Lav Diaz, Brillante Mendoza, Charo Santos-Concio Included in FDCP’s Film Ambassadors for 2018

Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will celebrate the triumphs of the Filipino filmmakers by hosting the FDCP Film Ambassadors’ Night on February 9, 2018 at Sampaguita Gardens, Quezon City. This is to give recognition to the Filipino filmmakers who brought honor to the country by winning in various international film festivals last 2017. Aside from the citations, FDCP will also …

“Changing Partners” Review: Love and Pain are Universal

CHANGING PARTNERS (2017) Review Directed by Dan Villegas There haven’t been that much musicals in Philippine cinema especially in independent film festivals. So, can we call Vincent de Jesus’ Changing Partners a game changer? Perhaps. Though deeply emotional, the more captivating feat of the movie is how it presented its story. Love is universal, pain is universal. …

Meet Alex & Cris in the Musical Drama “Changing Partners”

STAR Cinema culminates the month of January with the much-awaited mainstream theatrical release of the critically acclaimed musicale Changing Partners. Directed by Dan Villegas and written by Lilit Reyes and Vince de Jesus, Changing Partners was an official multi-awarded entry to the 2017 Cinema One Originals Film Festival. Based on a PETA musicale play of the same title …

Award-Winning Film “Changing Partners” Releases New Trailer, Gets January 31 Wide Release

Ikaw si Alex, Ikaw Si Cris. Ako si Alex, Ako si Cris. Dan Villegas’ film adaptation of Vincent de Hesus’ musical drama “Changing Partners” is getting a wide release on January 31, 2018 after its successful run during the Cinema One Originals Film Festival last November 2017. Based on the Palanca Award-winning musical play by Vincent de …

“Maestra” Review: A Heartfelt Story of the Heroes We Call Teachers

MAESTRA (2017) Review Directed by Lemuel Lorca Usually, advocacy films tend to be too preachy. They lost the audience with giving away way too much of what message they want to deliver. But Lemuel Lorca’s Maestra gives us a more profound story, telling three individuals of their dreams, aspirations and what they sacrifice to pursue their passion. …

Advocacy Film “Maestra” Champions Human Spirit

“It’s always something to be celebrating.” This is what director Lem Lorca says on the achievements of his latest film Maestra. Winning Best Actress for Anna Luna and Best Screenplay for writer Archie del Mundo at the Five Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela is definitely worth celebrating not just for them but for us …

Anna Luna Wins Best Actress at the Five Continents Int’l Film Festival in Venezuela

Independent film and stage actress Anna Luna recently won her first Best Actress award at the Five Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela. She bested 9 to 12 foreign and local actresses, including a celebrated Argentine actress. Luna won for her most inspired performance as Iah Seraspi, a poor Education student who perseveres against the …

Agot Isidro, Sandino Martin, Anna Luna, Jojit Lorenzo in C1 Originals’ “Changing Parnters”

Based on a musical play of the same title, Vincent De Jesus’ “Changing Partners” begins with Alex and Cris celebrating their first anniversary as a live-in couple. Recognizing their 15-year age gap, they are clearly in love with each other, ignoring what people say about their relationship. Their differences become more evident six years later …

#Cinemalaya2017 Reviews: “Nabubulok,” “Kiko Boksingero,” “Requited”

NABUBULOK by Sonny Calvento If you love crime thrillers, Nabubulok may be your cup of tea. The film envelops itself in this eerie atmosphere that makes it mysterious from start to finish. While the film opens with its answer to the mystery it revolves to, the way it uncovers its story is interesting enough to get me hooked …

GUIDE: The 13th Cinemalaya Film Festival

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, in partnership with the Cinemalaya Foundation, presents the 13th edition of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival – the most prestigious film festival in the country. With nine (9) full-length feature films, twelve (12) short films, a numerous films (full-length, short and documentary) for exhibition (non-competition) from different film festivals, …