#MMFF2019 ‘Culion’ Review: A Heartbreaking and Awe-Inspiring Story of Hope

CULION (2019) Review Directed by Alvin Yapan It was hard to move on from that heartbreaking and awe-inspiring ending. I was trying not to cry for being overwhelmed at the messages the film wants to send. Culion isn’t kidding when it wants to showcase not only the rich history of the former leper colony but also …

Culion: From a Forgotten History to an Epic Drama Movie

It was until married couple Ms. Gilie Sing and sir Peter visited the island of Culion, Palawan and witness the rich history unfolding before their eyes that they decided the world needs to know their story through film. So, they felt they needed to produce a film about the forgotten history of the beautiful island …

National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera Praises MMFF 2019 Official Entry ‘Culion’

Being part of the Metro Manila Film Festival is one thing, but to get high praises from a National Artist who is also the head of the selection committee is a validation that the people behind a film is doing the right thing. Or maybe even more. That’s what happened to the most controversial entry …

‘Culion’ Teaser Brings Back the Glory Days of Filipino Epic Movies

John Lloyd Cruz may be the jaw-dropping surprise of Culion‘s teaser trailer but the scope of the story, the mounting of the film and the overall message of this historical drama is epic. Epic because it catches our attention, epic because it feels like it has an emotionally devastating story. It brings us back when Filipino movies compete …

EXCLUSIVE: First Official Stills from Historical Drama Movie ‘Culion’

Two words, Neil Daza. If you’re not familiar with the name, maybe you’re familiar with his works. ‘Feng Shui’ (2004), ‘Signal Rock’ (2018), ‘Nabubulok’ (2017), ‘Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus’ (2018) and Oda sa Wala (2018), these are just some of the most beautifully pictured and framed movies locally. And these are the works …

Jasmine Curtis-Smith Completes the Cast of ‘Culion,’ Feels Honored to be Part of the Historical Film

“We have found our Doris.” That’s what producer Shandii Bacolod told us at the meet and greet of the historical movie ‘Culion.’ His biggest project to date after producing the controversial Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 movie ‘Oro,’ Joseph Abello’s directorial debut film ‘What Home Feels Like’ and Abello’s second movie ‘Double Twisting Double Back’ …

Meryll Soriano Joins ‘Culion,’ Shares Their Historical Film Deserves a Spot at the MMFF 2019

The three main characters of Ricky Lee and Alvin Yapan’s historical drama ‘Culion’ are almost complete as multi-awarded actress Meryll Soriano joins Iza Calzado as Ditas, the one who has the worst case of Hansen’s disease or leprosy. She signed her contract with producer Mark Shandii Bacolod. Her character Ditas, as explained to us, has …

The Beauty and History of ‘Culion’ to be Featured in Film by Acclaimed Writer Ricky Lee

The team behind the controversial and critically-acclaimed film ‘Oro’ producer Shandii Bacolod and director Alvin Yapan is back with a historical film with the Philippines’ most respected writer, Mr. Ricky Lee. The film follows the story of three best friends (Anna, Doris and Ditas). Afflicted with leprosy and living like virtual prisoners in 1940s in Culion, …

#MMFF2016: Acting Takes Centerstage in Political Thriller Based on A True Story “Oro”

Acting pieces in a Metro Manila Film Festival entry hasn’t been highlighted as much as those who are breaking box-office gross even though they are critically slammed for being a cash cow. But still, after the awards night, winners which doesn’t even enter the top three of the box-office returns get to have the much-deserved …