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.
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.
Growing up, Sophia Bianca De Vera‘s companion was the karaoke as her family loves to sing together as their past time and even in parties.
Back then, she describes herself as shy and stiff whenever she gets to perform in an audience. But her voice coach, Annie Quintos of the singing group called The Company.
De Vera chose to celebrate her debut, not in a lavish party but held a meet-and-greet with the selected members of the press to launch her single In Love’s Eyes instead. The medals she bagged at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) last year were the validation of her pursuing a singing career.
She considers singing as her Personal Legend. A Personal Legend is about pursuing someone’s desire and passion to live a great purpose.
The universe conspired with Sophia Bianca as she met Grammy awardee, Gerard McMann and who now known as G Tom Mac. The latter composed her single. The single is a validation of all the things that she has worked on since her first contest on GMA-7‘s Eat Bulaga segment Music Hero.
As a young artist, she aspires to achieve the success of two artists Alicia Keys and as well as Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha.
On July 11, Sophia Bianca flies back to the US to perform at the opening of WCOPA in Los Angeles County. Also, she will be shooting her music video in New York as well.
Listen to her song now on Spotify.
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.
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.
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).