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MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS IS ON KAPUSO NETWORK
NOVEMBER 21 -Multi-platinum selling recording artist Julie Ann San Jose lends her voice to GMA Network’s Christmas campaign theme song Something magical has unfolded on television when GMA Network launched its 2016 Christmas campaign dubbed “Maniwala Sa Magic Ng Pasko,” the first locally-produced 3D animated Christmas campaign, on Nov. 7, in the newscast 24 Oras. The station is one-in-heart with the Filipino audience as it brings to life three endearing and magical stories to inspire viewers to believe in the magic of Christmas. “During such a busy time of the year, we hope that, by spreading the message of hope, every Kapuso will get to experience the joy and limitless possibilities that come with believing in the magic of the Season,” says GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon. READ MORE...
ALSO: Reformed man Rico J. takes it slow these days
NOVEMBER 26 -Rico J. Puno and Jessa Zaragoza (mb.com.ph) After his recent heart surgery, seasoned singer Rico J. has turned his life upside down for the better, first by shunning parties and choosing to be a homebody whenever possible. “Talagang nagbago na ako ng lifestyle, hinay-hinay na kumbaga,” he said. “Hindi na ako masyadong lumalabas kasi naisip ko na kailangan ko na din talagang i-reserve ang energy ko.” Recalling his triple heart bypass operation last year, he said it meant that “kailangan ko ng ayusin ’yung lifestyle ko” as “binigyan ako ng pagkakataong maka-survive.” With the changes in his life, Rico, at 63, feels young again. “Sino ba mag-a-akala na 63 na ako’di ba?” he quipped. “Wala naman sa mukha eh, bagets pa din ang dating.” READ MORE...
ALSO: Pat Boone’s Christmases through the years
NOVEMBER 27 -Then and now(withOvationProductions’ Renen de Guia when they met last year): How do I want to be remembered? Honestly, I don’t think much about that because I’m not sure I will be particularly emembered... If ever, I’d like to beremembered as a good husband, father and a child of God. Christmas this year will be made merrier and more memorable by the iconic Pat Boone who will topbill A Merry Christmas concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Dec. 6, produced by Renen de Guia’s Ovation Productions. Boone will sing not only such Christmas songs as White Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Winter Wonderland and many others, but also his all-time hits such as Love Letters In The Sand, Bernadine, April Love, Speedy Gonzales, Fascination, Tennessee Waltz and many others. In an exclusive e-mail interview with Conversations, Boone talks about the many Christmases in his life — and much more. READ THE Q&A INTERVIEW......
ALSO: Degeneres forgot to bring her ID; delays her entry into White House to receive highest civilian award from Obama
[RELATED: Obama awards his final Presidential Medals of Freedom]
NOVEMBER 24 -President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actress, comedian, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, center, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. AP/Andrew Harnik WASHINGTON — Who says Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees have to bring an ID to get into the White House? Apparently, the Secret Service does, as comedian Ellen DeGeneres experienced a delay in getting into a ceremony in which she and 20 others were honored with the nation's highest civilian award. DeGeneres, sitting on a park bench before the ceremony, tweeted, "They haven't let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID." She added, "(hashtag)NotJoking." FULL REPORT.RELATED, Obama awards his final Presidential Medals of Freedom ...
ALSO: Cultural shows & film festival mark ARMM f27th ounding anniversary
NOVEMBER 25 -A Tausug dancer and a Maranao dancer It is all about movies, food and achieving lasting peace in the celebration of the founding anniversary of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It boggles the mind now when one remembers that once upon a time, the idea of having an autonomous government run by the Muslims of Mindanao was deemed impossible. Fortunately, however, perseverance managed to prove the naysayers wrong. The ARMM is marking its 27th anniversary this month. READ MORE...
ALSO: 2016 MMFF line-up is ‘final and unanimous’
[RELATED: Vic Sotto, nagsalita na tungkol sa 'di pagkakasali ng 'Enteng Kabisote 10' sa MMFF]
[ALSO, LOOK: Dingdong and Marian's baby girl turns one]
NOVEMEBR 25 -Jun Robles Lana’s Die Beautiful Following the announcement of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) official line-up of films last week, differing opinions were and continue to be raised. But as far as the selection committee is concerned, the decision on which films made it to the Magic 8 is “final and unanimous.” It was announced that the eight finalists are Ted Boborol’s Vince and Kath and James, Jun Robles Lana’s Die Beautiful, Erik Matti’s Seklusyon, Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido’s Kabisera, Baby Ruth Villarama’s Sunday Beauty Queens, Marlon Rivera’s Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough, Alvin Yapan’s Oro and Avid Liongoren’s Saving Sally. The MMFF executive committee headed by Metro Manila Development Authority GM Tim Orbos called the reforms in this year’s selection process as a “new beginning” and a “change for the better.” “The direction I think our selection committee members are looking at is to make a mark in the global arena or cinema. We give them our support and we respect their independence in their selection,” said Orbos. READ MORE...RELATED, Vic Sotto, nagsalita na tungkol sa 'di pagkakasali ng 'Enteng Kabisote 10' sa MMFF...ALSO, LOOK: Dingdong and Marian's baby girl turns one...
ALSO: War of words as prelude to MMFF
[RELATED: Richard Yap, Mother Lily discuss 'Mano Po 7' exclusion from MMFF 2016 lineup]
NOVEMBER 27 -The cast of “Mano Po 7” The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has never been immune to controversies in its 42-year history. Remember the disqualification of Erik Matti’s “Honor Thy Father” from last year’s best picture race that resulted in the revamp of the fest’s Executive Committee? This, in turn, resulted in a total overhaul of this year’s festival. This time, however, intrigues erupted long before awards night. Mud was slung immediately after the top eight finalists were unveiled last week, mainly because the usual franchise fare (“Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers,” “Mano Po 7: Chinoy” and the Vice Ganda-starrer “The Super Parental Guardians”) were eased out of the lineup. Change came and proved too drastic for some industry insiders. The brickbat reached a new low with the much-ballyhooed “war of words” between “Mano Po” producer Lily Monteverde and “Oro” actress Mercedes Cabral. Cabral reportedly called Monteverde an “idiot” on her Facebook account after the latter claimed indie films do not belong in a Christmastime festival. “Oro” made the grade. Monteverde’s Regal Films, however, is the distributor of another entry, “Die Beautiful.” READ MORE...and about 'Enteng Kabisote, too....RELATED, Richard Yap, Mother Lily discuss 'Mano Po 7' exclusion from MMFF 2016 lineup...
