Ma’ Rosa tops 6th Annual Film Poll, named best in four other categories

Ma’ Rosa, Brillante Mendoza’s gripping drama about an urban poor family embroiled in backroom police extortion as a result of their involvement in small-time drug-dealing, grabbed the top spot in the Best Film category of the 6th Annual Pinoy Rebyu Poll for excellence in Philippine cinema in 2016 as voted by online film reviewers. Ma’ Rosa beat out second placer Pamilya Ordinaryo and third placer Women of the Weeping River.

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Jaclyn Jose, who plays the lead role in Ma’ Rosa, was the voters’ top choice for Best Lead Performance, ahead of Paolo Ballesteros in Die Beautiful and Hasmine Killip in Pamilya Ordinaryo.

Christian Bables, in a breakthrough role as the vivacious best friend in Die Beautiful, was the runaway choice for Best Supporting Performance, beating out John Lloyd Cruz in Ang Babaeng Humayo and Mercedes Cabral in Oro.

Ma’ Rosa also topped the categories for directing (Mendoza) and editing (Diego Marx Dobles), as well as Best Scene for the well-lauded final scene where Rosa tearfully eats fishballs while watching a young family close their mobile store.

Best Screenplay was topped by Die Beautiful (Rody Vera) while the cast of Oro leads the Best Ensemble category, beating out the cast of both Hiblang Abo and Purgatoryo.

Tuos was voted best in two categories: Cinematography (Mycko David) and Original Score/Soundtrack (Jema Pamintuan).

Petersen Vargas’ 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten was named Best First Feature, while Babyruth Villarama’s Sunday Beauty Queen was ranked first for Best Documentary.

Mon Garilao’s Fish Out of Water narrowly edged out Ang Maangas, ang Marikit at ang Makata (Ibarra Guballa) for Best Short Film.

In a new category, the revitalized Metro Manila Film Festival was named best film festival of 2016.

 

In summary, here are the 2016 category topnotchers:

Film: Ma’ Rosa

Lead Performance: Jaclyn Jose, Ma’ Rosa

Supporting Performance: Christian Bables, Die Beautiful

Ensemble Performance: Oro

Director: Brillante Mendoza (Ma’ Rosa)

Documentary: Sunday Beauty Queen

Screenplay: Die Beautiful (Rody Vera)

First Feature: 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (Petersen Vargas)

Cinematography: Tuos (Mycko David)

Editing: Ma’ Rosa (Diego Marx Dobles)

Score/Soundtrack: Tuos (Jema Pamintuan)

Scene: Rosa eats fishballs (Ma’ Rosa)

Short Film: Fish Out of Water

Film Festival: Metro Manila Film Festival

 

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For reference, below is the list of winners from 2011 to 2015:

2011

Film: Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Lead Performance: Lilia Cuntapay, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Supporting Performance: Geraldine Villamil, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Director: Lav Diaz, Siglo ng Pagluluwal

Documentary: Tundong Magiliw, Jewel Maranan

Screenplay: Niño, Rody Vera

First Feature: Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Ensemble: Niño

Cinematography: Busong, Louie Quirino

Short Film: Hindi sa Atin ang Buwan (Jon Lazam)

 

2012

Film: Kalayaan

Lead Performance: Nora Aunor, Thy Womb

Supporting Performance: Art Acuña, Posas

Director: Adolfo Alix Jr., Kalayaan

Documentary: Give Up Tomorrow, Michael Collins

Screenplay: Colossal, Whammy Alcazaren

First Feature (tie): Colossal (Whammy Alcazaren) and Pascalina (Pam Miras)

Ensemble (tie): Aparisyon and Mater Dolorosa

Cinematography: Kalayaan, Albert Banzon

Score/Soundtrack: Kalayaan, Teresa Barrozo

Scene: Opening mermaid scene in Kalayaan

Short Film: Nang Gabing Maging Sinlaki ng Puso ang Bato ni Darna (Jon Lazam)

 

2013

Film: On the Job

Lead Performance: Joel Torre, On the Job

Supporting Performance: Dick Israel, Badil

Director: Lav Diaz, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan

Documentary: The Search for Weng-Weng, Andrew Leavold

Screenplay: Sana Dati, Jerrold Tarog

First Feature: Transit, Hannah Espia

Ensemble: Transit

Cinematography (tie): Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill (Carlo Mendoza), On the Job (Ricardo Buhay III), Puti (Boy Yñiguez)

Score/Soundtrack: How to Disappear Completely, Eyedress

Scene: Jhong Hilario discovers Mercedes Cabral’s secret and becomes violent in Badil

Short Film (tie): Onang (JE Tiglao) and Pantomime for Figures Shrouded by Waves (Jon Lazam)

 

2014

Film: Dagitab

Lead Performance: Eula Valdez, Dagitab

Supporting Performance: Barbie Forteza, Mariquina

Director: Jun Lana, Barber’s Tales

Documentary: Little Azkals, Babyruth Villarama

Screenplay: Dagitab, Giancarlo Abrahan

First Feature: Dagitab, Giancarlo Abrahan

Cinematography: Dagitab, Rommel Sales

Editing: Barber’s Tales, Lawrence Ang

Score/Soundtrack: Mariquina (Jerrold Tarog [score] and Various Artists [soundtrack])

Scene: Eula Valdez and Martin del Rosario lie on the sand in Dagitab

Short Film: Lisyun Qng Geografia (Petersen Vargas)

 

2015

Film: Honor Thy Father

Lead Performance: John Lloyd Cruz, Honor Thy Father

Supporting Performance: Tirso Cruz III, Honor Thy Father

Director: Erik Matti, Honor Thy Father

Documentary: My Revolutionary Mother, Jethro Patalinghug

Screenplay: Honor Thy Father (Michiko Yamamoto)

First Feature: Miss Bulalacao (Ara Chawdhury)

Cinematography: Honor Thy Father (Ber Cruz)

Editing: Apocalypse Child (Lawrence Ang)

Score/Soundtrack: Honor Thy Father (Soundtrack: Various Artists, Score: Erwin Romulo)

Scene: Antonio Luna’s assassination (Heneral Luna)

Short Film: Lisyun Qng Geografia (Petersen Vargas)

Movie Theater: Trinoma Cinemas

Pinoy Rebyu 2016 Poll

BEST FEATURE FILM »

1 – Ma’ Rosa (97 points)

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2 – Pamilya Ordinaryo (90 points)

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3 – Women of the Weeping River (77 points)

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4 – Die Beautiful (65 points)

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5 – Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (64 points)

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6 – Sunday Beauty Queen (53.5 points)

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7 – Ang Babaeng Humayo (52 points)

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8 – Tuos (43 points)

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9 – 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (34 points)

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10 – How To Be Yours (31 points)

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11 – Purgatoryo (30 points)

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12 – Pauwi Na (26 points)

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13 – Mercury Is Mine (24 points, 6 votes)

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14 – Patay Na Si Hesus (24 points, 5 votes)

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15 – Oro (24 points, 4 votes)

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16 – Sakaling Hindi Makarating (23 points)

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17 – Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone (22 points)

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18 – Vince & Kath & James (21 points)

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19 – Baboy Halas (20 points)

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20 – Seklusyon (19 points)

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BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE »

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE »

BEST ENSEMBLE »

BEST DIRECTOR »

BEST SCREENPLAY »

BEST DOCUMENTARY »

BEST FIRST FEATURE »

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY »

BEST EDITING »

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE/SOUNDTRACK »

BEST SCENE »

BEST SHORT FILM »

BEST FILM FESTIVAL »

 

 

INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS »

RITO ASILO (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

  1. Paolo Villaluna’s “Pauwi Na”
  2. Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo”
  3. Petersen Vargas’ “2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten”
  4. Cenon Obispo Palomares and David Corpuz’s “Kusina”
  5. Brillante Ma Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa”
  6. Eduardo Roy Jr.’s “Pamilya Ordinaryo”
  7. Victor Villanueva’s “Patay Na Si Hesus”
  8. Theodore Boborol’s “Vince & Kath & James”
  9. Zig Dulay’s “Paglipay”
  10. Derick Cabrido’s “Purgatoryo”

ROBERT CERDA (Space Aso Reviews)

  1. Ang Babaeng Humayo
  2. Tuos
  3. Women of the Weeping River
  4. Ma’ Rosa
  5. Saving Sally
  6. How To Be Yours
  7. Always Be My Maybe
  8. Baboy Halas
  9. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
  10. Seklusyon

ARCHIE DEL MUNDO (DList.ph) View article

  1. Singing in Graveyards
  2. Piding
  3. Baboy Halas
  4. Women of the Weeping River
  5. People Power Bombshell
  6. Sunday Beauty Queen
  7. Ang Babaeng Humayo
  8. Ma’Rosa
  9. Lily
  10. Every Room is a Planet

JAMES ESPINOZA (Film Police)

  1. Women of the Weeping River
  2. Ma’ Rosa
  3. Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis
  4. Tuos
  5. Sunday Beauty Queen
  6. Ned’s Project
  7. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  8. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 #ForverIsNotEnough
  9. Saving Sally
  10. Si Magdalola at ang mga Gago

MIKOY FERNANDEZ (Mga Katha ng Haraya)

  1. Die Beautiful
  2. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  3. Sunday Beauty Queen
  4. Ma’ Rosa
  5. Patay Na Si Hesus
  6. Seklusyon
  7. EDSA
  8. Women of the Weeping River
  9. Hiblang Abo
  10. Mercury Is Mine

