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VIC SOTTO AIRS SENTIMENTS ON NEW MMFF RULING


JUNE 15 -Vic Sotto thinks the committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival should have changed the rules on judging the entries, not the format of submission of entries. Vic Sotto thinks the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) committee has made the wrong changes. In March, the MMFF committee decided that instead of a script-based selection, those who want to join the festival should submit a full-length film. Vic said, “Naiintindihan ko naman ang point. Ako'y nakikiisa sa nais nila. Kaya lang, sana ang inayos nila ay 'yong judging [kasi] nandoon ang problema, nandoon ang complaints. Hindi naman doon sa pagpili ng mga entries, wala doon, e,” Philippine Entertainment Portal reported. The Kapuso host-actor said he understands the sentiments of director Erik Matti and his team, who protested against the MMFF after disqualifying their film “Honor Thy Father” from the best picture category. READ MORE...

ALSO: Anderson Cooper Is The Anchor We Need Now


JUNE 14-COOPER
Whether he’s gripping the hand of a mother grieving her dead son or pulverizing a conservative who claims to ‘champion’ the LGBT community, Cooper in Orlando is essential viewing.When Anderson Cooper betrays emotion, it’s in the service of something important.CNN’s soft-spoken, silver-haired uber-Wasp can be exquisitely composed yet relentless when grilling bloviating politicians, or indulgent yet gently sardonic with preening celebrities. He is never showy, unlike any number of his competitors in the television anchoring business. But he has been stripping his soul bare over the past two days as he covers the carnage in Orlando.On Tuesday night’s installment of AC360, his two-hour prime-time weeknight program, the 49-year-old Cooper, wearing a black sport shirt, held hands with Christine Leinonen, the mother of one of the Pulse Club victims, as he interviewed her about her dead son Christopher (aka “Drew”), who perished Sunday morning with his fiancé, Juan Guerrero.
Drew’s mother was the lady on Sunday’s news reports—mere hours after the killer methodically gunned down 49 mostly gay and lesbian club patrons and wounded dozens of others—who desperately, heartbreakingly, appealed to the news cameras to help her locate her missing Drew.On Tuesday night, standing beside Cooper in front of the Orlando Regional Medical Center, where many of the wounded were given emergency treatment Sunday morning, she was smiling beatifically as she recounted her 32-year-old son’s accomplishments, including winning the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award in high school for starting the Gay-Straight Alliance. READ MORE...

ALSO: Anderson Cooper weeps through Orlando shooting 'Victims Tribute' (Video)


JUNE 14 -Anderson Cooper wept through a CNN broadcast about the victims of the Orlando shooting.
“They are more than a list of names, they are people who loved, and were loved, people with families and friends and dreams,” Cooper said on Monday. “The truth is, we don’t know much about some of them, we want you to hear their names and a little bit about who they were.”  Victims ranged from ages 19 to 50 — some were dancers, others were pharmacy technicians. During the broadcast, Cooper read through the entire list of names of the victims, including their ages, with a piece of information CNN had obtained. See Video: Every Late-Night Host's Reaction to Orlando Shooting During the seven-minute segment, Cooper choked up and cleared his throat, sometimes needing to take a pause during the emotional tribute. Among the victims was Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30, who sent texts to his mother while he was hiding from the shooter in the bathroom. One of his last texts read, “Mommy I love you.”  Among the victims were Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, a travel agent that catered to the gay community; Juan Ramon Guerro, who came out to his family just last year; and Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, who worked at the UPS store and memorized all the names of his regular costumers. See Video: 8 Latest Developments in Orlando Shooting Florida man Omar Mateen carried out the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at a nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S.-born citizen of Afghani descent, was killed by police during a shootout after he stormed gay nightclub Pulse around 2 a.m. ET Sunday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Celebs pay tribute to their fathers


