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Violinist Sazara joins PPO in first concert of 2017

Violinist Diomedes Sazara Jr. is set to join the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, in its first concert of the new year, which will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) on January 20 at 8 p.m. 

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A banner year for Pinoy films

If there’s a definite bright spot in what many people, including myself, consider an awful year for the Philippines and the world, it’s the fact that Filipino films earned unprecedented acclaim in film festivals here and overseas in 2016.

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‘Care Divas’ to kick off Peta’s ‘golden’ season

Six years after debuting to critical and audience acclaim, the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) hit comedy-musical Care Divas returns once more to the Peta Theater Center to open its 50th year with 50 shows from February 3 to March 19. 

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CCP Metropolitan Opera in HD to feature ‘Cav/Pag’

A twinbill of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci—better known as Cav/Pag—will be the second offering of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Metropolitan Opera in HD (high definition) Season 4 at Greenbelt 3 cinemas on January 10. 

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Composer Jesse Lucas to hold music master class

Prolific, prize-winning composer for stage and screen Jesse Lucas is set to hold a free three-hour master class on the art of writing music for film and television at the 1701 Little Rooms Upstairs in Quezon City on January 29. 

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MMFF offers 30% discount to students, seniors, PWDs

In an unprecedented promotional move, the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) execu­tive committee recently gave producers of the festival’s official entries the option to grant a 30-percent discount on tickets to students, senior citizens, and people with disabilities (PWDs).

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Alden Richards newest endorser of Bounty Fresh chickens

Filipino homemakers show their love for their family by using only the best ingredi­ents to cook the most de­licious meals. And when it comes to chicken dishes, they use only the freshest, cleanest, and superior-quality poultry products, like Bounty Fresh Chicken.

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Benilde short wins big at 2nd SineNanay filmfest

A short film made by students from the Digital Filmmaking program of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde won four major awards at the second annual SineNanay Film Festival, held at the Philip­pine Women’s University (PWU) Concert Hall on Taft Avenue, Malate, Ma­nila, on December 16.

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FDCP to control select SM theaters, construct more cinematheques

by Alvin I. Dacanay  Filipinos shall have more high-quality movies in accessible venues to look forward to next year after the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced that it shall have control of select SM theaters in Metro Manila and beyond, as well as build at least two more cinematheques outside Luzon in the next 12 months. 

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‘Ma’ Rosa’ left out of Oscar foreign-language film derby

Despite being touted by some film-award observers and websites as a likely nominee, Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s award-winning Ma’ Rosa failed to advance in the foreign-language film race of the 89th Academy Awards, extending the Philippines’ quest to secure a spot in that category. 

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