PPO brings classical music to Filipino audiences amid pandemic with chamber concert series

IN this time when social gatherings are prohibited, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra finds an alternative way to bring classical music to the Filipino audiences through the PPO Chamber Music Concert, slated on October 30, 2020 (Friday), 8pm, streamed via the CCP and PPO Facebook Pages and CCP YouTube Channel.Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, PPO music director and principal conductor, has carefully programmed a chamber concert series that highlights the different instruments of the orchestra while performing music composed for small ensembles.For the October concert, the repertoire focuses on string instruments.  For the first part of the program, PPO concertmaster and violinist Dino Akira Decena and cellist Giancarlo Gonzales will perform VIOLIN AND CELLO DUO OP. 6 No. 1 by Franz Anton Hoffmeister.Violinist Jose Carlo Tuazon, violinist Berny Dulce Payte, cellist Giuseppe Diestro, and double bassist Ariston Payte III will play SONATA FOR 2 VIOLINS, CELLO AND DOUBLE BASS NO. 2 IN A MAJO…

Superstar, and the other stars at the awarding night of CInemalaya X.

A mix of veterans and younger stars were honored in this year’s 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival headed by the one and only Superstar Nora Aunor, who won Best Actress for her portrayal in the movie Hustisya. The awards night was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippine last August 10.

The most celebrated issue of the night, though, was the controversy between the Cinemalaya Foundation and the filmmaker’s themselves: the uploading of all the full length entries of the 2012 and 2013 stagings of Cinemalaya on the free video-sharing site YouTube. Most of the directors have openly expressed their opposition to the massive uploading. Cinemalaya Foundation Chairman Tony Boy Cojuangco in his opening speech admitted that it was in their plan to make Cinemalaya available online for free. However, he said, after the strong uproar from the directors, they would take it down as soon as possible. Cojuangco also announced an apology in behalf of the Cinemalaya Foundation. In his rationalization of the controversial massive uploading, Cojuangco said that it was about sustainability. He cited the future of Cinemalaya: Even at a 12% increase from last year's festival, this year’s record of 92,200 festival audience did not generate enough cash flow to recoup funding input for the staging.  He stressed that they are looking at all possibilities to make Cinemalaya sustainable enough to stand on its own feet. Adding, they are open to dialogues and discussions with the Filmmakers about the said issue.

Some of the film directors who accepted awards and served as presenters onstage like Kanakan Balintagos and Hana Espia also announced that they are united in condemning the massive uploading act, but they are still open to dialogues with the Cinemalaya Foundation and will push for reform if needed.

The awarding ceremony was a star studded affair less the big winners for actors who failed to attend. Jonalyn Viray's performance of the theme song of one of this year's entries was really a well applauded one. Humor was the basic fare on stage as the presenters took their turn. Nervous Nathan Lopez could hardly read his spiel because he was with the beautiful Angel Locsin rather than Angel Aquino. Joey Paras and Julia Clarete patiently asked stage ushers to hand them the envelope for the set of winners in the category they were presenting, only to realize that Joey already had the envelope in his hand. Arnold Reyes read the word "best" as "breast." To which he immediately apologized by explaining that he had been accustomed to his porn films in the past. Presenter Bembol Roco had fun with the teleprompter operator whom he ordered to load the next spiel since he had already finished reading and was waiting for the next.
Bayang Barrios along with Tao Aves performed the Cinemalaya theme song originally sung by Grace Nono.

This year’s jury members are Bird Runningwater from Sundance Film Festival; Bina Paul,  Artistic Director of Kerala International Film Festival; Mario Hernando from Gawad Urian; Emily Abrera, CCP Chairperson; and film director Jose Javier Reyes.

Here are the complete lists of winners:
Short Film Category:
Audience Choice Award – Lola
Best Screenplay- Kevin Ang Tan (Lola)
Special Jury Prize – The Ordinary Things We Do.
Best Short Film – Asan si Lolo Me
Best Director- Kevin Ang Tan (Lola)

Director’s Showcase:
Best Poster Design- Asintado

Audience Choice Award- Hustisya
Best Sound- Mike Idioma,( The Janitor)
Best Original Musical Score- Richard Gonzales (Kasal)
Best Production Design -  Harley Alcasid (Kasal)
Best Cinematography – Mycko David (Kasal)
Best Editing – Tara Illenberger (The Janitor)
Best Supporting Actress – Cris Villonco (Hari Ng Tondo)
Best Supporting Actor – Nicco Manalo (The Janitor)
Best Screenplay – Aloy Adlawan & Michael Tuviera ( The Janitor)
NETPAC Award – Hustisya
Best Actor – Robert Arevalo (Hari Ng Tondo)
Best Actress – Nora Aunor (Hustisya)
Special Jury Prize – Hari Ng Tondo
Best Director – Michael Tuviera (The Janitor)
Best Film – Kasal

New Breed Category:
Audience Choice Award- Sundalong Kanin
Special Ensemble Acting Award- #Y
Best Sound – Jonathan Hee & Bryan Dumaguina (Children’s Show)
Best Original Musical Score – Erwin Fajardo (Bwaya)
Best Production Design- Toym Imao (K’Na The Dreamweaver)
Best Cinematography –Neil Daza (Bwaya)
Best Screenplay – Giancarlo Abrahan V (Dagitab)
Best Editing – Gerome Centeno (Children’s Show)
Best Supporting Actress – Barbie Forteza (Mariquina)
Best Supporting Actor – Miggs Cuaderno (Children’s Show)
NETPAC Award – Bwaya
Best Actor – Dante Rivero (1st Ko Si Third)
Best Actress – Eula Valdez (Dagitab)
Best Director – Giancarlo Abrahan V (Dagitab)
Special Jury Prize – K’Na The Dreamweavers
Best Film – Bwaya

Gawad Balanghai - Kidlat Tahimik, The Father of Philippine Independent Cinema.

Established in 2005, Cinemalaya X was held from August 1 to 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Ayala Cinemas in Greenbelt Mall,  Alabang Town Center, Trinoma, and Fairview Terraces in Quezon City.  Cinemalaya is an annual all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino Filmmakers. Cinemalaya is a project of Cinemalaya Foundation, CCP and the Ayala Malls.


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