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News: CCP ARTHOUSE CINEMA’S EUROPELIKULA PRESENT ‘DIAMANTINO’

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FOR its second offering this year, Europelikula, a monthly showcase of festival films from European Union member  countries jointly curated by CCP and the EU Delegation, will screen “Diamantino” by Gabriel Abrantes aand Daniel Schmidt on February 29, 5pm, at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

The film tells about the world’s premiere soccer star, named Diamantino, who loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace.  Searching for a new purpose, the international soccer icon sets on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.

Europelikula aims to foster cultural exchange, specifically through film, between Europe and the Philippines.  It is a new section under the CCP Arthouse Cinema, a program by the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division which aims to promote appreciation among “newbies” and cineastes.

The CCP ArtHouse Cinema provides free screenings of indie films, award-winning Filipino animation, documentaries and themed sections, accompanied by talkbacks with directors, actors, and critics.  Other sections include Cinemulat, Pelicoolab: Gawad Alternatibo Specials, Cinemalaya Flashback Fridays, and World Cinema Series.

Starting February 29, Europelikula will be giving out freebies for early birds. CCP Film Society cardholders must RVSP to ccp.fbnmd@gmail.com and arrive earlier than 2:45pm, or their slots will be given to walk-in audience. For walk-ins, registration is in front of the theater, and starts 30 minutes before screening.

For more information, call the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division at 8832-1125, local 1702 & 1705.  Or visit the CCP Facebook accounts and website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph)

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News: SIX ‘VIRGINS’ TO LIFT CURTAINS AT VLF 16

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SIX ‘Virgins’ playwrights made it to the 16th edition of the Virgin Labfest, the annual festival of untried, untested, unstaged and unpublished theater works, happening on June 10 to 28, 2020, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The VLF virgins who will make their debut in the upcoming theater festival include: Sorsogon-based writer Jobert Landeza who penned “Titser Kit”; Mark Norman Boquiren, with his “Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw”; Floyd Tiogangco, with “Pilot Episode”; Daryl Pasion, with “Papaano Turuan Ang Babae Humawak ng Baril”; Luis Nario, with “Gin Bilog”; and film director Bibeth Orteza who is the only woman playwright, with “Bituing Marikit.”

Completing the final list are: Tyron Casumpang, with “Black Pink”; Anthony Kim Vergara, with “The Boy Boy and Friends Channel”; Juliene Mendoza, with “Multiverse”; Jay Crisostomo, with “Dapithapon”; Juan Ekis, with “‘Nay May Dala akong Pansit”; and Dustin Celestino, “Doggy.” These six playwrights have participated in the previous editions of the festival.

For the Stage Readings, six works have been selected; three of which are written by “virgin” playwrights, namely “Jenny Li” by Buch Dacanay, “Matira ang Matibay” by Bernice Dacara, and “Mongoloida’s Casa de Pun” by Claro delos Reyes. Other featured stage reading works are: “LadyMasters” by Rouchelle Dinglasan, “Bagahe” by Nicko de Guzman, and “Dominador Gonzales — National Artist” by Dingdong Novernario.

VLF festival director JK Aninoche expressed his gratitude to all the writers who “have shared their visions and voices to us.” The 12 finalists chosen for full-staging were selected from the 290 submitted entries.

VLF founder and former festival director Rody Vera and dramaturg Ina Azarcon Bolivar helped in selecting this year’s unique set of plays.

“I’m very excited on the richness of thought-making and breadth and depth of representation of human condition and contemporary life in this year’s edition of the VLF. Masayang may mga kasana sa pagsulong at paglikha. I’m looking forward to the VLF as a collaborative development platform for untried, untested and unstaged plays,” shared Aninoche.


Co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, acclaimed theater company Tanghalang Pilipino and Manila-based playwrights’ group Writer’s Bloc Inc., this year’s VLF follows the theme “Rurok.” Established in 2005, the VLF aims to provide Filipino playwrights a venue to present their unpublished, untried, untested and unstaged works to the theater-going public.

Follow VLF on Social Media, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph for more information and promo. Connect with VLF by using hashtags: #virginlabfest #vlf16 #vlf2020 #vlfrurok #CCPVirginLabfest #untrieduntestedunstaged

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News: IMAGO DROPS UNPLUGGED COLLECTION OF ALL-TIME HITS

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OPM rock band Imago is back to give new flavor to the hits of their past with the release of “Imago: Unplugged.” Produced by Buddy Zabala, the EP is a collection of stripped-down versions of songs the band popularized over their storied career. The EP features six tracks, including the hits “Sundo,” “Akap,” “Taralets,” and one of their latest singles “Pag-ibig na Walang Balik,” sung by the band’s newest vocalist Kiara San Luis.



Talking more about the EP, the band says “A majority of the songs of Imago started with an acoustic guitar and we wanted to show these songs in that birthing state where it had shape and form already while being raw and bare.”

On top of the “Unplugged” EP, the band is also busy creating new tracks to continue their evolution, including their latest single “Partida (featuring BenteDos).” This new track blends together San Luis’ sweet vocals and a surprising hip-hop twist with featured artist BenteDos, exploring themes of the risk-taking involved when heading into a romantic relationship.



