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‘Pailalim’ wins Sinag Maynila Best Picture

April 14, 2019

A film about a gravedigger (played by Joem Bascon as Bangis) living inside a cemetery mausoleum pushed to the limit when his daughter becomes critically ill won the Best Picture award in the Full-Length Film Category in this year’s Sinag Maynila.

The Awards Night (Gabi ng Parangal) held at Conrad Manila’s Forbes Ballroom also saw the film, “Pailalim,” winning the Best Director for Daniel Palacio, Best Cinematography for Rommel Sales and Best Editing for Diego Marx Dobles.

(From left) internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza, SM Senior Vice President for Marketing Millie Dizon, Sinag Maynila CEO and founder Wilson Tieng and Malaysia International Film Festival and Malaysia Golden Joanne Goh.

In the acting derby, Mar Cabico was named Best Actor for his role in “Akin Ang Korona,” while Sylvia Sanchez and Angela Cortez tied for the Best Actress award for their moving portrayals in “Jesusa” and “Jino To Marie,” respectively.

Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairman Liza Diño and actor-singer-songwriter Ice Seguerra.

Joselito Altarejos’ Jino To Marie was this year’s Sinag Maynila’s Box Office Awardee, and also won trophies for Best Musical Score for Richard Gonzales, and Best Screenplay for John Bedia and Joselito Altarejos.

Jury member Michael Werner with film enthusiast Terry Yip.

Akin Ang Korona garnered the SM People’s Choice award based on the results of an exit poll held among moviegoers during the festival. Jesusa also won the festival’s Special Jury Award; while citations went to Cyrus Khan for Jesusa for Best Production Design, and “Persons Of Interest” for Best Sound.

Japan Foundation Manila Director Hiroaki Uesegi and Program Officer Roland Samson with Szusza Velasco, Mariko Okeda and Kanami Namiki.

“Entablado” by Lie Rain Clemente and Nori Jane Isturis won Best Documentary while “Panaghoy” by Alvin Baloloy won Best Short Film. “Marian” by Brian Patrick Lim received a Best Short Film Special Citation.

A distinguished board of judges led by multi-awarded and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Carlitos Siguion-Reyna selected the winners in the main competition.

Actress-producer Harlene Bautista.

Other jurors included Joanne Goh, one of the most influential people in Malaysia’s entertainment industry and managing director of Jazzy Group of Companies, and Michael Werner, an American-born, Hong Kong-based producer, strategic consultant and producer/executive producer of nearly 30 high-profile films.

Actor-poet Baron Geisler.

A joint project of Solar Entertainment, Centerstage Productions, and SM, Sinag Maynila seeks to inspire, educate, and enlighten the viewing public.

Cast and crew of ‘Pailalim’ including lead star Joem Bascon (fifth from left) and Sinag Maynila organizers. The winning film was co-produced by TV5 and Centerstage Productions.
Best Actor Nar Cabico (center) and Best Actress winners Angela Cortez (left) and Sylvia Sanchez (right).
Best Director Daniel Palacio.

Now on its fifth year, the festival continues to showcase quality and thought provoking full length movies, documentaries, and short films from young, non-mainstream Filipino filmmakers.

Filmmaker Carlitos Siguion-Reyna.

True to its mission of bringing sine lokal, pang-international, Sinag Maynila — in partnership with the Film Development Council of The Philippines (FDCP), and in celebration of 100 years of Philippine cinema — has become an important pathway for Filipino film artists to communicate their stories, and an irresistible opportunity for enthusiasts to watch unique and exciting films.

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