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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Gawad Tanglaw, Boses Event and Video

Boses - Winner of 2009 Gawad Tanglaw Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Note: Gawad Tanglaw is a film award-giving body composed of critics, scholars, historians and professors of humanities

Ricky Davao will be staging a musical concert with a special performance by Michael Dadap, Children's Orchestra Society artistic director and conductor,composer and classical guitarist. Meet Ricky and Director, Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, at the reception.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Boses Promo and Gawad Tanglaw Awards

Boses - Winner of 2009 Gawad Tanglaw Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Note: Gawad Tanglaw is a film award-giving body composed of critics, scholars, historians and professors of humanities.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Press Release: Boses Garners 12 Nominations!

March 9, 2009 - The 6th Golden Screen Awards (Philippine version of the Golden Globes) recently announced its nominations for the best films of 2008. BOSES leads the pack with 12 nominations:

· Best Motion Picture
· Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Cherry Pie Picache
· Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Ricky Davao
· Best Breakthrough Performance - Coke Bolipata and Julian Duque
· Best Director - Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil
· Best Original Screenplay- Froilan Medina, Rody Vera
· Best Cinematography- Nap Jamir
· Best Editing - Orlean Joseph Tan
· Best Production Design - Bianca Gonzales
· Best Sound - Allan Marcelo Hidalgo, Orlean Joseph Tan
· Best Musical Score - Jourdan Petalver

Boses is about the healing power of music and the redemption of the human spirit. Onyok, a child made mute at the hands of his own father is sent to a shelter for abused children where he is cared for by social workers. Nobody can get through to Onyok until he meets Ariel a reclusive violin teacher. Although reluctantly at first as he himself is haunted by guilt and the memory of his dead girlfriend, Ariel discovers that Onyok is a gifted child. Together they battle their demons until they regain their voice, rediscover their spirit and realize that forgiveness is within their reach.

Boses will premiere in New York City on Friday, May 1, 2009. Sponsored by the Assumption Alumnae organization, the 4-hour event will include a reception with Ricky Davao and Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Boses Director, a film screening and a musical concert by Ricky Davao. Also gracing the event is renowned Filipino musician Michael Dadap, the Artistic Director of the New York based Children's Society Orchestra.


· TICKETS - $25.00

· Contact Vina Francisco at 646 203-1611,

· Boses blog:

· Boses official trailer:

· Date: Friday, May 1, 2009

· Time: 6-10pm (Film Screening to begin at 7pm)

· Place: Saint Paul the Apostle Church , 60th and Columbus

· Light refreshments will be served during the reception and a food concession (Cornucopia Gourmet) will also be available throughout the evening

Friday, February 6, 2009

BOSES is coming to NEW YORK!

BOSES will not be released on DVD for another two years so this is your one chance to see this beautiful film in New York!

The Assumption Alumnae Association proudly presents the New York City premiere of BOSES for the benefit of various advocacy groups in the Philippines working to stop violence against children and for the benefit of Daang-Sine, the creative group behind BOSES whose mission is to educate and create awareness on social issues through their films. Please click on the various postings in this (check the blog archive on the right side of your screen blog to watch a trailer of the film, read the reviews, meet the cast and the director as well as to buy tickets via email or telephone.

The four (4) hour event will include a reception with Ricky Davao and Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Director of BOSES, the screening of BOSES and a musical concert by Ricky Davao.

- Friday, May 1, 2009

- 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Reception
- 7:00pm - 7:15pm - Opening Introductions
- 7:15pm - 8:45pm - Film Screening
- 8:45pm - 9:00pm - Q&A with Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil and Ricky Davao
- 9:15pm - 10:00pm - Musical Concert featuring Ricky Davao

- Church of Saint Paul at Lincoln Center, 60th St and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan
-(N,R,W,Q to 57th St or 1,2,3,A,C to Columbus Circle and 59th St)


- Tickets are $25.00
- For tickets sales contact:
- email
- Vina Francisco at 646 203-1611
- Linden Martinez at 201 224-7739
- Ching Legarda at 914 793-5351
- Rissa Hidalgo at 908 397-7206
- email

Light refreshments will be served during the reception. A food concession will also be open for food purchase.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Video Feature / Interview on Julian Duque

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UNICEF's Endorsement of BOSES

UNICEF supports Cinemalaya film on child abuse

A moving tale about rebirth and the power of friendship, “Boses,” is the latest cinematic masterpiece by veteran writer-director-producer Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, of the award-winning film “Mga Pusang Gala.” The Cinemalaya entry supported by UNICEF tells the story of Onyok (Julian Duque), a battered child rescued from an abusive father (Ricky Davao). Onyok is sent to a shelter where he learns how to smile again, forming a bond with a reclusive violinist (Coke Bolipata) through their shared love of music.

Onyok’s story is shared by thousands of abused Filipino children across the country who suffer in silence from various forms of violence. According to the National Statistical Coordination Board, there were 6,933 child abuse cases served by the DSWD in 2007. These children were either neglected, physically or sexually abused or exploited, abandoned or made to work.

By supporting this film, UNICEF calls for a concerted effort to end child abuse and steps up its Children Against Violence campaign. UNICEF is encouraging children to support each other with their “Ate at Kuya” initiative, helping children to speak out and seek help for violence or abuse. These activities and interventions reinforce all children’s right to be protected from violence and abuse, as enshrined in the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

“Boses is a landmark film made in the name of abused children all over the Philippines. It is a story of triumph which illustrates the enduring spirit of a boy, and his amazing capacity to heal, love and forgive despite being a victim of violence and neglect,” UNICEF’s Ani Saguisag said.

Director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil considers the film extra special because it marries art and advocacy. Most of all, it is a film which she could share with her son. Marfil, who grew up in the world of theater, believes that each child is a precious gem just waiting to be discovered.

“In ‘Boses,’ the battered boy Onyok turns out to be a child prodigy. Very dramatic perhaps, but that happens in real life. Imagine if we can free all those millions of Filipino children from the culture of violence they live with—physical, emotional, spiritual violence—whew, the Philippines would be so rich!” she reveals.

“Boses” is a digital film entry at Cinemalaya 2008. It is sponsored by UNICEF, DSWD and Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC). With grants from NCCA and FDCP, the film’s gala night is on July 16, 6:15 pm at the CCP Main Theater. Other screenings are on July 13, 18 and 19.
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UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.