Family-oriented comedy film ‘Ang Sikreto ng Piso,’ hopeful for MMFF 2017

‘ANG SIKRETO NG PISO’ (The Secret of the Philippine Peso Coin) is a family-oriented comedy and historical film inspired by actual events on the smuggle of the Philippine peso coin in 2006.

The film is a wholesome, charming, and interesting story for the Filipino family during Christmas season, and thus, it is humbly intended for submission to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.

The main plot is about love of family and supporting one another whenever trials in life happen.

“Ang Sikreto Ng Piso” is written and directed by stage, TV and film actor-turned-director Perry Escaño, who is also one of the nine finalists of the main competition of full-length films for the 13th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival for his “Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa.”

Topbilled by Quezon City Congressman and actor Alfred Vargas (fresh from the success of Encantadia of GMA), the film is Alfred’s second collaboration with Direk Perry since the former is also the lead actor of the said Cinemalaya action-drama entry, slated this August 2017.

Having been in the business for more than 15 years, Alfred has done a number of lead roles in GMA teleseryes and various independent films.

“It’s a breather for me as actor to do a family comedy film this time.

“We are hopeful to get a slot to this year’s MMFF with this comedy movie. It’s our gift for all Filipino families during Christmas season,” says Alfred.

With major roles in the film are multi-talented ace comedian Joey Marquez (regular cast of My Dear Heart of ABS-CBN), the still debonair and handsome Wendell Ramos, and the cute child actor and Downy commercial model Yuan Francisco.

Also in the cast are funny comedians Paul Sy (mainstay of Home Sweetie Home of ABS-CBN as John Lloyd Cruz’s buddy, and a winner of Showtime’s “Look A Like” as Wally Walley), Long Mejia (a regular cast of FPJ’s “Ang Probinsiyano” of ABS-CBN), Beverly Salviejo (a veteran comedienne and singer).

Then there’s Lou Velsoso (versatile and award-winning actor), Andoy Ranay (stage, television, and theater actor and director), Ernie Garcia (a seasoned actor who has done more than 50 films and is also the Supervising Producer of “Ang Sikreto ng Piso”), and more.

The production is also aiming for McCoy de Leon as Alfred’s brother in the story, and Elisse Joson as the beautiful daughter of Joey in the film.

As of press time, the production team is now negotiating with award- winning actress Judy Ann Santos for the role of the wife of Ronnie (Alfred) in the story.

“Ang Sikreto Ng Piso” is produced by MPJ Entertainment Productions and JPP Entertainment, owned by beauty queen and fashion designer Joyce Peña Pilarsky, who also portrays Joey’s strict wife in the movie.

To start filming this July, other cast members of the movie include Dexter Doria, Garry Lim, Joanna Marie Tan, and Akihiro Blanco.


In order to build wealth effectively, we have to watch out on our spending. Ronnie (Alfred Vargas) has to make sacrifices to save up for the future of his wife (to be announced) and only son Taballero (Yuan Francisco).

Ronnie is forced to accept an odd job that promises higher income — one that requires him to gather as much one-peso coins has he could.

It is only a matter of time when he discovers why these coins are being smuggled abroad. What secrets do these coins hold? Can these coins help Ronnie save the life of his son who lies in agony in the hospital?


RONNIE BIGLANG-AWA (Alfred Vargas) – A kind man and loving father who lives in a frugal way. Worries about the future of his son Taballero. He gathers Philippine peso coins for a Chinese businessman to earn extra money. Discovers the rampant smuggling of coins from the Philippines to other countries.

JUANA BIGLANG-AWA (To be announced; production is negotiating with Judy Ann Santos) – wife of Ronnie who owns a money changer shop.

BABE GUEVARRA (Joey Marquez) — A funny and sweet businessman, owner of a junkshop and one of the main competitors of the Biglang- Awa family

TABALLERO BIGLANG-AWA (Yuan Francisco) – A 9-year-old son of Ronnie and Juana. Chubby and cute, loves to eat fatty food, keeps his money in a piggy bank, importunate but interesting kid.

