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The morning of New Year’s Eve, we went over to mom’s house and I jokingly suggested we watch a movie. I remember when we were younger, my mom and my step-dad would bring us to the mall during Christmas and New Year. We would watch one MMFF entry, play at World’s of Fun and eat at the food court or fast-food.

My brother was thinking it was a joke when she agreed. But mom already scheduled it. He only believed it when she said she already bought the tickets, 30 minutes before our agreed meeting time. 🙂

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MMFF 2012: Si Agimat Si Enteng at Si AKO

Who would have thought that a week before this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, I was lucky to be invited to the movie press con of the latest adventure filled chapter on the life of Enteng Kabisote: “Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si AKO“. 🙂

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Autism Society Philippines Marikina Valley Chapter headed by Alex Cabason Jr., in cooperation with the City Government of Marikina will be bringing Alyana to Marikina City on 14 July 2012 at 2 pm at the Teatro Marikina along Shoe Avenue, Marikina City.

“Alyana — A Study of Autism in the Philippines” is the first documentary film on autism in the Philippines by independent film maker, Mirana Medina. The film has been showing all through-out the Philippines, in cooperation with ASP Chapters since 2006. The trailblazing film was screened at the Cinemanila International Film Festival in November 2006 and at the 3rd Festival on the Issues Concerning the Mentally Challenged in New Delhi.

Tickets are at P100 each and are available at the venue.

For more information regarding the Marikina film showing, you may get in touch with Ms. Marivi at (0949) 398.3672 or Ms. Tonette at (02) 381.5448.

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Philippines-Japan Friendship Month Opens on July 5 with Eiga Sai—The Japanese Film Festival

Enjoy free screenings of much-awaited contemporary Japanese films in July and August at the 2012 Eiga Sai. Presented by the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, UP Film Institute, Film Development Council of the Philippines, ClickTheCity.com and NET 25 TV. An invitational screening of the film ‘Villain’ on July 5 at Shang Cineplex Cinema 2, EDSA, Mandaluyong City is the kick-off event for the festivity.

Villain is a gritty social critique drama directed by Lee Sang-il, director of the multi-award film—Hula Girls. Eri Fukatsu who won the Best Actress Award at the Montreal World Film Festival 2010 and Japan Academy Prize 2011 for her role (Mitsuyo), takes on challenging and heated love scenes, playing a woman on the run with a murderer. Satoshi Tsumabuki (Yuichi) runs away after killing a woman (Yoshino) he met on a dating website. While the families of the victim and the assailant are left in agony, Mitsuyo becomes increasingly entangled in her relationship with Yuichi. The film was based on the novel “Akunin” by Shuichi Yoshida published in April 2007.

The film has also enjoyed successful runs at various international film festivals and emerged as one of the most acclaimed films from Japan in 2010, earning 15 nominations from the Japan Academy Awards, including those for Best Picture, Director and a variety of acting affirmations.

Completing this year’s roster of exciting films to be featured are the PEAK –The RescuersRailways, Happy FlightTomorrow’s JoeIn His ChartColorfulAbacus And SwordPermanent Nobara, and Ninja Kids.

All films will be shown in 35mm format with English subtitles. Screening venues are at the

  • Shang Cineplex Cinema 4 (July 5 to 15)
  • Gaisano South Citimall, Davao City (July 20 to 22)
  • Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 7 to 12)
  • UP Film Institute, Quezon City (August 15 to 21)

Screening Schedules

SHANG CINEPLEX CINEMA 4 EDSA, Mandaluyong City

JULY 5 (Thursday) – Opening Night by Invitation at Cinema 2

  • Villain 7:00 PM

JULY 6 (Friday)

  • Railways 2:00 PM
  • Permanent Nobara 4:30 PM
  • PEAK – The Rescuers 7:00 PM

JULY 7 (Saturday)

  • Ninja Kids 2:00 PM
  • Tomorrow’s Joe 4:30 PM
  • Happy Flight 7:00 PM

JULY 8 (Sunday)

  • Colorful 2:00 PM
  • In His Chart 4:30 PM
  • Abacus and Sword 7:00 PM

JULY 9 (Monday)

