Due to issues concerning of low audience for Philippine movies, the usual Wednesday opening day have been moved to a Friday opening day for local films in order to accommodate more possible moviegoers when most people are in the malls on weekends.
On March 13, a dialogue took place and was participated by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), produces, distributors, and theater owners to discuss matters regarding the exhibition of films in cinemas across the country; and resulted to a proposal to move the release or opening day of our local movies in cinemas from Wednesdays to Fridays.
FDCP chairperson Liza Diño said that the gathering identified a lot of the gaps in the current status quo and ways to address them that would be beneficial to the parties concerned.
The meeting was pushed after the filmmaker Erik Matti’s “plea for help” on social media, which referred to the local film industry in “dire situation”. Some experts and even movie supporters suggested the moving of opening days for local films from Wednesdays to Fridays.
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CINEMATHEQUE CENTRE NABUNTURAN OFFICIALLY OPENS Deeply honored to inaugurate the first FDCP Cinematheque under this administration. Opening in the Municipality of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, the Cinematheque Centre contributes to the municipality’s vision to be one of the leading centres of culture and cinematic arts in the region. This is the first of its kind here, an arts space where the community can come together to celebrate Cinema and have access to a multitude of film programs that encourages the development of Nabunturan's film culture. Since my first visit here during Nabifilmex, I have been a personal witness to the desire and thirst of Nabunturan for film and I cannot be more proud that the Film Development Council of the Philippines has helped in empowering the community through our Cinematheque Program. Our goal is for us to further reach the regions and provide them the same opportunities and programs as we have from the capital and step by step, we intend to continue this pursuit. The regions are teeming with talents and stories that are unique and nothing we have seen before and we cannot wait to hone these and encourage their development so that soon, we may share them to our broader audience in the country and even someday, to the rest of the world. The Cinematheque Centre Nabunturan is definitely a concrete step towards this and I cannot wait for the screenings, talks, and conversations on Cinema that we get to host here regularly. To the Municipality of Nabunturan, esp to Hon. Mayor Chelita Amatong, thank you for this partnership. This would not have been possible without you and the local government's support. To Atty. Karen Santiago-malaki and Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition organizers, thank you for dreaming. To Sen. Loren Legarda, thank you for believing in the dream. To my FDCP staff, our Executive Director Will Fredo, Don Gervin Arawan, Dustin Guillermo and our new team here in Cinematheque led by Arbi Barbi, thank you for your hard work in implementing the vision of our agency and making this dream a reality. This is truly the start of something incredible and the celebration of Cinema here in Nabunturan.
The Wednesday opening days are perceived to be weak in drawing more audience to flock to theater houses. Due to poor sales, cinema owners are compelled to pull out these films without even reaching for a weekend run. The first-day last-day is always a common scenario for local films performing poorly at the box-office even on its first day of showing.
Diño also mentioned concerns that were tackled during the meeting, “We also talked about admission prices, guaranteed days in every film being booked, and a holdback period for films released in cinemas before it go to other platforms like VOD, etc.”
But all the stuff discussed, the policy and guidelines are yet to be finalized, but are already moving forward, she added.
On her statement on Thursday, March 14, the purpose to have a dialogue was not only to have an agreement to the proposed solution but also to finally have to listen to both parties’ sentiments.
“More than reaching an agreement to the proposed solutions, my main takeaway from yesterday’s dialogue is the willingness of both parties (finally) to sit, talk, listen and accept each other’s sentiments calmly and in good faith.
“The goal is to understand and acknowledge the concerns of both and work towards having solutions. For so many years, nagkaroon ng divisiveness dahil kung saan-saang platform na nailalabas ang mga hinaing causing for parties to be vilified without any recourse to verify these concerns in proper venues and to the people concerned mismo para mapakinggan ang pinanggagalingan ng bawat isa.”
The dialogue paved the way for concerned parties to agree one common goal which is to support, nurture and uplift the local film industry.
At the DVD launch of historical movie Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral by TBA Productions, director Jerold Tarog, who is the current director of the upcoming movie Darna, admitted that he needs to make a few changes from the work that has been done by its previous director, Erik Matti.
He also admitted that there’s no updates so far about the movie that will star Liza Soberano.
“Kasi kailangan ko ulitin ‘yung script na tinatrabaho nila Direk Erik Matti. So andon ako sa stage ngayon na kailangan ko siya i-rewrite.”
He said that he wanted the story to be deeper and more meaningful.
“Nagte-take off ako doon sa draft nila, so mula doon kailangan ko mag-research ng kaunti, so medyo may reset ng kaunti.”
Even if there will be changes to the script, he clarified that there will be no changes with the movie’s cast.
