NCCA, FDCP on screen Himalayas
THE SECOND stage of Mga Hiyas ng Sineng Filipino, a program of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) which aims to bring back the most important restored films of Philippine cinema on the big screen, will begin on September 25. The first stage of the program last February presented the films Dalagang Ilocana by Olive La Torre Pagination in Dulo by Ismaël Bernal, and Sana Maulit Muli by Olivia M. Lamasan. On September 25, Bernal’s classic Himalayas, featuring National Film and Broadcast Artist Nora Aunor and written by National Film and Broadcast Artist Ricky Lee, will screen at the Metropolitan Theater in Manila. This will be followed by a discussion with Ms. Aunor and Mr. Lee. Exact times for the screening and talks will be announced later on the NCCA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NCCAOfficial).
GMA Regional TV rebrands newscast and expands area
AS GMA Network’s regional arm, Regional TV, continues to strengthen its news centers across the Philippines, local newscasters Regional TV GMA Balitang Amianan rebranded the program as GMA Regional TV One North Central Luzon from September 5. GMA Regional TV One North Central Luzon now serves a wider coverage area – which includes the provinces of Pangasinan, Benguet, La Union, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Isabela, Cagayan, Quezon Province and Zambales – through the GMA TV 10 Dagupan, GMA TV 13 channels Aparri, GMA TV 7 Tuguegarao, GMA TV 5 Mt. Amuyao, GMA TV 7 Santiago, GMA TV 5 Baler and GMA TV 10 Olongapo. Viewers from Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra and Batanes see the newscast on GMA TV 5 Ilocos Norte, GMA TV 48 Ilocos Sur, GMA TV 7 Abra and GMA TV 7 Batanes. GMA Regional TV One North Central Luzon airs weekdays at 5 p.m. via regional GMA TV channels on free-to-air TV and on GMA Affordabox and GMA Now.
Sarah Brightman is coming to PHL in December
ENGLISH soprano and Grammy-nominated artist Sarah Brightman takes it A Christmas Symphony Tour around the world for the first time. The tour will take place in the Philippines on December 7. It will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Presented by Wilbros Live, the show will feature Ms. Brightman’s renditions of classics from the Christmas canon, as well as personal holiday favorites and many of her greatest hits accompanied by an orchestra and choir. Known as the world’s best-selling soprano and UNESCO Artist for Peace Ambassador, Ms. Brightman originated the role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on the West End and Broadway stages and performed at events such as the Concert for Diana, The Kennedy Center Honors and the Barcelona and Beijing Olympics. His most recent full studio album, ANTHEM, was released in 2018 and debuted at No. 1 on the Classical and Classical Crossover Billboard charts. Tickets for Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony in Manila goes on sale September 10, 10 a.m., via TicketNet.com.ph and TicketNet outlets nationwide. For more information, call 8911-5555.
man running philippines go to korea
The game show REALITY man running philippines premiered on GMA-7 on September 3. This is the first co-production of GMA Network and SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System), one of the biggest networks in South Korea. Glaiza de Castro, Ruru Madrid, Kokoy de Santos, Lexi Gonzales, Angel Guardian, Buboy Villar and Mikael Daez are the runners. In the pilot episode, they fly to Seoul and arrive at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Runners must find Korean alphabet characters hidden around the location and must spell their names in order to earn their badges. Later, they shoot arrows at Suwon Hwaseong National Archery Ground to find out who will lead the two teams in the second mission, the Catch the Tail race. The South Korean reality TV show Running Man is known for outrageous missions – wacky games and races held in different locations with racers competing for advantages for the final mission. man running philippines airs on GMA Weekend Primetime Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. and Sundays at 7:50 p.m. on GMA-7.
Globe celebrates D-Day
THIS year, Globe is back with a celebration of 917 GDay with G Music Fest on September 17th. The G-Music Fest is a hybrid event that will feature some of the best talent in music, entertainment, culture and art. The live experience will take place at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds, Ayala Malls Circuit, Makati, and will also be streamed online via Globe VH Metaverse. Seventeen local and international artists are expected to take part, including Thai indie-pop singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit and Kpop actor BugABoo, a six-member South Korean girl group, in their first live performance in the Philippines. . Other confirmed artists are local talents The Juans, Kaia, Matthaios, Unique, I Belong to the Zoo, JOEM, Lola Amour, Arthur Miguel and Paul Pablo, as well as some surprise guests. Globe also invited contemporary artist-designer Leeroy New to present his larger-than-life art installations and the event. Festival-goers will also have the chance to own their first non-fungible token (NFT) thanks to Globe’s partnership with MetaverseGo. The two brands have joined forces to create Gudi, a unique NFT to celebrate 917 #ExtraGDay that can be redeemed for Globe Rewards points. Digital natives can also try out activity kiosks and earn vouchers for apps like TikTok, Tinder, foodpanda, and Kumu. The pre-sale period of the G Music Fest Festival Pass is ongoing until September 9, and the regular sale period will run from September 10 to 17. Festival Passes can be redeemed for 15 Globe Rewards points via the Globe One app or for P917 via Tickelo. during the pre-sale period, and 30 Globe Rewards points via the Globe One app or P1,500 via Tickelo during the regular sale period. For the full list of artists and activities, check out the New Globe One app or visit http://glbe.co/GDay.
