The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) hosts a film festival titled Director's Cut: Mga Eksenang Dapat Mong Nakita Pero... from March 5 to 7 at the UP Cine Adarna.
Nine controversial films will be shown for three days. These are the uncut versions of Bakit May Kahapon Pa? (directed by Joel Lamangan), Laman (Maryo J. de los Reyes), Ang Lalake sa Parola (Jay Altarejos), Duda/Doubt (directed by Cris Pablo), Rome and Juliet (Connie Macatuno), Twilight Dancers (Mel Chionglo), La Vida Rosa (Chito Roño), Tuhog (Jeffrey Jeturian) and Live Show (Jose Javier Reyes).
Among these directors, Maryo J. De los Reyes, Cris Pablo, Connie Macatuno, Chito Roño and Jeffrey Jeturian are graduates of UP CMC.
Bakit May Kahapon Pa? (March 5, 5 p.m.) is about a woman, traumatized as a child by the massacre of her family in the 1970s, who plans revenge on the responsible military officer. Laman (March 5, 7 p.m.), on the other hand, focuses on a young couple's problems mainly caused by a rich businesswoman who lusts for the husband and a gigolo who seduces the wife. Ang Lalake sa Parola (March 5, 9 p.m) is the story of a lighthouse caretaker who falls in love with another man as the former's girlfriend struggles to win him back.
Duda/Doubt (March 6, 5 p.m.) is a tale of infidelity and deception in a relationship between two men while Rome and Juliet (March 6, 7 p.m.) is a romantic journey of two women caught in a web of forbidden and unconventional love. Given an X rating by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Twilight Dancers (March 6, 9 p.m.) is a social commentary packaged as a sexy movie about a macho dancer who is pressured to "dance" to the tune of the new global economy.
La Vida Rosa (March 7, 5 p.m.) is about a couple's dangerous life as con artists becoming more complicated as one insists on retiring. Tuhog (March 7, 7 p.m.) is a disturbing yet entertaining movie within a movie where a mother and daughter are abused twice--first by a rapist who happens to be a family member and then by incompetent filmmakers. Considered "most controversial" in Philippine filmmaking history, Live Show (March 7, 9 p.m.) is a story of poor Filipinos forced to perform sexual acts in front of paying customers. The film exposes the shocking and depressing truth about live sexual performers or torreros and what goes on in sleazy quarters where couples play toro for pay.
An open forum with the director and other guests follows every screening of the film.
The film festival is part of the UP's centennial celebration. Sponsorship packages are available for interested companies. For details, please contact Dr. Arminda Santiago or Prof. Ma. Rosel San Pascual at 920-6864 or 920-6867.
Last Wednesday, February 27, robbers suspected to be members of the notorious Bukas Kotse Gang ransacked Charice's vehicle in Calamba, Laguna. According to a report by ABS-CBN News, the 14-year-old singer—accompanied by her mom, their driver, and one helper—was having dinner in Tuding's restaurant when the robbery occurred.
When Charice and company returned to their vehicle, a Toyota Hi-Ace Van with plate number XGM-508, they noticed that the black Lacoste bag owned by Mrs. Raquel Pempengco was missing. The bag reportedly contained two mobile phones (models: T610 and p910i), an ATM card, house keys, and passports.
According to a male witness, he spotted three men patroling the area prior to the incident.
Making an appeal to the public, Charice pleaded, "Just please return the passports, not the cellphone or the other things, but just the passports."
Charice first gained national attention when she bagged third place honors in ABS-CBN's Little Big Star. But her stock rose considerably when Emmy Award-winning host, Ellen DeGeneres, invited her to guest in her hugely popular talk show after seeing her video in You Tube performing in a Korean talent show Star King.
A self-confessed fan, Ellen was even more impressed when she finally saw and heard the young belter perform the Dreamgirls anthem "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and the Whitney Houston smash hit "I Will Always Love You" in her show last December 19, 2007.
As a token of appreciation for gracing the program, Ellen handed an awestruck Charice a new iPod as a replacement for the one she had lost during the trip.
After releasing a number of box-office hits, Vhong Navarro is back with another character that will be remembered alongside with his portrayal of Mr. Suave, Hesus of D Anothers, Agent X44, and Lastikman.
This time, Vhong marks his anticipated return to the big screen in Supah Papalicious.
