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'PANGAKO SA YO': ANGELO STANDS FOR YNA, BRINGS SMILE TO AMOR


On the verge of embarrassment, Yna Macaspac is once again saved by her boyfriend, Angelo Buenavista on ABS-CBN's hit drama series "Pangako Sa 'Yo."  Amor Powers (Jodi Sta. Maria) and other supporters of Governor Eduardo Buenavista (Ian Veneracion) gathered in a dinner-meeting, where Yna (Kathryn Bernardo) prepared the main dish. Angelo (Daniel Padilla) then asked Amor if she liked the food. "Very good! Compliments to the chef," Amor replied. Angelo told Amor that it was Yna who prepared the dish. Knowing and liking Yna well, Amor asked Angelo to bring her in to the function room. Angelo hurriedly went to the kitchen to fetch Yna. Despite her servant's attire, Yna took the courage to meet Amor. But upon entering the function room, Amor and other guests were shocked to see Yna in such looks. One of the guests even asked Eduardo if she is indeed Angelo's girlfriend. "Isa ba siya sa alalay ni Madame?" the guest added. With the sharp eyes of the crowd focused on her, Yna looked like she wanted to melt down and just disappear. READ MORE...

ALSO Pope Francis' life story in 'Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story'


Dario Grandinetti will portray Pope Francis in the film “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story.” 
January this year, Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s more than 1 billion Catholics visited the country who inspired and left an unforgettable imprint within the nation with his warm, sincere and jolly persona as he evangelized of the gospel and God’s love for the mankind.
Keeping the light and love that Pope Francis left, the upcoming movie entitled “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story” further brings the Pope closer to the nation as the movie takes us back to his younger days in Argentina until the time he was elected as Pope. The movie, also known in other territories as “Francis: Pray For Me” is based on the book “Pope Francis: Life and Revolution” by Elisabetta Piqué, a close friend of the Pope and a correspondent in Italy and the Vatican for La Nación, Argentina’s main newspaper, since 1999. Pique’s book has been hailed in Argentina as the most complete and up-to-date portrait of the Pope. WATCH MOVIE TRAILER AND READ MORE...

ALSO: Piolo and Iñigo lead Freedom Celebration


Piolo Pascual and son Iñigo promotes the importance of a financially prepared generation through Sun Life’s #LiveFreePH Movement
Brand ambassadors Piolo Pascual and son Iñigo lead Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc.’s new #LiveFreePH Movement. The campaign aims to inspire Filipinos to believe that a brighter future is possible, provoke people to think about their own definition of financial freedom, and encourage them to translate their optimism about their financial future to reality, with the help of a financial advisor.
The campaign will create awareness and encourage community involvement in the provincial areas, as the movement is set to go on a caravan titled #LiveFreePH Freedom Tour. It will make stops in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The tour was launched with a free concert at SM City Pampanga, headlined by Piolo and Iñigo. “I’m very happy beacause Iñigo is now earning his own money at alam na nya kung paano i-handle ang finances nya, ” shared Piolo. For his part, Iñigo said, “My dad always reminds me to spend on things that really matter and teaches me the value of money, kaya dapat bata pa lang mag-save na for the future.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy hails Magsaysay awardees for ‘back-breaking efforts’


Recipients of the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awards pose during a ceremony at the Cultural Center of the Philippines yesterday. The winners are (from left) Sanjiv Chaturvedi (India), Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa (Philippines), Kommaly Chanthavong (Laos), Kyaw Thu (Myanmar) and Anshu Gupta (India). EDD GUMBAN
MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino lauded the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardees during yesterday’s ceremonies, saying that real transformation requires backbreaking effort and this is what they gave, willingly. The extraordinary achievements of the five individuals from India, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines were presented during the ceremonies. “In many ways, you are like the heroes that many of my countrymen remember on this day: those who struggled and endured hardship for a greater cause,” Aquino said, noting the awarding rites at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City coincided with the country’s observance of National Heroes Day. He said it was an extraordinary occasion because exactly 57 years ago, on Aug. 31, 1958, the first Ramon Magsaysay Awards were given to five individuals. “None of our awardees embarked on these journeys out of a desire for fame and fortune; none of you chose to take on these responsibilities because you thought that they were simple or easy. It is only right that we are paying tribute to all of you on this occasion. You are the modern-day heroes that not only Filipinos, but all men and women all over the world, need,“ Aquino said. READ MORE...

