FILM FESTIVAL | Cinemalaya 14 Opening (August 3, 2018)

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Another moment of great promises for the Filipino film industry.

Last August 3, the 14th season of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival was formally opened at the heart of the country’s cultural majesty, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

The event was graced by the filmmakers of competing entries for full-length and short film categories, officials from Cinemalaya and the CCP and over a thousand of new and long-time Cinemalaya spectators inside the revered Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.

This year’s opening film was Erik Matti’s “Buybust” starring Anne Curtis whose presence made the night more special.

The venue was at its full capacity despite Buybust’s commercial run prior to its gala night at the Cinemalaya.

The Main Theater was filled with action-packed reaction and emotion for almost two hours which was definitely rare for a Cinemalaya opening film.

After the screening, Curtis expressed her awe on the audience’s ultra-positive reception, leaving her almost speechless and teary-eyed.

#Cinemalaya14 will run until August 12, 2018 at the CCP and in selected Ayala Cinemas nationwide.







Fun, magical and full of “hugot”.

Last December 5, Aurora Metropolis was able to catch the final run of the much anticipated stage adaptation of Ricky Lee’s “Para Kay B”, at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium of University of Santo Tomas (UST).

Produced by UST’s official theater guild Teatro Tomasino, the play was written by Eljay Castro Daldoc and showcased the talents of Teatro’s alumni and current members, including its director Arch. Carlos Buendia, Jr. (Teatro’s former artistic director) and its professional adviser, comedian John “Sweet” Lapus.

This event became extra special because of the presence of TV/movie writer and film industry icon Ricky Lee who entertained his fans by signing their copies of the book and even their tickets.

Prior to its UST debut, “Para Kay B” was first staged by students of UP Los Baños inside a small classroom in 2011.

“Para Kay B” is Teatro Tomasino’s production in celebration of its 38th year as UST’s premiere theater organization.

Here are some of the photos from last Saturday’s Para Kay B final curtain call.


And check out my review on Teatro Tomasino’s “Para Kay B” here:


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