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Gen. Malvar’s great-grandson opposes upcoming film

A FILM about the life of General Miguel Malvar, the last general of the First Philippine Republic to surrendered to the American forces during the Philippine-American War, is facing opposition from the late general’s family with a great-grandson saying that they were not consulted regarding the biopic and that they initially thought the film was “fake news.”

Normann Copenhagen’s cheerful Danish design arrives in the Philippines

DANISH furniture company Normann Copenhagen has opened its first franchise store and its Asian flagship store in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig in recognition of the growth it has experienced in the region.

Some good stuff and a dud

It’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup review because I am a creature of habit -- while I do enjoy new things, I do tend to gravitate towards my usual system so for a product to replace one that is in my existing routine, it has to be good and it has to be consistent. Here are products from three brands: Shiseido, Avon, Amway Artistry Studio that wormed their way into my current regimen and some that I have to pass on.

TBA Studios set to spend P500 million on films, microcinemas, writing...

FILM company TBA Studios is confident in the growing Philippine industry, so much so that it is set to invest $500 million in film production and expanding its microcinema venture over the next three to five years, company executives said.

Moira dela Torre is the big winner at Awit Awards

SINGER Moira dela Torre took home the night’s biggest awards including the coveted Song of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2019 Awit Awards, held on Oct. 9 at the New Frontier Center, Quezon City.

FDCP reveals incentive scheme for international films shot in PHL

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has announced several location incentives for international productions and Philippine co-productions in order to encourage more international films to be shot in the country.

Netflix’ Insatiable tackles the backlash in season 2

WHEN Insatiable first came out last year on Netflix, it was an immediately hit but spawned a backlash about fat-shaming. But its stars remind its audience — as it enters its second season, premiering on Oct. 11 — that this is a cautionary tale, not a morality tale.

Maja Salvador bags best actress prize in Busan’s inaugural TV award

ACTRESS Maja Salvador has won the Best Actress Award for her work in the TV series Wildflower at the inaugural Asian Contents Award organized by the Asian Film Market in Busan, South Korea. She shares her award with Chinese actress Yao Chen for her work in All is Well.

More Filipinos prefer cash transfers over mobile wallets: Nielsen study

OUT OF THE 49 million Filipinos who do some form of money transfer -- traditional or cashless -- 4.9 million have used GCash, according to a GCash-commissioned Nielsen study.

GMG Productions begins PHL operations

GLOBAL Marketing Group (GMG) Productions on Wednesday announced that it will begin operations in the Philippines by bringing “prestigious musicals to Manila.”

PHL grantees and Asian films to compete in revamped QCinema

NOW ON ITS 7th year, in its bid to become the premier international film festival in the region, the QCinema International Film Festival has revamped this year’s main competition to include not only the festival’s grantees but also Asian films. The Asian Next Wave competition is replacing both the festival’s main Circle competition and Asian New Wave competition.

Max’s is the big winner at the YouTube Ads Awards

MAX’S PHILIPPINES’ commercial, “Every Kind of Family, Every Day to the Max,” which celebrates all kinds of families, won this year’s YouTube Ads Award Ad of the Year alongside the Crystal award for Food and Beverage, as well as two Silver awards for Retail and Restaurants, and Corporate Image and Public Sector.

How Coca-Cola Philippines empowered the communities it serves

COCA-COLA'S long and storied past in the Philippines started 107 years ago when it opened its first soda fountain business in Escolta, Manila, then the country's premier financial district. Its rich history in the country meant taking care of the community it serves, thus inspiring the company's backbone of ambitious initiatives in water management, achieving a waste-free world, and empowering women and communities.

Tawag ng Tanghalan judges take the Newport stage this October

FOR ONE night see singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid onstage with fellow Tawag ng Tanghalan judges as they sing songs they “always wanted to sing but haven’t,” according to Mr. Alcasid this October 10 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila (RWM), Pasay City.