ALSO Manila Standard column on: Kris saves the day
[An 'episode' on Kris and the OFWs. In early column 'Plan D' is the LP's search for VP: Plan A is Poe, Plan B is Vilma Plan C is Robredo, etc....]]


Here’s an update on Plan D, the alleged plot of the increasingly desperate and still running mate-less Mar Roxas to draft presidential sister Kris Aquino as his vice presidential candidate under the Liberal Party’s banner: It just got a little more real.
The LP minions who are pushing Plan D are supposedly in the process of claiming as Kris’ handiwork the decision of her brother, President Noynoy Aquino, to reverse the government’s position on the random inspection of the balikbayan boxes of OFWs. See, Kris posted a message on her Instagram account (withlovekrisaquino) last Saturday which said that she would work for a reversal of the much-maligned policy announced earlier by the Bureau of Customs. READ MORE...

ALSO: Is there true love in interracial relationships?


1 Eula Caballero is also in the sitcom 2 Martin Escudero also plays a funny role in the sitcom 3 Tueday Vargas plays the central character in Kano Luvs Pinay 4 Lee O’Brian is the American Vargas meets online 5 Boboy Garovillo is the father of Vargas in the show.
“Atey”. “Exotica”. “P.S.S.” or “Pinay Success Story”. These are just some of the words people associate with Filipinas who are in interracial relationships. Often frowned upon or ridiculed, these relationships are often depicted with plain-looking Juanas clinging to old Caucasian men. TV5 and Unitel Productions have come together to bring to Philippine TV Randolph Longhas’ acclaimed indie film, Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin, that speaks about the trials, tribulations and triumphs faced by interracial couples. Through their newest Saturday sitcom, Kano Luvs Pinay, viewers will see the Filipino experience through the eyes of a foreigner and the realization of the American dream in the eyes of a Filipina. It is a celebration of love as a universal force that doesn’t discriminate against race, color, stature or culture. Kano Luvs Pinay features Kapatid Network’s top comedienne Tuesday Vargas playing the role of Conchita Evelyn Bigoy, a.k.a. Cookie, a 30-year-old single mom from a middle-class family who’s into direct-selling business as her means to provide for her son. She logs in to kanoluvspinay.com, a dating site for Filipinas looking for American bachelors, and there she finds the eventual love of her life, Matthew Adams, portrayed in the show by American actor Lee O’ Brian. As they get along, the Fil-Am couple encounters peculiar Filipino customs, showing various cultural differences that often lead to conflict -- such as karaoke music, extended families, immigration laws and, eventually, the choice between living here or abroad. READ MORE...


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PSY: Angelo stands for Yna, brings smile to Amor

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 (ABS-CBN) Rhys Buccat - On the verge of embarrassment, Yna Macaspac is once again saved by her boyfriend, Angelo Buenavista on ABS-CBN's hit drama series "Pangako Sa 'Yo."

Amor Powers (Jodi Sta. Maria) and other supporters of Governor Eduardo Buenavista (Ian Veneracion) gathered in a dinner-meeting, where Yna (Kathryn Bernardo) prepared the main dish. Angelo (Daniel Padilla) then asked Amor if she liked the food.

"Very good! Compliments to the chef," Amor replied.

Angelo told Amor that it was Yna who prepared the dish. Knowing and liking Yna well, Amor asked Angelo to bring her in to the function room.

