Enjoy and learn through PLDT Home’s #StayHomeSeries

Now that the enhanced community quarantine has been officially extended until May 15, in parts of the country including Metro Manila, we need to come up with more ideas to make life at home more meaningful.

Turn your family’s quarantine time to quality time by getting together for shared activities with the whole family. PLDT Home has launched its #StayHomeSeries in collaboration with wellness experts to make time at home worthwhile.

Among the activities are live motivational talk and counselling sessions with psychologist and family life specialist Dr. Michele Alignay. She shares tips on how to get through cabin fever and overcome this crisis together as a family by encouraging interpersonal communications.

Dr. Michele Alignay

Maintaining a good mental health is very important during this time when everyone is forced to change their usual daily routine of going out and exploring the world. By strengthening family relationships, getting through this crisis can become much more bearable for everyone.

Physical well-being is also very important during a crisis, so the #StayHomeSeries has also included content to help you exercise at home. Join the Weekday Wellness livestream exercises and community workouts featuring a variety of online zumba, crossfit, boxing, or yoga classes facilitated by experts from Pretty Huge Obstacles.

This home quarantine period is the perfect time to get into new hobbies together with your kids. Put on those creative thinking hats and sit down with them for some arts and crafts activities. You can also teach them a few cooking skills and share easy recipes that they can do in the kitchen.

For more fun and interesting activities, you can check out the Friday Fam Day of #StayHomeSeries with Philippine Educational Theater Association. PLDT Home has tapped the organization for live arts and crafts workshops and music lessons for the whole family.

The Manila String Machine

And when you simply want to wind down and relax, The Manila String Machine is set to entertain the family with soothing music that is perfect to accompany your weekend activities at home. Listen to well-loved show tunes and movie soundtracks in the most soothing string renditions.

PLDT Home’s #StayHomeSeries partners will be streaming live on their official Facebook and YouTube pages.

Catch a quick coffee break with Dr. Michele Alignay on 27, 9:30 AM for Mindful Mondays.

Exercise with the fambam together with Pretty Huge Obstacles on April 28 to 30 at 10:00 AM. Get creative with PETA on April 24 and May 1 at 3:00 PM.

Listen to The Manila String Machine as they play renditions of your favorite tunes on April 26 and May 3 at 9:00 AM.

With PLDT Home Fibr, you can enjoy reliable and unlimited access to the Internet that enables you to conveniently stream online for the family’s entertainment. Visit www.pldthome.com for more details.

Enjoy kid-friendly content on Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone Youtube channel

We’re still more than two weeks away from the end of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, which is slated to be lifted or adjusted after April 30, 2020.

If you feel like you’re already running out of ideas on how to keep the kids busy at home, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has recently launch its new YouTube Channel that provides parents and kids with a one-stop destination for interactive fun, physical movement, learning, and hands-on activities.

Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone is curated with a wide range of activities that will support families coping with school closures, new work-from-home routines, and social distancing. It features exciting content from Sony Pictures Animation as well as SPE’s catalog of live action favorites.

Viewers can enjoy content based off of movies such as Peter Rabbit, The Angry Birds Movie, Hotel Transylvania, Swan Princess, and more. There is also a wide variety of original content premiering every Tuesdays and Thursdays–from artistic crafts to yummy treats, DIY projects, scientific experiments, energetic dance-alongs, karaoke sing-alongs, just for laughs, and more.

“A significant portion of Sony Pictures’ workforce is made up of working parents. The idea of Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone was born from parents on our own team adjusting to working from home and managing home schooling,” says Lexine Wong, Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing. “We are proud to offer this resource to help families navigate these new and challenging circumstances, while hopefully having a little fun in the process.”

Check out some of these videos that you and your kids can enjoy:

Peter Rabbit “Make Your Own McGregor Garden”

You might not be able to raid McGregor’s garden like Peter, but you can grow your very own veggies at home. Follow along to learn planting tips, clever crafts and more!

The Angry Birds 2 Movie “Bird Watching”

In this hilarious “birds-eye” view of the real-life species that inspired the artists, we take a trip to the Los Angeles Zoo to get up close and personal with real-life Mighty Eagles, Blue Birds, Toucans, and more. 