Imago: Unplugged – EP and Partida (feat. BenteDos) are now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon Music under Universal Records.

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Performance Photos: PETA’s UNDER MY SKIN

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) draws its 52nd Theater Season to a close by responding to an issue that has long been met with silence: the HIV epidemic in the Philippines.

Together with esteemed HIV advocacy organizations The Red Whistle and LoveYourself, PETA launches the Acting on HIV campaign with Rody Vera’s anthology drama ‘Under my Skin‘, directed by Melvin Lee, as the frontliner.

Inspired by real people and events, “Under My Skin” accurately depicts the realities, triumphs, and struggles of people living with HIV, while navigating an important conversation about acceptance and tolerance.

Under My Skin introduces us to a number of characters: Dino, an HIV-positive teen whose status is discovered through a contraction of tuberculosis; Mary Rose, a mother who unknowingly passed down the virus to her son after contracting if from her husband; a gay beauty parlor employee experiencing work-related discrimination, and more. Their stories of love, pain and acceptance are revealed through Dr. Almonte, who is studying the spread of the devastating virus.

Under My Skin” features stellar theater actresses Ms. Cherry Pie Picache and Ms. Roselyn Perez alternating as the lead character Dr. Gemma Almonte. They are joined by Anthony Falcon, Mike Liwag, Gio Gahol, Migs Almendras, Eko Baquial, Gold Villar-Lim, She Maala, Mico Esquivel, Bene Manaois, Lotlot Bustamante, Kitsi Pagaspas, Dylan Ray Talon, Ekis Gimenez, Dudz Teraña, Jarred Jaicten, Erold Enriquez, Jason Barcial, Joseph Madriaga, Rach Gimpes, Reggie Ondevilla, Roy Dahildahil, and Csai Habla.

Here are some captivating scenes from the play, captured by photographer Erickson dela Cruz:

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The cast and artistic team of PETA’s Under My Skin. Photographs by Erickson dela Cruz.

Under My Skin is showing at the PETA Theater Center, #5 Eymard Drive, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila, Quezon City started last February 7 and will run until March 22, 2020 (Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays/Sundays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm).  For tickets and showbuying inquiries, please contact PETA at petatheater@gmail.com / 725-6244, or TicketWorld at www.ticketworld.com.ph / 891-9999.

For more info, Visit PETA’s Official Website: www.petatheater.com/undermyskin

 

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News: AJ Mitchell Live in Manila

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Gather all your friends for AJ Mitchell’s Manila mall shows!

American pop sensation AJ Mitchell is set to serenade and meet his Filipino fans for an upcoming series of mall tours.

The eighteen-year-old pop singer-songwriter will be performing in select Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, from January 17 to 18, 2020 with the following schedule:

      • 01/17/20: Uptown Bonifacio (Friday, 7pm)
      • 01/18/20: Venice Grand Canal Mall (Saturday, 3pm)
      • 01/18/20: Eastwood City (Saturday, 7pm)

    “This will be my first time in the Philippines,” the teen heartthrob reveals in an interview.
    “I’m so excited to experience the culture and see as much as I can while there. I can’t wait to eat the amazing food and hopefully see some of the beaches as well.”
    With Nathan Huang of Nathan & Mercury and featuring Any Name’s Okay as opening act, the American recording artist will perform some fan favorites, including the mid-tempo jam “All My Friends” and the global smash “Slow Dance.”

Getting to know AJ Mitchell

With a slick and show-stopping voice, charismatic personality, and sharp songwriting chops, it’s no surprise that the fast-rising star has already charted three hits on the US top 40 radio chart in a span of less than two years: “Girls,” “All My Friends,” which peaked inside the top 25, and the Ava Max duet “Slow Dance,” now ranked #29 and still climbing.

In terms of streaming, AJ Mitchell has racked up more than 100 million streams and 4.15 million monthly listeners on Spotify, cementing himself as 2019’s most promising male artist.

Outside the US, the Philippines is considered to be one of the biggest music markets of AJ Mitchell, whose latest single “Slow Dance,” a collaboration with hit-maker Ava Max, is currently making waves in local streaming playlists and top 40 radio stations. “I was pleasantly surprised when I first learned this and I’m so excited to finally get to meet some of my Filipino fans,” the young musician/performer opens up about the warm reception on his previous and recent releases.

As for Ava Max, the pop phenom who has shown significant international attention with “Sweet and Psycho,” which topped the charts in 26 countries and landed a top 10 peak at the Billboard Hot 100 last year, the All My Friends singer has always been vocal about admiring her work ethic and talent. “Working with Ava Max was such an incredible experience. After sending her the track, she sent back her verse within hours. Even on the very first take she sounded so amazing that we immediately knew she was the one for the song.”

New album in the works

This year, AJ Mitchell will be releasing his debut full-length album under Sony Music. “This has been a wild ride so far and every day I think of how blessed I have been,” the budding pop personality reflects. “Over the next few years, I have so much more I hope to accomplish. Right now I can’t wait to finally release my first album called Skyview. Beyond that, I hope to have a #1 song, win a Grammy, go out on an international tour, and so much more.”

AJ Mitchell’s latest single “Slow Dance” is now available on all music streaming and download platforms worldwide.

You can watch the official music video of “Slow Dance” on Youtube, and stream the track in its entirety on Spotify.

