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2017 Cinemalaya names dozen short-film finalists

The Cinemalaya Foundation has announced the finalists in the Short Feature Film category of the 2017 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and Competition. For the first time in Cinemalaya’s history, 12 were selected, instead of the usual 10. 

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Philippine Madrigal Singers, CCP to hold ‘Madz Et Al’ festival

The Philippine Madrigal Singers and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is set to present Spirit of Asean: The Madz Et Al Choral Festival 2017 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) on May 19 at 7:30 p.m.; 20 and 21 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; 26 at 2:30 p.m.; and 27 and 28 at 2:30 and 7:30 …

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MMFF: Scripts, finished films to compete for ‘Magic 8’ slots

By Alvin I. Dacanay In a move seen as a return of the practices that marked earlier, scandal-plagued editions of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and a reversal of the lauded artistic gains scored in last year’s edition, the festival’s executive committee (execom) for 2017 issued late last week its call for submissions of screenplays and finished films to …

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FDCP, mall theaters team up to hold ‘Pista’ of Pinoy films

In honor of August as Buwan ng Wika (Filipino Language Month), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is partnering with commercial theaters to exclusively screen Filipino films nationwide in an event called Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Fiesta of Filipino Films), which will run from August 16 to 22, 2017. 

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UP Manila group to remount rock musical ‘Lean’

Almost twenty years after it debuted at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City, Lean: A Filipino Musical will be staged for a third time, this time by the UP Manila Dramatista group, at the Adamson University Theater on May 12 and 13, 2017. 

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Francis M. musical leads Gawad Buhay contenders with 13 nods

By Alvin I. Dacanay  3 Stars and a Sun, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) musical that used the songs of the late rapper Francis Magalona in telling the story of class-divided young Filipinos struggling against a dystopian society, dominated the Gawad Buhay nominations for 2016 that also saw several onstage and offstage talents recognized twice or more. 

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Cine Lokal to screen religion-themed films

By Alvin I. Dacanay  Four prize-winning films dealing with religious issues, including a best-picture Oscar winner, will be shown in select SM cinemas this month as part of a three-year partnership between the shopping mall chain’s lifestyle division and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in screening independent features to a wider audience under the Cine Lokal cinema …

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Kylie Padilla: To be a mother is ‘a blessing’

by Alvin I. Dacanay More than two months after announcing that she’s pregnant with actor-fiancé Aljur Abrenica’s child, former Encantadia star Kylie Padilla appears to be taking her condition and greater public interest in her in stride, and is now regarding her impending motherhood as “a blessing.” 

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Bonifacio High Street Cinemas’ 4DX tech enhances moviegoers’ experience of the elements

There’s no doubt that technological advancements through the years have changed the way we live. This is especially true when it comes to entertainment, especially those offered by theaters. 

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Piolo Pascual: Versatile veteran

by Alvin I. Dacanay  Twenty years after he began his brilliant career, prize-winning actor Piolo Pascual continues to be one of the most popular performers in the Philippine entertainment industry today. Unlike many of his peers who saw their careers stall for one reason or another, Pascual’s versatility—and the vigorous support of his home network ABS-CBN—enabled him to remain relevant, …

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