Linggo, Marso 30, 2014

JERROLD TAROG YOUNGEST DEKADA DIRECTOR AWARDEE FOR PMPC’S 30TH STAR AWARDS FOR MOVIES











By GEORGE VAIL
KABRISTANTE




PMPC (Phil. Movie
Press Club)
Farmed out to other
outlets like Pilipino Mirror, Remate & Remate Tonight Online, Pasabog, Moviestar,
pmpcstarnews, etc.



For his 30th  PMPC (Phil.Movie Press Club) “Dekada” award
for  notable score of works in ten year’s
time, I had to  meet up with the  breed so-called of indie filmmaker to emerge
in a long while Jerrold Tarog whose first serious  film “Confessional” shot in Cebu that
sort  of installed him an enviable niche
made me think he is  child to the
proverbial Queen of the South,  if
Lapu-Lapu’s  genus or something ho-hum.


Director Jerrold Tarog
          No,
the film prodigy whose surname Tarog is one vowel scant ( if you add “o” at
the  end) to  make 
for a  phallic, sexist sounding
thing for  you know what is add or minus
as endemic as the haciendas of his birthright Canlubang, snaking
kilometers  away to rousing UP Rural High
and UP Los Banos where he routinely spent years of his early academic life.
Dekada Director  Awardees: Jerrold Tarog, Joey Javier- Reyes, Maryo J. delos Reyes, Joel Lamangan, Olivia Lamasan, & Mark Meily
          Coming
on with but few words belying the body English of an enfant terrible  from across the table  at Megamall’s Coffee Bean (his suggestion),
the fulsome at times randomly cautious conversationalist  is in ways as absorbing as we self -disclosed
and part probed into each other’s psyche (damn this happens on first meetings)
as vagaries pressing in back of our minds kept us trifle  impervious, unpatronizing to the
bistro’s  delight; oh let this one
though  make up for missing out on what
could have been a heady  coffee social if
only we had time at our disposal.
Presentors all
           Could it be youthful angst, shopworn soul-searching
itch that made him run-off with a peculiar degree in composition from UP’s
conservatory of music which swept  him
off  to 
the league  of Cebu’s Big Foot
film  faculty? Whatever, the outing saw
the fruition of “Confessional,” a whammy in disguise brought to bear upon the
Pinoy’s collective 
imagination. 
“Dekada”
award stood partly for his achievement in movie direction  standing out & and shining as he did at
the awards night alongside  mainstream
awardees namely Directors Chito Rono, Joel Lamangan, Jose Javier- Reyes Maryo de los Reyes, Mark
Meily & Olivia Lamasan.
Zyruz Imperial won Best Theme Song for composition & interpretation
In
some sense ironic that what the rest of the 
aforementioned veteran awardees plodded in a decade or so, Director
Tarog got his almost in fast track fashion taking off with his patina
“Confessional,”  his  unique 
way of  looking at things
filmic  to  “Sana Dati, ” another charming oeuvre yet to
his most recent credit.
Good
that I was able to make him come to the awards night because Director Tarog was
pressed for “Heneral Luna,” his otherwise fresh 
gaze at the famed tactician of the Phil. Revolution whose brilliant
career in the battlefields like Bonifacio was snuffed out during Aguinaldo’s
dispensation who succumbed to and sided with the opportunistic American
warriors well, says our
Ph. History 101.
Tarog
one of the very few prophetic auteur directors in the biz thinks it’s high time
we blotted out the great divide between indie & mainstream filmmaking, even
disclosing ways to market indie products.
By
his own initiative he helped raise his ROI 
for his own “Sana Dati” shown at Aura cinema, the Fort above the
profitable margins into  which the social
media helped keep in mind the vision of indie filmmakers spiritedly in a
territory of their own vis-à-vis mainstream.
Zyruz Imperial in " Dekada XXX"
We
wanted to treat our nominees, winners & presenters to a VIP, exclusive
“party-after” like they do it in the Oscars down Solaire’s chic Eclipse Bar for
photo ops and invigorating getting –to- know -you more chitchat perhaps, but no
way I could accost Director Tarog  to the
party place even tagging along other indie presenters-winners led by Theme Song
Best Singer for an indie film Zyruz 
Imperial who incidentally was on call (talk audition)  for his “Heneral Luna” shoot.
I
understood why the Director had  to beg
off saying he has  to run off late to the
same pressing matters at hand, the filmbio project yet of Gen. Antonio Luna.
By the way, Director Tarog’s
multidisciplinary works in both indie and mainstream include   “Carpool,” “Confessional,” “Astig,”
“Mangatyanan” (The Blood Trail),  “Shake,
Rattle & Roll 12: Punerarya,” “Aswang,” “Shake, Rattle & Roll 13:
Parola,” “Agusan Marsh Diaries,” & his most recent “Sana Dati.” And
counting yet to add on to his portfolio of solid works.
 The rest of the  30th   PMPC  Star Awards for Movies winners are:
 

INDIE MOVIE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR: ALBERT
MICHAEL IDIOMA (Sonata)

MOVIE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR: CORINNE DE SAN JOSE (On The Job)

