Kilalanin si “Sitsit” sa “Haunted Forest” Ngayong Pasko Na!

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Matapos ang matagumpay na horror movie na “Haunted Mansio”n ng Regal  Entertainment, Inc noong 2015 sa Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Balik MMFF ang Regal Films ngayong taon sa MMFF para kanilang kakaiba na namang Horror Film na pinamagatang “Haunted Forest” na pagbibidahan ng apat na pinakamahusay na teen stars ngayon na sina Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal at Jon Lucas. Makakasama nila sina Joey Marquez, Raymart Santiago with Special Participation nina Miho Nishida at Myrtle Sarosa, directed by Ian Lorenos sa panulat ni Jeps Gallon

Matapos ipalabas ng Regal Films ang mga manananggal, tiyanak at undin sa kanilang previous movies ay ipapakilala ng Regal ang pinakabagong katatakutan na ‘creature’ Ito ay ang “SitSit” na matatagpuan sa “Haunted Forest.”

Sinabi ng writer na “Habang pinapanuod mo ang movie na ito ay talagang mapapaisip ka kung sino or ano ba si Sitsit. Tao ba sya? Engkanto? Halimaw? at kasabay ng viewers ang mga bida sa pelikula sa pagtuklas sa totoong sagot dito. Para tayong sabay-sabay na pumasok sa Haunted Forest at makikilala si Sitsit.”

Kaya panuorin ngayong pasko ang “Haunted Forest” at kilalanin natin kung sino si “sitsit”?

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FDCP and NHCP Launch SineSaysay: Documentary Film Lab and Showcase

With its continuous aim to educate and empower filmmakers in the country, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) launched its latest program, this time on the documentary film format, with SineSaysay: Documentary Film Lab and Showcase. The first year of the program will take place in 2018 in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

“Documentary filmmaking is a powerful medium that tells the real stories of our past and current generations,” said FDCP Chair and CEO Liza Dino during the SineSaysay Conference last December 5. “We are proud to partner with NHCP for next year to shine a light on significant movements and events in our history that helped shape our country to what it is today,” she added. Present in the Press Conference were NHCP Chief History Researcher Alvin R. Alcid and Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Projects, Architect Veronica Dado who joined Chair Dino in the announcement of the program and the historical topics for the documentary films.

SineSaysay will be divided into two categories: The Bagong Sibol Documentary Lab and the Feature Documentary Showcase. Bagong Sibol is open for emerging filmmakers working on their first or second documentary full feature films. Six (6) projects and its fellows will undergo a series of workshops and consultations in developing their short documentary films. Of these, two (2) projects will be awarded a P 700,000 grant to develop the full feature versions of their project.

For the Feature Documentary Showcase, interested filmmakers who have worked on at least two documentary full feature films will submit a 5-10 pitch trailer of the given topics. Four filmmakers will be given a co-production grant of P 1 Million to produce a documentary full feature project aligned with the themes of the program.
Application for SineSaysay opens this December and ends on February 2018.
For more information and a full list of topics, please check out the FDCP social media accounts or send your questions to info@fdcp.ph.

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SineSaysay: Documentary Film Lab and Showcase is a new program of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) that aims to empower documentary filmmaking and filmmakers in the country. With the words sine (film) and saysay (meaning), the program combines the power and beauty of filmmaking with meaningful and real stories of our people, society, and the world.
Now more than ever, we need documentaries that reflect our actual stories and their many facets and perspectives. The tradition of documentaries made by brave filmmakers is a tradition of truth and acceptance of reality. This format is as moving and thoughtful as it is informative and educational and the Filipino audience could certainly benefit from a widening of perspective of this type of filmmaking.
In 2018, FDCP is in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to showcase SineSaysay by developing documentary films focusing on often-unvisited events in our history that shaped our country to what it is today.
Sinesaysay has two categories, the first of which is Bagong Sibol Documentary Lab. This is geared towards emerging filmmakers working on their first and second time full length documentary feature films with the passion and vision for filmmaking and telling real stories of our people’s past, our struggles, and our victories. There will be an open call for pitches for qualified applicants, out of which, six (6) proposals will be selected and each team’s director and producer shall serve as fellows of the Documentary Lab. Through a series of meetings and workshops, the Lab will expose fellows to the world of documentary filmmaking in the Philippines by making introductions to film professionals who can advise on both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking, providing support and insights as they ready their projects for production.
The lab culminates with the production of six (6) short films representing the fellows’ vision for their projects. Each production team will be given a seed money of P100,000 to create their 10-20 minute short films. Of the showcase, two (2) fellows will be awarded a grant of Seven Hundred Thousand Pesos (P 700, 000) to produce a feature version of their documentary project.
The Feature Documentary Showcase Category on other hand is a co-production grant for experienced filmmakers who have produced at least two (2) full length films to their credits. Interested filmmakers are required to present a 5 to 10-minute pitch trailer based on the topics. Four (4) filmmakers will be awarded a 1 Million Peso (P 1, 000, 000) Co-Production Grant to produce their film project.
Through SineSaysay, FDCP and NHCP hope to bring documentary filmmaking closer to the Filipino people, broadening their appreciation of not just the craft, but of the stories that they tell.