With fun reactions from the cast intercut throughout the piece, get ready to laugh, learn, and meet some amazing avian friends.

Center Stage: On Pointe “Dance Tutorial with Chloe”

Dancer/actress Chloe Lukasiak and Choreographer Monica Proenca teach fans Gwen’s full audition piece from the film.

Get more fun, entertaining, and educational family-friendly content by subscribing to the Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone channel on Youtube.

Get 1 month access to iflix from PLDT Home

While we are all worried about the long-term effects of the community quarantine due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we are still somehow grateful about the opportunity that our current situation presents.

Being forced to stay at home has given us some time to relax a little bir from work, bond with the family, and catch up on your favorite movies and TV series.

To be honest, I am one of the many recent converts to K-drama and now I can’t seem to stop watching them!

If you are an “oppa” fan, you can now enjoy a month-long K-drama marathon as PLDT Home brings unlimited VIP access for one month to everything on iflix! Pick any genre whether it’s rom-com, thriller, historical fiction, and others because you can find binge-worthy Korean content that will suit you and your family.

Existing subscribers of PLDT Home Fibr Plan 1899 and up in Luzon can now enjoy a one-month subscription to iflixVIP usable until April 30.

Here are some of the titles you can catch when you get your free month on the streaming service:

Confidential Assignment

If you enjoyed Crash Landing On You and have definitely fallen head over heels in love with Hyun Bin, you definitely need to see him again in Confidential Assignment. This action film stars our beloved Captain Ri as a North Korean officer who must work with a South Korean counterpart, played by legendary Korean comedian Yu Hae-jin, to track down a criminal. It’s got the perfect blend of action and comedy—and all the manly hotness from Hyun Bin—to keep everyone entertained at home.

The Last Princess

In this epic 2016 South Korean movie, the lovely Son Ye-Jin of Crash Landing On You fame plays the real-life Princess Deokhye, the last princess of the former Korean Empire’s old Joseon dynasty. The movie follows the princess’s life from her teenage years, when she was forced to move to Japan, up to her attempts to return to her homeland in her later years. Historical drama fans will love this masterful and moving performance from our darling Yoon Se-ri.

Rich Man

If you’re looking for a dose of kilig as you spend time at home, this quirky K-drama is for you. Kim Jun-myeon, better known by his stage name Suho, plays a genius CEO and game programmer who hires a college student with excellent memory, played by Ha Yeon-soo, because he is unable to remember people’s faces—especially that of the woman he loves. This intriguing premise and the chance at love is sure to hook people in for a good week or two.

Enjoy your free access to iflix

To automatically enjoy these titles and enjoy access to everything on iflix until April 30, just follow these simple steps:
– Log in to your PLDT Home account
– Update your info
– Receive an EDM with the iflixVIP voucher
– To redeem the voucher, go to iflix.com via web/mobile browser or iflix Android app, create a new account or log in to an existing one, click on the burger menu and go to ‘Redeem Voucher’ and hit ‘Submit’.

What’s more is that PLDT Home Fibr subscribers can also enjoy streaming all the entertainment they want at home with the additional Speedboost. Subscribers in highly affected areas in Luzon including Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Kalinga, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and Tarlac can experience a minimum 25 Mbps internet speed until April 30 for uninterrupted work, study, and fun at home!

StayHome to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep your family connected and entertained. For more updates, follow PLDT Home on Facebook at facebook.com/PLDTHome or visit pldthome.com. All content mentioned is available on iflix at iflix.ph or the iflix app on the App Store or Google Play Store.

More Korean titles coming soon on Netflix

Who else hasn’t seen the highly popular Crash Landing On You yet? Now that we’re on home quarantine, you really should give this series a try.

But if you’re like me, who has practically seen almost every KDrama on Netflix right now, the streaming service giant today announced its newest lineup of upcoming Korean shows and movies that will definitely make KDrama fans’ hearts flutter with delight.

“From K-pop and K-food, to K-zombie and K-content, we’ve seen how much people in different parts of the world love Korean cultures and stories. So we’re excited to announce these new best in class Korean stories for our members,” said Minyoung Kim, Vice President of Korean Content at Netflix.