 

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News: Free Season Pass, a Holiday treat from Repertory Philippines

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Finding the perfect Holiday gift can be a difficult task for many. How do you choose something meaningful, special, and unique for your family and friends? Luckily, Season Passes for the 2020 season of Repertory Philippines are now available for purchase, letting audiences enjoy an awesome line-up of world-class theater productions for up to 30% off. That includes the upcoming Broadway musical Carousel—touted by TIME Magazine as the greatest musical of the 20th century—which has the theater world buzzing.

REP’s new season has a lot in store for audiences, what with Liesl Batucan on her first year as REP’s Artistic Director. The season opens with The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick, Stage Kiss, which runs from February 7 to March 1, 2020. A witty romantic comedy, Stage Kiss stars Missy Maramara and Tarek el Tayech along with Robbie Guevara, Jamie Wilson, Andres Borromeo, Justine Narciso and Mica Pineda, and is directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna.

From March 13 to April 5, 2020, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics plays for Manila audiences. A tale of intrigue and passion set in 1929 at a cigar factory in Florida, Anna in the Tropics is directed by Joey Mendoza and starring Joshua Spafford, Skyzx Labastilla, Paolo O’Hara, Brian Sy, Gab Pangilinan, Gie Onida and Madeleine Nicolas.

The highly anticipated Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical Carousel runs from May 1 to 24,2020. Directed by Toff de Venecia, Carousel promises a stellar, world-class musical show with a star-studded cast led by Nikki Gil, in her much-awaited theater comeback, and Gian Magdangal, who are working with REP for the first time.

Families get to enjoy REP Theater for Young Audiences’ musical Snow White and the Prince. A fun and colorful retelling of the classic fairy tale, Snow White gives kids a lot to sing and dance to. Running from September 12, 2020 to January 31, 2021, this children’s musical is directed by Joy Virata.

With the Gold Pass, you can get premium seating in orchestra center. See Stage Kiss, Anna in the Tropics, and Carousel for just P4,200. You can also watch all 3 shows plus Snow White and the Prince for P4,900. The Silver Pass gives you open seating on the orchestra side and Stage Kiss, Anna in the Tropics, and Carousel for P3,150. You can also watch all 3 shows plus Snow White and The Prince for P3,700.

And just when you thought the deal couldn’t get any sweeter, you can get free season passes too! In time for the holidays, REP is giving you 1 free season pass with every 4 that you buy.

For show-buying, block-buying, and ticket inquiries, contact REP at 8451-1474 or 0966-905-4013. You may also purchase tickets by calling TicketWorld at 8891-9999, or through www.ticketworld.com.ph . For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph , or like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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News: Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled their line up of programs for 2020.

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled its 2020 performance season.  CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado presented the CCP’s year-long programming in a press conference held recently at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.

CCP welcomes the new year with forthcoming productions from its resident companies – the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), and the Philippine Madrigal Singers.  Local and international outreach performance tours are likewise set for some of the resident companies throughout the year.

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A scene from Dulaang UP’s production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna”. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

A University Theater Season is set in 2020 wherein select university-based theater groups take to the CCP venues to showcase next-generation talent in their productions of original Filipino works, adaptations of classics and experimental work.  The season of university theater productions ramps up to the 13th International University Theater Association’s (IUTA) Congress and Festival to be held in August.

International Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu leads a stellar international cast from Italy and Manila in the staging of the opera “Lucia Di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti, the Italian-language libretto written by Salvadore Cammarano based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel “The Bride of Lammermoor.”

Ternocon II, a unique competition involving the young designers in a mentoring atelier workshop with established designers in a process that engages the history, technique, and construction of the classic Filipino terno, culminates in a grand fashion concert where the winners are announced.

Other events include concerts (Triple Threats), festivals (CCP Jazz Festival in Baguio City, Banda Rito Banda Roon: Symphonic Band and Clarinet, The Rainbow LGBTQI Arts; Festival of Arts and Ideas), plays (Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Batang Mujahideen” and “Lam-Ang, an Ethno-Epic Musical”), a production of “Senadala at Persyanus: Ang Bagong Mukha ng Moro by community-based theater organization Komedya ng Don Galo, and other productions. 

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Markki Stroem will be part of the Triple Threats concert series. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz.

Highlights of the 2020 CCP season calendar include the inauguration of the CCP’s newest venue Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater), the first CCP Arts and Social Media Festival, Launching of Rare Digitized CCP Performances Collection of the CCP Library and Archives, and the Genesis Magazine Anniversary Edition, CCP Digital Time Capsule, Luces: Festival of Illuminations, CCP Arthouse Cinema screenings, Philippine Hip-Hop Dance Championship and the like.

 The CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (EPA) will soon be available digitally in 2020 including a Digital Installation, Website launch, Mobile Application, and Offline Version as well.

 There are also the CCP regular events such as the Pasinaya, considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country; the Virgin Labfest, the annual festival of raw, untested and unstaged one-act plays, followed by an Extra Virgin LabFest to be held in other regions; Cinemalaya, the largest independent film festival with the aim to support cinematic works by upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers.

 Proud of its art education and outreach programs, the CCP continues to hold various training and workshops for national rondalla, national folk dance for teachers, choral groups, and summer dance, to name some.

