Far East Film Fest Set to Conquer Udine, Italy

 In celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will be leading a big delegation of Filipino filmmakers, artists, and members of the academe with the Philippines chosen as the Country of Focus in the Far East Film Festival happening on April 24 to 29 in Udine, Italy.

Set to compete in the Festival are “Si Chedeng sa Si Apple,” “Smaller and Smaller Circles” and “Ang Larawan,” while restored Ricky Lee classics, “Himala” and “Moral”, directed by the well renowned late director, Marilou Diaz-Abaya will be showcased at the restored film classics feature.

With the opportunity to showcase our very own filmmakers in Far East Film Festival, FDCP is bringing in select filmmakers and speakers for Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Talks.

Speakers include Mr. Ed Lajano, Festival Director of QCinema, Bianca Balbuena, CEO of EpicMedia, renowned actress Elizabeth Oropesa and FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño for Filipino Popular Cinema to be moderated by Mr. Max Tessier on April 26.

Film Historian and documentarist Mr. Nick Deocampo will talk about Discovering the Past: Asian Film History – Filipino Cinema during WWII, to be introduced by Mr. Roger Garcia, Festival Director of Hong Kong International Film Festival on April 27.

Aside from these, FDCP is also proud to announce that three Filipino film projects made it to the 14 titles selected by Focus Asia, the Far East Film Festival Project Market dedicated to genre cinema. These projects in development will be presented to more than 200 professionals made up of panels, one-on-one meetings, projections and networking opportunities.

These are “Belen” by Quark Henares, produced by Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew, Epicmedia Productions Inc., “Quantum Suicide” by Mikhail Red, produced by Micah Tadena, Media East Productions and Taro Imai, Harakiri Films, co-produced by Japan and “Wilderness” by Nadira Ilana, produced by Nadira Ilana, Telan Bulan Films and Pamela Reyes, Create Cinema and Panuksmi Hardjowirogo, M’GO Films, a co-production between Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore.

On the other hand, Filipino Producer Monster Jimenez of Arkeo Films with her film in development, “Return of the Owl” by Martika Ramirez Escobar made it to the 15 selected projects for the tenth edition of Ties That Bind, the Asia-Europe co-production workshop, bringing together Asian and European professionals in the development of film projects. These selected films will have the opportunity to meet numerous producers, financiers and distributors present on the Focus Asia days for potential partnership in the development of their film.


The Far East Film Festival runs from April 20 to 29, 2018.


Rampage With The Rock

Dwayne The Rock Johnson is back with an action-packed film “Rampage” directed by Brad Peyton. It among others features a wolf, a deadly crocodile and an albino gorilla named George!

It just hit the theaters. You will enjoy the movie with a bag of popcorn and lots of wild creative imagination.

Watch it best in IMAX available in selected SM Cinemas.

Must See Suspense: “A Quiet Place” by John Krasinski

Imagine…A Quiet Place

Starring Emily Blunt alongside her husband and director of the film John Krasinski, A Quiet Place will surely leave its viewers shaking with anticipation and filled with paranoia as they step into the life of the Abbott family.

Every move of the characters is tense with dread second-by-second as the unknown creatures lurk, able to terrorize the family with a single cry or a heavy footstep. That is why sign language is key wherein the cast needed to study and learn how to sign.

Millicent Simmonds in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

Left to right: John Krasinski and Noah Jupe in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

Emily Blunt in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

For a thrilling and unpredictable cinematic experience, A Quiet Place is sure to keep your heart pounding at the edge of your seat feel, until the very end,

Invite anyone you know to any Director’s Club or SM Cinema theatre.

PPP 2018 Announced by FDCP


After its success last year, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will once again be hosting the second year of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) on August 15-21, 2018. 

 In partnership with all the theaters in the country, PPP will be selecting eight (8) films to have their Philippine premiere during the event. “PPP was so well-received by our audience last year and we believe that this industry event is worth doing again this year. We are very proud that Filipinos came together to support our own and enjoy our amazing slate of quality genre films,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Dino during a meeting with the producers last April 4, 2018 at Salu Restaurant in Quezon City.

“Everybody is looking forward to PPP 2018 and we are working hard to make it even more successful,” she added. PPP will also be an opportunity for producers to enhance their experience and learn more about the ins and outs of the industry, from marketing, to booking, and distributing their films.”