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Magic of Christmas is on the Kapuso network
Multi-platinum selling recording artist Julie Ann San Jose lends her voice to GMA Network’s Christmas campaign theme song
MANILA, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 (MANILA STANDARD) November 21, 2016 by Isah V. Red - Something magical has unfolded on television when GMA Network launched its 2016 Christmas campaign dubbed “Maniwala Sa Magic Ng Pasko,” the first locally-produced 3D animated Christmas campaign, on Nov. 7, in the newscast 24 Oras.
The station is one-in-heart with the Filipino audience as it brings to life three endearing and magical stories to inspire viewers to believe in the magic of Christmas.
“During such a busy time of the year, we hope that, by spreading the message of hope, every Kapuso will get to experience the joy and limitless possibilities that come with believing in the magic of the Season,” says GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon.
The story, “Magic Crayons,” is the first in this three-part series and highlights the magical feeling of having one’s wish granted for Christmas in the eyes of a child.
A leader in creativity and innovation, the Network marks another first as it makes use of 3D graphics in its new Christmas campaign, a first in the local television industry.
“It is felt that the use of animated images best complements the essence of our Holiday message this year – to believe in the magic of Christmas. Through this, it is hoped that even our youngest Kapusos will enjoy our campaign and embrace the meaning of our Christmas message this season,” GMA President and COO Gilberto Duavit Jr. shares.
The ‘‘Maniwala Sa Magic Ng Pasko’’ Christmas campaign comes on the heels of GMA’s animated anthology series Alamat’s win of the country’s first “Best of Festival” Award at the US International Film and Video Festival (USIFVF), a recognition given to an outstanding entry among Gold Camera awardees in the USIFVF.
Julie Anne San Jose sings this year’s Christmas campaign theme song
For the second and third installments, promos, and other updates on ‘‘Maniwala Sa Magic Ng Pasko’’ Christmas campaign, stay tuned to GMA 7.
Trust the country’s leading network to brighten up the biggest festivals all year round.
In October, the cast of top-rating programs Encantadia and Someone to Watch Over Me went to the City of Smiles for a back-to-back celebration of MassKara Festival.
Sanya Lopez, Rocco Nacino, Klea Pineda, and Migo Adecer extended the magic and kilig of the hit telefantasya Encantadia in the Kapuso Mall Show on Oct. 22. Negrenses welcomed warmly the Kapuso actors at SM City Bacolod.
“Encantadia” star Rocco Nacino, Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia and Sanya Lopez enchant Bacolod during Kapuso regional tour
In the morning, prior to their mall show, Sanya, Rocco, Klea, and Migo went to Purok Yulo Uno in Barangay Mandalagan for a Kapuso Barangayan.
A week prior to this, the lead stars of Someone to Watch Over Me flew to Bacolod as well. Kapuso leading man Tom Rodriguez was joined by his leading ladies Lovi Poe and Max Collins in bringing entertainment to those gathered at SM City Bacolod Main Atrium for a Kapuso Mall Show on Oct. 14.
Encantadia and Someone to Watch Over Me are two of the programs that continue to strengthen GMA 7’s rise in the primetime block.
The world-famous and colorful MassKara Festival is the biggest event held annually in Bacolod City, and remains as one of the most-anticipated festivals in the country.
GMA Network strengthened its lead in the race for nationwide ratings supremacy, based on data from the industry’s widely trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.
For the period Oct. 1 to 31 (with Oct. 23 to 31 based on overnight data), GMA continued to lead competition in NUTAM with a 37.4 percent average household audience share, ahead of ABS-CBN’s 35.6 percent by 1.8 points.
Dingdong Dantes as the heroic outlaw Alyas Robin Hood
GMA scored top ratings across all day parts in NUTAM, including primetime due to the consistently strong performance of its programs on this hotly contested block.
Six of the ten most watched programs in NUTAM belonged to GMA with Encantadia, the 2016 version of the well-loved Kapuso telefantasya emerging as the highest-rating Kapuso show nationwide.
GMA News pillars and “24 Oras” news anchors Vicky Morales, Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco
Meanwhile, the Kapuso Network also furthered its leadership position in Urban Luzon, which accounts for 77 percent of all urban households in the country.
In Urban Luzon, GMA won across all day parts and registered an average household share of 41.9 percent, while ABS-CBN posted only 31.3 percent, which is 10.6 points behind GMA’s total day average.
More programs from GMA also occupied the list of top shows in Urban Luzon. Encantadia kept its winning streak and took the top spot over-all in this particular area.
There’s no stopping The Total Performer Darren Espanto as he adds two more from the list of his many achievements. He recently won at Star Awards for Music bagging the Male Pop Artist of the Year and Cover Design of the Year (for the album Be With Me). Held at Novotel Hotel at Araneta Center, the award is given annually by the Philippine Movie Press Club.
Darren just released his latest single “Alam” from the album with its music video premiering this month on VEVO. Jungee Marcelo who also penned hits for Gary Valenciano, Daniel Padilla, Zia Quizon, Sitti and Lyca Gairanod among others wrote the song.
Darren’s previous singles “7 Minutes”, “Starlight” and “Parachute” peaked at #1 on the countdown of music channel MYX and various radio stations in the Philippines.
Be With Me is now out and available for digital downloads and streaming via Spinnr, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and VEVO and in CDs at Astroplus and Astrovision outlets.