“It’s amazing to see how these Korea films and TV resonate with audiences around the world – from Korea to South-East Asia and the Americas. By making it easy for people to watch films and shows from other countries, we can help them build empathy and develop a shared understanding of the world.”

Here’s what you can look forward to on Netflix very soon:

Rugal

PREMIERE DATE:
Korea/APAC/All English Speaking Countries/Latin America – 03/28/2020
Japan/Rest of the World – 05/24/2020

MAIN CAST: Choi Jin-hyuk, Park Sung-woong

Kang Gi-beom, once a promising police detective in the violent crimes unit, is suspected of murdering his own wife. His eyes are slashed with a razor after he witnesses her murder at the hands of the terrorist group ARGOS. Just when he thinks he has lost everything, he is approached by Choi Geun-cheol, the chief executive director of Rugal, a special organization dedicated to the sole purpose of eradicating ARGOS. Choi requests that Gi-beom receives an artificial eye transplant and joins Rugal. After miraculously surviving the risky transplant operation, Gi-beom is born again as a human weapon. He begins to take revenge on ARGOS for everything they have done to him.

Time to Hunt

PREMIERE DATE: 04/10/2020

MAIN CAST: Lee Je-hoon, Ahn Jae-hong, Choi Woo-shik, Park Jeong-min, Park Hae-soo

In a hopeless dystopian city, Jun-seok is released from prison and plans his next step in life in order to start anew with his friends Jang-ho, Ki-hoon and Sang-soo. But their excitement for the plan is short-lived as an unknown man chases after them. Can these best friends get away from the hunt?

Time to Hunt was invited to the 70th Berlin International Film Festival for a special gala screening. It is one of the most anticipated Korean films of 2020, and marks the return to the screen of Yoon Sung-hyun, winner for Best New Director at the 32nd Blue Dragon Awards for Bleak Night. The film also brings together some of the hottest actors of the Korean film industry, including Lee Je-hoon (Architecture 101, Signal), Ahn Jae-hong (Be Melodramatic, Reply 1988), Choi Woo-shik (Okja, Parasite), Park Jeong-min (Svaha: The Sixth Finger, Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet) and Park Hae-soo (Prison Playbook, Persona).

Extracurricular

PREMIERE DATE: 04/29/2020

MAIN CAST: Kim Dong-hee, Jung Da-bin, Park Joo-hyun

Extracurricular is a story of high school students who have chosen a life of crime – and extreme risk – to earn money. Oh Jisoo ends up committing a serious crime because of his desire to apy for his college tuition on his own, whatever the means. Seo Minhee gets caught up in Jisoo’s crime, while Jisoo’s schoolmate Bae Gyuri also becomes involved in the same crime. Their bad choices come with irreversible consequences. There is no turning back. A life of crime and violence awaits them.

The King: Eternal Monarch

PREMIERE DATE: April 2020

MAIN CAST: Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-hwan, Kim Kyung-nam, Jung Eun-chae

The King: Eternal Monarch is a romantic fantasy drama that takes the genre to a whole new level. The series revolves around the relationships of people from two parallel universes. King Lee Gon seeks to seal the gateway between dimensions, while Jung Tae-eul, a police inspector, simply wants to protect other’s lives and their loves. The King: Eternal Monarch is written by Kim Eun-suk (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Mr. Sunshine, Descendants of the Sun), and directed by Baek Sang-hoon (Secret, Who Are You: School 2015, Descendants of the Sun) and Jeong Jee-hyun (Search: WWW).

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

PREMIERE DATE: June/2020

MAIN CAST: Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is about an unusual romance between two people who end up healing each other’s emotional and psychological wounds. Moon Gang-tae, played by Kim Soo-hyun (My Love from the Star, The Moon Embracing the Sun), is a caretaker working at a psychiatric ward who does not even bother to believe in love. He seems to be carrying all the weight and pain in life, and devotes himself only to looking after his disabled older brother. Go Moon-young, played by Seo Ye-ji (Save Me, Lawless Lawyer), is a children’s book writer who is clueless about love. She is popular among all age groups, yet very antisocial and indifferent to others.

If you’re looking for something to watch right now besides CLOY, I recommend Kingdom and Itaewon Class. Actually, anything that stars Hyun Bin, Park Seo-jun (sometimes spelled as Seo Joon), or Ju Ji Hoon is good enough for me.

