CINEMAGIS 9. Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) opens the 9th Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival on Wednesday night, January 25, with the announcement of nominations and a special screening of Vic Acedillo’s “Lando at Bugoy.” Pictured here are XCCA director Hobart Savior and presenter Cindy Obenita. Photo by Rico Magallona

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Among the official entries of the 9th Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival, “Bandana” by Adrian Rey Manapil in the professional category and “Subang” by Christian Alan Toring in the student set have secured seven and eight nominations, respectively. The nominees were unveiled during the festival’s opening ceremony at Xavier University Little Theater held Wednesday night, January 25.

A film on friendship and resilience, “Bandana” by Adrian Rey Manapil, features Paeng, who, in the aftermath of Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City, finds himself in a rebellious life in the arms of a new family. In his debut as the group’s new commander under study, his faith and fate are put to test as he finds out that his close and long lost friend, Edwin, is a prisoner of their group.

On the other hand, “Subang” by Christian Alan Toring shows kindness in a tender way. Toring writes: “One fine morning, in the peaceful community of Sitio Kalubihon, all of its residents are busy doing their daily routine before work begins. Manong Sorbetero is inside his home, getting ready for another wonderful day of roaming around and making people happy with his crowd-favorite dessert.”

After the presentation of nominees, this year’s film feature “Lando at Bugoy” by Vic Acedillo of Camiguin was shown to the audience, composed of professional and budding filmmakers, Cinemagis judges, XU faculty members, students, and guests.

With screenings running until Jan 28 at the XU Little Theater and SM Cagayan de Oro Cinema 1, the ninth installment of Cinemagis presents five professional entries, 12 student films, and seven special film features.

Under the banner of Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA), Cinemagis serves as a platform for local filmmakers to showcase their talents, skill,s and stories, contributing to the development of the filmmaking industry in Northern Mindanao. Since its inception in 2009, a number of films have already gone on to national independent film festivals and even to the international stage.

The members of the judging panel are Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) executive director Wilfredo Manalang, Cinema Rehiyon 9 festival director Atty Karen Malaki, and La Salle University – Ozamis’s Teatro Guindegan director Felimon Blanco. This year’s winners and special awardees will be determined in their deliberation on Saturday morning.

The awards night will be held at SM City Event Center on Jan 28, 6PM.

Here is the complete list of nominations.

Best Film
Student Category
“Unsa ang Title? (What’s the Title?)” by Reyan Christian Amacna
“Bayuy (Home)” by Runaliza Campos
“The Last Letter” by Karyl Jill Gonzales
“Mama” by Carlo Pailagao
“Penpenhod (Love)” by Rod Villegas
“Katapad” by Cindy Obenita
“Moru: No Man’s Land” by Edmund Telmo
“Ilad (Deception)” by Carlos Peñaloza
“Iktad” by Jaybee Abadiez
“Para sa mga Nibiya (For those Who Left)” by Mac Kianro Maki Calo
“Subang (Sunrise)” by Christian Alan Toring
“De Doubus Malis (Of Two Evils)” by Augie Marie Lao Don

Professional Category
“Balut. Penoy. Asin” by Julienne Anne Ilagan
“Bandana” by Adrian Rey Manapil
“Libra” by Cloyd Winstanley
“Ang Ikaduhang Pagbalik (The Second Coming)” by Jeffrie Po
“Orpheus” by Orpheus Nery

Best Director
Student Category
“Bayuy (Home)” by Runaliza Campos
“The Last Letter” by Karyl Jill Gonzales
“Mama” by Carlo Pailagao
“Penpenhod (Love)” by Rod Villegas
“Ilad (Deception)” by Carlos Peñaloza
“Para sa mga Nibiya (For those Who Left)” by Mac Kianro Maki Calo
“Subang” by Christian Alan Toring

Professional Category
“Balut. Penoy. Asin” by Julienne Anne Ilagan
“Bandana” by Adrian Rey Manapil
“Libra” by Cloyd Winstanley
“Ang Ikaduhang Pagbalik (The Second Coming)” by Jeffrie Po
“Orpheus” by Orpheus Nery