Strengthening PHL as diving powerhouse

THE COUNTRY’S top dive spots took center stage during the first Philippine International Dive Expo held last week at the Conrad Hotel Manila as the country is seriously trying to strengthen the country’s position as a global diving powerhouse, according to a tourism executive.

Film fest focuses on idea of place

FOR ITS third year, the Tingin ASEAN Film Festival focuses on the “notion of place” as it presents 10 films from the Association of Southeast Nation member countries.

Director, production designer Mel Chionglo, 73

VETERAN DIRECTOR, writer, and production designer Carmelo “Mel” Chionglo passed away on Sept. 21 at the age of 73. His death was confirmed by the artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Chris B. Millado on Saturday via his personal Facebook page. “[I’m] very sad to announce the passing of a colleague and renowned film director Mel Chionglo. The happiest of journeys gentle Mel,” Mr. Millado said in his post.

Kiehl’s launches own online shopping service

AMERICAN skincare brand, Kiehl’s, has launched its own online shopping service in the Philippines where customers can get the “same high-quality skincare consultation from Kiehl’s customer service representatives at the comfort of their homes,” according to a press release.

Lola Igna bags top PPP prize

A FILM about a cranky old woman who wants to die but whose neighbors wouldn’t let her won the top prize at the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino awards night on Sept. 15 at One Esplanade in Pasay City.

CHNDTR specializes in hugot-core

WITH SO MANY bands trying to make it into the music scene, the goal has always been about making an impact — and for three-year-old band CHNDTR, it meant creating their own musical genre.

Farmer, sailor, singer, cook: wide variety of creators catch YouTube’s eye

YOUTUBE NEXTUP, an internationally staged contest where smaller YouTube creators are given the chance to learn how to scale up their channels, has named its newest batch of winners from the Philippines and the roster includes a poultry farming channel, a men’s beauty channel, and a Philippine law tutorial channel.

Shopback boosts PHL operations with new app features, interface

SOUTHEAST ASIAN cashback rewards program Shopback is ramping up its Philippine operations four years after entering the country with a new user interface and new app features in response to the increased penchant of Filipinos to online shopping.

BDO, Keppel Land bullish on PHL property market as The Podium...

BDO Unibank, Inc. and Singapore’s Keppel Land Ltd., on Tuesday formally opened the office and retail mixed-use development The Podium in Ortigas business district, Mandaluyong City.

PHL film wins special jury prize at Venice Film Fest’s Orizzonti...

RAYMUND RIBAY GUTIERREZ’ feature debut about domestic violence won the Special Jury Prize at the 76th Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

SM goes drag

THE winner of the 10th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and all-around fashionista, Aquaria has become the first drag queen to endorse The SM Store as she was chosen by the company for her quirky and over-accessorized fashion sense.

Lazada kicks off series of sales today

SOUTHEAST ASIAN e-commerce retailer Lazada is kicking off a series of sales until yearend with its 9.9 Big Discovery Sale today, Sept. 9, featuring “9 million deals, [some up to] 90% off” from local and international retailers alongside new app features such as bills payment and a pre-sale option for sale items.

Hello, Love, Goodbye is now highest grossing PHL film ever

HELLO, LOVE, GOODBYE is now the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time after breaching the P880 million box office mark after more than a month in local and international cinemas.

Horror film replaces dropped (K)Ampon in MMFF lineup

THE Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee (MMFF Execom) has announced that Carlo Ledesma’s film Sunod will replace Kris Aquino’s comeback film (K)Ampon which was disqualified for making a casting change beyond the prescribed deadline.

Marvel marks 80th year with collaborations with SM, Miniso

AS PART of its 80th anniversary celebrations worldwide, Marvel Entertainment partnered with SM malls to bring official Marvel merchandise and other consumer products to 70 of the mall chain’s locations.

Hakata Ton-ichi: When you want decent ramen but don’t want to...

