FDCP Cine Lokal presents: Sinag Maynila 2018

Sinag Maynila is baaaaack!!! Considered as one of my favorite independent film festivals, new partnerships have formed this year.

In line with its program to support and empower local film festivals, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is partnering with Solar Entertainment Corporation to host Sinag Maynila 2018 films in its SM Cine Lokal theaters starting March 9, 2018 and hold the FDCP Film Talks @ Sinag Maynila.

Sinag Maynila boosts a powerful line up of feature films in competition which include Abonimation directed by Yam Laranas, Bomba directed by Ralston Jover, El Peste directed by Richard Somes, Melodrama/Random/Melbourne! directed by Matthew Victor Pastor and Tale of the Lost Boys directed by Joselito Altarejos. “Cine Lokal aims to be a venue for quality films to be made available to Filipino audience and by supporting Sinag Maynila, these creative and meaningful films will have a home and will be watched by not just film enthusiasts, but the general public”, said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Dino. 

Furthermore, Sinag Maynila will be featuring the FDCP Film Talks @ Sinag Maynila on  March 10, 2018 at SM North Edsa Cinema 3 at 1:00PM. This is a special panel discussion on the international journey of films from film festivals to distribution and will be free of charge. Participants can pre-register by sending an email with their name and contact number to filmdevelopmentcouncil@gmail.com. Venue will open at 12:30pm.

The panel features Jeremy Segay, Korea and South East Asia Representative of Unifrance, Takeo Hisamatsu, Festival Director of Tokyo International Film Festival and our very own, globally recognized director, and co-founder of Sinag Maynila, Brillante Mendoza.

FDCP’s strengthened partnerships with film festivals and organizations starting with Sinag Maynila is also in line with the celebration of the one hundred years of Philippine cinema. “This year and next year will be focused on celebrating this milestone. We believe that this is the time to come together to commemorate this legacy, learn from our film history, and also look forward to the next hundred years,” added Chairperson Dino. 

Make sure to catch all Sinag Maynila films in all Cine Lokal theaters in Manila from March 8-15, 2018.

For more information, visit the Cine Lokal Facebook page and other FDCP social media accounts.


♥ Haepi Ballentain Oppa! ♥

These handsome and talented Korean actors are the current candies in my eyes!
My Top 15 Lead and Support Actors To Date as of February 14, 2018
Kim Rae Won
Yoo Seung ho

Park Hae Jin

Ji Sung Yeon Woo jin

Min Namkoong

Marvel’s Black Panther in SM Cinemas

Get ready for an action-packed Valentines this February as Marvel’s The Black Panther comes out with expanded scenes on IMAX!

Last seen aiding the fleeing Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War, witness T’Challa (Black Panther)embrace his new role as the ruler and protector of the majestic kingdom of Wakanda.

Having the biggest and only reserve of vibranium, the strongest, most durable metal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Captain America’s shield is made out of vibranium!), Wakanda has taken enormous progress in technology, this is the same reason the nation is threatened by Ulysses Klaue,a high-level criminal and the would-be usurper Erik Stevens, aka Killmonger.

Now, T’Challa as Black Panther along with the Dora Milaje, the all-female Wakandan security force, have to protect their kingdom and save the world from the formidable enemy forces.

The Black Panther movie experience becomes even better at IMAX theatres. With at least 50 minutes of the movie expanding to fit IMAX®screens, audiences will be treated to an even more immersive movie experience. The expanded 1.9:1 aspect ratio and IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio will transport you to Black Panther’s kingdom. Discover Wakanda’s Tribal Council, the Wakandan hive of research and development; the ancient subterranean Hall of Kings; and the stunning Warrior Falls, the ceremonial heart of Wakanda’s revered traditions.

SM Cinema also brings to you a reel-to-real experience with an interactive display of the mythical African nation with The Secrets of Wakanda. Get a glimpse of the Vibranium cave, Warriors of Wakanda costume gallery and, a life-size figurine of the Black Panther himself. The exhibit can be seen at the SM City Fairview on February 22, and SM City San Lazaro on March 8.

Starring Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Stevens/Killmonger), Academy award winner Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye) and, Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Black Panther will be coming to cinemas this February 14.

Book your tickets now through the new website, http://www.smcinema.com or for an even more convenient experience, get the SM Cinema app andwin movie tickets! Download the SM Cinema app now through the App store and Google Play.  Stay tuned to SMCinema on facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for more information!

