‘Originals’ to reign supreme this October
Provocatively titled film 'Fisting,' changed before premiere

The 14th Cinema One Originals endeavors to champion unique storytelling. Bearing the tagline “I Am Original,” the latest installment of the celebrated film festival will hit local theaters starting October 12.

In an exclusive gathering, the stars and directors of the eight feature films addressed the press, enjoining the viewing public to take a chance in the unconventional narratives. Among those present were first-time director John “Sweet” Lapus, comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto, singer-actor Khalil Ramos, and showbiz veteran Ricky Davao.

  • Neil Coleta, John Lapus, Nikki Valdes, and Zeppi Borromeo
  • Whammy Alcazaren and Meryll Soriano
  • Victor Neri, Keith Delligero, and Jay Gonzaga
  • EJ Jallorina, Iyah Mina, Arron Villaflor, and Rod Singh

In the same event, Ronald Arguelles, executive producer of Cinema One Originals, also spoke about the title change of the feature film Never Tear Us Apart from its racy original, Fisting.

“The freedom to open discourse is a standard of a healthy community. However there comes a point where we need to be responsive and responsible to the whole community,” Ronald read from a prepared statement. “Therefore, we are performing steps to address the issue. We are changing the title, and sensitive steps are taken to navigate the situation carefully.”

While the festival encourages fearless and daring projects, continued Ronald, they refuse to do so at the expense of corporate, social, and moral responsibility.

“ABS-CBN FIlms, which we belong to, is in service of the Filipino people first and foremost,” he concluded.

The festival will run from October 12 to 21 in TriNoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Santolan Town Plaza, and  Powerplant, among a host of other establishments. Ticket prices are at P200 in major and alternative cinemas and P150 for students and CineLokal theaters.

Cinema One Originals’ eight feature films:

A Short History of a Few Bad Things

By Keith Deligero

This film is a noir procedural that has “sociopolitical underpinnings.” Its director, Keith Deligero, bagged Best Director honors at the 2016 Cinema One Originals.

Double Twisting Double Back

By Joseph Abello

Set in the world of gymnastics, this Joseph Abello feature is touted as a “sports crime film.”


By Bobby Bonifacio

In Hospicio, Bobby Bonifacio makes a comeback to making films. This entry is a “sort of” sequel to Numbalikdiwa, which begins with a foiled attempt at crime, and ends in a hospice.


By Carl Papa

An animated feature, this Carl Papa-helmed narrative tells the story of a couple trying to keep their marriage together at one’s onset of dementia.

Mamu and A Mother Too

By Rod Singh

Mamu is about a middle-aged transgender woman who abruptly becomes surrogate mother to her transgender niece.


By John Lapus
Comedian John Lapus makes his directorial debut with Pang-MMK. The film follows a young man who pays a visit to his estranged father’s funeral.

Never Tear Us Apart

By Whammy Alcazaren

Originally titled Fisting, the provocative film makes “sense of combining Third World espionage with old country folklore.”


By Rayn Brizuela

Coming from directing World Premieres Film Festival 2016 entry Memory Channel, director Rayn Brizuela’s film comes on like “an odd superhero inversion.”

Bagyong Bheverlyn

By Charliebebs Gohetia

Bheverlyn follows a heartbroken woman who hears that a typhoon is fast approaching. She realizes eventually that the typhoon is made up of, get this, her feelings. The film is directed by Charliebebs Gohetia.

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