 Must-see exhibitions include the following: “1986 People Power Revolution – The aftermath from Cultural Center of the Philippines to Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas: The Center in the Midst of Change”,  “Valerio Nofuente and Emmanuel Sanchez Collections: The Banned Library Materials During the Martial Law Era”, “Allegories And Realities Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect”, Launching of the 21AM (21st Century Arts Museum), “1st of May: The Roles of Amado Vera Hernandez and Isabelo Florentino De Los Reyes in the History of the Labor Movement in the Struggle for Social Justice and Liberation”, Severino Rivera Reyes (1861-1942) “Father of the Tagalog Sarsuwela”, “Launch of the CCP Print Folio: 20/30 I & II: A Limited Edition Print Portfolios in Celebration of the 50th Year Anniversary of CCP”, Cinemalaya Eye Fix, among other shows.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CCP INSTITUTIONAL PRESSCON:

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  • The fully editable and interactive Digital CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, to be distributed free to public schools and universities.
  • Interactive Digital Wall Installations, which not only feature full info on current shows but also layerable timeliness on the different arts, along with a Time Capsule.
  • CCP Digital HD to extend the lifespan of high-budgeted productions to be launched with Virgin Lab Fest’s “Mga Kontrabida” by Lasallian Dustin Celestino.
  • A Dulaang UP production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna“, the last work of Antonio “Tony” Mabesa+, translated by Nicolas Pichay.
  • The First Social Media and the Arts Festival in May, a brainchild of Irene Rada who is retiring this year.
  • The opening of CCP’s New Black Box Theater, which Tess Rances herself assured will finally push through.
  • The revival of Triple Threats concerts featuring Markki Stroem, among others, and
  • Spinifex Group’s dynamic Audiovisual Light and Video Matting for the CCP Facade in September, 2020

 For more information, please call CCP at 8832-1125 and visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

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News: Former Gilas Pilipinas coach, Chot Reyes teams up with NorthPine Land

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NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI), trusted developer of premium communities to the middle-income market, rallied its team for a strong finish this 2019 through a talk titled One Last Push, PUSO! headed by Chot Reyes, former Gilas Pilipinas coach.

PUSO! NorthPine Land leaders, namely (left to right): Erwin Buñag (AVP for Construction Management), Amytis S. Banaag (AVP for HRODA), Benigno A. Tatunay (CFO), Ferdinand M. Macabanti (General Manager), Wilhelmina C. de Ere (VP for Corporate Services), Aileen B. Morales (AVP for Sales Operations) and Paul D. Lamagna (AVP for Project Development) power up NLI Sales Force with Coach Chot Reyes (middle).

Skyrocketing sales and new milestones for 2019 did not stop NLI to further push its sales team to sustain the winning attitude. Being the man behind the Filipino well-loved battlecry PUSO, Reyes stressed the value of passion in work and pouring one’s heart in order to foster and maintain a winning culture. The multi-awarded coach also highlighted teamwork and the importance of every member’s efforts, which cumulatively, could lead the tea to its goals. Reyes headed the talk during NLI’s second quarter Sales Awards held at The Palms Country Club, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Furthermore, Chot Reyes congratulated the company for surpassing its annual target as early as the third quarter of the year and added that, “Winning is a habit, unfortunately so is losing. Even if you have already achieved your target, keep going so you won’t fall into the bad habit of losing. Keep pushing and finish strong.”

NLI General Manager Ferdinand Macabanti also shared that, “The very essence of why we’re in the real estate world is to make dreams come to life. With Coach Chot’s inspiring words, I know that NorthPine team will be pushed to share the opportunity to live a better life with a more driven heart.

Back in the game! K & L Covenant Partner Marketing Co. bags the Phoenix Award for Quarter 2.

Meanwhile, NLI also recognized its major achievers for the quarter, namely Lomavin Acolola Jr. (Top Property Associate), Minda Moreno, (Top Property Division Manager) and Kyre Ching (Top Broker Head). Ultimately, K & L Covenant Partner Marketing Co. clinched the Phoenix Award, the most prestigious recognition given every quarter to the group with the most outstanding current account, highest booked account and biggest cash collections.

NorthPine Land looks forward to accomplishing more exciting milestones before 2019 ends, which includes the launch of Montana Views Lifestyle Hub in the City of San Fernando-Mexico, Pampanga. With its passion and drive reignited, the company is at the top of its game to make a mark as the end of the year draws near.

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About NorthPine Land, Inc.

NorthPine Land Inc. (NLI) is one of the country’s trusted real estate prime movers with a prestigious portfolio of projects in Pampanga (Montana Views and Montana Strands), Cavite (Kahaya Place, Greenwoods Village, Wind Crest and Kohana Grove), Laguna (South Hampton), Antipolo City (Forest Ridge), and Pasig City (Lexington). Its distinguished shareholders are: HongKong Land, BDO, Metrobank, and San Miguel Properties, Inc. To know more about our lineup of products, visit www.northpineland.com or call +632 637.1531.

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News: Cinema One Originals continue in challenging audiences on their 15th-year of delivering brave cinematic experiences

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For its fifteenth year, Cinema One Originals loudly and proudly declares what it’s stood for all these years, originality in all its forms, with the tagline “Kaya Mo Ba?” (Can you handle it?) challenging old and new audiences if they’re ready for the Cinema One Originals experience that goes beyond cinema, beyond cinephilia, beyond entertainment.

