Mindanawon film “Riddles of my Homecoming” bags Jury Prize, 4 other awards

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 November ) –  A Mindanawon film,“Riddles of my Homecoming,”  bagged the Jury Award and four other awards in the Currents Category of the Cinema One Originals Festival 2013.


A scene from the shoorting of "Riddles of my Homecoming" in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley. Photo courtesy of "Riddles of my Homecoming"
A scene from the shoorting of “Riddles of my Homecoming” in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley. Photo courtesy of “Riddles of my Homecoming”

Multi-awarded filmmaker Arnel Mardoquio was named Best Director, Gauss Obenza for Best Music, Perry Dizon for Best Production Design and Best Cinematography by Arbi Barbarona, Coicoi Nacario and Bordie Carillo at the awards night at the ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater in Quezon City.

Cinema One Originals is an independent digital film festival annually produced by Cinema One, one of the alternative and cable channels of ABS-CBN.

The ongoing Festival at the Trinoma, Glorietta and Robinsons Galleria started on November 11 and will end on the 19th.

Fifteen full length scripts submitted to the Screening Committee were chosen for the Festival, five under the Plus category and 10 under the Currents category.

The Plus category received a P2-M film grant each while the Currents category received P1 million each.

“Riddles of my Homecoming” was chosen under the Currents category.

According to the film’s Facebook Page, “Riddles”  tells the story of Alfad, a Lumad (indigenous people) “whose soul returns to his homeland to settle unfinished businesses and to finally rest. It is based on the Lumad’s belief that when a person dies his soul goes back to his homeland.”

The experimental movie was filmed in Barangay Andap, New Bataan in Compostela Valley province.  Barangay Andap registed the most number of deaths when super typhoon Pablo battered Eastern Mindanao no December 4, 2012 as residents, houses, trees in the village center were swept away by a debris flow. The village center was buried in five meter-deep debris of rocks and boulders.

Written and directed by Mardoquio, the movie stars Fe GingGing Hyde, Perry Dizon, Madz Garcia, Jillian Khayle Barbarona and Jeff Sabayle.

Dizon won for Best Production design.

The film was also nominated for Best Editing (Chuck Gutierrez) and Best Sound (Arbi Barbarona).

“Riddles of My Homecoming” is produced by Cinema One in cooperation with Skyweaver Productions, Bordwerkz Prodcutions, HYDEntertainment, Red Motion Media and the Local Government Unit of Nabunturan, Municipal Tourism Council of Nabunturan, Inc.

The last screening of “Riddles” during this Festival is at 12 noon on Monday, November 18.

The film “Sitio,” a dark comedy directed by Mes de Guzman, won the Jury Award in the Plus category. “Sitio” is about a family from the city returns to the province in search of a simpler life but instead find problems and setbacks. / Starring:  John Prats, Ria Garcia, Anja Aguilar, Biboy Ramirez, RK Bagatsing, Jess Mendoza, and Arnold Reyes

Best Picture under the Plus category is “Alamat ni China Doll” by Adolfo ALix, Jr. while the best film in the Currents category is “Bukas Na Lang Sapagka’t Gabi Na” by Jet Leyco.”  (MindaNews)