Yabang Pinoy launches second Philippine Cinema Sessions Sept 9-10

Being open entails a lot of meanings. It can be a doorway, a passage, or it may mean transparent. Cinema, as we know, stems from ordinary stories of daily lives in different faces. These representations may be formulaic or experimental, streamlined or self-expressed. And we must look at films with eyes open.

PHILIPPINE CINEMA SESSIONS is a two-day session which lets the participants have the opportunity to grasp the ideas, techniques and processes of filmmaking from the so-called experts in today’s generation of Philippine Cinema. Furthermore, the two-day session digs deeper on the relevance and importance of film in relation to Nationalism and Filipino-Pride by showing concrete manifestations through some of the masterpieces of the speakers.

Last year, Yabang Pinoy brought forth issues that raised awareness on the current situation of Philippine Cinema, as discussed by distinguished speakers such as Kanakan Balintagos (Director, “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros”, “Esprit De Corps”), Alvin Yapan (Writer and Director, “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”, “Oro”), Adolf Alix, Jr. (Director, “Padre de Familia”, “4 Days”), Petersen Vargas (Director, “2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten”), Oggs Cruz (Film Critic), Gino M. Santos (Director, “#Y”, “Ex With Benefits”), Sandino Martin (Actor, “Esprit De Corps”, “Ringgo The Dog Shooter”), Paul Soriano (Director and Producer, “Thelma”, “Dukot”), and Perci Intalan (Director and Producer, “Dementia”).

With the theme “The Art of Openness”, Yabang Pinoy will deepdive on different topics that causes ruckus and tremor among filmmakers and audiences which will be explained by this year’s line-up of speakers. As part of Yabang Pinoy’s homegrown project called Rated YP, Philippine Cinema Sessions is positioned to make the participants more aware of the present situation of the industry so that they choose filmmaking as their life mission, to become active audiences in nation-building, and to see quality films in the future. As this project will dwell more on motivating artists and fanatics alike, participants are expected to become more resolute on filmmaking not just as a form of self-expression, but more so, a parcel of their life and an extension of their identity as individuals and as a Filipino.

This event will be on September 9-10, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday), 12:00nn to 8:00pm, at The Globe Tower in Taguig City. Registration fee is Php 1,995.00 which includes Workshop Fee, Participation Kit, Food and Beverage, Certiificate and Other Freebies.

To register online, you may sign-up through this link: http://bit.ly/2sNdZjT

For bank deposit and fund transfer, you may refer to these details:
Children’s Environmental Awareness and Action Foundation
Bank of the Philippine Islands

For more information, visit our website at http://www.yabangpinoy.com or you may call or text 09164233214 or e-mail yabangpinoy@gmail.com with the subject “2nd PH Cinema Session”.


‘Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino’ to hold free ‘Pista at the Park’ on Aug 13 at Luneta

In line with the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, a one-week long exclusive screening of Filipino films in all theaters nationwide, the Film Development Council of the Philippines is kicking be kicking it off with a one-day Pista at the Park on August 13, 2017, Sunday at the Rizal Park in Manila. It will be a celebration of our country’s fiesta culture, as well as showcase of the PPP films. This is open to the public with free admission.

Pista at the Park will be a fun and festive day of food, games, and performances from the country’s biggest and brightest stars featured in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino films and cultural performers. Starting at 9 AM, the public may start enjoying the festivities and activities, from baybayin writing and henna tattoo sessions, chalk art painting, kite making and flying, to demos on animation. The public will also get to see performances from cultural performers from the Sindaw Philippine Performing Arts Guild, Banda Kawayan Pilipinas, Higantes, Ati-Atihan, and IMusicAppela.

The Sunday fun day Pista at the Park will not be complete without fiesta games that we have all grown to love, including kadang kadang, patintero, luksong baka, sack race, and tug of war, among others. To amp up the festivities, the afternoon will feature a motorcade of the PPP films and stars from Liwasang Bonifacio ending at the Burnhan open field where the audience will get to interact and play games with the stars.

