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Filipino American actor Abe Pagtama poses with “Unlovable” co-writer and main actress Charlene DeGuzman. The movie was directed by Suzi Yoonessi.  Photo by Gabe Pagtama

Can “Unlovable” get some love from Pinoy viewers?

By Abner Galino* I got four friends named “Joy” on my Facebook alone. Two of them are my real friends. And all of the four are Filipinas. Some 50 years of American colonization, which left more a than a million Filipinos dead during its first three years (Philippine-American War — February 1899 to July 1902), left us too with such […]

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BP’s ‘Carmen and Other Dances’ is on Oct. 5 – 7

BP’s ‘Carmen and Other Dances’ is on Oct. 5 – 7

By Ibarra C. Mateo THE Ballet Philippines’ “The Innovators: Carmen and Other Dances,” featuring the works of choreographers Denisa Reyes, Augustus “Bam” Damian III, and Alden Lugnasin, is BP’s second offering for its current season. The featured choreographers “have made their mark in Philippine dance with choreographic gems that showcase unique styles in movement, story-telling, and artistry,” BP said. “Each […]

‘Santa Nena!’ film competes in India

‘Santa Nena!’ film competes in India

By Seymour Barros Sanchez TIM Rone Villanueva’s “Santa Nena!” will vie with 43 other entries from 17 countries at the Alpavirama Asian Short and Documentary Film Festival in India from October 23 to 27. The short film has also been officially selected to compete at the 3rd Slemani International Film Festival in Iraq from October 10 to 16. It is […]

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FEU film ‘Aswang’ gets ticket to Short+Sweet Hollywood

FEU film ‘Aswang’ gets ticket to Short+Sweet Hollywood

By Seymour Barros Sanchez A SHORT film from the Far Eastern University earned a ticket to Hollywood after winning People’s Choice Award at the Short+Sweet Manila Gala Finals held last September 26 at the Century City Mall Events Center in Makati. Hannah Grace Maur‘s Aswang will represent the Philippines in the international competition together with Ar-Jen Manlapig‘s Ang Unang Araw […]

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Benilde films bag 5 awards in ComVal fest

Benilde films bag 5 awards in ComVal fest

By Seymour Barros Sanchez BELLE Kay Loyola’s Dalit (Poison) and Leyvie Anne Santos’ In-Tay won a total of five awards at the 6th Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition in Compostela Valley, Mindanao last September 21. Dalit and In-Tay are capstone projects from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts. Loyola graduated from the Digital Filmmaking program […]

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Actor Cocoy Laurel stars in Guadalupe musical

By Ibarra C. Mateo ACTOR-singer Victor “Cocoy” Laurel returns to stage by playing the leading role of Juan Diego, the poor Aztec mat-weaver said to have witnessed an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “Guadalupe: The Musical,” the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of the Philippines and the Americas, has been transposed into an all-new musical premiering […]

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FEU alumni’s short film wins Audience Choice Award

FEU alumni’s short film wins Audience Choice Award

By Seymour Barros Sanchez ENA Legaspi’s “Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali” brought home the Sine Kabataan Audience Choice Award during the 2018 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Gabi ng Pasasalamat held last August 19 at Whitespace, Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City. The short film, which was screened along with Jason Paul Laxamana’s “Bakwit Boys” during the PPP week-long run from August […]

All set for “Ginugunita Kita” at FEU Auditorium today

All set for “Ginugunita Kita” at FEU Auditorium today

By Seymour Barros Sanchez IT IS all systems go for Ginugunita Kita, a performance art featuring Maningning Miclat’s poems and award-winning composer Jesse Lucas’ all-original music. Ginugunita Kita will be presented by the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation Inc., in cooperation with District Gallery-Artist Playground and the Far Eastern University President’s Committee on Culture, on September 26, Wednesday, 6 p.m. at […]

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Hit musical Mamma Mia! returns to Manila

By Ibarra C. Mateo WARMLY received by more than 45,000 Manila audience in 2012, the global hit musical Mamma Mia! returns to the country at Solaire Theater. “After a successful season touring around the UK, Mamma Mia! makes a triumphant return to Manila and opens this weekend at the Theatre at Solaire,” event organizer Concertus Manila said. The sensational feel-good […]

The spectacular ‘M(anila) Butterfly’

The spectacular ‘M(anila) Butterfly’

Ibarra C. Mateo   IN the opening scene of the play, Director Kanakan Balintagos swiftly beguiled and bewitched the audience of his own re-imagination, if not reinvention, of Henry David Hwang’s “M Butterfly,” a Jhett Tolentino and Front Row Entertainment-production in Manila. Those who professionally know the-former Aureus Solito and the-now Kanakan Balintagos comprehend that he is a full-bloodied risk-taker […]

4 FEU films to compete at first ORMIN IFF

4 FEU films to compete at first ORMIN IFF

By Seymour Barros Sanchez FOUR short films from the Far Eastern University Department of Communication will vie in the student division of the inaugural Oriental Mindoro International Film Festival from November 15 to 17. Trisha Marie Antonio’s “Dama” (Checkers), Angela Aguila’s and One Carlo Diaz’s “Kumari,” Juan Pablo Pineda III’s “Pua Iyam” (Coming Out) and Daryll Jameson Apaga’s “Retrospektib” (Retrospective) […]

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Janice Javier to sing with musician father in LA (To raise funds for the rehab of her voice)

Janice Javier to sing with musician father in LA (To raise funds for the rehab of her voice)

By Abner Galino ROLANDO “Rollie” Javier used to be the “famous” musician in the family. After all, he had a short stint with the “Hotdog,” the popular Filipino band that set out the classic songs “Manila” and “Annie Batongbakal” into the airwaves. “That was 1978,” Rollie recalled, “I stayed with them for a short while until I got into another […]