RAMEN-YA or ramen restaurants have become so popular in the country that most malls have more than one offering some form of noodle soup from some region of Japan. Such is the focus of these restaurants to maintain that authentic taste, a bowl of good ramen will set one back around P500 so it was a pleasant surprise to find a good ramen restaurant offering a complete meal for the same price.

OFW film in search of PHL audience

THE PRODUCERS of Still Human, a film about a Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong and her relationship with her disabled employer, are hoping to get a more widespread theatrical release in the country after its Philippine premiere in the recently concluded Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

RWM marks 10th year with shows, food promos

RESORTS WORLD MANILA (RWM) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with dining and accommodation deals from its signature restaurants and partner hotels alongside a slew of musical performances in its venues.

Avel and Alden join forces for online athleisure line

AFTER last year’s successful collaboration with actor Matteo Guidicelli, fashion designer Avel Bacudio is back with another collaboration, this time an “affordable athleisure” line...

Authentic Chinese flavors mixed with Filipino-Chinese favorites

DUE to market demand for an “upscale Chinese dining experience,” Seda Vertis North in Quezon City is introducing Chinese menu items in their banquet facilities and opening a Cantonese restaurant by year-end featuring authentic Chinese flavors mixed with Filipino-Chinese favorites.

Bollywood comes to the Shang

A FILM about a champion female boxer and the heroic deeds of a flight attendant who saved hundreds of passengers when a plane was hijacked are just some of the films featured in the first Mabuhay Bollywood film festival which runs from Aug. 23 to 25 at the Shangri-La Plaza mall in Mandaluyong City.

Kris Aquino’s horror film pulling out from MMFF

WHAT WAS supposed to be Kristina Bernadette “Kris” Aquino’s comeback horror film is pulling out from the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), though no formal statement has come from the festival’s executive committee (Execom).

Cult-favorite Japan skincare brand now available in PHL

CULT-FAVORITE Japanese skincare brand Hada Labo has finally launched in the Philippines, a feat which took years to do, according to a brand representative.

Simplified routine

I HAD previously used Hada Labo products from the core line when they were sent over from Japan by relatives, and while I remember that my skin loved the products, it was a problem getting them regularly enough to become staples so I stopped using them for a couple of years.

Mayonnaise ready to spread its music with 2nd concert

AFTER a sold-out concert in June, Filipino rock band Mayonnaise is reprising its Akalain Mo ’Yun concert in September due to insistent public demand, according to the band’s frontman.

Anne Curtis Smith goes sexy again in Just a Stranger

ANNE CURTIS Smith-Heussaff is returning to her roots as a sexy, romantic drama actress in Jason Paul Laxamana’s Just a Stranger, a film about infidelity and its consequences. The film hits theaters nationwide on Aug. 21.

Tale of cyberbullying wins top prize at Cinemalaya

JOHN DENVER TRENDING, a film about cyberbullying filmed in the Kinaray-a dialect of Antique, was the 2019 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival top winner, bagging six awards including Best Film and Best Actor at the awards night held on Aug. 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Why make a dark comedy about suicide

SUICIDE RATES in Japan may have fallen — CNN reported in 2018 that the total number of suicides in the country fell to 21,321 in 2017 compared to a peak of 34,427 — but rookie director Kasumi Nojiri who directed Lying to Mom (2018) doesn’t believe in these numbers, saying that the number of people who committed suicide is probably misreported by the government.

Verdict is going to Venice

THE 2019 International Venice Film Festival has chosen Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’s Verdict as an official entry, making it the only Southeast Asian film to be chosen for the Horizons (Orizzonti) section.

GrabFood now 24/7 in Metro Manila and Cebu

THE ONLINE food delivery platform of ride-hailing app Grab has announced 24/7 operations in select cities in the Philippines in a bid to serve the demands of the company’s growing segment.

Art takes center stage at this mall

A NEW Robinsons Galleria has risen in San Pedro, Laguna as Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) formally opened its third Galleria property on July 19 featuring a themed Asian section, a sculpture in homage to the city’s namesake saint, and four floors of retail and dining establishments.