With these and more, everyone is invited to spend August 13 with the FDCP family and the PPP films, cast, and crew.

The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is a one-week exclusive screening of Filipino films in ALL theaters nationwide from August 16-22, 2017. The PPP and Pista at the Park event is in partnership with the National Youth Commission, National Parks Development Committee, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, MTRCB, PCOO, Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Philippine National Police, Department of Public Works and Highways, and ULAP, supported by Baga Manila, Eqube, JCE Inflatables, Coffeeology Manila, Jollibee, Globe Telecom, Sip Water, Vikings, Optima Digital, WhiteSpace. Inc., and Sequoia Hotel.

Call for entries for Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines

The online entertainment platform Viddsee launched a filmmaker program with its first efforts through a filmmaker community initiative, Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines.

With a growing Filipino audience and an expanding network of creative content producers from the Philippines, the Viddsee Juree Awards aims to bridge the gap between digital filmmaking and distribution by working closely with local film communities.

The initiative is supported by The Film Development Council of the Philippines.

“Offline events are a big deal for us, as a digital-first platform. Launching this filmmaker program in the Philippines is even a bigger deal, having witnessed a wellspring of creativity in the Philippines. We hope to help the creative community grow, and also hope to create content together eventually,” says Viddsee co-founder Ho Jia Jian.

“Viddsee has been an excellent addition to the platforms available to our Filipino filmmakers where we can showcase a rich and diverse set of content representing our thriving cinema scene,” says Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra.

The Viddsee Juree Awards activities kick off with a roadshow in multiple cities and locations, including the University of the Philippines Film Institute and the Far Eastern University.

The top two entries chosen by an international jury panel will win production equipment including a cinema camera sponsored by Blackmagic and a 5-day Film Immersion Course in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association. The jury panel comprises of Loïc Valceschini, festival programmer of Neuchâtel Int’l Fantastic Film Fest & Locarno’s Semaine de la Critique, Marcus Manh, Vietnamese film producer & founder of YxineFF and Antoinette Jadaone, Filipino film director.

Winners will be announced at a live event on November 25, 2017 in Manila. The closing date for submissions is September 14. For more information, visit https://www.viddsee.com/submit/juree/philippines.

About Viddsee Juree Awards

Viddsee Juree Awards is an initiative celebrating the entertainment industry’s picks of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary and animation. In this second edition of Viddsee Juree Awards, stories are picked from the brightest talents and upcoming filmmakers in the Philippines to be watched and judged by a panel of international judges. Each short film shortlisted for the competition will be watched by millions online and selected for film screenings around various cities in the Philippines. Juree is part of Viddsee’s commitment to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.

About Viddsee

Founded in 2013, Viddsee is an online entertainment and technology platform that drives distribution and marketing of short movies. Its unique stories have generated over 1 billion views through Viddsee’s mobile applications and platforms with its proprietary marketing insight of targeted communities and content. With the vision of building an ecosystem for creators and audience, Viddsee empowers storytellers to tell their very own local stories that resonate with a global audience. Visit http://www.viddsee.com to find out more.

About Film Development Council of the Philippines

Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is an agency under the Office of the President mandated to promote and support the development and growth of the Philippine film Industry and currently under the leadership of Chairperson Liza Diño. FDCP’s goal is to create a thriving and self-sustaining Filipino film industry that contributes to the cultural and economic development of the country.

Life-sized Lightning McQueen model from ‘Cars 3’ now on display at SM North EDSA

Former professional car racing champion and popular actor Matteo Guidicelli led the highly anticipated unveiling of the life-sized Lightning McQueen model during the Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3” Mall Event launch at SM North EDSA The Block yesterday.

Fans and families came in droves to witness the big-reveal of everyone’s favorite Piston Cup champ that is now on full display at The Block Atrium.

“The `Cars’ film series of Disney and Pixar is close to my heart, and Lightning McQueen is definitely one of my most favorite characters that I can relate to due to our similar experiece as a racer,” Guidicelli said prior to the unveiling. “And I’m excited for everyone to see `Cars 3!’ It’s very entertaining, with lots of lessons to take home.”