PPP 2018 is open to all Filipino producers with finished films who may submit more than one (1) entry with the following criteria:

 A.         The film should have themes reflective of the Filipino sensibilities culture      with wide audience appeal.

B.         The film should have been produced from 2017-2018.

C.         The film must have its Philippine premiere during the Pista ng Pelikulang     Pilipino and must not have been previously shown in any format in the             country. Films which premiered internationally are eligible.

D.         The film should have a minimum of 75 minutes and a maximum of 180         minutes in length.

E.         The film must be submitted with English subtitles.

F.         The producer must have a distributor.

G.         The producer must have a marketing plan ready in the event of selection.


Applications open on April 20 with the deadline on June 15, 2018.
For more information, visit www.fdcp.ph and Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipinio facebook page and other PPP social media accounts.



#BFF aka Best Friend of the Forest Anyone?

The Philippines is facing a rapid decline of forest cover—from 27 million hectares down to already as little as 7 million hectares. In fact, most of the country’s old growth forests are in danger of deforestation. Forests in Palawan, Sierra Madre, Samar and Leyte, and Mindanao are threatened by agricultural conversion and human settlements.

Along with the combined threats of logging activities, poor law enforcement, and mining projects in biodiversity-rich areas such as Palawan, the country is losing approximately 47,000 hectares of forest cover every year, according to the data provided by the Forest Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“The threat of deforestation has become so severe that we are losing forest cover at an alarming rate. If we do not take action, our forests may not be around for the next generation to see,” said Forest Foundation Philippines’ Executive Director, Atty. Jose Canivel.

It is for this reason that the Forest Foundation Philippines has issued a call to action for students, conservationists, environmentalists, and nature lovers alike as it launches its youth-advocacy campaign, the Best Friends of the Forest Movement (BFF Movement).

“The youth are upbeat, hopeful, and they want to contribute to the greater good. We want to empower the youth and give them a platform to do good for the forests,” he added.

Just recently, we got personally invited to witness the launching of the latest #BFF s and these are interesting individuals who have imbibed within them how the environment and Mother Nature means a lot to them.

The movement will gather a community of environmentalists, travelers, social entrepreneurs and artists with the goal of inspiring and empowering the youth into action.

The #BFFs 

She is the great mind behind MUNI. Through this community, she helps create a healthy, sustainable world by changing mindsets about how we eat, shop and travel. She believes that it’s not about moving mountains to create change but the little things, that if multiplied, will create that big impact.

Meet Jen Horn our BFF for social entrepreneurship! Be with her as she takes on the #BFFMovement!

He is a visual artist who crafts one-of-a-kind furniture and art pieces from upcycled reclaimed “found wood.” Found wood refers to wood that comes not from trees, but from old homes, construction sites and others. By breathing new life into the hardy material, he is able to push the limits of wood to create art while being an advocate for the conservation of the forest.

Meet Níccolo José, the BFF for arts and culture! #BFFMovement

This group of adventurers and environmental advocates has been conquering our mountains since 1977. They know responsible traveling by heart because exploring the world doesn’t only satisfy their wanderlust but most of all, makes them one with nature. And when you are one with nature, you get to see all its beauty, its potential, and its needs.

Let’s all meet our BFFs for ecotourism, the UP Mountaineers! #BFFMovement

A jack of all trades, he is a physician, medical anthropologist, writer and environmental advocate. He spends his leisure time pursuing his hobby of mountain climbing locally and overseas. He also maintains pinoymountaineer.com, the Lonely Planet-recommended guide to hiking in the Philippines.

Meet the Pinoy Mountaineer himself, our conservationist Dr. Gideon Lasco! #BFFMovement

ALL together now!!!

Be Part of the Movement

There are a lot of means and ways to help conserve and protect the forests. You can do this by helping:

  1. Grow forests. You can participate in tree-growing activities and report incidents of illegal logging and poaching to the proper authorities.
  2. Grow livelihoods. It is important to strike a balance between development and conservation. Using wood meaningfully and responsibly from sustainable sources enables us to meet our current needs, while implementing options to protect our forests for the future generations to meet their own needs. This also enables the continuity of economic opportunities for the forest-dependent communities.
  3. Grow partnerships – We can’t do it all. It’s important to work with other people and groups in this endeavor. You can support other efforts or even organize your own activities to help conserve and protect our forests.
  4. Grow advocates. By simply living the advocacy and sharing your passion for the forests can go along way—you can already help spread awareness and bring new advocates into the fold.


