Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

13th Virgin Lab Fest is truly ‘Wagas’

There is no English word that can fully capture the meaning of the Filipino word, “Wagas.” Consult a dictionary and it will give you all feel-good meanings: unfeigned, endless, genuine, sincere, true, pure, faithful. “Wagas na pag-ibig,” is a common phrase. We also say it with an exclamation point to stress our approval. We also […]

July 2, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Entertainment  3 Comments

Cinemalaya 2016: showcase of Filipino talent, substance and relevance

I hope the movies shown in the recent Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival would be shown in commercial theaters more widely later. I was able to watch only two: “Kusina” starring Judy Ann Santos under the direction of David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares and “Pamilya Ordinaryo” by Eduardo Roy, Jr. (“Pamilya Ordinaryo” won the best fim, […]

August 15, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment  One Comment

French film festival, a delightful respite from the toxic political exercise

Martin Macalintal, audiovisual attaché at the French Embassy in Manila, might as well have taped his answer to the question, “Will Ma’ Rosa be shown during this year’s festival?” That was the question everybody asked Macalintal at last Wednesday’s press preview of the 21st Film Festival held at My Cinema in Greenbelt 3 in Makati. […]

May 27, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment  One Comment

Beneficiaries seek accounting of MMFF funds

Text and photos Maria Feona Imperial VERA Files (First of two parts) Movies featuring the country’s most popular stars—including presidential sister Kris Aquino, comedian Vice Ganda, screen favorites John Lloyd Cruz and Jennylyn Mercado, and young love team Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza—are likely to make the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival another smash hit, […]

December 24, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Entertainment, Vera Files  5 Comments

Antonio Luna not assassinated? Puñeta

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Abaya is a great grandson of Emilio Aguinaldo, considered as the First President of the Philippines (1899–1901). Aguinaldo was head of the revolutionary forces that proclaimed Philippine independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite. The current box office sensation is Jerrold Tarrog’s “Heneral Luna”, a movie about […]

September 24, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Entertainment  10 Comments

Aquino, Del Rosario and Gazmin should watch ‘Heneral Luna’

I watched “Heneral Luna” last Friday at Southmall in Las Pinas and I witnessed something that re-affirmed my faith in the Filipino: after the screening the students in the audience clapped. I should not be worrying much about the future of our country. Actress, writer and director Bibeth Orteza, who is a member of the […]

September 20, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Entertainment, History  5 Comments

Antidote to inane and offensive TV shows : Don’t watch

A number of parents and single adult friends who happened to watch some episodes of Pinoy Big Brother 737 were appalled by the very sexual behavior of housemates, who are all teenagers –the youngest are 12 years old. Which made me wonder, if the audience have that reaction watching the reality show, how about the […]

July 15, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Entertainment  8 Comments

Celebrities show conscience and heart for the 44 SAF heroes

Wearing black arm bands emblazoned with “44”, of the international hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas and one of the judges of The Voice PH, led the performance of one the group’s hits, “Where is the Love?” in last Sunday’s episode of the singing competition. The lyrics were sharply apt: “Overseas, yeah, we try to […]

February 3, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Entertainment, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  7 Comments

Filipinos are worth making good movies for

It was one time when I didn’t feel bad when I was told that there were no more tickets available for the film I wanted to watch. I was so happy seeing the Cultural Center of the Philippines filled with people who love films. It showed that Filipinos yearn for good films. The scene disproved […]

August 4, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment, Malaya  2 Comments

Mark Aug. 2 – 10 for Cine Malaya film festival

The much-awaited Cine Malaya festival, a showcase of intelligent and sensible movies by Filipino filmmakers, will be on Aug 2-10 in CCP Theaters and Ayala Cinemas in Metro Manila. There are 11 films participating. I have marked on my schedule “Hari ng Tondo” by Carlos Siguion-Reyna. Script by Bibeth Orteza. A grandfather played by Robert […]

July 25, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Entertainment  No Comments