RICKY GALLARDO (Business Mirror)

  1. Women of the Weeping River
  2. (tie) Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis and Pauwi Na
  3. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  4. Ang Babaeng Humayo
  5. Vince, Kath & James
  6. Ma’ Rosa
  7. Lily
  8. Purgatoryo
  9. Singing in Graveyards

EMIL HOFILEÑA (Cinemil Movie Reviews/The Neighborhood)

  1. Purgatoryo
  2. Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
  3. How to Be Yours
  4. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
  5. Ang Taba Ko Kasi
  6. Hiblang Abo
  7. Ringgo: The Dog Shooter
  8. People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose
  9. Saving Sally
  10. Sunday Beauty Queen

JSON JAVIER (The Spotless Mind) View article

  1. Tuos
  2. Sunday Beauty Queen
  3. Ma’ Rosa
  4. Die Beautiful
  5. Sakaling Hindi Makarating
  6. Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone
  7. Forever Bridgeless
  8. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  9. Seklusyon
  10. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough

SKILTY LABASTILLA (Pinoy Rebyu) View article

  1. Women of the Weeping River (Sheron Dayoc)
  2. Baboy Halas (Bagane Fiola)
  3. Piding (Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera)
  4. Ang Babaeng Humayo (Lav Diaz)
  5. Patay Na Si Hesus (Victor Villanueva)
  6. Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza)
  7. Malinak Ya Labi (Jose Abdel Langit)
  8. Kusina (David Corpuz & Cenon Palomares)
  9. Tuos (Derick Cabrido)
  10. Die Beautiful (Jun Lana)

RICARDO ESPINO LOPEZ (The Knee-Jerk Critic)

  1. Die Beautiful
  2. Seklusyon
  3. Oro
  4. Saving Sally
  5. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
  6. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  7. Mercury Is Mine
  8. Ma Rosa
  9. Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis
  10. Ang Babaeng Humayo

MACKY MACARAYAN (Death of Traditional Cinema)

  1. Die Beautiful
  2. Area
  3. Oro
  4. Patay na si Hesus
  5. Paglipay
  6. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  7. Ma’ Rosa
  8. Mercury is Mine
  9. Seklusyon
  10. Star na si Van Damme Stallone

FIDEL ANTONIO MEDEL (Pixelated Popcorn)

  1. Sakaling Hindi Makarating, dir. Ice Adanan
  2. Apocalypse Child, dir. Mario Cornejo
  3. Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone, dir. Randolph Longjas
  4. Ma’ Rosa, dir. Brillante Mendoza
  5. Pamilya Ordinaryo, dir. Eduardo Roy
  6. Tuos, dir. Derick Cabrido
  7. Mercury is Mine, dir. Jason Paul Laxamana
  8. 4 Days, dir. Adolfo Alix
  9. Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B, dir. Prime Cruz
  10. Saving Sally, dir. Avid Liongoren
  11. Die Beautiful, dir. Jun Lana

NOOD.PH

  1. Vince and Kath and James
  2. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  3. Die Beautiful
  4. Singing in Graveyards
  5. Ang Babaeng Humayo
  6. Sunday Beauty Queen
  7. Pauwi Na
  8. Ma ‘Rosa
  9. Tuos
  10. Purgatoryo

CATHY PEÑA (Make Me Blush) View article

  1. Lav Diaz’s Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis
  2. Brillante Mendoza’s Ma Rosa
  3. Jun Lana’s Die Beautiful
  4. Petersen Vargas’ 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
  5. Sheron Dayoc’s Women of the Weeping River
  6. Eduardo Roy’s Pamilya Ordinaryo
  7. Lav Diaz’s Ang Babaeng Humayo
  8. David R. Corpuz & Cenon O. Palomares’ Kusina
  9. Theodore Boborol’s Vince & Kath & James
  10. Ice Idanan’s Sakaling Hindi Makarating

BERNARD SANTOS (My Movie World) 

  1. Ma’ Rosa
  2. Die Beautiful
  3. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  4. Dukot
  5. Purgatoryo
  6. Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis
  7. Sunday Beauty Queen
  8. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
  9. How To Be Yours
  10. Everything About Her

NAZAMEL TABARES (Pelikula Mania)

  1. Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis
  2. Pamilyang Ordinaryo
  3. Tuos
  4. Star na si Van Damme Stallone
  5. How to Be Yours
  6. Mercury is Mine
  7. Sunday Beauty Queen
  8. Pauwi Na
  9. Purgatoryo
  10. Patay na si Hesus

JOHN TAWASIL (Present Confusion) View article

Non-documentary:

  1. Women of the Weeping River
  2. Ma’Rosa
  3. Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis
  4. Lily
  5. Pamilya Ordinaryo

Documentary :

  1. Sunday Beauty Queen
  2. Forbidden Memory
  3. Curiosity, Adventure and Love

EMIL NOR URAO (The Movie Bud)

  1. How to Be Yours
  2. Sunday Beauty Queen
  3. Purgatoryo
  4. Mercury is Mine
  5. Sakaling Hindi Makarating
  6. Always Be My Maybe
  7. Ang Tulay ng San Sebastian
  8. Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis
  9. Dagsin
  10. Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone

Philippine Cinema 2016: 20 Best Supporting Performances

1 – Christian Bables (Die Beautiful) 140.5 points

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2 – John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Babaeng Humayo) 88 points

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3 – Mercedes Cabral (Oro) 49.5 points

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4 – Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon) 44.5 points

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5 – Maxene Eigenmann (Ned’s Project) 29.5 points

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6 – Nonie Buencamino (Ang Babaeng Humayo) 29 points

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7 – Jordan Herrera (Best. Partee. Ever.) 25 points

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8 – Lotlot de Leon (Mrs.) 21 points

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9 – Taha Daranda (Women of the Weeping River) 20.5 points

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10 – Barbie Forteza (Tuos) 20 points

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11 – Jess Mendoza (Purgatoryo) 18.5 points

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12 – Meryll Soriano (Pauwi Na) 16.5 points

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13 – Michael de Mesa (Ang Babaeng Humayo) 15.5 points

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14 – Chai Fonacier (Pauwi Na) 15 points

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15 – Anna Luna (Paglipay) 14.5 points

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17 – Ina Raymundo (Vince & Kath & James) 14 points

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16 – Pepe Herrera (Sakaling Hindi Makarating) 13 points

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18 – Joel Torre (Tisay) 12 points

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19 – Antoinette Taus (Every Room Is a Planet) 11 points, 2 votes, 1 first-place vote

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20 – Nanding Josef (Hiblang Abo) 11 points, 2 votes, no first-place vote

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INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS »

RITO ASILO (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

  1. Ina Raymundo (“Vince & Kath & James”)
  2. Xian Lim (“Everything About Her”)
  3. Lotlot de Leon (“Mrs.”)
  4. Christian Bables (“Die Beautiful”)
  5. Joel Torre (“Die Beautiful”)
  6. Ana Capri (“2 Cool 2 B 4gotten”)
  7. Jordan Herrera (“Best.Partee.Ever.”)
  8. Maricar Reyes (“The Unmarried Wife”)
  9. Elizabeth Oropesa (“I America”)
  10. Lollie Mara (“Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching”)

ROBERT CERDA (Space-Aso)

  1. Christian Bables – Die Beautiful
  2. Rhed Bustamante – Seklusyon
  3. John Lloyd Cruz – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  4. Barbie Forteza – Tuos
  5. Michael De Mesa – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  6. Anna Luna – Paglipay
  7. Mercedes Cabral – Oro
  8. Cherry Pie Picache – Whistleblower
  9. Laurice Guillen – Whistleblower
  10. Anita Linda – Padre De Familia

ARCHIE DEL MUNDO (DList.ph) View article

  1. Antoinette Taus – Every Room is a Planet
  2. John Lloyd Cruz – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  3. Taha Daranda – Women of the Weeping River
  4. Jordan Herrera – Best Partee Ever
  5. Noni Buencamino – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  6. Mercedes Cabral – Oro
  7. Meryll Soriano – Pauwi Na
  8. Chai Fonacier – Pauwi Na
  9. Maxine Eigenmann – Ned’s Project
  10. Sue Prado – Oro

JAMES ESPINOZA (Film Police)

  1. John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  2. Mercedes Cabral (Oro)
  3. Charles Bables (Die Beautiful)
  4. Jordan Herrera (Best. Partee. Ever.)
  5. Ronwaldo Martin (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  6. Nanding Josef (Hiblang Abo)
  7. Joel Torre (Tisay, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2)
  8. Jess Mendoza (Purgatoryo)
  9. CJ Navato (Kusina)
  10. Antoinette Taus (Every Room Is a Planet)

MIKOY FERNANDEZ (Mga Katha ng Haraya)

  1. Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
  2. Cai Cortez (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2)
  3. Joel Torre (Die Beautiful)
  4. Joel Torre (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2)
  5. Taha Daranda (Women of the Weeping River)

RICKY GALLARDO (Business Mirror)

Male:

  1. Michael de Mesa, ‘Ang Babaeng Humayo’
  2. Jess Mendoza, ‘Purgatoryo’
  3. Taha Daranda, ‘Women of the Weeping River’
  4. Christian Bables, ‘Die Beautiful’
  5. Jess Mendoza, ‘Pauwi Na’
  6. John Lloyd Cruz, ‘Ang Babaeng Humayo’
  7. Nonie Buencamino, ‘Ang Babaeng Humayo’
  8. Ethan Salvador, ‘2Cool2B4Gotten’
  9. Jordan Herrera, ‘Best.Partee.Ever’
  10. Kristofer King, ‘Purgatoryo’