JUNE 17 -ROBIN Padilla
“I guess every father is a super dad. I have not met any father who would not do anything for his children,” actor Robin Padilla said in Filipino.
Robin, father of six, will not be in Manila to celebrate Father’s Day though. He said he would be seeing his daughter Queenie, who is now based in Pakistan with her husband. “We’re both excited. We have not seen each other for a long time,” he said.His wife, Mariel Padilla, is currently four months pregnant. “I consider myself one (a super dad) because I am a [good] provider. I may not always be with them physically, but I make sure they feel my love and support. I believe that more than quantity, quality time is important,” he added. Only his daughter Kylie is currently based in Manila. His other children are either in the United States or Australia. Asked what he thought was the most important lesson he learned from his own father, the late actor Jose Padilla Jr., Robin said: “To be principled. It doesn’t matter if you’re poor; what’s more important is that you uphold your principles at all times.” DENISE Laurel Actress-TV host Denise Laurel has a funny way of describing her dad, David Laurel. “If he isn’t married to my mom, my dad could be a priest—or even a pope!” she said. “He’s amazing! He taught me how to be resourceful. Because of him, I will survive anywhere in the world. I also learned how to be tough. We share the same interest in martial arts.” She also said her dad “thinks about other people more than himself, and does his part in helping society in a quiet way—he believes that while it’s great to inspire people, one should not be boastful about it.” Denise said her dad and mom, Ruby Sanz, often help her take care of her 5-year-old son Alejandro. “I also grew up without a yaya (nanny). When I’m working, my son is only with the two of them.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Digong in the eyes of Sara and Baste


JUNE 19 -Sara Duterte-Carpio, with brothers Sebastian and Paolo Duterte. INSTAGRAM PHOTO
DAVAO CITY—He was not always within reach but he certainly was no absentee father when his children were growing up. Both Sara Duterte-Carpio, this city’s incoming mayor, and youngest son Sebastian consider President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte no less of a father. Duterte, who served as mayor of this city for more than 22 years, never missed attending his daughter’s recognition day, Sara recalled. READ: Inday Sara Duterte pays tribute to ‘Digong': Education is everything Sebastian, on the other hand, said the elder Duterte was a strict disciplinarian. “Baste,” as he is more commonly known, particularly recalled a bad morning as a Grade 2 student when his prized damang (spider) was nowhere to be found. “I was crying because I couldn’t find my spider,” said Baste, unaware that the creature has been freed by their househelp. “My crying woke my father. He called me to his room and hit me with his belt.” Nocturnal dad Baste said his father, known as a nocturnal mayor, did not want to be disturbed in the morning because he has a hard time sleeping at night. “Besides, he was tired working from afternoon to dawn,” Baste said, referring to some nights when his father would drive a taxi around the city just to see what’s going on. But he also recalled an amusing incident involving the plaques that his father had gathered over the years. READ MORE

ALSO: Filipino sketch (pixar) artist shines in Finding Dory


JUNE 16 -Certified ‘Pixnoy’ Paulo Abadilla: ‘Just like Dory, I’m making my way back home.’
  One of the riveting scenes in Finding Dory, the sequel to the Oscar-winning 2003 movie Finding Nemo, is the part when Dory and her sidekick Hank, a cranky seven-legged octopus, end up in the Kid Zone touch pool. Kids poke their hands and grab the fishes, much to the horror of Dory and Hank who must go past the pool and jump to another tank to survive.
That scene kept both adults and children, who attended the SM Megamall premiere, at the edge of their seats as they rooted for Hank and Dory to pull through the challenge. Unknown to many, the Kid Zone Touch pool design was drawn by Filipino sketch artist Paulo Abadilla, who is one of the talented artists at Pixar and who has to his credits, designed the sets of the animated features like Monster University, and the Academy Award-winning movies Brave and Inside Out. Paul breezed into Manila to promote Finding Dory, which rolls into cinemas nationwide beginning today. In an interview with entertainment journalists and bloggers, Paul said he feels honored and happy to be a part of Finding Dory. “We did a lot of work on the Kid Zone touch pool scene and I’m just glad that it was included in the movie. I was very involved in the design and I was able to oversee its production, from designing to carrying it over the technical department where they model it or digitally sculpt it. And I also applied the shading design that I specked for them and also the lighting design that I had painted. So we did a lot of work on that scene,” Paul said. READ MORE...


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Vic Sotto airs sentiments on new MMFF ruling


Vic Sotto thinks the committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival should have changed the rules on judging the entries, not the format of submission of entries.

MANILA, JUNE 20, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  Updated June 14, 2016 - 11:53am -  Vic Sotto thinks the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) committee has made the wrong changes.

