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What is #MadalingArawMahabangGabi?

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Actress, Angel Locsin, Best Actor, Best Actress, GMA network, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2012 by Eduard Orgel


The film #MadalingArawMahabangGabi is my cinematic interpretation of everybody’s pursuit for the right level of faith and the desire to experience all kinds of love.
The journey of a hopeless romantic and a family man (Rocco Nacino & Boboy Garovillo), an illiterate and two adventurers who are lost in an unfamiliar culture and language and how they can change the world of a simple man (Bojong Fernandez, Tutti Caringal, Eric Tai & Lou Veloso), a risk-taker, an attention-seeker, and someone with a jaded perspective on life and love (Kean Cipriano, Edgar Allan Guzman & Cherie Gil), someone who seeks to belong and someone who will indulge in a little fantasy to get a little vengeance (Jerald Napoles and Boobay), those who will reconsider their sexual preference and compromise their faith to get the most out of life (Dominic Roco & Karel Marquez) as told from the perspective of those who believe that love can develop overnight (Callum David & Glaiza De Castro), the ones who question the dignity of life (Alchris Galura) and those who are willing to lose their poise to have it all (Angelica Panganiban).
Nicolas Pichay (Co-Writer, Palanca Awards Hall-Of-Famer) and Lawrence Fajardo (Editor, Cinemalaya and Urian Awardee / Amok & Posas) helped me tell these stories and how destinies can change through a long night of a pagan tradition in a 98-minute film.
It opens in Philippine theaters and available on The Filipino Channel (TFC) Pay-Per-View all over the world on November 7, 2012.
-Dante Nico Garcia, Writer/Director, #MadalingArawMahabangGabi

Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There)

Posted in Actor, Actress, Best Actor, CCP, Cinemalaya, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2012 by Eduard Orgel

Ang Nawawala (What Isn't There)

Gibson Bonifacio stopped speaking as a child. He is now twenty years old, returning to Manila from his studies abroad, his first visit home in three years. He finds his family trying to keep it together, his mother still hurting from a tragic loss in the past. In the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend reaches out to him, and he finds a chance at his first real romantic relationship. Amidst the holidays, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationships with his family, his friends, and with himself.

Awards Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2012 Finalist (New Breed Full-Feature Category)

Starring Dominic Roco, Felix Roco, Annicka Dolonius, Alchris Galura, Mercedes Cabral, Kelvin Yu, Jenny Jamora, Marc Abaya, Sabrina Man with Mr. Boboy Garrovillo and Ms. Dawn Zulueta

Directed By Marie Jamora

Written By Marie Jamora & Ramon De Veyra

Screenplay By Marie Jamora & Ramon De Veyra

Produced By Marie Jamora, Bernard Dacanay, Trinka Lat, Daphne O. Chiu & John Sy


Posted in Actor, Actress, Best Actor, Best Actress, CCP, Cinemalaya, Showbiz News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2012 by Eduard Orgel

an entry to the 2012 director’s showcase of cinemalaya. written by zig dulay, directed by lawrence fajardo, stars bangs garcia, wendy valdez, art acuna, susan africa, nor domingo, jake macapagal and nico antonio. with the special particiaption of john lapus. july 2012.

Lawrence Fajardo

Director of POSAS
Lawrence Fajardo

2012 Oscars Red Carpet Report Card

Posted in Actor, Best Actor, Best Actress, Broadway, Celibrity Couple, Comedy, Oscars Red Carpet with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Eduard Orgel

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Piolo asks public to respect his privacy

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Actress, Anne Curtis, Best Actor, Best Actress, Celibrity Couple, Entertainment, Gay World, Showbiz News, Singer with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2011 by Eduard Orgel

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Actor Piolo Pascual has asked the public to respect his privacy, saying his break-up with actress-television host KC Concepcion is a “very sensitive issue.”

Pascual arrived in Manila from Japan on Monday.

