces of intense passion of the Spanish sensibility.

The film fuses Philippine dances and Spanish Flamenco rhythms and steps, created and choreographed by world-renowned Flamenco master Miss Clara Ramona. Bob Aves, foremost Filipino world-jazz musician, composed a unique musical score combining Flamenco ‘compas’ and Filipino Kundiman. Aside from the dancing and the music, Fredo pushes the limit by adding Spanish verse opera singing by Al Gatmaitan and a gut wrenching original open-mic poetry performance by artist Jam Pérez. Filipino actors of diverse background lend their talents in giving life to a vision that is both familiar and challenging. These elements contribute to a rare viewing experience.


The Music  |  The Cast |  Director’s Notes