Female:

  1. Max Eigenmann, ‘Ned’s Project’
  2. Mercedes Cabral, ‘Oro’
  3. Rhed Bustamante, ‘Seklusyon’
  4. Meryll Soriano, ‘Pauwi Na’
  5. Anna Luna, ‘Paglipay’
  6. Sue Prado, ‘Oro’
  7. Chai Fonacier, ‘Patay na si Hesus’
  8. Janice de Belen, ‘The Dog Shooter’
  9. Elizabeth Oropesa, ‘I, America’
  10. Ana Capri, ‘ 2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten’

EMIL HOFILEÑA (Cinemil Movie Reviews/The Neighborhood)

  1. Christian Bables – Die Beautiful
  2. John Lloyd Cruz – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  3. Janice de Belen – Ringgo: The Dog Shooter
  4. Rhed Bustamante – Seklusyon
  5. Pepe Herrera – Sakaling Hindi Makarating
  6. Kean Cipriano – Echorsis
  7. Kate Alejandrino – Baka Bukas
  8. Ricky Davao – Si Magdalola at Ang mga Gago
  9. Epy Quizon – Memory Channel
  10. Timothy Mabalot – Dyamper

JSON JAVIER (The Spotless Mind)

  1. Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
  2. Lotlot de Leon (Mrs.)
  3. Nonie Buencamino (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  4. Jean Judith Javier (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  5. Nanding Josef (Hiblang Abo)
  6. Elizabeth Oropesa (I America)
  7. Lotlot de Leon (Dagsin)
  8. Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon)
  9. Pepe Herrera (Sakaling Hindi Makarating)
  10. Lou Veloso (Seklusyon)

SKILTY LABASTILLA (Pinoy Rebyu)

  1. Christian Bables, Die Beautiful
  2. John Lloyd Cruz, Ang Babaeng Humayo
  3. Susan Africa, Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis
  4. Maxene Eigenmann, Ned’s Project
  5. Taha Daranda, Women of the Weeping River
  6. Rhed Bustamante, Seklusyon
  7. Paulo Avelino, The Unmarried Wife
  8. Spanky Manikan, Piding
  9. Nonie Buencamino, Ang Babaeng Humayo
  10. Ina Raymundo, Vince & Kath & James

RICARDO ESPINO LOPEZ (The Knee-Jerk Critic)

  1. Sid Lucero – Hele
  2. Barbie Forteza-Tuos
  3. John Llyod Cruz – Babaeng Humayo
  4. Rhedd Bustamante –Seklusyon
  5. Christian Bables – Die Beautiful
  6. Baron Geisler – Ma Rosa
  7. Thou Reyes –Toto
  8. Christine Reyes – Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin
  9. Mercedes Cabral –Oro

MACKY MACARAYAN (Death of Traditional Cinema)

  1. Christian Bables, DIE BEAUTIFUL
  2. Mercedes Cabral, ORO
  3. Nonie Buencamino, ANG BABAENG HUMAYO
  4. John Lloyd Cruz, ANG BABAENG HUMAYO
  5. Sue Prado, AREA
  6. Lou Veloso, SEKLUSYON
  7. Fe Ging Ging Hyde, DAUGHTERS OF THE THREE TAILED BANNER
  8. Mayka Lintongan, DAUGHTERS OF THE THREE-TAILED BANNER
  9. Elora Españo, SEKLUSYON
  10. Joel Torre, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2

FIDEL ANTONIO MEDEL (Pixelated Popcorn)

  1. John Lloyd Cruz, Ang Babaeng Humayo
  2. Ana Abad-Santos, Apocalypse Child
  3. Annicka Dolonius, Apocalypse Child
  4. Christian Bables, Die Beautiful
  5. Rhed Bustamante, Seklusyon
  6. Isaac Aguirre, Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone
  7. RK Bagatsing, Apocalypse Child
  8. Max Eigenmann, Ned’s Project
  9. Phoebe Walker, Seklusyon
  10. Elizabeth Oropesa, I America

NOOD.PH

  1. Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
  2. Christopher de Leon (Dukot)
  3. John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  4. Noni Buencamino (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  5. Barbie Forteza (Tuos)
  6. Nico Antonio (Tandem)
  7. Alex Medina (Echorsis)
  8. Max Eigenmann (Ned’s Project)

CATHY PEÑA (Make Me Blush)

  1. Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
  2. Meryll Soriano (Pauwi Na)
  3. Jameson Blake (2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten)
  4. Jordan Herrera (Best.Partee.Ever)
  5. Kean Cipriano (That Thing Called Tanga Na)
  6. Pepe Herrera (Sakaling Hindi Makarating)
  7. Lotlot de Leon (Mrs.)
  8. Ina Raymundo (Vince & Kath & James)
  9. Enchong Dee (Mano Po 7: Tsinoy)
  10. Barbie Forteza (Tuos)

BERNARD SANTOS (My Movie World)

  1. Christian Bables – Die Beautiful
  2. Mercedes Cabral – Oro
  3. Joel Torre – Tisay
  4. Max Eigenmann – Ned’s Project
  5. Louise Delos Reyes – Baka Bukas
  6. Andi Eigenmann – Ma’ Rosa
  7. Neil Ryan Sese – Ma’ Rosa
  8. Baron Geisler – Ma’ Rosa
  9. Kate Bautisa – I America
  10. Moira Lang – Pamilya Ordinaryo

NAZAMEL TABARES (Pelikula Mania)

  1. Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
  2. Ethan Salvador (2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten)
  3. Jess Mendoza (Purgatoryo)
  4. Chai Fonancier (Pauwi Na)
  5. Ana Luna (Paglipay)
  6. John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  7. Aaron Rivera (Best Partee Ever)
  8. Lotlot de Leon (Dagsin)
  9. Isaac Aguirre (Star na si Van Damme Stallone)
  10. Moira Lang (Pamilya Ordinaryo)

JOHN TAWASIL (Present Confusion)

  1. Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
  2. Mercedes Cabral (Oro)
  3. Chai Fonacier (Various)
  4. Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon)
  5. Anna Luna (Paglipay)
  6. Teri Malvar (1-2-3)

EMIL NOR URAO (The Movie Bud)

  1. Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
  2. Benjamin Alves (Dagsin)
  3. John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  4. Bernardo Bernardo (Purgatoryo)
  5. Chai Fonacier (Patay Na Si Hesus)
  6. Jun Urbano (Hiblang Abo)
  7. Jerald Napoles (Pauwi Na)
  8. Ana Abad-Santos (Apocalypse Child)
  9. Gloria Sevilla (Kusina)
  10. RK Bagatsing (Apocalypse Child)

Philippine Cinema 2016: 20 Best Lead Performances

1 – Jaclyn Jose (Ma’ Rosa) 122 points

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2 – Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful) 102.5 points

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3 – Hasmine Killip (Pamilya Ordinaryo) 71.5 points

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4 – Charo Santos (Ang Babaeng Humayo) 52.5 points

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5 – Irma Adlawan (Oro) 49.5 points

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6 – Angeli Bayani (Ned’s Project) 37.5 points

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7 – Laila Putli P. Ulao (Women of the Weeping River) 35.5 points

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8 – Pokwang (Mercury Is Mine) 33 points, 6 votes

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9 – Judy Ann Santos (Kusina) 33 points, 5 votes

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10 – Joshua Garcia (Vince & Kath & James) 32 points

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11 – Tommy Abuel (Dagsin) 27.5 points

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12 – Ronwaldo Martin (Pamilya Ordinaryo) 27 points

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13 – Jaclyn Jose (Patay Na Si Hesus) 24 points

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14 – Vilma Santos (Everything About Her) 23 points

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15 – Barbie Forteza (Tuos) 20 points

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16 – Rocky Salumbides (Lily) 19.5 points

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17 – Nora Aunor (Tuos) 19 points

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18 – Candy Pangilinan (Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone) 16 points, 1 first-place vote

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19 – Eugene Domingo (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough) 16 points, no first-place vote

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20 – Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Baka Bukas) 15 points

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INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS »

RITO ASILO (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

  1. Judy Ann Santos (“Kusina”)
  2. Jaclyn Jose (“Ma’ Rosa”/ “Patay na si Hesus”)
  3. Vilma Santos (“Everything About Her”)
  4. Tommy Abuel (“Dagsin”)/ Paolo Ballesteros (“Die Beautiful”)
  5. Angeli Bayani (“Ned’s Project”)
  6. Angelica Panganiban (“The Unmarried Wife”)/ Bea Alonzo (“A Second Chance”)
  7. Daniel Padilla (“Barcelona”)
  8. JC de Vera (“Best.Partee.Ever.”)
  9. Hasmine Killip (“Pamilya Ordinaryo”)
  10. Joshua Garcia (“Vince & Kath & James”)
  11. Cherry Pie Picache/ Bembol Roco (“Pauwi Na”)
  12. Khalil Ramos/ Ethan Salvador/ Jameson Blake (“2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten”)

ROBERT CERDA (Space-Aso)

  1. Charo Santos-Concio – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  2. Nora Aunor – Tuos
  3. Laila Ulao – Women of the Weeping River
  4. Jaclyn Jose – Ma’ Rosa
  5. Gerald Anderson – How To Be Yours
  6. Irma Adlawan – Oro
  7. Joshua Garcia – Vince Kath James
  8. Paolo Ballesteros – Die Beautiful
  9. Nora Aunor – Padre De Familia
  10. Fe Gingging-Hyde – Daughters of the Three-Tailed Banner
  11. Arci Munoz – Always Be My Maybe
  12. Gerald Anderson – Always Be My Maybe