The actor refused to comment on Concepcion’s “tell-all” interview on “The Buzz” aired Sunday, where she confirmed the split.

“I don’t think I’ve anything else to say. KC has already said her piece. Hayaan na lang muna natin doon kasi it’s a very sensitive issue. Hindi naman biro ang pinagdaanan naming dalawa,” he told ABS-CBN News.

Pascual asked everyone to understand what he and Concepcion are going through.

“Ang hinihingi ko na lang ay pag-iintindi sa mga tao. Hindi madali ang proseso. Hindi rin madali yung maraming nakaabang, maraming naghihintay at maraming nakikialam. Ang sa akin, hayaan na lang muna kami, especially si Kristina. It’s not easy,” he pleaded.

Pascual also asked for understanding, saying other people are also being affected

On Sunday, Concepcion turned emotional as she finally admitted that she and Pascual have called it quits.

The actress, who chose not to disclose the real reason behind their separation, hinted that she is not the one that Pascual needs in his life.

Fans  and Viewers Comments

I am not a fan of Piolo or KC Concepcion

by LosAngelesViewer on Mon, 12/12/2011 – 08:52

I am not a fan of Piolo or KC, but I am a regular viewer of TFC. I was very disgusted by KC’s public video drama that I had to register for an ABS-CBN account to express my views. Let me put the bottomline up front: who cares if Piolo is gay?? So what?? He’s been in the business for so many years, and I’ve never heard of anything negative he did towards other people. He’s kind, down to earth, and sincerely humble. Now with KC. Did you really have to go on TV and cry over your breakup like you were wronged with gravely unacceptable acts towards a human being??? Hindi naman di ba? Mag-boyfriend lang kayo, hindi naman kayo mag-asawa. It’s normal for anyone who goes into a relationship to be broken-hearted by a breakup. Naturingan pa namang edukada ka, pero you are so needy of attention and sympathy from the public na gusto mo kaawaan ka, gusto mo ikaw ang api, that you had to cover your ground right away para sa yo mapunta ang awa ng tao. Tell me, who among the other celebrities na mag-bf pa lang who cried on TV to expose the drama of their breakup? Not Karylle, nor Anne Curtis, or Sarah, Kim-Chiu, Shaina, Mariel, Bianca, not even the likes of Pia Guanio, nor even Liz Uy. The only one who was palengkera and explosive in each of her relationships was Cristine Reyes. And then here you are… taking simple breakups to a new low in show business. See, people as highly educated as you can see right through you. Your video was VERY TACKY. It was a tactical attempt for you to win people’s sympathy dahil alam mong mahal ng tao si Piolo. You know that you do not have the masa’s hearts kasi marami ang naartehan sa yo. UBOD ka ng arte, I remember when bago pa lang kayo ni Piolo and you were both singing a song together, and para kang bulate turning left and right and waiting for Piolo to hold and put his arms around you while you sang. Problem is, hindi naman touchy feely si Piolo, nor any of the other leading men you worked with. Kasi, gentleman sila lahat. Whereas you’re the type who wants to be touched and hugged all the time on TV. Also, you talk SOOO much! SERIOUSLY, our household could not be more annoyed of how you cut in each and every time on the Buzz to say your piece. You just have to say something every freakin time! You’re a self-righteous miss-know-it-all who p***s off the sanity out of our minds!! I hope this comment will not be removed. I pay for TFC and I have the right to be heard. I am not attacking KC personally… I’m just saying the truth about how she saturates and annoys the viewers with her too aggressive ways. You are IN OUR FACE all the time. You are like the Kardashians in terms of media over-exposure and seriously, we do not need to hear any of you and your drama, especially ones that should be kept personal. I really am upset over your endless attempts to get attention towards you, and this breakup video broke the camel’s back for me. People should see this is EXACTLY the attention you wanted. I would actually be relieved if you followed your mom’s footsteps and transferred over to TV5 because we would appreciate to have a loong break from everything KC. Just had enough of it!!!

