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Ari: My Life with a King Bags 2 Gawad Urian Trophies

Ari: My Life with a King, the first film produced by Holy Angel University, won two awards out of eight nominations at the just-concluded Gawad Urian given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP).

Robby Tantingco, the University's Vice President for Student Services and Affairs, won Best Screenplay, one of Urian's major awards, while Jake Abella won the Best Music trophy for his stirring musical score for the movie. Tantingco is the concurrent Director of the University's Center for Kapampangan Studies, which produced the film for the University.

In his acceptance speech, Tantingco thanked "current and former students, faculty, employees and administrators of Holy Angel University" who composed the film's cast and crew, including the film's director, HAU student Carlo Enciso Catu, and the film's producer, HAU alumnus Ferdinand Lapuz.

He also thanked the former HAU Acting President Geromin Nepomuceno Jr. and VP for Finance Jocelyn Aniceto "for their faith in the film project." It was Nepomuceno who approved Tantingco's proposal early last year to produce a film that would advance the University's cultural advocacy.

The University "has published books, uploaded mobile apps, produced CDs, journals, magazines, until we found the perfect medium to preserve, propagate and popularize Kapampangan language and culture, and that is film," Tantingco said in his speech.

He added that HAU "is the best school to study in and the best workplace to work for," referring to the University's support for innovations and creative expressions.

The Urian trophies are the latest recognition for the HAU film, which has earlier won best film, best actor and best screenplay in the Metro-Manila Film Festival New Wave Section and best world film in the Harlem International Film Festival in New York. Its also won best debut director at the All Lights India International Film Festival and best first feature film at the London International Film Festival as well as a bronze medal at the Houston International Film Festival.

Tantingco dedicated the awards to the HAU academic community and to "the Kapampangans throughout the world, all two million of them."

The film "Heneral Luna" won four Urian awards followed by the HAU film with two, while Brillante Mendoza's "Taklub" was named best picture. The films "Honor Thy Father," "Anino sa Likod ng Buwan," "Water Lemon," "Imbisibol" and "Apocalypse Child" got one each.

Date Posted: 06-26-2016