INDIE MOVIE MUSICAL SCORER OF THE YEAR: EMERZON TEXON (Sonata)

MOVIE MUSICAL SCORER OF THE YEAR: CARMINA CUYA (Shoot To Kill:  Boy
Golden)

INDIE MOVIE ORIGINAL THEME SONG OF THE YEAR: “SUKATIN MO ANG MUNDO KO” (Jumbo
Jericho)

MOVIE ORIGINAL THEME SONG OF THE YEAR: “HUWARANG KABATAAN” (Pedro Calungsod,
Batang Martir)

MOVIE CHILD PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: RYZZA MAE DIZON (My Little Bossings)

NEW MOVIE ACTOR OF THE YEAR: VINCE TAÑADA (Otso)

NEW MOVIE ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: ISABELLA DAZA (It Takes A Man And A Woman)

INDIE MOVIE EDITOR OF THE YEAR: CARLO FRANCISCO MANATAD (Badil)

MOVIE EDITOR OF THE YEAR: JAY HALILI (On The Job)

INDIE MOVIE PRODUCTION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: JUNJUN MONTELIBANO (Sonata)

MOVIE PRODUCTION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: JOEL BILBAO and FRITZ SILORIO (Shoot To
Kill:  Boy Golden)

INDIE MOVIE CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: JUN GONZALES (Bamboo Flowers)

MOVIE CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: RICARDO BUHAY, III (On The Job)

INDIE MOVIE SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR: JOSE JAVIER REYES (Ano Ang Kulay Ng Mga
Nakalimutang Pangarap?)

MOVIE SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR: ERIK MATTI and MICHIKO YAMAMOTO (On The Job)

MOVIE SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR: JOEY MARQUEZ (On The Job)

MOVIE SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: ANGEL AQUINO (Ang Huling Chacha Ni Anita)

INDIE MOVIE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: CHITO ROÑ0 (Badil)

MOVIE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: ERIK MATTI (On The Job)

INDIE MOVIE OF THE YEAR: BADIL (Waray Republik and Film Development Council of
the Philippines)

MOVIE OF THE YEAR: ON THE JOB (Reality Entertainment and Star Cinema)

MOVIE ACTOR OF THE YEAR: VICE GANDA (Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy)

MOVIE ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: KC CONCEPCION (Shoot To Kill:  Boy Golden)

NORA AUNOR ULIRANG ARTISTA Lifetime Achievement Award – MS. RUSTICA CARPIO

ULIRANG ALAGAD NG PELIKULA SA LIKOD NG KAMERA Lifetime Achievement Awards:
RICKY LEE, PEQUE GALLAGA

DEKADA AWARDS (2003-2013):

    ACTRESS: JUDY ANN SANTOS, EUGENE DOMINGO, AI AI DELAS ALAS

    ACTOR: AGA MUHLACH, JOHN LLOYD CRUZ, JERICHO ROSALES, DENNIS
TRILLO, PIOLO PASCUAL, BARON GEISLER

    DIRECTOR: JOEL LAMANGAN, JOSE JAVIER REYES, MARYO J. DELOS
REYES, MARK MEILY, OLIVIA LAMASAN, JERROLD TAROG

DARLING OF THE PRESS: JERRY YAP

MALE STAR OF THE NIGHT: PIOLO PASCUAL

FEMALE STR OF THE NIGHT: TONI GONZAGA

FEMALE CELEBRITY GREAT SHAPE: ALESSANDRA DE ROSSI

FEMALE CELEBRITY SKIN OF THE NIGHT: BELA PADILLA


 


                   


Miyerkules, Pebrero 12, 2014

JOBERT SUCALDITO TONIGHT AT THE LIBRARY AFTER HYSTERICAL FALLING OUT ZIRKOH

Tonight (Feb. 12, 10:00 P.M.)  is the litmus test for colleague entertainment radio host/columnist/ talent manager Jobert Sucaldito when he transports  his caboodle of multi-talented performing artist at a new  venue at The Library, Metrowalk-Ortigas, a hysterical statement of his controversial falling out with good friend Lito Alejandria, one of the proprietors (from the  main one  Allan K.) of Zirkoh restobar at Morato strip, Q.C.
Billed “Book of Love,” Jobert’s concert at The Library features our dear Michael Pangilinan in a pre-Valentine  back-to-back concert with our favorite “pambansang biritira” Prima Diva Billy with the equally powerhouse truly gifted cast of artists Duncan Ramos, Luke Mejares, Paolo Santos, Chef Anton, Token Lizares, AJ Tamiza & Le Chazz. The same “falling out” issue brings us to an intriguing question.
Will dear Jobert allow darling of the press Michael Pangilinan & Prima Diva Billy and the rest from his stable of artists to perform ever again at Zirkoh?
I pose this question given the fact that the repeat of “Movie Reporters On The Loose” by the PMPC (Phil. Movie Press Club) under Pres. Fernan De Guzman aka Miss “F” which I’m directing perpetually has in its solid cast but of course “Kilabot Ng Mga Kolehiyala” Michael P. and Prima Diva B., integral to the show’s concept for said repeat on the last week of April  to get in artists-friends of PMPC to join the event.
The 24-dollar question is: Will Jobert S. allow or not allow his artists to cross the stage of Zirkoh ever again after his much-ballyhooed falling out with quondam best friend of his Lito A. ? Will he?


