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CINE EUROPA — one of the longest running film festivals in the country — opens its 21st year on Sept. 28 in Cebu, making it the first time the European film festival is opened outside of Metro Manila.
MONTHS AFTER the conclusion of GMA’s drama revenge series Ika-6 Utos, which ended its run after one and a half years and 383 episodes in the network’s afternoon prime-time slot, GMA returns with another tale interpreting one of the Ten Commandments: this time, the fifth—Thou shalt not kill.
A YEAR after its successful season, Coca-Cola Philippines comes back with the second season of Coke Studio — the musical program which makes Filipino music artists collaborate to further the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) genre.
STARTING Sept. 3, GMA Network will be airing an afternoon series featuring a man with an intellectual disability who suddenly becomes a father.
THE REUNION of former celebrity couple Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion in a McDonald’s commercial handily beat four episodes of Jollibee’s ad series, “Kwentong Jollibee,” making it the most popular YouTube ad in the Philippines for the first half of 2018.
WITH its beautiful architecture, its efficient tram system, and a countryside which is a source of both good wine and chocolates, it is very easy to see why Melbourne, the second-most populous city in Australia with almost five million people, was named the “world’s most liveable city” for seven consecutive years by The Economist.
CEBU PACIFIC on Tuesday launched direct flights from Manila to Melbourne, four years after the budget carrier introduced its Sydney route.
IT WAS NOT an exhaustive book about the directors of Philippine cinema by any means, but screenwriter/director/author Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. hopes that his (and the book’s contributors) three-year labor of love would inspire other film scholars to follow suit and create many more books about Filipino filmmaking.
WHEN FOUR brothers who make up a family band are forced to relocate to a remote town in Pampanga after a super typhoon destroys their home, a rich city girl passionate about music decides to help them record their songs. This is the premise of Jason Paul Laxamana’s Bakwit Boys, one of the entries in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) which starts Aug. 15 in cinemas nationwide.
SPEND THIS weekend at the World Trade Center in Pasay City and watch as some of HISTORY channel’s biggest stars — including Katheryn Winnick who plays shield maiden and Queen of Kattegat in the Vikings series — grace the stage at this year’s History Con which runs from Aug. 10 to 12.
ABS-CBN TVPlus has announced the introduction of five new channels into its line-up including an all-new Asianovela channel which will feature Asian TV series.
IT MIGHT be a new name in the brow business but Happy Brows is planning to grow to 100 branches by 2020, with the aggressive expansion attributed to the growing grooming market and the move of retail to digital rather than physical spaces.
AFTER TAKING a break last year, the Philippine Popular Music Festival or Philpop is back for its 7th year and recently presented the 30 semifinalists of this year’s songwriting competition.
FOR ITS 14th year, PeopleAsia’s Men Who Matter search has named 12 men who stand out in their respective fields including those who “make history with their achievements in business and the arts, contribution to nation building and other advocacies,” according to a press release.
FOR IT’S third year, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC) 2018 is bringing three content showcases from Marvel, Netflix, and Disney, promising exclusive sneak peeks of future projects alongside the presence of some of the shows’ biggest stars at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from July 27 to 29.
DOMINIC ZAPATA, with his two decades-long career directing film and television, is no stranger to large-scale productions with the most recent being GMA’s Alyas Robinhood (seasons 1 and 2) and Mulawin vs. Ravena in 2017, but his newest foray into fantasy series — Victor Magtanggol — is proving to be his biggest work to date.
IT IS SUNDAY. EDSA — typically heavy with 350,000 vehicles per day — finally breathes. The traffic, instead, moves indoors, where people flock inside the mall.
IN 2015, Filipinos were introduced to a new way of watching movies and TV shows. Subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) services pitched a novel kind of content consumption, empowering viewers to watch whenever and wherever they want, provided they have a strong-enough internet connection.
IF THERE’S two things Filipinos love, it’s music and laughter, and that’s exactly what singer Nonoy Zuniga and comedian/singer Willie Nepomuceno are serving in their one night Music and Laughter concert on July 27 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City.
CHIHAYAFURU PART 3 is a sports film about a competitive Japanese card game called karuta where players have to memorize 1,000 classic Japanese poems — it’s a game completely unfamiliar to Filipinos but their enthusiastic reactions to the film surprised even the film’s director, Norihiro Koizumi.
WANT an Amorsolo for your home but don’t have the millions to spare for an original? How about an Amorsolo on a plate instead? Rustan’s in partnership with the Amorsolo family has launched a limited-edition home collection inspired by National Artist for Painting Fernardo Amorsolo’s works.
ERIK MATTI’s BuyBust (2018) and On the Job (2013) are to be screened this week at the ongoing New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). They and four others make up the largest lineup of Filipino films in the festival since 2013, according to the festival’s website.
SINGER Edgardo Jose “Gary” Valenciano — often referred to as “Mr. Pure Energy” because of his high energy performances — announced that he has been cleared of kidney cancer, a diagnosis which was made shortly after he underwent successful emergency open heart surgery in May.
AMERICAN singer/songwriter, Charlie Puth, is coming back for a third time in the Philippines on Nov. 6 in the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City as part of his ongoing North America and Asia tour promoting his newest album, Voicenotes.
BANGKOK-BASED sleep essentials brand, Mr. Big, known for “physical therapist-designed pillows” for “ergonomic comfort” has arrived in the Philippines hoping to improve Filipino’s sleep quality.
In recent years, the battleground in the fiercely competitive smartphone market has shifted from top-tier phones with top-tier pricing to mid-range pricing with top-tier specs and for the Chinese Honor brand (a sub-brand of Huawei) this is a battleground they want to dominate in, especially with the introduction of Honor 10.
THE Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 selection committee has announced the first four official entries for this year’s film festival and the list includes festival veterans including Jose Marie “Vice Ganda” Viceral, Marvic “Vic” Sotto and Rodel “Coco Martin” Nacianceno.
WESTLIFE’S lead singer Shane Filan is coming back to Manila for a one-night concert featuring the Irish boy band’s greatest hits and some of his new singles on Sept. 15 at the Kia Theatre in Quezon City.
HEALTH and beauty chain store, Watsons Philippines, recently staged its first health symposium for its Watsons Advantage Program (WAP) members.
BRITISH BAND Workshy, best known for the song “Never the Same,” and covering Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” comes back to Manila after more than 20 years to promote the group’s newest album, Wayward, on Aug. 10 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino.
FOR ITS 21st year, the EIGASAI Japanese Film Festival announces a lineup of 15 films including the third installment of the film adaptation of Yuki Suegetsu’s manga, Chihayafuru.
INTERESTED in hearing Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” sung as Ella Fitzgerald would? Or Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” performed as if it came out in the 1960s? Or Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” done 1950s prom style? You can thanks to Post Modern Jukebox (PMJ), a vintage minstrel band which currently has over one billion views on YouTube and almost 3.5 million subscribers.
SEE NATURE in ultra high definition as GMA Network launches its newest infotainment program, Amazing Earth, featuring footage from BBC’s Planet Earth II.
A FIVE-MINUTE documentary about an Uber driver with Tourette’s Syndrome won the top prize at the recently concluded Istorya ng Pag-asa (INP) Film Festival.
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