ARCHIE DEL MUNDO (DList.ph) View article

  1. Laila Ulao – Women of the Weeping River
  2. Angeli Bayani – Ned’s Project
  3. Jaclyn Jose – Ma’Rosa
  4. Gerald Anderson – How To be Yours
  5. Gerald Anderson – Always Be My Maybe
  6. Charo Santos – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  7. Ryza Cenon – Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
  8. Hasmine Kilip – Pamilya Ordinaryo
  9. Christian Bables – Die Beautiful
  10. Rocky Salumbides – Lily

JAMES ESPINOZA (Film Police)

  1. Jaclyn Jose (Ma’ Rosa)
  2. Irma Adlawan (Oro)
  3. Hasmine Killip (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  4. Tommy Abuel (Dagsin)
  5. Judy Ann Santos (Kusina)
  6. Pokwang (Mercury Is Mine)
  7. Joshua Garcia (Vince & Kath & James)
  8. Mikoy Morales (4 Days)
  9. Rocky Salumbides (Lily)
  10. Khalil Ramos (2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten)

MIKOY FERNANDEZ (Mga Katha ng Haraya)

  1. Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
  2. Jaclyn Jose (Patay Na Si Hesus)
  3. Jaclyn Jose (Ma’ Rosa)
  4. Hasmine Kilip (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  5. Eugene Domingo (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2)

RICKY GALLARDO (Business Mirror)

Male:

  1. Rocky Salumbides, ‘Lily’
  2. Paolo Ballesteros, ‘Die Beautiful’
  3. Bembol Roco, ‘Pauwi Na’
  4. Sandino Martin, ‘Ringgo: The Dog Shooter’
  5. Tommy Abuel, ‘Dagsin’
  6. Khalil Ramos, ‘2Cool2B4Gotten’
  7. Joshua Garcia, ‘Vince, Kath & James’
  8. Pepe Smith, ‘Singing In Graveyards
  9. Gerald Anderson, ‘Always Be My Maybe’
  10. Daniel Padilla, ‘Barcelona’

Female:

  1. Laila Ulao ‘Women of the Weeping River’
  2. Angeli Bayani ‘Ned’s Project’
  3. Hasmine Killip ‘ Pamilya Ordinaryo’
  4. Irma Adlawan ‘Oro’
  5. Charo Concio ‘Ang Babaeng Humayo’
  6. Jaclyn Jose ‘Ma’Rosa’
  7. Cherry Pie Picache ‘Pauwi Na’
  8. Barbie Forteza, ‘Tuos’
  9. Bela Padilla, ‘I, America’
  10. Nora Aunor ‘Hinulid’

EMIL HOFILEÑA (Cinemil Movie Reviews)

  1. Paolo Ballesteros – Die Beautiful
  2. Joshua Garcia – Vince & Kath & James
  3. Jasmine Curtis-Smith – Baka Bukas
  4. Barbie Forteza – Tuos
  5. Sandino Martin – Ringgo: The Dog Shooter
  6. Ryza Cenon – Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
  7. Charo Santos-Concio – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  8. Judy Ann Santos – Kusina
  9. Iza Calzado – Buhay Habangbuhay
  10. Cai Cortez – Ang Taba Ko Kasi

JSON JAVIER (The Spotless Mind)

  1. Jaclyn Jose (Ma’ Rosa)
  2. Barbie Forteza (Tuos)
  3. Eugene Domingo (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough
  4. Elizabeth Oropesa (Mrs.)
  5. Angeli Bayani (Ned’s Project)
  6. Irma Adlawan (Oro)
  7. Pokwang (Mercury is Mine)
  8. Nora Aunor (Tuos)
  9. Hasmine Killip (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  10. Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Baka Bukas)

SKILTY LABASTILLA (Pinoy Rebyu)

  1. Judy Ann Santos, Kusina
  2. Jaclyn Jose, Ma’ Rosa and Patay Na Si Hesus
  3. Laila Putli P. Ulao, Women of the Weeping River
  4. Arci Muñoz, Always Be My Maybe
  5. Rocky Salumbides, Lily
  6. Charo Santos, Ang Babaeng Humayo
  7. Angelica Panganiban, The Unmarried Wife
  8. Joshua Garcia, Vince & Kath & James
  9. Paolo Ballesteros, Die Beautiful
  10. Bea Alonzo, How To Be Yours

RICARDO ESPINO LOPEZ (The Knee-Jerk Critic)

  1. Jacklyn Jose – Ma’rosa
  2. Irma Adlawan – Oro
  3. Pokwang – Mercury Is Mine
  4. Bela Padilla – I America
  5.  Paolo Ballesteros – Die Beautiful
  6. Piolo Pascual – Hele
  7. Ronwaldo Martin – Pamilya Ordinaryo
  8. Hasmine Kilip –Pamilya Ordinaryo
  9. TJ Trinidad –Working Beks
  10. Sid Lucero -Toto

MACKY MACARAYAN (Death of Traditional Cinema)

  1. Hasmine Killip, PAMILYA ORDINARYO
  2. Jaclyn Jose, MA ROSA
  3. Paolo Ballesteros, DIE BEAUTIFUL
  4. Irma Adlawan, ORO
  5. Gerry Cabalic, PAGLIPAY
  6. Ronwaldo Martin, PAMILYA ORDINARYO
  7. Judy Ann Santos, KUSINA
  8. Charo Santos, ANG BABAENG HUMAYO
  9. Ai Ai de las Alas, AREA
  10. Paolo O’Hara, FREE RANGE

FIDEL ANTONIO MEDEL (Pixelated Popcorn)

  1. Candy Pangilinan, Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone
  2. Jaclyn Jose, Ma’ Rosa
  3. Hasmine Killip, Pamilya Ordinaryo
  4. Sid Lucero, Apocalypse Child
  5. Pokwang, Mercury is Mine
  6. LJ Reyes, Anino Sa Likod ng Buwan
  7. Luis Alandy, Anino Sa Likod ng Buwan
  8. Mikoy Morales, 4 Days
  9. Paolo Ballesteros, Die Beautiful
  10. Ronwaldo Martin, Pamilya Ordinaryo

NOOD.PH

  1. Joshua Garcia (Vince and Kath and James)
  2. Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
  3. Vilma Santos (Everything About Her)
  4. Hasmin Killip (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  5. Ronwaldo Martin (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  6. Angel Locsin (Everything About Her)
  7. John Lapus (Echorsis)
  8. Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon)
  9. Charo Santos (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  10. Angeli Bayani (Ned’s Project)

CATHY PEÑA (Make Me Blush)

  1. Jaclyn Jose (Ma Rosa)
  2. Charo Santos (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  3. Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
  4. John Lloyd Cruz (Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis)
  5. Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Baka Bukas)
  6. Angeli Bayani (Ned’s Project)
  7. Hasmine Killip (Pamilia Ordinario)
  8. Cherry Pie Picache (Pauwi Na)
  9. Jaclyn Jose (Patay na si Hesus)
  10. Tommy Abuel (Dagsin) tied with Joshua Garcia (Vince & Kath & James)

BERNARD SANTOS (My Movie World)

  1. Jaclyn Jose – Ma Rosa
  2. Paolo Ballesteros – Die Beautiful
  3. Khalil Ramos – 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
  4. Vilma Santos – Everything About Her
  5. Angel Locsin – Everything About Her
  6. Angelica Panganiban – The Unmarried Wife
  7. Piolo Pascual – Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis
  8. Nora Aunor – Hinulid
  9. Christopher De Leon – Dukot
  10. Sandino Martin – Ringgo The Dog Shooter

NAZAMEL TABARES (Pelikula Mania)

  1. Irma Adlawan (Oro)
  2. Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
  3. Jaclyn Jose (Ma’Rosa)
  4. Hasmine Killip (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  5. Ronwaldo Martin (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  6. Candy Pangilinan (Star na si Van Damme Stallone)
  7. Bernardo Bernardo (Purgatoryo)
  8. Barbie Forteza (Tuos)
  9. Bembol Roco (Pauwi Na)
  10. Cherry Pie Picache (Pauwi Na)

JOHN TAWASIL (Present Confusion)

  1. Jacklyn Jose (Ma’Rosa)
  2. Hasmine Killip (P. Ordinaryo)
  3. Nora Aunor (Tuos)
  4. Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
  5. Pokwang (Mercury is Mine)
  6. Angeli Bayani (Ned’s Project)
  7. Charo Santos (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  8. Tommy Abuel (Dagsin)
  9. Arci Munoz (Always By My Maybe)

EMIL NOR URAO (The Movie Bud)

  1. Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
  2. Charo Santos (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  3. Tommy Abuel (Dagsin)
  4. Eugene Domingo (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2)
  5. Sid Lucero (Apocalypse Child)
  6. Pokwang (Mercury is Mine)
  7. Ronwaldo Martin (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  8. Hasmine Killip (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  9. Gerald Anderson (How to Be Yours)
  10. Candy Pangilinan (Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone)

Philippine Cinema 2016: 10 Best Scenes

One of the categories that we’re always excited to see the results for is Best Scene. We first included the category in 2012, where the opening mermaid scene of Kalayaan was chosen as the top scene. In 2013, Jhong Hilario beating up a heavily pregnant Mercedes Cabral after finding out her treachery in Badil topped the poll, and in 2014, the Dagitab beach scene with Eula Valdez and Martin del Rosario was the voters’ favorite. In 2015, Luna’s assassination in Heneral Luna was the runaway winner.

