13 Originals Compete In Cinema One Filmfest

Cinema One Originals 2012 presents its biggest line-up of 13 competition feature films. The films are divided into two categories: Category A, composed of films by established and seasoned directors (who were given P2-M production budget each) and Category B, composed of films from new breeds (who received P1-M budget each).

In the first category are: "Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi," directed by Richard Somes and starring Erich Gonzales, Alfred Vargas, Joel Torre, Maria Isabel Lopez, John Lapus and Mark Gil; "Mater Dolorosa," by Adolfo Alix Jr., starring Gina Alajar, Cogie Domingo, Alessandra de Rossi, Carlo Aquino, Joem Bascon and Mercedes Cabral; "Baybayin," by Auraeus Solito, starring siblings Alessandra and Assunta de Rossi and Adrian Sebastian.

In the second category are: "Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim" by Arnel Mardoquio; "Catnip" by Kevin Dayrit, starring Lauren Young and Maxene Magalona; "Melodrama Negra" by Ma. Isabel Legarda; "Slumber Party" by Emmanuel Dela Cruz, starring Markki Stroem, Archie Alemania and RK Bagatsing; "Pascalina" by Pam Miras; "Anak Araw" by Gym Lumbera; "EDSA XXX" by Khavn Dela Cruz; "Aberya" by Christian Linaban starring Will Devaugh, Mercedes Cabral, Iwa Moto and Nicholas Varela; "Palitan" by Ato Bautista; and "Mamay Upeng" by Dwein Baltazar.

In addition to these originals, the festival will give tribute to Philippine classics through the screening of three restored films that greatly contributed to the foundation of Philippine cinema: "Oro Plata Mata," "Himala" and "Genghis Khan." Also to be screened as guest films are "Alagwa," "Supremo," "Jungle Love" and "Graceland."

The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival, an annual project of Cinema One, the local movie channel on cable owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc., will run from Nov. 28-Dec. 9 at Robinsons Galleria Movie World and from Nov. 29-Dec. 4 at the Edsa Shang Cineplex. Awards night will be held on Dec. 3 at Studio 1 of ABS-CBN Bldg.

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Nora Encounter Is Divine Lee's Favorite

Divine Lee is slowly transcending her image as trendsetter, fashion figurehead and multimedia icon. Still one of the blogosphere's shakers, she continues to loom larger than life whether striking her fiercest poses on the catwalk, hobnobbing with Manila's glitterati, pushing for gay advocacy or simply hamming it up in front of the camera in her typical "becky" fashion.

She may be sophisticated but beneath her high society trappings is the heart of a modern-day Maria Clara. Her colorful vocabulary, aptly called "beckinese," is a mash-up of gay lingo and popular Pinoy colloquialisms.

The model/blogger is now one of the segment anchors and hosts for TV5's daily showbiz-oriented talk show "Ang Latest" and is also one of the newest additions to Arnold Vegafria's roster of esteemed talents.

"I would always do live hosting for events because they really found me too talkative as a model," Divine says. "I never really thought about TV, until Paolo Bediones offered 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition.' I loved the US version, so I said yes right away! Then, Omar, one of the executive producers of (the now-defunct) 'Juicy' got me as a guest host for that show. I eventually became a regular - all this in about a little more than a year."

Divine anchors a daily segment called "Divine Revelations" and does panel hosting every Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Of all her interviews to date, her one-on-one with Nora Aunor ranks as Divine's most memorable.

Asked for the most flattering comment she's gotten so far, Divine laughs when friends would rib her and say: "Hindi ka na bulol!"

How she maintains her reed-thin figure continues to baffle her fellow co-hosts. "I eat a lot!" she clarifies. "But I guess I just have a faster metabolism because of my talkativeness. I'm such a foodie that my dogs are named Liempo and Pritchon."

Check out Divine's fashion musings and other ramblings at www.divinelee.com.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Nov. 27, go to Sen. Freddie Webb, Ronaldo Valdez, Consul Mellie Romero-Ablaza, Dr. Primitivo Chua, Barge Ramos, SM exec. Millie Dizon, Millie Reyes, Ofelia S. Angeles, Jean Torresyap, Virgilio Bonifacio, Dr. Grace F. Valledor, Emma Cavit, Aaron R. Gabriel, Mila Llorin, Eleanor "Nene" Gerilla of Marilao, Bulacan, and Gem Ramos of Star Magic... Happy wedding anniversary to Ronald Andrew and Michelle Hipolito...