Netflix and UN Women launch “Because She Watched” collection

Netflix and UN Women has launched “Because She Watched”–a special collection of series, documentaries, and films to celebrate International Women’s Day. The collection, which will be available all year, is curated by female creators from behind and in front of the camera – including Sophia Loren, Janet Mock, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costa and Ava DuVernay.

“This collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity. It’s about making visible the invisible, and proving that only by fully representing and including women on screen, behind-the-camera and in our narratives overall, society will truly flourish,” said Anita Bhatia, UN Women Deputy Executive Director.

Created for International Women’s Day, whose official theme this year is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights,” the collection celebrates the stories that have inspired the women who inspire us. These series, films, and documentaries–from Unbelievable, Luna Nera, and Followers to Orange Is the New Black, Lionheart, and Sex Education–have started important, often hard, conversations that have helped to challenge the way we see the world.

“Having a world where everyone is truly represented is about true democracy. And truly seeing ourselves allows us to envision endless possibilities for ourselves and each other”, said actress Laverne Cox. “Orange Is the New Black is the first project where I felt genuinely empowered as a woman thanks to the woman at the helm of the show, Jenji Kohan, and the many women directors, writers, producers, and crew members as well as the stories that centered diverse women in an unprecedented way. This show created a space and platform for me as a black openly trans woman that created space for other openly trans women of all races to be truly seen in the depth of our humanity”.

The collection is available at Netflix.com/BecauseSheWatched or by searching “Because She Watched” on Netflix. Every title in the collection will be labeled “XXXX’s Women’s Day Pick” so members can easily see who picked which story. In addition, members will be able to choose from a selection of “Because She Watched” profile icons to celebrate their favorite female characters from the collection.

“TV and film have the power to reflect and shape popular culture, which is why we believe it’s so important that more people see their lives reflected in storytelling”, said Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Founder of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. “Our research has shown that inclusion behind the camera leads to greater inclusion on screen. We’re encouraged that last year, 20% of the directors of Netflix original films were women and we are excited to celebrate these female creators on International Women’s Day. There’s still more to do to reach equality, but by recognizing female talent from around the world, we hope more women will feel encouraged to tell their stories, pushing that number even higher.”

UN Women and Netflix’s partnership in support of the Generation Equality campaign comes on the 25h anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, recognized as a visionary agenda for women’s rights. We hope that it will spread the message that realizing women’s rights means putting women front and center to achieve gender equality.

CCP cancels shows amid CoViD-19 outbreak

The World Health Organization has just declared the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (CoViD-19) a global pandemic. Here in the Philippines, there has also been a rise in number of confirmed cases in recent days. In response to this, the national government has ordered a community quarantine in Metro Manila and other provinces that would find its number of confirmed cases also increased.

As an effect, mass gatherings of any form have been prohibited for the time being and social distancing is advised when going out. Hence, the Cultural Center of the Philippines is taking action to cancel all its shows, exhibits and public events for the month of March.

The CCP has made this decision to prioritize the safety and well-being of its guests, patrons, and employees.

Here’s a list of all the cancelled shows and events at the CCP:

  • Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) Concert Series VII, scheduled on March 13, 2020
  • Ballet Philippines’ Rama Hari, slated on March 20 to 29, 2020
  • CCP ArtHouse Cinema film screenings on March 12, 14, 26 and 28, 2020
  • Allegories and Realities: Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi In Retrospect guided tours on March 12, 14, 26 and 28, 2020
  • Crystal-making workshop with artist Samantha Feleo, slated on March 21, 2020

The CCP Galleries, Library, and Gift Shop will also be closed to the public until further notice.

#KwentongJollibee launches Valentine 2020 video series

True love conquers all in Jollibee’s latest #KwentongJollibee Valentine’s series. The country’s most loved fast-food chain is back with its award-winning digital series that delves into how hard work and commitment can make real love last.

“Relationships can be complicated when people set unrealistic expectations about love, believing that it’s always easy and picture-perfect especially in today’s digital age! This year, our goal was to highlight that the best love stories are those of couples who understand and value true love, and the hard work and commitment that it takes to make it work,” shared Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer, JFC Philippines Country Business Group Marketing Head, and concurrent Jollibee Philippines Marketing Head Francis Flores.