Angelo hurriedly went to the kitchen to fetch Yna. Despite her servant's attire, Yna took the courage to meet Amor. But upon entering the function room, Amor and other guests were shocked to see Yna in such looks.

One of the guests even asked Eduardo if she is indeed Angelo's girlfriend.

"Isa ba siya sa alalay ni Madame?" the guest added.

With the sharp eyes of the crowd focused on her, Yna looked like she wanted to melt down and just disappear.

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But Angelo stood for her.

"Sa lahat po ng nakatikim ng pagkain ngayong gabi, masarap, si Yna po ang nagluto," Angelo proudly said. Upon hearing Angelo's revelation, the guests started complimenting Yna.

"At hindi lang siya masarap magluto, kundi mas masarap siyang maghamal," Angelo added.

Angelo then formally introduced her "talented" girlfriend to the guests. Angelo's chivalry brought smile not only to the guests, but also to the former lovers Eduardo and Amor.

Looking at Angelo and Yna, memories flashed on Amor's mind; she recalled how Eduardo stood for her before.

Madame Claudia (Angelica Panganiban), of course, just sat at the corner, agitated and disgusted.

"Pangako Sa 'Yo" is a TV drama series that airs nightly on ABS-CBN.


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WATCH: Pope Francis' life story in 'Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story' (philstar.com) | Updated September 5, 2015 - 9:25am 0 165 googleplus0 0


Dario Grandinetti will portray Pope Francis in the film “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story.”

MANILA, Philippines - January this year, Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s more than 1 billion Catholics visited the country who inspired and left an unforgettable imprint within the nation with his warm, sincere and jolly persona as he evangelized of the gospel and God’s love for the mankind.

Keeping the light and love that Pope Francis left, the upcoming movie entitled “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story” further brings the Pope closer to the nation as the movie takes us back to his younger days in Argentina until the time he was elected as Pope.

The movie, also known in other territories as “Francis: Pray For Me” is based on the book “Pope Francis: Life and Revolution” by Elisabetta Piqué, a close friend of the Pope and a correspondent in Italy and the Vatican for La Nación, Argentina’s main newspaper, since 1999.

Pique’s book has been hailed in Argentina as the most complete and up-to-date portrait of the Pope.

WATCH AND READ MORE...

 
URL: https://youtu.be/zbO9S27CKnU

The movie “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story” brings us far back in Buenos Aires when as a teenager, Pope Francis quietly discovered his religious calling, little did he know that this was the first step that would eventually lead him to the Vatican.

The movie then takes on the perspective of young Spanish journalist Ana (played by Silva Abascal) who met Jorge Mario Bergoglio (portrayed by Dario Grandinetti) at the papal conclave of 2005.

It is here that they started a friendship that would be imbued with the same warmth, good mood and wisdom with which the future Pope will astonish both believers and non-believers.

It is through Ana’s eyes that the audience will follow the long, hard and touching story of Jorge Bergoglio. Father Jorge, as he has always wished to be called, used his position as the archbishop of Buenos Aires as a means to challenge the corruption and abuse of the government dictatorship.

Ana was there to see his toughest battles when he gave a voice to those who had none, the victims of prostitution, slavery and drug trafficking within the many shanty towns.

Their story comes full circle at the conclave of 2013 when a Jesuit priest coming from South America is elected on the fifth papal ballot as Pope.

The son of humble Italian immigrants, he chooses Francis as his Papal name partially in honor of his Grandmother for she impressed upon him the biblical values of Saint Francis when he was a young boy.

The name Francis perfectly summarizes the life of Father Jorge. He is a man who placed the Gospel’s message of helping the needy at the heart of his pastoral work.

“Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story" is directed by Beda Docampo Feijoow. It also stars Juan Bautista Stagnaro, Dario Grandinetti and Silvia Abascal.

From Pioneer Films, get to know the Pope who fearlessly fought against poverty and corruption amidst overwhelming odds when “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story” opens in local cinemas nationwide this September 30.


