Feb 11
NEXT IN LINE: A 27TH LUNA AWARDS ON TIME by Jose N. Carreon  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Wed, Feb 11, 2009

With the much delayed 26th Luna Awards finally out of the way and with bright prospects about assistance once again from the Film Development Council of the Philippines to finance the whole awards process, the Film Academy of the Philippines targets a May to July timetable to hold the 27th Luna Awards.

This will become the first time in FAP history that two awards nights (for different years) will be held in one year.

Thus, the Academy will soon possibly within February re-activate its legion of citers to begin previewing the best of the 58 local films shown last year. Of these 58 films, a total of 24 were indie films, some of which can vie for the 12 categories of the Luna Awards.

The citer-nominator-voter system of the Academy will enable the citers to come out with their own list of 10 possible nominees from the films they will be previewing. As usual, the citers will be judging their own peers, meaning scriptwriters will list what they deem will be the ten best for the year. Cinematographers will choose the ten best films with outstanding cinematography. And so on and so forth…

The ten best lists of the citers will be further pruned down to the five (or less) final nominees. The nominators will do this and will, again, judge their own peers,

From this final list, the voters will then decide who is the best for all categories.

Offhand, the films shown last year which had the inside track on possible nominations include those Rated A or B by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

The CEB last year gave an A rating to 12 films (including three digital films) and a B rating to 17 films (with only one digital film).

The A rated films include the following: Endo (UFO Pictures/digital); Pisay (Seiko Films/digital); Ploning (Panoramanila Films), which was our entry to the Oscar Awards’ Foreign Language Film Category this year; Caregiver (Star Cinema/Viva Films);

Urduja (Regal Entertainment Inc./APT Entertainment); A Very Special Love (Star Cinema/Viva Films); Kulam ((Regal Entertainment Inc.); Concerto (Solito Aureus Productions/Seiko Films); 100 (Martinez-Rivera Films/digital); and the three 2008 Metro Manila Filmfest entries Dayo (Cutting Edge Productions); Baler (Viva Films) and Magkaibigan (Maverick Films).

The B-rated films included My Best Friend’s Girlfriend; My Big Love;When Love Begins; Ikaw Pa Rin; Serbis; Paupahan (digital); Dobol Trobol; Torotot; For the First Time; I.T.A.L.Y.; My Only You; One True Love; and the 2008 Metro Manila Filmfest entries Shake, Rattle & Roll 10; Desperada 2; Ang Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat; One Night Only; and Iskul Bukol.

The Academy secretariat is now drafting the schedule for the review of these films and other films which were not rated (possibly because they were not submitted to the CEB) but were nevertheless outstanding in some categories.

Even as the winnowing process for the 27th Luna Awards is getting off the ground, let us look back at the list of winners for the 26th Luna Awards who received their trophies in simple awarding ceremonies last Sunday at the top floor Mandarin Oriental Suites at Gateway Mall in Cubao even as the sixth pivotal game between the Alaska Aces and Talk and Text was unfolding at the Big Dome.

Here are some trivia on the winners in each category:

Best Sound—Ditoy Aguila, who was nominated for three films (two in partnership with Junel Valencia), won for Ouija, his solo work. He becomes the third consecutive first-time winner in this category. The two others were Addiss Tabong (Nasaan Ka Man) in 2005 and Angie Reyes (Till I Met You) in 2006.

Musical Score—Winner Carmina Robles Cuya (Ouija) is another third consecutive first-time winner for scoring. In 2005, first-timer Von de Guzman won for Blue Moon and in 2006, Vincent de Jesus won for Zsa Zsa Saturnnah. Willy Cruz is still the owner of the most number of Luna Awards ever—four for scoring and nine for best theme songs.

Editing—Winner Jess Navarro won his third Luna trophy for Silip. He first won in 1999 with Sidhi and then in 2000 with Death Row. Jess is in a good position to follow the footsteps of three editor-turned-directors—namely, Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao (6 Lunas), Augusto ‘Augie’ Salvador (6) and Ike Jarlego Jr. (4).

