7th Cinema One Originals Filmfest Kicks Off at Shangri-la Cineplex

Cinema One, the No.1 cable channel in the Philippines, proudly presents the 7th Cinema One Originals Film Festival with a highly-anticipated opening ceremony and gala premiere on November 9 (Wednesday), 3p.m., at the Edsa Shangri-La Mall Cineplex.

“Brave, bold and original,” goes this year’s definitions of this year’s movie entries. The talents are also a mix of flag bearers and an emerging new breed.

Chosen through careful deliberation from hundreds of entries, this year’s ten finalists possess liberatingly out-of-the-box storytelling. They have potentials to make names for its filmmakers, directors, writers and actors through the local and even international arena.

At the opening ceremonies, gala premieres of the first three films will be held—Mes de Guzman’s “Sa Kanto Ng Ulap” at 4:45p.m., Dennis Marasigan’s “Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon” at 7p.m. and Brandon Relucio and Ivan Zaldarriaga’s “Di Ingon ‘Nato [Not Like Us]” at 9:30p.m.

“Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa” by award-winning de Guzman revolves around a multi-ethnic group of kids who engages the urban environment by looting rugby in a nearby hardware. An independent film director and scriptwriter, de Guzman has won four Palanca Awards for his films Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong and Chiffons.

“Anatomiya ng Korupsyon” starring Maricar Reyes and Sid Lucero, on the other hand, is a social satire set in the 80s written for the stage by Malou Jacob and adapted for the screen by scriptwriter and filmmaker Dennis Marasigan. This is Marasigan’s 2nd movie for Cinema One Originals following his triumphant “Sa North Diversion Road” in 2005.

“Di Ingon Nato [Not Like Us]” is a horror that deals with how people in a far-flung barangay deals with zombie infestation by religion, superstition and science by writer-director team Relucio and Zaldarriaga.

Other gala premieres to catch are Ivy Universe Baldoza’s “Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat” (Nov 10, 5p.m.), Victor Villanueva’s “My Paranormal Romance” (Nov 10, 7p.m.), Shireen Seno’s “Big Boy” (Nov 10, 9:30p.m.), Earl Bontuyan’s “Sa Ilalim ng Tulay” (Nov 11, 5p.m.), Sari Dalena’s “Ka Oryang” (Nov 11, 7p.m.), “Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay” (Nov 11, 9:30p.m.) and Teng Mangansakan’s “Cartas de la Soledad [Letters of Solitude]” (Nov 12, 9:30p.m.).

Catch all of the film entries in the 2011 Cinema One Originals from November 9-12. These movies are produced and owned by Cinema One cable channel and the Creative Programs, Inc. For more info, log on to

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