“In this case kasi si Liza lang naman ang naka-lock talaga e. Okay naman ako doon wala namang problema.”
Tarog added that he will actually change the costume of Darna.
“May mga gagawin pa kami na additional for the costumes, mas praktikal. Basta kasi mayroong design na ginawa ‘yung previous team, e medyo iba ‘yung gusto kong direksyon. Kung iku-kumpara lang sa dating costume, may iba lang akong gagawin.”
When asked about Soberano, he said that they still haven’t talked to each other.
“Pero pag na-meet ko siya, doon ko palang masasabi ang expectations ko. Pero naniwala si Direk Erik Matti kay Liza, so ‘yung faith niya, I’m sure worth it ‘yung faith na ‘yun. I’m looking forward to work with her.”
Liza Soberano expressed her hopes to work with director Erik Matti again soon.
On an Instagram post, she captioned a photograph of her having dinner with the director and said that she’s still wishing for future projects with him.
“Thank you so much for everything direk @erikmatti!!! ❤️ This dinner really meant alot to me. Still hoping for a future project with you.”
She also said that the Matti personally messaged her to properly and formally say goodbye to her.
“I was really thankful because I don’t think a lot of people will do that. He messaged me just so that he could say goodbye properly to me and I really appreciate that he did that. And I am just really thankful that I had the chance to work with him and I still want to finish a project with him so hopefully in the future if our schedule permits and there is a really good script that he wants to be directing, I really wouldn’t mind doing another film.”
The director departed from the Darna movie in October because of “creative differences” and it has been a mutual decision between the director and the management.
Liza will continue on with the movie with a new director, Jerrold Tarog as announced recently.
“For right now I think we are going to focus with the movie with Quen because we actually have a due date for the movie, so I think we are going to do that first and Darna has to be focused on by direk Jerrold. He’s taking over now so there are some changes.”
Filipino movie BuyBust has received recognition and impressive viewership in the country.
With mainly positive feedback, director Erik Matti can’t help but share one backstory of one of the departed individuals listed in the closing billboard (CBB) of the film, to whom the film was dedicated to-Lupe Romulo.
Lupe is the sister of Erwin Romulo, the film’s musical director.
The filmmaker said that Lupe was looking forward on watching the movie as she was Matti’s “number one fan” and he misses the moments he shared with her. He even added that she once asked to be an extra in his upcoming project with Star Cinema, Darna.
3. Lupe Romulo was my number one fan. She’s the sister of #erwinromulo our musical director. She was looking forward to watching #BuyBust before she died. I miss smoking a cigarette with her. And she had the most infectious laughter. She even asked to be casted as an extra in #Darna.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who is also a sibling of Lupe, re-posted Erik’s photo, thanking him for including her sister’s name.
She then joked about replacing her sister as an extra in the show.
Thank you Dir @erikmatti for including Lupe’s name🙏🏻 Made me 😢 when i saw your post. Ako nalang mag e extra sa #Darna 😊 #Repost @erikmatti #BuyBust
Erik appeared to be keen in the idea and playfully replied “pwede” and “haha game!” as the secretary responded with “just tell me when direk!”.
Darna is a co-production of Star Cinema and the director’s Reality Entertainment. It has been billed as “a first in Philippine cinema” in terms of scale.
Two showbiz personalities became victims of theft over the weekend: Rapper and former Ex Battalion member John Roa, and award-winning director Erik Matti.
Roa lost his wallet on July 14, during the Kami and ExB concert of his former group at the Ynares Sports Arena,,Pasig City. He was a special guest and he reported that he left his bag backstage when it was his turn to perform onstage.
After his performance, he discovered that he could no longer locate his wallet. It has all his cash and ATM cards. As there are no CCTV cameras at the backstage of the sports arena, they cannot pinpoint who the thief was.
Roa revealed that in order to get home, he had to borrow money from one of the members of ExBattalion.
On the other hand, Erik Matti’s cellphone disappeared after he attended the New York Asian Festival with Anne Curtis on July 15. His work, BuyBust, was the closing film.
Instead of being upset over his lost phone, Matti was happy and proud with all the compliments and praises they received for his film.
When he was asked about his lost phone, he just said: “At least our premier went well and CEB (Cinema Evaluation Board) rated us an A, too.”
Halloween is in approaching and binge-watching is one of the things to do when this holiday comes. These are the timeless Filipino horror movies that will makes you scream with terror every time.
The Road (2011)
Directed by Yam Laranas
This is a psychological thriller that will make you want to watch it again and again. The story is about teenagers (Barbie Forteza, Lexi Fernandez and Derrick Monasterio) who went missing after a joyride gone wrong along a haunted and abandoned road. Luis Medina (TJ Trinidad) is the investigator assigned to the case. While he was investigating, he finds the decaying body of another victim in the same road. The body used to belong to one of the two sisters who went missing ten years before. Digging further, Luis will get himself into a mystery full of brutality and murders.
