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‘What film can do more than what film can say’

What’s on the world cinema landscape this year? The prevailing temperament, style and substance of filmmakers and markets in the Asian capitals, including Manila? Writer-producer Roger Garcia, who was born in Hong Kong but grew up in England, is one of the best resource persons to talk about movies. He is the executive director and...

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The Metro Manila Film Festival shows an industry alive and kicking

Awards nights are not complete without questioning the decisions of the jury, and the awards night of the 2023 edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) on Dec. 27 was no exception. Eyebrows were raised when “Firefly” was declared best picture over “GomBurZa,” which came in second. “GomBurZa,” after all, won more technical awards—best...

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Imelda Papin on being a Marcos loyalist

There are many ways to view Imelda Papin, who is regarded as “Asia’s Sentimental Songstress.” From the sociopolitical standpoint, she is not a turncoat. The public moves she makes all seem to involve her political alliances—win or lose—particularly when she sought public office in Camarines Sur and in Bulacan. She has never turned her back...

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Coming soon: the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival vs livestreaming

At the rate things are going, with most local movies screened in theaters ending up in the doldrums, what fate awaits the 2023 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)? Ten official entries will be shown in cinemas all over the country starting on Dec. 25 until Jan. 7, and elsewhere like Los Angeles, California, from Jan....

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Netflix’s ‘Chef Chico’ offers delicious viewing experience

“Replacing Chef Chico” is a taste test of how far Filipino creatives can satisfy the international audience.  And from the rave reviews and positive feedback it has been receiving since it was released globally last Nov. 24, it looks like the first Filipino-produced series on Netflix has passed the test. As of this writing, the...

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National talk: KathNiel split

Once there was a big-hit onscreen love team popularly known as KathNiel. Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla had been the top revenue-generating tandem in the advertising and box-office receipts of ABS-CBN, its erstwhile free TV Channel 2 and other tube broadcasts, and the network’s film arm, Star Cinema. Cable networks and livestreaming apps are still...

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Hello, Dolly

Last Sunday at a mall in Quezon City, shrieking fans were applauding the young box-office sensation Kathryn Bernardo and the seasoned actor Dolly de Leon. Damn, one thought, it’s about time. The occasion was a promo activity for “A Very Good Girl,” Kathryn and Dolly’s latest project which starts showing today, Sept. 27, in cinemas...