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ToFarm Film Fest reveals Top 6 Screenplay Entries


After seven months of mounting the search for outstanding screenplay entries in the first-ever ToFarm Film Festival, which is spearheaded by United Harvesters Incorporated, it revealed its Top Six screenplay entries (to be given the chance to start its production) at the Batanes Room of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, February 6.

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Winners All (L-R): Dennis Marasigan of ‘Free Range’, Paolo Villaluna of ‘Pauwi Na’, Jose Johnny Nadela of ‘Pilapil’, Maricel Cariaga of ‘Pitong Kabang Palay’, Victor Acedillo Jr. of ‘Kakampi’, and Zig Dulay of ‘Pana-Panahon’ (Seasons). Photograph courtesy of Ianne Oandasan.

The winners are: ‘Pilapil’, an action-drama story by Jose Johnny Nadela; ‘Kakampi’, a mystery by Victor Acedillo Jr.; ‘Free Range’ by Dennis Marasigan; ‘Pitong Kabang Palay’ by Maricel Cariaga, ‘Pana-Panahon’, a love triangle story by Zig Dulay; and ‘Pauwi Na’, a tragic-comic story by Paulo Villaluna.

The six winning screenplays are allotted Php1.5 million as seed money for their dream film projects that advocate agriculture, farming and related interest.

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Xian Lim holds a ‘Thanksgiving’ Gathering with Bloggers


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Xian Lim intently listening to the questions thrown at him during a ‘Thanksgiving’ gathering for bloggers held at a McDonald’s outlet near ABS-CBN. Photograph is courtesy of WazzupPH.ph.

In an intimate ‘thanksgiving’ gathering with the bloggers on Tuesday, February 2 at McDonald’s along Eugenio Lopez Street, Xian Lim talks about stuff in order to finish the movie—‘Everything About Her’ with two equally great actresses—the Star for All Seasons, Ms. Vilma Santos and Angel Locsin. According to young actor, who is now considered as one of the promising actors in both film and on television—he had months to psyche himself and be able to be more comfortable as Albert in the film directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal.

Due to the box-office success of Star Cinema’s opening salvo film, he expressed his gratitude for the support of his fans and to those who took time to stand in line just to watch it.

Lim also, added and described his experience in working with both Santos and Locsin are something he will treasure and be thankful for in his showbiz career, “It’s a life-changing process.”

After finishing the film, all he could say to his character Albert: “Napakasama mong tao. You are so ungrateful. Marami kang hindi naintindihan. Mana ka talaga sa ina mong impakta. Nasaan ang puso mo?”

Another thing he gamely revealed to the online media that during the filming of ‘Everything About Her’—Angel and him had a pretty tough time doing the dance scene where Vivian threw a dinner for her closest friends, relatives and selected guests.

The 26-year-old towering actor mentioned that it took them (Angel and him) two days to complete the scene, in fact the singer and her guitarist were even having difficulty in accompanying them in the dance, “Nahirapan po talaga kami nun.”

“Si Angel lang po talaga ang may kasalanan ng lahat,” he jokingly remarked.

He added that he was too confident that he could pull off that scene easily because he has been dancing with the G-Force and underwent dance lessons as well as he does production numbers in ASAP. It was a surprise for him and Angel since a simple dance—they couldn’t even successfully manage to perfect it. It was only when Direk Joyce called both their attention that they both realized they were doing it the wrong way.

After the film—he is set to star another television series on the Kapamilya channel and is paired once again with his onscreen partner Kim Chiu via ‘The Story of Us’.

For a glimpse of the upcoming series watch the video.

LizQuen Tandem is Back via ‘Dolce Amore’


One of the country’s phenomenal loveteam—‘LizQuen’ (short for Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil) is soon to hit the TV screens with a new romantic series titled—‘Dolce Amore’ (in English means ‘Sweet Love’) on Kapamilya’s Primetime Bida slot replacing the consistent top-rating series—‘Pangako Sa ‘Yo’ starting Monday, February 15.

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Gil escorted Soberano during its red carpet event at ‘Dolce Amore’ grand press conference held on Wednesday, February 3. Photograph courtesy of StarCreatives.

Soberano breathes into the character of Serena, a lass raised in Italy by her adoptive parents. Despite the good life she enjoys, she seems not able to find peace without finding an important part of her true identity, which she feels is missing. On the other end, Gil is Tenten who also has the same struggles on his own life story as someone who grew up in an orphanage and is suffering from the pain of his real parents’ rejection.

Two different ‘worlds’ will collide as fate brought them together and will eventually find themselves that certain ‘bond’ and help them both find ‘meanings’ in their lives and fall in love in the process.

The two young stars will be reunited after their highly successful series—‘Forevermore’ that made the entire nation and even the Filipino communities around the globe go crazy as well as with their two hit romantic comedy flicks—‘Just the Way You Are’ and ‘Everyday I Love You’. Their upcoming series will have the kind of light feeling like that of ‘Forevermore’.

Matteo Guidicelli, a Kapamilya singer-actor will be the love triangle. He will play Giancarlo as Serena’s guy bestfriend who has secret admiration toward the lead female character. Also in the cast is seasoned and top caliber actress—Cherie Gil as Luciana, Serena’s adoptive mom.

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Guidicelli is Giancarlo in ‘Dolce Amore’. Photograph courtesy of StarCreatives.

Also included in the cast are: Ruben Maria Soriquez as Roberto (Serena’s adoptive dad); while Edgar Mortiz as Dodoy, Rio Locsin as Paps, and Kean Cipriano as Binggoy—are Tenten’s simple but loving adoptive family; Sunshine Cruz; Andrew E; and Frenchie Dy.

‘Dolce Amore’ will be directed by two of the country’s finest and blockbuster directors of romantic-themed films and TV series—Cathy Garcia-Molina and Mae Cruz-Alviar.

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