This year, we are even more excited to present the best scenes because, aside from voters’ thoughts on why they loved the scenes, we included notes from the filmmakers (directors, writers, producers) themselves.

Here are the top ten scenes in Philippine cinema in 2016:

1 – Rosa tearfully eats fishballs while watching a mobile vending family (Ma’ Rosa) 33 points

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Archie del Mundo (DList.ph): “Jaclyn Jose’s Rosa Reyes is the roving eyes that envisage the profound effects of abjection in the community where she is resigned to keeping her head above its muddy water. Therefore, that final scene where all the day’s tragic happenstances come ebbing down her throat in a moment’s rest – reflects the harrowing reality that nothing will give her immediate comfort and release. Not even those tasty street foods she chomped while directing her stares back to the bigger picture – which is once again a portrait of a Filipino family scraping by in the poorest of conditions.”

Troy Espiritu (writer):Ma’ Rosa was initially titled ‘Palit-Ulo‘, derived from a typical extortion activity of the police that has been existing for quite a while under our noses and yet few of us know of. It was inspired from an actual event in 2012 and, after being shelved for 2 years, I was entrusted by Direk Brillante Mendonza and our mentor, Armando Lao to write it.

I wrote the screenplay into 4 acts; each has its own punctuation or statement scenes. But generally, what we want to show in each punctuation, especially in the last scene of the film, is that the life of a typical Filipino family runs on small retail or the concept of “tingi”, which is uniquely Filipino. They go to a sari-sari store to buy a small sachet of shampoo and make the most out of it. They go to a convenient store to buy 10 or 20 peso-load instead of a 500 call card. Even vices are being bought in small retail: from cigarettes to shabu. In times when they are in conflict with the law, justice is also commoditized by the police in small retail. And in times of need, we give our importance for family through small contributions or ‘sa abot ng makakaya.’

However, that unique and extraordinary trait of Filipinos can sometimes be dangerous. Most of the time, we tend to compromise what’s right for the love of family members even when that love becomes amoral.

We made some quick adjustments during the shoot. Originally in the script, Rosa was supposed to pass by a karinderya along the talipapa after pawning her daughter’s cellphone. While eating, she sees an ideal family across her table enjoying their dinner. However, there was no karinderya along the talipapa in our actual location and Direk Brillante was thinking of a more powerful visual punctuation for the film’s ending but with the same message. So our only alternative was to use what was available in the location: a fishball stand and a mobile sari-sari store.

We shot the last scene twice and both were guerrilla shoots with limited crowd control. Jaclyn, being a well-immersed actress, did a great job in blending in with the people along Barangka Drive. But we had to move fast because the longer we stayed, the more she was being recognized by pedestrians.

The reason why we shot it twice is because Jaclyn was not supposed to cry in that scene because we were afraid that the scene might become melodramatic and ruin the overall design of the film.. But while editing the film, we thought something was missing. We felt the character needed to be more relatable, especially her reflections about what happened to them; her remorse, perhaps her guilt if there’s any, or maybe just plain hunger since how can you eat properly if you’re being held by policemen in 24 hours? So Direk Brillante called Jaclyn for a reshoot, this time giving her the moment to cry. And upon watching the second cut in post-prod, I could already feel she might win best actress if we were allowed to enter the main competition in Cannes.”

2 – Horacia and Hollanda sing and dance a couple of songs (Ang Babaeng Humayo) 12 points, 4 votes

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James Espinoza (Film Police): “Arguably the best scene in Ang Babaeng Humayo is when Horacia and Hollanda sing a medley of “Sunrise, Sunset” (from Fiddler in the Roof), “Somewhere” (West Side Story), and “Kapag Tumibok ang Puso” because it encapsulates the themes of the film. “I don’t remember growing older; when did they?” Time has been harsh on both Horacia and Hollanda, who, in their journey toward revenge and redemption, no longer recognize the world surrounding them. Assuming a maternal figure, Horacia comforts Hollanda by assuring her that “there’s a place for us, somewhere, a place for us…” However, Hollanda, who is completely resigned to her fate and probably too afraid to confront her situation, suggests that they instead sing the typical videoke go-to song “Kapag Tumibok ang Puso” and just have fun. The scene is quite enjoyable at the literal level as well. A nineties pop song by Donna Cruz seems out of place in a Lav Diaz film, but it totally works here, and props must be given to Charo Santos and John Lloyd Cruz for grooving to sharaaam dharaaam.”

Lav Diaz (writer/director): “Yaon ang sandali ng redemsyon ng dalawang pangunahing tauhan ng Ang Babaeng Humayo. Isang ‘magical moment’ ang treatment sa eksena. Nakita natin kung sino si Hollanda aka Rolando Baldemoran, ang kanyang kakanyahan, ang kaibuturan ng kanyang kalooban; ang lalim ng kanyang kalungkutan. Gayundin kay Horacia Somorostro, nakita rin natin ang lalim ng kanyang kalungkutan, ang lalim ng kulturang napiit sa katauhan niya dahil sa dilim ng krimen na ginawa sa kanya. Sa tinatawag na abyss ng kanilang mga tadhana, sa isang iglap ay binuhay nina Horacia at Hollanda ang mga pagkakataong ipinagkait sa kanila. Isang nakakatuwang eksena bagamat napakasakit.”

3 – Pina-ilog dances by the bonfire in front of her tribe (Tuos) 12 points, 3 votes

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Robert Cerda (Space-Aso): “Who could forget that enchanting hawk dance of Aunor, trampling other dance scenes in Philippine cinema in regard to impact? There is no striptease there, only a woman garbed in traditional tribal mandarin dress, with arms stretched as if readying to fly, regal with each step. When the camera moves to close-ups of her face and does a circular dolly track shot , we gasp and our hearts flutter at the different shades of the face aged with wisdom and grace, lighted and shaded, the figure absorbing all the warmth, magic and energy around her, and immediately returns to us her mini-explosions of her own magic. In the seeming interminable minutes of the sequence, we don’t complain. We are happy to be intoxicated and we recover thankful for the much needed internal mini paroxysms.”

Roderick Cabrido (director): “The scene was inspired by one of the dances performed by a ‘binukot’ in Ilo-ilo. I wanted the dance sequence to be authentic as possible so we asked a former ‘binukot’ to teach Ms. Nora the movements and the precise steps of the dance. I also wanted the scene to be performed in the evening with emphasis as to the bonfire lighting up most areas of the set so as to give the audience a more realistic experience of the setting when the Sugidanon tribe of Ilo-ilo would celebrate festivities in their community. ”

4 – Jewel transforms into a manananggal after pleasuring herself on the bed (Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B) 11 points, 3 votes, 1 first-place vote

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Emil Hofileña (Cinemil Movie Reviews/The Neighborhood): “No local movie scene in 2016 was as simultaneously beautiful, disturbing, sexy, and heartbreaking as the scene wherein Jewel (Ryza Cenon) finally transforms into a mananannggal onscreen in Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B. As soon as Jewel begins touching herself, we know what’s about to happen. As an audience we are curious to see her change, but as viewers who have grown attached to her character, we don’t want to see her become a monster. Through Cenon’s tortured performance, the intensity of the music, and Prime Cruz’s spinning camera, we are made to feel the pain Jewel feels as she hopelessly fights against herself. So when her spine punctures through her skin and her wings reveal themselves, it’s awe-inspiring but also incredibly tragic. Just when we thought her newfound friendships could save her, she becomes the ultimate femme fatale.”

Prime Cruz (director): “The last transformation scene was the seed for the entire film. It was the first scene that came into my head and we tried to build the story from there. The manananggal transformation in the old mannanggal films have always fascinated me as a kid. A woman screaming and then splitting in half left an indelible mark in my brain. Years later, I rewatched those scenes and I thought that the manananggals looked like they were orgasming. And I thought maybe the manananggal transformation was a sort of orgasm. And it intrigued me that the woman is being split from her bottom half, her most powerful half, the half that makes her a woman. And she leaves this half behind.

The hardest part to shoot was the top spinning shot because we had to coordinate everything and time it to music. I wanted the shot to feel like the “ascent” right before a climax… Music was playing during the scene, tapos pinatungan sa post. We had to do it that way for the timing. Meaning the camera had to be in the right spot at a certain time, and Ryza had to orgasm at the right time.

So we used the orgasm as the central idea, that’s why her winghole where the wings come out kinda looks like a vagina. Ryza did a sensuality workshop with Angeli Bayani, for the masturbation and sex scenes.

A lot of our budget went into effects. I knew we could only afford one transformation scene if we wanted to do it well so I told our writer na sa script pa lang, let’s make it in such a way na isa lang ang transformation.”

5 – Hunter spends night in a cave (Baboy Halas) 11 points, 3 votes, no first-place vote.

 

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John Tawasil (Present Confusion): “The cave scene in Baboy Halas left me breathless. Initially I groped in the dark, wondering what would happen next. But as I realized what is going on in the cave, it becomes a strange kind of transcendental magic, even if written descriptions of the scene sound mundane. It is something best seen and experienced, rather than read through a synopsis, something that applies to Baboy Halas as a whole.”

