Bela Padilla, JC Santos-starrer ‘On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets’ to stream on Netflix

Bela Padilla and JC Santos will touch hearts once again when On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets starts streaming on Netflix on July 5.

After announcing a robust film slate for Independence Day in June, Netflix today announced that it will stream On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets starting July 5 in the Philippines. Netflix is continuing to build a home for Pinoy stories with this popular film from Viva Communications, joining other recently announced titles – Pinoy Sunday, Sunod, Lola Igna, Untrue, and Ordinary People.

On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets stars Bela Padilla, JC Santos, Matteo Guidicelli, and Kean Cipriano. It is written and directed by Irene Villamor. The film follows a washed-up actress and former child star Jane Pineda, who battles with love, chances and alcoholism as her career plummets to rock bottom.

“We, at Viva, are very proud of On Vodka, Beers and Regrets. The film tackles a sensitive topic with a clever and different blend of humor, romance and drama. It is part of Viva’s thrust for genre expansion and Netflix is the perfect partner being the pioneer in disrupting viewer habits and revolutionizing the art of storytelling,” said Vincent Del Rosario – President and COO, Viva Communications, Inc.

Director: Irene Villamor
Screenplay: Irene Villamor
Cast: Bela Padilla, JC Santos, Matteo Guidicelli, Kean Cipriano
Producers: Vicente G. del Rosario III, Veronique Del Rosario

These films follow the success of other Pinoy titles on Netflix, including Eerie, The Girl Allergic to Wi-Fi, and Miss Granny, which were among the top ten most popular titles in the Philippines in 2019, as well as the December 2019 release of Filipino Netflix Film Dead Kids by award-winning director Mikhail Red.

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WATCH: New anime film ‘A Whisker Away’ to stream on Netflix

Netflix announces the Japanese animation film A Whisker Away to launch globally on June 18, 2020.

From Sailor Moon director Junichi Satoh and Anohana writer Mari Okada, here comes A Whisker Away, an upcoming anime film about love, magic, and cats premiering this June 18, only on Netflix.

In A Whisker Away, Miyo Sasaki, nicknamed “Muge” meaning “infinitely mysterious,” has a bright personality and is full of energy at school and at home. She is also secretly in love with her classmate Kento Hinode. Miyo tries repeatedly to get Kento’s attention, but he takes no notice of her. She realizes that the only way to get close to him is to transform into a cat, but at some point, the boundary between herself and the cat becomes ambiguous, and she is forced to give up her life as a human.


A Whisker Away features the voices of Mirai Shida (the main cast of Ghibli’s “The Secret World of Arrietty”, cast of Ghibli’s “The Wind Rises”), Natsuki Hanae (main cast of “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” and “Tokyo Ghoul”), and Koichi Yamadera (main cast of “Ghost in the Shell).

It is under the helm of directors Junichi Satoh (“Sailor Moon”) and Tomotaka Shibayama, and written by Mari Okada (“Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”, “The Anthem of the Heart”) under Twin Engine Animation production: Studio Colorido.

Watch the trailer for the much awaited anime film A Whisker Away here:

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‘Élite’ Season 4 officially confirmed with returning cast members

It’s official, Élite will be back for a fourth season!

Streaming service giant Netflix has just announced through a YouTube video that the provocative teen drama Élite, set at a prestigious private school in Spain, is coming back.

The most important part of the video paves the way to show who’s coming back among the cast members. This is amidst the rumors about the show pushing a restart button, especially with some favorites exiting the Las Encinas prep school.

Given the teaser in the final episode of Season 3, the following will still be part of the cast: Miguel Bernardeau, Itzan Escamilla, Claudia Salas, Omar Ayuso, and Arón Piper as Guzmán, Samuel, Rebeca, and fan-favorite couple Omander respectively. Georgina Amorós will also return as Cayetana.

Netflix has long since released a video showcasing exiting cast members. Watch it here:

Filming of Élite Season 4 is much anticipated by the cast and crew and fans alike, but there’s no definite release date yet.

The first installment of the popular Spanish series aired in October 2018, the second premiered in September 2019, and the latest was released in March 2020.

What do you think will happen in Élite Season 4? Let’s find out very soon!

Netflix to stream ‘Pamilya Ordinaryo,’ new Filipino films

Netflix is building a home for Pinoy stories as five new Pinoy Films will be launch on the streaming servicx this June to celebrate Independence Day in the Philippines.

