ABS-CBN and TV5 ink partnership deal

In what feels like a superhero crossover event to end the machinations of an evil villain, TV5 and ABS-CBN signed a landmark partnership deal that effectively allows ABS-CBN to regain their former reach on free television. ABS-CBN was denied a franchise two years ago by PH Congress. “I used the presidential powers to tell Congress that you are dealing with scoundrels and if you continue to kowtow with them, kawawa ang Pilipino,” admitted former PH President Duterte (shudders) in 2022. The supposed violations were all previously cleared by relevant agencies and no cases related to the denial of the franchise have been filed.

ABS-CBN is the country’s most popular network with arguably the best programs and most influential celebrities. They also have the widest reach with their regional channels and have been an important source of news and information. This reach and influence have been significantly minimized during the time of Duterte, whose reign is now being investigated by the International Criminal Court, and the recent elections that ushered in the return of a deposed dictator’s son to the presidency.

2022 FAMAS Awards Complete List of Winners

All eyes are on Katips: The Movie as it won seven awards including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Film at the 70th FAMAS Awards. Set for a commercial run starting August 3rd, Katips premiered on November 2021 and was adapted from the 2016 stage musical “Katips: Ang Mga Bagong Katipunero.”

Katips will go head-to-head with a film that recounts the last days of a deposed dictator’s family in the Presidential Palace as they were driven out by the nation that they abused and plundered. But of course, people easily forget especially when history can be manipulated via disinformation. Today, even the devil has a sob story to tell and people can be swayed to believe them if they have the means to do it.

This is why a film like Katips, which reflects the true history of the nation, is important. This country has already failed in honoring its past and the blood spilled to ensure its freedoms. Let’s make sure that we don’t all forget.

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Katips: The Movie shows abuses of Marcos’ Martial Law

On August 3, the Philippines will bear witness to a movie that serves as an exclamation point to the landslide win that reinstalled this country’s greatest shame to Malacañang. Whether it was the result of years of propaganda and fake news, online manipulation, or there really were just 31 million Filipinos who are rotten to the core and willing to overlook the thousands who were murdered, abused, and suffered under the very families that they now worship, the grim fact remains. The Marcoses are back in power along with the heir of a copycat strongman whose name is synonymous with misogyny and abuse.

But while most people and companies resort to ass-kissing for survival and even when all hope seems lost, there will always be a few that will stand up against injustice.

The Philippine Stagers Foundation has produced musicals over the years featuring the lives of heroes and martyrs, the suffering that they endured, and the snapshot of the world that needed them at the time. This year, they are back doing what they do best.

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Cinemalaya 2022 Complete List of Entries

2022 is starting to look like a year for comebacks. While some of them are downright tragic, like the return to power of the family of an abusive kleptocrat, there are a few that are a welcome distraction during these dark times.

Cinemalaya returns to the CCP and select Ayala and SM cinemas on August 5-14 with 11 full-length films and 12 short features in competition.

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Darna soars again this 2022

In a time of darkness, a hero will rise. And so the country’s most popular superhero will fly again this 2022.

This incarnation of Darna stars women who know a thing or two about being heroes in real life – Iza Calzado as Leonor/Unang Darna, Jane de Leon (Darna), and Janella Salvador (Valentina). Also starring are Zaijan Jaranilla (Ding), and Joshua Garcia (Brian).

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MMFF 2022 Complete List of Entries

The country’s most commercially successful film festival is set to go back to cinemas this 2022. The selection committee unveiled the first four entries on July 8th. The other half of the line-up will be selected in September. We will update this post with entries and trailers as they become available.

MMFF 2022 marks the return of crowd favorites Vice Ganda and Coco martin in separate movies. While I have personally skipped the box office favorites in the past, VG’s entry is first on our list this year.

Here are the entries:

PARTNERS IN CRIME
Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Production: ABS-CBN Film Productions
Scriptwriter: Enrico C. Santos
Starring: Vice Ganda and Ivana Alawi

LABYU WITH AN ACCENT
Director: Rodel Nacianceno
Production: ABS-CBN Film Productions
Scriptwriter: Patrick Valencia
Starring: Coco Martin and Jodi Sta. Maria

NANAHIMIK ANG GABI
Director & Scriptwriter: Shugo Praico
Production: Rein Entertainment Productions
Starring: Ian Veneracion, Mon Confiado and Heaven Peralejo

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The Fall of the Dictatorship

The article below is posted at the Official Gazette of the Philippine Government. It details the events leading to the fall of the Marcos dictatorship that resulted in thousands of deaths, human rights violations, and billions of dollars worth of plunder. It is reposted here in case this gets taken down by the incoming administration.

In May 2022, Marcos Junior was voted by an overwhelming majority back in power. His campaign was allegedly fueled by years of rebranding and historical revisionism per Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Brittany Kaiser. Marcos has denied this allegation. But what is undeniable is the existence of disinformation in multiple platforms – YouTube, Facebook, blogs, and Tiktok, all aimining to revise history in favor of its abusers.

Marcos Junior has yet to acknowledge his father’s responsibility in the atrocities committed under his rule. He also blocked the return of some $40 Million to the PH government as the key administrator of the his faily’s stolen wealth according to the Phillipine Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

The Marcos Family has had convictions both in the Philippines and in the US.

