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Network rivalry put on hold: Kapuso stars featured on 12 Star Cinema films

Network rivalry put on hold: Kapuso stars featured on 12 Star Cinema films

  • Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards surprised the public with their team-up under Star Cinema
  • This is not the first time a Kapuso star was featured on an ABS-CBN film production company
  • Star Cinema presented Kapuso stars 12 times in films with varying genres

It was revealed on Tuesday that Kapuso actor Alden Richards will be paired with Kapamilya actress Kathryn Bernardo on a movie with Star Cinema.

The news of their first movie project together set abuzz online and was met with much enthusiasm from fans of both artists. The two will be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, who is known for romantic comedy movies and melodramatic films.

With that said, here are the other times that talents from GMA Network worked with ABS-CBN film production company, Star Cinema:

1. Fantastica

A Metro Manila Film Festival 2018 entry, this comedy film, directed by Barry Gonzalez, became the first big-screen team up of “It’s Showtime” host Vice Ganda and Kapuso leading man Dingdong Dantes.

2. You’re Still The One

This romantic drama film, released in 2015, was the first big-screen team up of actress Maja Salvador and Dennis Trillo. Directed by Chris Martinez, the movie was co-produced with Regal Entertainment.

3. Da Possessed

Comedy-horror film of 2014, this movie starred Vhong Navarro and Solenn Heusaff under the direction of Joyce Bernal.

4. She’s The One

Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes, celebrated actors from various primetime television series, teamed up for this 2013 romantic-comedy. The film was directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar.

5. It Takes A Man and A Woman

Isabelle Daza joined top Kapamilya stars Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz in this 2013 romantic-comedy sequel. Daza has since then transferred to ABS-CBN.

6. Kung Fu Divas

Ai Ai delas Alas co-starred with Kapuso superstar Marian Rivera in this action-comedy film directed by Onat Diaz. Delas Alas has since then transferred to GMA Network.

7. One More Try

Winning Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 entry, Dingdong Dantes starred for the second time in Star Cinema alongside Kapamilya stars Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, and Zanjoe Marudo. It was directed by Ruel Bayani.

8. Segunda Mano

Horror flick from 2011, a recurring actor in Star Cinema pictures, Dingdong Dantes this time around teamed up with Queen of All Media Kris Aquino. The film was directed by Joyce Bernal.

9. Won’t Last A Day Without You

Joey de Leon in a rare sighting for an ABS-CBN project, starred with Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson for this 2011 Star Cinema film directed by Raz de la Torre.

10. For the First Time

KC Concepcion, a showbiz newcomer and Richard Gutierrez, prized leading man from GMA-7 teamed up for this movie back in 2008. It was directed by Joyce Bernal. Gutierrez has since then transferred to ABS-CBN.

11. The Unmarried Wife

Maryo J. de los Reyes directed this film in 2016, following the footsteps of the success of “One More Try.” In his fifth ride with Star Cinema, Dingdong Dantes appeared on the movie alongside Angelica Panganiban and Paulo Avelino.

12. Just the 3 of Us

Jennylyn Mercado starred opposite John Lloyd Cruz in this 2016 romantic comedy film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.

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Despite MMFF 2018 Best Picture win… “Rainbow’s Sunset” director laments lack of cinema slots

Despite MMFF 2018 Best Picture win… “Rainbow’s Sunset” director laments lack of cinema slots

  • Rainbow Sunset won big at the MMFF awards night.
  • Director Joel Lamangan requested to give entries the equal amount of cinemas to show their film in.

The 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival awarded Rainbow Sunset the title of Best Picture during the award ceremony Thursday, December 28.

The movie centers on an elderly gay man, which made people expect a speech about inclusion, representation, and LGBT+ rights from the director, Joel Lamangan.

But it turned into a request to give the less popular entries their fair share of cinemas to show their film.

“Huwag lamang natin patabain ang bulsa ng lahat ng may-ari ng sinehan, patabain natin ang kaluluwa ng ating bayan,” he said.

“Masakit na sa harap mo ay tinatanggal ang sinehan ng pelikula mo.”

It was said to be performing poorly in terms of ticket sales, resulting to the sudden decrease on the number of cinemas it’s showing in since Christmas day.

Mother Lily Monteverde, the prodicer of One Great Love, shared similar sentiments with Lamangan.

“We urge the cinemas to help the movie industry, to give theaters to all entries fairly for the progress of the industry.”