All these years, the Cinema One Originals mandate is to give filmmakers, first-timers and otherwise, a platform to fully express their visions. This year, eight original narrative features got P3 million worth of grant each. There are four first time filmmakers, three previous Cinema One Originals alumni, and one director making her second feature and her Cinema One Originals debut.

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J.E. Tiglao makes his feature debut with “Metamorphosis” which stars Gold Aceron, Iana Bernardez, Ivan Padilla, Ricky Davao, and Yayo Aguila in a coming-of-age drama about intersexuality that’s as wistful as it is provocative.

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Dustin Celestino reverses the wrong time/wrong place dynamics of noir with a little help from a comet in “Utopia,” a blackly comic riff on the genre starring Enzo Pineda, Joem Bascon, and Aaron Villaflor.

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Eve Baswel’s “Tia Madre” is a gothic horror featuring Cherie Gil and Jana Agoncillo in which a young girl starts to suspect her mother has been changed into something not quite herself and perhaps not quite human either.

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Nigel Santos’ “Yours Truly, Shirley” casts Regine Velasquez as a widow who believes a young pop star (Rayt Carreon) is the reincarnation of her late husband.

Returning to Cinema One Originals are Victor Villanueva and Kevin Dayrit, who made their feature film debuts with Cinema One Originals.

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Victor’s resumes his fascination with the intertwining of rom-com tropes with supernatural tinges that made “My Paranormal Romance” a quirky treat with “Lucid”, in which Alessandra De Rossi plays a lucid dreamer whose waking life and dream life start to blur when she meets JM De Guzman.

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Kevin, whose “Catnip” was the multi-awarded darling of its year takes on vampirism, necrophilia, the drug wars and rom-coms in “O” which stars Anna Luna, Lauren Young and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

Topper Fabregas, Gio Gahol and Giancarlo Abrahan from SILA SILA, C1Originals 2019, Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

Giancarlo Abrahan whose second feature was the Best Picture-winning Cinema One Original “Paki” returns with “Sila Sila”, which stars Gio Gahol and Topper Fabregas and which he describes as an LGBT ghosting story and which finds him taking another look at the interstitial dynamics of yet another extended family, a group of friends nursing consensual emotional traumas.

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Denise O ‘Hara makes her Cinema One Originals debut and her second feature with “Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo” a rom-com inversion with JC Santos and Jane Oineza, about the underside of trauma that even the truest of loves have.

Cinema One Originals has been producing breakthrough films with thought-provoking contents for the Filipino audience for 15 years. This year’s celebration will be held in line with the 100th anniversary of Philippine Cinema and the 25th anniversary of leading cable channel Cinema One.

Fresh, cool, vibrant, inclusive, brave, original. The 15th Cinema One Originals runs from November 7 to 17 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Ayala Manila Bay, Gateway, and Powerplant Makati. There will also be screenings at Vista Cinemas in Iloilo and Evia Lifestyle and in Cinema Centenario, Cinema ‘76, Black Maria, UP Cine Adarna, and FDCP Cinematheque Manila.

For updates, visit @CinemaOneOriginals on Facebook, @c1origs on Twitter and @c1originals on Instagram.

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NEWS: Fresh iWant Docu Series features Robi Domingo and Sue Ramirez’s Travel Show, UNLISTED

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Finding travel inspiration has become easier than ever, what with our friends documenting every minute of their vacations on social media. We are bombarded with so many choices nowadays, and where we choose to spend our precious off days are often impacted by other people’s recommendations, internet ads, and random scenic photos.

It’s practical to try something that’s already been tested time and again, but why not visit the underrated, the unknown, and the unusual? That’s what Robi Domingo and Sue Ramirez are proposing in their new digital travel docu-series called “Unlisted,” which started streaming on iWant last October 23.

1. “Unlisted” favors tourist destinations that are not usually on most people’s travel bucket lists

Watch the show and you’ll pick up some solid arguments as to why you should explore alternative and lesser known tourist spots that will quench your wanderlust. The tourism boom in some of the most popular destinations local and overseas has brought about overcrowding problems and even environmental concerns. So why not escape the influx of strangers and try somewhere “unlisted”?


Robi Domingo and Sue Ramirez in new iWant Travel show, UNLISTEDRobi and Sue travel to ‘unlisted’ destinations in iWant’s original series “Unlisted”
 

2. Sue and Robi explore places off the beaten path and leave it to you to decide if you should visit them

The show’s first four episodes see the duo immersing in the communities and picturesque views of Escolta, Manila; Roxas City, Capiz; Basey, Samar; and Tanay, Taytay, and Baras in Rizal. Now these are surely places you wouldn’t have thought they would vouch for, but at the end of each episode, you’ll find yourself craving the unfamiliar!