Directed by Yam Laranas
This is another psychological thriller that will make you think what is the main story and what is not. The story is about Marvin (Richard Guiterrez) savoring his independence by moving into his own appartment. Although he likes his apartment, he wakes up at night because of screams of help at the middle of the night. At the end of the hallway of his floor lives Bert (Jomari Yllana), Anna (Iza Calzado) and her little daughter, Lara (Ella Guevarra). Bert, usually drunk, always suspects Anna on cheating on him which leads to him beating her causing the disturbances. Anna usually asks for help from Jude (James Blanco) who lives in the middle of the hallway.
Directed by Chito S. Roño
This story is about the superstition in which one should not get married in the same year that an immediate relative dies or no siblings should be married within the year. The story is about two women, Sandy (Kris Aquino) and Diana (Claudine Barretto) who gets married. They are both haunted by a ghostly flower girl who asks for a life in order to break the curse.
The Healing (2012)
Directed by Chito S. Roño
This is another Filipino horror film that will confuse you but surely will make you want to see it again. Seth (Vilma Santos) took her father to a fate healer, Manang Elsa (Daria Ramirez), after he suffered from a stroke. After her father regained his strength, his miraculous healing astounded the whole neighborhood. A handful of people came to Seth and asked her for help to bring them to Manang Elsa. When she did, they started to face a curse they didn’t know they cast on themselves.
Feng Shui (2004)
Directed by Chito S. Roño
When someone stares and sees themselves in the Bagua mirror, they get killed according to their Chinese zodiac sign. Joy (Kris Aquino) found the bagua mirror inside a bus left by a man. She later shows the Bagua to Aling Biring (Luz Fernandez) who tells Joy that she should keep it because it will drive away evil spirits and bring good luck to their family. Joy finds out that Aling Biring was killed because of leptospirosis and the man who left the Bagua was hit by a Rabbit Liner bus. She now has to save herself, her friends and her family in being affected by the curse.
Directed by Erik Matti
This is the most recent horror film in this list. It is truly horrifying because of its relation to the religious beliefs of many here in the Philippines. The story is about a little girl, Anghela Sta. Ana (Rhed Bustamante), who heals people miraculously. When she heals someone, black gooey liquid drips from her mouth. Padre Ricardo (Neil Ryan Sese) gets suspicious about the nun who accompanies her, Sister Cecilia (Phoebe Walker). But the issue does not just stop here because there is a lot of mystery surrounding Anghela, who she is and what she does.
Directed by Mike de Leon
Jun (Tommy Abuel), a photographer, befriended a strange woman named Teresa (Charo Santos) in his hometown during Holy Week. When Teresa started acting weird, Jun and her mother asked for help from a spiritualist or medium. They find out that Teresa is being possessed by a potentially dangerous spirit.
Directed by Mike Tuviera
Joyce (Angel Locsin) was a caregiver in a local elderly home. She broke up with her obsessive boyfriend, Roman (Oyo Sotto). As a final request, Roman asked Joyce to drive him home with his car. The two got into a tragic accident killing Roman and injuring Joyce. Alex (Dennis Trillo), a call center agent, had feelings for Joyce but didn’t act on it. He comforted Joyce in such a hard time, instead. After a few days, Joyce receives texts from Roman’s number considering it as a cruel prank. Or is it?
‘Wag Kang Lilingon (2006)
Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Quark Henares
This movie has recurring themes that tie down both Angel (Kristine Hermosa) and Melissa (Anne Curtis) together: the spirits that haunts them, the mirror and the house. There may be many spirits haunting them, there is only one culprit. It all started when Angel lit a candle in front of a mirror with her little sister, Nina (Celine Lim). Apparently, they opened a portal between the two worlds.
Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (1995)
Directed by Chito S. Roño
Barbara (Lorna Tolentino) had always been a loving sister to Ruth (Dawn Zulueta). Barbara loved her so much that she even sacrificed the guy that she loved, Nick (Tonton Guiterrez). When Nick and Ruth got married, Barbara fled to the United States just to start a new life and try to give Nick some time to fall in love with Ruth. After a few years of their marriage, Ruth still suspected Nick of harboring feelings for her sister. In a jealous range, she committed suicide by stabbing herself with a huge piece of a broken mirror. The suicide was witnessed by her daughter, Karen (Antoinette Taus) who had become unstable. Barbara comes back to the Philippines and face her past haunting her, in more ways than one.
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