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Film: The Grave Bandits, Trailers and Poster

Movies By December 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

A dormant alien virus has been unleashed on a desolated island of the Philippines and the only hope of the survivors are in the hands of two graveyard thieves. Trapped on an island and left with nothing to defend themselves, the grave bandits must use their wit to win the battle against a swarm of flesh eating ghouls.

Directed by Tyrone Acierto
Written by Tyrone Acierto
Screenplay by Tyrone Acierto
Produced by Vanessa Ulgado, Tyrone Acierto



Peewee – Martin Sandino San Juan
Romy – Ronald Pacifico
Maiya – Jill Palencia
William Seabrook – Robert Nunes
King – Millard Keung
Cemetery Undertaker – Amante Pulido
Peewee’s Mother – Kalila Aguilos
George – Vic Tiro
Jack Jack – Love Falcis
Laughing Drunk Pirate – Rosillo Abay


Auraeus Solito’s Baybayin – First Trailer

Movies, Music and Arts By October 25, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

(Click here to view original in HD)

Aureaus and his team were shooting this film when I was in El Nido. Because El Nido is a small community, I know a lot of people who worked in this film. The production team themselves stayed at Makulay Lodge and Villas, some actors and mentors (like my friend Rej of Kontra Gapi who helped choreograph and teach the dance) were from Potter’s Place School, and so many more. I saw them around a lot. The crew was on Hama Street when I took the photo walk so I could not take photos of Asylum Bar and Marina Garden. We were also hanging out with them on this day, when they were still doing the ocular.

Hama St., El Nido, Palawan


Brillante Mendoza’s Captive

Movies By August 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Directed by Brillante Mendoza
Written by Brillante Mendoza, Patrick Bancarel, Boots Agbayani Pastor, and Arlyn dela Cruz
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Kathy Mulville, Mark Zanetta, Raymond Bagatsing, Joel Torre, Mon Confiado, Maria Isabel Lopez,  Ronnie Lazaro, Sid Lucero, Mercedes Cabral, Neil Ryan Sese, Rustica Carpio, Angel Aquino, and many others.
Runtime: 120mins


Filipino director Brillante Mendoza is back with another grim kidnapping story inspired by the May 2001 kidnapping of local and foreign tourists in Dos Palmas Resort in Palawan by Abu Sayyaf. Though weaker in terms of shock and quality as his 2009 film Kinatay and the film failed to win any award at the Berlin film festival held last February, it received the highest rating from the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).

It had its Philippine premiere at the Citi-Rustan’s French Film Festival, and is now being seen and heard in the Philippines through various reviews and social media support.

Richard Bolisay, Oggs Cruz and Jessica Zafra each wrote a review on the film.


A Call for Support for Eseng Cruz’s Limang Dipang Tao

Movies By August 20, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

Eseng Cruz (director and scriptwriter) of the full-length Independent Film, “Limang Dipang Tao”, finalist for the Second Leg (Ikalawang Yugto): Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival, of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), is asking for your support in his first-ever full-length project. They are currently shooting the film, but are still in the process of looking for investors/producers/sponsors to have additional funds from the initial grant of FDCP.

Deadline of submission for the final cut is set on 1st of October 2012. They are badly in need of your support so they can proceed in funding quality equipment, allot fees that are rightly due to professional and non-professional actors, and spare funds to post-production materials (i.e. editing, musical scoring, etc.). Your help will be greatly appreciated. Be part of this film’s success!

13 individuals, 13 lives.


Marie Jamora’s Ang Nawawala – July 20-29, 2012

Movies, Music By June 23, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments


She’s directed music videos for the likes of Sandwich, Kjwan, Itchyworms and Urbandub, but now director Marie Jamora will finally be releasing her feature-length film debut, Ang Nawawala.

A project almost ten years in development, the film is composed of images, characters, scenes and dialogue Marie has been collecting since college and her years studying Film at Columbia University. A Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2012 Finalist (New-Breed Full-Length Feature Category), Ang Nawawala is the story of Gibson Bonifacio (Dominic Roco), who stopped talking when he was a young boy. Now twenty years old, he returns home to Manila from his studies abroad, his first visit in three years. He finds his family trying to keep it together, his mother still hurting from a tragic loss in the past. Against the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend tries to reconnect with him, while he unexpectedly finds a chance at a first, real romantic relationship. Amidst the holidays, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationships with his family, his friends, and with himself.

Her crew consists of trusted friends and professionals she has worked with in the past, including Hong Kong cinematographer Ming Kai Leung (her classmate at Columbia). “This is my dream film,” said Marie, “one I’ve been thinking about for years, and there is nothing better than being able to make it with some of my best friends, who also happen to be damn good at their jobs. I have never been so happy on a set in my life. It’s also because of our cast; I got everyone I wanted.”


Cinemalaya Goes to UP

Movies By July 21, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

THE recently concluded 6th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition will move over to the UP Film Center ’s Cine Adarna in Diliman where it will run from July 20 to 30.  The event, which is billed Cinemalaya Goes U.P. 6 , will feature the films that competed in the New Breed (Full length feature) category, the Short Feature category and the Directors Showcase of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.

Cinemalaya Goes UP 6 is a presentation of the UP Cineastes’ Studio and Abracadabra in partnership with the UP Film institute and in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Cinemalaya Foundation.

The Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition, which was held at the CCP on July 9-18, is a competitive all digital film festival that aims to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers and seeks to invigorate the Philippine film industry by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers.

Tickets to Cinemalaya Goes U.P. 6 are priced at P80.00.   For inquiries, please call Vi at 0915 514 2640 and for updates and information please visit and

For the schedule, click here.