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“Unlisted” features unusual tourist spots in the country

3. More than the places, the show features the stories of locals, the places’ respective legacies, and challenges long-standing myths

Like most travel shows, the local dishes and delicacies are given plenty of airtime in “Unlisted.” After all, culinary experience is what makes travel more fun. But in “Unlisted,” the two hosts travel to accessible and even the most far-flung areas to discover how Escolta became a cultural hub or how Rizal became home of artists and adventure seekers. Sue and Robi also discuss the origins of Capiz’s reputation as the so-called land of the “aswang” and show viewers around the country’s seafood capital, as well as share inspiring stories of resilience as they look back on the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda on Samar, and how the province muddled through the tragedy.


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Food-tripping in Capiz
Food-tripping in Capiz
Robi and Sue exploring the home of artists and craftsmanship in RizalRobi and Sue exploring the home of artists and craftsmanship in Rizal
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4.  “Unlisted” shows Robi and Sue’s intimate interactions with locals

Part of what makes the show charming is Sue’s and Robi’s conversations with locals and getting to experience their everyday lives. In the show, Sue takes a crack at fishing, banig weaving, and shopping under a budget in Taytay’s famed tiangges. Robi – not one to be left out – also tries his hand at catching crabs and handcutting luminous capiz shells.

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Sue shops in a tiangge in RizalSue shops in a tiangge in Rizal
Robi catches crabs in Capiz
Robi catches crabs in Capiz

5. The show will encourage you to never judge a book by its cover, as they say

Travel is fun, but there is nothing more satisfying than gaining new experiences and insights and learning about a place as you recalibrate your impression of it. In each 20-minute episode, Robi and Sue deep-dive into the history and heritage that makes Filipino culture alive, refusing to go around a destination only looking for the next Instagrammable spot.

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Explore thrilling wonders off the beaten path in “Unlisted,” hosted by Robi Domingo
and Sue Ramirez, which starts streaming on October 23 on the iWant app (iOs and
Android) or on iwant.ph. For updates, like www.facebook.com/iWant, follow @iwant
on Twitter and @iwantofficial, and subscribe to www.youtube.com/iWantPH.

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News: Glenn Barit’s debut film wins top award at the 2019 QCinema International Film Festival

CLEANERS cast and crew receives the Best Film award at the QCINEMA 2019 (image 01)

A film made of photocopied stills and hand colored with highlighter pens wins big at QCinema International Film Festival.

Cleaners of debuting filmmaker Glenn Barit won best film, besting seven other films in the QCinema’s main competition section – Asian Next Wave.

The nostalgic coming-of-age film Cleaners, set in schoolyear 2007-2008 in a high school in Tuguegarao, also bagged audience choice award and best screenplay.

Glen Barit, Director of CLEANERS, a full length film entry in the Qcinema 2019.

 

CLEANERS cast and crew receives the Best Film award at the QCINEMA 2019.

 

CLEANERS cast and crew, QCINEMA International Film Festival. Photographed by Erickson Dela Cruz © 2019

Two other new directors bagged major awards. Chinese Qui Sheng won the NETPAC Jury Prize for Suburban Birds and Rae Red brought home the best director award for her first solo-directorial work, Babae at Baril. The film, Babae at Baril, also won the Gender Sensitivity Award.

Janine Gutierrez, who plays the titular lead in Red’s film, got her first international acting award as best actress while Por Silatsa of the Laotian film The Long Walk won best actor.

Lee Chatametikool of the Thai and German film Nakorn-Sawan was recognized for his artistic contribution in film editing.

It is the first time QCinema pitted its local grantees against Asian directors in this competition section, Asian Next Wave (ANW) Competition . It put in ANW’s wing the former cluster — Circle Competition, which was for the Filipino filmmakers.

In the QCShorts competition, Judy Free won best short film for Che Tagayamon, a recent UP film graduate,

Judy Free is about a young girl whose reality is intruded when her father, an overseas Filipino worker, brought home an animated doodle figure.

The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Bontoc-based filmmaker, Carla Pulido Ocampo. The comedy short Excuse Me Miss Miss Miss by Sonny Calvento garnered the audience choice award for shorts.

This year’s batch of winners is an affirmation of the festival’s theme, Rising Wave, which recognizes debuting and female filmmakers.

The international set of jury for the Asian Next Wave is headed by renowned screenwriter Ricky Lee. The members are Richard Bolisay, Toshiyuki Hasegawa, Phan Dang Di, and Claire Marty.

The QCShorts competition jury members are Sari Dalena, Jun Sabayton, and Benjamin Tolentino.

Also, for the first time in 7 years, QCInema recognized the contribution of one of the living pillars of the film industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Mr. Vic del Rosario or “Boss Vic” of Viva Films.

This 7th edition of QCinema is its biggest yet, with 73 titles contained in 10 sections. Twelve of these have received generous grants, which are 3 full-feature films, 6 shorts, and 3 documentaries.

The festival will run until October 22 at Gateway Cineplex 10, Robinsons Movieworld Galleria Ortigas, Ayala Malls Cinema Trinoma, Cinema Centenario, Cinema 76 Anonas, and Cine Adarna.

