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Support the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF): Go Watch

We have always wondered why, in the recent years, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) have been dominated by movies which, in our opinion, seem to assume that Filipino moviegoers are dumb. It’s probably a chicken-or-the-egg thing, with the usual suspects saying that the Festival should respect the “taste” (panlasa) of the moviegoers, the underlying assumption being that we are too dumb to ask for movies that should pass the lowest standards of any award-giving body, such as the MMFF. Should we, moviegoers, send a message to moviemakers that we deserve better? Or should the initiative come from the moviemakers, that they should assume that we deserve better. With the MMFF decision not to include the usual movie fare from the festival, our hope is rekindled that the MMFF is trying to do something about the quality of films shown every December. We invite you to watch these movies, as a message to our moviemakers that the usual crappy movies should not see the light of projector. Here are the official entries to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival. Watch the movie trailers below. Continue reading Support the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF): Go Watch

Photo of the Day: Philippine Jeepney

It’s not surprising that the ubiquitous jeepney, the King of the Road in the Philippines, is somewhat better depicted in its representations. It is, after all, one of the icons in Philippine travel, a constant feature in souvenir shops. One such reincarnation is a restaurant tissue holder (in Jeepney Boodle Fight along Maginhawa Street, QC), here captured by Janine Realubit (@janinerealubit), who is apparently proud of three things — arki, FEU and photography. We won’t be surprised if she’d associate the jeepney with That Thing Called Tadhana, which is a movie gushing with mushiness we can’t help but fall in love with the Philippines. C’mon, tell us, who doesn’t love this movie? We enjoyed the sceneneries of the Philippines — Manila, Baguio and Sagada — equally with the kilig moments). But, hey, back to the jeepney (which was the mode of transport, in the movie, from Baguio to Sagada). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Philippine Jeepney

Time to Visit the Movie Stars Cafe (Movie Memorabilia Studio Cafe and Restaurant)

Food. Food is usually the primary reason — the sole reason, for some — to visit a restaurant. It’s also the same reason why people go back to a restaurant. From time to time, however, there’s a welcome twist that happily shifts the focus from food to something else that heightens the dining experience. We’re comfortable with holes-in-the-walls that serve great food. We also have no problem exploring restaurants that serve extra servings of ambiance as a selling point. Let’s lift the curtain and check what makes the Movie Stars Cafe (Movie Memorabilia Studio Cafe and Restaurant) different (and why it’s a fun place to visit). Continue reading Time to Visit the Movie Stars Cafe (Movie Memorabilia Studio Cafe and Restaurant)

Being Frozen, Letting Go and One Talented Filipino

The recent calamities — that saw the world coming to the aid of the Philippines — highlight the resiliency of the Filipinos and our ability to take everything with a smile. The recent successive wins in international beauty pageants showcase the beauty of Filipinos. The wins in singing competitions drive home the fact that Filipinos are heavyweights (no pun intended) when it comes to music. So it’s really no surprise that the soundtrack in the the latest Disney magic, the movie Frozen, includes the song Let It Go, composed by Filipino-American composer Robert Lopez. Let It Go, in fact, is the most popular song in the soundtrack. Watch and enjoy this great music video: Continue reading Being Frozen, Letting Go and One Talented Filipino

The Bourne Legacy: First Official Trailer Out

The shooting of the movie Bourne Legacy is still ongoing in the Philippines (and temper of motorists due to rerouting is still to subside), and the first trailer has been released (watch below, thru youtube). It was reported that a number of Asian countries were considered, with one country even offering to pay, but the producers chose the Philippines. Whether it’s good to the image of the Philippines would probably depend on how the country is portrayed in the movie (see poll below the video). Here’s the video: Continue reading The Bourne Legacy: First Official Trailer Out