The “Cars 3” Mall Event is a joint project by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines) and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SM-LEI) in celebration of the theatrical release of “Cars 3” in the Philippines on July 26, 2017.

The public is invited to visit the display, have their photos taken with Lightning McQueen and share the experience through social media by using the hashtags #Cars3 and #JoinTheRacePH.

The mall event also features fun activity areas where families and kids can play with and purchase the latest “Cars 3” toys from Mattel.

Shoppers can also browse around the cool retail booths that carry the best of “Cars 3” merchandise.

Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 3” cruises into cinemas on July 26, 2017. #Cars3 #JointheRacePH

SM, Disney to launch ‘Cars 3’ mall event at SM North EDSA on July 19

Racers, start your engines and rev up for a rare treat as The Walt Disney Company (Philippines) and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SM-LEI) launch the “Cars 3” Mall Event at The Block Atrium on Wednesday, July 19.

In celebration of the theatrical release of “Cars 3” on July 26, Disney and SM will provide mall-goers a taste of life in the fast lane, as they unveil a life-sized Lightning McQueen model, to be the centerpiece of the mall event.

Former professional car racing champion and now popular actor Matteo Guidicelli will lead the ceremonial unveiling of everyone’s favorite Piston Cup champ on July 19 at 4PM at The Block Atrium.

Fans and the public are invited to witness the momentous event and share the experience through social media by using the hashtags #Cars3 and #JoinTheRacePH.

The mall event will also feature fun activity areas where families and kids can play with and purchase the latest “Cars 3” toys from Mattel.

Shoppers can also browse around the cool retail booths that carry the best of “Cars 3” merchandise.

The mall event will be open to the public.

About “Cars 3”

It has been more than ten years since the first “Cars” film was released, but Lightning McQueen remains an iconic character today. 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.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. Suddenly, he finds his dominance in the sport, as well as the confidence that got him there–threatened by younger, faster cars. Determined to get back into pole position, #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.

“Cars 3” features Owen Wilson (“Shanghai Noon”) as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Cristela Alonzo (“The Angry Birds Movie”) voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, who tries to help Lightning 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.

Directed by Brian Fee, produced by Kevin Reher and co-produced by Andrea Warren, “Cars 3” is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise.

Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 3” cruises into cinemas on July 26, 2017. #Cars3 #JointheRacePH

Official Spider-Man character from US to meet & greet PH fans June 10-11

Your friendly neighborhood hero Spider-Man is coming to Manila – live in person!

Columbia Pictures has just announced today that the official Spider-Man character will be in town this Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, to make live public appearances and engage with fans.

It will be a weekend of pure Spider-Man mania as fans will have rare opportunity to take photos and have selfies with their web-slinging hero.

First, Spider-Man will drop by the ABS-CBN studios in Quezon City on June 10 for a live TV guesting in the hit noontime program, It’s Showtime.

Right after, Spider-Man will be at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall in the afternoon for a Meet and Greet with fans.

Then on Sunday afternoon, June 11, Spider-Man will swing to Gateway Mall in Araneta Center for another Meet and Greet session.

The Spider-Man character visit is in conjunction with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming which opens in Philippine cinemas on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter 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.

Directed by Jon Watts and produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, the screenplay is by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. Screen story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

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

Experience fan-focused ‘Alien: Covenant’ activities on ‘Alien Day’ at Trinoma cinema

In anticipation of the year’s most terrifying film by Ridley Scott “Alien: Covenant” that will open on May 10 in Phils. cinemas, fans and enthusiasts are in for a treat dubbed as “Alien Day” on April 26 as the groundbreaking franchise offers 24 hours of fan-focused activities worldwide.

“Alien Day” on April 26 is a nod to planet LV-426 from the iconic Alien films, as the countdown continues for the highly anticipated new chapter in Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi thriller, “Alien: Covenant,” releasing in theaters worldwide beginning May 10. Cast members from “Alien: Covenant” will join fan-focused festivities including a live streaming event, an interactive trivia challenge, worldwide screenings, all-new product launches, special reveals and more.

