‘My Father, Myself’ director Joel Lamangan wants to present realities and not romanticized stories

“Bakit hindi natin ipakita ang istorya na kapupulutan ng aral? Bakit natin kakalimutan? Na ang buhay ay hindi romanticism. Ang buhay ay ‘yung totoong nangyayari hindi ‘yung naitatakip ng katotohanan. Ipakita natin ‘yan. Kasi paano nila mauunawaan ang mga nangyayari sa kapaligiran kung hindi natin ipapakita ang mga tinatagong kasaysayan? Bakit itatago? Ipakita para kapulutan …

‘Ang Kwento ni Makoy’ tells the story of the heroes of the pandemic

There have been movies and series that depicts the struggles of the people especially in the medical field during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re not done yet. COVID-19 is still here. But one little film reminds us how we should be extra kind to the people taking care of our health because they too, have other …

Diverse Portraits of the LGBTQ Experience in QCinema’s RainbowQC Shorts

LGBTQ short films from previous festival editions portray varying diversity and representation in this year’s special QCinema compilation that deserves a second look.  From its premiere last year with QCinema, How to Die Young in Manila by Petersen Vargas is about a surreal meet-up amidst a violent setting.  The film, which has been exhibited in Busan, LA …

Ian Veneracion celebrates 40 years in showbiz with Studio Three-Sixty action series for Prime Video, ‘One Good Day’

Time and time again, Ian Veneracion continuously proves he is one of the most brilliant and established artists the country has ever produced. Started out his impressive showbiz career as a child and teen actor, Ian at some point eventually became a sought-after action star in the ‘90s and early 2000s with movies such as …

‘Pabuya’ director Phil Giordano on doing crime thriller stories, how Brillante Mendoza influenced his work

For a pleasant person to talk to, writer and director Phil Giordano seems to be fascinated with dark, crime thriller materials like his first two films Pusoy and Pabuya, both now streaming on Vivamax. What is it about his films that presents characters that doesn’t have a redemption arc? What makes crime thrillers interesting to …

No sugarcoating: Stage play ‘WARD 448’ to tackle HIV/AIDS awareness straightforwardly

Why is the play called Ward 448? “As a director and producer, aaminin ko na. Hindi ko kayang gumawa ng isang play na masyadong pabuloso ang set design. Nag-isip ako ng isang play na ang set ko ay iisa lang. With the different flashback pero gagawin ang eksena sa hospital kaya ward. Inisip namin, ang …

Light, bubbly, feel-good series ‘K-Love’ to premiere this October 14 on Viu

Most of us probably turned to watching series and movies more during the pandemic and one particular content some of us are hooked into are South Korean dramas. Some started their love for K-drama years ago when local TVs aired began airing romantic comedy series that made us glued to our TV screens every night. …

Immortalizing PNA’s centennial anniversary through film ‘Siglo ng Kalinga’

How do we immortalize the one hundred years celebration of the Philippine Nurses Association? That was the question that made executive producer and multi-awarded personality Dr. Carl Balita produce the upcoming film Siglo ng Kalinga. After producing Nars in 2007 and Maestra in 2017, Balita is ready to produce Siglo ng Kalinga. Watch his speech …

Kean Cipriano’s latest single ‘Tayuman’ pays tribute to one of PH cinema’s popular trope

What if you’re in love with your best friend? It’s not the most shocking thing to hear, especially if you watch Filipino romantic movies. It is one of the most popular tropes in Philippine cinema, having your two main characters as best of friends and one of them falls hard for the other one. Kean …