In March, the MMFF committee decided that instead of a script-based selection, those who want to join the festival should submit a full-length film.

Vic said, “Naiintindihan ko naman ang point. Ako'y nakikiisa sa nais nila. Kaya lang, sana ang inayos nila ay 'yong judging [kasi] nandoon ang problema, nandoon ang complaints. Hindi naman doon sa pagpili ng mga entries, wala doon, e,” Philippine Entertainment Portal reported.

The Kapuso host-actor said he understands the sentiments of director Erik Matti and his team, who protested against the MMFF after disqualifying their film “Honor Thy Father” from the best picture category.

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He said that the committee should thoroughly investigated the incident, instead of changing how the entries were chosen.

In his opinion, those producers with less budget to finish a full-length film in a few months will be greatly affected by these changes.

Vic also suggested having a separate film festival for those films that aims to join international film festivals, since the MMFF is sort of a “fundraising.”

“Ang alam ko rito, ang mandato ng gobyerno dyan is fundraising,” he explained. “Kailangang kumita ng malaki, kailangan kumita ang box-office returns, kasi, diyan nanggagaling ang pera ng Mowelfund (Movie Workers Welfare Fund) para sa mga artista at mga tao sa industriya. Dyan din nanggagaling ang budget ng Film Academy, Cinema Evaluation Board, Presidential Social Fund.”

When asked if he will join this year’s MMFF, Vic said he wanted to, but with the changes in the film festival, it’ll be hard to comply due to time constraints. – Joyce Jimenez


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OUR MAN IN ORLANDO-Anderson Cooper Is The Anchor We Need Now Lloyd Grove LLOYD GROVE  JUNE 14, 2016


COOPER Maarten de Boer/Getty

Whether he’s gripping the hand of a mother grieving her dead son or pulverizing a conservative who claims to ‘champion’ the LGBT community, Cooper in Orlando is essential viewing.

When Anderson Cooper betrays emotion, it’s in the service of something important.

CNN’s soft-spoken, silver-haired uber-Wasp can be exquisitely composed yet relentless when grilling bloviating politicians, or indulgent yet gently sardonic with preening celebrities. He is never showy, unlike any number of his competitors in the television anchoring business. But he has been stripping his soul bare over the past two days as he covers the carnage in Orlando.

On Tuesday night’s installment of AC360, his two-hour prime-time weeknight program, the 49-year-old Cooper, wearing a black sport shirt, held hands with Christine Leinonen, the mother of one of the Pulse Club victims, as he interviewed her about her dead son Christopher (aka “Drew”), who perished Sunday morning with his fiancé, Juan Guerrero.

Drew’s mother was the lady on Sunday’s news reports—mere hours after the killer methodically gunned down 49 mostly gay and lesbian club patrons and wounded dozens of others—who desperately, heartbreakingly, appealed to the news cameras to help her locate her missing Drew.

On Tuesday night, standing beside Cooper in front of the Orlando Regional Medical Center, where many of the wounded were given emergency treatment Sunday morning, she was smiling beatifically as she recounted her 32-year-old son’s accomplishments, including winning the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award in high school for starting the Gay-Straight Alliance.

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Drew’s mom gripped Cooper’s hand, and he gripped hers right back, refusing to let go, as though he needed the comforting physical contact just as much as she did.

“They were madly in love in a way that I’ve never seen him,” she told the anchor about Drew and Juan, noting that her son had had other serious relationships but that this was the big one.

Cooper asked how she could confront her raw grief with such a seemingly sunny disposition, and she replied: “Because I loved him. I could be sad, and I have been, and I could be angry, and I’ve been given license to be angry… But the love is going to usurp the hate.”

At the end of the interview, Cooper reached out and they encircled each other in a fierce and lingering hug. Looking drained, he threw to a commercial break.

If the scene bore little resemblance to a journalism-school model of detachment and objectivity, that was only fitting. Of all the human tragedies Cooper has coped with professionally over the past-quarter century of reporting on wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and other catastrophes, to say nothing of a high-society upbringing as the son of Gloria Vanderbilt in which his father died young and his brother committed suicide—Orlando has perhaps cut closest to the bone.


Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt’s Best Mother-Son Moments Before Watching Their Documentary COURTESY HBO APRIL 8, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

Cooper—who came out publicly four years ago in The Daily Beast to his friend, blogger Andrew Sullivan—is no longer simply an empathetic observer.

The attack on Pulse was an atrocity he is bound to take personally as the TV newsbiz’s most prominent gay man.

Albeit shattered by the story it was his job to report, he was composed, although once during Tuesday’s broadcast the camera caught him in a sharp intake of breath and an equally sharp exhalation, as though banishing a sob.

(On Monday’s program, when Cooper read out the names of the dead and provided thumbnail sketches of their lives, he was on the verge of breaking down and had to stop several times to collect himself.)


THE COOPERS: From Anderson's and his mother's documentary that premiered at The Sundance Film Festival.

Yet, while Cooper has been gracefully sensitive and attentive in his on-camera talks with survivors and bereaved family members in the aftermath of American history’s worst mass shooting, he has also shown a steely, no-nonsense impatience for bullshit.

His uncompromising interview earlier Tuesday with Florida’s conservative Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi—in which Cooper calmly but repeatedly called her out for the “sick irony” and “hypocrisy” of litigating against the legalization of same-sex marriage a few years ago and posing now as a “champion” of the LGBT community—quickly went viral.

It was a textbook example of how to hold a dissembling politician accountable, cutting through spin and prevarications with the incisive elegance of a surgeon, but without anesthetic.

Bondi looked shaken when her ordeal was over—much like then-Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu looked after Cooper made short work of her bureaucratic rosy-scenario-ing during the Hurricane Katrina disaster; or addle-brained Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, whose demagogic shouting about nonexistent “terror babies” withered under Cooper’s unforgiving demands for evidence; or, for that matter, Donald Trump, whose explanation for attacking the looks of Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi—“He started it”—was met with Cooper’s stern remark, “With all due respect, sir, that’s the argument of a 5-year-old.”

Cooper ended Tuesday’s show—in which he explicitly refused to name the murderer—with a more comprehensive roll call of the victims, mostly men and women in their twenties and thirties, but with one girl only 18, accompanied by heart-wrenching photographs of vibrant, good-looking, happy people with a great deal to live for.

Cooper made no bones about his solidarity with them.

“As gay people, we share strands that are common no matter where we were born, or how we grew up, or what we do for a living, we share those strands of a bond,” he told his viewers, adding that the gay and lesbian survivors of Sunday’s mass shooting, and the community as a whole, will “stand up and continue to love and show the world that they are not afraid.”


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Anderson Cooper Weeps Through Orlando Shooting Victims Tribute (Video) Beatrice Verhoeven June 14, 2016


Anderson Cooper wept through a CNN broadcast about the victims of the Orlando shooting.

“They are more than a list of names, they are people who loved, and were loved, people with families and friends and dreams,” Cooper said on Monday. “The truth is, we don’t know much about some of them, we want you to hear their names and a little bit about who they were.”

Victims ranged from ages 19 to 50 — some were dancers, others were pharmacy technicians. During the broadcast, Cooper read through the entire list of names of the victims, including their ages, with a piece of information CNN had obtained.

See Video: Every Late-Night Host's Reaction to Orlando Shooting

During the seven-minute segment, Cooper choked up and cleared his throat, sometimes needing to take a pause during the emotional tribute.

Among the victims was Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30, who sent texts to his mother while he was hiding from the shooter in the bathroom. One of his last texts read, “Mommy I love you.”

Among the victims were Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, a travel agent that catered to the gay community; Juan Ramon Guerro, who came out to his family just last year; and Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, who worked at the UPS store and memorized all the names of his regular costumers.

See Video: 8 Latest Developments in Orlando Shooting

Florida man Omar Mateen carried out the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at a nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S.-born citizen of Afghani descent, was killed by police during a shootout after he stormed gay nightclub Pulse around 2 a.m. ET Sunday.

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The shooter, who was described as “mentally ill” by his ex-wife, called 911 during the attacks and reportedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS. Amaq Agency, a news outlet associated with the so-called Islamic State, reported that the terror group claimed responsibility for the violence, which would mark the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

At least 49 people were killed, and 53 were injured.