KC should talk to Carmina

by bongvr on Thu, 12/01/2011 – 04:12

If you look back and try to recall, few years back- when people were asking Carmina Villaroel what was the problem (with her and Rustom), her responses were almost exactly like KC’s today; “Its hard to talk”..”Mahirap makasakit”, “Sa amin na lang”…remember?
history unfortunately repeating itself? Poor KC (or on the hindsight – – lucky her!)

On the otherhand, I cant wrap my head around the fact that Sharon has been in the business for many years, and she has no idea (or close people around her) the real score with Piolo? At least half of the country knows about it .Oh oh oh, mga gay protectors, bago kayo umalma –This is not a gay issue, and anyhing wrong with his sexual preference- the ONLY issue here is the poor girls heart, this a plain and simple case of Betrayal, Lies and Self-preservation.

PIOLO – Take Advantage of this Opportunity NOW

by bzamora on Wed, 11/30/2011 – 04:04

PIOLO – Take advantage of this opportunity right now.
Take the risk of coming out! Tell the whole world about your sexuality!
Life is a risk but that’s why we are here on earth to learn about ourselves
and experience the truth.

By coming out you will:

1. Be the Hero of all closeted gays not only in the Philippines but the whole world.
Forget Tom Cruise and John Travolta – they only care about their religion – Scientology.
More closeted gays will come out because of you and they will all be respected because
you are a very respectable human being.

2. Show the world that not all gays are swiss cheese, mamon or sirena ng dalampasigan.
We are also masculine, respectable, proud, dignified, professionals and have the need
to love just like everyone. We want respect and not laughing stock or butt jokes of
the media, friends and even families.

3. Stop bullying gays among teenagers in private and public schools. This will take time
but you will be the pioneer and your name will be in the books of local schools as being
respectable – like Rosa Park of the Civil Rights movement in the 60’s when she
sat in the front seat of the public bus when only whites are allowed to do that.

4. Have the understanding and respect of Sharon Cuneta’s family. They are only waiting
for you to do that (OPEN UP). KC will get over it soon. You’ve already used her. Don’t
it again to other girls, OK?

5. Branch out in your career as the First Actor and Celebrity who embraced the true
meaning of Sexuality. Forget ABS-CBN’s Manahan. They only care about money and business.
You should care about other gays and yourself. Isn’t that what Christianity is all about, anyway. right?
You will not only be a different actor but will have speaking engagement all over the world
for speaking out against Gay Discrimination in the Philippine society.

6. Stand out as a Role Model for everybody, the way Jesus Christ meant us all to be.
Jesus loved everybody even the prostitutes. I’m sure He loves closeted gays if he was alive
today. He was non-judgemental.

Things are changing by the minute. Gays are now accepted in the Military with open arms especially
in the USA. Soon it will be implemented in the Philippines. Gay marriage is now legal in several States.

Being gay is not a choice in life. We were born this way. I’m sure if you had a choice when you were
born, you would have chosen to be straight so it would be a lot easier to live through life. But God made
you gay because He wants you to make A DIFFERENCE. YOU ARE DIFFERENT. YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL. YOU ARE
HANDSOME, RESPECTABLE and in the “Limelite/Highlite” of your career. Take advantage of it.



by noti_boi on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 23:08

magpaka-totoo ka kasi..

can’t hide behind muscles, looks and the abs, man..

magpaka lalake ka..

You’re right Piolo

by sanjoro on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 23:00

You’re right Piolo you have nothing more to say because the deeply hurt KC revealed all plus more and you’re the culprit! The revelations are so shocking and damning, they could ruin your credibility and career.

You need all the help you can get from your friends–Mr. Manahan, ABS-CBN, etc. Good luck.