Manila, May 25, 2020 – Netflix today announced a new slate of beloved and critically-acclaimed Pinoy films across a variety of genres – from horror, comedy, to critically-acclaimed drama. Partnering with leading production studios, including Viva, ERJ Found Films, Black Cap Pictures and Changhe Films, the latest lineup opens Netflix members to a world of diverse storytelling from the Philippines.

We are constantly amazed by the creativity of storytellers and the quality of talent coming out of the Philippines,” said Raphael Phang, Manager of Content Acquisition at Netflix. “Filipinos are avid entertainment fans, so at Netflix we are committed to bringing the best stories locally and from around the world to our members here.

With the world’s inevitable shift to digital platforms for content, it is reassuring that Netflix gives us a showcase of Filipino titles for more audiences and markets to have access to,” said Liza Diño, Chairman and CEO of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). “Of the five films that Netflix will be releasing, at the FDCP we are especially excited about the inclusion of  ‘Lola Igna’, a heartwarming film from our very own Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino which won Best Picture, and the multi-awarded 2016 film ‘Pamilya Ordinaryo’ (‘Ordinary People’) which is one of our Cine Lokal hits when it screened in theaters and a winner in Venice Days of the Venice International Film Festival. This growing slate of Filipino content on Netflix is a true reflection of the diversity of what Philippine Cinema has to offer. And Netflix giving space to more Filipino films is an affirmation that the Philippines has the potential of globalizing its local market.”

These films follow the success of other Pinoy titles on Netflix, including Eerie, The Girl Allergic to Wi-Fi, and Miss Granny, as well as the December 2019 release of Filipino Netflix Film Dead Kids by award-winning director Mikhail Red.

“I feel very grateful as a filmmaker that my work has reached audiences all around the world thanks to Netflix,” said Director Mikhail Red. “It is my goal to use storytelling and genres to get my message across, entertain, and engage people at the same time. Netflix has granted me the perfect platform to connect with an audience anytime and anywhere. Even my older film, ‘Birdshot’, which has been on Netflix for three years is still getting fresh reactions online from viewers seeing it for the first time.”

The five Pinoy films coming to Netflix are listed below.

SUNOD (Black Cap Pictures Inc)

Synopsis: As the medical expenses for her daughter stack up, a mother takes a demanding call center job where the building’s sinister secrets begin to haunt her.

Director: Carlo Ledesma

Cast: Carmina Villarroel, Mylene Dizon, JC Santos, Kate Alejandrino, Krystal Brimner, Rhed Bustamante, Susan Africa

Release date: June 14, 2020

Quote from the Director: “Having Sunod screen theatrically during the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival was an incredible experience, and now I’m excited for the film to find a new audience online, especially on Netflix, which has the best streaming. Speaking on behalf of myself and my crew, we took great pains to make the movie look and sound good, so it’ll be a rush to see it stream in high quality.”

PINOY SUNDAY (Changhe Films Ltd)

Synopsis: Inspired by a 1958 Roman Polanski short, this lighthearted examination of modern life in Taipei follows two Filipino immigrants, Manuel and Dado, during their day off from work, when the chance discovery of a discarded couch leads to adventure.

Director: Widing Ho

Cast: Bayani Agbayani, Jeffrey Quizon, Nor Domingo, Dave Ronald Chang, Meryll Soriano, Alessandra de Rossi

Release date: June 5, 2020

Quote from the Director: “I never thought the feature debut I made ten years ago can have a second life and finally get shown to the Philippine audience, thanks to Netflix. It is a tremendous honor to have my second movie after ‘Cities of Last Things’ to be included on a platform which has done so much to promote filmmakers’ works from around the world to a global audience. I am lucky to be part of the family.

LOLA IGNA (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)

Synopsis: An elderly woman finds her life disrupted when her family and village realize she has a chance at a world record for being the oldest grandmother alive. (Lola Igna was awarded Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score and Best Actress at the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awards Night)

Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Angie Ferro, Yves Flores, Meryll Soriano, Maria Isabel Lopez, Royce Cabrera, Jojo Riguerra, Armando A. Reyes

Release date: June 18, 2020

Quote from the Director: “I felt flabbergasted when I got the news from Netflix that the team loved my film, not just one but two of my films. I’m personally thankful to Netflix for introducing ‘Lola Igna’ and ‘Ordinary People’, to a larger audience, not only in the Philippines, but to the whole world. Now my films can be easily accessible anytime, and anywhere around the world.”

