2010 Cinema One Originals opens on Nov. 10-16

Confessional. Imburnal. Sa North Diversion Road . Altar. Yanggaw. What do these films have in common? These award-winning titles are products of Cinema One Originals, which works like its CCP-based cousin–the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

This year, seven film projects were handpicked by an eight-member selection committee from over a hundred of submitted screenplays. Each film was given a financial grant of 1 million pesos. The 2010 batch of Cinema One Originals is comprised of the following:

Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria Kirschbaum

Directed by Remton Siega Zuasola and Bambi Beltran

Starring Suzette Ranillo

A novelty comedy of a young provincial lass who becomes a mail order bride to hoist her family from poverty.

Astro Mayabang

Directed by JP Laxamana

Starring Arron Villaflor, Megan Young, John Lapus, and Marco Morales

A social satire about a financially, socially, intellectually and sexually frustrated man who boasts of his nationalism and Pinoy pride, but ends up humiliated because of his misguided and aggressive ways.

Third World Happy

Directed by EJ Salcedo

Starring Sam Milby and Jodi Sta. Maria

A melodrama about a ‘balikbayan’ artist who has spent most of his life abroad but whose perspectives in life changes when he comes home to attend a funeral and reunites with his friends and girlfriend.


Directed by Joaquin Valdes

Starring Marc Abaya, Luis Alandy, and Bembol Roco

A horror movie about two farm brothers whose search for their lost father lead them to a company of strange mountain inhabitants.


Directed by Richard Somes

Starring Ronnie Lazaro, Mark Gil, and Pen Medina

A suspense-drama about an ex-convict who is ostracized by his neighborhood. Little does he know that this neighborhood he once knew is set to awaken his past.


Directed by Sig Sanchez

Starring Dimples Romana and Jhong Hilario

Based on a true-to-life story of a young boy who was tasked by rebel soldiers to charge their phones used for their negotiations with the government while holding the media people they kidnapped.

Layang Bilanggo

Directed by Michael Angelo Dagnalan.

Starring Pen Medina Miriam Quiambao, and Mailes Kanapi

A family drama about a fugitive on the run who yearns for the love of his daughter that he abandoned several years ago and disguises in an attempt to get near her.

Shang Cineplex, home of various foreign film festivals (i.e. Cine Europa, Chinese Spring Film Festival, etc.), will host the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival from November 10 to 16, 2010. Aside from the seven competing films, there will also be a tribute to Celso Ad Castillo as well as repeat screenings of some Cinema One Originals from previous years. See the screening schedule below.



1200: Wanted:Border – Repeat Screening

1400: Paano Ko Sasabihin – Repeat Screening

1600: The Cinema of Celso Ad Castillo – Special Screening

1900: Confessional – Repeat Screening

2100: Ishmael – Premiere Gala


1200: Ishmael – Regular Screening

1400: The Cinema of Celso Ad Castillo – Special Screening

1600: Yanggaw – Repeat Screening

1900: Third World Happy – Premiere Gala

2100: Dagim – Premiere Gala


1200: Third World Happy – Regular Screening

1400: Dagim – Regular Screening

1600: Ishmael – Regular Screening

1900: Astro Mayabang – Premiere Gala

2100: Tsardyer – Premiere Gala


1200: Astro Mayabang – Regular Screening

1400: Tsardyer – Regular Screening

1600: Ishmael – Regular Screening

1730: Third World Happy – Regular Screening

2000: Layang Bilanggo – Premiere Gala

2200: Ang Damgo – Premiere Gala


1130: Layang Billanggo – Regular Screening

1330: Ang Damgo – Regular Screening

1530: Third World Happy – Regular Screening

1730: Astro Mayabang – Regular Screening

1930: Tsardyer – Regular Screening

2130: Dagim – Regular Screening


1130: Astro Mayabang – Regular Screening

1330: Dagim – Regular Screening

1530: Layang Bilanggo – Regular Screening

1730: Ang Damgo – Regular Screening

1930: Tsardyer – Regular Screening

2130: Ishmael – Regular Screening


1130: Layang Bilanggo – Regular Screening

1330: Ang Damgo – Regular Screening

1530: Third World Happy – Regular Screening

1730: Tsardyer – Regular screening

1930: Dagim – Regular Screening

2130: Astro Mayabang – Regular Screening


Yanggaw – the best aswang film of recent memory, my #1 Filipino film of 2009

Wanted: Border – last year’s winner, Rosanna Roces is wicked and sinister


Confessional – Jerrold Tarog’s critically acclaimed debut

Tsardyer – inspired by true-to-life events when Ces Drilon was held captive in Sulu

Ishmael – Richard Somes’ follow up to Yanggaw

Dagim – Cinema One Originals has spawned gripping horror films over the years. To name a few: Yanggaw, Wanted:Border, and Altar. This looks like a worthy addition to the list.


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