Mula sa mga Aninong Gumagalaw by Cesar Hernando
Cesar Hernando's Mula sa Mga Aninong Gumagalaw: Behind The Scenes 1971-2001 collects snapshots taken by the artist over te course of three decades working in Philippine Cinema. A Fine Arts graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, he begas as assistant director to National Artist Ishmael Bernal for his debut feature, Pagdating sa Dulo (1971). Later on, he would garner accolades and awards for his meticulously researched and imaginative designs for Mike de Leon's kisapmata (1981) and AKO Batch '81 (1982) as well as for Maryo J. de los Reyes's Tagos ng Dugo (1987) starring Vilma Santos. But aside from the mainstream, he was also a key figure in the underground cinema of the 1980s -- a precursor to the "indie" scene in the 2000s -- by collaborating with a new generation of filmmakers including Palm D'Or recipient, Raymond Red. He would do production design on the latter's first full-length feature, Bayani (1993). Hernando would also design Lav Diaz's five-hour film, Batang West Side (2001).
The term "aninong gumagalaw" is a literal translation in Filipino of "moving shadows" and was commonly used to refer to motion pictures in the 30's and 40's. All the images in the exhibition were all photographed using film. Likewise, all of the movies from where these images were taken were shot on Super 9 and 35mm films.
Hernando has done some short deature films in 35mm like Maalinsangan ang Gabi (1993), Motorsiklo (2001), and Kagat ng Dilim (2006) starring Piolo Pascual. He is also a graphic designer and a professor at the University of the Philippines' College of Fine Arts.
The exhibit runs from 15 July to 28 AUgust 2011 at the Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery) 4th floor, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, PAsay City. Museum Hours: 10am to 6pm daily, except Mondays and holidays. Admission is Free. For particulars, contact CCP Visual Arts at 8323702.