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Instituto Cervantes celebrates Garcia Berlanga
TO CELEBRATE the birth centenary of Spanish filmmaker Luis García Berlanga (1921-2010), Instituto Cervantes de Manila is presenting the online film series, “Berlanga Turns 100,” this month. The films will be shown through the Instituto Cervantes channel on the Vimeo platform (vimeo.com/institutocervantes) and will be freely accessible for 48 hours from their start date and time. The online film series will feature four titles that have marked García Berlanga’s career. The series will kick off on June 5, Saturday, with the screening of the comedy Esa pareja feliz (1951) about a young couple fighting to improve their economic and social status. The film will be available for free for 48 hours on Saturday and Sunday through the link: https://vimeo.com/548754354. The film cycle will continue on June 1 with the comedy Calabuch (1956), about a scientist who goes to a small town fleeing the senselessness of the escalating atomic policies of the great powers. It will be available for free on June 12 and 13 at: https://vimeo.com/548754830. The third film, the comedy Plácido (1961), will be available on June 19 and 20. Reputed as one of García Berlanga’s masterpieces, this is a sarcastic Christmas story on the adventures of a motorbike driver hired in a sordid advertising promotion campaign. The movie will be available through the link: https://vimeo.com/548754638. The film series will close on June 26 and 27 with the black comedy Patrimonio nacional (1981). Catch the film on the link: https://vimeo.com/548773798. All the films will be in Spanish with English subtitles. For further information on this film series, visit Instituto Cervantes’ page https://cultura.cervantes.es/manila/en/berlanga-cumple-cien-años/143713, or the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/556328815772990.
Pokémon games release dates announced
THE POKÉMON Company International and Nintendo have just revealed the release schedules of the games Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be launched on Nov. 10, and the double pack of both games will also be released on the same day. Released on the Nintendo DS system in 2006, Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl are the older versions of the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. In the newest remakes, the original story has been reproduced along with various game functions available in Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, the Pokémon Legends: Arceus games will be made available on Jan. 28, 2022, with the series featuring RPG elements. Players will be on the mission to create and complete the Sinnoh region’s first ever Pokedex by catching, surveying, and researching the wild Pokémons. The three games will be released exclusively on Nintendo Switch systems.
iQiyi streams My Roommate is a Gumiho
THE WEBTOON-ADAPTED series My Roommate is a Gumiho follows a “Gumiho” (nine-tailed fox) Shin Woo-yeo that has lived in the human world for hundreds of years. Right before he can permanently turn into a human, his fox beads are swallowed by Lee Dam in an accident. Forced to live together as a solution, they set many rules for cohabitation to live their lives. It becomes a new romance between human and non-human. The show stars Jang Ki-yong, Lee Hye-ri, Kang Han-na, and Kim Do-wan. The first original K-drama series from iQiyi International, My Roommate is a Gumiho streams every Wednesday and Thursday at 9:40 p.m. To watch, visit iq.com.
Eve Alai, Senara collab in new single
ELECTRONIC music producer Eve Alai teams up with soul vocalist Senara on a tropical club anthem that examines the difficulty of confronting one’s state of mind. Released under Umami Records, “Swiping Right” delivers afrobeat-inspired rhythms and laid-back production. Eve Alai, Senara, and Dinil Gonawela co-wrote the song and in it share their respective experiences with mental health. “Swiping Right” is available in music streaming platforms.
Gareth Fernandez releases new single
GARETH Fernandez is back with a new spiritual and gospel-like song, “Could Have Been,” co-written with Linying who also lends her vocals to the track. With Shaykhandbake returning as producer, “Could Have Been Us” features tender piano lines, and is enveloped by a rich, gospel-style choir. The song is available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide.
Rapper Shanti Dope drops new single
FOLLOWING his music’s international acclaim, hip-hop artist and rapper Shanti Dope keeps his momentum high by releasing his second single for 2021, “Peekaboo!,” with a vocal collaboration with Skinny G of ACDMND$. Produced by Lester Klumcee Vano, this song speaks of Shanti Dope’s beginnings in his hip-hop career and what kept him going. Being focused on his goals and priorities is also one of the main themes in this trippy Pinoy rap song. His most-talked about single so far is “Amatz,” a song that reached international fame when it was featured in the premiere season of Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier earlier this year. It landed on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart at number 10. The official lyric video of “Peekaboo!” has already accumulated almost 400,000 views on YouTube. On its first week of release, it landed at No. 15 on YouTube Trending for Music Hit Chart. “Peekaboo!” is available on music streaming platforms.
K-films to watch through UPSTREAM, GMovies
ONE can binge watch the following K-films exclusively brought by the Globe Kmmunity through UPSTREAM in partnership with GMovies: The Battleship Island, which is available until July 21; Bring Me Home, which available until Aug. 13; Okay Madam, which is available until Aug. 27; You Drive Me Crazy, which is available until Aug. 28; Little Forest, which will be available from June 5 to Sept. 10; A Day, which will be available from June 20 to Sept. 24; Secret Zoo, which will be available from July 3 to Oct. 8; and, Beauty Water, which will be available from July 17 to Oct. 22. Check out K-films out on UPSTREAM today through GMovies: https://www.gmovies.ph/stream-now.
Darren Espanto releases new single
POP singer Darren Espanto has released his new single “Tama Na” via MCA Music, Inc. The multi-awarded young artist distills pop, hip-hop, and R&B into a modern bop track which is a rhythmically charged tune that approaches the verses with edginess and the chorus with suave. “Tama Na” is a song about unrequited love and finally finding the courage to walk away from a tedious, one-way relationship.