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‘Mulat,’ a revelation in form and content

Of all the things going for Diane Ventura’s first feature-length film “Mulat (Awaken),” it is the genre-bending narrative style and the excellent performances of its actors that take it to the highest level. Jake Cuenca (who plays the role of the “better man” but tamer Jake) and Ryan Eigenmann (who plays the dynamite character Vince being the torturer in his relationship) are both very effective in their performances. We may have seen them mostly in more commercially-inclined projects before, but “Mulat” gives us a different perspective on their innate acting abilities and convinces us that, indeed, they are two of the best actors of their generation. Newcomer Loren Burgos, who is introducing in this film as the impassioned and truly disturbed Sam, shows off equal doses of forcefulness and vulnerability and was …

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Cesar to Sunshine on alleged new boyfriend: Best wishes

When news broke that Sunshine Cruz is now allegedly romantically involved with another man, many were curious what her estranged husband Cesar Montano may have to say about it. Like the gentleman that he is, Buboy texted us, “I feel more relieved when a friend told me about it. Sana nga, ito na ang chance niya to be really happy,” he told me through text message. Buboy added he only has the very best wishes for Sunshine in this new chapter in her life. We candidly asked Buboy if the idea of getting married again is something that he entertains? He quipped in his usual comic way, “Wala akong plano. “Magpapa-cute nalang ako nang magpapa-cute.” • • • Biggest tribute event Nine years ago, a small group of like-minded PLDT executives banded together over coffee for …

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Ai-Ai brings tears of joy, fun and music to OFWs in South Korea

The recent performance of Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas in South Korea proved to us just how much she remains well-loved by our kababayans anywhere in the world. We witnessed an outpouring of love and adulation for Ai-Ai at the “Handog Ng Pyesta At Saya” tribute show for the OFWs a few days ago at the Seongbukdong Cultural Center Auditorium of the Hansung University in Seoul, South Korea. Ai-Ai’s avid fans were shrieking, shaking and crying with sheer joy upon seeing their idol up close and personal. She was most accommodating to them, obliging for pictures and autographs and accepting their wholehearted offers of flowers and hugs and love. We have known Ai-Ai for some time now and the person we know behind the curtains from the first day we met remains the …

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Ricky Lee to hold writing workshop in New York

Multi-awarded and critically acclaimed scriptwriter Ricky Lee is this year’s recipient of the International Film Festival Manhattan’s (IFFM) Lifetime Achievement Award for his excellent contribution to cinema.  Ricky’s career spans almost 200 films, a citation from CNN as Asia Viewer’s Choice Award for “Himala” and “Insiang” as featured films at the Cannes Film Festival.  In line with this, IMFF will bring Ricky to New York City for collaborative projects. At the same time, he will share writing tips, techniques and his very own experiences with select participants in workshops set for Oct. 17 to 19 at the Producer’s Club, 358 West 44th St, New York City.  To those who wish to participate may send their inquiries to this email address LuisPedron@gmail.com.  • • •  Debut album  It’s easy to dismiss 13-year-old Kyle Echarri as just another …

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Former Urbandub vocalist Gabby Alipe goes solo

Gabby Alipe, vocalist and main songwriter of Urbandub, has released “Visions,” his debut single as solo artist. It is the teaser track off “A New Strain,” his upcoming EP under MCA Music. “‘Visions’ is all about having a positive mindset in life,” Alipe explained. “That no matter what struggles you may face, as long as you have a clear vision of your goals that a person has to work hard in achieving that goal, no matter the hindrance or road blocks…everything will fall into place, all in good time. A person can achieve anything in life as long as they believe in themselves and not let fear have control over them.” MCA Music signed Alipe as a solo artist after Urbandub members went their separate ways in 2015. “I’ve had a very good …

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Excellence is Rhian’s middle name

Since playing leading lady to Richard Gutierrez on GMA’s “Captain Barbell,” Rhian Ramos has done other roles that saw her evolve into a fine, multi-awarded actress. She is currently wowing audiences with her engaging portrayal of Clara on the TV remake of the hit movie, “Sinungaling Mong Puso.” Rhian is also into car racing. Surprisingly, when she started, she didn’t even know how to drive, much less operate a stick shift, but she pushed on. To her credit, Rhian already has nine awards from the Philippines Motorsports Championship and the PhilMiniRacers Classic Mini Racing (which includes a first runner-up trophy in the Classic Mini Expert B Class Category- leg 4 she earned just last August). The actress’ love for the sport paved the way for her Shell V Power and Shell Helix …

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‘TheRapist’ trailer disapproved for public exhibition

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has disapproved the public exhibition of the trailer of the short film “TheRapist.” The award-winning short directed by Diane Ventura and starring veteran actress Cherie Gil was earmarked for commercial release on Nov. 2, alongside Diane’s first full-length feature film “Mulat (Awaken)” starring Jake Cuenca, Ryan Eigenmann, and newcomer Loren Burgos. In a letter sent to Solar Films, the local distributor of both films, MTRCB chief Eugenio “Toto” Villareal ruled the trailer “not for public exhibition” citing “language and scenes depicting sexual activity” as reason. Diane defended her film, telling us, “I understand how this movie could be misconstrued as condoning the vile act of rape. But in this film, I’m not talking about the jump-out-of-the-bushes assault of a helpless victim. I’m talking about …

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Friendships forged

Someone once said, “Find a job you love and you never have to work a day in your life.” This might be true for balladeer Michael Pangilinan, actor and dancer Edgar Allan Guzman, heartthrob Marco Gumabao and stunning Bb. Pilipinas-Universe MJ Lastimosa who were tapped by Smart Bro three months ago to do some “serious work” visiting key cities nationwide to introduce the Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Olongapo and Manila. Dubbed the Smart BroKada road trip, it helped forge a bond so strong between these celebrities that “work” actually became “play” for them. Today, the BroKada has grown bigger and more fun with the addition of Sam Concepcion and the launch of the SmartBro Bus via an elaborate event at the Tipsy Pig in Capitol Commons, …

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PhilPop 2016 winners celebrate with MVP

PhilPop Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) met with winners of the PhilPop 2016 at his Meralco office in Pasig City last Aug 15. Although the day was generally cloudy, the occasion was joyous as it marked the celebration of outstanding Filipino musical talents as embodied by the winners of the premier music competition. The winners also received their respective cash prizes that afternoon. Everyone in the room was grinning from ear to ear as MVP, assisted by PhilPop President Ricky P. Vargas, PhilPop Vice President Patrick C. Gregorio, and PhilPop Board Member Roy Agustin K. Evalle, handed out to grand prize winners Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolala the P1 million check for their song “Di Na Muli.” The winning song was interpreted by Nicolas’ band, Itchyworms, represented that afternoon by Kelvin …

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Armin returns

After the huge success of “Armin Only Intense Manila,” world renowned DJ Armin Van Buuren will return to the country on Nov. 25 for his concert “Armin Only Embrace” at the Mall Of Asia Arena. The 5-hour long experience will allow the five-time No.1 DJ to share an experience like no other to Filipino fans. He will end the night with a special vinyl hour. Armin said, “A show like this has never been done before.” “This is the first time people will experience such a unique trance event. You can compare it with a large scale rock show.” “Armin Only Embrace” focuses on Armin’s sixth and most recent studio album “Embrace.” The show will also feature artists and bands like Kensington, Mr. Probz, Eric Vloeimans and Cimo Fränkel. “Armin Only Embrace” is presented by …

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