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Sunday, February 2, 2014


A FILM about a suicidal, broken-hearted young man who had life-changing realizations after an earthquake and a typhoon, and a video documentary about the woman considered as the keeper of the original Sinulog beat and dance ruled during the awarding of the Sinulog video documentary and short film contest last night.

Aside from winning best short film, “Aftershock” also won awards for best direction, best story and best production design during the awarding ceremony at the Cinema 1 of SM City Cebu.

The film is directed by Remton Siega Zuasola, best known for his award-winning 2010 film “Ang Damgo in Eleuteria”. The film’s lead actor Matt Daclan was also named best actor.

Photojournalist Aldo Nelbert Banaynal won the video documentary contest with his entry “The Keeper”, which tells the life of Estrelita Diola, better known as Lola Titang, who performed the original Sinulog dance and played the original Sinulog beat every year before her death last year.

Sun.Star Cebu chief photographer Alex Badayos, who won first place in the higante and contingent categories of the Sinulog 2014 photo contest, placed second in the video documentary contest with his “Sagbayan.”

The documentary features the quake-ravaged town of Sagbayan in Bohol. Five children went missing in Sagbayan and were believed to have been buried alive when a landslide occurred following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.

Higher, younger

The documentary, which also won a prize for its poster, was written by Sun.Star Cebu reporter Kevin Lagunda and produced and edited by Sun.Star Cebu editor Januar Yap.

Sinulog Foundation executive director Ricky Ballesteros said he was impressed by the entries in the photo, short film and video documentary contests this year.

“We have higher-level entries this year. I’m happy that we are raising our standards every year,” he told reporters. He also noted that participants are getting younger. The contests have been held for 10 years.

In the photo contest, the grand prize went to Vincent Gallarde, who received P100,000. Teddy Uy placed second, taking home P50,000, while Reneir Figuracion placed third, receiving P30,000.

Other winners in special categories were Gerald Serbise for fluvial and solemn procession category; Ivan Langit for the sidelights category; and Roland Maratas Jr. for the festival queen category.

Before the awarding ceremony, the Sinulog Foundation opened an exhibit of the winning photos at the same mall. The exhibit is open until Feb. 14.

Love, actually

Zuasola, the film director, said his film was based on real events. “It’s a story of love lost and of moving on,” he said, adding he dedicates the film to the Sto. Niño and “to all the people who are in love.”

Banaynal, who also won last year in the short film category with his entry “Happy ang Emo nga Iro,” said he dedicates his win to Lola Titang, who was a cousin of his maternal grandmother.

“I want to share her significant contribution to our culture and heritage,” he said.

“The Keeper” also won best packaging, best story and best direction. Banaynal took home P50,000. Badayos received P30,000 while Noel Samson, third placer with his entry “Awit Halad Ko Kanimo”, took home P10,000.

Samson’s entry also bagged awards for best sound engineering and musical scoring, best editing and best playbill.

Samson’s other entry “Pagbangon” won best cinematography and best narration.

Digging deep

Other winners in the short film category were “Padulong sa Pinuy-anan” by Fedwilyn Villarba (second place) and “Kauban” by Franz Arrogante (third place). Villarba also won best supporting actress.

“Kauban” also won best sound engineering and best editing.

Remton took home P50,000 while Villarba and Arrogante received P30,000 and P10,000 respectively.

Maria Gigante bagged the best actress award for her role in “Josephina”, which was adjudged best in cinematography and best packaging.

Albert Pausal of “Niño The Gray Side” won best supporting actor, while Shun Dacalla was named best child performer for his role in “Padulong sa Pinuy-anan”, which also won best playbill.

Daclan, 28, the best actor winner from “Aftershock”, said he took acting classes under Zuasola to prepare for his role. He said he looked back to his “painful past” to be able to deliver good performance.

“I dedicate this win to all people who have loved,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 02, 2014.

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