Feel good original “Titibo-tibo ” is 2017  Himig Handog Best Song

Moira dela Torre and Libertine Amistoso with Lolito Go who played the ukulele for the Titibo-Tibo song

Fast-rising singer Moira and composer Libertine Amistoso’s piece is this year’s winner; Janella Salvador’s Wow Na Feelings by Karlo Zabala, is Global’s Choice For Favorite Song

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After months of search, presentations and judging, “Titibo-Tibo,” the feel-good song about a boyish girl who finds herself getting more womanly after falling in love with a guy, composed by Libertine Amistoso and interpreted by singer-songwriter Moira dela Torre, bagged the Best Song and was announced the grand winner in the largest Filipino songwriting competition, Himig Handog 2017, during the finals held at the “ASAP” stage on November 26, 2017.

Titibo-Tibo interpreter Moira dela Torre with composer Libertine Amistoso

Amistoso, who took home the P1 million cash prize, beat the other nine song grand finalists chosen among almost 7,000 entries. Her happy song served as her lucky charm. “It’s not like the other songs which are about ‘hugot’ or pain. This is a happy song, with a happy ending,” said the composer in a recent interview.

Jona’s heartbreaking song “Sampu,” composed by Raizo Chabeldin and Biv de Vera, was chosen as the 2nd Best Song while Inigo Pascual feat. Aikee’s “Extensyon,” composed by Michael “Aikee” Aplacador, was announced the 3rd Best Song.

Janella Salvador’s “Wow Na Feelings” with words and music by Karlo Zabala, meanwhile, got the 4thBest Song recognition as well as the TFC’s Global Choice for Favorite Song special award. The song won via online votes from Filipinos overseas.

5th Best Song for Tanghaling Tapat by Gabriel Tagadtad and Unit 406

The 5th Best Song went to “Tanghaling Tapat” performed by Unit 406 and composed by its lead singer, Gabriel Tagadtad.

The 2nd Best Song composer got P500,000 cash prize while the 3rd, 4th and 5th Best Song composers each got P200,000, P150,000 and P100,000, respectively.

Jason Dy and Kyla’s “Tayo Na Lang Kasi,” composed by Soc Villanueva, won several special awards including MOR’s Choice, One Music PH’s Choice for Favorite Interpreter, and MYX Choice for Best Music Video. Meridian International College, one of the ten school participants, produced the “Tayo Na Lang Kasi” official music video.

Star Music Listeners Choice went to “The Labo Song” composed by Karl Gaurano and Teodoro Katigbak and interpreted by acoustic soul artist Kaye Cal.

The other finalists in the competition were “Bagyo” composed by Agatha Morallos and interpreted byJake Zyrus, “Bes” composed by Eric De Leon and performed by Migz Haleco, and “Naririnig Mo Ba?” composed by LJ Manzano and Joan Da and interpreted by Morissette.

Now on its 8th year, “Himig Handog” is a songwriting competition led by ABS-CBN and Star Music. It began in early 2000s and was later revived in 2013. Many entries from this songwriting challenge have become huge hits and have been picked as theme songs for several TV shows and movies. Previous songwriters and interpreters have gradually made their mark on the OPM scene.

THE WINNERS OF LRTArt 2017

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), in its goal to mark its 37th anniversary celebration optimistic illustrations, launched last July 12, a nationwide painting competition dubbed as “LRTArt 2017 with the theme “LRT — Sasakyan ko sa Magandang Kinabukasan” (LRT – My vehicle to a Better Future).

After three months of receiving entries from all over the country with the headship of Kapisanan ng mga Pintor sa Pilipinas at iba pa Sining, Inc. winners for the competition have been announced and awarded at LRTA Social hall, Pasig.

