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Dozen plays to be ‘devirginized’

Six weeks after the deadline for submissions to the 12th annual Virgin Labfest (VLF) passed, and after deliberating on a record 197 entries, VLF festival director Tuxqs Rutaquio revealed on social media last Wednesday night the dozen new one-act plays to be staged at the leading theater festival in Metro Manila, if not the Philippines, which will run from June …

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Egg Theater Co. mounts first full-run production with ‘The Pillowman’

After briefly restaging the Palanca award-winning Maniacal last December and mounting an adaptation of Moliere’s The Misanthrope, titled Schism, last February, the Egg Theater Company is presenting this month its first full-run production: a Filipino translation of Irish playwright Martin McDonaugh’s acclaimed The Pillowman. 

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Escudero seeks 12-hr workday limit for film and TV employees

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero is seeking to curb excessive working hours in the entertainment industry that expose its workers to unhealthy and unsafe conditions. 

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Is romance in the future in last season of Warner TV’s ‘The Mentalist’?

The seventh and final season of The Mentalist kicks off this month on Warner TV with this question: After Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) finally confessed his love for California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), will viewers finally see a romance blossoming between them? 

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Maine Mendoza is BDO’s newest endorser

Maine Mendoza, one half of the overwhelmingly popular “AlDub” love team that not only took the Philippines, but also the world, by storm, is now a proud endorser of Banco de Oro (BDO) Unibank, one of the country’s top banks. 

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Shoots that can kill

Three years ago, a film by Jeffrey Jeturian that starred Vilma Santos premiered at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Titled Ekstra (Extra, or as it’s known overseas, The Bit Player), the film follows a very long day in the life of a middle-aged single mother who endures indignities as one of the many bit players in a popular telenovela. 

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2016 CineFilipino: Accessible and diverse films for every Pinoy

by Alvin I. Dacanay  If there’s one thing that stands out in the second edition of the CineFilipino Film Festival, which will open this week and has “Kwento pa rin ang hari (Story is still king)” as its theme, it’s the accessibility and diversity of the entries in different categories—nine full-length films, five documentaries, five television series, and 17 short …

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3 Pinoy movies, other SEA films at Cinematheque Center Manila

In celebration of South­east Asian cinema and culture, three Filipino films that were previously shown at the 2015 World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) are being screened with select movies from the region at the Film Devel­opment Council of the Philippines’s (FDCP) Cin­ematheque Center Manila this month as part of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Film Aware­ness Month.

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Top Japanese guitar players to perform at UP Diliman

Independent Philippine Art Ventures Inc. is set to present wonderful contemporary and classical guitar music from three outstanding guitar players from Japan—Tomonori Arai, Eisei Tanigawa and Takashi Endo, with the latter two better known as Duo Trussardi—who will play in a show titled Three, Two, One…Arai! at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music’s Abelardo Hall at 5:30 …

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2016 Academy Awards: Will ‘The Revenant’ rise to rule?

By Alvin I. Dacanay On Monday (Manila time), film buffs will finally learn who will bring home the American entertainment industry’s most coveted trophies when the 88th Annual Academy Awards reveals its winners in a star-studded ceremony at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. 

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