The SPOT.ph Guide to Cinemalaya 2013: Cinesthesia

What to watch and when among Cinemalaya’s crop of breakthrough indies.

 

(SPOT.ph) You've probably seen the likes of Vilma Santos, Lovi Poe, Eugene Domingo and Gretchen Barretto in mainstream films across the country. The cookie-cutter plotlines, cheesy musical-themed scenes, and predictably unpredictable action scenes they've been in still manage to capture the masses' hearts. But what happens when you throw them in the mix of directors who want to capture them in the light of gut-wrenching plotlines and non-linear storylines of the struggling Filipino? Enter, Cinemalaya 2013, the independent film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage, and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly interpret the Filipino experience.

 

Slated to run from July 26 to August 4 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, a slew of films in this year's Cinemalaya will be headlined by the stars of the Philippine mainstream movie industry. With a total of 70 films in exhibition this year, a full slate of 25 will be part of the competition.

 

We give you the skinny (and our top picks) on what to watch and when to watch this fresh batch of films that feature ambitious works of established independent directors, including trailers, info, and schedules.

 

Photos provided by the Cultural Center of the Philippines


New Breed category



 

Instant Mommy

What It’s About: A look into this 30-second teaser and we're still not sure what the movie's about but from what we know, it's about perception, reality, and the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves. Where does the mommy part come in?

Who's Starring: Eugene Domingo, Yuki Matsuzaki, Luis Alandy, Rico J. Puno, Shamaine Buencamino

Who's Directing: Leo Abaya

Why We're Excited: The teaser trailer may not have said much about what makes Eugene an "instant mommy" but any movie with her in it would make us want to watch it!

 

Schedule:

July 27: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 28: 12:45 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 3:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Little Theater Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino)

July 29: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Main Theater Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater Tanghalang Huseng Batute)

July 30: 3:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 31: 12:45 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

August 1: 1:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

August 2: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

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August 3: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 4: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

 

Debosyon

What It’s About: A guy gets injured in the forest, wakes up in the middle of the night to hear the singing of a mysterious girl. Sounds like the formula of a typical love story isn't it? Will the guy end up with the girl? We don't know. But then this is the love story of Maria Makiling, one of the goddesses of Philippine Folklore. It would be nice to see a mythical creature come to life on the screen, but let's hope we don't see any kapres or tiyanaks.

Who's Starring: Paulo Avelino, Mara Lopez

Who's Directing: Alvin B. Yapan

Why We're Excited: It's Paulo Avelino after all, one of the hottest hunks out there. But we're not just after the eye candy either, it's the haunting tale of one of the most popular mythical creatures of Philippine folklore that caught our attention. It's safe to say we’re pretty excited to see how this will pan out .


Schedule:

July 27: 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 28: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

July 29: 11:00 a.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

July 30: 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 31: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Little Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

August 1: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

August 2: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 3: 10:00 a.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 1:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

August 4: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)


 

 

The Diplomat Hotel

What It’s About: A psychological thriller set in one of the spookiest places in Baguio: The Diplomat Hotel. Led by a disgraced reporter (and her documenting crew) who seeks redemption, they are unprepared for what will unravel at this haunted place.

Who's Starring: Gretchen Barretto, Joel Torre, Arthur Acuña, Mon Confiado

Who's Directing: Christopher Ad. Castillo

Why We're Excited: Disgraced Reporter. Psychological Thriller. Gretchen Barretto. It's going to be interesting to see La Greta without the glitz, the glamour and her diva persona as she is stripped down to a crazy (and probably psycho) woman.

 

Schedule:

July 27: 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

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July 28: 11:00 a.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 29: 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 30: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Little Theater)

July 31: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

August 1: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 2: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 4:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

August 3: 11:00 a.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

August 4: 11:00 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

 

Transit

What’s It About: Upon finding out that the Israeli government plans on deporting all the children of foreign workers, Moises and Janet, both single Filipino parents, hide their children from the immigration police by making them stay inside the house.

Who’s Starring: Jasmin Curtis-Smith, Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral, and Marc Justine Alvarez

Who’s Directing: Hannah Espia

Why We’re Excited: Seeing Jasmin Curtis-Smith all dolled up all the time on print and online can get a bit tiring, so we’re pretty excited to see her in her most serious role yet. We hear she did an awesome job too! With the help of veterans like Irma Adlawan and Mercedes Cabral, this movie will have us reaching for some Kleenex.