Also Read: Orlando Victims GoFundMe Raises Over $2.7 Million on First Day

 

These are all of the victims who have been identified so far:

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34

Stanley Almodovar III, 23

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20,

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22

Eric Ivan Oritz-Rivera, 36

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22

Luis S. Vielma, 22

Kimberly Morris, 37

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28

Frank Hernandez, 27

Paul Terrell Henry, 41

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50

Amanda Alvear, 25

Martin Benitez Torres, 33

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49

Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19

Cory James Connell, 21

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37

Luis Daniel Conde, 39

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 25

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33

Antonio Davon Brown, 29

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26

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INQUIRER

Celebs pay tribute to their fathers By: Marinel R. Cruz @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:10 AM June 17th, 2016

To celebrate Father’s Day this coming Sunday, the Inquirer asked 10 show biz personalities why they think their fathers are super dads.


ROBIN Padilla

Robin Padilla
“I guess every father is a super dad. I have not met any father who would not do anything for his children,” actor Robin Padilla said in Filipino.

Robin, father of six, will not be in Manila to celebrate Father’s Day though. He said he would be seeing his daughter Queenie, who is now based in Pakistan with her husband.

“We’re both excited. We have not seen each other for a long time,” he said.

His wife, Mariel Padilla, is currently four months pregnant.

“I consider myself one (a super dad) because I am a [good] provider. I may not always be with them physically, but I make sure they feel my love and support. I believe that more than quantity, quality time is important,” he added.

Only his daughter Kylie is currently based in Manila. His other children are either in the United States or Australia.

Asked what he thought was the most important lesson he learned from his own father, the late actor Jose Padilla Jr., Robin said: “To be principled. It doesn’t matter if you’re poor; what’s more important is that you uphold your principles at all times.”


DENISE Laurel

Denise Laurel
Actress-TV host Denise Laurel has a funny way of describing her dad, David Laurel. “If he isn’t married to my mom, my dad could be a priest—or even a pope!” she said.

“He’s amazing! He taught me how to be resourceful. Because of him, I will survive anywhere in the world. I also learned how to be tough. We share the same interest in martial arts.”

She also said her dad “thinks about other people more than himself, and does his part in helping society in a quiet way—he believes that while it’s great to inspire people, one should not be boastful about it.”

Denise said her dad and mom, Ruby Sanz, often help her take care of her 5-year-old son Alejandro. “I also grew up without a yaya (nanny). When I’m working, my son is only with the two of them.”

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Nikki Valdez
For the first time, Nikki Valdez’s family will be commemorating Father’s Day without her dad, Rudy Garcia.

Nikki said her family would pay his grave a visit on Sunday. Her dad passed away on Nov. 9 last year.

She said her 7-year-old daughter Olivia grieved for her dad’s death the most. “She’s having a hard time moving on. They used to spend so much time together. I keep telling her that Nonno—that’s what she called Dad—is always in our hearts, so if she misses him, she should just pray,” Nikki said.

“It pains me to see the sadness in Olivia’s eyes,” the actress said. “She’s also very vocal about it. Sometimes, she would ask me questions that are too difficult to answer, like, ‘Why do people die?’ or ’If a person dies, could God send him back to Earth, even for a little while?’”

Nikki said she would feel her dad’s presence from time to time. “If I have a hard time looking for parking space, I’d call out to him and say, ‘Dad, please, one free spot lang!’ Or, if I’m running [in a marathon], I’d ask him to help me.”

The 37-year-old actress recalled: “I later learned from family and friends that he (Dad) would talk about me, especially during the time when I was going through something difficult [like my divorce]. He was worried about me.”


CLODUALDO (right) and Ida del Mundo

Ida Anita del Mundo
Independent filmmaker Ida Anita del Mundo said her dad, screenwriter-director Clodualdo del Mundo Jr., is super because “he is a behind-the-scene kind of guy in a world of spotlights—not only in the film industry, but in life. He taught me that filmmaking is a communal task … that it’s about fostering a good relationship with the people you work with.”

Ida added: “He’s a mentor who always guides his students, but gives them all the credit when they succeed. He is someone with infallible integrity. He does good things without expecting recognition or accolades.”

Gretchen Ho
Volleyball player and TV host Gretchen Ho said her dad James is also a great athlete. “I consider him as my inspiration. He is a super dad because he tries to balance work with family time,” she said.

