Catch the Free Screening of “Little Blue Girl”

Gracing the Filipino audience with the final installation for the year-long “Czech Movie Gems” film festival, the Czech Embassy in Manila and the Film Development Council of the Philippines is proud to bring the Czech drama, “Little Girl Blue” (2007), awarded as the “Best Film” in the Czech Lion Award of 2007.

Produced by Oscar winning director Jan Svĕrák, this film written and directed by Alice Nellis reveals a poetic tale of Julie, a forty-year old translator woman in the midst of an expansive mid-life crisis in the changing city of Prague. Witness how her seemingly perfect and happy family life traverses a crossroad after one passing unveils her to impulsively reflect on her mechanical married life that led her to pursue life-altering decisions.

Played by Iva Bittová, a Czech avant-garde violinist, singer, and composer who started her career as an actress, Julie’s life was also filled with significant decision initiated by her choice to purchase a used piano for the vast living room. The film also stars Karel Roden, a notable Czech actor successful both in his home country and in Hollywood.

Aside from the story line, the cinematography also asserts a sensible and witty portrayal of sparkly images accompanied by life thrumming tunes that perfectly frolic with each scene.

The film is set to be screened on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm in Cinematheque Center Manila.

This is the final film for the year-long Czech Movie Gems which aim to bring award-winning movies to Filipino audience on the occasion of 100 years of independence of Czech statehood.

Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to capacity.

 

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Popular Online Games Also Blockbuster Films @SM Cinemas

The last month of the year is approaching but SM Cinema is still unstoppable in bringing fun and excitement to movie goers as they launch the SM Cinema Blockbuster Weekend at SM Mall of Asia.

As part of the ongoing Reel to Real Campaign of SM Cinema, movies such as Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it-Ralph 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse and Pokemon: The Power of Us will be featured through the three-day interactive exhibit, giving everyone the opportunity to experience the featured movies.

As the public enter the event area, they can check Wreck-It-Ralph inspired exhibits such as Vanellope’s Sugar Rush World, Mr. Litwak’s Arcade and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it-Ralph 2 360o Photobooth. They can also experience the world of Spider-Man at the Upside Down Room and become a real-life Pokemon trainer through the mini-Pokemon Center.

Wreck-It-Ralph fans had fun last November 30, for they had a special quiz night that will focus on Wreck-It-Ralph and Vanellope’s world. Winning participants won exclusive prizes and merchandise.

Spider-Man geeks surely enjoyed the demonstration for the hit Playstation 4 game, Marvel’s Spider-Man. As the Spiderverse collide, watch out for several Spider-Man cosplayers in the area. And as a treat for everyone, Columbia Pictures will show an exclusive clip for the upcoming Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.

Pokemon trainer wannabees, as there will be a Pokemon hunting game and a special meet and greet with no less than Pikachu!

Wait, there’s more! Exciting freebies for SM Cinema movie goers such as movie tickets and other cool items are up for grabs during the Blockbuster Weekend! Also, get a chance to win movie invites to the Advance Screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse by just posting on your Facebook or Twitter accounts your very own photo at the Upside Down Room taken during the Blockbuster Weekend.

Check the latest movies and book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

 

Rebisco and the Filipino Artistry with its Special Edition Designer Can series

One of the most iconic fixtures in a Filipino home is the Rebisco Assorted Biscuits Tin Can — that multi-colored can of snacks that generations have always loved.

Through the years, Rebisco products have become a part of Filipino tradition — a pasalubong lovingly carried to waiting family members in many homecomings; a favorite merienda fare; a much-loved snack passed around during family gatherings, big and small.

A silent witness to the evolution of Filipino lifestyles, Rebisco Assorted Biscuits continues to be a Pinoy favorite, standing the test of time.

A fresh take on a Filipino classic

As it marks its 55th anniversary, Rebisco takes its humble tin can to the next level by partnering with renowned Filipino contemporary artists to create the Rebisco Special Edition Designer Cans. These works of art aim to showcase the rich history and evolution of the brand, while using the can itself as a vehicle of expression.

The growth of Rebisco parallels that of the Filipino culture. Over the past 55 years, Rebisco has grown into a formidable brand, thanks to the Filipino’s undying love and support, allowing it to grow into what it is today. As a fledgling company, Rebisco started with very simple offerings of biscuits and crackers packed into a can with images of the biscuits. Over time, the packaging evolved, soon showcasing family-themed art works as well.

