In 2003, the Film Ratings Board of the Film Development Council of the Philippines was renamed the Cinema Evaluation Board. Since then (up to the end of 2009), the CEB has granted a rating to a total of 169 films. Forty-seven films were rated A (a 100 percent rebate of amusement taxes) and 122 films were rated B (65 % rebate).
Last year, ten films were rated A and fourteen others were rated B. It is presumed that these films will be vying against each other for the different film awards derbies this year.
The A films included four produced in the Sine Direk project of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines and APT Productions. These were Dead na si Lolo (Soxie Topacio) which was the country’s entry to the foreign language film of the last Oscar Awards; Agaton & Mindy (Peque Gallaga); Beinte (Mel Chionglo); and Kamoteng Kahoy (Maryo J. delos Reyes).
The six other A rated films included two from Joel Lamangan (Dukot and Mano Po 6), and a film each from Jay Francis Javier (Pasion); Cathy Garcia-Molina (You Changed My Life); Ronaldo Beturbin (The Last Viewing); and Gil Portes (Pitik Bulag).
The B films were the following (listed alphabetically by director):
Padyak (Aloy Adlawan); And I Love You So (Laurenti Dyogi); When I Met You (Joel Lamangan); In My Life (Olivia Lamasan); Biyaheng Lupa (Armando Lao); Sundo (Toppel Lee); Nandito Ako…Nagmamahal sa Iyo (Maryo J. de los reyes);
Status: Single (Jose Javier Reyes); Litsonero (Lorie Reye); T2 (Chito Rono); Astig (G.M. Sampedro); Pasang Krus and Tulak (Neal Tan); and Walang Hanggang Paalam (Paolo Villaluna & Ellen Ramos).
Sorting out the figures and tabulations for the seven-year period from 2003 to 2009 revealed that the year 2007 had the most number of rated films which was 33 (8 As and 25 Bs). The years 2006 and 2008 had 32 rated films each. In 2006, there were 9As and 23 Bs while 2008 had 11As and 21 Bs.
Going through the A films through the years, we came across films that eventually garnered trophies in the various film award-giving bodies.
In 2003, the A films were Noon at Ngayon by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and Crying Ladies by Mark Meily.
The 2004 A films were Santa Santita by Laurice Guillen and Panaghoy sa Suba by Cesar Montano.
Five films were rated A in 2005: Mark Meily’s La Visa Loca; Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos’ Ilusyon; Dominic Zapata’s Mulawin, the Movie; Mario Cornejo’s Big Time; and Aureus Solito’s Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros.
In 2006, there were nine rated A films and these were: Eddie Romero’s Faces of Love; Adolf Alix’s Donsol; Pablo Biglangawa & Veronica Velasco’s Inang Yaya; Mike Tuviera’s TXT; Jeffrey Jeturian’s Kubrador;
Romeo Candido’s Ang Pamana; Joel Lamangan’s Zsa Zsa Saturna; Jose Javier Reyes’ Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo; and Cesar Montano’s Ligalig;
(Next week: The A rated films in 2007-2009)
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