UNTRUE (Viva Communications, Inc.)

Synopsis: Mara moves from the Philippines to the country of Georgia, where she meets a mysterious man, Joachim. They develop feelings for one another, until Joachim claims to hear peculiar sounds and see visions of a strange woman. 

Director: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo

Cast: Cristine Reyes, Xian Lim

Release date: June 22, 2020

ORDINARY PEOPLE (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)

Synopsis: Barely making a living as pickpockets, a teenage couple in Manila resort to desperate measures when their one-month-old child is kidnapped. (Ordinary People was awarded Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actress, Best Director at the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, as well as Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and FAP Awards)

Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Killip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Moira Lang, Karl Medina, Erlinda Villalobos, Menggie Cobarrubias

Release date: To be announced

To make this Independence Day even more special, Jo Koy: In His Elements, will premiere globally on Netflix on June 12, 2020. For the first time ever, comedian Jo Koy takes Netflix to the Philippines in his new special, Jo Koy: In His Elements.  Koy celebrates his heritage by telling jokes about life as a Filipino-American while highlighting the culture of Manila. Koy uses this opportunity to shine a light on other Filipino-American performers by welcoming to the stage famed breakdancer Ronnie, Grammy-winning producer !llmind, singer/songwriter Iñigo Pascual, and comedians Andrew Lopez, Joey Guila, and Andrew Orolfo.

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‘The Umbrella Academy’ to return for Season 2 this July 31

On October 1, 1989, seven extraordinary humans were born. On July 31, 2020, they return.

Netflix has just announced today the release date for The Umbrella Academy Season 2. The much-awaited continuation of the hit superhero series premieres on July 31, only on Netflix. There will be 10 one-hour episodes for this new release.

The cast set to reprise their roles include Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin H. Min. 

Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will return as Showrunner and Executive Producer.

Executive Producers also set to return alongside Blackman include Jeff F. King (EP), Mike Richardson (EP), Keith Goldberg (EP), Gerard Way (Co-EP), and Gabriel Bá (Co-EP).

The season two order is uproduced by UCP (Universal Content Productions) for Netflix.

About THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Season 1

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. Now, the six surviving members reunite upon the news of their father’s passing and must work together to solve a mystery surrounding his death. But the estranged family begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.

The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The show is produced by Universal Content Productions for Netflix, with Steve Blackman serving as executive producer and showrunner, and additional EPs Jeff F. King, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Gerard Way, and Gabriel Bá.

About Netflix

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‘Avatar’ reveals lead stars for two sequels in new set photo

Anyone excited for the sequels to the box-office hit Avatar?

A brand new photo was shared on Twitter by Avatar’s official account, featuring returning lead stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, along with new cast members Kate Winslet and Cliff Curtis. Check out the behind-the-scenes photo where they take a break from shooting an underwater performance capture.

Reprising their roles in the much-awaited sequels to James Cameron’s epic science fiction film are Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Jooel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald, and Sigourney Weaver. New members are Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement, and Oona Chalip.

Filming of the first two sequels began on September 25, 2017.

Avatar 2 will be released on December 17, 2021 (instead of the earlier-announced December 18, 2020).

Avatar 3 is slated on December 22, 2023 (originally December 17, 2021).

James Cameron earlier noted that Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 will only become possible if the first two sequels become a hit in terms of box office success.

If so, Avatar 4 will drop on December 19, 2025 (from December 20, 2024).

Avatar 5 is then set for release on December 17, 2027 (from December 19, 2025).

Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Snowpiercer’ is now a series on Netflix!

It’s going to be one hell of a ride. Snowpiercer leaves the station May 25 on Netflix.

The 2013 science fiction action film, Snowpiercer, from Oscar® winner Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) is now a series on the online streaming giant Netflix! Also based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, the Snowpiercer series star Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Grammy®  and Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish).

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation.

The series also stars Alison Wright (The Americans), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha, Battle of the Sexes), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders, The Zookeeper’s Wife), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories) , Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (Narcos), Sheila Vand (Argo) and Jaylin Fletcher (Saturday Church).

It is a production of Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein (Cowboy Bebop, Hanna) and Becky Clements (One Piece, Last Man Standing).

Award-winning writer and producer Graeme Manson (Orphan Black) is the showrunner and also serves as executive producer along with Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange), Matthew O’Connor (Continuum, Tin Man) and the original film’s producers Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.

James Hawes serves as director and executive producer. 