For inquiries, contact MCA Music artist management at 9162504 local 107 or 0920 9682991 or email email@example.com .
Reformed man Rico J. takes it slow these days 0 SHARES Share it! By: Regina Mae Parungao Published November 26, 2016, 12:05 AM
Rico J. Puno and Jessa Zaragoza (mb.com.ph)
After his recent heart surgery, seasoned singer Rico J. has turned his life upside down for the better, first by shunning parties and choosing to be a homebody whenever possible.
“Talagang nagbago na ako ng lifestyle, hinay-hinay na kumbaga,” he said. “Hindi na ako masyadong lumalabas kasi naisip ko na kailangan ko na din talagang i-reserve ang energy ko.”
Recalling his triple heart bypass operation last year, he said it meant that “kailangan ko ng ayusin ’yung lifestyle ko” as “binigyan ako ng pagkakataong maka-survive.”
With the changes in his life, Rico, at 63, feels young again.
“Sino ba mag-a-akala na 63 na ako’di ba?” he quipped. “Wala naman sa mukha eh, bagets pa din ang dating.”
To think Rico is also busy with politics, a very stressful field. He serves as councilor of the 1st district of Makati.
“Kaya bihira na din ako lumabas-labas kasi politiko na din ako eh,” he noted. “Sabi ko i-reserve ko na lang energy ko para sa trabaho ko.”
Rico vows to help more people, especially senior citizens. “Ang tinututukan ko is ’yung pagtulong ko sa mga ka-edad ko,” he said, adding that among his pet projects is to give senior citizens longer ID renewal period.
Blast from the past
Rico is a headliner of “The Best Of The OPM Hitmakers” concert on Dec. 9 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila. Joining him on the main marquee are Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera, and Marco Sison.
The stars of the show promise to perform their biggest hits, crowd favorites and new songs, as well as deliver a few jokes.
“Lampoon type gagawin namin para nakakatuwa,” Rico shared. “Actually, may plano pa nga kami eh, may usapan kami na ’yung mga kanta ng bawat isa sa’min, ire-revive namin, gagawan ng ibang arrangements.”
Adding fun to the concert is guest performer Jessa Zaragoza.
According to the chanteuse, she won’t get offended if Rico cracks naughty jokes at her expense. “Alam ko naman na joke lang ’yung mga ’yun eh although hindi din naman masasabi na sanay na ako na binabastos,” she shared. “But I have to understand it kasi that’s part of being Rico J. on stage.”
Though she has already proven herself, being dubbed the “Phenomenal Diva” and “Jukebox Queen of the ’90s,” Jessa still doesn’t consider herself a legend. “Sa totoo lang, lahat naman ng mga artists, ng mga singers, I think parang ’yun ang isa sa mga minimithi eh, ’yun ’yung ini-aim, ’yung matawag ka na legend,” she shared.
“Like kapag dumating na ’yung panahon na you’re older, dito sa industry na’to, mako-consider ka ding legend. So, siguro for now, baka madami pa akong kailangang gawin bago ko masabi na legend katulad ng kaledad nila Tito Rey, Tito Hajji. I believe it will take time.” At the moment, the singer hopes to come up with more hit songs.
“I’m waiting for a very good song na potentially ay maging hit. Pinagdadasal ko ’yun eh,” she shared.
She’s in no hurry, though.
“Kung talagang may dadating pa sa akin, siyempre I will be grateful. Naniniwala ako na panahon talaga ’yan eh, walang makakapigil kapag binigay sayo ng Panginoon ’yan eh. Kung destined na magkaroon ka ng isang hit pa, darating ’yun.”
As for her daughter Jayda, Jessa said they don’t want to rush her entry into showbiz.
“Slowly but surely dapat,” she noted. “Hindi naman siya nagmamadali kasi nag-aaral pa siya eh. Singing muna for now, hindi pa niya naiisip mag-aartista. Music ang passion niya eh, she writes her own songs, marami na siyang mga compositions. Musikera talaga siya.” (With report from Bhenj Agustin)
Pat Boone’s Christmases through the years CONVERSATIONS By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 27, 2016 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0
The young Boone (left and right):‘Which Christmas song do I find most touching? Silent Night. It’s such a simple and profound picture of the night the world changed and all human souls were given the possibility of eternity with God.’
Christmas this year will be made merrier and more memorable by the iconic Pat Boone who will topbill A Merry Christmas concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Dec. 6, produced by Renen de Guia’s Ovation Productions.
Boone will sing not only such Christmas songs as White Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Winter Wonderland and many others, but also his all-time hits such as Love Letters In The Sand, Bernadine, April Love, Speedy Gonzales, Fascination, Tennessee Waltz and many others.
In an exclusive e-mail interview with Conversations, Boone talks about the many Christmases in his life — and much more.
Among your many Christmases, what do you consider the most unforgettable and why?
“The most unforgettable Christmas was the first my young wife Shirley and I experienced together when we were both 19. We had no money, and I had transferred to N. Texas State in Denton, Texas, where we knew hardly anybody. She gave me a disc of a song I had recorded with the Texas Boys Choir which cost her nothing but which I greatly appreciated.
“My present to her was a beautifully wrapped box containing another smaller box, containing a smaller box…and the last little box had a note which said simply, ‘I love you, Merry Christmas, Pat.’ I don’t think we’ve ever given each other anything the other enjoyed more because it wasn’t so much the material value but the emotional and spiritual meaning. That’s what Christmas is really about.”
Have you ever experienced a blue Christmas?
“I never experienced a blue Christmas although I have written a song (which I intend to sing at my concert in Manila, by the way) called Little Green Tree. In the song, I speculate about what I would do if I were doing Christmas shows in another part of the world and was prevented from being home for Christmas by weather or something else. I decided I would find some excuse for a tree, put it in my hotel room, decorate it with whatever colorful things I might have like ties and socks and bottle caps and sit and enjoy memories of the Christmases past and dreams of the future with my loved ones. I really like the song and I hope my Philippine audiences will enjoy it, too.”
