18th French Film Festival


The season for French cinema in the Philippines has arrived!

Presented by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, the Alliance française de Manille and Institut Français, under the French cultural program, FrancoPhil, the annual French Film Festival opens to the public from June 7 to 9, 2013 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City. Read more.


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Events, music

Wanderland 2013


So this Wanderland 2013 Music and Arts Festival is happening on May 18. Finally a music and arts festival, in Manila. My friend and I are just talking about this last time, and now it’s happening, and I like most of the bands that are playing. The sad thing is, I’m not sure if I’m going to the festival. I sure want to go! And at 5k, it’s super sulit! But then again… aaaaaaaaahhhhhh! Well, let’s see. And let’s hope the ticket’s not going to get sold out until I decide. 🙂

Events, music

3rd Baguio Music Festival


Baguio Music Festival is already on its 3rd year but I only learned about it yesterday. Sayang, it didn’t get scheduled by the time I’m going up to Baguio, by first of March. I think this is just right because there are lots of artists in Baguio. Much better if they make it a music and arts festival. But I don’t know if they have a separate festival for visual arts because the city is a haven for many artists.

I’ve only been to few bars that feature live performances because back when I was in Baguio, I preferred to hang out at places near school, where drinks are cheap. Luckily, these past years everytime I go to Baguio, friends always bring me to bars where there are live performances. I tell you, Baguio has lots of talents.

I hope this event continues to be a success so I can go to one in the future. If you happen to be in Baguio this weekend, so check this out. 🙂


2012 UAAP Cheerdance Competition Winners

Here are the winners of the UAAP Season 75  Cheerdance Competition::

Stunner :: Nicolette Erika Ambulo (UP)

Group Stunts Competition

1st :: UP Pep Squad (University of the Philippines)

2nd :: FEU Cheering Squad (Far Eastern University)

3rd :: NU Cheer Squadron (National University)

Cheerdance Competition

1st :: UP Pep Squad (University of the Philippines)

2nd ::  FEU Cheering Squad (Far Eastern University)

3rd – NU Cheer Squadron (National University)


Cinemalaya 2012 Short Feature Category

Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong

Director: Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo

It is in the culture of the Filipinos that when a person dies, you can whisper and send your wishes to the dead.  The film is about a family who happens to take care of their ailing mother / grandmother. They see this as a burden in their lives and they wait for her death so they could whisper their wishes. WATCH TRAILER

As He Sleeps (Mientras Su Durmida)

Director: Sheron Dayoc

In sickness and in health, should marriage really be an unconditional partnership that should never be broken? Christina, in her 30’s, is married to Hector, a husband who’s paralyzed and therefore physically incompetent to consummate their marriage. She wants to liberate herself from a sexless union. Her needs as a woman are unfulfilled. But her love for Hector, and her commitment to him coupled with the dictates of her faith and marital vows, and her sympathy and care for her husband keeps her in “cage of marriage,” where she suffers in melancholic solitude, yet contemplates on freedom and rediscovering her true worth. WATCH TRAILER

Balintuna (Irony)

Director: Emmanuel Escalona Jr.

Two young boys who have met by fate are bound by the irony of their lives. Can two different people share the same story? And can each of them find his own escape? WATCH TRAILER

Bohe Son of the Waves

Director: Nadjouna Bansil

Sama Palau or commonly known as “Badjaos”, are the second Sea Gypsies in the world. They hail from the Southern parts of the Philippines to escape from conflicts and constant abuse from the pirates and ordinary folks. They find an island of hope called “Malitam Island”, a tiny patch of land in Southern Luzon. A new place for them to settle and keep. In this Island, five Badjao boys (Harun, Rasul, Manel, Jamil and Wahab) learn the value of mangroves so they plan to save their island from sinking due to harsh weather and other man-made causes. While they lack the money to buy the needed seedling, they decide to steel them at the sanctuary. Little did they know what they are about to lose. Will these seedlings become their tree of hope or will this hope drown their dreams for a stable home far from people who drove them away. The hope of these young sea gypsies will be the frustration of their elders. WATCH TRAILER

Manenaya (Waiting)

Director: Richard Legaspi

Manenaya is a story of a determined woman and her journey through life under the backdrop of the various landscapes of Pampanga. She brings with her a wooden casket for her husband, a victim of political killings. The film is a journey in search for truth and personal triumph through the challenges of life. WATCH TRAILER


Director: Mario Celada

You may look at it like:  “It is about a woman in a jeepney who keeps on babbling – sharing her ideals and personal issues – as if you are listening to a live commentary and an audio diary at the same time” OR “The passenger(s), the driver, the 10 Commandments, the window, the high tech lifestyle and the high tech love life, the rumors, the government, the reality TV shows, Death, the family…” WATCH TRAILER


Director: Hannah Espia

A drunk, cynical man is playing a coin toss game at the local town carnival. On his way home, he finds an engagement ring lying on the ground. He picks it up and considers himself lucky for getting something so expensive for free.  What he will never know is that it took two people’s misfortunes to pay the price of his day’s luck. WATCH TRAILER

Sarong Adlaw

Director: Marianito Dio Jr.

Mag-amang magsasaka sa isang liblib na lugar sa Kabikulan ang binubuno ang bawat araw.  Yumao ang asawa ng matandang magsasaka nang ipanganak ang kanilang panganay. Manunulat at makata ang nanay at namana ng lalaking anak ang hilig at ibig sa pagsususulat.  Dahil hikahos sa buhay at naiipit sa kapanglawan ng ama, ninais ng anak na ituloy ang pagsusulat, pag-aaral at paghahanap ng pag-asa sa Maynila. Kaya isang araw ay nagpaalam siya sa ama. Bagaman bakas ang pagtutol at pagkadismaya sa desisyon ng anak, sa huli ay sasang-ayon ang matandang magsasaka. WATCH TRAILER

Ulian (Senility)

Director: Chuck Gutierrez

Ulian centers on young Dayang and her Grandmother in their journey of self‐discoveries in unexpected circumstances. Together they explore each other’s consciousness to realize the most important thing about growing old and growing up. WATCH TRAILER


Director: Jarell M. Serencio

Life is a big show. For ten long years, Victor, a native in San Pedro Cutud,San Fernando, Pampanga, religiously offers himself to be nailed on the cross every Holy Week. Likeother people, this has been his long time “panata” for he believes that God will forgive him for all hissins and grant all his petitions after crucifying himself on the cross. But this film will show you theglaring realities of faith and beliefs and how Filipinos and foreigners embrace the tradition of “SemanaSanta” (holy week) as an attraction to this town. This film will leave you with questions on your own faith as well as Victor’s belief. Is he doing a divine sacrifice? Or it’s just part of his life’s big show? WATCH TRAILER

Screening Schedule

Cinemalaya 2012 New Breed (Full-Length) Category

Cinemalaya 2012 Directors Showcase