Linggo, Disyembre 15, 2013

A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF A GRADUATE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING SPECIAL EDUCATION IN MENTAL RETARDATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES



By FE ZAMORA LOBIANO


INTRODUCTION

The biographical sketch that this writer is undertaking focuses on the subject George Vail Kabristante who comes from Bindoy (formely Payabon), Negros Oriental, Philippines. The Vail  stands for Vailoces, his middle name. He has used this as part of  his pen name since he started working for the movie industry in Manila.
My rationale for choosing him as my subject matter for the biographical sketch at hand is mainly because George Vail Kabristante is the first alumnus from Foundation University of Dumaguete City to earn a graduate course in Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education in Mental Retardation at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, school year  1972 -73.
This is beside the post-masteral units he earned in the same university in Special Education, Guidance Counseling and Psychology which qualify him to conduct psychological testing for special children and regular clientele.
The sketch aims to provide additional information and resource materials relative to the development, growth and consciousness about the need for human resources relative to  Special Education in the province of  Negros Oriental.    
My research methodology is biographical. By this I limit myself to the facts that  Kabristante has volunteered to disclose with me in my interview with him through my cell phone and  some answers to my  questions which I sent to him through e-mails.

FAMILY AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND     

George Vail Kabristante comes from a family of teachers. His aunt Hilaria K. Gallego was a grade school teacher in Manjuyod District.
 His father Eduardo Banjao Kabristante was a head teacher for some years teaching grade four pupils in Malaga Elementary School and later in Bindoy Elementary School.
          The eighth among 10 siblings, Kabristante  studied primary and elementary school respectively at Malaga and Bindoy and finished high school at Central Negros Academy, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
His two other elder siblings Leonor Kabristante-Agop and Violeta Kabristante-Zamora were graduates of Education courses and were public school teachers themselves in Manjuyod and Bindoy respectively.
He other siblings hold a degree in Nursing, Chemistry, Law and technical/vocation education.
          Kabristante took up Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Foundation University, Dumaguete City.
In his senior year in 1969 at Foundation University, he was hired as a teaching assistant in the College of Education where he was made to teach some Education subjects in college.
          In his senior year in college, he was chosen one of the Ten Outstanding Students.
He was for a time a Managing Editor and Editor as well for Foundation Time, the university’s school organ. He also edited The Pillar, the university’s college annual.
          On passing the Civil Service Examination for Teachers, Kabristante was at once employed as an elementary school teacher for grade six pupils in Kayotisan Elementary School, Manjuyod , Negrors Oriental District for a couple of years, after which he decided to take up graduate studies from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

GRADUATE SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

          In 1971, Kabristante enrolled in the College of Education of the University of the Phil., Graduate School of Education a masteral course in Special Education in Mental Retardation at the Department of Special Education under Dean Matilde Valdez .
The same department also offered other specialized courses at the masteral level  in Mental Giftedness and Behavior Problems.
On their own, Kabristante,  Gigi Harn Graulty and Fred Manlave  were the only three graduate students who  curiously enrolled in said masteral course.
The rest who enrolled in the three  aforementioned courses were teachers from different public schools throughout the country whose tuition, board and lodging and stipends were financed by the Department of Education in their capacities as government scholars.
          In the school year 1972-73, he finished Master of Arts In Teaching Special Education in Mental Retardation. Upon graduation, he was hired to teach by Dean Matilde Valdez at the Department of Special Education, Graduate School of the College Education to teach the incoming batch of  government scholars.
          After a year of teaching at the Department of Special Education, he was invited to head the Student Organizations and Activities Division at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos  for three years with the position of Guidance Counselor, after which he went back to UP Diliman to serve as one of the  Guidance Counselors at the College of Arts and Sciences headed by Dr. Olsen.
          After a couple of years as Guidance Counselor to college students in said university, Kabristante went on to practice privately his knowledge in Special Education mainly in the assessment, evaluation and diagnosis  of the capacities of special education children both in private and public schools.
          The practice went on for years until he met the wife of former Senator Heherson Alvarez, Cecile Guidote Alvarez who is the Executive Director of  UNESCO Phil. Center for ITI (International Theater for Institute), former Executive Director of           NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) and now National Artist for Theater.

FACULTY MEMBER OF EARTHSAVERS DREAMS ENSEMBLE

Kabristante was invited by Mrs. Alvarez to join the faculty of the EARTHSAVERS DREAMS (Development, Rehabilitation, Education thru Arts, Media & Sciences) ENSEMBLE , a performing group of special children and young adults composed of Down Syndrome, Deaf, Blind, Paraplegic, and other socially-disadvantaged children like street kids, etc. based at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, Quezon City, also  known as PAWB (Parks and Wildlife Bureau), Quezon City.
          Kabristante’s efforts along with other faculty members of EARTHSAVERS DREAMS ENSEMBLE through the leadership of then PETA (Phil. Educational Theater Association) Cecile Guidote-Alvarez brought highest honor to the country when aforementioned Ensemble during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was adjudged UNESCO AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE, an annual award given to deserving artist or performing group of artists picked out form nominees worldwide.
The award was given in a grand ceremony at the UNESCO Headquarter in Paris, France with some of the faculty of  EARTHSAVERS DREAMS ENSEMBLE, Pres. Arroyo, Preciosa Soliven with her late husband Max Soliven  and Mrs. Alvarez herself receiving the awards on behalf of the said Ensemble.