Which Christmas song do you find most touching?
“Silent Night means the most to me and is the most touching and I intend to include it in my Manila concert and hoping the whole audience will join me in singing it. It’s such a simple and profound picture of the night the world changed and all human souls were given the possibility of eternity with God, through that little babe in the manger.”
How does your (growing) family usually spend Christmas?
“We rent a hotel ballroom!!! Just kidding. Shirley and I have to divide our time between three daughters and their growing families. We can’t have it at our house because of travel and other difficulties, and Shirley can’t cook a Christmas meal for such a big group, like she used to. So really, we’ll have three or four Christmases with the various segments of our family! Not bad.”
Do you still make any Christmas wish?
“I don’t make a wish anymore but I do pray a fervent prayer which is far more effective...that God will grant us time and grace to know Him and His will for us better. For God so loved the world, that He gave his only son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. That’s what He wants for Christmas…us!”
Looking back, what blessing in life are you most thankful for?
“I think my greatest blessing was being born to Christian parents in a place like Tennessee, in a country like America. All the rest of the blessings, though they come from God, have come to me uniquely because of that first one.”
Please tell us the story behind three of your well-loved songs: Bernadine, April Love and Love Letters In The Sand.
“Bernadine was written by Johnny Mercer, the Academy Award writer for my first movie, and which was the first true musical. People don’t know that, but it was a movie for teenagers and about teenagers and with music.
“April Love was written by two Academy Award writers for my second movie with Shirley Jones, and I sang the song about my April love, my wife Shirley who was born April 24th. (And it became my all-time theme song.)
“And finally, Love Letters In the Sand was the ‘B’ side of Bernadine just because we had to put something on the other side. We had no idea it would become the biggest-selling record of my career and one of the biggest singles of all time! How little we know!”
Does the advent of social media make it easier for you to connect to your fans through the years?
“Yes, I’m no addict to the computer or the social media avenues, but I do tweet and I have a Facebook page, and also a website patboone.com. I think I’m the first and perhaps only entertainer to have his own app, it’s called Pat Boone music or Pat Boone radio, and I use it to provide a lot of my recordings free to people who want to hear them. I even added some pictures and captions myself, and continue to add more songs to it as I go. I think the reason other performers haven’t done that is because I do give my music free (though you can get on iTunes if you want to own one of the tracks).”
You will be performing at the Araneta Coliseum where you also performed many, many years ago. What fond memories do your previous visits bring back to you?
“I’m glad you asked that! My first performances at the Araneta Coliseum were the most exciting performances of my whole career! When I heard it was the largest dome arena in the world except for the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, I was terrified that I might not do well. I heard it seated 24,000 people and we did 10 concerts, all of them sold-out! That’s almost a quarter of a million people for my performances in the Philippines. How could I ever forget that or top that with anything?
“Also, and I’ll tell my audience in Manila in December this story: I went out one night to a local night club owned by a TV director, as I remember, and heard Speedy Gonzales for the first time. I immediately fell in love with it, took the Philippine record home with me, recorded it — and it became the second biggest record seller of my whole career. I love the Philippines!”
What’s your take on the kind of music these days?
Then and now(withOvationProductions’ Renen de Guia when they met last year): How do I want to be remembered? Honestly, I don’t think much about that because I’m not sure I will be particularly emembered... If ever, I’d like to beremembered as a good husband, father and a child of God.
“I feel sad for most music these days. Popular music used to be songs that were memorable, that people could sing along to, that the whole family could enjoy. Now, so much of the music is either erotic, anti-social, or unintelligible. I don’t hear any songs like Harbor Lights or Blueberry Hill or I’ll See You In My Dreams. It’s a pity.”
How was your transition from pop/ballad music to Gospel music?
“I never made a transition. While I was recording rock ‘n roll and ’50s pop music I also recorded the first-ever million-selling album of Gospel songs, Hymns We Love. All through my career, as I’ve sung country and rock ‘n roll and movie themes, I have recorded Gospel albums, some 25 or more, and I’m in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. And that’s the reason I’ll never be in the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame, though I have more rock hits than some who are in there. You don’t get into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame if you record other types of music, and I’m too eclectic for that. Furthermore, I’d rather be in the Gospel Hall of Fame than the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame anyway.”
Has there been any change in the message of your music?
“There’s more message in my music these days. Among my latest recordings are a tribute to the Ink Spots, the first popular black group from many years ago, recorded with the eight-time Grammy winning group Take 6.
“I recently released an album called Duets recordings from my TV shows in the past sung with Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Count Basie and George Shearing, and other major stars. I’m very proud of that one. But the most recent is Legacy consisting of worship and Gospel songs for which I wrote the lyrics and the music coming out of my own intimate time with God. I’m hoping some of those songs will one day be sung in people’s church services.
“A late-breaking news alert: Songs I wrote over the last 20 years in support of our police humanizing the men and women in blue, extolling them as the heroes they are, have become air play hits on all genres of music here in America. Rap groups have been calling for their fans to ‘off the pigs’ and ‘kill police,’ and I wrote songs defending them. I’m the only entertainer to do that. And now those songs are all over American radio. I’m very happy about that.”
How do you want to be remembered?
“Well, I honestly don’t think much about that because I’m not sure I will be particularly remembered. I haven’t been a sensational or trend-setting performer. I’ve always sung from the heart, my true emotions and beliefs, and I suppose many other people can do that as well or better. If I’m remembered at all, I’d like to be remembered as a good husband, father and a child of God. That’s all that really matters, anyway.”
(A Merry Christmas with Pat Boone is presented by Ovation Productions in cooperation with The Philippine STAR, Manila Bulletin, BusinessWorld and Novotel Hotel. Among the media partners are Retro 105.9 DCG FM, 104.3 dwBR, Crossover 105.1, 96.3 Easy Rock, DWIZ 882 Khz and DWWW 774. It is also supported by Rappler, Clickthecity.com, philstar.com, Mb.com, Inquirer.net, Pep.ph, WheninManila.com and Philippine Primer Magazine. Tickets priced at P5,810, P5,280, P4,755, P3,700 and P2,640 are available at all Ticketnet outlets and online at www.ticketnet.com, or call 911-5555).