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Piolo and Iñigo lead Freedom Celebration By Ver Paulino (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 2, 2015 - 12:00am


Piolo Pascual and son Iñigo promotes the importance of a financially prepared generation through Sun Life’s #LiveFreePH Movement

MANILA, Philippines - Brand ambassadors Piolo Pascual and son Iñigo lead Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc.’s new #LiveFreePH Movement. The campaign aims to inspire Filipinos to believe that a brighter future is possible, provoke people to think about their own definition of financial freedom, and encourage them to translate their optimism about their financial future to reality, with the help of a financial advisor.

The campaign will create awareness and encourage community involvement in the provincial areas, as the movement is set to go on a caravan titled #LiveFreePH Freedom Tour. It will make stops in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The tour was launched with a free concert at SM City Pampanga, headlined by Piolo and Iñigo.

“I’m very happy beacause Iñigo is now earning his own money at alam na nya kung paano i-handle ang finances nya, ” shared Piolo.

For his part, Iñigo said, “My dad always reminds me to spend on things that really matter and teaches me the value of money, kaya dapat bata pa lang mag-save na for the future.”

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The tour will also feature line-up of activities that will guide participants as they begin their journey towards financial freedom. To participate, they can drop by the #LiveFreePH mall booths where they can declare their vision of financial freedom via the LiveFreePH Freedom Wall. Through the Brighter Life Indez: Social Sentiment (BLISS), they can assess their need while at it. They can also join the Sun Celebright promo for a chance to win a free trip to their chosen destinations.

“Sun Life aims to encourage Filipinos to pursue financial freedom and we have over 7,000 advisors nationwide to help them in their journey towards this new kind of freedom,” said Sun Life chief marketing officer Mylene Lopa.

After the Pampanga leg, #LiveFreePH Freedom Celebration will also be staged in Iloilo and Davao later this year.

(For details, visit www.sunlife.com .)


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Noy hails Magsaysay awardees for ‘back-breaking efforts’ By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 1, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Recipients of the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awards pose during a ceremony at the Cultural Center of the Philippines yesterday. The winners are (from left) Sanjiv Chaturvedi (India), Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa (Philippines), Kommaly Chanthavong (Laos), Kyaw Thu (Myanmar) and Anshu Gupta (India). EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino lauded the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardees during yesterday’s ceremonies, saying that real transformation requires backbreaking effort and this is what they gave, willingly.

The extraordinary achievements of the five individuals from India, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines were presented during the ceremonies.

“In many ways, you are like the heroes that many of my countrymen remember on this day: those who struggled and endured hardship for a greater cause,” Aquino said, noting the awarding rites at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City coincided with the country’s observance of National Heroes Day.

He said it was an extraordinary occasion because exactly 57 years ago, on Aug. 31, 1958, the first Ramon Magsaysay Awards were given to five individuals.

“None of our awardees embarked on these journeys out of a desire for fame and fortune; none of you chose to take on these responsibilities because you thought that they were simple or easy. It is only right that we are paying tribute to all of you on this occasion. You are the modern-day heroes that not only Filipinos, but all men and women all over the world, need,“ Aquino said.

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The commemoration of National Heroes Day names no single person, according to Aquino, and nowhere does it say that blood must be shed for one to be considered a hero.

“What matters most is the attention and care we give to the ignored and the oppressed; the courage to stand for what is right; and the constant, quiet determination to do our part in uplifting our fellowmen,“ he said.

Aquino said these were the same principles that informed the leadership of former president Ramon Magsaysay, a true statesman and a renowned steward of the people’s trust, held in esteem not only in the country, but also in the rest of the world.

“Should we examine the Magsaysay Credo, we will find no allusion to news-making deeds. Instead, we see the promise of service, especially to the common man, and a moral code and style of governance founded on the very same,” the President said.