Bagane Fiola (writer/director): “The cave scene was shot the way we had envisioned it. It’s a one-take good take because it was very sacred to them. So everything was carefully planned before we rolled camera… The lines did not appear scripted, maybe because we managed to produce something that’s between a documentary and a (narrative) film. We were working with lumad who are obviously non-actors and who played roles that are close to their characters in real life. We guided them with the dialogues and at the same time we let them converse the way they communicate in their own native way. And also, the crew had an immersion with the lumad, to learn their culture and their way of life long before the shooting period.”

6 – Hazel watches her son’s graduation ceremony on her cellphone (Sunday Beauty Queen) 10 points

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Json Javier (The Spotless Mind): “In a documentary filled with bittersweet stories on the plight of OFWs in Hong Kong, the most memorable scene had the least amount of dialogue. Set against a gorgeous sunset, we see Hazel trying to hold back her emotions while watching the graduation of her child through a smartphone (the sadness compounded further by a terrible connection). Although she spoke a few times to explain why she couldn’t make it and also for them to fix the view, most of her reactions were limited to sighs of longing and regret. This scene perfectly encapsulated the heartbreaking struggles that these women face on a daily basis and it gave us another reason to call them queens in their own right.”

Chuck Gutierrez (producer): “Our kababayans in HK are only allowed to take a vacation sometimes once every two years. They need to ask permission from their employers months in advance. Sometimes, an employer can decide at the very last minute to cancel it due to personal reasons. That’s what happened to Hazel. Her British employer needed to leave HK for work and he requested Hazel to stay to take care of the house and the dog, Scrappy. Hazel couldn’t attend to her eldest son’s graduation. Hazel’s three sons are taken care of by her mother and sister in Ilocos. The sister was the one on the other line documenting the graduation of Hazel’s son… The signal was very choppy. Yung sound lang yung malinaw. In the end the sister just took pictures and sent them to Hazel via Viber.

After watching SBQ, Hazel’s son became ‘closer’ to her. The son would often message her where she is and ask what she is doing. Hazel is happy that her son finally understands her work in HK.”

7 – “Three Levels of Hugot” (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough) 8 points

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Mikoy Fernandez (Mga Katha ng Haraya): “The thing I loved the most about the Hugot Levels scene is how truly witty and funny it is. While the lines in itself were funny, I think it was Eugene Domingo and Jericho Rosales’chemistry that really made the scene work in its absurdity. In addition, it’s so funny how the writer actually came up with an analysis of hugot lines that made sense while at the same time still poking fun at those really cheesy or corny lines from melodramas.”

Chris Martinez (writer): “Since sequel ito at alam ko na isa sa pinaka-memorable na eksena sa Part 1 ay ang 3 Kinds of Acting, naisip ko na dapat lang may pantapat ako sa eksena na ‘yun. At dahil Rom Com ang tinatalakay sa Part 2, bakit hindi 3 Levels of Hugot since ang mga Pinoy naman ay baliw na baliw sa kaka-hugot. Nakaka-pressure isulat dahil sobrang nakakatawa ang 3 Kinds of Acting sa Part 1 kailangan ‘yung Part 2 mas baliw, mas hilarious, mas nakaka-WTF! So there, sa Part 2, nahugot ko na lahat nang dapat hugutin!”

8 (tie) – Nadia imagines drowning her baby while bathing him in the washbasin (Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone) 7 points

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Nazamel Tabares (Pelikula Mania): “Not only for Pangilinan’s underrated performance, the scene is compelling, truthful and painful, all at the same time.”

Randolph Longjas (director): “We have always portrayed mothers as loving and nurturing people. It is embedded in their genes to do so. However, everything changes when the child born has Down Syndrome. The bathing scene of the baby marks the day that nothing would ever be the same again to Nadia (Candy). Emotions are replaced by anxiety, sorrow, denial, and anger. I wanted to show how imperfect of a mother she was. That in that short moment of time, she considered ending her misery and the misery to come for her baby. Purely, this scene represents the struggle of acceptance of raising a kid with Down Syndrome. I already knew from the very beginning that mounting this powerful scene won’t be easy. I had to seek advice from the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines (DSAPI) on how to handle it with utmost sensitivity. Come shooting proper, Candy prepared so hard emotionally because the senses of a child with Down Syndrome are sensitive that they could sense fear. And the baby felt it. Candy was battling with her emotions on how to translate denial visually but at the same time handle the baby as if its life depends on her. And she really did a good job. I was convinced to the point that I hated Nadia for doing it to that cute child.”

8 (tie) – Vince begs his mother to fight for him as her son (Vince & Kath & James) 7 points

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Nood.PH: “About 70% of the whole movie, palaging ‘martir’ ang moda ni Vince. In the scene where he was arguing with his mom in the dean’s office, doon lang nagbitiw si Vince ng ‘Ipagtanggol n’yo naman ako.’ ‘Yung contrast na binigay ‘nung dialogue na ‘yun to his character, ‘yung pagdadala ni Joshua Garcia and Ina Raymundo acting out that particular scene na hindi histrionic pero dama mo ‘yung guilt ni Ina as an absentee parent and ni Joshua as a child wanting to be recognized by someone that matters to him. Nakakaiyak at maraming makaka-relate.”

Daisy Cayanan, Kim Noromor, and Anjanette Haw (writers): “That has to be the most selfless act of love – to love no matter what, to love regardless of everything.

In collaboration with our director, we have characterized VINCE (Joshua Garcia) as someone who selflessly gives out love. A product of a forbidden relationship, he grew up believing he is a reminder of the sin of her mother Belinda (Ina Raymundo); hence, he will never be worthy of love. That’s why he must always give whatever he has and he can so that people around him will accept and eventually love him despite him being a “product of a sin”.

As the story progressed, Vince’s selfless love took a toll on him. Such he learned the hard way when he kept his genuine love for KATH (Julia Barretto) behind the filters of his own making, all for his cousin JAMES (Ronnie Alonte). At the point where the truth was out, he has let his insecurities eat him up in front of the woman he loves. For him, to love always means to let go of everything even if it means everything to him.

So he started questioning himself… why does it always have to be like this? When will he, a product of a sin, be ever loved the way he loves others?

It all boils down to how Vince is with Belinda. Much as she’s his source of love, Belinda is also Vince’s source of “bubog” in love.

In this scene where Belinda is begging him to save James again, Vince asked her back why she cannot save her own son instead. It’s like his character screaming “Why can’t you love me back?” It’s him asking his own mom to save him, to defend him, and to love him no matter what and regardless of everything.

Hence, this scene is very much pivotal in Vince’s character journey. What happened here freed him from the truth about love that he’s been filtering all his life.

Theodore Boborol (director): “In forming the characters, the writers and I sat down and had a one-on-one in depth interview with the actors. I requested for it because hindi ko sila kilala so I had to know their story, their strength, ano ang kanilang strong and charismatic character values as a person. I did that because they’re newbies so I didn’t want their characters to veer away from their real personality.

Now pagdating kay Joshua or Vince, tumatak sa akin ang moment niya inside the PBB house with his mother. Nag-separate kasi in real life ang kanyang mother and father when he was young and napunta siya sa kanyang father. After that, wala nang paki sa kanya ang mother niya. Yun ang “bubog” niya in real life. Hindi niya alam why. When he was younger and nagkikita pa sila, parang walang paki ang mother niya sa kanya. He feels na walang love sa kanya. Dun namin na-form ang ‘What if product si Vince ng extramarital affair ng kanyang mama and so he’s the unwanted son?’ So parang in a way, the core of Vince is similar to Joshua’s and so my challenge was just for him to be truthful with his acting, to be as sincere and as authentic as possible.

Even before shoot, I already challenged the actors na wala pa kaming apat na napatunayan! And so all I asked from them is be truthful in acting, and just “be” the character. Ang background ko kasi sa acting workshop is Eric Morris’ “being”, kasi yun ang na-attendan kong workshop before with Direk Laurice Guillen sa film school.

Anyway so back to the scene, it’s a pivotal scene in the movie because it’s a turning point in Vince’s character. For the first time, he is able to express how he truly feels to a person without filtering himself or hiding under a pseudonym. The confrontation could have been situated anywhere, pero pinili kong mag-confrontation sila sa main office area because I just felt, as mis-en-scene, na ang character ni Vince naka-express ng kanyang feelings in a public place, so it’s not merely expressing himself to his mom but the fact that he expressed himself in a public place and thereby he is already exposing his soul without fear. Because in a way that scene is the start of the character having courage to fight for himself and his love.

Honestly, I didn’t encounter any difficulty in shooting the scene. Things were pretty normal. I just told my actors the scene’s intent and their character’s emotional obligation and asked them to be truthful. And knowing Joshua’s background, I know makakahugot talaga siya sa eksena, and thankfully he did. I was also surprised how powerful the scene was when I previewed the rushes.”

10 – Satra crosses the river and meets the mother of the rival family (Women of the Weeping River) 5 points

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Skilty Labastilla (Pinoy Rebyu): “Satra (Laila Putli P. Ulao) meeting Shadiya (Ma. Zimadar Caranay-Raper), her counterpart in the rival family towards the end of WWR, is one of the most powerful scenes in any cinema last year. Early in the movie, we first see Shadiya hurrying away from Satra in the public market. Later on, we learn that Shadiya’s family was responsible for killing Satra’s husband. Mid-film, it was Shadiya chasing Satra across the river to confront her about the revenge killing that just happened. This final encounter in the woods, where the two women at first warily size each other up, and then calmly, wordlessly look each other in the eyes, speaks volumes about women’s capacity to come up with non-violent solutions to a destructive practice that, for their men, may preserve honor and dignity in the short run, but for them, is counterproductive in the long run.

