Category: Entertainment

Normalizing acceptance and equality: The gay ads in the PH

The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic nation. You would think that since the religion is all about an all-encompassing kind of love that people would be less bigoted. (You would also think that they would not support maniacs who openly declare that people suspected of wrongdoings should be shot dead like animals for slaughter but that subject is for another post.) Unfortunately, we have a President who calls his enemies bakla as a derogatory term, a senator who said that gay people are worse than animals, and journalists who said that gay people should not flaunt their gayness or that gender is something that can be “taught” from an early age.

When you have all these influential people spewing misinformation and hateful rhetoric magnified by sheep in online forums who echo whatever they say, an active campaign about acceptance and equal rights becomes imperative to make up for the lack of LGBT-related information in our schools and discrimination rooted on ignorance.

10 films to watch out for and watch at SM Cinema Seaside City Cebu this 2016

In late 2015, SM Seaside City Cebu redefined premium cinema experience by launching Southeast Asia’s first laser projection system and a large format theater called SM Large Screen Cinema. The theater boasts of a supersized screen which is almost 30% larger than the regular cinema screen size, a 3D platform that accurately reproduces the colors of an actual movie set, and a Dolby Atmos Sound System and top-of-the-line Christie Vive Speakers. This is shop talk for – OMG this is an awesome way to watch movies – said any cinephile having a mindgasm. SM Large Screen Cinema can seat up to 351 guests in a stadium-like setting.

SM Cinema Seaside City Cebu also houses the “Center Stage,” an 830-seater hybrid between a cinema and a stage theater which is perfect for movie premieres, pageants, concerts, and other occasions. Specially created to cater to special events, the venue is equipped with theater lighting, two (2) standard dressing rooms, and one (1) star dressing room. On days that the theater is not used for events, it offers an impressive space for movie watching – and this is on top of four (4) regular cinemas, two (2) Director’s Club Cinemas and the SM Large Screen Cinema, making SM Seaside City Cebu the premier entertainment capital of Cebu City!

FILM REVIEWS: QCINEMA 2015

The QCinema International Film Festival ended its most commendable run last week but the films that we had seen are still very much talked about in coffee shops. We can only hope that next year’s edition would be as audacious and relevant as Diokno’s Kapatiran, or as fresh and unrelenting as Cruz’s Sleepless.  Here’s what we heard these coffee lovers say about each competition film from #QCinema. It appeared that not one saw Cesar Hernando’s Gayuma. And we don’t think they ever played Patintero, or ever came out of the house to play. Millenials!

Iisa

Perhaps based on a news report in 2012 when a rebel group was alleged to have ransacked a relief center in Davao during the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo, Iisa, a film written by Arnel Mardoquio narrates the melodrama of a motley crew of rebels bound by both personal and sociopolitical struggles. What seem to be problematic in its presentation are the many suffocating concerns of its politics, including whether a mother, guided by years of Marxist principles, would end up throwing everything out of the window by misappropriating revolutionary funds for personal use. No matter how critical her dilemma is, one may have to question the found reality employed by the filmmakers, among other things.

Rating: 2/5

The biggest theater event of 2016: Les Misèrables in Manila

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After Mamma Mia, Wicked and Phantom of the Opera – I have always said that the only other foreign musicals that I will be going out of my way for, should they come to Manila, are The Lion King, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables.

On March 2016, I am about to tick one of my dream musicals off my list as producer Cameron Mackintosh announced via press release, “After its Sydney and Brisbane run, I’m delighted to be bringing this new version to Manila in March, with a wonderful cast that includes the current London star playing Fantine, acclaimed Philippine actress Rachelle Ann Go…”

I Love You Thank You ฉักรักคุณ ขอบคุณน่ะ

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“The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned.” – William Somerset Maugham

For whether we admit it or not, we are all sappy when it comes to love. And in our lifetime, we all have that one heartbreak that molds us into the person that we see staring at us in the mirror every day. It doesn’t matter how old we were when it happened; whether you are a girl or a guy, heartbreak is something that we all share. Whether we move on from it or simply tell ourselves that we have – this memory will always bring back a bitter smile that tugs at our hearts until the end.