This year’s Ramon Magsaysay awardees include Anshu Gupta from India, who founded the organization called Goonj and helped a vast number of Indians to take stock of their own lives through the various initiatives under its Cloth for Work program.

Kommaly Chanthavong from Laos turned her love for silk weaving into the Phontong Handicraft Cooperative, covering 35 villages and other initiatives that provided livelihood for her countrymen.

From the Philippines, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa refused to forget her roots and turned her appreciation of the arts into an advocacy, with the most important one being the study, practice and teaching of the dance style, pangalay, from the southernmost part of the country.

From Myanmar, Kyaw Thu, an esteemed actor, chose to make his mark beyond the silver screen, and worked with the marginalized by founding a society to help the poor bury their dead in accordance with the proper Buddhist burial rites.

Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who is also from India, dedicated his life to fighting corruption in government.


MANILA STANDARD COLUMN ON KRIS AND THE OFWs

Kris saves the day By Jojo Robles | Aug. 26, 2015 at 12:01am

Here’s an update on Plan D, the alleged plot of the increasingly desperate and still running mate-less Mar Roxas to draft presidential sister Kris Aquino as his vice presidential candidate under the Liberal Party’s banner: It just got a little more real.

The LP minions who are pushing Plan D are supposedly in the process of claiming as Kris’ handiwork the decision of her brother, President Noynoy Aquino, to reverse the government’s position on the random inspection of the balikbayan boxes of overseas Filipino workers.


RANDOM OPENING AND INSPECTION AT BOC

See, Kris posted a message on her Instagram account (withlovekrisaquino) last Saturday which said that she would work for a reversal of the much-maligned policy announced earlier by the Bureau of Customs.

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The post, which garnered tens of thousands of “likes,” read:

“To all the OFWs & relatives/friends of our OFWs, I already forwarded your concerns w/c you very clearly stated on my thread in my previous post to those in a position to not only address them but hopefully study, clarify, and act on policies that have a direct impact on you, your sacrifices, and your love for family that motivates not just you, but all of us to work hard. I make no promises because I’m not in government, but your concerns didn’t fall on deaf ears, and in my own small & humble way I do hope I was able to help.”

The post also included a photograph of a pink doorway with a quote, attributed to American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, which said: “Be an opener of doors.”

According to the storyline, Kris used her influence on her brother, who had earlier defended the random inspection policy announced by Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina, to reverse Malacañang’s position.

This, the narrative went, would portray Kris as a defender of the OFWs and improve her standing in the eyes of the millions of voters who were outraged by Lina’s policy.

(It’s worth noting that Roxas himself never uttered a word on the matter of Customs’ plan for opening balikbayan boxes, probably because he realized that there was nothing to be gained from defending it politically. This was a smart move—if a departure from the program—from the candidate whose only real policy position so far is that he will continue on the daang matuwid of Aquino.)

Of course, Malacañang yesterday tried its best to spin in its favor the hasty retreat made by Aquino on the matter and his decision to return to the way things were before the issuance of Lina’s order.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said the President decided to “listen to the sentiments of his bosses among the OFWs” after a hastily-called meeting late Monday with Lina and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.


PURISIMA

Politics never entered the equation, Coloma said —which is really a barefaced lie, because Aquino has carefully crafted the image over the years of never allowing himself to be dissuaded from any course of action, once he’s made up his mind. Now, with an election fast approaching and his chosen candidate Roxas still firmly lodged in the cellar, Aquino learns to listen and change his mind on a policy that has millions of voters up in arms?

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Of course, having Kris Aquino claim credit for convincing her brother to back down from the potentially disastrous balikbayan box fiasco adds the final touches to a damage control campaign that at one time threatened to engulf Roxas’ incipient campaign, as well.

Because neither the President nor his anointed can convincingly sell themselves as being champions of the ordinary Filipino this late in the day, having Kris step in and “open doors,” as she said, is the closest to a “win-win” solution that the embattled palace could come up with.