Valentine’s Day is no longer complete without Jollibee making viewers swoon and inspired by its #KwentongJollibee series. Last year’s episodes—“Choice”, “Proposal”, and “Anniversary”—encouraged fans to keep their faith in love and hit over 50 miillion views on Facebook and YouTube. Jollibee, through its Jollibee Studios branded entertainment initiative, has produced up over 33 Kwentong Jollibee short films, garnered over 350 million views and nearly 700 million in reach.

The Kwentong Jollibee series has cemented its industry leadership and the well-loved films continues to bag global and international recognition. In 2019 alone, the fast-food brand brought home the APAC Tambuli Awards’ Gold Tambuli for the total Kwentong Jollibee campaign; three Bronze awards in the Family-Centered Brand category for Kwentong Jollibee Mother’s Day Series, Kwentong Jollibee Biyahe, Kwentong Jollibee Grand Thank You Project, and a Bronze award in the Seasons Celebration category for Kwentong Jollibee High Five (Father’s Day). Since 2016, Kwentong Jollibee has also remained to be a regular in the YouTube Ad Leaderboard’s Top 10 Ads in the Philippines. In 2019, YouTube recognized Kwentong Jollibee: Choice and Schoolboy as its most effective ads for the year.

Check out the three #KwentongJollibee Valentine’s Day 2020 videos below:

#CoupleGoals

Directed by Ianco dela Cruz (“Vow”, “Choice”), “#CoupleGoals” tells the story of Matt and Lisa, a happy couple who couldn’t be more perfect for each other, or so their social media photos say. Is their relationship as flawless as it appears?

Space

“Space” follows the story of funnyman Dan, who goes out of his way to show his girlfriend Mae how much he cares but their differences have pushed the couple apart. Directed by Sigrid Bernardo, this episode begs the question: In the age where finding someone new as easy as a swipe, is true love is just as easy to find?

Apart

Lovebirds Myles and Ron are the center of the story titled “Apart”, directed by Pepe Diokno. Myles is strong-willed and self-sufficient, and Ron feels like he doesn’t have a place in her world. Does true love prevail or are they better off apart?

‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ opens in PH cinemas this February

Save the date, Sonic The Hedgehog fans, because the beloved global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega is hitting the big screens this February 19.

Paramount Pictures’ Sonic The Hedgehog, the live-action adventure comedy that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog from another world, is set to delight Filipino audiences of all ages.

The film follows the misadventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of his new life on Earth with his newfound human best friend Tom (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpteras as Tom’s wife Maddie, and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

It seems only right that the cast and filmmakers turning Sega’s landmark and enduring videogame franchise into a motion picture event include: 1) Jim Carrey, a comedy icon known for his rapid-fire onscreen antics; 2) Neal Moritz, the producer of the blockbuster motion picture series The Fast And The Furious; and 3) Jeff Fowler, a fast-rising, Academy Award-nominated director who has been a lifelong fan of Sonic the game.

Moritz notes that he and his team were challenged to include in the film what fans of the game love about Sonic, while ensuring that it be accessible to those unfamiliar with the character. While developing the project, he learned that the latter audience segment was smaller than he imagined. “We discovered that more people are aware of Sonic than many other treasured pop culture icons, like Lego,” Moritz points out. “People enjoy Sonic’s attitude and speed.”

Moritz continues, “The goal for our movie was to keep all that while adding some unexpected dimensions. It’s a combination of what we love in movies–incredible action, comedy, and a lot of heart that comes from Sonic’s friendship with the human characters.”

Executive producer Tim Miller, who previously helmed a film about another pop culture icon, Deadpool, adds: “This is the first time Sonic has been placed in a live action world, which brings exciting new possibilities to what he can do and be.”

Fowler’s relationship with Sonic began at age 13, when he was introduced to the game. “I knew immediately that it and the character would change videogames forever,” he explains. “Sonic’s attitude was unique and refreshing; I had never before experienced a personality like his. He broke the fourth wall, which had never been done before in a game, and it provided a window into his personality. Sonic behaved like a teenager, which was instantly relatable. He has confidence, a sense of humor, and a mischievous quality.”