RODRIGO SANTOS (Wendell Ramos) — A handsome conman who pretends to be a rich businessman, and the head of a crime syndicate. A frequent client at Juana’s money changer shop.

TATANG TANO BIGLANG-AWA (Lou Veloso) — in his early 70’s. Foster father of Ronnie who owns a plastic-metal-scrap business in the town of Balbago. Has a large collection of vintage one peso coins.

DONG MARCOS (Ernie Garcia) — father of Juana Marcos Biglang-Awa (lead actress)

ANDAY (Andoy Ranay) — Juana’s gay co-worker and closest friend who has a big crush on Rodrigo. He imagines that he is a real transgender and is planning to undergo vaginal transplant.

CHRIS SINGSON (Paul Sy) — Extremely fat, looks funny but is a serious person. Behaves and talks like a military man, a classmate and good friend of Taballero in Grade 2.

PANDAY CARMONA (Long Mejia) — Helper of Tatang Tano, thin, fond of wearing dark eyeglasses. Speaks in a loud voice and always startles people.

MANANG CHE (Beverly Salviejo) — A sari-sari store owner in Balbago, knows all the gossips about the people living in the community.


LIST: Gawad Urian 2017 nominees revealed

The nominees of the 40th Gawad Urian have been revealed at the press conference held today at the ELJ Communication Center of ABS-CBN.


Here is the complete list of nominees.

Best Picture

Pamilya Ordinaryo
Ang Babaeng Humayo
Women of the Weeping River
Baboy Halas

Best Director

Brilliante Mendoza, Ma Rosa
Eduardo W. Roy, Jr., Pamilya Ordinaryo
Zig Madamba Dulay, Paglipay
Lav Diaz, Ang Babaeng Humayo
Bagane Fiola, Baboy Halas
Paolo Villaluna, Pauwi Na
Avid Liongoren, Saving Sally
Sheron Dayoc, Women of the Weeping River
Lemuel Lorca, Ned’s Project

Best Actor

Tommy Abuel, Dagsin
Bembol Roco, Pauwi Na
Garry Cabalic, Paglipay
Khalil Ramos, 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
Paolo Ballesteros, Die Beautiful
Ronwald Martin, Pamilya Ordinaryo
Pepe Smith, Singing in Graveyards

Best Actress

Nora Aunor, Hinulid
Laila Ulao, Women of the Weeping River
Jaclyn Jose, Ma Rosa
Cherry Pie Picache, Pauwi Na
Ai Ai delas Alas, Area
Charo Santos, Ang Babaeng Humayo
Elizabeth Oropesa, MRS
Irma Adlawan, ORO
Hasmine Kilip, Pamilya Ordinaryo
Angeli Bayani, Ned’s Project

Best Supporting Actor

Taha Daranda, Women of the Weeping River
Christian Bables, Die Beautiful
Jess Mendoza, Hinulid
John Lloyd Curz, Ang Babaeng Humayo
Nonie Buencamino, Ang Babaeng Humayo
Julio Diaz, Ma Rosa

Supporting Actress

Rhed Bustamante, Seklusyon
Barbie Forteza, Tuos
Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-Dans, Women of the Weeping River
Anna Luna, Paglipay
Joan Dela Cruz, Paglipay
Lui Manansala, Ned’s Project
Lotlot de Leon, MRS
Meryll Soriano, Pauwi Na
Janine Gutierrez, Dagsin

BEST Screenplay

Ned’s Project, Lemuel Lorca & John Paul Bedia
Pauwi Na, Paolo Villaluna & Ellen Ramos
Women of the Weeping River, Sheron Dayoc
Paglipay, Zig Madamba Dulay
Ma Rosa, Troy Espiritu
Patay na si Jesus, Fatrick Tabada
Ang Babaeng Humayo, Lav Diaz
Pamilya Ordinaryo, Eduardo Roy, Jr.

