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Indie-Siyensya judges, speakers and organizers with Beyond Deadlines writer Seymour Barros Sanchez (sixth from the left)

Indie-Siyensya kicks off 3rd run with science communication, cinematography workshops

MORE than one hundred students, teachers, filmmakers, and science professionals flocked to the Cinematheque Centre Manila last Friday to witness the program launching and workshop of the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition. Indie-Siyensya, the country’s first and only science filmmaking competition, is now open for submission of film concepts for short documentaries that capture science as it works to answer the […]

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Benildean filmmakers compete in California

Benildean filmmakers compete in California

By Seymour Barros Sanchez FOUR capstone projects from the Digital Filmmaking program of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts will vie for the Best Short Film at FACINE 25: The 25th Annual Filipino International Cine Festival this October in San Francisco, California. Among those which made it as finalist to FACINE’s short film competition, which […]

(From left to right) Belly dancer Diane Caneda, Japan-based singer/songwriter Emma Cordero, comedian Mary Ann Muah and one of the show’s organizers Rose Sarreal thank the audience at the end of the show. Photo by Teodoro Yap

“Boom jazz tic” concert delivers the bang!

By Abner Galino A HASTILY organized concert dubbed “Boom Jazz Tic,” which was primarily meant to raise fund for the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) and to provide a venue for a visiting Japan-based Filipina artist, led to an entertaining “birit” showdown between the three principal performers. “It kind of turned into something like a contest on who could belt out […]

Sir, God is not stupid

Sir, God is not stupid

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Pulso Filipinas gala celebrates diverse Philippine dances

Ibarra C. Mateo THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) production “Pulso Filipinas” is a gala showcasing and celebrating the country’s diverse dance culture, dance groups, and dance artists. Thus said artistic director Paul Alexander Morales as he notes in an interview that the “Pulso Filipinas: Filipino Dance Gala 2018 Synergy in Philippine Dance,” on June 30 and July 1, […]

‘Labfest’ audience hungry for original, daring, brave stories

‘Labfest’ audience hungry for original, daring, brave stories

By Ibarra C. Mateo THE audience’s “hunger for original, brave, daring stories” are among the factors that sustained the growth of the annual festival Virgin Labfest or VLF. This according to Cultural Center of the Philippines Vice President and Artistic Director Chris B. Millado as he acknowledged that the early years of the VLF attracted mainstream performers. VLF is now on its […]

Navotas HS students compete in 3rd Navoteño Film Festival

Navotas HS students compete in 3rd Navoteño Film Festival

By Seymour Barros Sanchez NINE short films made by junior high school students from Navotas City will battle it out in the 3rd Navoteño Film Festival this weekend at the NC Sports Complex. Kaunlaran High School‘s “Love @ First Vlog,” La Naval Academy‘s “Mea Patria” (My Homeland), Navotas National High School‘s “1485,” Navotas National Science High School‘s “Sukbit,” San Jose […]

FDCP’s Cine Lokal features LGBT films from June 22 to 28

FDCP’s Cine Lokal features LGBT films from June 22 to 28

By Seymour Barros Sanchez   THE Film Development Council of the Philippines celebrates Pride Month by screening four award-winning films that empower and recognize the LGBT community, in all Cine Lokal cinemas as part of PelikuLAYA: An LGBT Film Festival from June 22 to 28. The lineup includes the Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival 2013 drama Lihis written by Ricky […]

Spikes and spices of volleys and planes

Spikes and spices of volleys and planes

JUST when you start thinking how to report a rude trike driver to the authorities, in walks an olive-skinned gal with her dad in front of her and suddenly you’re struck By stars and lightning. “I am Janah Kristine Platon Zaplan but please call me Janah,” she smilingly introduces herself in a very faintly sweet husky voice that is so […]

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Benildean filmmakers bag INPFF award

Benildean filmmakers bag INPFF award

By Seymour Barros Sanchez A SHORT documentary made by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking students won Best Direction at the Istorya ng Pag-asa (Stories of Hope) Film Festival gala night and awarding ceremony held last June 12 at Glorietta, Makati City. Winning the award for their short documentary “Pamilyang Bernardo” are Anna Mikaela Quizon, Alda Dalisay and […]

New “Gee-gee At Waterina” musical opens in August

New “Gee-gee At Waterina” musical opens in August

By Seymour Barros Sanchez ARTIST Playground will stage a new original Filipino musical, based on the fictionalized retelling of the friendship between two gay men, this coming August at Arts Above in Quezon City. The arts and performance company turns J. Dennis Teodosio’s Gee-gee At Waterina, a bittersweet tale of an evening in the life of a flamboyant city councilor […]

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Benildean filmmakers earn Urian nods

By Seymour Barros Sanchez TWO alumni of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking program (BenildeFilm) will vie for the Best Short Film award at the 41st Gawad Urian on June 14 at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent in Quezon City. Kim Timan’s Caramel Child and Carl Chavez’s Sorry for the Inconvenience were nominated in the short film category […]