Visualizing the rich local flavor

Beautifully using the tin can as the canvas through which they can capture local color are four of the country’s talented contemporary artists – Migs Villanueva, Aris Bagtas, Roel Obemio, and Joseph Banez. By collaborating with Rebisco, they aim to shine the light on Filipino artistry and culture in a tradition that Rebisco has created.

Migs Villanueva, a Palanca-awardee visual artist, uses bold pastel colors and wanderlust compositions to invite Filipinos to see their own childhood experiences in her works.  Aris Bagtas shows the Filipinos’ identity through his folk, religious and abstract works,  inspiring people to create a country where family values, traits and traditions are not forgotten. Roel Obemio, a member of the famed Saturday Group,  uses storybook characters and Filipino family-oriented imagery that convey whimsy and fantasy. Joseph “Otep” Bañez, who made his own brand of Filipino Pop-Social Realism that took the market by storm, creates detailed renditions combined with playful colors and hilarious settings.

Alongside these artists, celebrity and visual artist Heart Evangelista-Escudero plus radio DJ Chico Garcia celebrated the launch as official event hosts for this prestigious event.

This project’s new masterpieces are featured on the tin can’s outer packaging. There are four sets of special edition designer cans, and inside are assorted premium biscuits, crackers, cookies and wafers – all-time favorites that people love to snack on and share.

Retailing for php175.00 SRP, these are now available at leading supermarkets nationwide, namely Robinsons, Puregold, Waltermart, Rustans, and Shopwise.

Starting November 15, 2018, you can also buy online via http://www.honestbee.ph.

“Every Pinoy family has a story to tell and through the years, we make these stories come to life through our products. Rebisco’s Special Edition Designer Cans support local not only through taste, but through art. We at Rebisco believe that life is a constant journey of growing and refining who we are.

We find a new twist to an old product to rekindle interest for it while continuing our tradition to let the tin can serve as an art canvas that tells the stories and values of Filipino families,” said Ms. Lulu dela Peña, the Marketing Communications Head of Rebisco.

 

Indeed, Rebisco’s Special Edition Designer Can will once again be part of the Filipino heritage. What are you waiting for? Express your support for local by gifting your family and friends with Rebisco’s special edition designer cans, and share with them a taste of our rich Filipino culture.

 

Face Off: Yoshitaka Naito and Joshua Pacio At ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES Media Open Workout


The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held a Media Open Workout on September 20 at the Jakarta Muaythai & MMA Gym in Jakarta. Reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Japan faced off with challenger Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of the Philippines for the first time ahead of their epic rematch scheduled for the main event of ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES this Saturday, 22 September at the Jakarta Convention Center.

Yoshita Naito, ONE Strawweight World Champion, stated:

“I have a lot of respect for Joshua Pacio, he is a very talented kid and a great martial artist. I have no doubt that one day, he will be champion. But that day hasn’t arrived yet. Right now, it’s my time. He will have his chance, but I am in the best condition of my career and I fully expect to walk out of the arena this Saturday the winner, with title fully intact. He has improved immensely in the two years since we last met in the cage, but so have I. I am a much more complete martial artist now than ever before. This will be an exciting bout for sure, but  one that I will come out of still champion.”

Joshua Pacio, ONE World Title challenger, stated:

“I have waited two long years for this, working on my skills every single day and improving with every bout. This is no doubt the biggest fight of my professional career. I am a completely different fighter now compared to before when we first met. I think I will surprise him a lot with how much I have changed. I have worked extremely hard with my team, with my coach, on developing a fight-winning strategy for this Saturday night. All that’s left is for me to execute. Winning the world title means a lot to me. It will give me a chance to provide a better life for myself and for my family. I have only victory on my mind in this bout.”

Reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Naito is one of the most successful martial artists to ever emerge from Japan. In just four short years since debuting in 2012, Naito conquered the notoriously competitive Japanese martial arts scene, capturing the Shooto Flyweight Title. Since making his ONE Championship debut in 2016, Naito has captured the ONE Strawweight World Championship on two occasions, defeating former champions Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Alex Silva. Naito is now set to defend his title against former opponent Joshua Pacio in an epic rematch.

Former ONE World Title challenger Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of Baguio City, Philippines was inspired to take up martial arts ever since he was 12 years old. After an undefeated amateur career, Pacio soon made his professional debut, where he went 6-0 before making it to the global stage of ONE Championship. In 2016, he got his chance against reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, falling just short of victory. Now riding a three-bout winning streak, Pacio has earned a rematch against the champion, and will now face Naito for his second shot at the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

May the best fighter win!