A total of 10 episodes will be released this year, premiering every Monday, 3:00 PM Philippine time. Episodes 1 and 2 will be available on May 25 and then weekly from June 1.

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Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin desert-bound in new ‘Dune’ image

Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides is mesmerised by the desert in a newly released image from Warner Bros.’ epic adventure “Dune,” in Philippine cinemas January 2021.

The new photo shows Paul (Chalamet) and his weapons teacher Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin) in an ornithopter as it goes airborne.

Director Denis Villeneuve provided some insights on the new image, sharing, “It’s Paul’s first contact with the deep desert, where he’s mesmerised by it. He has a strange feeling of being home. There’s a lot of action at this specific moment, and [it’s] one of the scenes in the movie that I’m starting to get pretty proud of.”

About “Dune”

Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

The film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Oscar nominee Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, with Jason Momoa, and Oscar winner Javier Bardem.  

Villeneuve directed “Dune” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert.  Villeneuve also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr.  The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert.

“Dune” was filmed on location in Hungary and Jordan.  The film is slated for a January 2021 release in the Philippines from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary.

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WATCH: Hollywood star Cory Kays chooses prettiest Filipina actresses

Isn’t it interesting to know how a Hollywood artist sees the beauty of our own Filipina actresses? Watch how multi-awarded actor Cory Kays was put on the spot by Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco during an exclusive interview on his first time in the Philippines. His reactions to Filipinas are gold!

On location in Manila for the pre-production of his upcoming sports drama/romance film ‘Titleholder,’ Kays got to choose among Kathryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre, Liza Soberano, Erich Gonzales, Lovi Poe, Jennylyn Mercado, Marian Rivera, and Maine Mendoza. Find out who got to be their respective “titleholders” in the special video below.

Cory Kays is in collaboration with Filipino-American director and producer Danny Aguilar, who is based in Dallas but was born and raised in Pangasinan. Kays, on another hand, has performed leading roles in 12 featured films and has appeared in various television shows and commercials. Despite his young career, he has already received accolades including Best Lead Actor, Best Hero, and Best Villain. He is from Nixa, Missouri.

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For the film ‘Titleholder,’ he plays the lead role of a street-tough American boxer who travels to the Philippines to enhance his skills—and unexpectedly falls in love with an aspiring beauty queen.

Synopsis:

Blanco, a street-tough American boxer, contently makes his living as a journeyman fighting in rundown bars, gymnasiums, and small convention centers. Tired of seeing him battered for little to no money, his best friend Alvin asks what he is  fighting for – a question Blanco is unable to answer. Alvin encourages Blanco to relocate to the Philippines in order to train under to the tutelage of Benjie, the pupil of Alvin’s late grandfather. Initially resistant to the idea, Blanco embarks on a journey into the Philippines which begins with a standoff against a confrontational cock-fighting rooster. He is then thrust into Filipino culture by Benjie and Alvin’s grandmother, Victoria. Benjie arranges for Blanco to be an honorary foreign judge at a local beauty pageant where he awkwardly meets Luzviminda, an aspiring beauty queen. The two begin an unlikely friendship budding into romance. Blanco and Luzviminda find themselves on the same path to redemption leading to a coveted beauty pageant and a hostile boxing showdown with current champion, Magtanggol. Two titles are on the line as Blanco begins to learn what he’s fighting for.

Stay updated with ‘Titleholder’ through the following profiles:

  • Facebook: @TitleholderMovie
  • Twitter: @TitleholderFilm
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Director’s Statement:

Danny Aguilar
Director/Producer
Email: daguilar@carpediempictures.com
Website: www.titleholdermovie.com

Diversity in Hollywood still has a long way to go, especially in representing a subsection of the Asian-American community – Filipino Americans. Although the representation of Asian-Americans is still a work in progress, the success of the movie “Parasite” as the first foreign language film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture signifies that diversity is in demand and has proven films with subtitles and local language content have appeal.

I was involved in the conceptualization and story development of Titleholder, a sports drama mixed with romance and a cross-cultural flare. Titleholder highlights the most popular past times in the Philippines: boxing, beauty pageants, basketball and karaoke.

As a storyteller, nothing is more compelling and authentic for me than telling stories that hit home. Titleholder is very personal to me because it represents my whole being: heritage, culture, family, people and the Philippines. I cannot think of a better way to showcase my heritage than in the form of a motion picture.

I immigrated to the United States from the Philippines three decades ago. The transition of becoming acclimated to and fully assimilating in American culture and society scared me. It was quite a struggle, but as time passed, I found my way and built my family. I now call this adopted country my home. It is through these experiences that I relate to this story.