But because Roxas has tied his political wagon to the falling star of the Aquino presidency, he can only expect to live or die by whatever his principal does in the remainder of his term. Unlike Barack Obama in 2008, who carefully avoided being identified in any way with his controversial fellow Democrat, former President Bill Clinton, Roxas cannot afford to decouple himself from Aquino.

Mar needs all the votes that Aquino can still bring to his flagging campaign, simply because he can’t afford to lose any. And in the coming months, when Aquino once again comes up with yet another harebrained idea like having Customs men open balikbayan boxes just because they can, Roxas can only keep his head down and his mouth firmly shut.

And if the strategy of having Kris Aquino wade in and save the day, saving us all (Roxas included) from her brother, is found to be effective, well, expect more of the same in the days to come.

As Kris herself is fond of declaring, the time is “now na” for Mar Roxas—and, in all likelihood, for her own political plans.


MANILA STANDARD

Is there true love in interracial relationships?
By Isah V. Red | Sep. 01, 2015 at 05:40pm


1 Eula Caballero is also in the sitcom 2 Martin Escudero also plays a funny role in the sitcom 3 Tueday Vargas plays the central character in Kano Luvs Pinay 4 Lee O’Brian is the American Vargas meets online 5 Boboy Garovillo is the father of Vargas in the show.

“Atey”. “Exotica”. “P.S.S.” or “Pinay Success Story”.

These are just some of the words people associate with Filipinas who are in interracial relationships. Often frowned upon or ridiculed, these relationships are often depicted with plain-looking Juanas clinging to old Caucasian men.

TV5 and Unitel Productions have come together to bring to Philippine TV Randolph Longhas’ acclaimed indie film, Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin, that speaks about the trials, tribulations and triumphs faced by interracial couples. Through their newest Saturday sitcom, Kano Luvs Pinay, viewers will see the Filipino experience through the eyes of a foreigner and the realization of the American dream in the eyes of a Filipina. It is a celebration of love as a universal force that doesn’t discriminate against race, color, stature or culture.

Kano Luvs Pinay features Kapatid Network’s top comedienne Tuesday Vargas playing the role of Conchita Evelyn Bigoy, a.k.a. Cookie, a 30-year-old single mom from a middle-class family who’s into direct-selling business as her means to provide for her son. She logs in to kanoluvspinay.com, a dating site for Filipinas looking for American bachelors, and there she finds the eventual love of her life, Matthew Adams, portrayed in the show by American actor Lee O’ Brian.

As they get along, the Fil-Am couple encounters peculiar Filipino customs, showing various cultural differences that often lead to conflict -- such as karaoke music, extended families, immigration laws and, eventually, the choice between living here or abroad.

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O’ Brian further discusses what makes their program unique from other sitcoms.

“It may be a situational comedy yet it deals with many issues that both Filipinos and foreigners alike deal with when interacting. I have not seen another show on Philippine TV that has crossed cultural borders this much. I am really excited to see the reaction from both local Filipinos and Filipinos abroad, along with the people who are their significant others. It’s another benefit of this opportunity, to see how those cross-cultural issues resonate with them.

“What our program is dealing with and minimizing is the tendency to see an interracial couple for something other than true love. Many times the people around the couple think it’s economically motivated or it’s to get a visa when in reality the two people just love each other,” O’ Brian shares.

Will Cookie and Matthew’s love conquer all? Or will they eventually get lost in translation?

The sitcom also stars Wilma Doesn’t, Kiki Baento, Martin Escudero, Eula Caballero, veteran actors Boboy Garovillo and Ces Quesada. Chok-Chok Venida plays the role of Jon-jon, Cookie’s equally quirky 8-year-old son.

Kano Luvs Pinay premieres this Saturday, Sept. 5, 9 p.m. on TV5.

