After ‘X’ rating from MTRCB, Jerrold Tarog’s ‘Bliss’ to screen for free at UP Cine Adarna

It’s bound to happen—a screening of Jerrold Tarog’s newest movie, Bliss, in a venue outside the jurisdiction of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) after its ‘X’ rating.

The special screening of Bliss is scheduled on Monday, April 3, at Cine Adarna at UP Diliman. Limited seats are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration starts at 5 PM and screening is at 6:30 PM.

Due to adult themes, strong language, and scenes of graphic nudity, violence, and sexuality, no one under 18 years of age will be admitted. Only those with valid ID with proof of date of birth will be allowed to view the film.

Last Tuesday, the MTRCB gave an X rating to the psychological thriller starring Iza Calzado and Ian Veneracion, banning it from being exhibited to the public. Iza recently won Best Performer at the 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival.

According to Iza’s talent manager, Noel Ferrer, the rating was due to “explicit nudity scenes.”

Based on the current rules of MTRCB, these are the reasons for an ‘X’ rating:

  • The average person, applying contemporary community standards and values, would find that the dominant theme of the work, taken as a whole appeals solely to the prurient interest and satisfies only the craving for gratuitous sex and/or violence.
  • The film depicts in a patently lewd, offensive, or demeaning manner, excretory functions and sexual conduct such as sexual intercourse, masturbation and exhibition of the genitals.
  • The film clearly constitutes an attack against any race, creed, or religion.
  • The film condones or encourages the use of illegal drugs and substances.
  • The film tends to undermine the faith and confidence of the people in their government and/or duly-constituted authorities.
  • The film glorifies criminals or condones crimes.
  • The film is libelous or defamatory to the good name and reputation of any person, whether living or dead.
  • The film may constitute contempt of court or of a quasi-judicial tribunal, or may pertain to matters which are subjudicial in nature.”

Tarog has an impressive lineup of works as a director, writer, editor, and musical scorer. He helmed the highly acclaimed movies Heneral Luna and Sana Dati.

A production of TBA, Artikulo Uno, and Quantum Films, Bliss is supposed to open on May 10. Producers are still in the process of appealing for a second review.

For the first time, you can watch ‘Vince & Kath & James’ for just 150 pesos at Cinema ’76!

2016 MMFF entry Vince & Kath & James is the latest addition to the growing features from indie hub Cinema ’76This teen romantic movie joins 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten by Petersen Vargas and I’m Drunk, I Love You by JP Habac from March 31 (Friday) to April 6 (Thursday).

Tickets are priced at 150 pesos each and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Located at 160 Luna Mencias St. Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan del Monte, Cinema ’76 is a micro-cinema dedicated to bringing the latest Filipino independent films as well as English and foreign-language films to its discriminating movie audience. Its setup is akin to a home theater with couches and throw pillows.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact them at (02) 398 1939.

  • Vince & Kath & James by Theodore Boborol
  • 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten by Petersen Vargas
  • I’m Drunk, I Love You by JP Habac*

(*Preceded by Angelito by Jerrold Tarog. This 20-minute short film bridges Heneral Luna and its upcoming sequel Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.)


Read on to see the synopses and view the trailers for each featured movie.


Vince and Kath and James is a teen romance movie that shows how to love with #NoFilter. When Kath (Julia Barretto) starts receiving sweet, anonymous texts, she wonders who they might be from. Could it be from Vince (Joshua Garcia), the nerdy, torpe guy she can’t stand, or James (Ronnie Alonte), the cute varsity player she likes? How will her love story unfold? Will someone love her in real life, beyond the bright screen of her phone?

2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten

Felix is a friendless achiever in high school whose life changes after the arrival of the half-American Snyder brothers, entangling him in their dark ambitions.

I’m Drunk, I Love You.

Days before graduation, two college best friends go on one last road trip where they settle how they really feel for each other. But to put it upfront, this is not a love story.

Do your own virtual car stunt in F8 Greenscreen Event at Uptown, Galleria, MOA

Ever wondered how car stunts in Fast & Furious films are made? You may stop imagining now, and experience it instead!

To mark the April 15 release of Fast & Furious 8 in the Philippines, Universal Pictures will mount the “F8 Greenscreen Event” – a playful and highly shareable initiative that celebrates the FAST franchise and allows the fans to become part of the FAST family.
Universal Pictures has created a unique mini green screen studio for fans to star in their very own Fast & Furious stunt scene experience which offers the thrill of hitting the accelerator in one of the movie’s supercars.

Fans can enter the mini studio, take the driver’s seat and join the Fast family in an immersive experience to create their own personalized video which can be shared across Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Visit the #F8 Greenscreen at the following locations and star in your own Fast stunt for the ultimate #F8Experience.

  • APRIL 1-2: Uptown Mall Cinema Lobby
  • APRIL 8-9: Robinsons Galleria Cinema Lobby
  • APRIL 15-16: SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

For details on how to participate, visit

About Fast & Furious 8

On the heels of 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: Fast & Furious 8.

Now that Dom and Letty are married and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Fast & Furious 8 features a returning all-star cast, as well as a star-studded array of newcomers to this world – Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 15, 2017, Fast & Furious 8 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH: Terror floats in first trailer for Stephen King’s ‘It’

The much awaited first official trailer for Stephen King’s It has just floated and it surely is something for your nightmares!

See the first trailer for It (Part 1 – The Losers’ Club) below and check out the movie when it opens September 7 in the Philippines.

New Line Cinema’s upcoming supernatural horror movie is directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama). It is based on the highly popular 1986 Stephen King novel of the same name.

The storyline involve seven children in a small town of Derry, Maine, who come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

The cast of IT includes: Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise The Dancing Clown and Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton in supporting roles

The adaptation to screen was penned by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman. Producers include Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti, with Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk serving as executive producers.

Opening across the Philippines on September 7, 2017, Stephen King’s “It” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.