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

36th Gawad Urian winners

Best Film - Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Dilim ng Gabi (Producers: Cinema One Originals, Skyweaver Productions, Red Motion Media, HYDEntertainment, Alchemy of Vision and Light Film and TV Productions and Conrad Cejoco)
Best Director - Adolfo Alix (Mater Dolorosa)
Best Screenplay - Mes De Guzman (Diablo)
Best Actor - Jericho Rosales (Alagwa)
Best Actress - Nora Aunor (Thy Womb)
Best Supporting Actor - Art Acuña (Posas)
Supporting Actress - Alessandra de Rossi (Mater Dolorosa)
Production Design - Dante Mendoza (Thy Womb)
Cinematography - Whammy Alcazaren (Colossal)
Editing - Aleks Castañeda (Kalayaan)
Music - Diwa de Leon (Baybayin)
Best Sound - Willy Fernandez, Bong Sungcang, Ferdinand Marcos Sabarongis (Florentina Hubaldo, CTE)
Best Documentary - Harana (Benito Bautista)
Best Short Film - Ritmo (Remton Siega Zuasola)
Natatanging Gawad Urian - Mila del Sol


Ang Paglalakbay Ng Mga Bituin Sa Gabing Madilim

Romancing And Realizing Mindanao

By Tito Genova Valiente

The film, Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim is not about travels than it is about travails. For all the romance in the title—stars and darkness and the promise of limpid light at the end of the night – this film by Arnel Mardoquio is about weariness, discontent, and the in-between shades of ideologies. And yet the film is political.

The story is about a boy who lost his parents to war or whatever it is that does not stop from harming the communities in Mindanao. Faisal inherits a bag full of American dollars after the boy’s parents turned to kidnapping with ransom. In the narrative, no one dwells on this. In fact, the storytelling of Mardoquio does not stop and dwell on anything. Very much like the individuals we see filling the screen with their presence so haunting because it is terrifically ordinary.Read more

Mila del Sol: Hard life, beginnings, romances, hollywood days, the bright twilight years

By Butch Francisco

Mila del Sol—a play of words around “milagro del sol” or miracle of the sun. This was the screen name given to her rather belatedly—when she was already in the middle of production, shooting her launching picture, Giliw Ko.

Filmed outside the controlled environment of a studio barn, the director, Carlos Vander Tolosa, had difficulty working on his day effects. The skies were always overcast.

But whenever the star was called in to do her scenes, the sun—miraculously—would come out. And so the name Mila del Sol was coined.

Life has not been all sunshine, however, for Mila del Sol, now 90 years old. But in spite of her share of storms (plenty!), she has remained healthy. Her face is still lovely and almost wrinkle-free.

Born Clarita Rivera, she traces her roots to her father’s side to a Castilian forebear named Primo de Rivera. Somewhere along the way, the de (of) in the surname was dropped. By the time her father, Amado, was born in the pueblo (now the capital city) of Batangas, the name had been shortened to Rivera.Read more

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