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Saving Flora: A Film about Friendship between a Girl and her Elephant


Friendship is not limited to humans alone. That’s the story of Dawn and Flora. It’s a unique kind of bond between a human being and another mammal, an elephant. Saving Flora is a 2018 family drama film about the friendship between Dawn (Jenna Ortega) and her elephant named Flora (elephant’s name is Tai).

The story centers on a 14-year-old girl who kidnaps an elephant from a circus to take it to a nature reserve. Tai plays Flora, the elephant who has been in several other movies, including Like Water for Elephants.

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David Arquette of Scream franchise, Eight Legged Freaks, The Wheel, and Amanda & Jack Go Glamping–plays Henry, the circus owner and father to Dawn. 

In the film, Flora is a circus elephant and is already past her prime. Henry is going through difficult times. He tries to save operation costs to survive. His daughter disapproves of his idea of euthanizing Flora. She runs away from the circus with her elephant friend. Together, they met a local petty thief named Sebastian (Martin Martinez) along the way to the preserve.

Tom Arnold, Leonor Varela. Galen Howard, Guilford Adams, Cindy Chu, Mars Crain, and Carlos Ragas are also in the cast.

Mark Taylor and David Moss wrote Saving Flora. Fabio Golombek, Amber Wang, and Brad Billington with Clifford Cohen as producers and Taylor directed the film. 

Join Flora, Dawn, and Sebastian’s journey on July 10 in cinemas nationwide. To know more about the film, check its facebook page.

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David Licauco-Shaira Diaz in a ‘kilig-worthy’ Romantic-Comedy flick ‘Because I Love You’


When Netizens noticed the chemistry between David Licauco and Shaira Diaz via Magpakailanman’s Nakawin Natin Ang Bawat Sandali episode in July 2018, which had a replay on June 8 this year, ALV Films thought of putting the two together in a millennial twist to the rich boy-poor girl love story in Because I Love You. The romantic-comedy flick is set to open tomorrow, June 26 in cinemas nationwide.

Composed image David Licauco Shaira Diaz

The Kapuso chinito heartthrob David Licauso is Rael and Shaira Diaz is Summer. Image courtesy of ALV Films.

It will be directed by veteran and multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan.

The Kapuso chinito heartthrob Licauso plays Rael, the cool, quiet and reserved executive and heir to his family’s business empire. He comes from a conservative upbringing which shaped him into stereotyped thinking, including matters of the heart.

Diaz, on the other hand, is Summer, the tenacious, street-smart firefighter who takes pride in pursuing her departed dad’s heroic legacy, much to the chagrin of her mom who wishes her to be a flight attendant or to be a beauty queen.

Teaming up the two in a wacky and romantic themed movie is a response to the pair figured as one of the top trending topics on social media. Their ‘kilig-worthy’ pair was heightened all the more during their guesting for One Hugot Away, GMA-7’s Web-TV project in March.

(L to R) David Licauco, Shaira Diaz, Michelle Dee, Martin del Rosario

In this photo, Licauco and Diaz are joined by two other stars–Michelle Dee and Martin del Rosario. Image courtesy of ALV Films.

Martin del Rosario, Michelle Dee, Samantha Lopez, Bernadette Allyson, Monsour del Rosario, Mr. World Philippines 2018 JB Saliba, Timothy Lawrence Yap, Bryan Benedict, IC Mendoza, Victor Basa, Rob Sy, Chris Leonardo, LM Mercado, Afi Africa, Melo Merkona, Jao Mapa, and Mosang with special cameo appearances by Miss Multinational 2017 Sophia Senoron, Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla, RJ Ledesma and newly-elect Senator Francis Tolentino are part of the cast.

 

Farewell to the Excellent, Eddie Garcia!


Though I have not worked with late veteran and multi-awarded actor-filmmaker Eddie Garcia, I still admire his passion and dedication for his craft. Perhaps the closest encounter I had with him was when we covered the launch of one of his latest films with Globe Studios, Hintayan ng Langit in November last year.

I began to like him as an actor when he played comic roles in the sex-comedy flicks May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo and May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga (1984). The most memorable film that I enjoyed about him the film Erpat Kong Forgets (also in 1984), written by Jose Carreon and directed by Erastheo Navoa.

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Garcia is seen with Muhlach in a hospital scene from the film ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

In the said film, Garcia was the father of Aga Muhlach‘s character as Ariel who fell in love with Janice de Belen‘s Josephine (the sister) of the Carmi Martin‘s role. He’s undeniably great in drama, comedy, and action. Whether he’s the protagonist and the antagonist, he is effective in both.  

A scene from Erpat Kong Forgets 5

The tandem of Aga Muhlach and Janice de Belen was born through the film ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

A scene from Erpat Kong Forgets

Carmi Martin was Garcia’s love interest in ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

Apart from Hintayin Kita sa Langit, his two other latest award-winning films Rainbow Sunset and ML (Martial Law) were testaments of how exemplary he was. He was named 42nd Gawad Urian best actor for the latter film, given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (the Filipino Film Critics).

The cause of his death may not be something that the TV industry can take pride in. He met his fatal accident on the set of a taping for a series. He breathed his last breath on June 20, almost two weeks of fighting to survive. What is admirable about Garcia, he died working for his passion and never faltered on his commitment.

Rest in peace Eduardo Verchez Garcia (Born on 2 May 1929 – Died on 20 June 2019).

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