Festival partners are Quezon City Film Development Commission, The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, The Film Development Council of The Philippines, Sine Sandaan, Australian Embassy, Embassy of France, Japan Foundation, Embassy of the Republic Of Singapore, Viva Communications, ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula, CMB Film Services, Outpost, Novotel Manila Araneta City, Cinema Bravo, ClickTheCity, GMA 7, Phar Philippines, Film Geek Guy, Film Police, Pelikula Mania, PEP.ph, MagandaBa, MagandaBa Movie, When in Manila, Unreel, Geoffreview, Explore Philippines, Business Mirror, and Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

For more information, log on to qcinema.ph

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News: Repertory Philippines’ 2020 season holds a mirror up to human life

(5) 2020 Season Directors

Throughout its 53-year illustrious history, Repertory Philippines has allowed audiences to see the world with new eyes. By transporting them back in time or putting them in the shoes of another, REP has always reflected humanity in all its great diversity. For its 83rd season, REP is holding up a mirror to different experiences, highlighting stories that are both unique and familiar.

With Liesl Batucan on her first season as REP’s Artistic Director, audiences can expect a new creative spirit that remains faithful to REP’s legacy while bringing it forward, as she assembles a brilliant and diverse core of creatives who will be making their debut in the REP director’s chair; celebrated thespians who will be treading the REP boards for the first time; and REP veterans who will be making their much-awaited theater comeback.

Tarek el Tayech (as HE), and Missy Maramara (as SHE) are caught in a delightful mess in the romantic comedy Stage Kiss.

The 2020 season opens with The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick of 2014, Stage Kiss by American playwright Sarah Ruhl, which runs from February 7 to March 1, 2020. This romantic comedy takes audiences backstage and introduces them to She and He, two stage actors who find themselves cast as lovers in a 1930s melodrama. But She and He have a romantic history together, and after sharing several stage kisses as their characters, they unintentionally rekindle their love. A deliciously witty and insightful play about life imitating art and art imitating life, Stage Kiss stars Missy Maramara, Tarek El Tayech, Andres Borromeo, Justine Narciso and Mica Pineda, among others, and is directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna, renowned and multi-awarded filmmaker of critically-acclaimed movies Hihintayin Kita sa Langit, Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin, and Azucena.

Gab Pangilinan (as Marela) contemplates how Tolstoy’s ANNA KARENINA ominously intertwines with their lives in Anna in the Tropics.

From March 13 to April 5, 2020, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz comes to the REP stage. When Juan Julian arrives in Tampa, Florida in 1929, he unwittingly heralds change in the Cuban cigar factory where he has been employed as a lector. As he reads aloud from Leo Tolstoy’s passionate Anna Karenina, the workers soon find the story creeping into their lives and informing their decisions. Marriages collapse, affairs are pursued, and tensions run high as the workers are confronted with the threat of automation. To be directed by New York-based noted production designer Joey Mendoza and starring Ana Abad Santos, Jake Macapagal, Paolo O’ Hara, Brian Sy, Gab Pangilinan, Gie Onida and Madeleine Nicolas, Anna in the Tropics paints a sympathetic portrait of oppressed laborers and lovers who flout tradition, as it shows the transformative power of literature.

Gian Magdangal (as Billy Bigelow) and Nikki Gil (as Julie Jordan) grapple with issues of love, forgiveness and redemption in the award-winning musical Carousel.

The universally-loved and enduring favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical Carousel caps off the season and runs from May 1 to 24, 2020. Helmed by much lauded young director Toff de Venecia, the production showcases a star-studded cast led by the luminous pairing of Nikki Gil and Gian Magdangal, who will both be making their REP debut. The musical follows a poor young couple, millhouse worker Julie Jordan and carousel barker Billy Bigelow. When they both lose their jobs because of their whirlwind love affair, Billy is pressured into committing theft to provide for their unborn child. After everything goes tragically wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. Hailed as TIME Magazine’s Best Musical of the 20th Century, Carousel explores the heartbreak and complexities that make its characters so tragically and wonderfully human.

Snow White and the Prince brings a beloved fairy tale to life for families everywhere.

REP 2020 ends with REP Theater for Young Audiences’ (RTYA’s) children’s musical Snow White and the Prince by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. From the same writers of REP’s mega hit 2018 production Rapunzel, Rapunzel, A Very Hairy Fairytale comes this witty new take on a beloved classic. Running from September 12, 2020 to January 31, 2021, this play is directed by none other than the legendary Joy Virata. When Snow White meets her prince at the ball, they fall in love. But when the magic mirror tells the Evil Queen that Snow White is the fairest in all the land, she burns with jealousy. She vows to vanquish Snow White, but the young girl flees into the forest and befriends seven unusual miners. Children of all ages will delight in this fun re-telling of this beloved fairytale that reminds us that people united in goodness are more powerful than the forces of evil.

Ed Lacson Jr. directs for REP Unplugged, REP’s edgy take on alternative theater, which will be launched in June 2020.

For the first time in REP history, audiences will get to experience REP Unplugged, an edgy and exciting new staging concept that is independent—or “unplugged”—from the rest of the season. Directed by theater wunderkind Ed Lacson Jr., REP Unplugged is alternative theater and will be performed in unconventional performance spaces. It will be launched in June 2020 during the interim between REP’s first three plays and its children’s production. Featuring an out-of-the-box approach and a fresh take on theater, REP Unplugged is ready to shake things up.

