Don’t worry PPP becomes edgy

EIGHT FILMS were curated by a Selection Committee of respected members of the film industry, including Director Jose Javier Reyes, editor Manet Dayrit, Director Sheron Dayoc, cinematographer Lee Briones, Director Carlos Siquion-Reyna and actress Cherie Gil for this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino happening on August 15-21 in all cinemas all over the country.

FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) Chirman Liza Diño together with direk Joey and direk Carlo introduced the eigth diverse films: Jun Lana’s “ANG BABAENG ALLERGIC SA WIFI;” Jason Paul Laxamana’s “Bakwit Boys;” Adolf Alix Jr.’s “Madilim ang Gabi;” Jay Abello’s “PINAY BEAUTY;” Chito Roños’ “Signal Rock;” another Jason Paul’s “The Day After Valentine’s;” Mike Livelo’s “Unli Life;” and Richard Somes’ “We Will Not Die Tonight.”

Short films will also be featured in PPP through the Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition.

Presented by Ice Seguerra, the official ambassador, the line- up includes “Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali” (Enalyn Legaspi); “Anonymous Student Vlog” (Christian Babista); ” ahay-Bahayab” (Bryan Spencer Reyes); “Bayo-Bato Pik” (Ardinian Jaq Sanque and Lorys Plaza); “Isang Tula Para sa Nawawala” (Rodemille Singh); “Koleksyong Pamalo” (Len Frago); “Masaya Ako” (Daniel Edwin Delgado and Tiara Angelia Nicolas); and “Runner” (Levi Jun Miscala).

My brother from another mother, Janus del Prado is part of “Pinay Beauty.”

“Part ako ng barkadahan na sumusuporta sa isang kaibigan na may pinagdadaanan. Also, ang story nito has something to do sa notion nating mga Pinoy pagdating sa idea nang maganda. Basta maputi para sa atin ‘yun ang maganda. Pag morena na parang second class na.”

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I was trying to make Janus talk on the “tsismis” linking him to a sexy actress.

“No comment, Ate!”

Even an Ate is not spared.

His thoughts on the PPPs efforts to come up with quality genre films.

“Sana lang magkaroon ng award giving bodies na magke-cater sa different genres. Ang hirap kasi na madalas nakikita ang magaling ftom the drama category. Sana meron sa comedy, horror, even fantasy kahit horror. Kasi ang idea rin ng tao pag naging Best Actor o Actress ‘yung magaling sa drama.”

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Kasi naman din JANUS is both good in drama and comedy.

In partnership with UNICEF, GLOBE #PlayItRight, SOLAR Entertainment Corporation, Outpost Visual Frontier, ThinkBit and Sequioa Hotel, the seven-day exclusive screening of the 8 movies will maximize the time to holistically conduct series of events from celebratory fiestas for the public to educational fora and conferences for film industry professionals.

Promo tours will also be held every weekend of July and first week of August in selected malls and schools.

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“I don’t want to be called a philantropist!” blurted the President and CEO of Universal Harvester Inc. Dra. Milagros O. How, also the Chairman of TOFARM Film Festival.

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“Ang philanthropist ay ‘yung maraming sobrang pera. Ako tulung-tulong lang. Pero hindi rin umaasa sa gobyerno. Kasi matagal. Kaya mas gusto ko na direkta na sa tao’ng tutulungan.”

She is also the Chairperson of the Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project and in lieu of this a musical competition of this magnitude is launched in the Philippines.

The competition is open to all composers from all over the world. 84 entries were submitted and 20 semi-finalists/comloser -fellows were selected and invited to participate in an intensive immersion program in Banaue on July 9 to  20.

During this period, they will tour major sites in the area and attend  inter-active  workshops to familiarize themselves with the culyure, music and traditions  of the Ifugao and other Southeastv Asean Music Cultures.

The winners will be announced on July 25 at CCP (Tanghalang Nicanor) in a concert where the grand prize winner will receive US$12,000 and the two runners-up will each receive  US$6,000.

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Proceeds  from the July 25 concert will go towards  executing, implementing, and sustaining the action plan to restore and rehabilitate 628 hectares of damaged sections of the rice terraces, starting at Barangay View Pont in Banaue.

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IN celebration of the lineup of six (6) Filipino genre films to be featured in this year ‘s New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), the Film Development Council of the Philippines held a send-off press conference for Filipino delegates at the Cocoon Hotel last July 10, 2018.

Phililpines Night features and showcases the movies in the international platform in different batches.

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“Opening is Richard Somes’ “We Will Not Die Tonight” and the closing film is Erik Matti’s “BuyBust.”

“This is the hardest to penetrate. With these incredible genre films that we have from our county, the Philippines could really be a hub of genre filmmaking.

“We are very proud  that through NYAFF, they have found a platforrm so they may be acessed  by North American audiences including our Filipijo diaspora. FDCP has assisted  our delegates through our International Film Festival Assistance Program (IFFap) and we look forward to them connecting with internationsl counterparts for future projects and collaborations. We wish them the best of luck.”

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Talk about women empowerment. Two films feature Erich Gonzales as a stuntwoman (“We Will Not Die Tonight”) and Anne Curtis who is a rookie police officer who joins an anti-narcotic elite squad whose mission is to conduct a buy-bust operation in the slums of Manila (“BuyBust”). The other movies are “On The Job,” “Neomanila,” “Respeto” and “Sid and Aya” (also featuring Anne).

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