So what part will you play to save the forests?

Take action now with the BFF Movement! For more information, log on to http://www.forestfoundation.ph/be-a-bff/.

Let’s all TAKE ACTION now before it’s too LATE.



Lenten Must Watch Film: Paul, Apostle of Christ

How well do you know St. Paul, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ? It is the Lenten Season and what better way to reflect and meditate on the passion of Christ is to also experience the painful but inspiring lives of His apostles and disciples.

In the perspective of the Apostle Luke, the film depicts Paul in the midst of a brutal Roman campaign against religion, persecuting all those who share the faith and preach the word of the Lord through the most gruesome methods ever devised.

Paul was the former Saul, The Persecutor who stopped on nothing to prevent the Good News from being spread at that time in Gospel History.

Paul is held prisoner and sentenced to death by Roman Emperor Nero. Luke, risks his life to visit him in prison and there decides to write another text containing the beginnings of “The Way” and the start of what will later be known as the Church.

Chained and confined in the infamous Mamertine Prison, under the command of the hateful Prefect Mauritius Gallas, Paul introspects, realizing the tribulations he underwent
countless floggings, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst.
As he awaits for certain death alone in the dark, the shadows of his past misdeeds haunt him and he wonders if he will be able to finish the race well.

The two Apostles struggle against the weakness of humanity and one of Christianity’s gruelling oppressions in order to spread the Gospel of Jesus and keep the faith as a beacon of hope to all the believers across the land.

“When I think of God’s grace and mercy and who’s the one embodiment of that, it’s always Paul to me. Somebody who goes from basically the greatest persecutor of early
Christians into the greatest evangelizer in all of church history,” writer and director Andrew Hyatt shared.

Starring Jim Caviezel as Luke, French actor Olivier Martinez as Mauritius Gallas and Game of Thrones alumnus, James Faulkner in lead role, “Paul, Apostle of Christ” will be exclusively screened at SM Cinemas nationwide starting March 23rd.

It was a delight seeing Caviezel back on the big screen with another religious character. Everyone knows him in the blockbuster hit, The Passion of the Christ shown back in 2004. Not everyday you see 3 brilliant actors together in one screen!

Do watch and Be Blessed! ♥♥

Tickets can be booked through http://www.smcinema.com or downloading the SM Cinema app at App Store and Google
Play. Stay tuned and posted thru SM Cinema Facebook and
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ONE Warrior Series With Rich Franklin Debuts March 31

Can’t wait to finally see this, Rich! Good luck and Congratulations! ☺♥☺

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the inaugural event of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, which will be held in Singapore on 31 March. The live spectacle features prospects signed on during the show who will compete in professional bouts to earn a contract with ONE Championship exceeding US $100,000+ based on performance.

Rich Franklin, Vice President of ONE Championship and CEO of ONE Warrior Series, stated: “It is my honor to announce the first ONE Warrior Series event to be held in Singapore. We’ve visited many great Asian nations over the past few months and now have a solid group of competitors ready to earn their time in the spotlight. Asia is the hotbed of the industry’s top martial arts prospects. I have enjoyed taking in all that Asia has to offer, while discovering some of the most promising young talent on this side of the world. ONE Championship and ONE Warrior Series will continue to search for the region’s best martial artists and give them a platform to showcase their skills to the world.”

Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series is a new travel series talent search which runs in 30-minute episodes. The show aims to discover new martial arts talent across Asia, providing promising young athletes with the platform to unleash their martial arts greatness. Franklin, who serves as the show’s host, travels across the Asian continent with co-host Jonathan Fong, searching for talent, experiencing local cultures and testing their boundaries.

The screening and tryouts process consists of pad sessions, grappling demonstrations, conditioning exams, and an interview process, among others. Once selected, athletes will compete in professional bouts with a chance at earning a contract with ONE Championship exceeding US $100,000+ based on performance. The episodes of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series are available on ONE Championship’s YouTube channel athttps://www.youtube.com/ user/OneFCMMA

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/ON EChampionship.

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