According to LRTA Administrator Gen. Reynaldo I. Berroya, LRTArt aims to recognize Filipino artistry and to inform people that its train sysytem not only bring its passengers to its destinations, but more importantly, into their journey towards their dreams and aspirations.

An oil canvass labelled as “Walk In” by Ralph Allen Semilla was hailed as the grand winner. He received P300,000, a trophy and his painting will be displayed inside the LRTA Depot.

More than 400 emerging and professional artists joined the competition for both the Main Competition (for Filipinos at least 18 yo) and Junior Category (for Filipinos aged 11-17yo) but only 75 were able to surpass judges’ keen criteria and fortunately made it to the finals.

Fifty finalist were chosen for the Main Competition who each received P5,000. Among the 50, Robert Tiano and Juan Aguasito Jr., triumphed the 2nd and 3rd prize and received P200,000 and P100,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, 25 finalist were chosen for the Junior category who each received P2,000. Of this 25, Jheco Lorica, Bianca Dominique Verano and Brahm Daniel Verano, clenched the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize, and received P150,000, P100,000 and P50,000 respectively.

Signing of works and an exhibit came subsequent to the announcement of winners. All winning entries including the finalists for both categories will be included in the proposed LRTArt 2017 Coffee Table Book which will be a commemorative souvenir for this year’s competition. Paintings which failed to garner an award will be sold.

Judges were composed of professional artists, critics, academicians and historians. These judges were present during the Awarding Ceremonies and Exhibit conducted. National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) and Eye Candy Advertising Company also graced the event.

This has been the second LRTArt competition conducted, more and more youth are fascinated by technology. It’s nice to know that Filipinos’ passion for painting is still alive.

CIGNAL ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS ‘THAT ONE NIGHT’ IN ADVOCASINE SERIES

Teen Pregnancy. HIV-AIDS. Bullying. Depression. Suicide.

These are just some of the issues that plague the youth of today. Ironically, at a time in their lives when they should be reveling in energy, enthusiasm, opportunity and exhilaration, the youth are also subjected to a slew of problems and pressures brought about by modern day circumstances and technology.

It is for this reason that Cignal Entertainment is providing the venue for a series of TV-movies that will address timely and relevant issues through realistic yet creative storytelling. Produced by ContentCows Company, the ADVOCASINE series further validates Cignal’s mission of providing fresh content that is both of high quality, and equally responsive to Filipinos’ evolving tastes and demands.

For its initial offering, ADVOCASINE presents THAT ONE NIGHT, the story of how one night can change the course of one’s life forever. The movie also presents the perspective of people living with HIV-AIDS, and how to rise from this situation in a positive manner.

Top-billed by young actors Christian Bables, Mark Neumann, and Jennica Garcia, “That One Night,” presents HIV-AIDS as a sex-related teen issue in a relatable manner. Ably supported by seasoned actors Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen, “That One Night” is a movie that empowers and educates, at the same time engages and entertains.

Wilma Galvante of ContentCows promises that far from being preachy, “each story in the ADVOCASINE series will be thought-provoking as it is entertaining.” She adds, “as content creators, we know that film is a powerful and effective platform to convey positivity to everyone most especially the youth.”

Galvante admits that dealing with such controversial topics is a tricky matter. But years of experience in entertainment production, and a sensitivity to the pulse of the audience helps her find the delicate balance. “Since our themes are already serious, we balance it by adding entertaining elements such as romance, quirky characters, and enthralling milieus that will catch the attention of the youth,” Galvante says.

Cignal’s Guido Zaballero takes a positive and upbeat perspective on the ADVOCASINE series. “The ADVOCASINE series is very much in keeping with Cignal’s vision to offer shows that Filipinos crave for. We have the platform and the reach. It’s all about having the courage to take on challenging and edgy topics. And Cignal is all about content, courage, coverage and choice.”

“That One Night” will be shown on December 9 at 12NN and 6:30PM, on Colours (ch. 60 SD | 202 HD) and Sari Sari (ch. 3), available on Cignal TV.

 “ANG GURO KONG ‘DI MARUNONG MAGBASA” – From Rated “X” to PG 13; GETS COMMERCIAL RELEASE on DECEMBER 6

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HUNDREDS of child soldiers have been released recently by the country’s main rebel separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, as part of its commitment to the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of children within their ranks.

