By Patricia Simone Dauz

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The Last Pinoy Action King was the opening film for the third installment of the QCinema Flm Festival. Directed by Andrew Leavold and Daniel Palisa, it chronicled the life and career of ‘Daboy’ from the time he started doing films up to his death in 2008.

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The film covered the main events in the actor’s life. It showed how he was a contract artist of Sampaguita Pictures beginning in 1970, followed by his big break in Bitayin si Baby Ama as the title role. From then on, he was able to gather denizens of supporters who even imitated his looks and gestures. The documentary feature also highlighted his romance with Alma Moreno and Lorna Tolentino. There was also a discourse by film practitioners like Lav Diaz regarding the action star as a symbolic capital and how the oppression of the Filipinos during the Martial Law paved the way for major escapism through cinema.

The launching of the event was last October 22 at Gateway Mall. The attendees were city executives, artists from different fields, and film enthusiasts. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte gave the opening remarks prior to the film screening and introduced the jury members to the audience.

Once the screening was done, Novotel staff guided the distinguished guests to the grand ballroom of the hotel for another program. The festival did not scrimp on the refreshments since wine was in abundance as well as very large seafood skewers, among others. There was also a very energetic dance performance choreographed by Denisa Reyes as well as a performance from a trio of girls who call their singing group ‘Filipinas’.

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Finalists for both the Circle Competition and documentary section of the festival were introduced. For the Circle Competition, only Mihk Vergara of Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Mang Patalo, Chuck Gutierrez of Iisa, and Pepe Diokno‘s Kapatiran were able to attend. Even though more than half of the filmmakers were absent, host Ed Lejano clarified that they were for ‘excusable reasons’. He even jested that it was probably because of some final cuts still being rendered. The other finalists for this category are Lem Lorca (Water Lemon), Cesar Hernando (Gayuma), Jet Leyco (Matangtubig), Monster Jimenez/Mario Cornejo (Apocalypse Child), and Prime Cruz (Sleepless).

The documentary film finalists include Perry Dizon (Of Cats, Dogs, Farm Animals, and Sashimi), Sheron Dayoc (The Crescent Rising), Universe Baldoza (Audio Perpetua), Will Fredo (Translacion: Ang Paglakad sa Altar ng Alanganin), and the foursome of Choy Pangilinan, Qubry Quesada, Joolia Demiglio, and Abet Umil (Bingat).

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The grant for the Circle Competition finalists is one million pesos for each film, while the filmmakers in the documentary feature category received 200,000 pesos each. The QC Interactive Museum will be the venue for the QCinema Awards Night which will be held on October 28. The films will be shown at the QC Interactive Museum, Trinoma, Gateway Mall, and Robinson’s Galleria cinemas from October 22 to 31.

 

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