Lack of ID delays Ellen's entry into White House for award (Associated Press) | Updated November 23, 2016 - 3:20pm 1 214 googleplus0 0
President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to actress, comedian, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, center, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington. AP/Andrew Harnik
WASHINGTON — Who says Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees have to bring an ID to get into the White House?
Apparently, the Secret Service does, as comedian Ellen DeGeneres experienced a delay in getting into a ceremony in which she and 20 others were honored with the nation's highest civilian award.
DeGeneres, sitting on a park bench before the ceremony, tweeted, "They haven't let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID." She added, "(hashtag)NotJoking."
Ellen DeGeneres ✔ @TheEllenShow .@POTUS Barack Obama just awarded me the #MedalofFreedom. I hope it serves as an ID. I have no idea how I'm getting home. 5:15 PM - 22 Nov 2016 14,549 14,549 Retweets 89,958 89,958 likes
ELLEN RECEIVES THE AWARD
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US actor Robert De Niro (R) hugs actress and comedian Ellen DeGeneres after she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, at the White House (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)
Washington (AFP) - Basketball star Michael Jordan, actor Robert De Niro and music legend Bruce Springsteen were among the 21 people honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
During a ceremony at the White House President Barack Obama gave out the awards -- the nation's highest civilian honor -- for his last time to a diverse group of sports stars, scientists, artists and philanthropists.
"Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful personal way," Obama said. "It's useful when you think about this incredible collection of people to realize that this is what makes us the greatest nation on earth.
"Not because of what we are, not because of our differences, but because in our difference we find something common to share."
The star-studded group included actors Tom Hanks and Robert Redford, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, cultural icon Diana Ross and comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.
Celebs, Athletes, Tech Titans Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at Star-Studded White House Ceremony
While speaking on the accomplishments of DeGeneres, Obama lauded the comedian's courage for coming out as gay.
"What an incredible burden that was to bear, to risk her career like that," he said. "People don't do that very often, and then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders."
As is his style Obama broke up the weightier moments during the ceremony with a humorous touch.
"But it's like Ellen says: 'We all want a tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole.' Which really makes no sense to me, but I thought that would break the mood because I was getting kind of choked up."
Obama also praised actor De Niro's many iconic roles.
"A Sicilian father turned New York mobster, a mobster who runs a casino, a mobster who needs therapy," the president read off, drawing laughter from the crowd. "A father-in-law scarier than a mobster, Al Capone, a mobster."
De Niro has been in the spotlight recently for his candid disapproval of President-elect Donald Trump. The actor hasn't minced words in his criticism of the Republican, describing him as "a punk," "a pig," and "an idiot."
"I'd like to punch him in the face," he said before the election
Many of the award recipients have been outspoken against Trump or have given support to Democrats.
Rocker Springsteen performed during Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's last campaign push.
The prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes achievements and contributions to US national interests, security, culture, peace and philanthropy.
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Cultural shows & film festival mark ARMM anniversary By Ayunan Gunting (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 25, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0
A Tausug dancer and a Maranao dancer
MANILA, Philippines - It is all about movies, food and achieving lasting peace in the celebration of the founding anniversary of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
It boggles the mind now when one remembers that once upon a time, the idea of having an autonomous government run by the Muslims of Mindanao was deemed impossible. Fortunately, however, perseverance managed to prove the naysayers wrong. The ARMM is marking its 27th anniversary this month.
Princess Sitti Djalia
Its elective chief executive is reformist Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman, husband of Anak-Mindanao Partylist Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin, who is proud of her husband’s achievements.
Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman.
The heritage is traced back to several hundreds of years ago. It was in the 14th century when the Arab trader Karim Makhdum set foot on the islands of the Sulu archipelago, a good 200 years before Ferdinand Magellan first reached Mactan Island in Cebu. The Arab culture made a strong impression on the people of Mindanao, who embraced the culture. Not even the Spaniards could convert the then people of Mindanao and through the American colonial rule and the Philippine republic, the Muslim culture has remained intact.
This is a happy occasion for ARMM. So it’s marking the anniversary with a splashy series of events that makes much of what Makhdum had introduced to Mindanao. The activities include a film festival and various cultural shows with the Islam heritage as the centerpiece. Events happen in Cotabato City, which has been the seat of the ARMM since it was established in 1990.
The Moro Film Festival happened at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC) in Cotabato City. Last Nov. 18, the award-winning The Crescent Rising was screened. Premiered at last year’s QCinema Festival, the film is about various Filipino Muslim individuals struggling for their identity as well as fighting to survive in a turbulent environment. It was directed by Sheron Dayoc, who was born and raised in Zamboanga City. He is a Sundance Institute fellow with his international co-production narrative film, Women of the Weeping River, which was also being screened on the same day. The second film was financed through a grant made by various countries.
At Cotobato City’s ORG Compound was a food festival showcasing the delicacies from Basilan. Likewise, the Financial Literacy Forum organized by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) was held at the City Mall Cotobato.
On Nov. 18, another food event Sulu Food Festival also happened at the ORG Compound. Later in the afternoon, in the same venue, the ARMM Masterchef Season 2 had ARMM tribes competing. Inspired by the TV reality show of the same name, the tilt featured indigenous cuisine as presented by the chieftains and sous chefs representing Badjao, Tausug, Yakan, Maranao, Maguindanao, Sama, Iranun and Teduda tribes.
The food trip continued on Nov. 19 as the Tawi Tawi Food Festival was staged while The Search for Rajah and Rhanee 2016 was mounted at the SKCC.
Nov. 29 is People’s Day. The ARMM Anniversary 27th Pakaradjaan opens at 6 a.m. at the Org Compound.
The days covering Nov. 24 to 28 have been declared the Mindanao Week of Peace.