Fowler wanted to ensure that he honored the spirit of the game and weave into the film elements that fans would recognize, including the golden rings, which provide a portal for Sonic to escape across space and time; his speed, of course; Sonic’s signature red shoes; and the energy emeralds that give him his abilities.

Moritz notes that the film still delivers everything fans expect and more. “There’s a climactic sequence that sees Sonic and Robotnik in a chase that spans Paris, the Great Wall of China, and the Egyptian pyramids, before culminating back in Green Hills–in a matter of a minutes,” he teases. “You’ve never seen anything like it before.”

Sonic the Hedgehog is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Watch the latest trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog here:

CineFilipino Film Festival names 2019 finalists

Now on its fourth year, the CineFilipino Film Festival continues to celebrate Philippine cinema by giving young and aspiring Filipino filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their stories to large audiences.

Organized by Cignal TV and Unitel Productions, Inc., CineFilipino puts the spotlight on stories from Filipino filmmakers that are worth watching and celebrating, helping local talent achieve higher commercial success. This year’s festival theme, Buhay Ang Kuwento, means two things: 1) “The Story is Life” where life itself is a collection of stories which gives emphasis on the universality of human experiences as told in film; and 2) “The Story is Alive” where writers, directors, cinematographers, actors, and producers keep these stories alive by producing films and creating shared cinematic experiences in the big screen for everyone to enjoy.

The festival has recently announced the full list of finalists for its Feature Length, Shorts, and Series categories in its 2019 competition.

For the Feature Length film category, eight finalists were selected from over 100 entries and have each merited a P2,000,000.00 grant, allowing them the amazing opportunity to produce their films and bring their cinematic visions to life. These talented finalists are:

  1. Jopy Arnaldo, 27 EXP – A story about a boy who uses a disposable camera to move on from a love lost
  2. Charlson Ong and Angelo R. Lacuesta, Cargo – A Tausug fast-boat pilot finds himself involved in a murder, and must choose between escape and surrender
  3. Sue Aspiras, Homecoming – A young diwata gets a dazzling homecoming
  4. Christopher Gozum, Ilikdem Mo So Matam – A Filipina filmmaker in Seoul, South Korea gets entangled in a forbidden relationship between two other OFWs in the city
  5. Steven Paul Evangelio, Maya-maya Paparito Na – A family’s Christmas reunion is ruined by a devastating storm, leaving them with no way out
  6. JP Habac, Olsen’s Day – A production assistant goes on a trip with a strange old man and his son who threatens him but at the same time, gives him the answers he seeks
  7. Rob Jara, Ouroboros – A coming-of-age vengeance drama about a young man who waits 20 years to avenge his father’s death at the hands of his own mentor
  8. Dolly Dulu, The Boy Foretold by the Stars – A gay high school student, driven by a fortuneteller’s predictions, attempts to prove to a boy that they are destined to be together

For the Shorts category, the nine finalists who rose above dozens of submissions are:

  1. Dolly Dulu with 7-Year Itch
  2. Dexter Paul de Jesus with Alex & Aki
  3. Claudia Fernando with Ang Alamat ng Sari-Saring Sari Store
  4. Zsarina P. Lacumba with Ang’gulo (Unclear)
  5. Eluigi Macalintal and James Garcia with Delta
  6. Lorys Plaza and James Hermoso with Kita (nalng) Duha
  7. Noel Tonga, Jr. with Memento Mori
  8. Ronald Dulatre and Elaiza Rivera with Tayo (Stand Up)
  9. Reeden Fajardo with Quing Lalam Ning Aldo (Under the Sun)

And for the Series category, the 10 chosen finalists are:

  1. Jeremy Luke Bolatag with B124
  2. Christian Mark Vidallo with Balete: The Animated Series
  3. Rob Jara with Delikado
  4. Kris Ulrich and Maze Mirada with Life After College
  5. Ronald Van Angelo A. Dulatre with Manila Encounters
  6. Dustin Celestino with Philippine Gothic: Habang Buhay
  7. Ronald Batallones with Raket
  8. Efren P. Malabanan with Sa Pusod ng Dagat
  9. Carlo Obispo with The Junkyard Hippies
  10. Jelani Maniago with Tindero

These finalists will be pitching their stories to a selection panel comprising established industry personalities, namely: SM Lifestyle Entertainment SAVP of Ad and Corporate Sales Isabelle Santillan; filmmaker and producer Perci Intalan; Viva Communications Producer and AVP for TV Production Tess Fuentes; and screenwriter and filmmaker Wanggo Gallaga. The selection panel will choose five finalists to greenlight for production.