Rainbow Sunset stars Eddie Garcia, who is an old man in love with his gay best friend at the same time he is with his wife.

It bagged 11 awards including Best Director, Best Original Theme Song, and Best Screenplay, among others.

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Not worth watching? Netizens question MMFF’s capability for choosing “OTLUM”

Not worth watching? Netizens question MMFF’s capability for choosing “OTLUM”

  • Twitter users criticized Otlum.
  • Netizens express disappointment over Otlum
  • The netizens have expressed their disappointment upon watching the movie, questioning how it has entered the MMFF. 

As the Metro Manila Film Festival started on December 25, some already have their favorites while others are yet to watch any entry.

People have been talking about the Joven Tan film, Otlum, starring Jerome Ponce and basketball athlete Ricci Rivero. But the reactions of the netizens are not because they found it amazing, but because it’s quite lacking.

Aside from the disappointment with the storyline, they also mentioned that the movie is only an hour long, making everyone think if their P310 was worth it.

A Twitter user even rated it one star out of five.

Some have also stated that the movie was “not worth” watching.

Emil also mentioned the difficulty he had with understanding the plot of the film.

Then he went on to the more technical part of his review. Pointing out the failures when it comes to the sound and the actors’ lack of emotion.

Someone shared the same sentiments and also questioned how the movie got included at the MMFF when it’s senseless.

It can be remembered that the MMFF Screening Committee selected Otlum to be a part of the festival, ahead of Brillante Mendoza‘s film Right To Kill.

Tan admitted that he was not expecting for their film to get chosen as he submitted other projects before but Otlum was the only one that made it through.

“Masaya ako. Sinuwerte na makasama ang pelikula namin. Siyempre sumali ka sa isang contest. Dalawa lang naman ang pupuntahan niyan. It’s either mananalo ka o matatalo ka. Siyempre sumali ka, may intensiyon kang manalo. May intensiyon ka na mapili. Masayang-masaya ako.”

When asked about his expectations, he answered, “Basta matuwa lang ’yung mga laging nanonood ng traditional horror films na pampamilya at pambarkada, happy na ako. Wala akong expectations. Basta mag-enjoy lang sila.”

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Coco Martin speaks up about his MMFF 2018 movie promo on GMA-7: Wala nang rival

Coco Martin speaks up about his MMFF 2018 movie promo on GMA-7: Wala nang rival

  • Coco Martin was not mentioned at the Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles promos on Sunday Pinasaya.
  • He clarified that there’s no rivalry and he even wished to guest on Eat Bulaga!

The fans of Coco Martin have noticed that Maine Mendoza failed to mention the actor’s name while they’re promoting their upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 entry, Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles on Sunday Pinasaya.

Netizens have expressed their disappointments via Twitter, calling the production “bitter” for not even acknowledging Martin as one of the lead cast members.

According to a report by, an isider has confirmed that the artists were not allowed to say the actor’s name on Sunday Pinasaya as Mendoza and Vic Sotto‘s names were also not mentioned every time the movie is promoted via ABS-CBN.

But Martin has no hard feelings and even said that he actually wished to go to Eat Bulaga! as a guest.

“Actually, wala naman pong problema yun kasi ngayon, sabi ko nga, wala nang rival.

“Ang paggawa ng pelikula, lalo na ngayong Kapaskuhan, ginagawa po natin ito para mapaligaya yung mga Pilipino, hindi po para maglaban-laban kung sino yung magiging number one.”

He added that their only goal is to bring happiness to those who will watch the film come December 25 and onwards.

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10 Things You Should Know About “Sunday Beauty Queen”

10 Things You Should Know About “Sunday Beauty Queen”


Metro Manila Film Festival’s first documentary film directed by Baby Ruth Villarama.

“Sunday Beauty Queen” tells the story of a group of expatriate domestic workers in Hong Kong as they prepare to take part in an annual beauty pageant. It stars former Hongkong domestic helpers Rudelyn Acosta, Cherrie Mae Bretana, Mylyn Jacobo, Hazel Perdido, Leo Selomenio.

Sunday Beauty Queen is produced by Chuck Gutierrez of Tuko Film Productions with the help of Articulo Uno’s Fernando Ortigas.

To know more about this film, here are 10 things you should know about “Sunday Beauty Queen”.