This, however, did not happen overnight.  The negotiations, according to reports, lasted for eight long years.

What happened throughout those years had given filmmaker Perry Escaño enough materials to write and create his debut full-length feature “Ang Guro Kong ‘Di Marunong Magbasa,” which, on MTRCB’s first review initially got an X-Rated classification, apparently due to “significantly violent scenes.”

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But after the second review, based on MTRCB’s guidelines, the film got a new rating – PG-13!

Now, the young audience (teens) can watch the movie starting December 6 (Wednesday) in cinemas, since the target market of the film is that age-bracket, to know the importance of education and to be aware of the story of child warriors in the Philippines.

According to Escaño: “I’m thankful that we got PG-13 rating after the second review by the MTRCB. The film is approved with very minimal cuts. The message of the story is intact, nothing has changed. The integrity of the storytelling is not affected.

“The audience will still see the bloody and violent scenes in the movie, since based on my research, those realistic scenes are really happening in our country, especially in far-flung provinces in the Philippines where there are child warriors because of war.

“A million thanks to MTRCB for being lenient and for the opportunity that the younger viewers will learn the value of education and have the chance to watch mature and socially relevant themes on the big screen.”

Escaño, also a film, TV, and theater actor before becoming a filmmaker, adds:  “Twenty to 30 percent of rebels in any particular group are children. They are trained to use guns and are put at the frontline of battles. There are many related issues concerning child warriors, but this film is related to the value of education.

“This film tells us that these children should be carrying books, not guns. If they could afford education, then we would see them in schools, and not in the battle field.”

Quezon City Representative and actor Alfred Vargas plays the lead role, Aaquil, a farmer who struggled to teach the children in his town to read and write, in spite of being illiterate himself.

Vargas said:  “I’m not used to having my previous films classified as X-rated.  My past films in Seiko were just until R-16, but we are grateful that MTRCB reconsidered our film ‘Ang Guro’ and reclassified it as PG-13.  Now, the teen-agers will be able to watch this kind of relevant film material that is really happening in  our country.

“As a congressman, I would like to make use also of my craft as an actor to make socially relevant films like this one which must be an eye-opener to the government.”

“Guro” is Vargas’ first film in four years. “I’ve decided to concentrate on public service, but when I read the script, I couldn’t resist it. I immediately agreed to doing it because it’s actually hitting two birds with one stone — I can act and at the same time advocate education,” the actor said.

Also part of the main cast are three awarded child actors Miggs Cuaderno, Marc Justine Alvarez, and Micko Laurente, who all had to train on how to properly handle fire arms before shooting the movie.

“I have always been afraid of guns,” said Alvarez. “I would close my eyes shut before pulling the trigger.  Direk didn’t want that. After the training, I’m glad was able to overcome my fear of handling guns.”

“I felt nervous in the beginning, but my mom said I was so cool, because not all boys my age would get the chance to fire guns. I actually enjoyed it since then,” added Cuaderno.

Laurente recalled: “I remember the time when Direk asked me to fire a pistol. I though I would not be able to handle the recoil, but I did. Also, we have scenes there that show us as rebels in training. We had to crawl on mud. My whole body hurt the day after, but it was fine.”

A finalist of the 2017 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival (held last August), “Ang Guro Kong ‘Di Marunong Magbasa” also features Mon Confiado, Lou Veloso, James Blanco, Kiko Matos, Loren Burgos, Garie Concepcion, Alvin Barcelona, Paul Sy, Lianne Valentin, Lorraine Salvador, among others.

Opens December 6 in cinemas nationwide.

LOGLINE:

As an extremist group trains children to fight the government, an illiterate farmer (Alfred Vargas) pretends to read while he attempts to play the role of a teacher to maintain the kids’ faith in the value of education.

SYNOPSIS:

Volunteer teachers from the city are afraid to teach in small, far-flung barrios because of the threat of the on-going war between the military and the rebels. This prompts Aaquil (Alfred Vargas), a farmer, to assume the work of the educator in their community.

His students, some orphaned by the war, are unaware that Aaquil is actually illiterate.  How has he managed to keep them from finding the truth? Aaquil heads to the city one day and fails to return.  Feeling hopeless and confused, his pupils decide to commit themselves to a rebel organization. These children learn to use guns like skilled warriors.

They mercilessly shoot at their enemies, whom they accuse of being the reason for their failure to pursue their dreams.  The story depicts how the cycle of anger and vengeance continues when education is ignored and neglected.