In many ways, my journey is similar to the journey of our protagonist. Blanco, a street-tough American boxer, travels to the Philippines to train and in the process learns what he’s fighting for as he unexpectedly falls in love with an aspiring beauty queen.

In directing this movie, I’ve been privileged to show the Philippines through my eyes and through the eyes of Blanco, so the audience can experience how he navigates this new-found place and adopted family. Blanco’s courage, determination and resilience are bound to strike a chord as people can appreciate and relate to his struggles and his outlook on life.

Each of us is a Titleholder, much like a boxer or a beauty queen, but in different capacities. Just like our tag line “Everyone needs something to fight for,” everyone has a mission, advocacy or life’s purpose. It is my goal to put the Philippines on the proverbial Hollywood map and for people all over the world to recognize that the Philippines has more to offer than gorgeous beaches, warm hospitality, close family ties and delicious cuisine.

Teen actress Christine Lim extends help amid lockdown through own savings, donations

AsterisK talent Christine Lim, 18, is among the celebrities who’ve been showing empathy towards their fellow Filipinos, especially the frontliners, through initiating their own donation drives following the enhanced community quarantine on March 17, 2020.

Tine, as how she’s fondly called by family and friends, put her digital platform into good use by launching “Lingap-BAYANi,” a “fundraising activity which gives utmost recognition and support to our BAYANi-healthworkers and frontlines” in Capas, Tarlac, where her father Reynaldo Catacutan was elected town mayor.

Like what the word “Lingap” stands for, Christine wants to extend protective care to her hometown through continuously paying back “our frontliners in giving their utmost effort in maintaining peace and order and of most especially, in protecting and helping us surpass this crisis.”

Inspired by her father Mayor Reynaldo who’s very dynamic in handling the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, Christine, with her own savings amounting to PHP 200,000 and donations from family and friends, was able to pull off the first wave of her gift-giving last April 13.

Aside from food packs, her relief initiative covers PPEs including isolation gowns, N95 and surgical masks, alcohol, shoe covers, Hazmat suits, safety goggles, and surgical gloves. 

A day after, the actress-performer appealed for donations on her Instagram feed as she launches new donation drive called “Lingap Batang Capaseños,” saying, “a lot of people expressed their need for milk products for their children. With that, I considered this as another opportunity from our Almighty God to help our batang Capaseños in Capas, Tarlac.” 

Urging everyone to do their part, she said, “Let us be proactive members of our society.”

GIVING BACK. Considering herself very blessed with her family and career ever since, Christine isn’t new to doing donation drives in their town. Her compassion to serve is one trait that she gratefully owes and shares with her father. 

Seeing her father’s proactive leadership in Capas inspired her in so many ways.

“I really admire my Papa, especially in dedicating his life to serve the Capaseños. I learned a lot from him, from having compassion, having intelligent discernment, 

sacrificing for the betterment of everyone, up to being fair, and many more. But on top of the list, what I love about my Papa’s leadership, is he puts his heart for the service towards his fellowmen. Kapag nilagyan mo kasi ng puso ang serbisyo, hindi ka nalang makikita ng mga Capaseño bilang isang mayor. They will definitely perceive you as their father, a father who is after the betterment of its fellowmen.” 

In fact, instead of having a grand celebration on her 15th birthday, she opted to spend the day feeding the aeta families of Sitio Tarukan in her hometown.

Since then, spearheading charity events became a yearly affair, which of course is well-supported by her father and the rest of the family. 

“My principle in life is that, service to humanity is the best work of life. Always remember, if we have ways to help, do not think twice or thrice, just wholeheartedly extend our arms and help other people. No matter what age, what socio-economic status, and what situation we are dealing with, always help the needy. It is where we could feel genuine happiness.”

With her wits and undeniable heart for the poor, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if she’ll pursue a career in politics soon. 

MY EXTRAORDINARY. The Tarlac beauty will soon be starring in a TV series titled “My Extraordinary” alongside Enzo Santiago, Darwin Yu, Kamille Filoteo, Karissa Toliongco, EJ Coronel, and Sam Cafranca.

Christine will be playing the role of Abby. Hinting on her character, she said, “Because of Abby’s past, her family became over protective to the point that she didn’t enjoy her childhood life.”

Produced by AsterisK Digital Entertainment, “My Extraordinary” will be shown on TV5.

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