  • PEAK – The Rescuers 2:00 PM
  • Railways 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

JULY 10 (Tuesday)

  • Happy Flight 2:00 PM
  • Tomorrow’s Joe 4:30 PM
  • Colorful 7:00 PM

JULY 11 (Wednesday)

  • Ninja Kids 2:00 PM
  • Permanent Nobara 4:30 PM
  • In His Chart 7:00 PM

JULY 12 (Thursday)

  • Abacus and Sword 2:00 PM
  • Railways 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

JULY 13 (Friday)

  • Tomorrow’s Joe 2:00 PM
  • Happy Flight 4:30 PM
  • PEAK – The Rescuers 7:00 PM

JULY 14 (Saturday)

  • Permanent Nobara 2:00 PM
  • Ninja Kids 4:30 PM
  • In His Chart 7:00 PM

JULY 15 (Sunday)

  • Abacus and Sword 2:00 PM
  • Colorful 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

UP FILM INSTITUTE, UP-Diliman, Quezon City

AUGUST 15 (Wednesday)

  • PEAK – The Rescuers 2:00 PM
  • Abacus and Sword 4:30 PM
  • Railways 7:00 PM

AUGUST 16 (Thursday)

  • Ninja Kids 2:00 PM
  • Tomorrow’s Joe 4:30 PM
  • In His Chart 7:00 PM

AUGUST 17 (Friday)

  • Colorful 2:00 PM
  • Happy Flight 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

AUGUST 18 (Saturday)

  • Permanent Nobara 2:00 PM
  • Tomorrow’s Joe 4:30 PM
  • Railways 7:00 PM

AUGUST 20 (Monday)

  • Abacus and Sword 2:00 PM
  • In His Chart 4:30 PM
  • Permanent Nobara 7:00 PM

AUGUST 21 (Tuesday)

  • PEAK – The Rescuers 2:00 PM
  • Colorful 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

For screening schedules in Cebu & Davao and information about the films, check out the 2012 Eiga Sai Flyer. This press release is from the JFMO website.

If you ask me, after reading the synopsis of each film, I’m excited to watch all of them. Take your pick and mark your calendars 😉

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I’m one of the lucky bloggers who were able to score a special invite for the advance screening and press conference of the French movie Special Forces. Held last June 8, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia, the press conference came first at the IMAX Theater then the advanced screening at Cinema 1.

Coming alone as always, I am glad to meet and share this experience with a fellow blogger and movie buff.

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One Day on Earth, the first film to include footage from every country on earth all captured in one day, will be shown for free at Mabuhay Temple on 11 June 2012 at 7:30 pm.

The International Buddhist Progress Society, Manila (IBPS) will host a free public screening of One Day on Earth at the Five Contemplations Hall of the Mabuhay Temple on 11 June 2012 at 7:30 pm. Mabuhay Temple is located at 656 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila.

One Day on Earth is a full-length documentary feature that holds the distinction of being the first film ever to include footage from every country on earth, all captured on a single day –  10 October 2010. The film provides a unique look into a wide array of human activities and even offers intimate access to rarely seen images from countries such as North Korea, Iran and Kosovo.

The film was able to beautifully capture the interconnectedness of human beings by showing the shared triumphs and challenges of all people on earth. The film’s director and founder Kyle Ruddick and co-founder and executive producer Brandon Litman, with the support of the United Nations and a global community of filmmakers, has succeeded in creating a video time capsule of one day on planet earth, making the documentary a great achievement, not only in film making, but also in human cooperation.

IBPS is honored that Mabuhay Temple was selected as one of the few venues to screen One Day on Earth in the Philippines. IBPS is an organization affiliated with the Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Buddhist order based in Taiwan with Mabuhay Temple being its branch temple in Manila. Other FGS branch temples in the Philippines are located in Cebu, Bacolod and Iloilo. Apart from regular Buddhist prayer services, Mabuhay Temple regularly holds other activities such as lectures, open mic events, film screenings, temple tours, study groups and short educational programs.

For more information about the One Day on Earth screening and other activities of Mabuhay Temple, please check out the temple’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mabuhaytemple. You can also send an email to [email protected] or call 559-9540.

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