SB19 releases a new single, to organize a concert
JUST before embarking on a concert tour, P-pop group SB19 released a new single, “WYAT [Where You At]produced by SB19 member Pablo and his brother Josue. The new title is accompanied by a music video built around the themes of time travel and connection. SB19 will kick things off WYAT [Where You At] Round on September 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, followed by a series of shows in Clark, Cebu and Davao. The tour will go global in the coming months, with performances in the United States, United Arab Emirates and Singapore. For more details on the shows, visit the group’s social media accounts. “WYAT” is available on all digital music platforms worldwide.
Cine México Film Festival Returns to Shangri-La Plaza
AFTER THREE years, the Mexican Embassy in the Philippines is bringing back the Cine México film festival September 7-11 to the red carpet at Shangri-la Plaza. Cine México will screen six films from various genres that offer insight into modern Mexican culture. It opens with La Promesa (The Promise)a 2018 production by Oscar Blancarte which was selected as best feature film at the 15e Annual Sacramento Film Awards. Set in a small rural Mexican town, the film chronicles the bond that forms between a smart, rebellious boy and his teacher who has fallen into depression after his wife leaves him. The other films are: the comedy of 2015 Ella es Ramona (She is Ramona), directed by Hugo Rodriguez, about a woman who struggled all her life with her weight and then finds magical beetles that might finally change her luck; 90 Dias para el 2 de Julio (90 days before polling day), a 2021 film by Rafael Martinez Garcia about a young man who hides throughout the presidential elections after his boyfriend, who is the presidential candidate of a very conservative party, asks him; Fuego Adentro (inner fire) is a 2020 film by Jesús Mario Lozano about a lonely, repentant man who hides in a remote mountain village until his younger brother finds him with news, changes their lives forever; El Mar entre las Casas (The sea between the houses), a 2020 film directed by Juan Pablo García Gordillo, revolves around a biologist who returns home after his mother’s death to settle his affairs, then meets and falls in love with his neighbor; and the winner Después de Lucia (after Lucia), a 2012 film by Michel Franco about Alejandra who struggled to start anew in a new town with her father after the death of her mother, Lucia. All films will be screened in Spanish, with English subtitles. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Restored classic Kakabakaba Ka Ba? streamed
A CLASSIC Filipino Musical – the digitally restored version of the 1980 film from LVN Pictures Kakabakaba Ka Ba? – is now streaming on KTX in its Spotlight Sagip Pelikula. Directed by Mike de Leon and co-written with Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo and veteran actress Raquel Villavicencio, the musical classic tells the bizarre story of two couples embroiled in a dispute between Japanese and Chinese drug syndicates. Johnny (Christopher de Leon) and his flame, flight attendant Melanie (Charo Santos), and Johnny’s friend Nonong (Jay Ilagan) and his sweetheart Nancy (Sandy Andolong) then uncover a vital malevolent plot that… would confuse everyone. Digitally restored and remastered for the first time in 2015 by ABS-CBN Film Restoration in cooperation with L’Immagine Ritrovata, the award-winning hit from LVN streams is once again released alongside the remastered works of Raquel Villavicencio as a tribute to her various cinematic contributions. There is a pre-show interview with Head of Film Restoration, Leo Katigbak, and Ms. Villavicencio. Kakabakaba Ka Ba? and the exclusive pre-show interview are now on KTX, priced at P150 per pass and available at https://bit.ly/KKKBonKTX. Also featured on the latest episode of Sagip Pelikula Spotlight for Villavicencio are Himala, Saan Ka Man Naroroon, Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit, Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal, Separadaand Soukob. For details on its upcoming film screenings, follow ABS-CBN Film Restoration on Facebook (facebook.com/filmrestorationabscbn), Twitter (@ABS_Restoration) and Instagram (@abscbnfilmrestoration).