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Pinoy music artists team up for new tunes in ‘Coke Studio PH’

Story and photos by Gia Catimbang / Special to The Market Monitor Coca-Cola opened a new chapter for Original Pilipino Music (OPM) creators by partnering with the TV5 network to launch Coke Studio PH, a television series that initiates collaborations between renowned and rookie Filipino musicians, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on July 29, 2017. The show’s …

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BP 48th-season opener ‘A Gala Celebration’ to showcase dance talents

Ballet Philippines (BP) will revive choreographic gems with Filipino stars from various international dance companies in the first production of its 48th season, titled A Gala Celebration, at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from August 18 to 20, 2017.

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A month for movie marathons

Film fans have a lot to celebrate this August, thanks to two festivals—one, on its 13th year; the other, on its very first—that not only highlight the variety of the participating movies, but also the unshakable commitment of the filmmakers to tell their stories with little or no compromise or regard for commercial concerns. 

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‘Die Beautiful’ leads Luna nods with 10; Aunor, ‘Ang Babaeng Humayo’ snubbed

By Alvin I. Dacanay Die Beautiful, Jun Robles Lana’s acclaimed dramedy about a transgender beauty queen who’s dolled up as a different celebrity on each night of her wake, earned a race-leading 10 nominations at the 35th Luna Awards, which also recognized a mother-daughter acting pair and left out top performer Nora Aunor and Ang Babaeng Humayo from its list …

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2017 MMFF: Commerce over creativity (yet again)

The 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) may be less than six months away, but it has already found itself embroiled in yet another controversy. As of this writing, it appears there is little chance of it dying down anytime soon. 

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Matti tapped as judge for HOOQ Filmmakers Guild tilt

HOOQ, the largest video-on-demand service in Southeast Asia, announced that it has added director Erik Matti to the judging panel of its recently formed HOOQ Filmmakers Guild competition in an event held at the B Hotel in Quezon City on July 3, 2017. 

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3rd Andrea O. Veneracion choral fest to open this month

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism (DOT), will present the 3rd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival (AOVICF) at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) from July 20 to 23, 2017. 

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Philippine Ballet Theatre to mount ‘La Bayadère’ at CCP

The Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT) will mount La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on July 15 at 3 and 8 p.m. and July 16 at 3 p.m. 

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Aunor, daughter, granddaughter score nominations at 40th Urian

By Alvin I. Dacanay The Philippines’ acknowledged superstar Nora Aunor and two members of her family received Gawad Urian nominations last week from respected film critics’ group Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP), which revealed that the top winners of various film festivals here and overseas dominated its list of nominees for 2016. 

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Diaz, Mendoza invited to join US film academy

Award-winning directors Lav Diaz and Brillante Ma. Mendoza are among the 774 international film artists and executives invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas), the American film organization that holds the Academy Awards, it was learned last week. 

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