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“SekSinema (Gender Images in Philippine Sex Cinema Enfolding Pandemia)” book set to launch on-site

My sixth book, “SekSinema (Gender Images in Philippine Sex Cinema Enfolding Pandemia)” will finally be launched on-site on April 9, 2022 at 4 pm at the Cinematheque Centre of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) at 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila. National Book Development Board (NBDB) Chairman Dante Ang II will be the in-person keynote speaker during …

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Mercedes Cabral in historical film

As versatility beckons, actress Mercedes Cabral isn’t disrobing this time as she’s fully clothed, donning a baro’t saya (dress and long skirt) in most of her scenes. Mercedes is one of the main leads in the historical film “Ang Bangkay,” a 2012 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Full-Length Play Grand Winner. Instead of Nonilon Queaño’s theater piece of the same title …

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Tom Rodriguez pays in-laws a visit, a sign of reconciliation with Carla Abellana?

In a party hosted by actor Rey “PJ” Abellana and his wife Sheena Abellana, one of the guests who came was Tom Rodriguez. Although Tom came minus Carla Abellana, it was a gesture seen by observers as an act of goodwill on his part especially these days that he and wife are rumored to be on the brink of split-up …

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“Katips” filmmaker translates Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature play to screen

There’s no turning back for stage and TV director Vince Tañada from filmmaking. After the completion of his maiden big screen job “Katips,” a foray into student activism and dissent during the dark days of Martial Law and alluding to the revolutionary organization Katipunan during the oppressive Spanish rule, Vince has rolled his cameras on his second outing. “Ang Bangkay,” …

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Rita Avila travels miles to southern tip of Tagalog region for free

That’s how progressive and instinctive actor Joel Saracho described the enthusiasm and commitment of actress Rita Avila on her political views and moves. “Wala talaga siyang bayad. Accommondation lang at food. Tapos, ‘yon, sinusundo lang sila at inihahatid ng sasakyan (She’s not paid. It’s only accommodation and food. Then, they are fetched and sent home by a vehicle),” expounded Joel when asked if the presence …

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HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY, MEN!

By Gem Suguitan Women are normally featured for the entire month of March, especially in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 to showcase the contributions and achievements of women, and to promote gender parity, to put an end to gender inequality around the world. Filipino women are not different from women in the other parts of the globe …

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Where Tampipi is so 2022

By Gem Suguitan A new business venture at the height of the pandemic opened somewhere in Laguna. It rocked the social media and even the mainstream, with its use of sustainable woven pandan leaves for its tampipizza, pizza pie in a mini tampipi (a local suitcase now only seen in museums and old movies). Design had been made to suit …

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Veteran entertainment journalist launches first movie book

Although he has written a book titled “At Large, At Leisure” published by the UST Publishing House in 2008, veteran entertainment journalist Nestor G. Cuartero says his new project, “PH Movie Confidential” is his first book on movie history. Nestor, who has been both a keen observer and an interactive participant in show business events, has gathered his wits and …

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Darwin Guevarra’s art: HEARTWARMING, CONTEMPLATIVE, MOVING

By Gem Suguitan His works are in collectors’ homes and abroad. At this point in his career, his ouvrages d’art are sold before they are even made, and this is not an exaggeration.  He is the first Filipino artist who won the Grand Prize for fine arts in the Dubai Shaikha Manal New Signatures Young Artist Award in 2008. Fast …

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“Bahay na Pula”: The transport of oral history

During the open forum after an in-person special screening early on this week of Viva Films’ “Bahay na Pula,” I asked its director Brillante Ma. Mendoza in the context of the provincial setting as milieu of the film if it is based on real events in the location itself, in Pola, Oriental Mindoro. Does oral history preside in the adaptation …

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