"Todo na ‘to! Hinding hindi n'yo makakalimutan ang pelikulang hinahanda namin para sa inyo. Haping hapi na sa akin napunta ang role na 'to dahil tawa ako ng tawa binabasa ko pa lang ang script. Tapos si Manong Gilbert [Perez] pa ang direktor so ineexpect ko ang kakaibang atake sa comedy. Ang gagaling din ng mga kasama ko, si Makisig [Morales] at Valerie [Concepcion]. So kumpletos recados talaga," Vhong points out.
Valerie tries a different route from hosting as she engages in a comedic role via the film Supah Papalicious. "First time kong gumawa ng ganitong kalaking pelikula. I'm deeply honored and thankful sa Star Cinema kasi they gave me a chance to be Vhong's leading lady and takot ako at the same time, super excited dahil comedy naman itong ginagawa ko, something I haven't done before." It was reported in PEP recently that Valerie's contract as a Wowowee host was just renewed and that she is being considered for a role in the remake of Betty La Fea.
Child star Makisig Morales also tries his hand at comedy-with funnyman Vhong Navarro no less. After starring in Super Inggo and Pedro Penduko at mga Engkantao, Makisig is expected to conquer the big screen as well when he makes his debut in Supah Papalicious.
Makisig says enthusiastically: "Grabe po ang blessing na ‘to ang bata-bata ko pa, alagang-alaga talaga ako ng ABS-CBN at ngayon ng Star Cinema. Tapos si Supah Papalicious pa ang kasama ko. Ang saya saya!"
Star Cinema's comedy flick Supah Papalicious opens in theaters nationwide starting March 22.
The 52-year-old TV executive now holds the distinction of being the first woman president of the giant network. Her predecessors are Eugenio "Geny" Lopez Jr., Freddie Garcia, Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, and Cito Alejandro.
Charo, who has been in the Kapamilya network for 20 years now started her career at ABS-CBN on June 24, 1987 as consultant. She then worked as production director, and slowly rose through the ranks, becoming vice president, senior vice president, and executive vice president, which was her last post before her promotion.
As president of ABS-CBN, all subsidiaries and divisions will report to her. This includes Studio 23, ANC, Cinema One, ABS-CBN Publishing, Interactive, the PR Group, to name a few.
Gabby Lopez remains as chairman and COO of ABS-CBN.
Ang pinakahihintay na boxing spectacle ng taon ay ipapalabas ngayong Marso sa GMA Network sa pamamagitan ng muling pagsasanib pwersa ng Kapuso Channel at ng Solar Sports.
Ieere ng GMA Network ang rematch nina Manny ‘The Pacman’ Pacquiao at Juan Manuel ‘Dinamita’ Marquez sa Marso 16 (Linggo, Philippine Time) nang 10:00 a.m. mula sa Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino sa Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Si Marquez ay 34 y/o, 5’7” ang taas at may 48 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw, 35 KO’s.
Ang radio grupo ng GMA -- Super Radyo DZBB, Barangay LS-FM, at ang lahat ng RGMA radio stations sa bansa ay magbibigay ng live blow-by-blow account ng laban.
Pinamagatang PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ 2: UNFINISHED BUSINESS, inaasahang sa labang ito ay aapaw ang aksyon at ring drama na ihahandog ng dalawang pinakamagaling na super featherweights sa kasaysayan ng boxing.
Kontrobersyal ang unang pagtatagpo nina Pacquiao at Marquez na nagtapos sa draw apat na taon na ang nakakaraan.
Nagkaroon ang GMA Network at Solar Sports ng press conference kahapon nang tanghali sa 17th floor ng GMA Network Center.
Sina GMA Network EVP at Chief Operating Officer Gilberto Duavit Jr., Solar Entertaiment President Wilson Tieng, at Solar Entertainment COO Peter Chan Liong ang nanguna sa contract signing ceremony.
Sabi ni Wilson Tieng, hindi pa tiyak kung sino ang aawit ng Lupang Hinirang sa laban na ito ni Pacquiao.
“He’s entertaining singers for auditions. I don’t know how he’ll do it,” sambit ni Wilson Tieng. “May short list na kami pero ayaw naming i-divulge. Baka magkaroon ng gulo gaya ng dati.
“Sabi ng candidates, huwag i-leak sa press ang pangalan nila.”
Sa ngayon ay 135 lbs. na raw ang timbang ni Pacquiao. Kailangan pa niyang magbawas ng 5 pounds, at magagawa naman daw niya iyon.
“Ito ang pinakamatinding pag-eensayo ko sa buong career ko sa Amerika,” sabi pa ni Pacquiao.
“Everyday, nakaka-33 hanggang 36 rounds ako. Dati, sa training ko, hanggang 20 rounds ako.”