Piolo asks public to respect his privacy

by ramsell15 on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 20:57

Piolo, anong privacy pa ang hinihingi mo? Wala ka ng mahihingi pa na privacy sa publiko kasi alam na ng lahat na bakla ka. Huwag ka ng mag tago pa. Lumantad ka nalang para sa ikakabuti mo.

silahis/bading/mga ayaw bumigay

by greenmango on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 19:33

mga maiingat na celebrities about their kabadingan (erik santos,jed madela,lucky manzano,piolo pasqual atbl…) lahat nsa eybies-sibien mas populated ng bading sa network nila at funny thing is mukhang alam nman ng network pero prinoprotektahan nila image, naiintindihan ko rin nman ang mga closet gays kasi sa pinas kinukutya at ginagawang katatawanan mga bading,and when ur bading they expect u to be like vice ganda or bibing gandanghari para lang matanggal,kya mahirap sa isang straight acting gayguus ang magladlad…di masama maging bading ang masama adik at masama rin ang manggamit ng tao para ikubli sekswalidad mo.

maingat si bading

by greenmango on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 19:26

nag-iingat sya mabuking maging topic at sya tlga ang trending topic ngaun at laman ng balita kasi makakasira sa kanyang career halos lahat nagsasabi na bading at madaming patunay,kawawa nman si kc ginamit lng sya for cover up,sobrang lambot nya off cam at kpag on cam nman nagpapakalalake gaya ng ginagawa noon ni rustom..panoorin nyo sa youtube yung piolos reaction controversial bading na bding reaction habang nanonood ng laban ni pacqiuao,he has to go to western countries para lang mkpagladlad…i-out mo na yan piolo masama manakit ng damdamin o stay single na lang kesa nakakasakit alam nman halos ng buong bansa na baklush ka kahit mga kabaro mo na nagsasabi amoy na amoy ka nila at sense na sense nila aura mong baddinggerzi..di nman masama maging bading pero masama ang manakit at manggamit ng tao para lang ikubli pagkatao mo…ask nyo c juday and tito alfie if bading si piolo…di kasi sya pwedeng bumigay pa look at rustom hindi nagblossom ang career dahil bumigay…kpag nka off ang cam malambot sya pag nka on ang cam kunyari lalaking lalaki kya nga actor eh…pilit pati pagsasalita nya pigil at maingat.

Poor Piolo!

by sanjoro on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 18:42

You’re asking for a second chance but you were given countless of chances by KC, actually eight {8} chances according to KC and nothing happened!

Back off from KC. Get real and stick to your boyfriends and be happy! Kuha mo?


2nd chance….

by noti_boi on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 23:15

2nd chance . . . magpa-opera pero di kaya. . . try mo kaya sa Bangkok, chong.. magaling cla mang retoke ng ari dun..


Admit it…

by Anti Arroyo on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 17:29

Classmate ng mga pinsan ko iyan si Piolo Pascual sa St. Francis School sa Sta. Ana, Manila. Sila mismo ang nagsabi na bakla iyan. Hindi pa masyado sikat iyan, sa unang movie pa lang niya sabi ng pinsan ko na siya ang niloloko namin noong araw sa Plaza Hugo na bakla. Actually, taga Mandaluyong si Piolo at meron kapatid na tomboy na nag aral sa San Felipe Neri.

Ang reason daw kaya di pa siya umamamin eh pinipigilan daw ni Johnny Manahan na magladlad…pero gusto na raw niya aminin. Iyan pala ang dahilan kaya siya madalas mag vacation outside the country para makapagladlad.

OK lang kung bading siya as long as maayos siya makitungo sa tao at hindi nangyuyrak ninuman.


by noti_boi on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 23:12

Dear KC,

mas masarap kasi ang Suman kesa Bibingka..


Be a man…

by rossana671 on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 17:06

If you’re claiming you’re a Christian…well, act like one. You can lie to anyone, but you cannot lie to yourself… especially to our ONE TRUE LIVING GOD… Being saved is a new creation in The Lord.. are you one of them?

