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CineFilipino 2015 deadline extended to June 15

CineFilipino Film Festival 2015, organized and led by Unitel Productions, and in partnership with the MVP Group of Companies, has announced that it is extending the deadline for the submission of entries to the festival to June 15.

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The Rock confronts the Big One in ‘San Andreas’

By Lindsey Bahr / The Associated Press Los Angeles—Dwayne Johnson has played his share of outsized heroes over the years. His characters have taken down crazed criminals and evil empires. He has crushed an army of fire ants with his chin. He has even flexed his way out of a plaster cast.

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‘Barber’s Tales,’ ‘Dagitab’ lead Urian nominees

By Alvin I. Dacanay Indie films Barber’s Tales and Dagitab received the highest number of nominations—11 each—for the 38th Gawad Urian, which was revealed last week on a list that features several high-profile names in the acting categories and reflects the continued love shown to Philippine independent movies by respected film critics’ group Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP).

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Gloc-9: Tackling social issues through rap music

By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata / Philippines News Agency Do you remember My Husband’s Lover? This groundbreaking GMA-7 teleserye tackled several social issues, chief among these is gay rights. And there’s another GMA-7 teleserye being aired now—The Rich Man’s Daughter, which deals with lesbianism.

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The ‘Fab Four’ of ‘Asia’s Got Talent’: What could the future hold for them?

By Alvin I. Dacanay By the time this piece sees print, the four Filipino finalists in the just-concluded first edition of Asia’s Got Talent—10-year-old pop singer Gwyneth Dorado of Antipolo City, Rizal province; dance crew Junior New System of Sampaloc, Manila; 24-year-old classical singer Gerphil-Geraldine Flores of Parañaque City; and the winner, shadow-play group El Gamma Penumbra of Tanauan City, …

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Miss Philippines-Earth still going strong on its 15th year

No other national pageant has proven that a beauty competition can act as an effective platform to push for significant reform in attitude and action. For the last 15 years, the Miss Philippines-Earth pageant has provided a stage where responsible beauty queens are crowned and the mission to promote a sustainable environment can be accomplished, even if one is wearing …

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It’s curtains up (up and away) for ‘Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady’

Story and photos by Alvin I. Dacanay / Special to The Market Monitor website Today, Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady: The Musical, the expanded version of ZsaZsa Zaturnnah graphic novelist Carlo Vergara’s one-act play that was first mounted, to much acclaim, at the ninth edition of the Virgin Labfest, begins its month-long run at the Peta (Philippine Educational Theater Association) Theater …

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Film-festival winners, Jet Li starrer among Asia on Screen 2015 gems

Thirteen independent films from across Asia, including the top winners at various international film festivals and a Chinese film featuring a popular action star in an unusual role, will be screened at the Shangri-La Plaza mall this week as part of Asia on Screen 2015. The second edition of this premiere Asian film festival, to be held at the Shang …

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Cannes to premiere Aunor’s latest film

By Alvin I. Dacanay Taklub (Trap), the latest film of celebrated actress Nora Aunor that is helmed by her equally acclaimed Thy Womb director Brillante Ma. Mendoza, will have its world premiere at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival next month, it was announced late last week.

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Househelp takes the spotlight in Vergara’s new superhero musical

By Arvin T. Ello / Correspondent Two years after it wowed audiences as a one-act play staged at the ninth edition of the Virgin Labfest, graphic novelist Carlo Vergara’s Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady is set to return next month as a full-length musical produced by Manila’s newest theater company Dalanghita Productions, in cooperation with the Philippine Educational Theater …

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