Long live the king #BlackPanther this February 14 and enjoy the full cinematic experience with IMAX® atSM Cinema.

Photo Credits:  Ruel Umali / Cheska Itable 



Cine Lokal Celebrates All Kinds of Love in February

Happy Love Month is just around the corner…♥♥♥

This February, Cine Lokal features a set of incredible films exploring this concepts which are all set to screen in eight (8) SM Cinemas.

Included in the lineup is a 2016 Sinag Maynila suspense thriller film “Lila” directed by Gino M. Santos starring Janine Gutierrez, Sherry Lara and Enchong Dee. The film is about a woman who tries to escape a past that haunts her and moves into the house of a warmhearted landlady, seeking atonement and a fresh start — the house, however, has other ideas.

directed by Gino M. Santos
Opens February 2
1:00pm3:30pm6:00pm and 8:30pm

Followed by the romantic drama film “4 Days” directed by Adolf Alix Jr. starring Sebastian Castro and Mikoy Morales. 

4 Days tells the story of two college friends who slowly realize they mean more to each other than either had initially realized. 4 Days joins Derek and Mark in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day over the course of a few years- charting the blossoming of a friendship in to something much more enduring as time goes on – and challenging both to question who they thought they were and who they truly want to me. Painting a moving picture of how an abiding friendship can sometimes lead to love – and how we sometimes have to wrestle with our own demons to find their true self, 4 Days is achingly romantic and delicate.

Directed by Adolf Alix Jr.
Opens February 9
1:00pm3:30pm6:00pm and 8:30pm

Completing the list of February films is the 2nd ToFarm Film Festival’s 2nd Best Picture drama film “What Home Feels Like” directed by Joseph Abello which won the Best Actor and Actress awards for Bembol Roco and Irma Adlawan,  together with Rex Lantano and Bianca Libinting. It tells the home life of father and seaman, Antonio, who is forced to spend most of time at home upon learning that he can never aboard a ship again. Facing struggles as he doesn’t know what to do next, he follows the footsteps of his parents and buys a farm using their family savings.

What Home Feels Like
Directed by Joseph Abello
Opens February 23
1:00pm3:30pm6:00pm and 8:30pm

Catch all films at these dates and time at SM Manila, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Southmall and SM Bacoor.

Have fun at the movies!!!



Congrats 2017 MBC Drama Awards Winners

What a year 2017 has been for the many Korean Dramas produced and watched over at MBC. And most of them I have personally seen and enjoyed.

The 2017 MBC Drama Awards was recently held December 30, 2018 and the evening was graced by the best and brilliant actors and actresses Korean television has to offer.

Congrats to all the nominees and especially the winners who took home a trophy and lovely bouquet of flowers from MBC.

I am biased with the win of Yoo Seungho, one of my favorite Korean actors who began his career as a child actor and at only 25 has already seemed to accomplish a lot of film and KDrama adventures. I have watched most of his KDramas to date. So happy and proud of his latest win, a deserving award to a very hardworking and passionate actor of his generation. Saranghae, Seungho!!! ♥

Top Excellence Award – Best Actor in a Miniseries
Yoo Seung-ho – “Ruler: Master of the Mask”

Ha JiWon, I am also fond of your acting and beauty onscreen. Happy and proud as well of your latest recognition for your medical portrayal on “Hospital Ship”. You and CNBLUE’s Kang MinHyuk really look cute and adorbs as well as the rest of the exciting/funny cast.

Top Excellence Award – Best Actress in a Miniseries
Ha Ji-won – “Hospital Ship”

Since watching you in another network’s KDrama, you have captured my attention to your liking and how teasing you can be on your roles. Kim Jung Hyun I hope to see more of your handsome face on TV!