1. It is the first documentary film to be part of MMFF.

2. It took 4 years to finish the movie.

3. Artikulo Uno, Heneral Luna’s producer is also behind Sunday Beauty Queen. Artikulo Uno’s Fernando Ortigas is also one of the producers behind the docu film Sunday Beauty Queen.

4. The film’s director Baby Ruth Villarama’s mother is also domestic helper that’s why the movie is close to her heart.

5. The film premiered at the 21st Busan International Film Festival.

6. The film  was graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board.

7. The film’s other title is “Sunday Cinderella”.

8. The only MMFF official entry without movie/television stars in its cast. Since it is the only documentary film, the movie starred former Hongkong domestic helpers.

9. The first MMFF official entry to tackle domestic helpers lives.

10. The second MMFF official entry with the story about OFW. Sunday Beauty Queen is the 2nd MMFF official entry to base its story on OFWs following Katas Ng Saudi in 2007 starring Jinggoy Estrada.

If you want to catch the very first documentary film in the history of MMFF, catch “Sunday Beauty Queen” which is currently showing on cinemas as part of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

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10 Things You Should Know About “Oro”

10 Things You Should Know About “Oro”


A political drama film, Oro was inspired by the Gata 4 Massacre happened in Caramoan, Camarines Sur. Directed by Alvin Yapan, the movie recounts the true story happened to the 4 miners massacred in Brgy. Gata in Caramoan.

According to the director the movie aimed to brings the harsh issues and tough questions to light. Taking on the films characters are Irma Adlawan, Joem Bascon, Mercedes Cabral, Sandino Martin and Cedrick Juan.

And to know more about this political thriller, here are 10 interesting things you should know about Oro.

1. The film was inspired by the Gata 4 Massacre in Bicol.

2. Director Alvin Yapan initially refused the film.

3. It was Wimpy Fuentebella who convinced Yapan to pursue the project.

4. The film casted award winning indie veterans. If other entries boast of big award winning stars in the movi industry, Oro boasts of their award winning indie veterans in the line-up, such as Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral and Joem Bascon.

5. The movie was shot in the exact baranggay where the massacre happened.

6. Movie extras were sourced also from the massacre location. Movie extras included in the movie were natives of the barangay where the massacred happened including some of their family members.

7. There are unusual occurrences encountered during the shooting of the film. Oro director revealed they’ve experience unusual instances like loosing electricity, ans strange feelings during the filming of the movie.

8. Nora Aunor was suppose to take the role of Kapitana. Superstar Nora Aunor was supposed to take the lead role but was replaced due to differences with the director and producers.

9. Irma Adlawan was not the first choice for her role. Irma Adlawa who played Kapitana  was only a replacement to the superstar Nora Aunor.

10. The film was based on true story but the director decided to fictionalized some aspects of the film to protect the family of the massacre victims.

Oro is currently showing in cinemas as part of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

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10 Things You Should Know About “Kabisera”

10 Things You Should Know About “Kabisera”


A socio-political family drama directed by Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido, Kabisera takes family drama into a different level.

The film focuses on the story Mercy and her tightly knit family whose lives fall apart after a tragic incident concerning hooded people involved in extra-judicial killings. The movie is produced by Silver Story Entertainment and Fire Starters Productions.

And to know more about this tension filled family drama, here are ten thing you should know about Kabisera.

1. The film is Nora Aunor’s MMFF comeback following Thy Womb by Brillante Mendoza in 2012.

2. The film tackles the subject of Extra Judicial Killings.

3. Kabisera vied to be one of the official MMFF entries in 2015 but was rejected.

4. The film didn’t clinch any merit ratings from the Cinema Evaluation Board.

5. One of the 2 films to include big stars in its artist line-up. With Nora Aunor at the helm plus Ricky Davao, Perla Bautista and Ces Quesada on the cast, Kabisera can be considered as one of the two MMFF Films to include big stars in its line-up aside from Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 which has Eugene Domingo, Joel Torre, Jericho Rosales and Agot Isidro.

6. A family drama made by a family. The film was created by a family as the producer of the film RJ San Agustin is the son of one of the directors Arturo San Agustin.

7. Kabisera is the only MMFF film having the most award-winning cast. The film boast of a cast of award winning actors and actresses.