For the full experience of REP’s 2020 seas0n, purchase season passes now. Season subscribers can get access to REP’s 2020 plays at up to 30% off. The Gold Year Pass (includes 3 season shows + RTYA) costs Php 4,900, the Silver Year Pass (includes 3 season shows + RTYA) is only Php3,700, the Gold Season Pass (includes 3 season shows) is Php 4,200, and the Silver Season Pass (includes 3 season shows) is Php 3,150.

For show-buying and ticket inquiries, contact REP at 8451-1474 or 0966-905-4013. You may also purchase your season passes by calling Ticketworld at 891-9999, or through www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, or like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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Literary Millennial:Words that has non-English origins

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From the 80,000 English words, roughly 28% originate from Latin, 28% from French, and 25% from Germanic languages. To honor those countries that shared their words, whether intentional or not, here is a list of six words that English speakers may not know as foreign. Truth be told, there are thousands of words to choose from but this will give those who are taking English classes or those who are learning how to be a motivational speaker  in the Philippines have an idea about the origin of English words. Because of this, a lot of educational sectors seek the help of educational publishing services to get the word out and spread knowledge around.  After all, how many people know that “gung ho” is Mandarin Chinese for “gongye hezhoushe”, which means work in harmony?

Poltergeist
As demonstrated in horror movies, a poltergeist is some sort of paranormal and usually violent activity taking place around those who are deeply troubled or have been traumatized. The word itself comes from “poltern”, which means to make noise, and “geist”, which means ghost. Most of the activity has been attributed to physical or electrical skeptics but, like with anything paranormal, there are cases that are too strange to be explained by logic.

Kudos
This is an ancient Greek word that means “glory” or “renown”. In ancient Greek culture, glory was always found in the battlefield, much like with every other civilization. It is considered as a serious insult when a soldier is refused his earned due or kudos. A popular example of kudos is in the Iliad when Agamemnon takes the maiden Briseis from the soldier Achilles as a gift of honor.

Khaki
The British Army was known for their bright red uniforms until the 19th century. This earned their nickname “redcoats”. This made them
an easy target, especially since they have formations. However, if you look at the British Army now, they are now wearing a different and more sensible color: khaki. The British began to use this cloth and color found in their colonization of India, hence the name khaki, which means “dusty” or “earth” in Hindi.

Assassin
The origins of this Arabic word date back to the 9th century, when an Islamic sect was led to overthrow the Suni Muslims. The founder of the group, Yemeni Shiite Hasan-I Sabbah, set about his mission by targeting the enemies’ leaders. Their group was given the name Hashshashin, meaning hashish-eaters, and was converted into English in 1603 as “assassin”.

Berserk
Beserk refers to an Old Norse word that was used to describe Viking warriors. The word means “bear shirt” for the bearskins that the warriors used instead of armor. The warriors believed that by wearing the skins and working themselves into a war frenzy will give them the strength of bears. Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish historical novelist, began using the word in the 1822 in his book The Pirate, more than one thousand years after the Viking Invasions.

Confetti
Confetti is an Italian word to mean “candy”, specifically the sugared almonds and other sweet confections eaten during special occasions like weddings and first communions. However, the custom of throwing confetti did not come from Italy. In the ancient times, small food items like rice and nuts were thrown during times of celebration to represent fertility and abundance.
Impress your friends with your new knowledge of the English language! Go ahead and flaunt your skills; share to others the origins of these words and see what they think.

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France’s ICT-Asia 2015 Kicks Off

ICT-Asia 2015

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna (May 25) — The two-day conference of the regional ICT-Asia program of France kicked off today at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). The event is held annually to help enhance the capability of Asian countries in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).

The event is jointly organized by the French government through its embassy in the Philippines and Delegation for Regional Cooperation — ASEAN and the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) Regional Science Bureau for Asia and Pacific based in Jakarta Indonesia; and hosted by SEARCA, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

The regional workshop looks to strengthen, on the basis of mutual benefit, high-level scientific cooperation on ICT with emerging and developed Asian nations.

ICT-Asia contributes to regional integration by driving a search for excellence and support for scientific communities in Asia, with a strong focus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

ICT-Asia 2015 focuses on four themes: Climate Change Modeling and Monitoring, Disaster Risk Reduction, ICT Applications to Food Security, and the Urban and Rural Informatics.

ICT Experts from France, ASEAN Member States, Japan, South Korea, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, among others, are among the official participants of the regional workshop. Representatives from French and Asian public and private institutons supporting research and development (R&D), regional cooperation and networking in ICT field are also participating.

A press conference with His Excellency Gilles Garachon, Ambassador of France to the Philippines and the other speakers at the opening program, namely: Dr. Amelia P Guevara, Undersecretary for Research and Development, Department of Science and Technology; Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director; Mr. André de Bussy, Counsellor for Regional Cooperation — ASEAN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France; Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., UPLB Chancellor, Professor Kanchana Kanchnasut, Vice President for Research, Asian Institute of Technology; Dr. Luc Le Calvez, Director of the French National Center for Scientific Research; and Dr. Jean-Pascal Torrenton, Regional Coordinator for Asia, French Institute of Research for Development.

Organizers say that workshop is expected to strengthen a Franco-regional network in ICT and increase the participation of Filipino and other ASEAN scientists in the ICT program.

The project proposals to be presented at the 2015 ICT-Asia conference are envisaged to eventually lead to long-lasting trilateral cooperation and collaboration with international research teams.

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