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Jace Roque: His Love for Music brings Him to the World


Jace Roque, a fast-rising electronic dance music (EDM) artist and is like an ‘unaccepted prophet’ in his native place (Luke 4: 24b with emphasis). 

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Jace Roque, a fast-rising EDM artist recently met with some selected online press to discuss his second single titled LOVE. Photograph courtesy of Allan Sancon.

 

He may have relatives like a supportive uncle Gino Padilla and a distant cousin Luke Mejares, he, as an independent artist, it isn’t all a walk in the park still.

The music icons attached to his name aren’t the tickets to his success. 

It’s all about his efforts in promoting his brand of music and being noticed by Kobalt Music Group, the number one music publishing company in the UK. The said company comes next after Sony Music Entertainment in the US.

His SOBER single, which he launched this year, has streamed over 300,000 times on Spotify. New Music Friday Philippines, Tatak Pinoy, and OPM Rising–three of Spotify‘s most popular editorial playlist platforms did feature the said song. 

For his latest single, LOVE launched on September 27, it now reached 100,000 views and was released by Kobalt Music.

He described this song as his way of opening to the world [again] after being heart-broken. 

“It’s like putting down your walls and guards down and taking chances on another love,” Roque stressed.

Since he writes, produces, and arranges his songs–he finds it fit that the texts that go with his songs are from his personal experiences.

What’s admirable about Jace is his attitude. He’s not the type to give up his dreams by some great force. He’s proved it even in his second single when he competed along with the big names in the music industry.  His song landed number 25 overall in the music list. It’s something that he takes pride in and grateful for all those who helped him reach his goals.

Roque is an epitome of real icon-in-the-making. His efforts may be small to the rest of the big-time music icons, but his love for his brand of music did not just limit him to the local audience but brought him to the world instead.

Get to Know ‘EDWARD’ on October 2


The 15-year-old Louise Abuel who plays Edward in the film of the same title Edward is set to extend his identity in public in its commercial theater-run on October 2.

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The 2019 film entry at the Cinemalaya Film Festival is about a boy’s daily life in the public hospital as he was designated companion of his ailing father. In the story, together with his friend Renz (Elijah Canlas), they both wander around the hospital premises.

When Edward reached the emergency room, he met Agnes (Ella Cruz).

The female patient that is Agnes (in her terrible condition), became part of the harmless but, naughty game both Edward and Renz play–betting on whether a patient will live or die.

The coming-of-age film is helmed and co-written by Young Critics Circle awardee Thop Nazareno (for 2016 Best Feature Film Kiko Boksingero). The piece serves as a mirror image of the healthcare system and the government-funded hospitals in the Philippines. 

Witness how Agnes affects the life of Edward.

Sex Sells in ‘Jowable’


(A Mini-Review)

There is no denying that sex sells. Even if the writer would claim that the film Jowable is not entirely about sex, it still is. The thirty-something Elsa (not the Elsa envisioned by Ricky Lee in Himala and not even the Elsa that the trio of Chris Buck-Jennifer Lee-Shane Morris wrote for Disney’s Frozen) is desperate enough to have a lover at all cost.

On Wednesday, September 25, the Darry Yap‘s full-length film opened in cinemas nationwide. 

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Banking on the response when it first came out in 2018 via Vincentiments’ facebook page, the film already raked an 18.5M gross income at the box-office.

Jowable is indeed Kim Molina’s biggest break and her blockbuster hit since she began her commercial films, a few years back. But what exactly made this film sell?

It’s the brutal manner of speaking in dialogues that could have attracted the moviegoers especially the millennials and the Generation Zers. The film suggested a woman like Elsa desperately wanting to have a man and love her even if her ultimate purpose is to get laid. 

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Without thinking of the consequences of her actions, feeling pressured that she’s still a virgin among her friends, Elsa wants to find a man to be her lover and have sex with him. But if one tries to look into the life of Elsa, she’s living with her mom (Kakai Bautista) who retired from being a prostitute and live a life of a single mom. My only wonder is that Elsa never experienced a complete family and saw her spinster elementary teacher having a secret affair with an anatomy apparatus–still, she wants to have a man.

The film attempts to humanize the character of a nun (Candy Pangilinan) by making her say words that aren’t associated with such religious personality. Though, the inclusion of a nun in the story was somehow justified.

But mind you, they all point to one topic–sex. Yes, in the conclusion of the film, it stressed that having sex must be done responsibly. Sex is always misconstrued as love and as part of having a companion. 

As a whole, though the story was stretched from a short film and wasn’t well-crafted, it still has entertaining values. That’s what matters the most. The moviegoers patronized it.