Insiang Returns to the 53rd New York Film Festival

After its premiere in the Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, before making its way to the World Premieres Film Festival Philippines, the newly restored version of Lino Brocka’s classic Inisang now returns to the 53rd New York Film Festival. The film will be featured in the Revivals section. Its screening will be on Sept. 28 at the famed Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Hilda Koronel is Insiang which will play at the New York Film Festival

This will be its second run at the New York Film Festival, as it was part of a retrospective during the celebrated festival’s 44th edition in 2006.

The NYFF, one of the unique festivals, which presents no prizes and prides itself in not being a commercial or industry event, is known for curation, championing high aesthetic standards in its selections.

Producer Ruby Tiong Tan, who gave the film rights to the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP), was in attendance at the film’s New York premiere nearly a decade ago.

The 53rd New York Film Festival takes place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from Sept. 25 to Oct. 11.

Charo Santos-Concio chairs Emmy® Awards gala

On Nov. 23, the 43rd International Emmy® Awards will be held in New York City and Charo Santos-Concio, president, chief executive officer & chief content officer of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ media and entertainment conglomerate will serve as Gala Chair.



Charo Santos-Concio is this year Gala Chair at International Emmy Awards
Santos-Concio will preside over the Gala, during which the International Academy will recognize programming in 10 program categories and present Special Awards to Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of Downton Abbey (Founders Award) and Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO of HBO (Directorate Award). As previously announced, the awards ceremony will be hosted by Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, former host of the popular TV show Al-Bernameg (The Program).

“Ms. Charo Santos-Concio is an internationally respected broadcast producer and executive who has spearheaded the growth of her organization to a leading position in the Philippines and the region beyond,” said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We are delighted to have her Chair our 2015 International Emmy Awards Gala.”

Santos-Concio said, “Viewing habits of TV audiences worldwide have changed in recent years, but what has not changed is the passion of creators to produce excellent, meaningful, and transformative content in different platforms that resonates with people and what the International Emmy Awards celebrates annually. I am honored to chair this year’s Gala that brings together and recognizes the achievements of these extraordinary individuals from across the globe.”

The 2015 International Emmy® Nominees will be announced at a press conference in Cannes at Mipcom on Oct. 5.

GMA leads at the 2015 Spark Awards, Singapore

A platinum, seven gold, three silver, and two bronze awards were what GMA Network brought home from Singapore.

The network bested rivals from the Philippines as well as those from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand at the recently concluded Spark Awards 2015 in Singapore.

GMA Marketing and Productions, Inc., GMA’s marketing arm, received the Platinum Award as Best in Show, a special recognition given to a single media owner that performs best across all categories. (There were 24 categories covering all areas of media solutions)


The trophies GMA Network won at Sparks Awards

Several GMA campaigns received the highest honor in their respective categories.

GMA Marketing & Productions Inc. won Gold for Best Content Team, along with Share the Love for Best Corporate Branding by a Media Owner, #GoManny: Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight Campaign for Best Programme Promotion, Kapuso Milyonaryo for Best Engagement Strategy, the Christmas Short Film for Cebuana Lhuillier “Happiest Pinoy” for Best Use of Branded Content by a Media Owner, Del Monte Kitchenomics for Best App by a Media Owner and Del Monte Kitchenomics for Best Media Solution – Digital.

Five other campaigns received accolades for their powerful results with the Silver Award going to Share The Love for Best Media Solution – TV/Online Video, #GoManny: Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight Campaign for Best Media Solution – Digital, and the GMA Christmas Short Film for Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise “Santa” for Best Use of Branded Content; while Del Monte Kitchenomics received Bronze Awards for Most Improved Offering By a Media Owner and Best Campaign by a Media Owner.

The Spark Awards recognizes the top media solutions, products and services from media owners and publishers across South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia & New Zealand. The Awards acts as the main platform for media owners to demonstrate their innovation and effectiveness to advertisers, agencies and clients.


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