Panay-panay rin daw ang pagtakbo ni Pacquiao at naikot na nga raw niya ang ‘Hollywood.’
Trust Angel Locsin to take everyone by surprise. Despite being a constant fixture on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll, Angel has chosen to pose in a swimsuit for the very first time on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.
"First time ko ‘to," she told the Cosmo team during the shoot, "I hope it turns out well. Inisip ko kasi, if gagawin ko ‘to, it might as well be on Cosmo." After all, posing for Cosmo would mean reaching fun fearless females like herself.
Despite being one of the biggest names in the industry today, Angel was surprisingly shy at the Cosmo cover shoot, getting quite jittery over the sexy summer shoot and clowning around with the Cosmo team just to loosen up. The jitters don't show in Angel's confident pose, as she says, "Lahat naman tayong mga babae, may body issues, di ba? But you should be happy with your body and comfortable in your own skin."
For Angel, being comfortable in your own skin shows in the way you carry yourself. She encourages Cosmo girls everywhere to make an effort to always look presentable and even dare to be kikay.
"Iba rin yung feeling ‘pag nakaayos kapag lalabas ka't alam mong okay ang itsura mo, ready kang harapin kahit sino." Angel points out, "It's great to be in jeans and T-shirt, but it's also great to be in a dress."
Angel continues to strive towards becoming a better version of herself by branching out of her comfort zone. Since 2007, she has taken time off to study fashion in London, become a first-time producer with the movie Angels, and is now learning how to play the guitar. "You have to keep on learning," she says, "You shouldn't get complacent." Clearly, Angel has become a woman of substance.
When Mandy Moore comes for a concert at the Eastwood City on March 12, it will be, to quote one of her movies, “a walk to remember.” Eastwood City happens to be the home of the one and only Walk of Fame hereabouts, the Philippine counterpart of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is the brainchild of German “Kuya Germs” Moreno in cooperation with Wastwood City.
For the event, Eastwood City will transform its outdoor stage into a unique 2,500-seater amphitheater to accommodate the fans of Mandy who has visited the country twice.
“Oh, memories! I remember having a chaotic and crazy time at the hotel we were staying in...I remember having a lot of fun...I remember the people being such lovers of music...Well, I just remember really enjoying myself.”
“In singing, I guess...in performing before a ‘live’ audience. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your audience enjoy what you are doing and yourself enjoying the whole experience with them. But I do love doing movies, too.”
“Oh yes, I do!”
“Subconsciously I do that, I think, just like every other songwriter. You can’t help it.”
“You know, it’s easier for me to write songs when I’m not in love. Yes, I do...in my limited experience. Don’t ask me why.”
“I love doing romantic-comedies because the roles I play are close to who I am, and that makes things easier for me. I play one of those roles in Because I Said So, one of my new movies.”
“There are a couple of people out there, especially young actresses, people like, uh, Reese Witherspoon. I love the fact that she can do really big mainstream films and kind of go up and do quirky little independent films. She’s loved in both kinds of roles. She’s my role model.”
“Hmmmm...I guess I just surround myself with people I love and who love me, no matter what. Or I spend some time just being by myself. That helps, I guess.”
“No, not really. I would I say I don’t find it any more difficult than anybody else would. It’s all about prioritizing and finding equal time for both.”
“Hmmmm...A bit old-fasioned and a bit modern. But I don’t find doing my fair share when I’m out on a date.”
“Hmmmm...good question. Let me see...Yes, I’m older and wiser. I’ve met new friends and wonderful people in my life. I’ve done things that I’m really proud of. I’ve been through ups and downs but, yes, I’m good!”
An interesting rumor has just surfaced that David Hernandez was a stripper in Phoenix before his time on American Idol. Obviously we're not 100% sure, but here's what we've found so far. After rumors were posted around the internet that David has a steady boyfriend of 2-3 years and that he stripped at Dick's Cabaret, we found pictures of David working at Burn, a gay nightclub that just recently closed in Phoenix. Obviously you don't wear the club's logo if you don't work there. So although we haven't found any pictures of him stripping just yet, we're still on the hunt, and the pictures we found are leading us in the right direction. We'll keep you updated.
Youtube sensation Charice Pempengco was featured on QTV’s Pinaka as one of the “Pinoys Who Made It Big On The Internet”.
And here’s a video montage featuring different performances of Charice from the very first singing contest that she joined to the present…
First of all, I want you to know that Mommy loves you very much. I may not be sure how to show it or how to make you feel it, but I love you deeply because you are my life and I know that you know that because you are keeping me strong. God has given you to me to be my strength and inspiration.
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