Cinema One Originals 2016 Announces Its 3 Finalists for Documentary Category

Cinema One Originals, the annual film festival organized by the country’s number one cable channel, Cinema One and headed by Ronald Arguelles has newly opened the “Full-Length Documentary” category.

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“On our 12th year of the festival this year, the channel chose three finalists who will be given Php 1.5M each to produce it,” said Arguelles. They are as follows:

1) PIDING by Paolo Picones & Gym Lumbera – The discovery of a bird inspired a modern eastern mythology about a man’s lost years. A groundbreaking evolutionary scientist goes on a much-needed vacation in the island paradise of Calayan. While haplessly wandering through the forest, he stumbles upon a bird that drives him mad.

2) FORBIDDEN MEMORY by Gutierrez Teng Mangansakan – This summons remembrances and memories of the fateful days in September 1974 when about 1,500 men from Malisbong and neighboring villages in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat were killed while 3,000 women and children were forcibly taken to naval boats stationed nearby where they encountered unspeakable horror. For 40 years, the survivors lived in relative silence. Now they tell their stories.

3) PEOPLE POWER BOMBSHELL (THE DIARY OF VIETNAM ROSE) by John Torres -.This is about then 19-year old naive newbie star Liz Alindogan and her harrowing ordeal in the making of a film. Its mystery dreamlike narration is structured in such a way that makes viewers question whether to believe her account or not.

“We are very excited for this year’s line-up. These Cinema One Originals documentaries along with seven selected Full-Length Feature category films will be shown in November 2016 for the 12th Cinema One Originals Festival,” added Arguelles. For more information, log on to

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