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The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival

Cinema One, is a local cable movie channel that owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc (CPI). It offers a line-up of Tagalog and English films that made the movie industry grow bigger. Annually they also running a movie festival that is giving filmmakers a chance to enhance and develop the skills of doing a quality movie. 

This year, Cinema One Originals Festival on its 8th year run features 13 films that goes under careful deliberation from almost hundred entries. Divided into two categories as such, Category A which was awarded by 2M budget each movie mostly composed of seasoned directors and Category B which was given 1M production budget for the new breeds.

Upon attending the press conference of the said festival, I was overwhelmed with the number of celebrities and theater actors that was present at the event. Added to that are the filmmakers and writers of each 13 movies. Before the conference started, I had a chance to listen to an interview to the Cinema One Channel Head Ronald Arguelles which said "this year's festival is bigger in terms of many ways especially the content, variety and ambitions compare to the previous ones and we offer everyone not answered by mainstream cinema". 

We also had a chance to watched the official trailers of each movie and I found it amazing that Cinema One gathered all the great directors of today's generation and also gave chance to the new breeds that will definitely make names in the industry.

The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival Category A includes:  MARIPOSA SA HAWLA NG GABI by Richard Somes, about an innocent lady who eventually know the horrible truths while searching for her long lost sister in the city starring Erich Gonzales, Alfred Vargas, Joel Torre, Maria Isabel Lopez, John Lapus and Mark Gil. "Erich is more bold in terms of acting in this movie, you will able to know the different side of the main casts here" said Richard;  MATER DOLOROSA by Adolfo Alix Jr., tells the tale about Filipino  mother who lives a dark life in Manila starring Gina Alajar, Alessandra de Rossi, Carlo Aquino, Joem Bascon and Mercedes Cabral; and BAYBAYIN by Auraeus Solito, a tale of two sisters who both fall in-love in one man who happens to be deaf starring Assunta and Alessandra de Rossi and Adrian Sebastian.

For the Category B includes: ANG PAGLALAKBAY NG MGA BITUIN SA GABING MADILIM by Arnel Mardoquio, a tale about three escaping rebels and war suvivor starring Fe Virtudazo Hyde, Glorypearl Dy, Irish Karl Monsanto, Roger Gonzales, Perry Dizon and Christine Lim; CATNIP by Kevin Dayrit that tells a story about two woman with different personalities find comfort with each other starring Lauren Young and Maxene Magalona who are both proud with their director "Proud kami sa'yo direk, proud na proud" Maxene cheered; MELODRAMA NEGRA by Ma. Isabel Legarda is a dark comedy which tales the complicated life of a woman and her dead friends; SLUMBER PARTY by Emmanuel Dela Cruz, a comedy riot about hunk frat man and three gays starring Markki Stroem, Archie Alemania and RK Bagatsing; PASCALINA by Pam Miras a girl who change her life after a visit of her dying aunt; ANAK ARAW by Gym Lumbera a tale of an albino boy who believes that he is American "I was inspire from my playmate when I was young who is albino" director said; EDSA XXX by Khavn De La Cruz a tale of the reign of Three Eyes in the Philippines in year 2030 starring Epi Quizon; ABERYA by Christian Linaban a story about sex, love and psychedelic of four people starring Will Devaughn, Mercedes Cabral, Iwa Moto and Nicholas Varela; PALITAN by Ato Bautista a tale of lovers who find themselves asphyxiated and trapped in an erotic triangle; and MAMAY UMENG by Dwen Baltazar a tells a tale of 84 year-old woman.

The festival also give tribute to the Philippine classic films such as 'Oro Plata Mata' (1892 film) by Peque Gallaga , 'Himala' which celebrates 30th anniversary through an exclusive showing of a documentary special titled 'Ka Oryang'  by Sari Dalena and writer/editor Keith Sicat and 'Genghis Khan'. Moreover. guest films on special screening of 'Alagwa', 'Supremo', 'Jungle Love' and 'Graceland'.

All of the films will run from November 28 to December 9 at Robinson's Galleria Movie World and November 29 to December 4 at EDSA Shang Cineplex in regular cinema ticket prices. The Awards Night will be on December 3 at Studio 1 ABS-CBN Main Building.

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