4th .MOV International Film, Music & Literature Festival Schedule

Logo from www.movfest.org

Just got news the news (and PR) about the upcoming 4th .MOV Fest from a friend and for this year, it will not only cover digital films but it will also include music and literature. MOVfest will happen on September 1 – 6, 2011 in 3 separate venues such as Podium, Ayala Museum and UP Film Center. The event will kick off on September 1st, just in time with the death anniversaries of slain film critic and journalist Alex Tioseco and Nikha Bohinc. Continue reading “4th .MOV International Film, Music & Literature Festival Schedule”

Win a Philippine New Wave Book Signed by The Directors Themselves

Philippine New Wave Philippine New Wave 2

Do you want to be one of the three winners of the Philippine New Wave book signed by all the directors involved in it? All you have to do is to write an essay and answer one of the two questions below:

  • Who is your favorite director from among those featured in the PNW book? Why?
  • What is your favorite digital film from among those done by the directors featured in the PNW book? Why?

Send your entry to mabie.alagbate@gmail.com. Essays must have at least 1,000 words. Submit in a word file (Times New Roman 12, double-spaced) on or before August 1, 2010. Autographed copies of the Philippine New Wave will be given to the writers of the top three entries.

* Book launch will happen on July 14, 20 2010 at the CCP at 5 pm. Each book costs Php 700. Continue reading “Win a Philippine New Wave Book Signed by The Directors Themselves”

National Geographic Presents: Asia’s Titanic Directed by Yam Laranas

December 20,1987. MV Doña Paz was on its way to Manila carrying more than 4000 passengers. The ship’s capacity was only for 1000+ passengers but because it’s the holiday season, they allowed more than the ship’s capacity. MV Doña Paz collided with an oil cargo ship called Vector leaving more than 4000 passengers dead and only 24 survivors. Sulpicio Lines denied (and is still denying) that MV Doña Paz was overloaded with passengers because according to their manifesto, only about a thousand were listed there. Continue reading “National Geographic Presents: Asia’s Titanic Directed by Yam Laranas”

The Last Journey of Ninoy: As Told by Cory Aquino

With the recent death of the former president, many of us did not know that she had an interview about her husband Ninoy Aquino months ago. It was supposed to be in preparation for the 25th anniversary of Ninoy’s death on August 21. This project was a collaboration of the Benigno Aquino Jr. Foundation and Unitel Productions as a tribute to the late hero of democracy.
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This is the Last El Bimbo – My Eraserheads Final Set Experience

After 7 months of waiting, the Eraserheads reunited once more. We don’t know the reasons of this re-reunion but being an Eraserheads hardcore fan, it is good news for me. For the people who ask why they are doing this, it’s not really our bloody right to know.

The night before the concert, I was up until 5 am. Supposedly, I was going to sleep early to prep up for this event but something came up. Anyway, I woke up at 11 am and headed to SM Mall of Asia with Karla. We first hung out at Bona Coffee opposite the concert grounds. Karla was wearing her Noytee shirt, the shirt I got didn’t fit me so I requested to meet up with someone from Noytee to get a larger size at 3:30 pm.

The stage (view from VIP section)

Around 4:00 pm, we headed to the VIP entrance as we are expecting that the gates would open at 3:00 pm. Apparently, they’re not letting anyone in yet. Karla and I were the 3rd and 4th person on the right side entrance (near the bay). Patricia and Gerard (newly found friends from Circus) were the 1st and 2nd on the line. We’re complete strangers but the Eraserheads binded us as if we’re already familiar with each other. The guards then were instructed to let the audience in around 4:30 pm. I was really surprised to see how near I am from the stage. Continue reading “This is the Last El Bimbo – My Eraserheads Final Set Experience”

Marcus Adoro’s Violator Copy, The Combi and Cubao X

It was supposed to be just another Saturday gimmick for me. Karla and I decided to watch Makoy’s Violator Copy on a Saturday because I have work during weekdays. On the web, it was supposedly scheduled at 6:00 pm but when we got there (Robinson’s Galleria) it was scheduled for 7:30 pm. I got to see the Circus Listers at the theater entrance, they were going to see the film as well.

Violator Copy is a compilation of Marcus Adoro’s video works. The latest short film that he did was “The Artist Is In” which was last year and at last I was able to see it. This isn’t your typical film with dialogues in it; I would probably say that the film talked to its audience through the sound of the surroundings and the non-existence of sound. The lead character, the artist, quietly thinks of song writing ideas inside his room while on the other hand the outside world is full of noise. This shows the difficulty of some artists in the urban setting. I also thought of the struggle of an artist to squeeze their creativity juices given a little amount of time. There are deadlines to make but sometimes creativity lags behind and couldn’t cope under time pressure. It could be hypothesized that a typical day for an everyday worker, perhaps with expected tasks, is almost the same as an artist in under time pressure. Making art would become just like a normal activity and feeling of pleasure is gone. Continue reading “Marcus Adoro’s Violator Copy, The Combi and Cubao X”

Violator Copy – The Marcus Adoro Rock and Roll Retrospective

Marcus Adoro invites everyone to the world premiere of his unreleased and limited release video works.

Special appearances by:

  • Jericho Rosales
  • Pepe Smith
  • Darryl Shy
  • Dong Abay
  • Regiben Romana
  • The Fourth Wall Art Collective
  • A Famous Pinoy 90s Rock Band
  • The La Union Lokal Surfers
  • and more!

Catch it out from February 4 to 10, 2009 at Robinson’s Galleria’s Indie Sine

Witnessing a Filipino Digital Animation Breakthrough: Dayo


Katrina “hopia” Legaspi as the voice of “Anna” the vegetarian manananggal  

We were one of the first people who was able to watch Dayo at the big screen. The premier night was held at SM Megamall’s Cinema 10 and was attended also by some members of the cast who rendered their voices to the film such as Peque Gallaga, Nash Aguas and Hopia.

I have been curious about this film ever since we were invited to the studios of Cutting Edge Productions to witness how the animation was being done a few months ago. I appreciated the film more while I was watching the finish product though the studio tour already burst my bubble 🙂 . Continue reading “Witnessing a Filipino Digital Animation Breakthrough: Dayo”

New Digital Animation Film Dayo Animators Holds Studio Tour

(Dayo official teaser trailer)

I got excited because I have never been to an animation studio ever in my life and that’s why I really prepped up to be early for the studio tour in Cutting Edge Studios at Greenbelt Mansion, Makati. The studio tour is for the promotion of Dayo, the first Filipino all-digital animated film. The place was filled with toys, which they really need to keep their imagination “child-like” 🙂 . Continue reading “New Digital Animation Film Dayo Animators Holds Studio Tour”

The Mummy III: Tomb of the Dragon Empire

Karla and I watched this film a few days ago at the Gateway Mall and I could say that it was ok. I really couldn’t say that it’s really good and cannot even compare it to the other “The Mummy” flicks since I haven’t seen the last 2. It was average so to say.

We have already watched 2 Brendan Frasier flicks this past month the other was “The Journey to the Center of the Earth” and comparing the 2 Frasier flicks, I could judge that I like the “Journey” better than the “Mummy 3”. It was much funnier. The only scene that I actually laughed in “The Mummy 3” was when the dead skeletons were attaching each other’s body parts that fell while battling the terracotta warriors. I also enjoyed the fact that I am seeing Beijing, China one more time. It made me reminisce the time when I was at the Great Wall and seeing the actual terracotta warriors in Xian, China. 🙂