'Yanggaw' reaps honors at Cinema One fest

By BOY VILLASANTA/ abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Dec 01 2008 11:25 AM | Updated as of Dec 01 2008 08:49 PM

Despite losing the top festival honor, independent film “Yanggaw" had a windfall of awards from the 2008 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival Awards including Best Director (Richard Somes); Best Actor (Ronnie Lazaro); Best Supporting Actor (Joel Torre); Best Supporting Actress (Tetchie Agbayani); Audience Choice Award; Best Sound (Joey Santos) and Best Editing (Borgy Torre).

Yanggaw, which tells the story of a young woman afflicted with a mysterious illness, won seven of the fourteen categories where it was nominated.

“Imburnal,” a tale of two young boys initiated to manhood amidst impoverished life in Davao’s seas, bagged the Best Picture award and romped away with a cash prize of P200,000. Director Sherad Anthony Sanchez won the Best Screenplay award while Sanchez, Joel Geolamen, Mark Limbaga, Jose Bagane Fiola and John Torres took home the Best Cinematography award.

“Alon,” a May-December affair in the seaside, got the Best Actress (Charee Pineda); Best Actor (Mark Gil) and Best Musical Score plums.

Meanwhile, “Kolorete,” a drama musicale in the tradition of a zarzuela, about Spanish and Filipino distrust with each other during Spain’s conquest of the Philippines bagged the Best Production Design honor and the Special Jury Award given by the board of judges composed of Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino members Lito B. Zulueta and Gigi Alfonso, filmmakers Brillante Mendoza and Jeffrey Jeturian and actress Eugene Domingo.

The remaining entries “Dose,” “MotorCycle” and “UPCAT" were cited for their innovativeness and uniqueness in presentation.

Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival is an annual project of the Cinema One Channel headed by Ronald Arguelles. Now on its fourth year, the festival has produced award-winning films which have harvested laurels among local awards group and international film festivals.