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!

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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.

Balag at Angud Opens Tanghalang Pilipino’s Latest Season

Layeta Bucoy’s

BALAG at ANGUD

An original Filipino musical based on the life of protest installation artist Junyee

Aug 31 to Sept 16, 2018

CCP Little Theater

Tickets: PHP 1000 | PHP 800

Now available in Ticketworld and the CCP Box Office

May the Ballet Force Be With You Ballet Manila @23

It’s time to watch and enjoy more ballet shows these days…
Ballet Manila opens their 23rd performance season, Tour de Force, with a presentation of the company’s most iconic performances. In a two-weekend affair, Iconic 1.0 and Iconic 2.0 will revisit some of Ballet Manila’s most memorable collaborations, selected from a repertoire of over 200 ballets performed since 1995.

Iconic 1.0 draws mostly from the strength of Ballet Manila’s global network, with highlights such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom. The Colombian-Belgian choreographer’s work is sought after in operas, musicals, and even in fashion—this piece is her first work ever for an Asian dance company. There’s also Sotto Voce by Augustus “Bam” Damian III, one of the most prolific Filipinos in European ballet. And as nod to Ballet Manila’s Vaganova roots, it is restaging a version of Romeo and Juliet by Russian legend Sergei Vikulov.

Meanwhile, Iconic 2.0 digs deep into the wealth of Ballet Manila’s homegrown talent, with gems such as Gerardo Francisco’s fantasy-filled Ibong Adarna, Osias Barroso’s lifelike Ecole, the late Ballet Manila co-founder Eric V. Cruz’s sensuous Carmen, and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s timeless Fur Elise.

We’re reliving the past in a very special way, because our company has seen many changes happening—most especially in our roster of dancers. It is such a fantastic learning experience to have some of our most loved and successful original ballets handed down to the new generation that is Ballet Manila today,” shares Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.

Seventeen different ballets, 14 featured choreographers, and the country’s premier classical dance company – the Iconic series is Ballet Manila’s biggest gala yet and promises to be a different, daring, and diverse season opener. With a single ticket valid for two shows, dance fans are in for two weekends’ of Iconic performances!

“This series is also an introduction of what Ballet Manila can do – and we can do it all, from the classics to contemporary pieces. We curated this series in such a way that we show as much variety and versatility as possible, so there’s a performance for everyone,” adds Lisa.

Tour de Force gets the ball rolling for Ballet Manila’s silver year on 2020, and the best is always yet to come for the company. With the perfect season opener in Iconic 1.0 and Iconic 2.0, this season promises to be a world-class and highly entertaining run that everyone in the family can enjoy. Don’t miss the opening gala dear all!

 

Show schedules:

“Tour De Force” kicks off this September with “Iconic 1.0,” which will be on September 1 and 2, 2018, and “Iconic 2.0,” which will be on September 8 and 9, 2018. One ticket will be valid on both weekends.

 

For more information about the shows, including ticket prices and schedules, you may visit http://www.balletmanila.com.ph or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are also available through all TicketWorld outlets. Please call 891-9999 or visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph for more information.

In addition, those who are planning to watch all the shows may take advantage of the company’s Season Subscription Programs, which offer up to 50% discount on ticket prices.

For more information, you may visit www.ticketworld.com.ph/balletmanila/Online/ and click on ‘View Details’ under ‘Season Subscription Program’.

 

 

A Festive Kick Off for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018

The 2nd year of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino had it’s kick off event and Grand Fans Day last August 14 2018 at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura in Taguig.

The PPP is a project spearheaded by Chairperson Liza Dino-Seguerra and features the best of Filipino film making as presented in various genres and subject matters.

The official eight entries for the main features include: 

Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WIFI    — by Jun Robles Lana

Bakwit Boys  — by Jason Paul Laxamana

Madilim Ang Gabi — by Adolf Alix Jr

Pinay Beauty  — by Jay Abello

Signal Rock — by Chito S. Rono

The Day After Valentine’s  — by Jason Paul Laxamana

Unli Life   —  by Miko Livelo

We Will Not Die Tonight  —  by Richard Somes

The six Special Features include: 

Balangiga  — by KhaVn

Kiko Boksingero  — by Thop Nazareno

Paki  — by Giancarlo  Abrahan

Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus  —  Gwein Baltazar

High Tide —  by  Tara Illenberger

Tu Pug Imatuy  —  by Arbi Barbarona

Our good friend Devon Seron from the film “Bakwit Boys” was there with fellow cast mate Vance Larena. Director Jason Paul Laxamana directs the film about dreams and reaching out hard for it no matter what. 

The only action film in the line up “We Will Not Die Tonight”  had its other cast attend including Direk Richard Somes with Alex Medina and Paolo Paraiso. 