Production Design—Rodell Cruz, winner for Resiklo, won with Don Escudero in the very first Luna Awards in 1982 then won again in 2003 for Mano Po 2. He trails by one trophy four-time winners Escudero (‘82, ’85, ’87 and ’88) and Manny Morfe (’94, ‘97, ’98 and ’02).

Cinematography—To underline the quick turnover of cameramen, the winners in this category for the past six years were first time winners. In 2002, it was Shayne Clemente (Kailangan Kita); Jay Tadena (Mano Po 2), 2003; Ely Cruz (Panaghoy sa Suba), 2004; Charlie Peralta (Nasaan Ka Man), 2005; Jay Linao (Eternity), 2006; and finally, Renato de Vera for Ataul for Rent in 2007. With so many contenders, it is a safe bet that the record 8 Luna trophies of Romy Vitug will be safe for the years to come.

Screenplay—Vanessa R. Valdez becomes the seventh consecutive first-time winner when she snags the best screenplay Luna trophy last Sunday for her A Love Story. From 2001 to 2006, all winners got their first-ever Luna trophy: Shaira Salvador (Abakada Ina); Jerry Tirazona (Lapu-Lapu); Michiko Yamamoto (Magnifico); Cris Vertido (Panaghoy sa Suba); Allan Tijamo (Blue Moon) and Jose Javier Reyes & May Ann Bautista (Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo).

Supporting Actress—The win of Angelica Panganiban in this category breaks the 8-year-stranglehold of senior or veteran actresses. Ironically, the last young winner was Serena Dalrymple for Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? in 1998. But from 1999 down to 2006, all winners were experienced or senior actresses—namely Glydel Mercado (Sidhi), 1999; Amy Austria (Anak), 2000; Caridad Sanchez (Bagong Buwan), 2001; Cherry Pie Picache (American Adobo), 2002; Gloria Romero (Magnifico), 2003; Jacklyn Jose (Naglalayag), 2004; Hilda Koronel (Nasaan ka Man), 2005; and Gina Pareno (Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo), 2006. Three time winners are still Gina Alajar (’84, ’90 and ’96) and Nida Blanca (’86, ’87 and ’97).

Supporting Actor—With Dante Rivero winning his second Luna for supporting actor for A Love Story, he becomes only the third two-time winner in this category. He first won in Tuhog in 2001. Other two-time winners were Ronaldo Valdez (’93 and ’97) and Johnny Delgado (’05 and ’06).

Actress—Maricel Soriano wins her third Luna (the first two were for Nasaan ang Puso? in 1997 and Filipinas in 2003. She thus ties Lorna Tolentino who had also won three times. Perennial acting rivals Nora Aunor and Governor Vilma Santos have four Lunas each in their name.

Actor—Paolo Contis, who won for Banal, is actually the fifth young actor to win in consecutive order since 2003 when the youngest, Jirio Manio, won for Magnifico. In 2004, it was Dennis Trillo (for Aishite Imasu 1941); Marvin Agustin (for Kutob) in 2005; and John Lloyd Cruz (for All Abut Love) in 2006. But older action actors still lead the roll of honor of multi-time winners which include Philip Salvador (7), FPJ (3), Rudy Fernandez and Christopher de Leon (2 each),

Direction—Winner Maryo J. de los Reyes (for A Love Story) joins two-time winners National Artist for Film Lino Brocka, Augusto Salvador and Elwood Perez. Joel Lamangan still leads with four Lunas and Eddie Garcia has three.

Picture—For winning its fifth Best Picture Luna for A Love Story, ABS-CBN Star Cinema edges out Regal Entertainment, Inc. which remains with four Lunas. Viva Films still leads with 10 best picture awards under its belt. Star Cinema won for Hanggat May Hininga (1996), Bata, Bata…Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998), Tanging Yaman (2000) and Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006).

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