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PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival unreels from October 4 to 20

PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival unreels from October 4 to 20

By Seymour Barros Sanchez THE 17th PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival will bring the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema at Greenbelt 3, UP Diliman and Instituto Cervantes Intramuros from October 4 to 20. PELÍCULA has been an annual attraction at Greenbelt since it was first held by Instituto Cervantes in 2002. Following that tradition, the first leg of the […]

Benilde docu vies for La Union filmfest prize in October

Benilde docu vies for La Union filmfest prize in October

By Seymour Barros Sanchez A DOCUMENTARY from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde will compete in the open category of the Pagwanawanan Festival short film competition next month at PUÓN/Alfredo F. Tadiar Library along Ortega Highway in San Fernando City, La Union. “Househusband,” directed by James Garcia and Luigi Macalintal, which will be shown on October 5 and 7, […]

3 Benilde films vie for Viddsee Juree PH awards

3 Benilde films vie for Viddsee Juree PH awards

By Seymour Barros Sanchez THREE thesis film projects from the Digital Filmmaking program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts have been officially selected as finalists to the second Viddsee Juree Philippines, which is part of the online video platform’s initiative to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia. The Lessons of […]

Hollywood welcomes RP’s Wish bus 107.5

Hollywood welcomes RP’s Wish bus 107.5

By Abner Galino THE Philippines’ iconic radio bus, known as the Wish Bus 107.5, has been duplicated in Los Angeles — a city known as the world’s entertainment capital. The choice of Filipino American YouTube sensation AJ Rafael as the Wish bus USA’s first performer on board provided a somewhat encapsulated message as to the purpose of the gargantuan undertaking. […]

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Fil-Ams’ McDonalds prank went viral

Fil-Ams’ McDonalds prank went viral

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, Tx – Two of my dearest Pinoy pares, kaibigans made it their mission this summer to take on the challenge of Asian Americans Pacific Islanders representation in the media. The success of Crazy Rich Asians pushed #AAPI Representation to the forefront of conversation in the media right after the smashing success of Black Panther. As the […]

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UE CFAD films make it to Pagwanawanan, Nabifilmex festivals

UE CFAD films make it to Pagwanawanan, Nabifilmex festivals

By Seymour Barros Sanchez AN experimental video and an animated film from the University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design will compete under the student category of the Pagwanawanan Film Festival on September 21 at PUÓN/Alfredo F. Tadiar Library along Ortega Highway in San Fernando, La Union. Marangle by Angeline Tabilog and Maling Akala: Ang Misteryo […]

JNS members pose with supporters shortly after losing their championship bid at the America’s Got Talent last Tuesday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  Photo by Abner Galino

High heel shoe-wearing Pinoy all-male dance crew exits AGT

By Abner Galino THE run of the high heel shoe-wearing Junior New System in the 13th season of the popular America’s Got Talent has ended but their legacy as the only Filipino dance crew that has gone so far in the said competition will surely live on. The all-male Pinoy dance crew was eliminated last September 5, during an hour-long […]

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Monique Duphil. Photo © the CCP-PPO

PPO opens 39th season, featuring French-born pianist

By Ibarra C. Mateo THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) opens on Friday its 36th season featuring French-born pianist Monique Duphil at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater. Conducted by PPO music director Yoshikazu Fukumura, the season opener begins at 8 pm. Duphil has been praised by critics for her “flawless technique, power, and a sound, lively musical imagination.” […]

‘M Butterfly: The great wall of illusion’

‘M Butterfly: The great wall of illusion’

Ibarra C. Mateo INTERNATIONALLY awarded film and stage director and playwright Kanakan Balintagos declared that in these era of disinformation, news fabrication, and historical revisionism, it is easy to fall for the story of the Chinese Peking Opera star, Song Liling, who had fooled a French diplomat for 20 years of his/her gender. Balintagos (Auraeus Solito), in a recent media […]

FEU Theater Guild restages “Ang Pinakamakisig sa mga Nalunod sa Buong Daigdig”

FEU Theater Guild restages “Ang Pinakamakisig sa mga Nalunod sa Buong Daigdig”

By Seymour Barros Sanchez THIS October, the Far Eastern University Theater Guild, in partnership with the FEU President’s Committee on Culture, will once again bring to life Ang Pinakamakisig sa mga Nalunod sa Buong Daigdig, one of the organization’s most successful plays, at the PCC Center Studio. The musical production, which will close the theater company’s 84th season, is based […]

The Chrysalis

The Chrysalis

EVER wondered what makes a woman “Perfect”? Through the magical lenses of the “Magnificent 7” you can now see and experience the “Perfect Woman” up close in the Chrysalis photo exhibit. Featuring the work of the country’s most notable photographers and marvelous costume pieces by Eric Pineda, the Chrysalis is a convergence among 7 prominent names in photography: Jun De […]

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Boy Scouts to benefit from one peso adjustment in cinema admission fees in QC

Boy Scouts to benefit from one peso adjustment in cinema admission fees in QC

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK A PROPOSED ordinance supporting the local council of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was recently signed into law by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista. QC Councilor Elizabeth Delarmente’s Ordinance No. 2725-2018, which mandates a one peso increase in the admission prices in all QC cinemas for the month of October, aims to support the […]

Mexican films based on classic literature at Instituto Cervantes Intramuros

Mexican films based on classic literature at Instituto Cervantes Intramuros

By Seymour Barros Sanchez INSTITUTO Cervantes and the Embassy of Mexico invite the public to enjoy the richness and variety of Mexican cinema through La Literatura en el Cine Mexicano, Mexican films based on classic literary works, every Saturday this September, 6 p.m., at the new Intramuros branch of the Spanish cultural center, located at Casa Azul, Plaza San Luis […]