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 life depended on it because it really does.

Leni Robredo heeds calls to fight for the country, runs for President in 2022

October 7, 2021. Leni Robredo officially announced and filed her bid for the presidency earlier today. Robredo has been the face of the opposition for the last five years of the Duterte administration. She has been on the receiving end of abusive remarks from Duterte and his propagandists/trolls; fake news peddled by known supporters of both Duterte and Bongbong Marcos. Marcos was defeated by Robredo in a vice presidential race in 2016 and again on recounts instigated by Marcos himself.

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IKEA PH opens online store, checkout resumes 9/24/2021

Update: Ikea PH officially opened its 24/7 online store operations starting November 3, 2021.

The second happiest place on Earth is now open… online but that’s the same thing these days. IKEA PH opens up their online store today, September 23rd. But don’t get too excited just yet. It was apparently just a test run.

Ikea is a Swedish furniture maker that is known for low-cost, nice-looking, good quality products. They even have a collection of food items that are also pretty good (chocolates, meatballs, sausages!) but they’re not in the PH website yet as of today.

Still, you may now see the items that you can shop for online and the corresponding PH prices. Also, the website says you may keep adding to cart as checkouts will resume tomorrow.

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ICC authorizes full investigation into Duterte’s war on drugs

September 15, 2021 – The International Criminal Court has finally authorized the investigation into the alleged extra-judicial killings in the Philippines under the administration of Rodrigo Duterte. The investigation will cover the time of Duterte’s reign as Davao Mayor up to March 16, 2019 when his administration seemingly tried to escape accountability by withdrawing from the ICC.

Duterte has, on several occasion, announced that he will protect law enforcers should they murder in the name of his infamous war on drugs. He even admitted that his “only sin is extra-judicial killings” – a statement explained by his lackeys as simply being playful even as dead bodies piled up with both witnesses and evidence contradicting the usual police narrative that the victims all fought back. These accounts were later confirmed by a UN investigation that suggests that the police planted evidence to justify these killings.

The murders are all part of Duterte’s campaign promise in 2016 – a promise that was backed by a history of murders in his own hometown. When brought up during the campaign, the Duterte camp dismissed the death squad association as mere propaganda, conveniently leaving out the fact that these stories surfaced long before his bid for the presidency. Check Al-Jazeera’s 2009 report here.

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Inigo Pascual to star alongside Susan Sarandon in Fox Country Music Drama ‘Monarch’

Inigo Pascual is going to Hollywood! This is a well-deserved break I must say. More than just being a showbiz legacy, Inigo has made a name in PH entertainment and music industry on his own merit. He has massive hits locally and has released the international album ‘Options’ in June 2021.

Monarch is a cross-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music, the Romans. At the head of the Romans is the incredibly talented but tough Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrell Roman (Susan Sarandon). Together with her beloved husband Albie (Trace Adkins), Dottie created a country music dynasty. But although the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the basis of their success is a lie. When her reign as country queen is jeopardized, crown heiress Nicolette ‘Nicky’ Roman (Anna Friel) will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy while ensuring her own pursuit of fame. Pascual will play Ace Grayson, Nicky’s adopted son who also dreams of becoming a country star.

“Monarch” will debut midseason for Fox on January 30, 2022.