Katherine Luna shines in Cinemalaya’s "Baby Angelo"


Lisa (Katherine Luna) confronts Bong (JojitLorenzo) in a dramatic scene in Joel Ruiz's and Abi Aquino's Cinemalaya 2008entry, Baby Angelo. This is one ofthe ten full-length films competing in the fourth edition of Cinemalaya, whichis ongoing until July 20 (Sunday).



Muling nagpapaka-aktibo sa paggawa ng pelikula ang aktres nasi Katherine Luna. Una siyang napanoodbilang bida sa Babae Sa Breakwater ng batikan at respetadong direktor nasi Mario O'Hara, na bihirang-bihirang gumawa ng pelikula.

Si Direk Mario O'Hara ang isa sa mga paboritong direktor nasuperstar na si Nora Aunor at kung ilang award-winning films ang kanilangpinagsamahan noon. Taong 2004 nang muling gumawa ng pelikula ang nasabingmulti-awarded filmmaker, at ito nga ang Babae Sa Breakwater. Laking suwerte ni Katherine dahil no lessthan the Mario O'Hara ang nag-direk sa kanya.

Nanalo si Katherine ng Best Actress award para sa naturangmovie sa Cinemanila International Film Festival 2004, ka-tie ang banyagangaktres na si Marina Golbahari for the movie Osama. Na-nominate rin siKatherine sa prestihiyosong Gawad Urian Awards bilang Best Actress still forthe same movie noong 2004.

Nabuntis at nagsilang ng kanyang sanggol si Katherine atpansamantalang nawala ito sa sirkulasyon. Muli siyang gumawa ng movie noong2005, ang Masahista ni Brillante "Dante" Mendoza at isang maliit napapel naman ang nilabasan sa Nasaan Ka Man ng Star Cinema of the sameyear.

After that ay nag-lie low siyang muli sa movies. May special participation lang siya sa Endo,ang Cinemalaya entry nina Jason Abalos at Ina Feleo last year. Pero ngayonngang 2008 ay nagpapaka-aktibong muli si Katherine at nagbabalik-eksena sapelikula.

Nangunguna ng rito ang Baby Angelo ng Arkeo Films,isa sa sampung full-length feature films sa 2008 Cinemalaya PhilippineIndependent Film Festival na kasalukuyang ginaganap hanggang July 20 saCultural Center of the Philippines sa Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

Ang direktor ng Baby Angelo na si Direk Joel Ruiz aypuring-puri ang kahusayan ni Katherine bilang aktres. "Incrediblytalented" kung i-describe ni Direk Joel si Katherine. Aniya, "It wasa great pleasure to work with Katherine, who plays the wife of Jojit Lorenzo.She's incredibly talented.

"Napanood ko siya sa Endo at sa Babae saBreakwater, and I knew she had to be in the film. While writing the script,siya ang nasa isip ko. Her screen presence is amazing and she lights up everyscene she's in, kahit na ang character niya is a little bit kontrabida. She hasgreat control over her face, the emotions she portrays are very precise.

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"Para sa akin nga, puwedeng sabihing she's a director'sdream dahil every take she gives is a good take," sabi ni Direk Joeltungkol kay Katherine.

"She's also a clown behind the scenes. She's very funnyand she kept us all entertained in the middle of the night."

UPCOMING INDIE FILMS. Ang dalawa pang indie filmsnatapos na ni Katherine at naghihintay na lang ng playdate ngayong 2008—ang Adelaat ang Kristo.

Ang Adela ay isang tribute film for Ms. Anita Linda nadinirek ni Adolf Alix, Jr. at siyang naging opening film ng Cinemalaya sa CCPlast Friday, July 11. Samantalang ang Kristo naman ay hindi isang religious film,kundi tungkol sa sabungan. "Kristo" kasi ang tawag sa taong nagpapataya sa sabungan, atkasama niya dito sina Christian Vazquez, Jay Manalo, Aleck Bovick, produced byCarlo Maceda.

Going back to Direk Joel Ruiz ng Baby Angelo (whichhe co-wrote with Abi Aquino), nakapagtrabaho na rin siya sa advertising andfilm. Siya ang managing partner and oneof the resident directors of Arkeo Films. Ang kanyang short film na Mansyonang nagwaging Best Film in the 2005 Cinemalaya Short Film Category.

Paano nga ba nagsimula ang Baby Angelo?

"Baby Angelo was inspired by true events. A deadbaby was found in the garbage of our office building. The reaction of thepeople in the building, plus the tragedy of the situation, stuck with me. Nungdumating na ang Cinemalaya application time, I put my thoughts to paper andsubmitted it. Thankfully they accepted it and sinimulan ko nang gawin angscript."

Paano nga ba maging first-time full-length director?"It's my first full-length film, and after doing it, I realize it was alittle bit ambitious. I have an ensemble cast and had nine major characters.

"Casting was a long process because we had to find theright mix of actors and actresses, they should complement each other,"pahayag ni Direk Joel.

Ano naman ang masasabi niya sa iba niyang cast led by JojitLorenzo, Ces Quesada, Archie Alemania, Alchris Galura, and Mark Gil?

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"Jojit is from theater and also does a lot oftelevision work. I really loved working with Jojit dahil he responded very wellsa character niya.

"Sa shooting, we'd spend a lot of time talking aboutthe character. During takes he added his own thing, which was always a goodsurprise. Habang ginagawa namin ang movie, he was very much my partner, becauseof his understanding of the movie.

"Landlady naman ang role ni Ces Quesada, whom as weknow is predominantly a comedienne. She fits the role of Mrs. Nora, the verystrict, overly controlling president ng homeowners' association. It was a greatpleasure working with her.

"Akala ko nu'ng una, mai-intimidate ako sa isangveteran actress like her, but she was very gracious, and she was very pleasantand accommodating during the shoot.

"Good sport rin siya. We made her work very long hoursand even if she was really very tired and sleepy, she'd still give a 100percent with every take. I feel very honored that she joined my cast.

"Archie Alemania is a likeable tough guy. Kilala kolang si Archie as a comedian and so I was hesitant nu'ng una siyangni-recommend ng producer namin for the role.

"Pero nung nag-audition siya, I was instantly convincedhe was the right guy. I think that only a few people know that not only isArchie a good comedian, but he's also a very good dramatic actor. Dark ang character niya dito. Very friendly 'yan, and I enjoyed ourconversations on set. Very funny guy.

"Alchris plays a gay character, the brother ofArchie. Hindi siya sa gay sa real life,pero he played the part. He's very funny and embraced the role.

"Mark Gil plays Ces' husband. It's a small role but I wanted someone big. Mark put so muchweight in the few scenes he was in, his screen presence is amazing. Isa sapaborito kong Pinoy movie ay ang Batch '81. He was the star in it, kaya excited ako to work with him. Hisnephew Ryan [Eigenmann] is a good friend of mine.

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"Kaya nu'ng tinanong ko si Ryan kung puwede niyangkausapin si Mark, the guy said right away that he'd do the film, because hesupports the independent film movement. I thought this was very kind and nobleof him," pagwawakas ni Direk Joel Ruiz.

Makikita DITO ang schedule ng screenings sa Cinemalaya 2008,na magpapatuloy hanggang July 20, 2008.


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