2016 MMFF line-up is ‘final and unanimous’ By Nathalie Tomada (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 24, 2016 - 12:00am 5 114 googleplus0 0
Jun Robles Lana’s Die Beautiful
MANILA, Philippines – Following the announcement of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) official line-up of films last week, differing opinions were and continue to be raised. But as far as the selection committee is concerned, the decision on which films made it to the Magic 8 is “final and unanimous.”
It was announced that the eight finalists are Ted Boborol’s Vince and Kath and James, Jun Robles Lana’s Die Beautiful, Erik Matti’s Seklusyon, Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido’s Kabisera, Baby Ruth Villarama’s Sunday Beauty Queens, Marlon Rivera’s Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough, Alvin Yapan’s Oro and Avid Liongoren’s Saving Sally.
Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido’s Kabisera
The MMFF executive committee headed by Metro Manila Development Authority GM Tim Orbos called the reforms in this year’s selection process as a “new beginning” and a “change for the better.”
“The direction I think our selection committee members are looking at is to make a mark in the global arena or cinema. We give them our support and we respect their independence in their selection,” said Orbos.
For his part, academic and film critic Nic Tiongson, who chaired the selection committee, described them as “real and meaningful changes” in the festival “to disprove the myth that quality indie films will not earn money and vice versa, commercial films cannot possibly have quality.” Among the eight movies, only one came from by a big film production studio, Star Cinema’s Vince and Kath and James.
Alvin Yapan’s Oro
During a presscon, selection committee members stressed that the films were chosen for their quality over commercial viability or their stars, who in the past had proven to be a major if not main attraction of the films when they rolled into cinemas on Christmas Day.
In finalizing this year’s line-up, Tiongson said that they simply followed the guidelines set by the executive committee, beginning with the criteria (40 percent for content; 40 percent for technical aspect; 10 percent for global appeal; and 10 percent for Filipino sensibility.)
Avid Liongoren’s Saving Sally
During the Nov. 2 deadline, 27 films were submitted. According to Tiongson, “In eight regular screenings which at least five or more committee members attended and later in additional screenings of certain films that some members requested for them to make a better, informed decision, the committee members gave secret ratings for each of these films that they saw, with 65 percent as the lowest and 100 percent as the highest.” He said that it was agreed on that only films that received 75 percent and above will be considered in the first deliberation.
Erik Matti’s Seklusyon
In the deliberation, the committee went for “No. 1, only those films that exhibit quality, as reflected in the graded evaluations. No. 2, the selection (committee) should consider representations of different genres — comedy, drama, horror, fantasy as well as documentary and animation.”
The committee was happy to note that the films that got the highest marks were “unanimous” and “acceptable to all.”
Baby Ruth Villarama’s Sunday Beauty Queens
“When we averaged our individual scores, lumabas kaagad yung eight. In other words, there was a consensus immediately on the eight. On that point of view, the (selection) process was so easy. No objection. I think we were all looking at the same direction. We were all concerned primarily with the quality of the films. One cannot say that there was anybody who influenced any other judge because were were not talking to each other.”
“The results are final,” said Tiongson, echoing the statement of Orbos that the executive committee is backing its choices.
Marlon Rivera’s Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2
The MMFF is hoped to perform well in the box-office because its earnings will go to beneficiaries such as the Movie Workers Welfare Fund (Mowelfund), the Motion Picture Anti-Piracy Council, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP). The annual filmfest reportedly earned P1B last year.
“We sincerely hope with the help of an aggressive and systematic publicity scheme, and most of all with the generous and enthusiastic support of the movie-going public, the films of the 2016 MMFF will mark a turning point in the history of the festival and start a ‘renaissance’ of quality films in the Metro Manila Film Festival...We’re confident that anybody who will watch these films will find them worthwhile,” Tiongson said.
Other screening committee members were Mae Paner, Allan Allanigue, Ping Medina, Lawrence Fajardo, Krip Yuson, Joy Belmonte and Crispina Belen.
Here’s how the selection committee described the “multi-genre” Magic 8 in a primer furnished to the media:
Babae sa Septic Tank 2 is a “pointed but hilarious commentary on the pretentions and machinations” on the mainstream movie business.
Sunday Beauty Queens, on the other hand, is a “well-researched... and engaging documentary on overseas Filipino workers,” specifically Pinay domestic helpers in Hong Kong.
Ted Boborol’s Vince & Kath & James
Vince and Kath and James is a rom-com that “reinvents the teen movie with its fresh approach and fluid narrative.”
Kabisera is a socio-political drama that tells the story of a “tightly-knit family coming to grips with abusive elements of Philippine society, specifically the hooded perpetrators of extra-judicial killings.”
Saving Sally is an “atypical youthful love story replete with childlike fantasy elements as applied through 2D animation.”
Oro is a socio-political film about a faraway mining community whose way of life is disrupted by an armed group misrepresenting government.
Die Beautiful is a “heartwarming gay film” that fuses comedy and drama “to chronicle the glamour, gloom and glory of one transgender’s short, short life.”
Seklusyon provides the horror in the line-up, exploring “the difference and conflict between religion and spirituality.”
The 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival will run from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7, 2017.
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Vic Sotto, nagsalita na tungkol sa 'di pagkakasali ng 'Enteng Kabisote 10' sa MMFF Published November 24, 2016 7:35pm
Nagbigay na ng pahayag ang "Eat Bulaga" host at dabarkads na si Vic Sotto sa hindi pagkakasama ng kaniyang pelikulang "Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers" sa Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) ngayong taon.
Bagaman nirerespeto umano ni Bossing Vic ang desisyon ng pamunuan ng MMFF, nasasaktan lang daw siya para sa mga manonood, lalo na para sa mga bata.
"Sana man lang nagsama sila ng puwedeng panoorin ng mga bata," ani Vic na halos taun-taon ay napapanood ang pelikula sa MMFF.
