By Oliver Carnay
From Ruffa With Love
Ruffa Gutierrez has been in constant contact
with me since
she flew to Turkey with her new-found family. Not
that she's bored and has nothing to do in Turkey where she is currently based.
Numerous demands from her faithful fans to feature her, and compliments about
her pics on my web site
makes a constant topic for both of us. Anyway, Ruffa is currently working
on her own web site, where her fans can browse the latest news about her,
and surely, all her latest pics will be posted as well.
This November, Ruffa is scheduled to fly home
with Lorin for a two-week vacation since Ramadan (October 27-November 27)
is ongoing in Turkey. Here's what I got from
Sorry if you haven't heard from me in a while. I've been so busy these past
few days preparing for my trip to Manila this November. This Monday is the
beginning of the holy month of Ramadan so since Turkey will be completely
at a stand-still, Yilmaz allowed Lorin & me to fly back home for 2 weeks.
Life here in Turkey is great! Most of my
days are spent getting back in shape & taking care of my two babies,
Yilmaz & Lorin. Being a mom has changed me in so many ways. Before I
had Lorin, when I thought about motherhood, I thought of breastfeeding, sleep
deprivation, and diapers.
While those things are obviously a huge
part of mothering, they are merely physical aspects. Lorin has forced me
to pay attention to the simple joys of life I once ignored. Now I treasure
the moments when she smiles at me or when she falls asleep in my arms after
I nurse her. Being a mom also gave me a much greater appreciation of my own
mom, who raised six children.
I keep thinking that if I'm so busy with
one, how did she manage with six? I now understand all the sacrifices she
made and how much she loved me as a child. Happy Birthday Mom!
Yilmaz is a whole different story! A completely
new side of him emerged when Lorin was born. The strong, macho man has become
a virtual marshmallow when he helps me change her wet diaper, gives her a
nightly treat we call "daddy's massage", and sings to her "ORDA"-Lorin's
Life in Istanbul may not seem as exciting
as how my life was a few years back but in totality, I'm happy. Everything
has finally fallen into the right place. And that's what truly matters.
I miss you all!
From Turkey with love,
Gina Alajar and Charles
R. Uy Receive Recognition at 2nd Cinema Indio Festival
Meanwhile, one of
ten most respected actresses in the Philippines (also one of the busiest
television directors), Gina Alajar, together with Fil-Am video and filmmaker
Charles R. Uy (who received several awards for his first short film "Waiting
in the Wings", including the Directors Guild of America Student Academy Award
in 1998 and the Silver Medal Award for Drama at the 24th Annual Student Academy
Awards of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences) were honored
last October 19, 2003 at the kick-off party of the 2nd edition of Cinema
Indio Festival, held at Simon's Waterfront in San Pedro, California.
The festival started October 25th and will
end November 4, 2003, with the Closing Night film "Dekada '70", which is
this year's Philippine entry. (Director Chito Roño is expected to
Gina Alajar, who is currently busy directing
series for GMA 7, has three films included in the festival:
"Wanted: Perfect Mother", for which she won Best Child Actress (1970); "Mother
Ignacia", for which she shared the Best Performers Award with co-actors Sandy
Andolong and Mona Lisa from the Young Critics Circle Award; and the
critically-acclaimed film "Mano Po".
Charles R. Uy's short thesis film which garnered
several awards (check out film clips of him receiving the awards handed out
by Academy Award-winner Ed Harris at
www.cru26.com) in New York and at the
Academy, was also premiered during the kick-off party headed by Cinema Indio
Film Festival founder and Chairman, Cora Pastrana.
The festival, which aims to explore great
Filipino and Fil-Am themed films produced in the Philippines and United States,
and to have better understanding of the cultural genre, focusing on the
creativity, craftsmanship, and the sensibility of the world of Philippine
cinema, also honors individual artists who have uplifted and made a mark
with their achievements in the cinema industry.
Hosted by multi-talented actor/comedian (former
Urian Best Actor Awardee - for "Manila By Night") Bernardo Bernardo and
anchorwoman Lisa Moody, the event served as the kick-off party of the only
grass-roots Fil-Am film festival in Los Angeles where some of the best loved
classics and award-winning films in the history of Philippine movie filmmaking
are being featured.
Venues of screenings will be held at Glendale
Central Library Auditorium (222 Harvard Street, Glendale, CA 91205), Celebrity
Centre International Theatre & Garden Pavilion (5930 Franklin Ave.,
Hollywood, CA 90028), Hall of Liberty, Hollywood Hills (6300 Forest Lawn
Dr., L.A., 90068), and at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre & Art Park (4800
Hollywood Blvd., L.A., CA 90027).
Some of the award-winning films that
will be included in the festival are films from Nick de Ocampo (the Opening
Night film "Beyond the Mainstream", his other works: "Mother Ignacia", "Memories
of Old Manila", "The Sex Warriors & the Samurai", "Private Wars"), Laurice
Guillen ("Tanging Yaman"), and Chito Roño ("Spirit Warriors" and
"Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure", "Eskapo", and "Dekada '70" -- which will
serve as the Closing Night Film, to be screened at the Barnsdall Gallery
Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.).
Others are films from Tikoy Aguiluz ("Tatarin"),
Lino Brocka ("Wanted: Perfect Mother"), Maryo de los Reyes ("Gusto Ko Nang
Lumigaya"/ My Desire Is To Be Happy), Olivia Lamasan's "Sana Maulit Muli",
and Joel Lamangan's "Mano Po", and Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena's award-winning
short film "Church Dog" and the documentary "An Untold Triumph" from Director
Noel Izon, narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips. (Note that all films are sub-titled
except "Wanted: Perfect Mother")
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OLIVER CARNAY regularly writes for BALITA MEDIA, INC. ("Balita USA", "Weekend
Balita" and "Go4Women Magazine", available online at
PEOPLE'S JOURNAL (circulated in northern and southern part of California),
Philippine and other Asian Headline newspaper circulated in
Sacramento, San Francisco and its vicinities) also published in northern
and southern parts of California. In San Diego, he writes for FAME
Magazine and PHILIPPINES TODAY. In New York, he writes for PLANET
PHILIPPINES, with an online version at
He is a also contributor for BUZZINE Magazine
(www.buzzine.com), AUDREY Magazine
occasional correspondent for
www.siklab.com, PARA TODOS Magazine,
and other L.A. based publications. He is the Los Angeles correspondent of
Global Pinoy Entertainment Corporation (GPEC) which publishes S Magazine
(circulated in Manila, all over the United States and other parts of the
world) and PINOY GAZETTE (published in Hong Kong, Japan, and its
vicinities). He is an active member of the National Press Photography
Association (N.P.P.A.), Press Photography Association of Greater Los
www.ppagla.org for member listings),
and is under the directory list of the Motion Picture Association of
America (M.P.A.A.) covering movie Premieres and other Hollywood events.
More recent news and Photo Galleries of Hollywood and local Fil-Am events
recently covered can be seen at his new web site
Besides being busy maintaining his web site and writing for domestic and
international publications, Oliver Carnay manages Talents, is also a Publicist
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