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

Feel the Thrill in The Predator and Mystery in A Simple Favor At SM Cinema

It’s another great week for awesome movies…

Prepare yourselves to witness a hunt and solve some mystery with the two latest movie features of SM Cinema, “The Predator” and “A Simple Favor”.

From the bloody R-Rated franchise, “The Predator” brings the universe’s most lethal hunters back on Earth.

Set in a small town, a young boy accidentally triggers a signal that called the Predators and landed on their area. Now, a group of ex-soldiers and a science teacher will have to face the Predators, who evolved and became stronger, smarter and deadlier after they upgraded their DNA with other alien species.

“The Predator”, directed and co-written by Shane Black, features lead actors Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key and Sterling K. Brown.

Another R-Rated film, “A Simple Favor” will go through solving the mystery behind the disappearance of a woman with dark secrets.

Originally a novel by Darcey Bell, “A Simple Favor” will follow the life of Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger, as she met an ultra-glamorous mom, Emily Nelson (Blake Lively), and how they became friends.

One afternoon, Emily asked Stephanie for a simple favor and as Stephanie agreed, Emily mysteriously disappeared. After Stephanie found out that her friend is missing, she goes to rescue and find her missing friend. As she continuesher journey looking for Emily, she will discover several things about her friend’s mysterious past.

Directed by Paul Feig, “A Simple Favor” is a stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.

Experience the thrill of “The Predator” in IMAX and SM Cinema branch near you and solve the mystery of “A Simple Favor” in Director’s Club and SM Cinema branches nationwide as both films are now showing.

Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.comor download the SM Cinema mobile app.

You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

Another Exciting Short Film Collaboration: #WeAreIntramuros

The more film festivals the better! And that was what just happened earlier today, August 30, 2018 at the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) when a media launch was held to ring out #WeAreIntramuros Short Film Festival.

#WeAreIntramuros, a 24-hour filmmaking challenge focusing cultural awareness on Filipino values and the very historic portions of the Walled City aka Intramuros.

Together with Intramuros Administrator Atty. Guiller Asido, Chairperson Liza Dino explained that this activity is in line with the aim to encourage more young filmmakers to explore their creativity and craft.

“This challenge will surely need our filmmakers to be on their toes and make use of every resource and minute that they have. We look forward to seeing the types of films that they will be coming up with,” she said.

The goal is also to make Intramuros as a viable location for FILM or A/V production. The historical backdrop and interesting venues within the perimeters of INTRAMUROS will hopefully be highlighted by the creativity of the young participants.

The film projects can be of any topic as long as it is promoting the outstanding values of the Filipino people like hospitality, valuing family, hard work, and resourcefulness. Through the Wall Production Fund, ten (10) chosen participants will get an allowance to produce three to five-minute films. The competition is open to all young aspiring filmmakers in High School and College around Manila.

Qualifications include the following:

1. Participants should be a Filipino citizen or a Philippine Passport holder
2. Applicant must be a student of an educational institution in the Metro Manila area.

The production crew TEAM (max of 4 members total) with the proponent will have to come from the same educational institution they’re connected with.

Mechanics for submission:

1. Completed PDF Document of the Entry Form: Synopsis, Treatment, Director’s Intention, and rough outline of the production budget, list of filmmaking tools they’ll be bringing during the 24-hour challenge.
2. Proponent’s Scanned copy of passport / any government-issued ID (1) and/or scanned copy of school ID
3. Proponent may submit a maximum of two (2) entries but only one (1) will be selected.
4. All submissions must be done online.
5. All entries must be original.
6. Preferences must be cited properly and with permission
7. Project must include Intramuros as a viable location.

Finalists can win the following awards:
1. Best Film Award with Php 20,000.00 cash prize, trophy & certificate
2. Jury’s Choice Award with Php 15,000.00 cash prize, trophy & certificate
3. People’s Choice Award with Php 10,000 cash prize, trophy & certificate (most viral video)
4. Consolation Prize of Php 5,000 for the eight (8) production teams with certificates
5. Special Award that the Jury might feel rewarding, Php 5,000 for one or two (1 or 2 ) production teams with certificates.

The partnership hopes to raise the values of national pride, encourage common good and foster cultural awareness and creativity.

Deadline of submission of entries is on September 20, 2018.

For more details, like and follow the FDCP social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page.

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