It is interesting to note that the films considered in this year’s awards season may be the last films that were shot before the pandemic. These films mark the end of a certain way of making movies before the time of shooting bubbles, social distancing, and endless Covid tests.
But while we eagerly await how Filipino creatives wiggle their way around the limitations of a world that is standing still, let us look back at a simpler, (arguably) safer time. Here is the complete list of nominees for the 44th edition of Gawad Urian. The awarding ceremony is set to be streamed on YouTube and the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino Facebook Page on October 21, 2021.
Update: 10/21/21 Winners were announced/added to the list below.
Aswang – Winner Hayop Ka: The Nimfa Dimaano Story Kintsugi Lahi, Hayop Midnight in a Perfect World A Thousand Cuts Watch List
On the surface, it looks like the PH is an inclusive country. But one look at the comment section on Facebook and/or Twitter threads whenever a hate crime is posted in the news or the subject of gay marriage is brought up and we get jolted back to the reality that we still have a long way to go.
I have cut ties with people who post lengthy justifications for their bigotry, often invoking God to justify their hate. The quest to educate is still there but sometimes we just have to accept that there are people who are set on their ways. And while I am at an age where I don’t give a crap what people think, the younger generation who may still be grappling and coming to terms with their sexuality, is in constant need for representation in the media.
Last year, a love story between two boys rose to critical fame and international success/recognition. Their message was simple – that love has no gender. Gameboys ushered in a slew of Boys Love series and movies, and recently an ad promoting inclusivity. That it is partnered with the City of Pasig makes it even more special and official.
I would have loved to be a gay kid at a time when content like this is shown in the mainstream. And yes, we have a long way to go even today. But this makes me feel that things are less bleak and maybe there is a chance for things to get better after all.
It is summer! That used to mean lounging on a beachfront somewhere while enjoying a refreshing drink. But not anymore. For the last two years, we have been staying home whenever possible or going on a socially distanced work/errand run.
This year, as we continue on our quest of maintaining a sense of normal, Starbucks brings summer right to our doorsteps with their newest offerings starting April 20.
For drinks they have these four new refreshing iced Teavana beverages: the Sunshine Pineapple Oolong made with real golden pineapple chunks, pineapple sauce, and a honey cold foam; the Sunshine Peach Oolong with refreshing peach juice and white peach jelly chunks finished with honey cold foam; the Triple Golden Monkey layered with malty oatmilk, silky tea foam and tea-flavored cookie crumbs; the Cocoa Golden Monkey that has a decadent mocha sauce. All four new Teavana beverages come in limited edition reusable cups.
These are available for only P175 each if you get it in store or via drive-thru, 195 via Grab.
If there is one campaign that can jolt me back into blogging – it is this one. I gotta say – SMART just topped an already impressive line-up of international celebrities. Of course, this is no surprise as they teamed up with PublicityAsia who made a Superstar line-up for clothing brand Penshoppe with a roster that includes Zac Efron, Mario Maurer, and One Direction.
As SMART’s first ever Hollywood A-List brand ambassador, Chris is the perfect face for their “Live Smarter for a Better World” campaign. Who better can inspire people to commit to sustainable actions with lasting, positive impact to society and encourage people to ignite their passions to help change the world for the better than Captain America himself.
“There’s nothing like the current challenges the world is facing to make us all realize that we are all interconnected, and that our personal actions have broader impact. Through our “Live Smarter for a Better World” initiative, it is our aim to create that spark in everyone to help change the world for the better rather than just settling for ‘good’,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, Smart Communications’ President and CEO.
Presenting this year’s entries to the virtual Metro Manila Film Festival. The festival entries can be streamed online via GMovies and via a new streaming platform called Upstream starting December 25 at P250/film.
THE BOY FORETOLD BY THE STARS (BL-Romance) — directed by Dolly Dulu, starring Adrian Lindayag and Keann Johnson
FAN GIRL (coming of age) — directed by Antoinette Jadaone, starring Charlie Dizon and Paulo Avelino
In an uncertain time when activities are still limited due to a global pandemic, many people question the need for planners and organizers. But the thing is, our lives keep going even if our world has drastically changed. We may have to cancel our travel plans, we may be forced to work from home or even lose our jobs, and we may need to overhaul our whole lives but beyond all that, life goes on. There is no pause button. We do the best that we can and move forward. If we are lucky, we get to throw in a semblance of normalcy by having that regular cup of Starbucks or celebrate the holidays the way we used to.
For my friends and I, collecting the Starbucks planners and organizers is part of the holiday tradition. They do end up more as notebooks nowadays but then the fun part is in collecting and getting them. We weren’t sure we were getting them this year but luckily, Starbucks just unveiled their best looking Philippine-exclusive designs yet.
This year’s Gawad Urian is headlined by internationally acclaimed films and performers. Leading the pack is Kalel, 15 with nine nominations. The film previously won the Best Director award for Jun Lana at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and a Best Actor award for Elijah Canlas at the Asian Film Festival held in Rome. Babae at Baril, also with nine nominations, was previously awarded the Best Director and Best Actress awards for Rae Red and Janine Gutierez respectively at the QCinema Film Festival.
Cinemalaya Best Picture John Denver Trending has six nominations. It was previously awarded the Critics and Audience awards at the 26th Vesoul International Film festival in France. Another Cinemalaya feature, Edward, has eight nominations including one for Louise Abuel who previously won the Best Actor award at the Dhaka International Film festival. Finally Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Awardee, Lav Diaz, was nominated for Best Director for Ang Hupa at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. He is nominated for the same film at the Urian for Best Director.
Update: 9/22/2020. Ruby Ruiz, nominated for Best Actress for Iska, won at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York for the same role. She perviously bagged the Best Actress award at the 2019 Cinemalaya FIlm Festival.
Check the complete list of nominees and winners below. Winners were announced on November 10, 2020.