Another good friend of mine from the movie “The Day After Valentine’s lead actor JC Santos was there to represent. This is the 2nd film under Direk JP for the same festival. 
Director Red Arbi Barbarona of Special Features “Tu Pug Imatuy” with Mara Lopez for “Signal Rock”
The opening film was Lino Brocka’s “White Slavery” shown back in 1985. And it lovingly reunited its lead stars Ricky Davao, Ms. Jaclyn Jose and Sarsi Emmanuel who is a very popular and sought after sexy and dramatic actress then.

The iconic film was remastered and digitally restored to be viewed by many more with a plot as burning as today’s headlines on human trafficking and prostitution.


This year’s #PPP is showing in cinemas nationwide from August 15-21 2018. This gives the movie public a reminder of a string of great quality locally made films that is worth for international release as well.

Guess If #BagongLabaOBagongBili With Tide, Alex G and Melai C

It started with an unexpected twinning OOTD. Now, netizens can’t get over who’s wearing bagong bili o bagong laba!

In a surprising yet funny incident, Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros were ‘twinning’ over the same white jumpsuit. And it’s not just your ordinary ‘Who wore it better?’ case. Plot twist? What got netizens talking is the confusion on who is wearing bagong bili o bagong laba.

Being playful as they are, the two girls posted this on social media and asked their followers to guess whose OOTD is Bagong Bili and Bagong Laba. In just 24 hours, Alex and Melai’s posts has over 200,000 likes and comments across social media. Now, everyone is feasting over it and throwing their own guesses. Even their co-actors and friends from showbiz are joining in on the craze.

It’s probably the toughest guessing game on social media right now, and the answer remains a mystery!

Celebrity host and actor Luis Manzano quipped in his comment, “Teka teka ,napahinto ako dito at nagulat ha! Kita ko yung post ni@cathygonzaga at @mrandmrsfrancisco? SWIPE! Bilis! 🙂 Sino ba sa kanila ang naka-BAGONG BILI at BAGONG LABA?!? Kilala ko si Melai, ma shopping yan, itong si Alex talo pa kuripot ng daga feeling ko bagong laba yang sa kanya. Baka TIDE ginamit para mukhang bago! 
Anong sa tingin niyo? Kanino ang 
#BagongBiliOBagongLaba?

Lloyd Cadena,  thought otherwise and said, Parehong maputi at mukhang bago ang damit nila pero NAKAKALOKA ang hirap hulaan kung kanino ba ang BAGONG BILI at BAGONG LABA! Feeling ko yung kay Melai ang bagong laba kasi sobrang familiar ng pagka puti niya parang labang TIDE! Ano sa tingin niyo, Cadenators?

 

Other celebrities who tried their luck were close friends of Alex– Fourth and Fifth Solomon, and mommy vloggers like Kris Lamugui, Anne Clutz and Isha Borromeo.

Whose OOTD do you think is Bagong Bili and Bagong Laba? Make your guess now for a chance to win cool prizes and a meet and greet with the stars! Share Alex and Melai’s post on Facebook or Twitter with your answer and the hashtag #BagongBiliOBagongLaba

 

Catch Across the Crescent Moon at Cinematheque Manila

In observance of the 2018 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will be holding a Cineforum featuring the film, Across the Crescent Moon on July 31, 2018 at the Cinematheque Manila.

The Cineforum is one of the main activities lined up for the week-long celebration of the global event in the Philippines, which mainly aims to raise public awareness on human trafficking. It will be graced by the film’s director and producer Ms. Baby Nebrida,  IACAT member agencies and partners led by the DOJ as IACAT Chair, the CFO (Usec. Astravel Pimentel-Naik) and the FDCP (Chairperson Liza Diño).

In 2013, the United Nations General adopted a resolution designating July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

The award-winning masterpiece of Ms. Nebrida (heralded as the Ambassador for Peace by the International Parliamentarians), is a good eye-opener to the problem of human trafficking in the Philippines. The protagonist, portrayed by Matteo Guidicelli, is a Muslim soldier who battles human trafficking and other crimes in the Southern part of Mindanao while keeping his marriage to his Christian wife (Alex Godinez) intact. The film highlights the perils of modern-day slavery and digs deeper into kidnapping, abduction, and illegal recruitment, as three modes of trafficking in the Philippines. It also tackles the uniqueness of inter-faith relationships, echoing the importance of unity despite tremendous religious and cultural differences. The film has garnered numerous international acclaims such as “Best Ensemble Cast and Best Feature Global Film” by the International Film Festival Manhattan and “Best Film” by the Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits men, women, and children for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation. From 2016 until the current year, the Philippine government, through the IACAT headed by the DOJ, has consistently ranked Tier 1 in the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. This means that the government fully meets the minimum global standards for the elimination of trafficking. The launch of IACAT’s 1343 Actionline Against Trafficking in 2011 marked the commitment of our government in eliminating threats of human trafficking, slavery, and abuse.

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