BEST Cinematography

Women of the Weeping River, Rommel Sales
Ang Babaeng Humayo, Lav Diaz
Ma Rosa, Odyssey Flores
Paglipay, Albert Banzon
Pamilya Ordinaryo, Albert Banzon
Baboy Halas, Raphael Meting & Mark Limbaga
Tuos, Mycko David

BEST Production Design

Ma Rosa, Dante Mendoza
Die Beautiful, Angel Diesta
Ned’s Project, John Paul Sapitula
Women of the Weeping River, Harley Alcasid
Pamilya Ordinaryo, Harley Alcasid
Paglipay, Aped Santos
Saving Sally, Erik Manalo & Rommel Laquian
Hinulid, Ryan Cuatrona & Celine Belino
Baboy Halas, Joel Geolamen

BEST Editing

Women of the Weeping River, Carlo Francisco Manatad
Ma Rosa, Diego Marx Dobles
Pauwi Na, Ellen Ramo & Paolo Villaluna
Ang Babaeng Humayo, Lav Diaz
Pamilya Ordinaryo, Carlo Francisco Manatad
Paglipay, Zig Madamba Dulay
Die Beautiful, Benjamin Gonzales Tolentino

BEST Music

Paglipay, Gian Gianan
Women of the Weeping River, Kit Mendoza
Saving Sally, Pablo Pico
Pauwi Na, Pike Ramirez, Paolo Villaluna & Veena Ramirez
Tuos, Jema Pamintuan

BEST Sound

Hinulid, Mark Laccay
Women of the Weeping River, Albert Michael Idioma & Immanuel Verona
Ang Babaeng Humayo, Corinne De San Jose, Mark Locsin & Che Villanueva
Pamilya Ordinaryo, Albert Michael Idioma & Emmanuel Verona
Ma Rosa, Albert Michael Idioma
Paglipay, Andrew Milallos
Baboy Halas, Willie Apa, Jr. & Charlie Daclan

Natatanging Gawad Urian: Vilma Santos-Recto

‘Cars 3’ races to the screen for Lightning McQueen’s biggest adventure yet

Lightning McQueen is back on the big screen in Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 — but he’s not a rookie anymore. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Piston-Cup champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.

“The next-gen racers are cool,” says Cars 3 director Brian Fee. “You can see instantly that cars like Jackson Storm are effortlessly fast. We designed these younger, faster cars to be sleek and aerodynamic—and they’re a sharp contrast to Lightning McQueen.”

Producer Kevin Reher says the story is reflective of real-life champions. “Lightning McQueen has been racing for more than a decade,” says Reher. “He’s struggling with the kind of issues a lot of athletes face later in their careers. Do you go out on top or fight till the end?”

While Lightning is still the same self-assured, determined and fun-loving race car audiences fell in love with, his confidence is being tested by the new cars on the track. “When we first met Lightning McQueen, he was a young rookie—a superhero,” says Fee. “He had his whole life ahead of him. And while he’s done well since we last saw him, he’s not a young hotshot racer anymore. We kept circling the idea of what happens when an athlete like Lightning is in the twilight of his career.”

Enter Cruz Ramirez. Tasked with getting Lightning McQueen back on track after a devastating setback, Cruz isn’t shy. Her training style is high-tech, enthusiastic and steadfast—she’s not afraid to apply a little tough love. But there’s more to Cruz than meets the eye. “I love Cruz’s story,” says co-producer Andrea Warren. “She’s such an admirable, likable character. She’s so passionate about racing and her role to create champions. The movie isn’t just about Lightning McQueen—it’s Cruz’s story, in many ways.”

“Cars 3” features Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums)as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Cristela Alonzo (The Angry Birds Movie) voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, who tries to help #95 return to greatness, and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) lends his voice to next-gen racer Jackson Storm, whose high-tech speed leaves Lightning McQueen behind. Kerry Washington (ABC’s Scandal) was called on to voice statistical analyst Natalie Certain, Nathan Fillion (ABC’s Castle) provides the voice of brilliant business car Sterling, Lea DeLaria (Netflix’s Orange is the New Black) lends her voice to formidable school bus Miss Fritter, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton helps bring voice command assistant Hamilton to life.