Ayon pa kay Vic, laging may pelikulang pambata sa MMFF kahit mula pa noong panahon ng mga pelikulang pinagbibidahan ng mga namayapang sina Dolphy at Fernando Poe Jr.
“Nandyan na 'yan, sabi nga nila ang kanilang desisyon ay final and unanimous. Pero sana lang nirespeto ng komite yung panlasa ng Pinoy,” dagdag niya.
Sa kabila nito, tinitingnan na lang umano ni Vic ang mga positibong mangyayari. Kabilang na rito ang mas mahabang panahon na maipapalabas ang kanilang pelikula sa mga sinehan bago mag-Pasko.
Makakaroon din umano siya ng mas maraming oras na makasama ang pamilya ngayon Pasko.
Kasama ni Vic sa bagong "Enteng Kabisote" ang tatlong lola ng kalyeserye ng "Eat Bulaga," na sina Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola), Nidora (Paolo Ballesteros) at Tinidora (Jose Manalo). Gayundin sina Bea Binene, Ryza Cenon, Ken Chan, at Ryzza Mae Dizon.
May special participation naman ang AlDub love team nina Alden Richards at Maine Mendoza, at pati na sina Pauleen Luna at Joey de Leon. -- FRJ, GMA News
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MANILA -- Celebrity couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes celebrated the birthday of their daughter Maria Letizia, more known as Baby Zia, who turned one year old on Wednesday.
On Instagram, Dantes posted a photo of their family celebration.
"We celebrated her first birthday in the same place where we had out first date 8 years ago," Dantes noted in in the caption.
Rivera, meanwhile, posted a photo of a painting of her and Zia, which was given by Dantes.
In the caption, she wrote: "Happy birthday, Anak. Mahal na mahak ka namin ng Tatay mo. Nawa'y lumaki ka na maging isang mabuting tao at mapagmahal sa iyong kapwa. Kasabay ng iyong kaarawan ay ipinagpapasalamat ko rin ang isang taon ko na pagbibigay ng gatas sa iyo. "Hinding- hindi ko nakakalimutan ang sakripisyo mo para sa anak natin. I am so proud of you! I appreciate your efforts very much!" - Iyan ang lintanya ng asawa ko bago nya ibinigay ang painting na yan sa akin kanina lang pagkauwi namin from Tagaytay. Mahal, salamat sa regalong ito. Sobrang naanting mo ako. Haaay ang sarap mabuhay na kasama kayong dalawa! Thank you LORD."
War of words as prelude to MMFF By: Bayani San Diego Jr., Marinel R. Cruz - @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:24 AM November 27, 2016
The cast of “Mano Po 7”
The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has never been immune to controversies in its 42-year history.
Remember the disqualification of Erik Matti’s “Honor Thy Father” from last year’s best picture race that resulted in the revamp of the fest’s Executive Committee? This, in turn, resulted in a total overhaul of this year’s festival.
This time, however, intrigues erupted long before awards night.
Mud was slung immediately after the top eight finalists were unveiled last week, mainly because the usual franchise fare (“Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers,” “Mano Po 7: Chinoy” and the Vice Ganda-starrer “The Super Parental Guardians”) were eased out of the lineup.
Change came and proved too drastic for some industry insiders. The brickbat reached a new low with the much-ballyhooed “war of words” between “Mano Po” producer Lily Monteverde and “Oro” actress Mercedes Cabral.
Cabral reportedly called Monteverde an “idiot” on her Facebook account after the latter claimed indie films do not belong in a Christmastime festival. “Oro” made the grade. Monteverde’s Regal Films, however, is the distributor of another entry, “Die Beautiful.”
Sen. Tito Sotto, brother of “Enteng” star Vic Sotto, told the Inquirer: “So many people are disappointed. The selection committee has completely forgotten what Christmas is all about. It should be about children!”
Vic Sotto in “Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers ”
Separate fest for indies
Sotto suggested a separate fest for independently produced films: “Perhaps they should just create a festival for indie films so it would be more awards-oriented. Anyway, I’m sure the first week gross of all the movies in this year’s film fest will not even muster the first day of a Star Cinema and MZet movie.”
“All mainstream films were snubbed,” Regal executive Roselle Monteverde said. “All those films that the people were expecting to see during Christmastime were not included on the list.”
The younger Monteverde added: “We will support the change if it would really be for the betterment of the industry. Let’s all see what will happen this year. We don’t know how this change in the movie lineup will be received by the audience.”
“I cried when I learned that ‘Mano Po’ was not included, but I didn’t take it against them,” the Regal matriarch said. “We are trying to learn as much as we can from the changes (in the MMFF rules and regulations). If these do not become successful, then there should be more changes next year.”
“Mano Po 7” opens in cinemas nationwide on Dec. 14. Its director Ian Loreños said that while he was confident of the quality of his work, he did not feel bitter about his film being excluded from the lineup.
“I always tell everyone that film is subjective. It may not be good for you but it’s good enough for me. It just so happened that the selection committee had other preferences. I know the filmmakers who were chosen. I respect them. They all deserve to be there,” Loreños pointed out.
The Monteverdes further lamented the failure of the selection committee to abide by an alleged agreement to pick four indie films and four mainstream movies to comprise the eight official MMFF entries this year.
Asked about the alleged agreement, Star Cinema manager Mico del Rosario said he has heard of it but couldn’t confirm it.
He added that Star Cinema “respects the decision of the MMFF selection committee.” One of its films, Theodore Boborol’s “Vince & Kath & James,” is included in the festival lineup.
Aside from “Mano Po 7,” the following family-oriented movies failed to make the cut: the latest “Enteng Kabisote” franchise and the Star Cinema-produced comedy flick “Super Parental Guardians,” starring Vice Ganda and Coco Martin.
Academician Nicanor Tiongson, who led the eight-member selection committee, said commercial viability was not the primary concern in choosing the film entries, but quality.
During the launch last week, Tiongson told reporters that all films in this year’s lineup are all worth watching and pleaded naysayers “not to dumb down the audience.”