Best Actor
Student Category
Arwil Espina of “Bayuy”
Kristian Gamboa of “The Last Letter”
Ryujie Abejuela of “Moru: No Man’s Land”
Carlos Peñaloza of “Ilad”
Randy Gumapac of “Iktad”
Justin Cabiara of “Subang”

Professional Category
NO NOMINEES

Best Actress
Student Category
Judy Ann Cabreros of “Bayuy”
Edchelle Rellama of “Mama”
Friah Pagaduan of “Penpenhod”

Professional Category
NO NOMINEES

Best Art Direction
Student Category
“Bayuy” (Moriah Jireh Paña)
“Moru: No Man’s Land” (Carl Hudson Mabanag)
“Ilad” (Julienne Ilagan)
“Iktad” (Rhea Claire Himo)
“Para sa mga Nibiya (For those Who Left)” (Maggie Ruth Candia)
“Subang” (Robert Omandam and Jacques Saladaga)

Professional Category
“Bandana” (Adrian Rey Manapil and Edwin delos Santos Jr)
“Orpheus” (Orpheus Nery)
“Ang Ikaduhang Pagbalik (The Second Coming)” (Nicolas Aca Jr)

Best Cinematography
Student Category
“Mama” (Carlo Pailagao)
“Penpenhod” (Harold Villegas)
“Moru: No Man’s Land” (Nicole Pangilinan)
“Ilad” (Islander Sandals and Carlos Peñaloza)
“De Doubus Malis (Of Two Evils)” (Kevin Longos)
“Subang” (Frederick Irving Rico)

Professional Category
“Bandana” (Adrian Rey Manapil)
“Balut. Penoy. Asin.” (Julienne Ilagan)
“Libra” (Cloyd Winstanley)

Best Story
Student Category
“Unsa ang Title?” by Reyan Christian Amacna
“Bayuy” by Runaliza Campos
“The Last Letter” by Karyl Jill Gonzales
“Mama” by Carlo Kristian Pailagao
“Penpenhod” by Harold Villegas
“Ilad” by Carlos Peñaloza
“Iktad” by Jaybee Abadiez
“Subang” by Christian Alan Toring

Professional Category
“Bandana” (Edwin delos Santos Jr, Grace Salvador, and Rey Cadeliña)
“Balut. Penoy. Asin.” by Julienne Ilagan
“Orpheus” by Orpheus Nery

Best Editing
Student Category
“Unsa ang Title?” (Earl Hendrix Reyes)
“Mama” by (Carlo Kristian Pailagao)
“Penpenhod” by Harold Villegas
“Katapad” (Marc Nico Labadan)
“Moru: No Man’s Land” (Edmund Telmo)
“Ilad” (Islander Sandals and Carlos Peñaloza)
“Para sa mga Nibiya” (Clark Cabantan)
“Subang” (Frederick Irving Rico and Christian Alan Toring)

Professional Category
“Balut. Penoy. Asin.” (Julienne Anne Ilagan)
“Bandana” (Adrian Rey Manapil)
“Libra” (Cloyd Winstanley)
“Ang Ikaduhang Pagbalik” (Jeffrie Po)
“Orpheus” (Orpheus Nery)

Best Sound Scoring
Student Category
“The Last Letter” (Angela Corpus)
“Mama” (Carlo Pailagao)
“Penpenhod” (Harold Villegas)
“Katapad” (Chuanhu Tiu)
“Moru: No Man’s Land” (Clienth Henrick Cena)
“Ilad” (Joemar Marasigan)
“Para sa mga Nibiya” (Francis Cang)
“De Doubus Malis” (Kervin Longos)
“Subang” (Frederick Irving Rico and Christian Alan Toring)

Professional Category
“Balut. Penoy. Asin.” (Julienne Anne Ilagan)
“Bandana” (Adrian Rey Manapil)
“Libra” (Cloyd Winstanley)
“Ang Ikaduhang Pagbalik” (Jeffrie Po)
“Orpheus” (John Uy)

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