Cars 3 pays homage to NASCAR with four characters based on real-life stock car racing legends. Chris Cooper (American Beauty) voices Doc Hudson’s crew chief Smokey; team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson lends his voice to Junior “Midnight” Moon; three-time Emmy® winner Margo Martindale (FX’s The Americans) provides the voice of Louise “Barnstormer” Nash; and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (HBO’s The Wire) is the voice of River Scott. The film also features NASCAR drivers and the voices behind the sport, as well as a host of returning characters from Radiator Springs and the Cars racing world.

Directed by Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2), produced by Reher (A Bug’s Life, La Luna short) and co-produced by Warren (LAVA short), Cars 3 is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise. With a story by Fee, Ben Queen (TV’s Powerless), Eyal Podell (actor Code Black ) & Jonathon E. Stewart (Doing Time short), the screenplay was penned by Kiel Murray (Cars), Bob Peterson (Up, Finding Nemo) and Mike Rich (Secretariat, The Rookie).

Featuring a score by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman (Toy Story 3, Cars), instrumental cues composed by Brad Paisley, and original songs by ZZ Ward and Grammy® winner Dan Auerbach.

Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 cruises into Philippine theaters on July 26, 2017.

‘Happy Death Day’ teaser poster makes deadly cut

The first poster for the new suspense thriller Happy Death Day has just been unveiled by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. The film is co-written and directed by Christopher Landon (Scouts’ Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse).

Check out the film’s teaser one-sheet art below and watch Happy Death Day in Philippine cinemas on Oct. 11, 2017.

Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

The film also stars Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, and Charles Aitken.

Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘Spider-Man’ comes home to MCU in fun-filled action-adventure

Peter Parker strives to join the Avengers as the most popular character in comic book history takes his rightful place as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, July 6.)

Marvel’s crown jewel, Spider-Man made a cameo debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War last summer; the overwhelming positive reaction by both the critics and fans to the new vision for the character has whetted the appetite as now, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios team for this new adventure.

Embraced all over the world, Spider-Man now comes home in a film with a fresh, fun tone and new take, produced by Marvel Studios, that brings the Peter Parker of the comic books to the screen alongside MCU heroes for the first time.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

For producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, bringing the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an original way that film audiences have never seen before was a top priority. “Over the past 15 years, we have built the Marvel Cinematic Universe with so many characters and movies, and now we have the opportunity to introduce Peter Parker and the Spider-Man franchise into that universe for the first time,” says Feige. “It’s exciting because that’s how he truly was in the comics, from the very beginning – he didn’t enter the comics as the only hero; he entered a world in which Tony Stark, Captain America and the Avengers all were there. And now, for the first time, we get that in an entire film, which makes it fresh and new.”

Producer Amy Pascal speaks to the unprecedented collaboration. “This movie is a product of Sony and Marvel working closely together,” says Pascal. “It’s a Sony movie and a Marvel production. Everyone came together and decided if we can put Spider-Man back in the MCU, which he always was a part of in the comics, everybody wins – and the biggest winner is the fans, as they finally get to see what they’ve been waiting a long time to see.”

“Putting Spider-Man in the MCU is the best thing in the world for me as a storyteller,” says director Jon Watts, who takes the helm of Spider-Man: Homecoming. “Not only did they take care of the origin story and heavy lifting in Captain America: Civil War – which they did so economically and beautifully – we also didn’t have to spend any time explaining why this 16-year-old kid would come up with the idea of becoming a superhero. He’s grown up in the MCU; when Peter Parker was eight years old, he saw Tony Stark say ‘I am Iron Man’ on TV. So the idea of this being a world where superheroes exist means that we don’t have to spend any time addressing any of these issues. We just get right into the fun of it.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Sci-fi psychological horror ‘Flatliners’ launches poster with intriguing tagline

“You haven’t lived until you’ve died,” or so proclaims the intriguing tagline in the teaser poster of Columbia Pictures new suspense thriller Flatliners that’s just been released by the studio. The film stars Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton.

Check out the one-sheet art below and watch Flatliners soon in Philippine cinemas.

In the film, five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, from a screenplay by Ben Ripley, story by Peter Filardi.