Meanwhile, the MMFF executive committee denied Monteverdes’ claim that it had entered into an agreement with producers as to the number of indie and mainstream films that should be included in the festival lineup.
In a statement sent to the Inquirer, the execom said: “This year, no compromises were made to favor any particular production outfit or brand of filmmaking. The quality of the movies…[and] their capacity to engage and entertain audiences were the main principles that guided this selection process.”
The statement added: “The arduous, clean and honest process of choosing the eight entries has resulted in a lineup that is fresh, diverse and exciting.”
On the alleged agreement, selection committee member Lawrence Fajardo said: “I have never heard of such an agreement. If there was one, it was not relayed to us.”
Fajardo and the seven other members of the selection committee were tasked to pick eight films from among 27 submissions.
“We didn’t pick the eight finalists…[because] they were independently produced. People will understand why they were chosen when they finally see the films,” he told the Inquirer.
Activist Mae Paner, who is a member of the selection committee, stood by the top eight entries—which, she said, hewed closely to the new criteria.
Unlike in previous years when commercial viability was given a premium, the jurors followed a new set of criteria, as follows: “Story, audience appeal and overall impact, 40 percent; cinematic attributes or technical excellence, 40 percent; global appeal, 10 percent, and Filipino sensibility, 10 percent.”
More than being “indie,” Paner pointed out that “diversity” is the main attribute that defines this year’s entries.
She said: “In the end, when we checked the results, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that we had different kinds of movies in the festival. There’s comedy (Marlon Rivera’s “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2”), horror (Matti’s “Seklusyon”), a youth flick (Boborol’s “Vince & Kath & James”), an animated/live-action film (Avid Liongoren’s “Saving Sally”) and drama movies that tackle social issues like LGBT rights (Jun Robles Lana’s “Die Beautiful”), mining (Alvin Yapan’s “Oro”) and extrajudicial killings (Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido’s “Kabisera”).”
For the first time in MMFF’s history, a documentary, Babyruth Villarama’s “Sunday Beauty Queen,” made the cut, as well.
It is not true that studio films were purposefully excluded, Paner said.
Case in point: Star Cinema has an entry: “Vince & Kath & James.” “Septic Tank 2” is produced by Quantum Films, which was also behind the MMFF sleeper hit, “English Only, Please,” in 2014. Reality Entertainment, which bankrolled the “Tiktik” horror franchise, is fielding “Seklusyon.”
These changes would hopefully lead to a renaissance and restore the MMFF to its former glory.
She expressed the hope that instead of sowing divisiveness, all these discussions and opinions would unite the industry and make a hit out of this year’s MMFF.
“If we want the audience to grow and develop, we have to initiate these reforms,” Paner said. “Change has come. And Filipino viewers are more than ready for something new.”
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Richard Yap, Mother Lily discuss 'Mano Po 7' exclusion from MMFF 2016 lineup
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Published 9:24 PM, November 22, 2016
Updated 1:29 PM, November 23, 2016
EARLY SHOWING. 'Mano Po 7: Chinoy' star Richard Yap and producer Mother Lily Monteverde say there were disappointed the movie will not be part of the MMFF. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – The people behind Mano Po 7: Chinoy discussed their reactions after the film failed to make it to the "Magic 8" of this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
The Mano Po franchise, which started back in 2002, is often one of the most popular films in the MMFF lineups over the years, with stars such as Sharon Cuneta, Kris Aquino, Susan Roces, Maricel Soriano,and Vilma Santos appearing in the stories.
In a press conference for the movie on Tuesday, November 22, Richard Yap, who stars as Wilson Wong in the film, said that they were all disappointed about not being able to participate this year.
"Of course, nalulungkot kaming lahat na hindi nasali doon because we really did everything possible na maging worthy siya sa isang MMFF na entry. But we can’t do anything about it, iyon ang decision nila, so we just have to live with it and do our best by showing this before the MMFF. Para maging masaya pa rin ang mga tao," he said.
(Of course we were all sad about not making to the film fest, because we really did everything possible to be worthy as an entry for the MMFF. But we can't do anything about that, that's their decision, so we just have to live with it and do our best by showing this before the MMFF. So that audiences will still be happy.)
MOTHER LILY SPOKE UP
Mother Lily Monteverde, industry veteran and producer and owner of Regal Films, also spoke up, saying she cried upon hearing the news.
"Well of course, I feel so sad when I heard about it, talagang umiyak ako (I really cried). Quietly, I cried but talagang it’s there already… while it will run for 10 days, let’s see if we can extend more sana (hopefully)."
Mother Lily clarified that she has nothing against the committee's decision, even sharing with the press that the movie was likely competing for the last slots in the list.
"Sana naman (I hope) after this year, next year’s festival, they should understand. It’s not that I’m teaching them [but]... mga tao (people) that belong to these levels of C,D,E, meron silang (they have a) bonus. Once they have their bonus, they bring the whole family to the movies to watch the GP (general patronage). Kasi sayang naman, nanghihinayang ako sa mga bata. (It's really a lost opportunity, I feel so sorry for the kids.) This is a family movie. But anyway, Let’s hope that next year, the entire system should be changed."
She also said she has nothing against independent films, as she's had experience there, too. "We would also have a festival. Do you still remember? In Megamall, in SM. But you know, it should be ano there’s a time for the indie movies, but not Christmas season. Christmas is for the family," she said.
Director Ian Loreños also shared Richard's sentiments but said that what matters now is for the movie to perform well, and for fans to enjoy their work.
Last week, the MMFF committee unveiled the movies that will comprise the festival lineup.
Last June, the committee announced that they were removing the "commercial viability" as basis in selecting the film.
Aside from Mano Po 7, MMFF staples like the movie The Super Parental Guardians starring Coco Martin and Vice Ganda (Vice Ganda movies are often present in MMFF lineups and perform very well in the box office), and Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers, starring Vic Sotto, did not make it to the list.
Mano Po 7: Chinoy is scheduled to be released on December 14. – Rappler.com
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