Schedule:

July 27: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

July 28: 11:00 a.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

July 29: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 30: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 31: 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

August 1: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

August 2: 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

August 3: 10:00 a.m. (CCP Main Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

August 4: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

 

 

Other films in the New Breed category:

 

 

Babagwa (The Spider's Lair) by Jason Paul Laxamana

Schedule:

July 27: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Little Theater)

July 28: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 3:30 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 29: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

July 30: 1:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2);

July 31: 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 9:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

August 1: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

August 2: 6:15 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

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August 3: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 4: 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

 

 

David F by Emmanuel Palo

Schedule:

July 27: 3:30 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

July 28: 11:00 a.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 29: 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 30: 6:15 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

July 31: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 1: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Little Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 2: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 3: 11:00 a.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

August 4: 11:00 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

 

 

Nuwebe by Joseph Israel Laban

Schedule:

July 27: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 28: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 29: 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

July 30: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 31: 6:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4) 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

August 1: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

August 2: 6:15 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

August 3: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Little Theater); 4:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

August 4: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

 

 

Purok 7 by Carlo Obispo

Schedule:

July 27: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

July 28: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 29: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

July 30: 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

July 31: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

August 1: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

August 2: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Little Theater)

August 3: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

August 4: 11:00 a.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

 

 

Quick Change by Eduardo Roy Jr.

Schedule:

July 27: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Little Theater)

July 28: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

July 29: 4:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 30: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 4:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 31: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

August 1: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 2: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

August 3: 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

August 4: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

 

 

Rekorder by Mikhail Red

Schedule:

July 27: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

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July 28: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

July 29: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 6:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Little Theater)

July 30: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 31: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

August 1: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

August 2: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

August 3: 11:00 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

August 4: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

 

Director’s Showcase



Ekstra

What's It About: It's a closer look at the under-appreciated bit players (or extras as we like to call them) of the movie industry. Ekstra is about a day in the life of Loida (Vilma Santos) as she goes through the journey of being an extra.

Who's Starring: Vilma Santos, Eula Valdez, Cherie Gil, Piolo Pascual, Mariel Rivera

Who's Directing: Jeffrey Jeturian

Why We're Excited: Headlined by none other than Vilma Santos who has proven time and time again that she has the acting chops to be a convincing mistress, confused nun, tough prostitute, and a domestic helper, Vilma tests her abilities to take on a minute role, and hopefully can make ekstras or bit players more appreciated by the public. Plus, with cameos from Piolo Pascual, Eula Valdez, Cherie Gil, and Mariel Rivera, we're excited for this drama-comedy to unfold.

 

Schedule:

July 27: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

July 28: 11:00 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

July 29: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 3:30 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 30: 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 31: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 1: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

August 2: 6:15 p.m. (CCP Little Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

August 3: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

August 4: 11:00 a.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 11:00 a.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

 

Other films in the Director’s Showcase category:

 

 

Amor y Muerte by Ces M. Evangelista

Schedule:

July 27: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Little Theater)

July 28: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 6:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

July 29: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 30: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

July 31: 6:15 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

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August 1: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

August 2: 1:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

August 3: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

 

 

Sana Dati by Jerrold Tarog

Schedule:

July 27: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Little Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 28: 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

July 29: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 30: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

July 31: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 3:30 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

August 1: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 4:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

August 2: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9:00 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

August 3: 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

August 4: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 1:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

 

 

Liars by Gil M. Portes

Schedule:

July 27: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

July 28: 1:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

July 29: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

July 30: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

July 31: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Little Theater)

August 1: 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

August 2: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 3:30 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

August 3: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

August 4: 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2), 4:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

 

 

Porno by Adolfo Alix Jr.

Schedule:

July 27: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

July 28: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

July 29: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 30: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 31: 1:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4);  9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

August 1: 3:30 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 9:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

August 2: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

August 3: 12:45 p.m. (CCP Little Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 1)

August 4: 9:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

 

Short Feature Category


SHORTS A:

Bakaw by Ron Segismundo

Missing by Zig Dulay

Para kay Ama by Relyn A. Tan

Taya by Adi Bontuyan

Tutob by Kissza Mari Campano

 

Schedule:

July 27: 10:00 a.m. (CCP MKP Hall); 4:00 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

July 28: 11:00 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Little Theater)

July 29: 1:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

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July 30: 3:30 p.m. (CCP Main Theater); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

July 31: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

August 1: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

August 2: 10:00 a.m. (CCP Main Theater); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

August 3: 11:00 a.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 3:30 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

August 4: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3)

 

 

SHORTS B:

Katapusang Labok (Last Strike) by Aiess Athina E. Alonso

Onang by JE Tiglao

Pukpok by Joaquin Pantaleon

Sa Wakas by Nica Santiago

The Houseband's Wife by Paolo O' Hara

 

Schedule:

July 27: 10:00 a.m. (CCP Studio Theater); 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2)

July 28: 10:00 a.m. (CCP Main Theater); 3:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 6:15 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)

July 29: 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma Cinema 2); 3:30 p.m. (CCP Main Theater)

July 30: 4:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:15 p.m. (CCP Little Theater)

July 31: 4:00 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4)

August 1: 1:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

August 2: 6:30 p.m. (Alabang Town Center Cinema 4); 9:00 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5)

August 3: 11:00 a.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3); 6:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5); 9:00 p.m. (CCP Studio Theater)

August 4: 12:45 p.m. (CCP MKP Hall)


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