Gretchen added: “He is hardworking. He is my idol when it comes to that aspect in my life. At the same time, he is caring and loving. Every time he gets home, he’d ask us what we wanted from the nearby grocery store.”


RUDY (left) and Rap Fernandez

Rap Fernandez
Rap Fernandez, son of the late action star Rudy Fernandez, said: “The way he (Rudy) touched my life is unforgettable. He was my hero—and the person I looked up to the most. I’m trying my best to be a decent person to honor his memory and his life.”


ATOM (left) and Quark Henares

Quark Henares
Film and music video director Quark Henares talked highly of his dad, businessman and NU107 founder Atom Henares: “He runs businesses, travels the world, dominates the shooting range, can bench more than me, drives the best cars and has time to spend with his family. That is why I consider my father a super dad. Also, whenever we walk around the malls, people stop him to thank him for putting up NU107 and tell him how it changed their lives.”


SUE (left) and Manuel Prado

Sue Prado
Indie actress Sue Prado fondly called her dad, Manuel Santos M. Prado, “Pogi” during this interview. She said he is a super dad because “he raised me and my siblings in humility.”


LUIS (left) and Manny Alandy

Luis Alandy
Actor Luis Alandy said he considered his father, Manny Alandy, a super dad because “he lights up the room whenever he is there. People like him instantly. He never fails to give his family sound advice whenever we need it.”


INQUIRER

Digong in the eyes of Sara and Baste SHARES: 1847 VIEW COMMENTS By: Germelina Lacorte and Karlos Manlupig @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao 02:48 AM June 19th, 2016


Sara Duterte-Carpio, with brothers Sebastian and Paolo Duterte. INSTAGRAM PHOTO

DAVAO CITY—He was not always within reach but he certainly was no absentee father when his children were growing up.

Both Sara Duterte-Carpio, this city’s incoming mayor, and youngest son Sebastian consider President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte no less of a father.

Duterte, who served as mayor of this city for more than 22 years, never missed attending his daughter’s recognition day, Sara recalled.

READ: Inday Sara Duterte pays tribute to ‘Digong': Education is everything

Sebastian, on the other hand, said the elder Duterte was a strict disciplinarian.

“Baste,” as he is more commonly known, particularly recalled a bad morning as a Grade 2 student when his prized damang (spider) was nowhere to be found.

“I was crying because I couldn’t find my spider,” said Baste, unaware that the creature has been freed by their househelp. “My crying woke my father. He called me to his room and hit me with his belt.”

Nocturnal dad

Baste said his father, known as a nocturnal mayor, did not want to be disturbed in the morning because he has a hard time sleeping at night.

“Besides, he was tired working from afternoon to dawn,” Baste said, referring to some nights when his father would drive a taxi around the city just to see what’s going on.

But he also recalled an amusing incident involving the plaques that his father had gathered over the years.

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Baste said he made a haul of three sacks of bronze he wrenched from the plaques and sold them to a local junk shop.

When he saw the ransacked plaques, the austere father shook his head in amusement.

Baste’s idol

“I thought he will get mad,” said Baste, who eventually sustained his fascination by opening a junk shop in Davao City.

He said their life as a family was “not necessarily a feel-good story but he has no ill feelings against his father.”

“He is my idol,”ťBaste said, a statement that had made his tough-talking father teary-eyed during the thanksgiving party in Cebu. “There are others who are already contented with the love from their friends and family but for him fulfillment means his job. He wants to accomplish something that would benefit everyone.”

READ: Baste Duterte delivers emotional speech at Cebu thanksgiving party

No pressure

Now a father to a 5-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son, Baste loves to see his children fall asleep on the chest of Digong.

“He calmly talks to them, telling them to be a good person when they grow up,”ť he said.

Sara said her father place an extremely high value on education but he did not pressure them to be on top.

“Education is everything,” Sara recalled her father saying, sounding almost like a broken record.

On social media, she posted a photo of her father pinning a ribbon on her during her school’s recognition day. Sara wrote, “That is me and Digong.”ť

“He never missed my school’s recognition day because he always wanted to be the one to pin my ribbons and medals,” Sara posted on her Facebook and Instagram accounts during the height of the presidential campaign to show the soft side of the tough-talking mayor.

She said her father did not really pressure them to excel but he was proud of their achievements.

