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#Kabisera’: Doesn’t Just Deserve a Front View, but the First to be viewed at #MMFF2016


After the star-studded red carpet premiere of the official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016–‘Kabisera’ on Tuesday, December 20 at SM Megamall Cinema 7, it proved to be a piece that spotlights values such as honor, trust and loyalty are some of the values that are tested amid the threats of exposing a Filipino family’s imperfections and how the members stood up for what is right and what is more important to them.

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The comebacking, one and only Superstar–Ms. Nora Aunor leads the stellar cast members of the said film. Joining La Aunor are Gawad Urian Best Actors Ricky Davao and Jason Abalos, Urian Best Supporting Actor Menggie Cobbarubias, QCinema Best Actor JC de Vera, MMFF Best Supporting Actor Victor Neri, Sinag Maynila Best Actress Ces Quesada, Cine Filipino Best Actor Karl Medina, and Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress Perla Bautista.

Nora Aunor is Mercy. She is the mother of De Dios clan which the plot of the story is based on. Aunor’s character is forced to take over the ‘kabisera’ (the principal seat) at the dining table in order to put together his family being under scrutiny in Philippine society.

Nora’s avid fans showed their excitement to the return of their idol via this film that attempts to present a statement for a family’s quest for justice and to regain dignity by sticking and standing up for one another. Even celebrities in the entertainment circuits supported the movie that befits a Queen like Nora.

Cast and crew of the #Kabisera are set to tour the nation and visit remarkable families who have been the ‘inspirations’ for the film’s plot. For a list of activities you may check Kabisera’s facebook page or visit its webpage via firestartersmanila.com/kabisera.

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Also, Filipinos especially the youth are encouraged to catch the film during its entire run of the #MMFF2016 and help promote the very words of the country’s national hero—Dr. Jose Rizal who once said: “It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.”

Let ‘Kabisera’ the first film to be viewed and be on the front rows to witness how a story about love and the strength of a family and what they can give when the most important people in their lives are threatened. Catch the Aunor-starrer film, opening tomorrow on Christmas Day, December 25.

ToFarm Film Festival is in its Second Year


iMANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines – At the Mactan Room of a luxury five-star hotel—Shangri-La EDSA, United Harvesters Incorporated recently held its Thanksgiving Luncheon at the same time launched its second year of ToFarm Film Festival on Thursday, August 25.

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Present in the Press Launch are (L-R): Delos Reyes, festival director; Dr. How executive vice-president of Universal Harvesters Incorporated; and Cunanan, project director for the festival.

Present in the said event were the mother and main advocate of ToFarm—Dr. Milagros Ong-How, the festival director—multi-awarded international film and TV master director Maryo J. Delos Reyes, and the project director Rommel Cunanan.

The people behind the three winning films—‘Paglipay’, ‘Pitong Kabang Palay’ and ‘Free Range’ as well as the Jury Special Award for Outstanding Film—‘Pauwi Na’ and the two other film finalists—‘Pilapil’ and ‘Kakampi’ were also in attendance.

Delos Reyes, the festival director officially announced the opening of the second year of the festival. Though the mechanics haven’t changed; this year’s theme is ‘Planting the Seeds of Change’ and the new category for awardees for Best Child Performer are the new things to look forward to.

The first festival ran last July 13 to 19 and was extended the following week from July 20 to 27. It also had its Central Luzon run from August 24-30.

Six film finalists will still be chosen for the second year. Deadline for submission of entries is set on Friday, November 18 and must be sent to ToFarm Secretariat Office located on the 10th floor of Harvester Corporate Center situated at 158 P. Tuazon corner 7th and 8th Avenue, Quezon City.

For more information about the festival, contact (632) 7095001 to 02 or log on to ToFarm.org.

Related Link: ‘Paglipay’ wins big at ToFarm awards night

‘Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako’ is a Must-See for ‘Best of Friends’


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(Mini-Review)

Seeing the film ‘Pare, Mahal Mo raw Ako’, written and directed by Joven Tan for the second time around during its premiere night—it gave me more appreciation of the movie, which was lifted from the hit song of the same title that was sung by one of the stars—Michael Pangilinan. Edgar Allan Guzman is Mark and fell in love with Pangilinan, who played Red, the guy best friend.

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In the photo (L-R): Pangilinan is Red and Guzman is Mark.

There were flaws in the storytelling, which I agree with my fellow writer-friend Arnel, but I just had to point on the good points of the film. First, it didn’t present struggles of how to accept gay people in a heavy drama. Yes, there were emotional scenes, but those were needed to highlight the emotions and the tensions between Mark and Red and so as Mark’s mother portrayed by Nora Aunor.

Second, Guzman could very well claim that this is one of his most natural and best performances ever. He was able to prove that acting needed not to be acted out. He has that depth and could deliver certain emotions even with hackneyed dialogues. His subtle actuations and the nuances of a ‘paminta’ gay were greatly displayed. In his scenes with more seasoned actresses—La Aunor and Ana Capri—he didn’t lag behind. While for a newcomer, Panglinan proved that he has potentials to have more chances of getting film projects.

Lastly, it has successfully concluded the film without any tragedy. It means that there really is a great hope for gay people to be happy in this world as long as people (especially between friends) would embrace and accept for who they are and for what they are capable of—to love without any boundaries. The line—‘sa pag-ibig walang forever, pero sana sa pag-ibig walang gender’—is witty and one quotable quote.

The film is set to open on Wednesday, June 8 in cinemas and is distributed by Viva Films.