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50 filmmakers to
join Bacollywood

About 50 filmmakers are expected to converge in Bacolod City during the 4th Bacollywood:Cinema Rehiyon 4, National Independent Film and Video Art Festival to be held  on February 8-11, 2012, its director Manny Montelibano said.

He said they have invited filmmakers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, as well as Filipino filmmakers based abroad during the event, at the launch of the festival at the Art District in Lopues Madalagan, Bacolod City Saturday.

The national event on the theme, “Empowering Regional Cinema,” is a pilot project of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts and the Arts Committee on Cinema in celebration of the National Arts Month 2012, he said.

Montelibano said “We are very rich in talents, specifically in film and the cinema… and we are honored to organize this national film festival that is getting bigger and bigger.”

He said they are bringing independent films to the masses for free and give them a chance to interact with filmmakers, adding that he thinks this will educate our fellowmen on the different cultures that we have in the Philippines.

Montelibanio said they will show the films in selected barangays with ABS CBN.

Another component of the festival is the Video Art Installation where they will bring in works of past and present video artists to the galleries and museums in Bacolod and there will be four curators assigned to the whole program.

Multi-awarded director Peque Gallaga said he has noted that the artistic community in Bacolod is not selfish, compared to those in other regions, and he is proud of them. He said that, unlike others, they do not take things seriously except for the performing arts.

Gallaga said there is no school of art in Bacolod but everybody works and helps each other. There are probably better artists in other areas but they are fighting and putting each other down, he said.

“We have created an amazing art of workforce that is highly trained, highly professional and highly artistic,” he said.

Most top production in Manila come from Bacolod, Gallaga said. They have a work ethic that is comparable to no one else, he said, adding that “It is one of the treasures we have.”

Cinema Rehiyon is a project that gives premium to movies created outside Metro Manila. The film festival will feature short and full feature films reflective of local culture, produced by emerging Filipino filmmakers and set in various regions of the Philippines.*CGS

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Acclaimed director
arriving in Bacolod

Ever since he won as the Best Director at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival, the future has been looking brilliant for independent film director Brillante Mendoza.

Mendoza's competition were not cinematic lightweights, after all. The competition back in 2009 was pretty stiff, with Mendoza battling it out with a list of directors that read like a film industry who's who: Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, infamous “shock” directors Gaspar Noe and Lars Von Trier, Academy Award winner Ang Lee, and perennial Cannes favorite Quentin Tarantino. Any person would agree that even competing against such talents is an honor in and of itself.

What makes his victory even more remarkable is the fact that filmmaking was not originally in Mendoza's career plans. With a successful career in advertising as a production designer for over a decade, making a feature film was not exactly foremost in Mendoza’s mind, even if he had already worked for some legendary Filipino film makers like Peque Gallaga, Chito Roño, and Celso Ad Castillo. It wasn’t until a friend’s offer that he found himself thrust into film once again.

That film would be “Masahista”, a film about the life of a masseur who services gay men in Manila. It would go on to win the Golden Leopard (Best Film) Award at the 58th Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.

Even with a lack of formal training as a film director, Mendoza says that learning on the job has been nothing but beneficial to him, as it has resulted to a string of award-winning hits. In 2006, he came out with “Kaleldo”, which won the critic’s prize in the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea; “Tirador”, which came out in 2008, would win the Best Asian Feature Film at the Singapore International Film Festival; “Lola”, which came out in 2009, won best film at the Rome Asian Film Festival and earned best actress nods for its stars Rustica Carpio and Anita Linda at the Tehran International Film Festival.

Aside from these films, Mendoza also directed “Manoro” (2006), “Pantasya” (2007), “Foster Child” (2007), and “Serbis” (2008).

Mendoza's latest opus, “Prey”, stars legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert, a two-time Cannes Best Actress award winner who has worked with the likes of Claude Chabrol and Michael Haneke.

This collaboration between Cannes winners is one of the most awaited projects in the film industry in Europe. 

Brillante Mendoza’s award winning films will be shown at the SM Cinema on October 10 and 11 and on October 14 at the Negros Museum to give the Bacoleño movie going public, a rare opportunity to see these internationally acclaimed films.*

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2011 Garden Show
slated October 14

The 2011 Negros Occidental Garden Show and Trade Fair will be held October 14 to 23, at the North Transport Covered Car Park Terminal of SM City, and will bring plant and gardening enthusiasts from many parts of the Visayas to Bacolod City, a press release from organizers said.

This event is staged every two years by the NOGC as part of the MassKara Festival.

The theme this year is “More Trees ... More Plants ... More Life!” The show will feature fruit trees, flowering plants, herbs, orchids, landscaping, outdoor furniture, dried fish from Cadiz, dairy products from La Carlota, acrylic oil paintings and exotic plants from Mindanao.

Daily highlights will be lectures from top gardening experts, cooking demonstrations, flower arranging and small area landscaping.

The show will open every day at 8 a.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. It will kick off with a motorcade through the city followed by the grand opening. There will be a raffle draw for cash prizes on the final day.

Proceeds from the show will help the club continue its community work including support for charitable institutions such as Gawad Kalinga and the Philippine Mental Health Association, the press release added.*

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2011 Garden Show
slated October 14

The Bulig Eskuela, a joint project of United Architects of the Philippines-Mt. Kanla-on chapter and Bantay Bata 163 Negros, benefitted 256 students from Gatuslao Elementary School in Candoni, Negros Occidental, recently.

The project includes feeding program and giving of school supplies, a press release from UAP-Mt. Kanla-on said.

The project is in line with the 4th day celebration of a week-long activity of the World Architecture Day on the national theme “Architecture and Human Rights”.

The theme of the activity, in line with the national theme, is “The right to education and knowledge,” the press release added.*

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Acclaimed director arriving in Bacolod
2011 Garden Show slated October 14
2011 Garden Show slated October 14

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