If ever she took home an award, he would consider it a bonus, she said.

‘Love-hate relationship’

Sara also recalled one late evening on her third year at San Beda Law school when she was having a hard time with one of her subjects.

“I wanted to have a good cry,” she posted on Facebook. “I did not call Mama because I did not want her to worry.”ť

She said all she wanted was to talk to a lawyer, and ended up calling her father although she admitted rarely talking to him because of their “love-hate relationship.”

“I can imagine Digong’s surprise when told by his aide that I asked for him to call me,”ť she said.

But when she heard his voice on the phone, she couldn’t speak. “Every word disappeared in the surge of emotions,”she said. “His first question was, ’Asan ka (Where are you)?’”ť

Then, Sara recalled “howling like a wounded wolf,” which alarmed her father.

“There was silence at the other end of the phone before he asked me, ‘Buntis ka (Are you pregnant)?’”ť

Sara laughed and couldn’t stop herself from laughing.

“Nabuang ka (Are you going crazy)?” her father asked.

Thinking her father might be thinking she was drunk, she caught her breath and said, “Naglisod ko sa akong (I’m having a hard time with) Wills and Succession.”ť

She recalled hearing the exasperation in the voice of her father. “The answers are not in your tears,”ť he said. “Go back to your books!”

She said that was all she needed. “Not comforting words, no baby bunny stories,” she said.

Later, she said she heard from somebody that Digong cried upon learning that she passed the bar examinations. TVJ

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Filipino sketch artist shines in Finding Dory By Patricia P. Esteves (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 16, 2016 - 12:00am 0 7 googleplus0 1


Certified ‘Pixnoy’ Paulo Abadilla: ‘Just like Dory, I’m making my way back home.’

MANILA, Philippines – One of the riveting scenes in Finding Dory, the sequel to the Oscar-winning 2003 movie Finding Nemo, is the part when Dory and her sidekick Hank, a cranky seven-legged octopus, end up in the Kid Zone touch pool. Kids poke their hands and grab the fishes, much to the horror of Dory and Hank who must go past the pool and jump to another tank to survive.

That scene kept both adults and children, who attended the SM Megamall premiere, at the edge of their seats as they rooted for Hank and Dory to pull through the challenge.

Unknown to many, the Kid Zone Touch pool design was drawn by Filipino sketch artist Paulo Abadilla, who is one of the talented artists at Pixar and who has to his credits, designed the sets of the animated features like Monster University, and the Academy Award-winning movies Brave and Inside Out.

Paul breezed into Manila to promote Finding Dory, which rolls into cinemas nationwide beginning today.

In an interview with entertainment journalists and bloggers, Paul said he feels honored and happy to be a part of Finding Dory.

“We did a lot of work on the Kid Zone touch pool scene and I’m just glad that it was included in the movie. I was very involved in the design and I was able to oversee its production, from designing to carrying it over the technical department where they model it or digitally sculpt it. And I also applied the shading design that I specked for them and also the lighting design that I had painted. So we did a lot of work on that scene,” Paul said.

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Paul, who joined the Pixar Animation Studios as an intern in June 2008, had also worked on the short films The Blue Umbrella, Pixar’s first television special Toy Story of TERROR!, LAVA and the Academy Award-nominated Sanjay’s Super Team.

Aside from Paul, other noted Filipinos working at Pixar include Gini Cruz Santos and Ronnie del Carmen. (Pinoys at Pixar are collectively called Pixnoys.)

“I think Filipinos are well-represented in the industry and we are a growing number. I think at Pixar, there are Filipinos from the different departments and even at the café, our chef is a Filipino so it is not unusual to see sisig or laing on the menu,” Paul said.

If Finding Dory is special to Paul, it’s because like Dory, he has always felt the desire to return to his roots and come home to the Philippines.

Born in Manila, Paul moved to California at the age of seven, and was raised in Milpitas and San Jose, California. Even though he practically grew up in the US, he never really forgot his place of birth and his home cities, Alabang and Pandacan, Manila.

“I do want to know where I came from. That’s why I can relate to Dory because the Philippines seems familiar. Just like Dory, I’m making my way back home. It’s about rediscovering things about my hometown and the things which I really miss like food and just being with the family,” he said.

