Dec 20
VIEWER VIEWS OF 2013 CITERS by Alex J. Socorro  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Dec 20, 2013

PART 1

The Citers have begun viewing movies shown in 2013. This is in preparation for the Luna Awards to be held early next year.

For an audience of 30 or so, the Tama Ng Cinema inside the Mowelfund Plaza is good enough. “Kaya lang maginaw, ang lakas ng aircon,” carped one female Citer whose husband joined in, “Yung speaker parang sumasabog pag malakas ang sound.”


Attending the viewing was the 97-year old chairman of UFIMDAP, the musician Josefino Cenizal in wheel chair.

A veteran director noticed the bag of treats in the registration area, “Maigi itong kendi at mani pang-alis ng inip. Kaya lang napansin ko yung mga diabetic daw sila pero kung dumampot ng kendi eh isang dakot.”

Lunch was fully appreciated especially by the group of assistant directors. “Malaki siguro ang budget kasi may gulay na, may isda pa at meron pang sabaw.” And he added, “Sana sa last day may merienda kahit goto man lang. Parang party na rin natin.”

Spotted on the 3rd day of viewing was director and former child actor Bebong Osorio. Holding a paper bag with 3 pairs of shoes, Direk Bebong called on Felix Magat, Noel and Francis of Mowelfund and gave them a pair each.


Director Bebong Osorio tinkering with his cellphone while former SGP president Senen Dimaguila is scratching his head

Vic Villaviciencio, who used to be the lone Citer for the Production Design category, came only on the second day. He was promoting his latest movie project which premiered on December 6. With Kabaro as the title, it’s obviously a bold film.

As for the viewed films, here are the comments:

BOSES – maganda ang concept to promote violin music kaya lang mahahaba ang musical pieces kaya naging boring. “Manipis ang music,” said musician Jun Garlan.

TUHOG – for a drama, yes but for a comedy, no. Mas maganda kung ginawang straight drama kasi realistic ang mga characters. “Dramatic ang role ni Leo, magaling,” the secretary of UFIMDAP remarked.


UFIMDAP secretary Ernie Cruz having lunch with his members Jaybee Ramos and Jun Garlan. Also in photo is PMPDA president Director William Mayo. With his back to the camera is FAP Director General Leo Martinez

OTJ – Sana this movie can give our government officials something to think about. Nabalita noon na may mga convicts na lumalabas ng bilangguan just to commit crime. “Masyadong compressed, parang minadali. In fairness, mahaba kasi ang story,” an assistant director opined with praises on the action scenes.

EKSTRA – nakakatuwa talaga si Vilma pagdating sa comedy. Very realistic ang script at talagang makaka-relate ang mga extra at bit players. “At least ipinakita ang hirap ng mga extra lalo na sa masungit na director,” words from a legman.

DANCE OF THE STEEL BARS – although the concept of dancing is okay but the story of prisoners ay gasgas na. “It is surprising that Dingdong could dance. Cute scene yung dumating ang totoong governor ng Cebu,” a cinematographer remarked.


Lorna Balmes of FAP secretariat assisting the registration of UFIMDAP treasurer Mar Lopez. Busy with the free candies are sound technician Peter Emerenciana, cinematographer Oscar Querejero, Editor’s guild secretary/treasurer Rudy Tabotabo in striped shirt

TRANSIT – “Magastos ang shooting kasi sa abroad,” a sound technician said. But generally the story was not fully appreciated maybe because of the intense drama. Take note that Transit is our entry to the foreign language category of the Oscars.

IT TAKES A MAN AND A WOMAN – a typical love story, pakilig. There were big scenes particularly the airport and the wedding scenes. Director Dante Pangilinan said, “yung budget sa wedding scene ay puwede nang ipanggawa ng indie.”

ALAGWA – “Yan ang problema ng indie. Hindi maganda ang cinematography,” remarked a member of SGP. At the end of the movie, Mar Lopez asked, “Ano ba ang ending? Hindi ko nakuha.”


Early bird SGP members Helen Lasquite, Benjie Corpuz, Bobby Villagracia

With the story of human trafficking where the son of Jericho Rosales was kidnapped and brought to Hongkong, the flow was dragging, obviously stretched. “Manipis kasi ang story kaya pilit lang pinahaba,” said a veteran cinematographer.

For some not so good notes, scriptwriter and director Freddie Sarol is conscious of the food because he suffered a stroke 2 years ago. The wife of Direk Dante Pangilinan contracted Chikungunya a few months ago as evidenced by the marks on her arm.

The viewing of the Citers will continue until the early weeks of January.

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