If this scene does not raise the hairs on the back of your neck and gives you hope that as long as women like Satra and Shadiya are around to defy their prideful, gun-loving men, things will get better, then cinema is not for you.”

Sheron Dayoc (writer/director): “The toughest part of scripting ‘Women of the Weeping River’ is how to end the film – to conclude in a reconciliation will be contrived; to end in a huge fight is expected or cliché. This allowed me to draw insight from the core narrative voice of the film – transcending beyond our imperfect and uncertain lives to go beyond our personal boundaries to find eventual acceptance for greater possibilities in life.

Furthermore, film may not hold the answer but hopefully this will help reexamine the centuries-fought disputes. I wish, through this film, to engage in a dialogue with the audience, allowing them to think and reflect about Mindanao in deeper perspectives.

Execution of the scene stems from the idea of a very long history of violence, the walk signifies uncertain path, a risky path that may only hold the answer to the long cycle of vendetta between Satra and Shadiya’s families. Key factor for the actors’ performances is the emotional connection they have with the film’s story, their personal struggles they share with the characters of the film.”

 

INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS »

ROBERT CERDA (Space-Aso)

  1. Tuos – Nora Aunor’s Dance
  2. Baboy Halas – Setting up of fire in a cave
  3. Ang Babaeng Humayo – Charo Santos reciting poetry to the poor folks at the shed
  4. Ma’ Rosa – Fishball scene
  5. How to Be Yours – Break-Up Scene

ARCHIE DEL MUNDO (DList.ph)

  1. Jaclyn Jose in a moment’s rest, and Ma’Rosa’s final scene – she chomps squid balls as her tears start to fall
  2. Pepe Smith passes by an open carinderia with a huge Tikbalang tree inside it in Singing in Graveyards
  3. The opening drone shot of Baboy Halas follows the indigenous hero as he traverses the Mindanaoan forest
  4. The final confrontation in the middle of the river behind a huge rock in Women of the Weeping River.
  5. an OFW mom watches her child’s graduation day on her cellphone while walking her absentee employer’s dog in Hong Kong in Sunday Beauty Queen

JAMES ESPINOZA (Film Police)

  1. Videocall during graduation (Sunday Beauty Queen)
  2. Sunrise, Sunset-Somewhere-Kapag Tumibok ang Puso medley of Horacia and Hollanda (Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis)
  3. Squid ball scene (Ma’ Rosa)
  4. Vince and Kath watching Got 2 Believe (Vince & Kath & James)
  5. “Sex scene” (Kusina)

MIKOY FERNANDEZ (Mga Katha ng Haraya)

  1. Hugot levels scene (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2)
  2. Trisha’s Jaclyn Jose moment (Die Beautiful)
  3. Jaclyn Jose’s final scene (Ma’ Rosa)
  4. Anghela’s revelation (Seklusyon)
  5. Death scene of Hudas (Patay Na Si Hesus)

EMIL HOFILEÑA (Cinemil Movie Reviews)

  1. Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B – Jewel transforms into a manananggal.
  2. How to Be Yours – time lapse of Niño and Anj’s growing romance, told through time lapse as they shop for groceries
  3. Baka Bukas – Alex and Jess share their first kiss.
  4. Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis – Simoun delivers his final speech after he dies.
  5. Pamilya Ordinaryo – Aries trespasses into a gated community to kidnap a baby.

JSON JAVIER (The Spotless Mind)

  1. The controversial dog-killing scene in Oro (for starting important discussions on animal violence, artistic license, and censorship)
  2. Heartbreaking moment in Sunday Beauty Queen with Hazel watching her daughter’s graduation via smartphone and getting interrupted by a faulty internet signal
  3. Pinailog’s glorious tribal dance in Tuos
  4. The iconic (read: Cannes-winning) fishball scene of Ma’ Rosa
  5. Horacia’s bittersweet performance of Somewhere in Ang Babeng Humayo

SKILTY LABASTILLA (Pinoy Rebyu)

  1. Young man enters bird-shaped structure in Piding
  2. Hunter spends night in a cave in Baboy Halas
  3. Satra crosses the river and meets the mother of the rival family in Women of the Weeping River
  4. Jewel touches herself on the bed before turning into a monster in Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
  5. Iyay and children cry over their dog while her husband’s hearse passes behind them in Patay Na Si Hesus

RICARDO ESPINO LOPEZ (The Knee-Jerk Critic)

  1. Tuos – Ceremonial Dance By Nora Aunor
  2. Ma Rosa – Final Scene, Jacklyn Jose Close Up
  3. Hele – Pang-Eengkanto Ng Mga Tikbalang
  4. Achy Breaky Hearts – Song And Dance While Crying Scene By Jodi Sta Maria

MACKY MACARAYAN (Death of Traditional Cinema)

  1. Fishball scene, MA ROSA
  2. Jane calls Aries on the phone after baby Arjan is kidnapped, PAMILYA ORDINARYO
  3. Trisha dons Julia Roberts and walks into a bar, DIE BEAUTIFUL
  4. Juanita’s “salting” (as opposed to walling) on the floor, KUSINA
  5. Dog death scene/tableaux, PATAY NA SI HESUS

FIDEL ANTONIO MEDEL (Pixelated Popcorn)

  1. Returning the baby, Pamilya Ordinaryo
  2. John Lloyd’s dance/song scene, Ang Babaeng Humayo
  3. Fishball scene, Ma’ Rosa
  4. Candy attempts to kill Van Damme, Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone
  5. Batanes scene with Teri, Sakaling Hindi Makarating

NOOD.PH

  1. Joshua Garcia begging his mother to fight for him in Vince and Kath and James
  2. Ryza Cenon’s transformation scene in Manananggal sa Unit 23B
  3. Videoke scene in Ang Babaeng Humayo
  4. Vilma and Angel sampalan scene in Everything About Her
  5. Christian Bables gets the lipstick from Trisha’s dad in Die Beautiful

CATHY PEÑA (Make Me Blush)

  1. Angelica Panganiban’s confrontation scene with Maricar Reyes at the restaurant in The Unmarried Wife
  2. John Lloyd Cruz’s long monologue about patrimony towards the end of “Hele…”
  3. Jaclyn Jose’s hurried scramblings in Ma’ Rosa
  4. Joshua Garcia and Ina Raymundo’s confrontation scene where Garcia pleads to his mother, “Sana ipaglaban mo naman ako” in Vince & Kath & James
  5. Scenes of gorgeous old Manila when we were still Asia’s most beautiful in the early 19thcentury in Curiosity, Adventure and Love

BERNARD SANTOS (My Movie World)

  1. Jaclyn Jose Eating Squidball – Ma’Rosa
  2. Iza Calzado Wake Scene – Die Beautiful
  3. Paolo Ballesteros Birds in Gown Scene – Die Beautiful
  4. Elora Espano as Fake Mama Mary Scene with Ronnie Alonte – Seklusyon
  5. Joshua, Julia & Ronnie parallel scene to Got To Believe- Vince & Kath & James

NAZAMEL TABARES (Pelikula Mania)

  1. Star na si Van Damme Stallone, Candy Pangilinan’s character imagines killing her son
  2. Pamilya Ordinaryo, Aries cursing Jane on the street
  3. Die Beautiful, Trisha gets gang raped
  4. Oro, killing of the miners
  5. Mercury is Mine, Carmen asks Mercury if he would fuck her

JOHN TAWASIL (Present Confusion)

  1. Firestarter scene (Baboy Halas)
  2. Fishball Scene (Ma’Rosa)
  3. Final Speech (Die Beautiful)

EMIL NOR URAO (The Movie Bud)

  1. Game of Destiny (Dagsin)
  2. Corpse’s POV (Purgatoryo)
  3. Three Levels of Hugot (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2)
  4. Rodrigo’s Confession (Ang Babaeng Humayo)
  5. JC Santos’ cameo (Paglipay)

Philippine Cinema 2016: Best Editing

1 – Ma’ Rosa (Diego Marx Dobles) 25 points

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2 – Die Beautiful (Benjamin Tolentino) 22 points

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3 – Pamilya Ordinaryo (Carlo Francisco Manatad) 15 points, 5 votes

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4 – Women of the Weeping River (Carlo Francisco Manatad) 15 points, 4 votes

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5 – Sunday Beauty Queen (Chuck Gutierrez) 13 points

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6 – Seklusyon (Jay Halili) 10 points

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7 – Purgatoryo (Mark Cyril Bautista) 9 points, 3 votes

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8 – Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (Lav Diaz) 9 points, 2 votes

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9 – Saving Sally (Jether Amar and Jethro Razo) 8 points, 4 votes

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10 – Ang Babaeng Humayo (Lav Diaz) 8 points, 2 votes

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INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS »

ROBERT CERDA (Space-Aso)

  1. Carlo Manatad – Women of the Weeping River
  2. Diego Marx Dobles – Ma’ Rosa
  3. Lav Diaz – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  4. Benjamin Gonzales Tolentino – Die Beautiful
  5. Marya Ignacio – How to Be Yours

ARCHIE DEL MUNDO (DList.ph)

  1. People Power Bombshell
  2. Bradley Liew (Singing in Graveyards)
  3. Carlo Manatad (Women of the Weeping River)
  4. Bagane Fiola, Willie Apa (Baboy Halas)
  5. Lawrence Ang (Lily)

MIKOY FERNANDEZ (Mga Katha ng Haraya)