“We’re looking forward to all the works of art our finalists are bringing to this year’s CineFilipino Film Festival,” said Competition Head Jose Javier Reyes. “We believe we’ve chosen the best of both professional and aspiring Filipino filmmakers—in the end, it’s not just about good stories, but also about storytellers.”

“We may find the next great Filipino filmmaker, as well as the next great Filipino film, in the festival”, added Festival Director Madonna Tarrayo. “CineFilipino supports the celebration of 100 years of Philippine cinema, and we’re always on the lookout for exceptional talent that can help drive the art and the industry in the present and future.”

For more details, visit the official website www.cinefilipino.com and follow CineFilipino on Facebook (@CineFilipino), Instagram (@CineFilipinoOfficial), and Twitter (@CineFilipinoPH).

‘Abominable’ features voice of Asian actress Chloe Bennet

Best known for her leading role as Daisy Johnson (a.k.a. Quake) on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chinese-American actress Chloe Bennet lends her voice to Yi, the headstrong teenage girl who befriends a Yeti, in DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s Abominable.
When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.
As the journey of their lifetimes becomes a flat-out race to the finish, Everest will help Yi, Jin and Peng unlock an inner bravery they didn’t know they had and—as they strive to return the mystical creature to the place where he belongs—Everest will help them discover where they truly belong, too.
For Bennet, the role of Yi had unexpected echoes with her own life. “My agents called me and told me that DreamWorks and Pearl were doing this new film, and the character is a young Chinese girl who lives with her grandmother in China as a teenager,” the actress says. “I also lived with my grandmother in China as a teenager. I thought, ‘Well, that’s a weird coincidence.’ When I went in and talked with them and learned about the person Yi is, and how strong-willed she is, her journey resonated so deeply with me. It paralleled my life. I left that meeting and said, ‘If I don’t get this movie, I’m horrible at my job. That is me.’ It felt almost too good to be true.”
The coincidences between Bennet’s life and Yi’s didn’t stop there. “It’s all been a very destined process,” she says. “I grew up with brothers in the city of Chicago, and they’re similar to other characters in the film. I was so very similar to Yi, doing odd jobs like mobile lemonade stands and dog walking. I always felt like an outcast because I wasn’t a girly girl and didn’t know how to interact well outside of my own big family. I felt surrounded but isolated in a way that anyone who feels differently, especially teenagers, can feel.”


The actress appreciated that director-writer Jill Culton infused Abominable with surprising emotional weight, and she hopes that a character like Yi will become a touchstone for a generation of girls. “It’s a funny, light-hearted adventure in a way, but Abominable has these serious undertones that are important themes—like loss and pain—for people of all ages to deal with,” Bennet says. “A lot of people, especially teenagers, are scared to reach out when things are hard. That’s my favorite part of the film, and the one that resonates with me the most—and I hope it does for other girls as well.”
For Bennet, Yi is an important, vital step in expanding the representation of Asian people, and Asian girls in particular, in popular culture. “Maybe this character came to me as a nice gift for not having her as a 10-year-old,” Bennet says. “It did just as much for me as a 25- to 27-year-old in the process of making it. The power of representation is everything. You don’t realize that when you don’t see someone who looks like you on TV, on film or in music, you start to idolize the people who don’t look like you. It becomes this big snowball effect. ‘Those people are successful, and they have blond hair. If they don’t have eyes that look like mine, maybe I’m not good enough because I don’t look like them.’ That’s the power of having someone who looks like you on screen. I really hope that whether people acknowledge it or realize it, it makes a difference to young girls who feel different or left out—whether they’re tomboys or Asians and feel that they’re weird. Because they’re not. They’re really cool. You can be who you are and be a badass at the same time.”
In Philippine cinemas October 2, Abominable is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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