• Nora Aunor fans, friends asked to chip in funds for ‘Hinulid’



    Kristian Cordero, director/producer of the Nora Aunor film Hinulid and an is an entry to the 2016 Quezon City International Film Festival, has resorted to seek the help of the Superstar’s fans and supporters to help finance the film project.

    As posted in the movie’s Facebook fan, one of the early respondents was no less than Ricky Lee, the screenwriter of of the Nora Aunor classic Himala.

    According to Cordero, “The contributor’s name will be included in the acknowledgment at the end of the film. A copy of the commemorative program will be handed out along with an autographed film poster.”

    Hinulid tells the story of Sita Dimaiwat, a devout Roman Catholic who lost her son (a law student) in a hazing incident in Manila. Set at the beginning of the new millennium, Sita—by then an OFW—decides to cremate her son’s remains and travels back to Bicol as she reckons and reconciles how her life story is intimately rooted in folk stories and religious devotions despite the unending and repeated stories of human violence.

    With a Walkman, she listens to a recording of his son, memorizing his lessons in law.

    Sita, reconciling the intricate lines between tragedy and transcendence, tries to hold on to what is left for her in a filial act of mourning. She will prove that memory is stronger than justice, and that even the most broken life can be restored to its moments.

    Hinulid is a kind of a homecoming project because it will be Nora Aunor’s first film in her mother tongue, Bikol-Riconada. Conceptualized as early as 2015, the film will also be her first collaboration with poet and filmmaker Kristian Sendon Cordero who is a recipient of many literary awards, including the Palanca Memorial Prize for Literature, and the Gintong Aklat for Best Work in Philippine Literature and National Book Awards among others. Cordero is a faculty member of Ateneo de Naga University.

    Cordero ventured into filmmaking in 2013 with his first full-length film, Angustia (Out of the Depths), which was one of the finalists in the Cinema One Originals Film Festival. Receiving a P1-million grant, a very minimal budget, he was able to gather and manage talents and resources to do a period film set in late 18th century Bicol. Angustia was awarded one of theee Best Feature Films in 2013 by the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines.


    Can pop blend with classical music?
    “Why not?”, says Nick Nangit, a lawyer-CPA who’s into classical piano and lead performer in the charity show Pop Meets the Classical. To be mounted June on 18, 8 p.m. at the Alegria Lounge of Manila Pavilion Hotel, Casino Filipino, it features The Voice Philippines 2014 finalist Philippe Go, CLTV36 talent search runner-up Marrey Anne de Leon, GMA-7 singer-actor-commercial model Lloyd Abella, singer-composer-actor Marq Dollentes, singer-composer-program host Maricar Aragon, recording artist Patrisha Samson and new singing discovery from Lipa City, Bea Ancheta.

    “This show will prove that the two music genres, pop and classical, are not at odds with each other” adds Nangit.

    Part of the show’s proceeds will go to Hospicio de San Jose.


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