For what?

by akosibaduy on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 15:48

Apologize to the public for what?Na hangang ngayon tinatago mo sa publiko at mga tangahanga mo na isa kang bading? hehehe


by SoCal on Mon, 11/28/2011 – 15:28

To Piolo…whether or not you decide to come out of the closet anytime soon, you should have NEVER put KC in this position knowing your TRUTH. And, if you’re smart, you probably should NEVER put another female in this position again.

If you decide to stay in the public eye, please stay single until your ready to be in an honest relationship. I completely empathize with you Piolo. I know how it feels as I was in your position not too long ago. I was married with children. Everyone has to go through their own journey of coming out. I get it. There will be hills and valleys brother. It’s hard, I know. But until you’re ready to be honest with yourself, you will never feel complete. The sooner you come to terms with your sexuality, the sooner you will actually feel a sense of wholeness.

Try to use this opportunity KC has given to you be honest with yourself. You will be surprised how much support and love you will be blessed with. It is the most liberating feeling to finally be free of all the worry that is constantly burdening you.

Unfortunately, from reading comments just on this blog alone and as an outsider looking in, it appears that gay people are looked upon as second class citizens in the Philippines and are fodder and used as punchlines for a majority of the people there.

Just know that things have changed and are changing more and more everyday as evidenced by more and more A-Listers of the world coming out as gay. You are not alone my friend.

BUT, with ONE sentence coming out of your mouth, you alone can change the way people perceive gays in the Philippines. With all the strides being made in the world, you alone can be the one to stop the prejudice and BS that gays have long endured in the Philippines.

For KC, time heals all wounds and you will one day find the true love you’re searching for. No doubt. Good Luck to the both of you. I wish you both peace of mind and love in the future. xo

AMEN To your comment, SoCal!!!

by bzamora on Wed, 11/30/2011 – 01:30

AMEN ako sa sinabi mo – SoCal. Well Said!!


Ito pa controversial photos ni Piolo na naglalabasan at pinag-uusapan sa social network after the break up nila ni KC Conception, for me as a blogger binusisi ko yung dalawang litrato kung ano ang pinagkaka-iba. Kung titingnan ninyong mabuti ang dalawa halos pareho lang lahat, yung naka sulat lang sa papel yung na iba. kaya ang masasabi ko ay edited at paninira lamang kay Piolo ang controversial photos nato.


Piolo Pascual

Piolo Pascual

Piolo Pascual

Piolo Pascual

Brillante Mendoza film, inaabangan!

Posted in ABS-CBN, Actor, Actress, Best Actor, Best Actress, CCP, Cinemalaya, dennis adobas, GMA network, Pinoy Fimmaker, Pinoy Movie, Showbiz News, TV5 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2011 by Eduard Orgel



Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza


 Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert and Chanel Latorre and others cast of "PREY"

Tapos na tapos na ang principal photography ng “Prey”, ang latest film project ng internationally acclaimed Filipino filmmaker na si Brillante Mendoza.  Kinunan ito sa apat na lugar:  Batangas, Quezon, Rizal sa South at (Subic) Zambales sa North.

Ang “Prey” ay tumatalakay sa mga hostage-taking incidents ng mga local at foreign tourists ng Abu Sayyaf. Pinaka-peg ng kuwento ang madramang nangyari sa Dos Palmas Resort sa Palawan mga ilang taon na ang nakakaraan.  The script is written by Boots Agbayani Pastor based on various researches, interviews.  Mismong si Direk Brillante Mendoza ay nagpunta sa Mindanao para magsaliksik!

The cast of “Prey” is an assemblage of top actors from the movies, television and theater.  Headlining the cast is French acting icon Isabelle Huppert who was twice proclaimed Cannes Filmfest Best Actress for her performances in “Violette” (1978) and “The Piano Teacher” (2001). She is considered “France’s counterpart of America’s Meryl Streep” in terms of acting capacity and various roles played onscreen.

