‘Alamat Ni China Doll,’ ‘Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na’ are Cinema One Originals 2013 Best Picture Winners

At the Cinema One Originals 2013 awards night, held last Saturday (November 16) at the Dolphy Theater, two films earned the title of Best Picture. Adolfo Alix, Jr.’s “Alamat ni China Doll” took home the award for the festival’s Plus category, while Jet Leyco’s “Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na” won in the Currents category.

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“Alamat ni China Doll,” the story of a young woman named Helen (Angelica Panganiban) whose wanting for a new life gets disrupted by an eager journalist’s controversial article, was the night’s biggest winner for the Plus category. Aside from Best Picture, it also took home five other awards, including Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music, and Best Sound.

For the Plus category, the Best Actress went to Angelica Panganiban, while the Best Actor Award went to Joel Torre for “Kabisera”. The titles of Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor went to Bing Pimentel for “Kabisera” and to Peque Gallaga for “Woman of the Ruins,” respectively.

In the awards given for the Currents category, “Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na,” a narrative of realted occurrences during the time of Martial Law, dominated alongside “Riddles of My Homecoming,” Arnel Mardoquio’s silent film that tackles the traditional beliefs of the Lumads and Moros of Mindanao.

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“Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na” also took home the award for Best Screenplay, while “Riddles of My Homecoming” took home a total of five awards, including the Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Music.

The Best Actress award for the Currents category went to Vivian Velez for “Bendor,” and the Best Actor award went to the “Saturday Night Chills” main trio composed of Rayver Cruz, Matteo Guidicelli, and Joseph Marco. The Best Supporting Actress award went to Anna Luna for “Bendor,” while the title of Best Supporting Actor went to David Chua, also for “Saturday Night Chills”.

This year’s festival also honored two of today’s most important icons in the realm of Philippine Cinema—Director Elwood Perez and Mother Lily Monteverde, who were both named recipients of the Cinema One Tribute.

The Cinema One Originals Festival 2013 was brought to you by Cinema One, the country’s number one cable channel. Cinema One is now accepting entries for next year’s Cinema One Originals Festival which shall mark the festival’s first decade. All submissions should be complete full scripts for a feature length film.

The film script should tackle a commercially viable subject with universal themes. The filmmaker submitting these script entries should be ready to discuss the sellable and marketable points of the proposed film project.

From all submissions, ten finalists will be selected and will be given a production budget of P2 million each, the highest budget given by any institution or festival in the country.
All entries must be submitted by January 15, 2014. For updates, visit and like Cinema One on Facebook (

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