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF BALINTATAW FILM & THEATER ARTS-UNESCO PHIL. CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE


To date Kabristante heads Balintataw Film & Theaters Arts under the UNESCO Phil. Center for ITI in his capacity as Artistic Director with co-founder Marcelino Cavestany, Jr. who is now based in Sydney, Australia.
          Note that UNESCO Phil. Center for ITI ( International Theater Institute) is an organization of theater artists worldwide headed by its Founding Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez.
Balintataw is from the title of one of the longest-running weekly anthologies produced and hosted by Mrs. Alvarez at her PETA ((Phil. Educational Theater Association) turf which she founded and aired on Channel 4 before Martial Law and shortly after Edsa's People Power when Mrs. Alvarez and husband Senator Heherson returned from their exile in the States.
Having successfully developed a nationalist theater thru PETA (Phil. Educational Theater Assoc.) which won for her a Ramon Magsaysay Award & the youngest to win it, Cecile put up a theater for the marginalized ( physically and mentally challenged, street kids, deaf, abused women and children, etc.)  
EARTHSAVERS DREAMS ENSEMBLE moreover is  a theater group advocating environmental education through theater arts where Mrs. Alvarez on an official memorandum starting from the term of Pres. Cory Aquino, Pres. Fidel Ramos, Pres. Joseph Estrada Ejercito up to the term of  Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo  then held an office she named Ninoy Aguino Hall at PAWB including a TV studio, and a sunken garden stage.
Some of Cecile's Artistic Directors at PAWB, are movie and theater actors like Siegfred Sepulvida, Joe Gruta and Angie Ferro.
The tandem of Cavestany & Kabristante however also held outreach acting workshops and productions for theater and films in the direction of Cecile's advocacy. Kabristante with  Cavestany as screenwriter  has directed  for stage, TV and films , namely  " Uod Sa Laman, " “The Diary of A Liar,”  (unreleased) and the recent version of “Noli Me Tangere.”
          Kabristante also writes for culture, lifestyle and entertainment in local broadsheets and   and tabloids.
          He is in the list of writing fellows to the  Annual National Writers Workshop at Silliman University, Dumaguete City and in Palihang Aurelio Tolentino, Quezon City.
    He is anthologized in  book titled "World Theater" published by
Routledge, Paris, France under the auspices of the  UNESCO- ITI
(International Theater Institute). 
    His research on Filipino  migrants working as domestic helpers in
Italy was anthologized in an Italian on-line monograph in Milan, Italy.
    He also wrote the biography of a popular Filipino actor Gabby
Concepcion titled "Gabby."
    He is a member of  NPC (National Press Club of the Philippines),
PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club, Inc.), Writers Bloc, an association of emerging and established playwrights of the country headed by Rody Vera and PETA (Phil. Educational Theater Assoc.)Writers Pool headed by  Tim Dacanay.

TRAVEL GRANTS ABROAD UNDER THE AUSPIECES OF UNESCO-PHIL. ITI

    On travel grants by UNESCO- Phil. ITI, George Vail Kabristante has had  several theater conferences/ acting workshops/seminars in The Actors Studio (Australia), Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute (Hollywood), La Mama Theater (New York) including  Italy, Mexico, Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Japan,  Malaysia, Korea, etc.
          He has taught/lectured mass communications subjects (Writing Scripts for TV & Films) at the Institute of UP Mass Com. and at the Educational Technology Dept. UP, Graduate School, Diliman, Q.C. including teaching stints at  St. Paul’s College, Manila; Phil Normal University.   
PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCHES
His research paper on Philippine theater has been anthologized in a book by Routledge Publication (Paris, France).  
He was on travel grant by UNESCO Phil. ITI sent to Seijo University, Japan  to read a paper on the cultural and theater landscape of the Philippines.
His research on women migrants in Italy was published by an Italian Foundation for  women migrants in Italy, during which time in his stay at Italy as cultural worker for Phil. Center for UNESCO-ITI  he directed  a musical on the life of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila which was staged at the Vatican, Rome and Milan.
He has published a book titled “Gabby,” a biography of the actor Gabby Concepcion and has been commissioned to write the biography of Filemon Barbasa, the man behind Filbar who pioneered in the distribution of  English comics titles for local market.
As Artistic Director of UNESO-Phil. Centre for ITI, he handles to the present the actor’s workshop component for regular and special children that includes empowerment workshops for teachers, community leaders,  aspiring actors wanting to join show business.
A writing fellow to the National Summer Writers Workshop,  Silliman University & Palihang Aurelio Tolentino, he has written several screenplays, designed,  directed and co-produced as well for TV, film and stage and has worked for the productions of Lily Monteverde aka Mother Lily of Regal Films, Directors Celso Ad Castillo, Cecile Guidote Alvarez, Maryo J. Delos Reyes,  Emmanuel Borlaza, Edd Palmos,  Deo J. Fajardo, Jr. , Efren Pinon, Willy Milan, producers Robbie Tan,  Sofronio Blando of Agrix Films, etc. and as script reviewer/doctor of the late William Leary for Viva Films.
As multi-media artist, he has directed for stage,  film ( “Uod Sa Laman,” unreleased “Diary of a Liar” and the recent version of “Noli Me Tangere,”  & TV (“Balintataw Drama Anthology,” & “Celebrity Night of Dance & Music”) including advocacy commercials/documentaries for the environment, reproductive health, breast cancer, theater for  persons with intellectual disabilities, etc.
He collaborated in writing and designing “Sali-Salising Buhay” (Intertwining Lives), a soap opera series on social development produced & hosted by Cecile Guidote Alvarez for Balintataw TV anthology which was given an unprecedented honor of having been amply featured on CNN by host-producer Barbra Pyle and in international habitat summits moderated by  Jane Fonda.  
He is also with the Writers Bloc, a group of veteran, active and emerging playwrights who annually stage their new “virgin” plays at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Several of his  plays had been staged at the CCP for the Annual Virgin Labfest.
          In random order, George Vail Kabristante's  works among others, include:

FILM DIRECTION
1. "NOLI ME TANGERE"
2. "DIARY OF A LIAR" (Unreleased)
3. "UOD SA LAMAN"

TV DIRECTION
1. "BALINTATAW" produced/hosted by Cecile Guidote Alvarez
2. "CELEBRITY NIGHT OF DANCE & MUSIC" produced/hosted by Willy Espiritu

THEATER DIRECTION
1. "SAN LORENZO RUIZ DE MANILA" staged in Milan, Rome & Vatican
2. "NANG MAGALIT SI MARIANG SINUKUAN" staged in PAWB  (Parks &
Wildlife Bureau)Auditorium, Q.C. & Luneta Park, Manila.
3. "MOVIE REPORTERS ON THE LOOSE" staged in Camelot Hotel,Q.C. Makati
Theater, Makati City,  University of the Phil.,  College of Education
Auditorium, Q.C., Jaloux Disco Club, Q.C., PAWB Auditorium, Jingle Extra
 Hot Restaurant,Q.C.  Zirkoh Morato Restaurant, Q.C.
4. "HANGGANG DITO NA LAMANG AT MARAMING SALAMAT" staged at 690
Restaurant,Retiro, Q.C.
5. "AROUND THE WORLD" staged in Manila, Compostela, Cebu City, Makati
City, & Angeles City.
6. "PARAISONG PARISUKAT" staged in DAR (Dept. of Agrarian Reform),
Quezon City.
7. "ANG BABAENG NATINTAHAN" staged in PAWB Auditorium, Q.C.
8. "PAGLILITIS NI MANG SERAPIO" staged in University of the Phil., Los
Banos.

SCREENPLAYS(Film)
1. "BOMBA QUEEN" directed by Efren Pinon
2. "KICKOUTS" directed by Deo J. Fajardo, Jr
3. "UOD SA LAMAN" directed by George Vail Kabristante
4. "DIARY OF A LIAR" (unreleased)  directed by George Vail Kabristante
5. "NOLI ME TANGERE" with co-writer MARCELINO CAVESTANY, Jr. directed by  George Vail Kabristante
6. "KASAL O ASAWA" directed by Tom Adrales
7. "HAMUNIN ANG BUKAS" co-written and directed by Marcelino Cavestany, Jr. 

PRODUCTION DESIGN (Film)
1. "PIKOY GOES TO MALAYSIA" directed by Celso Ad Castillo
2. "ANG DAIGDIG AY ISANG BUTIL NA LUHA" directed by Celso Ad Castillo
3. "PEDRO TUNASAN: (As art director) directed by Celso Ad Castillo
4. "CARNAVAL" directed by Chew Tze Chuan
5. "KAMPUS" directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza
6. "SAMPAGUITANG WALANG HALIMUYAK" directed by Mike Relon-Makiling
7. "HIRAM NA MUKHA" directed by Efren Pinon
8. "HAMUNIN ANG BUKAS" directed by Marcelino Cavestany, Jr.

PRODUCTION DESIGN (TV)
1. "SALI-SALISING BUHAY" (Lives Intertwined), a teleserye under Balintataw Drama Anthology  directed by a pool of directors
2. "BALINTATAW" TV Special on Earth Day.