Kasama rin sa cast ng “Prey” sina Maria Isabel Lopez, Sid Lucero,Raymond Bagatsing, Chanel Latorre, Ronnie Lazaro, Neil Ryan Sese,Kristoffer King, Mercedes Cabral, Bernard Palanca, Mon Confiado, Tado, Raymund Nullan, Angel Aquino, Perry Dizon, Rustica Carpio, Allan Paule at iba pa.

Malamang na isasali ang “Prey” sa 2011 Cannes Film Festival sa Cannes, France in May 2011.


Bukod sa singing ay binabalikan din ng singer-actor na si Ernie Garcia ang pag-arte.

Kasama si Ernie sa cast ng teleserye na “My Lover, My Wife” ng GMA-7 playing the role of Maxene Magalona’s loving and supportive father.

Ang iba pang artistang nasa cast ng “My Lover, My Wife” ay sina Luis Alandy, Marco Alcaraz at Nadine Samonte.  Sa direksyon ni Jay Altarejos.

Last month ay lumabas naman si Ernie sa isang episode ng dramatization of real stories on “Face To Face” ng TV5.

Babalikan din ni Ernie ang recording.  Upon the advice of stage director Freddie Santos (dati niyang kasamahan sa Repertory Philippines), magre-record siya ng mga kantang Tagalog na katipo ng mga kanta ni Tom Jones.  Kasalukuyan siyang nakikipag-usap sa mga composers para magpagawa ng mga kantang ganito.


Bago pa sila nagkakilala ni Ernie Garcia, dati na palang nagpo-produce si Dr. Rey Carpio ng mga beauty pageants.  Siya ang producer ng “Queen of the East” at “Philippine Super Model” contests some years ago.

Si Dr.Carpio ang producer ng pre-Valentine concert ni Ernie sa Eastwood Richmonde Hotel grand ballroom sa Libis, Quezon City, last February 12.  Pinamagatang “Ernie Garcia…Loving You”, ito’y nagtampok din kay Mark Anthony Carpio as special guest performer.

Presidente si Dr. Carpio ng Grand Monaco Estate Developers, Inc. na may 12 locations including Antipolo, Caloocan, Marikina, Novaliches, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig and Taytay.

GMEDI maintains a pool of accredited brokers backed up by promotional strategies of putting up sales exhibits at the malls, billboards at strategic locations, saturation within the 4.6 radius of the project sites, leafleting, mobile ads and open house activities.

Grand Monaco housing projects have been selling like hot cakes.  Gross sales for 2010 reached P600-million (up from only P5-million in 2003) and tripled 2009’s performance.

ER Ejercito, gaganap na Emilio Aguinaldo!

Posted in Actor, Best Actor, CCP, dennis adobas, Entertainment, Pinoy Movie, Politicall Issue, Revolution, Showbiz News, Singer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2011 by Eduard Orgel


Sadyang napakalakas humigop ng magneto ng showbiz!  Kahit na matagumpay na sa larangan ng pulitika ang mahusay na aktor na si Jorge “E.R.” Ejercito Estregan as the incumbent Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon Ejercito, hindi niya pa rin makakalimutan ang kanyang pinagmulan:  ang pagiging artista!  Sabi nga ng isang cliche, “once an actor, always an actor!”. 

Kunsabagay, hindi naman pwedeng ipagkaila na galing sa angkan ng showbiz si ER.  Artista ang ama niyang si George Estregan, tiyuhin niyang si Joseph “Erap” Estrada at pinsan niyang si Jinggoy Estrada.  Dating film producer naman ang isa niya pang tiyuhin na si Jesse Ejercito!

Ipinahayag kamakailan lamang ni ER ang kanyang matayog na film project, ang biofilm ng first president ng Philippine Republic, si Emilio Aguinaldo na pinamamagatang “El Presidente”.  Ito ay pamamahalaan ng award-winning and prestigious filmmaker na si Tikoy Aguiluz.

