Michael Sandejas' Tulad Ng Dati was named best film at thesecond Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in Manila last night.

The digital film based onthe story of rock band The Dawn alsotook away best sound and shared the best editing award with Rotonda. Ron Bryant was named bestdirector for Rotonda.

Batad: Sa Paang Palay, directed by Benji Garcia and Vic Acedillo Jr, sweptfour awards, including the special jury prize, best actor, best screenplay andbest production.

Launched last year, theall-digital Cinemalaya aims to support Filipino digital filmmakers. Every year,ten shortlisted filmmakers are each given a seed production grant of $10,000 (PHP500,000)to complete a full-length digital film for screening during the week-longfestival.

Low-budget, digital cinema iscoming of age in the Philippines. Last year, Auraeus Solito's The Blossoming Of Maximo Oliveros won the jury prize at Cinemalayabefore becoming a box office hit at home and screening as the first Filipinofeature film at the Sundance film festival.

Jeffrey Jeturian's The Bet Collector, which opened thisyear's Cinemalaya on July 17, was awarded best film, best actress and the Fipresciprize at Osian's Cinefan last night (see separate story). The film screenedout-of-competition in Manila.

Cinemalaya is organised bythe Cultural Centre of the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the UP Film Institute and Philippine Multi-MediaSystems.

Cinemalaya Award Winners:

Best Film
Tulad Ng Dati (dir: Michael Sandejas)

Special Jury Prize
Batad: Sa Paang Palay (dirs: BenjiGarcia and Vic Acedillo Jr)

Best Actress
Angel Aquino (Donsol)

Best Actor
Alchris Galura (Batad: Sa Paang Palay)

Best Director
Ron Bryant (Rotonda)

Best Screenplay
Vic Acedillo Jr (Batad: Sa Paang Palay)

Best Cinematography
Eli Balce (Donsol)

Best Production Design
Aped Santos and Noel "Lola" Navarro (Batad: Sa Paang Palay)

Best Editing
Mikael Pestano (Tulad Ng Dati)
Hernani Hona Jr. (Rotonda)

Best Original Music Score
Lirio Salvador (Rotonda)

Best Sound
Ronald de Asis (Tulad Ng Dati)