Finding Dory, directed by Andrew Stanton, picks up after Finding Nemo where Dory, a blue Tang fish, is living with her clownfish pals Nemo and Marlin in Australia. Dory, who is afflicted with short-term memory loss, is nagged by flickers of memory of her family.

She gets flashbacks as a young fish who is trained by her parents to muster skills for dealing with her memory troubles.

Then one day, while talking with them, she is suddenly whisked out to the ocean open by an undertow. Once in the sea, Dory quickly forgets why she’s out alone and just keeps on swimming until she meets new friends. She has a lucid memory of where her parents are and where they used to live. She tells Nemo and Marlin to accompany her in California. They then set out into an adventure at the Marine Life Institute to look for Dory’s parents.

Paul liked the theme of persistence in the movie, specifically the mindset of Dory who “lives in the moment” and does not let the past hurts in her life dampen her spirit.

“Dory’s motto is, ‘just keep on swimming.’ It is inspiring on how she lives in the moment. It reminds us not to be bogged down by the challenges in life, and appreciate already what’s in front of us. I think that is very valuable,” Paul said.

He shared that he’s become both of a go-with-the flow person and a planner.




 

“To go with the flow, I love that but I’ve always been a good planner. But as I mature, hopefully, I could go with the flow,” said Paul, who added that he would have been a surfer if he had not become a sketch artist because he loves the ocean.

During the interview, he was asked if he had incorporated something Filipino in his set design for the film just like what previous Filipino animators did in Finding Nemo where there was a bahay-kubo and a Mt. Mayon-inspired miniature volcano in the aquarium scene. Unfortunately, he was pressed for time as they had a hectic schedule.

“But I would have loved to. You see part of the designing is dressing the set, so maybe in the Touch pool scene, I would have put some tsinelas on the ground,” he said.

Working at Pixar has been a big learning experience for him, Paul said.

“It’s great being surrounded by all these talented people. It’s so awesome to just being able to pick their brain and learn from them. I feel like I’m always learning overtime I go to work, so it’s been great, it’s like school for me,” he shared.

Paul also said it’s a great privilege to work with Stanton.

“I work directly with him. I pitch my designs to him, seek his notes and feedback and if it’s appropriate to his vision. If he’s happy, we forge ahead with my design,” Paul said.

For him, the success of Pixar lies in the story and characters they built.

“The characters are so appealing and so are the stories. At Pixar, we always try to get it right, that’s why it takes us a long time to make these films. Crafting a really good story is very challenging. That’s where everything comes from. If we don’t have that right from the get-go, all the stuff that I do, (designing the environments) doesn’t mean anything if we can’t connect,” Paul explained.

He also shared that he likes Piper, Alan Barillaro’s six-minute short film that precedes Finding Dory, about a young sandpiper who learns the ropes of feeding, darting in and out of the surf by himself. The imagery is simply sublime.

Paul credits his family for instilling the values of hard work and persistence, and for also supporting his dreams.

“My Dad is the artist in the family. I was largely inspired by him while I was growing up, I would copy his drawings. I’m just lucky to have parents who enable me, supported me to draw and become an artist,” said Paul.

It wasn’t until he reached high school that he realized that he wanted to carve a career in sketching.

“I was watching those cartoons and I told myself, surely there’s a team of artists doing these stuff, so I said, it’s a possible career to happen and I’d like to do it,” Paul shared.

Paul graduated from San Jose State University, Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation and Illustration. Prior to joining Pixar nearly a decade ago, he interned with the Walt Disney Animation Studios as part of the Visual Development department.

For young, aspiring artists who would like to break out as animators in prestigious companies like Pixar, Paul has these pieces of advice.

“Get the training that you need, whether in animation or any other career, that’s one thing. Keep on practicing and get feedback from the people. It’s a huge thing when you apply for the position, and you get a feedback. Feedback is important. I also keep a sketchbook because it helps you hone your observational skills. Likewise, networking is also important. You’ll never know who you’re going to run into who could help you one day in your career. So you keep your contacts on social media and Linkedin,” Paul said.

He knows that he still has a long way to go, but for now, he just feels lucky to be in a job that allows him to do what he has always been passionate about — drawing. Someday, he would like to be an art director, but until then, he will just “keep on sketching.”


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