PRODUCTION DESIGN (Stage)
1. "MUSLIM A-BABAI (TROJAN WOMEN)directed by Nicos Shiafkalis
2. "MOVIE REPORTERS ON THE LOOSE" directed by George Vail Kabristante
3. "ANG ALAMAT NG MANGGA" directed by Cecile Guidote Alvarez

THEATER (As actor)
1. "PAGLILITIS NI MANG SERAPIO" directed by Tom Adrales
2. "BOMBITA" directed by Marcelino Cavestany, Jr.
3. "BARIKADA" directed by Behn Cervantes
4. "ORINOLA" directed by Behn Cervantes

His name: george vail kabristante can be Googled in the internet  for his other works in relation to education, culture and arts.
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A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF A GRADUATE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING SPECIAL EDUCATION IN MENTAL RETARDATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES



By FE ZAMORA LOBIANO


INTRODUCTION

The biographical sketch that this writer is undertaking focuses on the subject George Vail Kabristante who comes from Bindoy (formely Payabon), Negros Oriental, Philippines. The Vail  stands for Vailoces, his middle name. He has used this as part of  his pen name since he started working for the movie industry in Manila.
My rationale for choosing him as my subject matter for the biographical sketch at hand is mainly because George Vail Kabristante is the first alumnus from Foundation University of Dumaguete City to earn a graduate course in Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education in Mental Retardation at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, school year  1972 -73.
This is beside the post-masteral units he earned in the same university in Special Education, Guidance Counseling and Psychology which qualify him to conduct psychological testing for special children and regular clientele.
The sketch aims to provide additional information and resource materials relative to the development, growth and consciousness about the need for human resources relative to  Special Education in the province of  Negros Oriental.    
My research methodology is biographical. By this I limit myself to the facts that  Kabristante has volunteered to disclose with me in my interview with him through my cell phone and  some answers to my  questions which I sent to him through e-mails.

FAMILY AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND     

George Vail Kabristante comes from a family of teachers. His aunt Hilaria K. Gallego was a grade school teacher in Manjuyod District.
 His father Eduardo Banjao Kabristante was a head teacher for some years teaching grade four pupils in Malaga Elementary School and later in Bindoy Elementary School.
          The eighth among 10 siblings, Kabristante  studied primary and elementary school respectively at Malaga and Bindoy and finished high school at Central Negros Academy, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
His two other elder siblings Leonor Kabristante-Agop and Violeta Kabristante-Zamora were graduates of Education courses and were public school teachers themselves in Manjuyod and Bindoy respectively.
He other siblings hold a degree in Nursing, Chemistry, Law and technical/vocation education.
          Kabristante took up Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Foundation University, Dumaguete City.
In his senior year in 1969 at Foundation University, he was hired as a teaching assistant in the College of Education where he was made to teach some Education subjects in college.
          In his senior year in college, he was chosen one of the Ten Outstanding Students.
He was for a time a Managing Editor and Editor as well for Foundation Time, the university’s school organ. He also edited The Pillar, the university’s college annual.
          On passing the Civil Service Examination for Teachers, Kabristante was at once employed as an elementary school teacher for grade six pupils in Kayotisan Elementary School, Manjuyod , Negrors Oriental District for a couple of years, after which he decided to take up graduate studies from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

GRADUATE SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

          In 1971, Kabristante enrolled in the College of Education of the University of the Phil., Graduate School of Education a masteral course in Special Education in Mental Retardation at the Department of Special Education under Dean Matilde Valdez .
The same department also offered other specialized courses at the masteral level  in Mental Giftedness and Behavior Problems.
On their own, Kabristante,  Gigi Harn Graulty and Fred Manlave  were the only three graduate students who  curiously enrolled in said masteral course.
The rest who enrolled in the three  aforementioned courses were teachers from different public schools throughout the country whose tuition, board and lodging and stipends were financed by the Department of Education in their capacities as government scholars.
          In the school year 1972-73, he finished Master of Arts In Teaching Special Education in Mental Retardation. Upon graduation, he was hired to teach by Dean Matilde Valdez at the Department of Special Education, Graduate School of the College Education to teach the incoming batch of  government scholars.
          After a year of teaching at the Department of Special Education, he was invited to head the Student Organizations and Activities Division at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos  for three years with the position of Guidance Counselor, after which he went back to UP Diliman to serve as one of the  Guidance Counselors at the College of Arts and Sciences headed by Dr. Olsen.
          After a couple of years as Guidance Counselor to college students in said university, Kabristante went on to practice privately his knowledge in Special Education mainly in the assessment, evaluation and diagnosis  of the capacities of special education children both in private and public schools.
          The practice went on for years until he met the wife of former Senator Heherson Alvarez, Cecile Guidote Alvarez who is the Executive Director of  UNESCO Phil. Center for ITI (International Theater for Institute), former Executive Director of           NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) and now National Artist for Theater.

FACULTY MEMBER OF EARTHSAVERS DREAMS ENSEMBLE

Kabristante was invited by Mrs. Alvarez to join the faculty of the EARTHSAVERS DREAMS (Development, Rehabilitation, Education thru Arts, Media & Sciences) ENSEMBLE , a performing group of special children and young adults composed of Down Syndrome, Deaf, Blind, Paraplegic, and other socially-disadvantaged children like street kids, etc. based at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, Quezon City, also  known as PAWB (Parks and Wildlife Bureau), Quezon City.
          Kabristante’s efforts along with other faculty members of EARTHSAVERS DREAMS ENSEMBLE through the leadership of then PETA (Phil. Educational Theater Association) Cecile Guidote-Alvarez brought highest honor to the country when aforementioned Ensemble during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was adjudged UNESCO AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE, an annual award given to deserving artist or performing group of artists picked out form nominees worldwide.
The award was given in a grand ceremony at the UNESCO Headquarter in Paris, France with some of the faculty of  EARTHSAVERS DREAMS ENSEMBLE, Pres. Arroyo, Preciosa Soliven with her late husband Max Soliven  and Mrs. Alvarez herself receiving the awards on behalf of the said Ensemble.


