Instituto Cervantes’ film series focus on female film pioneers

INSTITUTO Cervantes de Manila celebrates Women’s Month by presenting the online film cycle “Pioneras,” a tribute to the first Spanish female filmmakers. The films will be shown through the Instituto Cervantes channel on the Vimeo platform and will be freely accessible for 48 hours from their start date and time. The series, which features six films, will kick off on Mar. 10 at 3 a.m. with the online screening of Segundo López, aventurero urbano (available for 48 hours until 3 a.m. on Mar. 12). Directed by Ana Mariscal in 1953, this comedy is about an illiterate man from the province arriving in Madrid with no money, seeking to try his luck in the city. The drama La Gata, directed by Margarita Alexandre in 1956, revolves around María, the daughter of a farm overseer, who falls in love with one of the workers with dreams of being a bullfighter. The film will be available from Mar. 13 to 15. The film cycle continues on Mar. 17 with El crimen de Cuenca (1979) by Pilar Miró. Based on a true story, two men have been accused by the authorities of murdering another person in spite of the lack of conclusive evidence. Miró’s bravery in making this film caused friction with the authorities, the story behind which was a real scandal of its time. The succeeding screenings will be documentaries. On Mar. 20, catch Josefina Molina’s documentary Función de noche (1981), which portrays how the actress Lola Herrera was affected by her performance in the play Cinco horas con Mario by Miguel Delibes, the personal crisis she experienced, and the eventual collapse of her marriage. On Mar. 24, catch Cecilia and José Juan Bartolome’s comedy Después de…: No se os puede dejar solos (1981). During the early days of Spain’s transition to democracy, the political opinions of the people, regular citizens, and government officials alike, were gathered by a small group of filmmakers led by the directors of this documentary. Today, this documentary, which helps the viewer understand how various sectors of Spanish society thought of their past and how it planned to construct its future, is a true milestone that defines the history of Spanish cinema. The series will close with Después de…: Atado y bien atado (1981), again by Cecilia and José Juan Bartolomé, on Mar. 27. A continuation of the previous documentary, this second part shows us the fear of the ultra-conservative sectors towards the construction of a completely different nation, and their plan to launch a coup d’état on February 1981. The films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. For further information, check out Instituto Cervantes’ website or its Facebook site

Rustan’s The Beauty Source #GRLPWR Make It Happen

RUSTAN’S The Beauty Source kicks off International Women’s Month with #GRLPWR Make It Happen on Mar. 5, 4 p.m. via Rustan’s The Beauty Source’ Facebook Page. It features beauty conversations with writer and student Nikki Huang; director, entrepreneur, and content creator Janina Manipol; multimedia host, PAWS advocate, and holistic meditative enthusiast Joey Mead-King; and journalist, CNN Philippines senior anchor, and correspondent Pinky Webb.

Inspiring films, shows on HBO GO in March

HBO GO streams inspiring shows and movies this March. Ben Affleck plays a former star player who is asked to coach his alma maters’ less than stellar basketball team in The Way Back which will premiere on Saturday, March 6, 9 p.m., on HBO GO and HBO. The HBO Max Original film, Charm City Kings, will be available exclusively on HBO GO and HBO on Tuesday, Mar. 9, 9 p.m. It follows 14-year-old Mouse (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) who desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders who rule the summertime streets. When the Midnight Clique’s leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes the boy under his wing, the lure of revving his own dirt bike skids Mouse toward a road way past the straight and narrow.  Premiering on Thursday, March 11, exclusively on HBO GO, Genera+ion follows a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community. Get an electrifying look into the life of Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla in the upcoming biography drama, Tesla, which will premiere on Saturday, Mar. 27, 9 p.m., exclusively on HBO and HBO GO. The film tracks Tesla’s uneasy interactions with his fellow inventor Thomas Edison and his patron George Westinghouse. Stream or download these movies and shows on HBO GO.  Download the app from the App Store or Play Store and enjoy a free trial. HBO GO can also be accessed via Cignal or at

Ride Revolution takes its classes outdoors

BOUTIQUE indoor cycling studio Ride Revolution at Shangri-La Plaza brings its most popular classes safely out in the open air with Ride Outside. This initiative allows members of the Ride Revolution in-studio and virtual communities to share the energy and work out along with other fitness enthusiasts in a safe, socially distanced outdoor setup. Ride Outside will take place at the Shang’s Sky Garden located at Level 6. Interested cyclists will have to book a bike via And by booking one seat, they can bring a friend for free. Ride Revolution has implemented a stringent cleaning process, which includes thorough disinfection of all high touch surface areas and fitness equipment used in class. Bikes are spaced at least two meters apart in compliance with social distancing measures. Social distancing reminders such as floor markings and signages are placed within the venue to guide cyclists. Prior to a class, riders will be asked to register their attendance via a contactless check-in procedure. A temperature check will be conducted upon entry. Those with temperatures 37.5 degrees Celsius and up will not be allowed to join the class. Before admission, riders must also fill out a health declaration form via QR code. Late entries and re-entries will not be accommodated. Sanitizing wipes and alcohol will also be provided to disinfect the hands or further sanitize the equipment. A strict policy on mask-wearing in all areas before, during, and after the ride will also be implemented. For updates and inquiries, follow Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook at and on Instagram @shangrilaplazaofficial.

Fresh Benguet veggies at BGC

WITH a goal of helping displaced farmers earn a living, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) brings good quality Benguet staples at Bonifacio High Street through it’s My Street High Street initiative, which will run every weekend for the whole month of March. There will be a wide selection of fruits and vegetables straight from the Benguet Collective Producers. All-time favorites like the ube (purple yam) jam from Good Shepherd, brewed coffee, mixed greens, and fresh strawberries are also up for grabs. And since there’s no middle man costs involved, the farm to table goods are much cheaper. Order in advance through Jhona Bitan at 0961-294-3083 and pick up the items at the My Street High Street booth. For details, visit Bonifacio Global City’s official facebook page at

DOTA: Dragon’s Blood on Netflix

THE FANTASY series DOTA: Dragon’s Blood premieres on Mar. 25 on Netflix. It tells the story of Davion, a Dragon Knight, who, following encounters with a powerful, ancient eldwurm and Princess Mirana who is on a secret mission of her own, Davion becomes embroiled in events much larger than he could have ever imagined.