Cinema One, one of the country’s leading cable channels, commemorates its 25th year in advocating and supporting Philippine cinema since 1994.
Before being called Cinema One starting 2001, the channel changed its name twice: Sky One and alter on, Pinoy Blockbuster Channel. But then as now, the channel continues to patronize, showcase, and deliver thousands of local films to Filipino households.
“Twenty-five years na ang Cinema One napaka-habang panahon ng pagpapalabas ng pelikulang Filipino.” said the channel head Ronald Arguelles at the anniversary press conference held in ABS-CBN earlier today.
He went on to say that this year, Cinema One became part of the umbrella organization, ABS-CBN Films.
“So mayroon kaming malaking tulungan or synergy,” he adds.
For the years to come, Cinema One would like to expand their horizons by invading digital platforms.
“We hope to collaborate with more platforms in ABS-CBN like iWant and then we’re also going digital so we’re very active in YouTube.
“So we’re showing some films pero hindi naman lahat kasi ’yong repository na marami talagang pelikula sa cable channel pa rin. Hopefully, may digital improvement meaning ’yong technology, we can show more films in HD [high definition] sa Cinema One.”
Not only they are strengthening their digital presence but they are also now offering several historical films that the ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project had successfully restored. The first to be shown is the 1939 classic, Ibong Adarna, directed by Victor Salumbides .
Says Ronald proudly: “Actually sa June 30, aside from showing the biggest film last year, The Hows of Us, we will also show the newly-scanned version na ginawa ng film restoration, ’yong oldest film sa archive namin ’yong Ibong Adarna.
“It’s actually a 1939 film. So, kailangan nila mapanood kung paano nila ipapalabas at paano nagawa ’yong pelikula. It’s amazing na mapapalabas pa din sa Cinema One.”
Moreover, Ronald says their 2019 films lineup will be comprised of past MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) films and a good number of selection from Regal Entertainment.
“So lahat ng pelikulang malaki na pinalabas siguro 80% siguro ng Metro Manila Film Fest papalabas na starting July and August. Lahat ng pinalabas na bago sa Regal… mapapalabas na ’yong Exes Baggage mapapalabas na ng July, katulad ng Fantastica in July also.”
The Cinema One, as most know by now, has also evolved from merely airing movies to producing its own through the annual Cinema One Originals film festival, which is held every November. It’s primary goal, besides building a film library, is to provide additional platform for Filipino filmmakers to showcase their talents.
Happy 25th, Cinema One!
And for this year’s Cinema One Originals, Ronald mentioned that they will show international films and they are set to shoot for the stories that they will feature on the festival.
“Meron kaming mga international films na mga nanalo sa mga festivals na ipapalabas namin aside from the eight competition films na local. Walo ’yong ipapalabas namin so we have a LGBT film, horror film, we have a comedy film. At this point nasa casting stage pa lang kami and hopefully mag-start na mag-shoot by July.”
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