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF BALINTATAW FILM & THEATER ARTS-UNESCO PHIL. CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE


To date Kabristante heads Balintataw Film & Theaters Arts under the UNESCO Phil. Center for ITI in his capacity as Artistic Director with co-founder Marcelino Cavestany, Jr. who is now based in Sydney, Australia.
          Note that UNESCO Phil. Center for ITI ( International Theater Institute) is an organization of theater artists worldwide headed by its Founding Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez.
Balintataw is from the title of one of the longest-running weekly anthologies produced and hosted by Mrs. Alvarez at her PETA ((Phil. Educational Theater Association) turf which she founded and aired on Channel 4 before Martial Law and shortly after Edsa's People Power when Mrs. Alvarez and husband Senator Heherson returned from their exile in the States.
Having successfully developed a nationalist theater thru PETA (Phil. Educational Theater Assoc.) which won for her a Ramon Magsaysay Award & the youngest to win it, Cecile put up a theater for the marginalized ( physically and mentally challenged, street kids, deaf, abused women and children, etc.)  
EARTHSAVERS DREAMS ENSEMBLE moreover is  a theater group advocating environmental education through theater arts where Mrs. Alvarez on an official memorandum starting from the term of Pres. Cory Aquino, Pres. Fidel Ramos, Pres. Joseph Estrada Ejercito up to the term of  Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo  then held an office she named Ninoy Aguino Hall at PAWB including a TV studio, and a sunken garden stage.
Some of Cecile's Artistic Directors at PAWB, are movie and theater actors like Siegfred Sepulvida, Joe Gruta and Angie Ferro.
The tandem of Cavestany & Kabristante however also held outreach acting workshops and productions for theater and films in the direction of Cecile's advocacy. Kabristante with  Cavestany as screenwriter  has directed  for stage, TV and films , namely  " Uod Sa Laman, " “The Diary of A Liar,”  (unreleased) and the recent version of “Noli Me Tangere.”
          Kabristante also writes for culture, lifestyle and entertainment in local broadsheets and   and tabloids.
          He is in the list of writing fellows to the  Annual National Writers Workshop at Silliman University, Dumaguete City and in Palihang Aurelio Tolentino, Quezon City.
    He is anthologized in  book titled "World Theater" published by
Routledge, Paris, France under the auspices of the  UNESCO- ITI
(International Theater Institute). 
    His research on Filipino  migrants working as domestic helpers in
Italy was anthologized in an Italian on-line monograph in Milan, Italy.
    He also wrote the biography of a popular Filipino actor Gabby
Concepcion titled "Gabby."
    He is a member of  NPC (National Press Club of the Philippines),
PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club, Inc.), Writers Bloc, an association of emerging and established playwrights of the country headed by Rody Vera and PETA (Phil. Educational Theater Assoc.)Writers Pool headed by  Tim Dacanay.

TRAVEL GRANTS ABROAD UNDER THE AUSPIECES OF UNESCO-PHIL. ITI

    On travel grants by UNESCO- Phil. ITI, George Vail Kabristante has had  several theater conferences/ acting workshops/seminars in The Actors Studio (Australia), Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute (Hollywood), La Mama Theater (New York) including  Italy, Mexico, Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Japan,  Malaysia, Korea, etc.
          He has taught/lectured mass communications subjects (Writing Scripts for TV & Films) at the Institute of UP Mass Com. and at the Educational Technology Dept. UP, Graduate School, Diliman, Q.C. including teaching stints at  St. Paul’s College, Manila; Phil Normal University.   
PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCHES
His research paper on Philippine theater has been anthologized in a book by Routledge Publication (Paris, France).  
He was on travel grant by UNESCO Phil. ITI sent to Seijo University, Japan  to read a paper on the cultural and theater landscape of the Philippines.
His research on women migrants in Italy was published by an Italian Foundation for  women migrants in Italy, during which time in his stay at Italy as cultural worker for Phil. Center for UNESCO-ITI  he directed  a musical on the life of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila which was staged at the Vatican, Rome and Milan.
He has published a book titled “Gabby,” a biography of the actor Gabby Concepcion and has been commissioned to write the biography of Filemon Barbasa, the man behind Filbar who pioneered in the distribution of  English comics titles for local market.
As Artistic Director of UNESO-Phil. Centre for ITI, he handles to the present the actor’s workshop component for regular and special children that includes empowerment workshops for teachers, community leaders,  aspiring actors wanting to join show business.
A writing fellow to the National Summer Writers Workshop,  Silliman University & Palihang Aurelio Tolentino, he has written several screenplays, designed,  directed and co-produced as well for TV, film and stage and has worked for the productions of Lily Monteverde aka Mother Lily of Regal Films, Directors Celso Ad Castillo, Cecile Guidote Alvarez, Maryo J. Delos Reyes,  Emmanuel Borlaza, Edd Palmos,  Deo J. Fajardo, Jr. , Efren Pinon, Willy Milan, producers Robbie Tan,  Sofronio Blando of Agrix Films, etc. and as script reviewer/doctor of the late William Leary for Viva Films.
As multi-media artist, he has directed for stage,  film ( “Uod Sa Laman,” unreleased “Diary of a Liar” and the recent version of “Noli Me Tangere,”  & TV (“Balintataw Drama Anthology,” & “Celebrity Night of Dance & Music”) including advocacy commercials/documentaries for the environment, reproductive health, breast cancer, theater for  persons with intellectual disabilities, etc.
He collaborated in writing and designing “Sali-Salising Buhay” (Intertwining Lives), a soap opera series on social development produced & hosted by Cecile Guidote Alvarez for Balintataw TV anthology which was given an unprecedented honor of having been amply featured on CNN by host-producer Barbra Pyle and in international habitat summits moderated by  Jane Fonda.  
He is also with the Writers Bloc, a group of veteran, active and emerging playwrights who annually stage their new “virgin” plays at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Several of his  plays had been staged at the CCP for the Annual Virgin Labfest.
          In random order, George Vail Kabristante's  works among others, include:

FILM DIRECTION
1. "NOLI ME TANGERE"
2. "DIARY OF A LIAR" (Unreleased)
3. "UOD SA LAMAN"

TV DIRECTION
1. "BALINTATAW" produced/hosted by Cecile Guidote Alvarez
2. "CELEBRITY NIGHT OF DANCE & MUSIC" produced/hosted by Willy Espiritu

THEATER DIRECTION
1. "SAN LORENZO RUIZ DE MANILA" staged in Milan, Rome & Vatican
2. "NANG MAGALIT SI MARIANG SINUKUAN" staged in PAWB  (Parks &
Wildlife Bureau)Auditorium, Q.C. & Luneta Park, Manila.
3. "MOVIE REPORTERS ON THE LOOSE" staged in Camelot Hotel,Q.C. Makati
Theater, Makati City,  University of the Phil.,  College of Education
Auditorium, Q.C., Jaloux Disco Club, Q.C., PAWB Auditorium, Jingle Extra
 Hot Restaurant,Q.C.  Zirkoh Morato Restaurant, Q.C.
4. "HANGGANG DITO NA LAMANG AT MARAMING SALAMAT" staged at 690
Restaurant,Retiro, Q.C.
5. "AROUND THE WORLD" staged in Manila, Compostela, Cebu City, Makati
City, & Angeles City.
6. "PARAISONG PARISUKAT" staged in DAR (Dept. of Agrarian Reform),
Quezon City.
7. "ANG BABAENG NATINTAHAN" staged in PAWB Auditorium, Q.C.
8. "PAGLILITIS NI MANG SERAPIO" staged in University of the Phil., Los
Banos.

SCREENPLAYS(Film)
1. "BOMBA QUEEN" directed by Efren Pinon
2. "KICKOUTS" directed by Deo J. Fajardo, Jr
3. "UOD SA LAMAN" directed by George Vail Kabristante
4. "DIARY OF A LIAR" (unreleased)  directed by George Vail Kabristante
5. "NOLI ME TANGERE" with co-writer MARCELINO CAVESTANY, Jr. directed by  George Vail Kabristante
6. "KASAL O ASAWA" directed by Tom Adrales
7. "HAMUNIN ANG BUKAS" co-written and directed by Marcelino Cavestany, Jr. 

PRODUCTION DESIGN (Film)
1. "PIKOY GOES TO MALAYSIA" directed by Celso Ad Castillo
2. "ANG DAIGDIG AY ISANG BUTIL NA LUHA" directed by Celso Ad Castillo
3. "PEDRO TUNASAN: (As art director) directed by Celso Ad Castillo
4. "CARNAVAL" directed by Chew Tze Chuan
5. "KAMPUS" directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza
6. "SAMPAGUITANG WALANG HALIMUYAK" directed by Mike Relon-Makiling
7. "HIRAM NA MUKHA" directed by Efren Pinon
8. "HAMUNIN ANG BUKAS" directed by Marcelino Cavestany, Jr.

PRODUCTION DESIGN (TV)
1. "SALI-SALISING BUHAY" (Lives Intertwined), a teleserye under Balintataw Drama Anthology  directed by a pool of directors
2. "BALINTATAW" TV Special on Earth Day.

PRODUCTION DESIGN (Stage)
1. "MUSLIM A-BABAI (TROJAN WOMEN)directed by Nicos Shiafkalis
2. "MOVIE REPORTERS ON THE LOOSE" directed by George Vail Kabristante
3. "ANG ALAMAT NG MANGGA" directed by Cecile Guidote Alvarez

THEATER (As actor)
1. "PAGLILITIS NI MANG SERAPIO" directed by Tom Adrales
2. "BOMBITA" directed by Marcelino Cavestany, Jr.
3. "BARIKADA" directed by Behn Cervantes
4. "ORINOLA" directed by Behn Cervantes

His name: george vail kabristante can be Googled in the internet  for his other works in relation to education, culture and arts.
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