Star Cinema distributes Coco Martin's highly acclaimed independent film, "Sta. Niña"
(The Philippine Star) - September 29, 2012 - 12:00am

 CEBU, Philippines -  “Sta. Niña,” the highly-acclaimed and much-awaited indie comeback film of Gawad Urian’s Natatanging Aktor ng Dekada and ABS-CBN’s “Walang Hanggan” lead star Coco Martin, is now showing in selected cinemas nationwide. The said indie-turned-mainstream masterpiece directed by Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Palo was distributed by Star Cinema.

Graded ‘A’ by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), “Sta. Niña” tells a moving story of a 2-year-old daughter of Paulino (Coco) who died and was buried for ten years. But when Paulino unexpectedly dig up the remains of his child, he discovered that she showed no signs of decay and this was perceived by many as a miracle.

Since its initial release during the 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival last July, the film earned nods from the moviegoers. Veteran actors, ordinary viewers, and even countless netizens and bloggers were all praises for the great storyline of the film and the stirring portrayal of Coco and the whole cast.

According to blogger and lawyer Francis Joseph Cruz, “Sta. Niña” has a greater message other than religion and faith. He commented, “There is actually more to the film than to pinpoint the blatant hypocrisies of the self-proclaimed religious. The film is made from a perspective that does not hold judgment towards these beliefs and practices. It finds humanity in the very reason why these beliefs and practices exist and persist. Nothing is more human than survival in a society that is quick to pass guilt and slow to forgive and forget.”

Eric Cabahug of InterAksyon.com, meanwhile, applauded Coco and Direk Manny’s remarkable contribution in making the film ‘beautiful.’ “For sure the movie succumbs to genre conventions, but director Emmanuel Palo treats all of them with understated confidence, intelligent feeling, and glorious restraint,” he said. “Coco Martin brings his rueful soulfulness to Paulino. It’s a finely nuanced performance that fully and beautifully captures the wounded heart, scrappy wit, and determined spirit of a crusading father, conflicted ex-husband, and dutiful grandson.”

“Sta. Niña” is a hot topic even in several popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. It received numerous positive comments on Twitter like: “@ppagong—Sta. Niña is such a thoughtful film which marries both the concepts of star power of mainstream and indie-style storytelling;” @kris_seb Sta. Niña has a very well written script delivered by really good actors and actresses; and @NizAlanon—Congratulations to the whole production of Sta Nina! I’m so proud that we can make Filipino movies of this caliber.” Facebook users were also acclaiming the uniqueness of the film—“Ummay Mergal Ora: Sulit ang panonood ko! Grabe! Two thumbs up para sa Sta. Niña. Ang galling! Powerful film with powerful actors;” “Russ Williams: A truly beautiful film. I enjoyed every frame of it;” and “Angeli Joyce Cunanan: Sobrang ganda ng movie na ito at sulit ang bayad n’yo. Watch ako ulit. Ang galing ng lahat.”

Also featured in “Sta. Niña” are critically-acclaimed actors including Angel Aquino, Irma Adlawan, Leo Martinez, Nanding Josef, Anita Linda and Alessandra de Rossi.

“Sta. Niña” is still showing in selected cinemas nationwide.

Meanwhile, continue to follow Coco and his character Daniel in the top-rating Primetime Bida drama series in ABS-CBN, “Walang Hanggan,” weeknights, after “Princess and I. (FREEMAN)

ANGEL AQUINO COCO MARTIN FILM NTILDE PAULINO STA WALANG HANGGAN
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.