8. Kabisera’s producer RJ San Agustin is also part of the cast.

9. The movie was inspired by a true event happened in Batangas.

10. Nora Aunor was already the movie’s lead star even before it clinched a slot in the MMFF official entries.

If you want to watch this different kind of family drama, Kabisera is currently showing on cinemas as part of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

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10 Things You Should Know About Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough

10 Things You Should Know About Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough


A sequel to the critically acclaimed Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank, this Marlon Riverza and Chris Martinez film is Quantum Film’s entry to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough is a comedy film that highlights and satirizes the country’s mainstream film industry particularly the rise of rom-com films.

Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 maybe is one of the most known films in the film fest but still here are 10 things you might want to know about this comedy sequel.

1. This is the only sequel among the 8 official entries. With the exclusion of Enteng Kabisote and Mano Po, this film became the sole film sequel in this year’s MMFF.

2. The film is Eugene Domingo’s 2nd MMFF entry where she’s the lead actress. After her 2013 entry Kimi Dora, this is Domingo’s 2nd MMFF entry where she is the lead actress.

3. It was graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board.

4. If the first Babae Sa Septic Tank film is a satire about the indie film making,Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 is a satire on commercial/formula film making.

5. It is the only comedy film among the 8 entries. With family drama, horror thriller, teen romance and romance with animation,Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 became the only comedy film in the roster of MMFF entries.

6. All of the main cast from the first Babae Sa Septic Tank film were casted also in the sequel.

7. JM De Guzman is the only cast from the 1st movie who was able to reprise his character. With everything that happened to JM last year, he was the only one from the original cast not to be casted in the sequel.

8. The sequel was influenced by the rise of rom-coms in the Philippine movie industry. According to its director Marlon Rivera, they decided to make the sequel because of the country’s current fascination with rom-com films.

9. The film’s title was referenced to Dan Villegas’ 2015 MMFF movie Walang Forever starring Jennelyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales.

10. Joel Torre and Jericho Rosales are first choice by the producer’s for their roles.

Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough is currently showing on cinemas as part of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

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10 Things You Should Know About Saving Sally

10 Things You Should Know About Saving Sally


Directed by Avid Liongoren, Saving Sally is the only live animated film at the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival starring Rhian Ramos and Enzo Marcos.

It tells the story of Marty played by Enzo Marcos, a comic-book artist who sees annoying people as monsters and has unrequited romantic love towards his best friend Sally played by Rhian Ramos, a gadget inventor.

But whether you’ve already seen the film or just about to have a trip to the cinemas, here are 10 things you should know about this live animated film Saving Sally.

1. It is the only MMFF film that features animation. Among the 8 official entries, Saving Sally is the only film that features live animation.

2. The film is 10 years in the making. According to its creators, it took 10 years to finish the film because of limited resources for the animation.

3. It carries the song called “Everything Refuses to Move” by Hannah + Gabi.

4. It was graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board.

5. Sally’s boyfriend in the movie literally looks like a phallic. Nick the monster is Sally’s boyfriend who looks like a literal phallic in the eyes of Mart.

7. Anna Larucea originally played Sally.

Photo from Saving

8. The movie was first shot in 2005.

6. Rhian Ramos is not the original Sally she was casted only in 2009.

9. Saving Sally was a concept of Charlene Sawit, a fine arts graduate of UP Diliman.

10. The original look of the film was inspired the film “Mirrormask”.

Saving Sally is now showing on cinemas as part of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival 2016.

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Maria Ozawa wants to find someone to spend Christmas with in the Philippines

Maria Ozawa wants to find someone to spend Christmas with in the Philippines


This bit of news is sure to make Filipino men happy: former AV star Maria Ozawa wants to spend the Christmas holidays with a special someone in the Philippines. 

Ozawa, who is single, has said in an interview with Interaksyon that she is convinced she will find that special someone here. Ozawa said, “There is no man in my life right now.”

The Canadian-Japanese actress has said she doesn’t want to be alone on Christmas. She said, “I will be spending my first Christmas here in the Philippines so I do hope I get that somebody before Christmas.”

Ozawa is currently in the country to promote her first Philippine mainstream film Nilalang which will be part of the Metro Manila Film Fest. She stars as Miyuki, the daughter of a Yakuza leader with headquarters in Manila.

Photo Credit: Philstar
Photo Credit: Philstar

Ozawa will also be launching a bar named La Maison at Resorts World Manila.  She said that when she opens La Maison, she will bring the girls from her bar in Japan. La Maison will be like a cosplay bar and will have events.  She added that she and her bar girls will be wearing kimonos during the launching of La Maison.



Watch the official movie trailer of Nilalang here:

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