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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 6, 2016

Liz Alindogan Happy That After 30 Years, Her Unfinished Movie 'The Diary Of Vietnam Rose' Is Finally Shown As A Documentary In The Cinema One Filmfest

LIZ ALINDOGAN, one of the original Dolphy’s Angels along with Carmi Martin, Yehlen Catral and Annamarie Gutierrez, was at the Cinema One Originals presscon. Three decades ago, she produced a movie called “The Diary of Vietnam Rose”, directed by the late Celso Ad. Castillo and filmed on location in Tulay Buhangin in Padre Burgos, Quezon. It was never finished.

“I was 19 years old then and I trusted Direk Celso Kid kasi he’s considered as the Messiah of Philippine Cinema. I spent millions on the movie pero hindi natapos at na-trauma ako,” she says. “But we kept the original negatives at the air-conditioned vault of FPJ Productions kaya well preserved siya. Now, an independent filmmaker offered to do a documentary about it and he updated it, along with new actresses added, Anna Luna and Elora Espano.”

The indie filmmaker is John Torres, an Ateneo communication arts graduate, and his previous works include “Todo Todo Teros” (2006), “Taon Noong Ako’y Anak sa Labas” (2008) and “Lukas Nino” (2013). His documentary about Celso Kid’s unfinished work is entitled “People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose” and it’s one of the three docus included in the Cinema One Originals Festival 2016. The other two are “Forbidden Memory” by Teng Mangansakan (about an incident in September, 1974 when about 1,500 men from Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao were killed and about 3,000 women and children were arrested in naval boats) and “Piding” by Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera (about a bird called Piding and a man named Oliver Carlos.) The Cinema One Festival will be shown starting November 14 in Trinoma, Gateway, Glorietta, Greenhills and Cinematheque.