The society of respected film critics that hands out the annual Gawad Urian in cinematic excellence
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39th Gawad Urian winners

Best Picture – Taklub (Centerstage Productions)
Best Director – Jerrold Tarog (Heneral Luna)
Best Actor – John Lloyd Cruz (Honor Thy Father)
Best Actress LJ Reyes (Anino sa Likod ng Buwan)
Supporting Actor – Bernardo Bernardo (Imbisibol)
Supporting Actress – Ana Abad Santos (Apocalypse Child)
Screenplay – Robby Tantingco (Ari: My Life with a King)
Cinematography – Pong Ignacio (Heneral Luna)
Production Design – Ben Payumo (Water Lemon)
Editing – Jerrold Tarog (Heneral Luna)
MusicJake Abella (ARI: My Life with a King)
SoundMikko Quizon (Heneral Luna)
Best short film Wawa
Best documentary film The Crescent Rising

39th Gawad Urian nominees (2016)

Best Picture

  • Heneral Luna – Artikulo Uno Productions
  • Taklub – Centerstage Productions
  • Anino sa Likod ng Buwan – Octobertrain Films/IdeaFirst Company
  • Honor Thy Father – Reality Entertainment
  • Imbisibol – Sinag Maynila/Solar Entertainment
  • ARI: My Life with a King – Holy Angel University Center for Kapampangan Studies
  • Bambanti – Solar Entertainment/Centerstage Productions/Sinag Maynila
  • Da Dog Show – Sans Cinema, Germany/Queen B Productions


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  • Da Dog Show – Ralston Jover
  • Heneral Luna – Jerrold Tarog
  • Taklub – Brilliante Mendoza
  • Anino sa Likod ng Buwan – Jun Lana
  • Honor Thy Father – Erik Matti
  • Imbisibol – Lawrence Fajardo
  • ARI: My Life with a King – Carlo Enciso Catu
  • Bambanti – Zig Madamba Dulay
  • Apocalypse Child – Mario Cornejo
  • Balikbayan # 1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III – Kidlat Tahimik

38th Gawad Urian winners

Best Picture - Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon (Sine Olivia Pilipinas)
Best Director - Lav Diaz (Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon)
Best Actor - Allen Dizon (Magkakabaung)
Best Actress - Eula Valdez (Dagitab)
Best Supporting Actor - Martin del Rosario (Dagitab)
Best Supporting Actress - Gladys Reyes (Magkakabaung)
Best Screenplay - Lav Diaz (Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon)
Best Cinematography - Neil Daza (Bwaya)
Best Production Design - Popo Diaz (Dementia)
Best Editing - Lav Diaz (Mula Sa Kung Ano ang Noon)
Best Music - Erwin Fajardo (Bwaya)
Best Sound - Corinne De San Jose (Violator)
Best Short Film - Adolfo Alix, Jr. (Kinabukasan)
Best Documentary - Lester Valle (Walang Rape sa Bontoc)
Natatanging Gawad Urian - Nora Aunor

38th Gawad Urian nominees (2015)

Best Picture

Barber’s Tale (APT Entertainment/Octobertrain Films)
Bwaya (Cinemalaya, FrontRow International, Eight Films, Source of Light Films)
Dagitab (Ten17P)
Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon (Sine Olivia Pilipinas)

Best Director

Giancarlo Abrahan (Dagitab)
Lav Diaz (Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon)
Jun Lana (Barber’s Tales)
Jason Paul Laxamana (Magkakabaung)
Francis Xavier Pasion (Bwaya)
Kanakan Balintagos (Esprit de Corps)

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Nora Aunor: Changing the Taste of Filipino Moviegoers

By Butch Francisco

Although her magnificent voice initially served as her big ticket to superstardom, it was her performances in the movies that enshrined Nora Aunor as the biggest female iconic figure in Philippine show business.

Films have always been a part of her life – first as a young movie fan who watched Vilma Santos’ Trudis Liit five times at the flea-infested Allan Theater in her hometown of Iriga. “I have always been Vilma’s fan,” she says of the actress-turned-politician, who had been her archrival in showbiz for close to half a century.

When – at age 12 – she moved to Manila in search of her big break, possibly as a singer on radio, it was in her agenda to see in person and hopefully get the autograph of Vilma, who by then had become her girl crush. She got this chance when she auditioned in the radio show of Ike Lozada and German Moreno and to her delight found out that Vilma was among the featured guests in the program. That could have been the happiest day of her life, except that Moreno, who later would become her biggest showbiz drumbeater, chose another aspiring singer over her.Read more

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