See:

U.S. Court Upholds Damages Against Marcos

Ill-Gotten Wealth Recognized by the Philippine Supreme Court

Ferdinand Marcos Human Rights Litigation

Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, sentenced to prison

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It’s time to #GetScentimental! FRESH TIME with BT21 is back with its NEW All Day Fragrance Mist

This summer, #GetScentimental as Fresh Philippines drops the NEW BT21Fragrance Mists! Available in 4 collectible variants, these new scents will accompany you as you make new BT21 memories with your friends and family.

You can choose from the following scents or get the whole lot!

Stargazing- This citrus fragrance takes you to a summer escapade surrounded by tropical fruits drizziled with rich creamy vanilla.

Fire Eclipse – A fruity floral fragrance that will take you to a meadow of roses, berries, and ripe peaches, while basking in the scent of creamy vanilla.

Sweet Calypso- This earthly fragrance takes you to a field of mangoes and mandarin while dancing in a bouquet of sweet dainty jasmine.

Hazy Moon – This energizing fragrance takes you under two bountiful orange and peach trees right in the center of a colored field of full blossom freesias.

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Live your best life with Xiaomi 12 series: Get yours now at this flagship phone’s open sale

Living your best life means having the right tools to help you embrace all your passions. And getting one just got easier at the ongoing #Xiaomi12Series open sale. Shop now at Lazada, Shopee, or at any authorized Xiaomi store nationwide. 

Designed to masterfully capture perfect moments  

The Xiaomi 12’s camera possesses a ProFocus feature that allows it to learn and track the algorithm of a moving subject allowing for a  clear capture. Moreover, the Great Portrait Mode and Ultra Night Video make it a snap to capture spectacular images even  in low-light conditions, as it automatically brightens the scene and details in the photo or video. These features make the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro among the best camera phones in the market today. 

The QUAD speaker with SOUND BY Harman Kardon gives crisp and clean sound, while the WQHD+ dynamic 120HZ AMOLED display delivers spectacularly clear colors and visuals, providing an incomparable entertainment experience.

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Viddsee Partners with WarnerMedia for “Storytelling For Good” Programme

Regional storyteller platform, Viddsee, kicks off 2022 with an inaugural Storyteller Boot Camp in partnership with WarnerMedia and Motion Picture Association (MPA).

The boot camp will be held over 3-days from 17 – 19 January 2022, with 12-sessions by 35 speakers, covering topics from the basics of storytelling to insightful masterclass sessions about mobile storytelling, budgeting, showrunning, creative producing, and pitching concepts.

Speaker highlights leading the masterclass sessions of the boot camp include David Uloth, director of The Voice and The Far Shore; Peabody and Golden Bell award winning drama and documentary filmmaker, and co-founder of IFA Media, Francis Smith; and mobile storytelling expert, Miranda Morey.

“Today, becoming and growing as a creator comes from unstructured ways. We are excited to bring together experts in the field of storytelling in a knowledge-sharing session with hopes to further develop and grow the storytelling community in our network of creators,” said Ho Jia Jian, Co-Founder, Viddsee. He adds, “The diversity of speakers and topics covered in the sessions will be able to cater to storytellers from the aspiring to experienced.”

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MMFF 2021 Returns to the Cinemas starting December 25

The Metro Manila Film Festival is heading back to the cinemas this year as restrictions due to the pandemic have been relaxed. This follows the recent re-opening of theaters that have so far gotten trickles in audiences despite the roster of the usual blockbuster drawers shown.

To date, no information has been released if the MMFF movies will be available online for streaming. For those who would brave the malls to watch a movie, the following safety protocols are being observed by cinemas:

Moviegoers must take a body temperature check before entering the cinema
Moviegoers must present an authentic vaccination card that shows the completion of two vaccine doses
Moviegoers and staff must adhere to the IATF’s current ruling on face shields, face masks
No eating inside the cinema
Theaters will implement “socially-distanced seating,” even for moviegoers who are entering together (two seats apart)
Contactless and cashless transactions to be encouraged during ticket-purchasing
Improved air ventilation
Availability of hand sanitizers at every cinema entrance
Mandatory hand-washing every 30 minutes for cinema employees
Deep cleaning of surfaces, chairs between screenings

Here are the entries for the 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival:

“Big Night” (Cignal Entertainment, Ideafirst Company, Octobertrain Films, and Quantum Films)
Starring: Christian Bables, Eugene Domingo
Directed by: Jun Robles Lana

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ABS-CBN reminds Filipinos: Andito tayo Para sa Isa’t Isa

Christmas is never the same without an ABS-CBN Station ID. It is as much a part of Filipino culture and tradition as the network itself. And while the network has been targetted by the Duterte administration and ripped off of its franchise following the attacks of a disgruntled president, ABS-CBN shines through and offers much-needed hope for the citizenry.

Kaya pa, laban lang, gabay nati’y pagmamahalan. This year’s station ID reminds Filipinos that guided by unity and love, we can still fight. This comes at a time when the dark cloud cast by an administration that normalized abuse, misogyny, and even murder is about to come to an end. Sure, we may be facing bigger and more sinister demons in the next election but we have a chance to fight.

Today, we hold on to hope that love can triumph over the divisiveness and hate seeded by disinformation from those in power. Tomorrow we fight as if our lives depended on it because they really do.

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