MANILA, AUGUST 25, 2011 (STAR) FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo - (PHOTO - Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez: Waiting for stork’s visit in November)

Zoom Three months before he says “Hello, world!”, Nathaniel James Velasquez Alcasid has already been immortalized in a song written for him by his father and which his mother, Regine Velasquez will surely sing to him as a welcome gesture.

“We’ve seen Nathaniel in the latest ultrasound done on Regine,” said Ogie of his first son. (He has two daughters, Leila and Sarah, with his ex-wife Michelle van Eimeren who is remarried to her fellow Australian.) “He looks 50/50 me and Regine; hati kami,” added Ogie who just came back from Australia to visit his daughters.

Here’s Ogie’s song for Nathaniel, titled Aking Anak:

Aking anak, aking anak,

Pagmamahal ko sa iyo’y laging asahan.

Ika’y biyaya ng maykapal,

Hinding-hindi kita pababayaan.

Araw-gabi ika’y aalagaan,

Bawat yugto ng iyong buhay

Ako’y kasama, aking anak.

Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank competes in Vancouver; 3 more Phl films to Toronto

2011 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Best Film Ang Babae sa Septic Tank will compete in the Dragons and Tigers Awards for Young Cinema in the Vancouver International Film Festival from Sept. 29 to Oct. 14.

Eugene Domingo in Ang Babae sa Septic Tank This is the first feature film of Marlon Rivera and written by Chris Martinez. Aside from the Best Film Award, the film won Best Director for Rivera, Best Screenplay for Martinez and Best Actress for Eugene Domingo.

“Septic Tank is already on its third week of its showing nationwide. It grossed P20M on its first five days according to producer Josabeth Alonso,” said Ferdy Lapuz who filed this report.

Another Cinemalaya film shown in the Director’s Showcase will have its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, added Ferdy. Adolf Alix Jr.’s Isda (Fable of the Fish) will screen in the Visions program of the festival which runs from Sept. 8 to 18. It stars Cherry Pie Picache and Bembol Roco. The latter won the Best Actor award from Cinemalaya.

Isda is the second feature film of direk Adolf to be screened in Toronto after Adela in 2008.

Also to be screened in the same Visions Program is director Lav Diaz’s Century of the Birthing which tells two seemingly unrelated tales: One focusing on a filmmaker who has spent years working on his latest opus; the other about a Christian cult leader in a rural region.

Meanwhile, Raya Martin’s Ars Colonial, a co-production between Netherlands and the Philippines, will take part in Toronto Filmfest’s Wavelength Program.

“The film is about a conquistador who counts his blessings, a hand-colored effigy shot on hi-8 analogue video and transferred to 35mm,” said Ferdy.

Deadline to 35th Montreal Filmfest

The political thriller Deadline (The Reign of Impunity) has been chosen an official selection in the 35th Montreal World Film Festival which is going on until Aug. 28. It’s directed by Joel Lamangan and written by Palanca awardee Bonifacio Ilagan.

(PHOTO - The stars of Deadline (from left): Allen Dizon, Ina Feleo and Lovi Poe)

Deadline tackles the bloody media killings in the country which has made the Philippines “the most dangerous place for journalists” on account of the infamous Maguindanao massacre, and the issue of warlordism in the different parts of the country. It stars Tirso Cruz III, Allen Dizon, Ina Feleo and Lovi Poe leading its powerhouse cast that includes Kapuso talents TJ Trinidad and Luis Alandy.

Deadline is currently touring various campuses throughout the country and will soon have screenings abroad: Aug. 23, 24 and 28 in Davao (Assumption College, HCDC and Our Lady of Fatima) coordinated by Alliance Against Impunity. There will also be screenings in Brokenshine College, University of Mindanao and other schools in Davao…Sept. 17 in Greenbelt sponsored by the Office of the Presidential Advisers on the Peace Process…Sept. 21 in Pampanga sponsored by the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) and also next month in Cebu as part of the observance of Press Freedom Week…Sept. 22, 23, 24 and 25 in Bataan sponsored by NUJP Bataan Chapter…and on Sept. 24 at the Palawan State University Massom Society, sponsored by NUJP Palawan and APAMAI (Alyansa ng Palawenyong Mamahayag, Inc.).

From October to December, it will be screened in Iloilo City, Roxas City, Aklan, Olongapo, Bulacan, Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Baguio City, Pangasinan, Zamboanga, Bicol, Cagayan De Oro and General Santos.

It will also be shown in Hong Kong, Japan and Taipei this year.

In November, Deadline will be in the main competition at 38th Brussels International Film Festival. Joel and Allen will attend. Allen will also be in the European screenings of Deadline in France, Amsterdam, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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