Matagal na itong balak ni ER.  We still remember him telling us in previous interviews about this plan.  Katunayan nga’y may naka-frame nang tentative poster ng pelikula na nakasabit sa opisina niya sa Pagsanjan, Laguna noong siya pa ang mayor doon (ang misis niyang si Maita Sanchez-Ejercito na ang bagong mayor ng Pagsanjan).  Naka-flat top ang gupit ni ER sa poster na ‘yon na ginaya sa haircut ni Aguinaldo.

Maituturing na very ambitious ang Aguinaldo film project ni ER for two reasons:  1) a whooping 100-million pesos daw ang production budget nito, which is mega-high for an indie film!; and 2) the actress they have in mind to portray Aguinaldo’s second wife is no less than Batangas Governor Vilma Santos!

Sabi ni Aguiluz, maraming pagkukunan ng resources, support and funding ang “El Presidente”.  Nag-pledge na ang mga sumusunod:  Former Prime Minister (during Marcos era) na si Cesar Virata (grand nephew of Aguinaldo); direct living descendants of Aguinaldo; National Historical Institute (NHI); National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP); Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP); Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT); SM Cinema; Robinsons Cinema; at Ayala Theaters.

Todate, ang pelikulang lokal na may pinakamataas na production cost ay ang “EMIR” ni Chito Rono na giumano’y 70-million pesos ang inabot.  Hindi ito kumita sa takilya dahil sa napabayaan sa publicity and promotion.

Ayon kay Aguiluz, may isang Pinoy-French film co-production na tapos na ang principal photography at diumano’y 100-million pesos din ang cost, ang “Prey” ni Brillante Mendoza.

Regarding Vilma Santos as ER’s leading lady, wala pa itong kumpirmasyon galing kay Santos as it would largely depend on her availability.

Bukod sa “El Presidente” ay may isa pang malaking pelikulang balak gawin ni ER Ejercito.  Ito’y ang pang-apat na remake ng “Asiong Salonga” na unang pinagbidahan ni Joseph Estrada. Wala pang detalye (final casting, budget, etc.) tungkol dito.  Ang tiyak pa lang sa ngayon ay si ER ang bida at si Tikoy Aguiluz ang direktor.


May nakilala kaming singer-composer-musician na una naming napanood na nagpakitang-gilas ng kanyang musical talent sa isang NCCT-DepED Dialogue with Media Practitioners.  He is Njel de Mesa na isa rin palang Palanca Literary Contest winner.

Katatapos lang mag-perform ni Njel de Mesa last Tuesday evening sa Conspiracy Bar sa Visayas Ave., Quezon City, na pagmamay-ari ni Pete Lacaba at ng mga kaibigan niya.

Catch Njel de Mesa tonight, February 24, sa World Trade Center, at sa Sabado, February 26 sa SM-Marikina.


Nabanggit din lang ang NCCT (National Council for Children’s Television), babanggitin na rin namin ang Executive Director nitong si Frank G. Rivera na isa ring perennial Palanca awardee, professor, award-winning author, poet, film scriptwriter, filmmaker, production designer and founding director of Marawi State University’s Sining Kambayoka.

Si Frank ay mahilig magpadala sa amin ng mga “berso sa text” kapag may okasyon.  Narito ang latest na ipinadala niya sa amin:  “May indayog ang salita / Tumatamis pa sa dila /Lumalalim pa sa akala //  Salita’y mababaw lamang / Kung damdami’y tinatakpan / Salat sa katotohanan / Gamitin man sa tulaan.// Dilang nagsisinungaling / Paglaya’y ibinibitin / Hindi sukat akalain / Inaagas ang damdamin.// Palayain ang diwa mo / Ngayong buwan ng Pebrero / Palundagin ang kuneho / Para Sining ay lumukso.// HAPPY INTERNATIONAL ARTS MONTH!