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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.

Jul 30, 2018

Ketchup Eusebio In Cinemalaya Entry, 'Mamang', And A Member Of Star Magic Screening Committee For Their Video Making Contest Called Lights Camera Magic!

KETCHUP EUSEBIO is one of the members of the Screening Committee of Star Magic’s video making contest called, Lights, Camera, Magic. At its launch, we ask him if it’s just okay with him to be the second choice in the Cinemalaya entry, “Mamang”, in the role of Celeste Legaspi’s son. The first choice was Roderick Paulate.

“Okay na okay lang po,” he says. “I’m so grateful nga na akong napili. It’s a big honor na I was considered for a role originally intended para sa isang Roderick Paulate. And I’m really happy to work with Ms. Celeste kasi she was my mentor when I first ventured into the theatre, kunsaan nakatrabaho ko rin ang director namin sa ‘Mamang’ na si Denise O’Hara. The movie is about my mom, si Ms. Celester, who has Alzheimer’s disease and is slowly losing her hold on reality. Manood kayo sa gala night namin sa CCP on August 4.”

He’s happy to be a member of the Star Magic’s Screening Committee for their videomaking contest. “17 years na ako sa industry at interesado talaga ako ever since to work behind the camera. I took a scriptwriting workshop with Bing Lao and I also worked as an assistant to Direk Cathy Molina. Yung barkada namin, dream talaga to be a director someday. Nauna na nga sina Joross Gamboa and Boy2 Quizon na pareho ngayong may dinidirek nang new movie.”

Star Magic, the country’s top talent management and development agency, now conducts a different kind of talent search with their video-making contest, Lights, Camera, Magic, their own contribution to ABS-CBN's continued exploration of the digital platform and an effort to acknowledge the presence of the growing audience online.

The tilt is open to amateur storytellers and digital content creators, 18-years old and above, of any nationality from in and outside of the country, who have a 2-3 minute narrative video that reveals not only their unique and strong stories, but also their creative and technical expertise.

Twenty (20) shortlisted entries will be selected by a screening team composed of Star Magic talents: Ultimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual, actors-turned-directors Nash Aguas and Khalil Ramos, character actors Janus del Prado and Urian awardee Ketchup Eusebio, digital content producer Renee Dominique and led by Star Magic’s very own, Johnny Manahan.

Three finalists would then be determined via online voting and by the jury composed of Leo
Katigbak, Head of ABS-CBN’s Special Projects and Film Restoration, Ronald Arguelles head of Channel Management-Cinema One and Velvet channels, and Ice ldanan, independent film director of "Sakallng Hindi Makarating” and ”Limang Libo."

Young directors JP Habac (”I'm Drunk I Love You”), Victor Villanueva (”Patay Na Si Hesus,” “Kusina Kings”) and Mikhail Red (”Birdshot,” ”Neomanila,” and upcoming movies ”Eerie” and ”Block Z") are also joining the esteemed jury.

Aside from winning P50,000 in cash, the finalists’ would have the full experience of developing their submitted entries into an expanded 15-minute short video for digital entertainment; while being mentored by one of the three aforementioned young directors and with Star Magic artists as their videos’ headlining stars.

Those who want to join, send your entries starting July 29 until August 25. Meanwhile, the top 20 finalists would be named after the voting period that runs from September 7 to September 19. Get to know more about Star Magic’s latest milestone Lights, Camera, Magic by visiting lightscameramagic.ph or by following Star Magic’s official social media accounts to stay in the know about Lights, Camera, Magic.