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The 4th Partakan Festival is back on April 14-15!


Then clear, pristine turquoise waters with powdery white sand; enclosed by lush, verdant mountains of Anguib Beach, Santa Ana, in Cagayan plays host to the fourth Partakan Festival set is on April 14-15 and is again supported by Ropali Motorcycles and Honda Philippines Incorporated along with other major partners for the said annual event.

The yearly celebration that began in 2014 and is dubbed as the first-ever as well as the only ride-and-rock event have attracted local motorbike enthusiasts and their respective families. Apart from the two major stakeholders; it also gained the support of companies like Kawasaki Motors Incorporated, Yamaha Motor Philippines and Suzuki Philippines to help mount the 2017 exciting event.

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Jose represented Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre’s representative.

The Amazing Ride Moto-Tourism Challenge is one of the most exciting and anticipated part of the festival. It is sponsored by Shell Philippines and is patterned after the Amazing Race TV series and the competition aims to promote not just tourism, but camaraderie and family bonding of those who will be participating. It will feature teams with six members each and will go through the challenges at various Shell gasoline stations.

Winners will have the chance to bring home up to Php20,000 cash and other lovely prizes. Other challenges in the festival are Auto-Moto Speed Challenge and Bail Out Challenge.

During the press launch of the said festival on March 30 at Ropali Plaza in Pasig, the brother-and-sister entrepreneurs—Aldus Alingog and Ariane Arabel Alingog—the general manager and president of Ropali Motorcyles led the panel during the Q and A portion. Also present in that evening was Iñaki Jose, DOT Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre’s representative takes pride in this event because it has created a micro-economy for the local residents in that area.

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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Calamba’s Buhayani Festival ‘Gabi ng Paggawad ng Parangal’ is set on June 17


Now on its second year, the City Government of Calamba, who spearheads the now annual event called ‘Buhayani Festival’ is set to have its awards night or ‘gabi ng paggawad ng parangal’ on Wednesday, June 17 at SM City Cinema 1, Crossing, Barangay 1, Calamba, Laguna. This year’s festival will feature three full-length indie films directed and written by talented Calambanos; with renowned and multi-awarded international film and television director, Maryo J. Delos Reyes heading the festival’s subcommittee.

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The event, which the city mayor, Justin Marc ‘Timmy’ Chipeco has urged the Sangguniang Panglungsod headed by its vice mayor Roseller H. Rizal to pass an ordinance institutionalizing the said project as the official festival of the City of Calamba, will kick off on June 12 to 19. A grand parade is also set to be this year’s main attraction and will be known as the first-ever Buhayani Film Festival with a theme: ‘Rizal and His Advocacy for Peace’.

Along with Delos Reyes, homegrown actors and actresses also take part in the said effort that celebrates the national hero’s birthday and as the last Renaissance Man and the Greatest Malay who has ever been revered so far in history.

The First-Ever Buhayani Independent Film Festival allows local talents to showcase what they have and popularize the ideals and works of Gat. Dr. Jose Rizal through modern technology and new strategies. The three films are ‘Ama Namin’, ‘Talumpati’, and ‘Nasaan si Crispin’. Mainstream artists from the Philippine mainstream cinema, the likes of Ana Capri who will be featured in ‘Ama Namin’ and tourism consultant for Laguna province, Leandro Baldemor is also starring in ‘Talumpati’.

The schedule of activities is available on the City Government of Calamba’s official website – http://calambacity.gov.ph/ and its facebook page.

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