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Picking the right picture

Chai Fonacier holds her Luna trophy. (Photo: Tads Obach via Moira Lang's Facebook account)

Most movie-industry observers know the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) as primarily tasked to carry out two things: recognize the finest achievements in film in the previous year through its annual Luna Awards, and select the country’s official entry to the foreign-language film category of the Lunas’ American counterpart, the Oscars. 

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Breaking stereotypes with humor and heart

(From left) Chai Fonacier, Mailes Kanapi, Melde Montañez, Vincent Viado, and Jaclyn Jose in a scene from Patay na si Hesus. (Photo: 'Patay na si Hesus' Facebook page)

By Hananeel Bordey Special to The Market Monitor The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino ended two weeks ago, and among the 12 films shown at the festival, Victor Villanueva’s Patay na si Hesus was one of the most buzzed-about, thanks to its mixture of comedy and drama. First shown at the 2016 Quezon City International Film Festival, the movie garnered there the Audience …

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Past haunts abuser, abused in TNT’s drama ‘Blackbird’

Bart Guingona (left) and Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante.

Two years after it moved audiences with its critically acclaimed production of Larry Kramer’s AIDS drama The Normal Heart, The Necessary Theatre (TNT) has brought them another provocative play, Scottish dramatist David Harrower’s Blackbird, which runs at the RCBC Plaza’s Carlo P. Romulo Auditorium in Makati City until September 10, 2017. 

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Eddie Mesa to revisit career as Pinoy Elvis in special concert

Eddie Mesa today. (Photo: Mark Nicdao)

Former matinee idol Eddie Mesa, best known as the “Elvis Presley of the Philippines” in the 1960s and patriarch of one of the Philippines’s most celebrated acting dynasties, is set to entertain audiences once more in a special concert—his first in more than 28 years—called Sing Us Your Song Again: The Music and Legacy of Eddie Mesa later this month. 

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Musicals that highlight history and humanity

The cast and artistic team of Tanghalang Pilipino’s (TP) "Aurelio Sedisyoso," directed by Chris Millado (far right) and topbilled by David Ezra (third row, second from right) and Baron Geisler (second row, with dark shades), during the musical’s press conference at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Main Theater Lobby on August 16, 2017. (Photo: Alvin I. Dacanay)

This weekend, two musicals by two different theater companies are set to open. On paper, they could not be more different: one revolves around a distinguished playwright and patriot at the turn of the last century; the other, a thirtysomething professional “troll,” one of many who pollute our social-media accounts with their toxic posts. But beneath their obvious differences, they share …

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US classic, top Pinoy bands featured in 11th International Silent Film Festival

Rivermaya at the recent press conference for the 11th International Silent Film
Festival Manila at the Shangri-La Plaza’s Shang Cineplex in Mandaluyong City. (Photo: Hananeel Bordey)

Different embassies and cultural offices in the Philippines are partnering with Shangri-La Plaza once more to unreel nine silent films, two of which were made within the last five years, at the 11th International Silent Film Festival Manila at the mall’s Shang Cineplex in Mandaluyong City from August 31 to September 3, 2017.

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Pagcor to present ‘Pili-pinas’ musical at CCP

TMM Pagcor Pili-Pinas CCP Logo-082817

The stage is all set for the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to hold its grand musical competition, called Pili-pinas (Piliin ang Pilipinas): A Pagcor Musical, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) in Pasay City on September 2, 2017.

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Phoemela Baranda: Back in the spotlight, and in the driver’s seat

Phoemela Baranda
during the first day
of the History Con
2017 at the World
Trade Center Metro
Manila in Pasay City
on August 10, 2017.

Story and photo by Hananeel Bordey / Special to The Market Monitor  She’s best known to Filipinos as the former entertainment anchor of the ABS-CBN primetime news program TV Patrol, but model-television host Phoemela Baranda is set to add another job title to her extensive resumé—lean and mean car driver— as she represents the Philippines in the second season of History Asia …

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Peta celebrates storytelling, earlier children’s productions in ‘Tagu-taguan Nasaan ang Buwan’

(From left) Joan Bugcat, Angelo Lantaco, Albert Silos, Raven Relavo, and Gio Calilong in a scene from the Philippine Educational
Theater Association’s (Peta) production of J-mee Katanyag’s children’s musical Tagu-taguan Nasaan ang Buwan
during a press preview at the Peta Theater Center on August 15, 2017.

Story and photos by Alvin I. Dacanay  The Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) is celebrating the power of storytelling and revisiting the memorable productions it mounted under its children’s theater program on its golden anniversary in its newest children’s musical, J-mee Katanyag’s Tagu-taguan Nasaan ang Buwan, which opened at the Peta Theater Center in Quezon City on Friday. 

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UP Playwrights’ Theatre opens 26th season with Joaquin’s ‘Fathers and Sons’

(From left) Carlo Tarrobal, Leo Rialp, Rody Vera, and Stella Cañete-Mendoza
perform a scene from Nick Joaquin’s "Fathers and Sons/Mga Ama, Mga Anak" during the press conference and preview for Dulaang UP’s 42nd season and the UP Playwrights Theatre’s 26th season at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater in UP
Diliman on August 14, 2017. (Photo: Alvin I. Dacanay)

The UP Playwrights’ Theatre (UPPT) will open its 26th theater season, which has “Honoring Defiance” as its theme, with Nick Joaquin’s Fathers and Sons and its Filipino translation—Mga Ama, Mga Anak—by National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario and prize-winning poet-screenwriter Jose “Pete” F. Lacaba beginning September 6, 2017.

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