  1. Seklusyon
  2. Die Beautiful
  3. Sunday Beauty Queen
  4. Women of the Weeping River
  5. Saving Sally

RICKY GALLARDO (Business Mirror)

  1. Lawrence Ang, ‘Lily’
  2. Paolo Villaluna, ‘Pauwi Na’
  3. Mark Cyril Bautista , “Purgatoryo’
  4. Carlo Manatad, ‘Pamilya Ordinaryo’
  5. Chuck Gutierrez, ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’

EMIL HOFILEÑA (Cinemil Movie Reviews)

  1. Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
  2. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
  3. How to Be Yours
  4. T.P.O.
  5. Saving Sally

JSON JAVIER (The Spotless Mind)

  1. Tuos
  2. Sunday Beauty Queen
  3. Ma’ Rosa
  4. Die Beautiful
  5. Sakaling Hindi Makarating

SKILTY LABASTILLA (Pinoy Rebyu)

  1. Women of the Weeping River (Carlo Manatad)
  2. Ma’ Rosa (Diego Marx Dobles)
  3. Piding (Emerson Reyes)
  4. Always Be My Maybe (Marya Ignacio)
  5. Sunday Beauty Queen (Chuck Gutierrez)

RICARDO ESPINO LOPEZ (The Knee-Jerk Critic)

  1. Saving Sally
  2. Hele
  3. Ma Rosa
  4. Seklusyon
  5. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten

MACKY MACARAYAN (Death of Traditional Cinema)

  1. Benjamin Tolentino, DIE BEAUTIFUL
  2. Diego Marx Dobles, MA ROSA
  3. Jay Halili, SEKLUSYON
  4. Gilbert Obispo, AREA
  5. Jether Amar, Jethro Razo, SAVING SALLY

FIDEL ANTONIO MEDEL (Pixelated Popcorn)

  1. Apocalypse Child
  2. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  3. Ma’ Rosa
  4. Sakaling Hindi Makarating
  5. Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone

NOOD.PH

  1. Vince & Kath & James

CATHY PEÑA (Make Me Blush)

  1. Lav Diaz (Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis)
  2. Diego Marx Dobles (Ma Rosa)
  3. Carlo Francisco Manatad (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  4. Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos (Pauwi Na)
  5. Mycko David & Cesca Lee (Purgatoryo)

BERNARD SANTOS (My Movie World)

  1. Benjamin Tolentino – Die Beautiful
  2. Chuck Gutierrez – Sunday Beauty Queen
  3. Mai Calapardo – Mercury is Mine
  4. Hannah Espia – Sakaling Hindi Makarating
  5. Carlo Francsico Manatad – Pamilya Ordinaryo

NAZAMEL TABARES (Pelikula Mania)

  1. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  2. Mercury is Mine
  3. Star na si Van Damme Stallone
  4. Buhay Habangbuhay
  5. Dukot

EMIL NOR URAO (The Movie Bud)

  1. Purgatoryo
  2. Die Beautiful
  3. Apocalypse Child
  4. Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
  5. Lily

Philippine Cinema 2016: 10 Best Directors

1 – Brillante Mendoza (Ma’ Rosa) 41 points

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2 – Lav Diaz (Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis) 33 points

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3 – Lav Diaz (Ang Babaeng Humayo) 23 points, 6 votes

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4 – Sheron Dayoc (Women of the Weeping River) 23 points, 5 votes

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5 – Eduardo Roy, Jr. (Pamilya Ordinaryo) 18 points

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6 – Jun Lana (Die Beautiful) 16 points

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7 – Babyruth Villarama (Sunday Beauty Queen) 12 points, 5 votes

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8 – Erik Matti (Seklusyon) 12 points, 4 votes

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9 – Derick Cabrido (Tuos) 11 points

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10 – Gym Lumbera and Paolo Picones (Piding) 10 points

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INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS »

RITO ASILO (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

  1. Lav Diaz (“Ang Babaeng Humayo,” “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis”)
  2. Paolo Villaluna (“Pauwi Na”)
  3. Brillante Ma Mendoza (“Ma’ Rosa”)
  4. Cenon Obispo Palomares and David Corpuz (“Kusina”)
  5. Eduardo Roy Jr. (“Pamilya Ordinaryo”)/ Roderick Cabrido (“Purgatoryo”)

ROBERT CERDA (Space-Aso)

  1. Lav Diaz – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  2. Derick Cabrido – Tuos
  3. Sheron Deyoc – Women of the Weeping River
  4. Avid Liongoren – Saving Sally
  5. Dan Villegas – Always Be My Maybe
  6. Dan Villegas – How to Be Yours
  7. Brillante Ma. Mendoza – Ma’Rosa

ARCHIE DEL MUNDO (DList.ph)

  1. Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera (Piding)
  2. John Torres (People Power Bombshell)
  3. Baby Ruth Villarama (Sunday Beauty Queen)
  4. Bradley Liew (Singing in Graveyards)
  5. Bagane Fiola (Baboy Halas)

JAMES ESPINOZA (Film Police)

  1. Brillante Mendoza (Ma’ Rosa)
  2. Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (Lav Diaz)
  3. Sheron Dayoc (Women of the Weeping River)
  4. Eduardo Roy Jr. (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  5. Alvin Yapan (Oro)

MIKOY FERNANDEZ (Mga Katha ng Haraya)

  1. Brillante Mendoza (Ma’ Rosa)
  2. Jun Lana (Die Beautiful)
  3. Eduardo Roy Jr. (Pamilya Ordinaryo)
  4. Alvin Yapan (EDSA)
  5. Erik Matti (Seklusyon)

RICKY GALLARDO (Business Mirror)

  1. Sheron Dayoc, Women of the Weeping River
  2. Lav Diaz, Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis & Ang Babaeng Humayo
  3. Paolo Villaluna, Pauwi Na
  4. Eduardo Roy, Jr. Pamilya Ordinaryo
  5. Brillante Mendoza, Ma’ Rosa

EMIL HOFILEÑA (Cinemil Movie Reviews)

  1. Prime Cruz – Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
  2. Derick Cabrido – Purgatoryo
  3. Petersen Vargas – 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
  4. Dan Villegas – How to Be Yours
  5. Avid Liongoren – Saving Sally

JSON JAVIER (The Spotless Mind)

  1. Derick Cabrido (Tuos)
  2. Erik Matti (Seklusyon)
  3. Brillante Mendoza (Ma’ Rosa)
  4. Baby Ruth Villarama (Sunday Beauty Queen)
  5. Jun Lana (Die Beautiful)

SKILTY LABASTILLA (Pinoy Rebyu)

  1. Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera, Piding
  2. Sheron Dayoc, Women of the Weeping River
  3. Brillante Mendoza, Ma’ Rosa
  4. Lav Diaz, Ang Babaeng Humayo and Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis
  5. Bagane Fiola, Baboy Halas

RICARDO ESPINO LOPEZ (The Knee-Jerk Critic)

  1. Lav Diaz – Hele
  2. Brillante Mendoza – Ma Rosa
  3. Babyruth Villarama Guiterrez – Sunday Beauty Queen
  4. Avid Liongoren – Saving Sally
  5. Jason Paul Laxamana – Mercury Is Mine
  6. Erik Matti – Seklusyon
  7. Petersen Vargas – 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten

MACKY MACARAYAN (Death of Traditional Cinema)

  1. Jun Robles Lana, DIE BEAUTIFUL
  2. Eduardo Roy Jr, PAMILYA ORDINARYO
  3. Erik Matti, SEKLUSYON
  4. Brillante Mendoza, MA ROSA
  5. Prime Cruz, ANG MANANANGGAL SA UNIT 23B

FIDEL ANTONIO MEDEL (Pixelated Popcorn)

  1. Mario Cornejo, Apocalypse Child
  2. Brillante Mendoza, Ma’ Rosa
  3. Ice Adanan, Sakaling Hindi Makarating
  4. Eduardo Roy, Pamilya Ordinaryo
  5. Randolph Longjas, Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone

NOOD.PH

  1. Erik Matti – Seklusyon
  2. Lav Diaz – Ang Babaeng Humayo
  3. Samantha Lee – Baka Bukas
  4. Lem Lorca – Ned’s Project

CATHY PEÑA (Make Me Blush)

  1. Lav Diaz (Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis)
  2. Brillante Mendoza (Ma Rosa)
  3. Sheron Dayoc (Women of the Weeping River)
  4. Petersen Vargas (2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten)
  5. Eduardo Roy (Pamilya Ordinaryo)

BERNARD SANTOS (My Movie World)

  1. Brillante Mendoza – Ma’ Rosa
  2. Jun Lana – Die Beautiful
  3. Eduardo Roy Jr. – Pamilya Ordinaryo
  4. Paul Soriano – Dukot
  5. Derick Cabrido – Purgatoryo

NAZAMEL TABARES (Pelikula Mania)

  1. Randolph Longjas (Star na si Van Damme Stallone)
  2. Lav Diaz (Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis)
  3. Avid Liongoren (Saving Sally)
  4. Jun Robles Lana (Die Beautiful)
  5. Paolo Herras (Buhay Habangbuhay)

JOHN TAWASIL (Present Confusion)

  1. Sheron Dayoc
  2. Petersen Vargas
  3. Baby Ruth Villarama
  4. Brillante Mendoza
  5. Jason Laxamana

EMIL NOR URAO (The Movie Bud)

  1. Dan Villegas
  2. Lav Diaz
  3. Alvin Yapan
  4. Derick Cabrido
  5. Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrrez
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