Flatliners is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Cine Lokal celebrates Pride Month with comedy film ‘Slumber Party’

Relive the misadventures of three gay BFFs on their crazy sleepover fun in the Cinema One Originals riotous comedy film “Slumber Party” as it hits Cine Lokal until June 29.

Catch it in select SM Cinemas nationwide (SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Iloilo and SM Cebu) with the following schedule: 1:00PM, 3:30PM, 6:00PM, and 8:30PM.

The humorous flick is among the featured presentation of Cine Lokal in support to the LGBT Pride Month celebration this June. Cine Lokal is a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with SM Cinema aiming to give filmmakers a venue to showcase more entertaining yet relevant titles to the mainstream audience.

Set in 2010, the movie is about long-time friends on a sleepover vigil to watch a much-awaited international beauty pageant, and who are about to be challenged with their greatest adventure yet. Their supposed fun get-together changes when a male trespasser, a wannabe frat boy, sneaks into the house and opens up unforeseen pursuits.

Markki Stroem, RK Bagatsing, Archie Alemania, Sef Cadayona and Nino Muhlach star in this feel-good film written and directed by Emmanuel Dela Cruz.

WATCH: The Bellas go worldwide in first ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ trailer

Universal Pictures has just released the first trailer for the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 3, the upcoming sequel that reunites the Barden Bellas post-graduation. Watch the trailer below.

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Pitch Perfect 3 stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks.

Opening in Philippine cinemas in 2018, Pitch Perfect 3 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Cinema ’76 celebrates Pride Month with 11 Filipino LGBT movies at 150 pesos each

On June 23-29, celebrate Pride Month at Cinema ’76 with these 11 Filipino LGBT movies. Enjoy the screenings for just 150 pesos each.

  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo [R-16]
  • Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros by Auraeus Solito [PG]
  • Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa by Alvin Yapan [PG]
  • Bliss by Jerrold Tarog [R-18]
  • I’m Drunk, I Love You. by JP Habac [PG]
  • Jazz in Love by Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez
  • Kasal by Joselito Altarejos [R-16]
  • Ned’s Project by Lem Lorca [R-18]
  • Quick Change by Eduardo Roy Jr. [R-18]
  • Sunday Beauty Queen by Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez [G]
  • Unfriend by Joselito Altarejos [R-18]

– ANG HULING CHA-CHA NI ANITA by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo [R-16]
– I’M DRUNK, I LOVE YOU by JP Habac [PG]
– SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN [G] and JAZZ IN LOVE by Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez
– KASAL [R-16] and UNFRIEND [R-18] by Joselito Altarejos
– QUICK CHANGE by Eduardo Roy Jr. [R-18]
– NED’S PROJECT by Lem Lorca [R-18]
– BLISS by Jerrold Tarog [R-18]

Regular ticket price is 150 pesos. 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. While food and drinks are not allowed on the couches, they can be consumed by the bars at the back area of the cinema.

Screenings with Q&A with directors

On June 24, Saturday, meet directors Sigrid Andrea Bernardo and Jay Altarejos as they entertain questions from the audience every after screening. See schedule below.

Map to Cinema ’76 Film Society:

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact them at (02) 3981939.

Cara Delavigne, Dane DeHaan star in high-speed sci-fi action film ‘Valerian’

“Valerian” also known as “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is the visually captivating new movie from renowned film maker Luc Besson the legendary director of “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy” starring Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan as the unlikely duo tasked to protect the galaxy.

Set in the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHann) and Laureline (Cara Delavigne) are special operatives charged by the Minister of Defense with keeping order throughout the human territories. They are tasked with protecting the intergalactic planet Alpha who after years of prosperity is attacked by an unknown threat.

The movie is based on the groundbreaking French science fiction comic novels “Valerian and Laureline” written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. It was first published in 1967 and has since inspired a generation of writers, artists and film makers.

The film stars, Dane DeHann, Cara Delavigne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawk and Rihanna. It is also written and produced by Luc Besson.

“Valerian” opens July 21, 2017 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.