PHL films highlighted in 23rd French Film Fest

PHL films highlighted in 23rd French Film Fest

By Ibarra C. Mateo AS THE Philippines marked its 120th independence today, June 12, this year’s French Film Festival showcased three films by Filipino directors who had garnered awards in French film competitions. French Ambassador to Manila Nicolas Galey said the screening of Filipino films during the Philippine Independence Day is a “tradition of paying tribute to Philippine cinema.” On […]

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Award-winning FEU short films compete in California

By Seymour Barros Sanchez FOUR student films from Far Eastern University will vie for the Best Short Film at FACINE 25: The 25th Annual Filipino International Cine Festival, considered the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in North America. Boyet Loves You and Caterwaul, both directed by Josel Fajardo, Pua Iyam by Juan Pablo Pineda III and Touch Move […]

Benilde alumni get FAMAS nods

Benilde alumni get FAMAS nods

By Seymour Barros Sanchez   TWO short films made by graduates of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking program are nominated in the 66th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Gabi ng Parangal to be held on Sunday, at the Theatre at Solaire. This is the first time that the FAMAS is honoring the year’s best […]

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Short film on a Pinay “TNT” competes in Indie film festival for an Oscar slot

By Abner Galino I DON’T know which is harder for a filmmaker to do: To expound on a story on a hefty time frame or to squeeze a story into a limited time span. But certainly, the guys who made the short film titled “Diwa,” (which in Filipino either means “essence” or “spirit”) did a good job at it. Diwa, […]

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Benilde films featured in Seattle

Benilde films featured in Seattle

By Seymour Barros Sanchez SEVEN short films from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking program (BenildeFilm) were officially selected and screened as part of the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle held at the Armory Loft 1 Seattle Center, Washington. John Craig de Guzman’s Amy, Christian Rae Villanueva’s Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi (The Lessons of the […]

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“BINONDO: A Tsinoy musical” sheds music and rhythm to the plight of Chinese-Filipinos

SYNERGY 88 Digital, Rebecca Chuaunsu Film Production (RCFP), and Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc. present an original musical about Chinese-Filipinos titled “BINONDO: A Tsinoy Musical”; directed by Joel Lamangan, written by Ricky Lee with Gershom Chua, and Ejay Castro Deldoc. The Story The true story came from the memories of the creative producer, Rebecca Chuaunsu, who can still recall when […]

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EU launches 1st Euro-Pinoy music concert on May 30

EU launches 1st Euro-Pinoy music concert on May 30

By Ibarra C. Mateo THE European Union delegation to the Philippines gathers musicians from Austria, Spain, Sweden, and in the country to perform in the 1st Euro-Pinoy Concert in a bid to expand EU-Philippine collaboration and cooperation among its artists. Admission to the Euro-Pinoy Concert is free. The concert is set at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday (May 30), the The […]

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Actors, rappers, opera singers headline Huseng Batute tribute at CCP

By Ibarra C. Mateo HOW does one explain to the young Filipino millennials the life and literary achievements of poet José Corazon de Jesus, considered as the first king of “balagtasan”, who is marking his 86th death anniversary on May 26? The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), under its President Arsenio J. Lizaso, has enlisted a phalanx of seasoned […]

The cast of 'Into the Woods' produced by the Friend of the Arts. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Friends of the Arts presents ‘Into the Woods’

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE baker’s hunt for ingredients – the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, the slipper as pure as gold – brought the popular fairy tales characters of ‘Into the Woods’ into life and created a one magical musical night. The two-act play, which premiered last […]

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War movie screening a hit in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio A ONE night screening of the movie series “We Drank Our Tears” crashed the box office early this month as all tickets were sold out even before the screening date. The movie’s writer, producer and director, Galvin Deleon, said the filming and showing of “We Drank Our Tears” series was a dream and vision come true […]

Luke Who’s Talking #98*

Luke Who’s Talking #98*

“Ang mga lalake raw ay pabigat lang sa buhay ng mga kababaihan pag kinasal, dapat pala kapag nag propose ang mga ito hindi ‘Will You Marry Me?’ kundi ‘Will You Carry Me?’ ”               *Ang mga pananaw sa artikulong ito ay sa sumulat.  Maaring hindi ito ang opisyal na posisyon ng Beyond Deadlines. 

Members of the Leyte Dance Theater pose with Los Angeles community leaders and members of the media during a meet and greet at the Filipino Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Photo © Pol Joaquin

Leyte theater group winds up US tour in Los Angeles and San Jose

By Abner Galino THE exceptional Leyte Dance Theater is winding up its 8th US tour via a twin performance in California, particularly in Los Angeles and San Jose. Since April, the Leyte Dance Theater had performed in the states of New York, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Arizona. “The motto of our dance company is: The last performance […]

Pinoy bags Best Editing award in France for “Bhoy Intsik”

Pinoy bags Best Editing award in France for “Bhoy Intsik”

By Seymour Barros Sanchez FILIPINO movie editor John Anthony Wong won Best Editing for “Bhoy Intsik” in the Foreign Language Film category of the 2018 NICE International Film Festival of World Cinema in France early this month. Wong bested fellow nominees Chang-Gyun Kim (“A Trip With Friends”), Aziz Imamoglu (“Dad Where Are You I Am Lost”), Yuji Kakizaki and Yasutake […]