Best New Actor Kim Jung-hyun
 – “Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
MyungSoo, just keep on doing what is best when it comes to your singing and acting career. But I also hope to see and watch more of your doing another period drama, and perhaps a romcom and mystery drama. Fighting!
Best Character and Popularity Award Kim MyungSoo — Ruler: Master of the Mask

2017 MBC Drama Awards Honor Roll:

Kim Sang Joong – Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

[Serial Drama]
Actor: Go Se Won – Return of the Lucky Pot
Actress: Kim Mi Kyung – Person Who Gives Happiness

[Monday Tuesday Drama]
• Kim Ji Suk – 20th Century Boy and Girl
• Jo Jung Suk – Two Cops
Actress: Lee Honey – Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

[Weekend Drama]
Actor: Jang Hyuk – Money Flower

Actor: Yoo Seung Ho – Ruler: Master of the Mask
Actress: Ha Ji Won – Hospital Ship

[Serial Drama]
Actor: Kang Kyung Jun – Sisters-in-law
Actress: Song Sun Mi – Return of the Lucky Pot

[Monday Tuesday Drama]
Actor: Kim Sun Ho – Two Cops
Actress: Chae Su Bin – Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

[Weekend Drama]
Actor: Jang Seung Jo – Money Flower
Actress: Jang Hee Jin – You Are Too Much

Actor: Shin Sung Rok – Man Who Dies To Live
Actress: Han Sun Hwa – Radiant Office

Actor: Kim Myung Soo (L) – Ruler: Master of the Mask
Actress: Kim So Hyun – Ruler: Master of the Mask

[Serial Drama]
Actor: Ahn Nae Sang – Golden Pouch
Actress: Song Ok Sook – Person Who Gives Happiness

[Monday Tuesday Drama]
Actor: Jung Bo Suk – The King In Love
Actress: Seo I Suk – Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

[Weekend Drama]
Actor: Ahn Gil Kang – Bad Thief, Good Thief
Actress: Shin Dong Mi – Father I’ll Take Care of You

Actor: Oh Jung Se – Missing 9
• Kim Sun Kyung – Ruler: Master of the Mask
• Jang Shin Young – Radiant Office

• Nam Da Reum – The King In Love
• Lee Ro Woon – Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Villain Award :
• Choi Tae Joon – Missing 9
‘Most Wounded’ (lol due to fight scenes :p) Award
• Kim Myung Soo (L) – Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Comedic Character Award
• Jung Kyung Ho – Missing 9

Hwang Jin Young – Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

• Kim Sun Ho – Two Cops
• Kim Jung Hyun – Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

• Seo Joo Hyun (Seohyun) – Bad Thief, Good Thief

Credits:  Thank you to Sleepless Alliana and HanCinema.Net



Quid Pro Quo Wins the Asia Pacific Predator League 2018 North Luzon Qualifiers

The third qualifier of Asia Pacific Predator League 2018, the region’s biggest world-class gaming tournament, ends as Quid Pro Quo emerges as the victor taking home PHP 30,000.00. Held in TNC San Fernando, La Union, a total for 35 teams competed, with SG Dragons and Jhazchloe coming in at 2nd and 3rd place.

The brainchild of gaming giant Predator Gaming, the Asia Pacific Predator League 2018 is a brand new DOTA:2 league and the most anticipated eSports competition. The Philippines joins the action together with 6 other countries, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, where the final round will be held.

Quid Pro Quo
, the victor of the recently concluded North Luzon Leg in the Philippines, was formed only in September 2017 when the team’s current manager decided to take players from other existing gaming teams to form an all-new team. A previous winner of the TNC Cup Marikina Branch Qualifier, Quid Pro Quo is currently in Muntinlupa for its boot camp.

Congrats guys!!! ☺☺☺

The North Luzon Regional Qualifiers is one of 4 Regional Qualifiers in the Philippines, which will last for approximately 3 months until January 2018. Each with a prize pool of PHP 30,000.00, the Regional Qualifiers are held in various areas of the country, namely Mindanao (Bukidnon), Visayas (Bacolod), North Luzon (La Union), and NCR (Marikina). Winners of these qualifiers will move on to compete at the National Finals. The victor of the National Finals will then represent the Philippines in the Predator League final round, and will compete against the national winners of the other APAC countries for the total prize pool of $150,000.00.

In the Philippines, the Predator League 2018 eliminations are done with THENET.COM (TNC), the gaming company’s regular e-Sports partner. Asia Pacific Predator League 2018 is also supported by the Philippine DotA pride, TNC Pro Team – DotA 2.


For further information about Asia Pacific Predator League 2018 campaign, visit https://predator-league.com/.









#ASEANKoreaFluteFestival — In the Presence of Asian Ethnic Greats

December 1 — RCBC Plaza Makati
December 2 — Luneta Open Auditorium



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