The worldwide Alien Day fan activities include livestreaming event at Fox Studios in Los Angeles on all Alien social channels and on the newly launched ALIEN Universe Hub (www.AlienUniverse.com), fans can interact with the cast via a question and answer session as well as view multiple behind-the-scenes segments highlighting the making of “Alien: Covenant” and for the hardcore nerds there’s the “MU/TH/UR of all ALIEN Trivia Challenges” – available for only 24 hours on http://www.AlienUniverse.com, Fox will unveil a new quiz every 4 hours and 26 minutes.

On the local scene, in Metro Manila, experience the alien in you in the “Alien: Covenant” Utero, a photo exhibit at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Trinoma Cinema lobby wherein one can experience firsthand via VR (virtual reality) being borne as an alien starting April 26, Wednesday (7:00pm). Early birds will also get a chance to take home a limited collectible “Alien: Covenant” poster at the kick-off of Alien Day in Trinoma Cinema.

This is something you have never seen and experienced before! Step into the “Alien: Covenant” VR experience at Trinoma where participants will be immersed into a living nightmare and offer an experience that will feel like the first memory of an alien neomorph at the time of its birth. The virtual reality puts you in the first person’s POV (point-of-view) as if you were a neomorph fetus being borne and ends up bursting from a person’s back. Experience it all – visual and auditory as the “Alien: Covenant” Utero brings you a womb-like environment created with extreme level of detail and realism.

“Alien: Covenant” is set ten years after the events depicted in Ridley Scott’s 2012 hit “Prometheus.” Now, “Alien: Covenant” returns to the roots of the director’s groundbreaking saga with a uniquely terrifying tale filled with white-knuckle adventure and monstrous new creatures. With this, the sixth installment in the blockbuster series, the visionary director edges ever closer toward revealing the mysterious origins of the mother of all aliens, the lethal Xenomorph from the original film.

Brace for inescapable terror when “Alien: Covenant” opens in Philippine cinemas on May 10, 2017 – from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.

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 https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph.

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.

An army of Spider-Men invades ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailer launch

Actor Tom Holland and an army of Spider-Men invade Hollywood to debut the first trailer of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

(Watch the trailer below and catch Spider-Man: Homecoming when it opens in Philippine cinemas on July 2017.)

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter 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.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.

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

Author, stars up close for novel-to-movie ‘Fallen’ at Ayala Malls Cinemas

Ayala Malls Cinemas’ recently concluded young adult event in line with the release of the book-to-movie “Fallen” gave the local audience and book fans a chance to meet the author and the stars up close.

Dubbed as “Fallenatics,” the Pinoy fans of the book supported both Ayala Malls Cinemas events where the author and the actors gamely answered their questions, signed books and posters and gamely posed for photos with their fans.

From the Meet and Greet event last November 9 at Glorietta 5 hosted by local celebrity Iya Villania, Lauren Kate and Harrison Gilbertson engaged in a series of Q&A with the members of the local press, fans of the book and lucky shoppers of Ayala Malls. The movie’s lead actress Addison Timlin, following her arrival in the country, joined Kate and Gilbertson at the red carpet premiere of “Fallen” at Glorietta 4 cinemas where fans once again were treated to another opportunity to take photos with the author and the actors.

Now showing nationwide at all Ayala Malls Cinemas, “Fallen” tells of the eternal love of an angel and a young woman. Based on the worldwide bestselling book series, “Fallen” is seen through the eyes of Lucinda “Luce” Price (Timlin), a strong-willed seventeen-year-old living a seemingly ordinary life until she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Sent off to the imposing Sword & Cross reform school, Luce finds herself being courted by two young men, Daniel (Jeremy Irvine) and Cam (Harrison Gilbertson) to whom she feels oddly connected. Isolated and haunted by strange visions, Luce begins to unravel the secrets of her past and discovers the two men are fallen angels, competing for her love for centuries. Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting Heaven against Hell in an epic battle over true love.

Catch the “Fallen” feels at all Ayala Malls Cinemas and check www.sureseats.com to reserve and buy tickets in advance.