There were 125 films shown last year. And most of them were from film festivals like Sinag Maynila, Cine Filipino, Cinemalaya, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, TOFARM Film Festival, Cinema One Originals, QCinema, and the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival.
Despite a number of film festivals, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo‘s The Hows of Us topped the highest grossing film in 2018.
In fact, It was the only Filipino movie that has reached the eight hundred million mark in the Philippine box-office which beaten the previous holder of the top spot, John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo‘s A Second Chance.
The movie also held premieres in Indonesia and Vietnam. It was Star Cinema‘s first time to do so in Jakarta.
KathNiel were not just rocking the box-office but the world of fashion as well. They were the cover of METRO Magazine‘s August 2018 issue.
They have been part of ABS-CBN’s line of representatives in the Thailand Network Trade Launch, which is the country’s largest media event. They attended the trade show with Maja Salvador and Jericho Rosales.
The couple has also won the Favorite Foreign TV Actor and Actress award in the Face of the Year Awards in Vietnam.
La Luna Sangre was acquired by MKCS Global became the platform for the show to be aired in Myanmar. She’s Dating the Gangster was also acquired by a Spanish movie channel called Cinelatino.
Last but not the least, aside from the success of their careers, 2018 has also been the mark of the confirmation of Bernardo and Padilla’s real-life romance of more than five years.
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I really appreciate how ‘Bakwit Boys’ turned out, and what it could also be championing for the local music industry. Although being too overtly familiar by paper, it’s almost impossible to not forgive some of its creative misses.
Everything feels nicely weaved together, and quite lovely.
In the film, a band of brothers (Vance Larena, Nikko Natividad, Ryle Santiago, Mackie Empuerto) were discovered performing on-stage by Rose (Devon Seron), a musician who took interest on the siblings group, and eventually offered help in recording their music for many to hear.
I found myself recalling the musical Rock of Ages while watching this. There are similar beats on both for sure, but I keep asking myself how something so conventional and obvious could still work, even for a setting untested for this type of material.
‘Bakwit Boys’ never really worked because of its songs (composed by the talented Jhaye Cura), it is what it is because we are rooting for the underdog struggles of our four brother leads.
Everyone at the screening are cheering on their temporary success because there’s never any shortage of flaws or decency in their own traits. It could be sweet and all, but it also ended on a thought that this temporary success could quickly revert our characters on a path we never want them to see.
I wasn’t completely sold over the love story subplot, which was played along even until after the ending of the film. If writer-director Jason Paul Laxamana could have just focused on the interplays of the “Bakwit Boys,” (or the musical alias of the brothers as a group) then I think this film would feel more natural and effective.
But what we got so far was really good. I admire that the goal of the film goes beyond just representation of regional culture, and I can’t wait to witness how its message will grow in conversations outside cinema.
CIGNAL ENTERTAINMENT’S Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi was an instant viral hit just hours after uploading its first teaser trailer in November last year for its quirky take on a millennial couple’s love story. As a matter of fact, after releasing the second trailer on July 12, it trended as number one on Twitter in just 2 hours after the posting.
When a teenage girl develops an allergy to Wi-Fi, she is forced to live in a remote province, pushing her to reevaluate her relationships and the boy she believes is her one true love.
CIGNAL ENTERTAINMENT, the new original content division of CIGNAL, in partnership THE IDEAFIRST COMPANY and OCTOBERTRAIN FILMS, presents a fresh look at love in the digital age with “Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi.”
The movie stars Sue Ramirez, Markus Peterson, Jameson Blake and is directed by award winning director Jun Robles Lana.
“What interested me most about the idea, when I came across a 2009 news report about a British man who was allergic to Wi-Fi, is the opportunity to explore the underlying sadness and emptiness of modern relationships,” shares Director Jun Robles Lana.
“Nowadays, with the advances of technology, no matter where we go, it’s so easy to get in touch with our loved ones. But a lot of our correspondence has also been reduced to emojis and likes and superficial interactions online. What happens if the technology that’s supposed to connect you to the whole world suddenly isolates you literally and takes away your freedom and the life you once lived and knew?”
“Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi” is Cignal Entertainment’s first venture into full length feature film production and is one of the eight feature films chosen by the Film Development Council of the Philippines for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 happening in August.
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Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi’s Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/AngBabaengAllergicSaWiFi/