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Eigasai marks 20th year with 20 films

The Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) is celebrating the second decade of Eigasai by showing this month 20 diverse features, most of which—including an Academy Award winner for best foreign-language film—will be screened at the Shangri-La Plaza’s Shang Cineplex in Mandaluyong City from July 7 to 16, 2017.

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Virgin Labfest 13: Diverse plays in a divisive time

This Wednesday, the 13th Virgin Labfest (VLF) will begin its three-week run, and like in previous years, theatergoers in and outside of Metro Manila shall flock to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to watch many of Philippine theater’s finest talents try to bring a dozen untried, untested, and unstaged one-act plays to captivating life in a time of …

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Award-winning ‘Pamilya Ordinaryo’ in Cine Lokal’s July lineup

Almost a year after it premiered to great acclaim at the 12th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Eduardo Roy Jr.’s Pamilya Ordinaryo (Ordinary Family) will be screened in SM theaters from July 7 to 13, 2017 as part of the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ (FDCP) Cine Lokal program.

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PHSA celebrates 40th year with production at the CCP

To commemorate the Philippine High School for the Arts’ (PHSA) history and legacy of art education for the Filipino youth, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in cooperation with the PHSA and the PHSA Ibarang Alumni Association, will present a multidisciplinary production, titled PHSA@40: Ibarang Alumni at the Forefront of Arts Education, at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little …

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Pianist Hila, PPO to perform Mozart pieces in concert

Filipino pianist Dr. Hiyas A. Hila plays with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on June 11, 2017, at 4 p.m. 

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‘Deadma Walking’: Not just another LGBT film about a wake

If you’re a fan of last year’s award-winning transgender dramedy Die Beautiful, then you’re likely to enjoy Deadma Walking (the title a clear play on the 1995 Oscar-winning death-penalty drama Dead Man Walking), which began production last week and is expected to be submitted as an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) this year. 

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Diño defends MMFF rule changes, says preventive steps taken

By Alvin I. Dacanay  Amid the outcry over the changes in the submission rules that were implemented by the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Executive Committee (Execom) recently, one of its members defended the revisions and assured critics that the panel has taken steps to try to ensure that the shortcomings of the festival’s previous editions would not be …

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Lea Salonga sings with BYU Chamber Orchestra at the CCP

Renowned Filipino singing icon Lea Salonga will perform her hit songs and other memorable tunes with the Brigham Young University (BYU) Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Kory Katseanes, in a concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on May 30, 2017, at 8 p.m.

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FDCP gets state agencies as partners for ‘Pista’ fest

By Alvin I. Dacanay More than two weeks after it announced the establishment of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP, or Fiesta of Filipino Films), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) said three government-run agencies have joined it as partners for the new film festival, during which foreign movies will not be shown in commercial cinemas throughout the …

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BP’s ‘Firebird’, English productions rule 9th Gawad Buhay awards

Story and photos by Alvin I. Dacanay  Ballet Philippines’ (BP) Firebird and Other Ballets, which included the reimagining of a Russian ballet based on a folk tale about the titular bird in a precolonial Philippine setting, emerged as the most honored production with seven awards at the 9th Philstage Gawad Buhay, which saw English-language theatrical productions and last year’s breakout …

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