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Eiga Sai 2014 Screening Schedule

The 16th Japanese Film Festival will be held in SHANG CINEPLEX CINEMA 2, SHANGRI-LA PLAZA, EDSA, MANDALUYONG CITY from July 3 to 13, 2014. The film festival is part of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month” celebration.


JULY 3 (THURSDAY) | 7:00 pm


Involves a broken family seeking for light and hope in the midst of injustice and desperation.


Eiga Sai 2014

All films are English subtitled and the admission is FOR FREE. So, you need to be early in order to gain a ticket; first-come, first-served basis. For further details about the films, other venues and schedule, visit The Japan Foundation, Manila website.

If you’re free on the said dates, grab the chance to see these Japanese films. 🙂



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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Events, Movies & Television


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19th French Film Festival


The Embassy of France to the Philippines, the Alliance Française de Manille and Institut Français will present the 19th French Film Festival which will run from June 10 to 15 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, Makati. The movie tickets will be on sale for P100 and it will be sold on first-come, first-served basis, so better hurry up on purchasing the ticket/s.

Opening Film

20 Ans d’écart (It Boy)

Synopsis: Alice Lantins is 38 years old. She’s beautiful, ambitious, and her impeccable professional conscience makes her neglect her private life. In short, she has everything to become the next editor-in-chief of Rebelle magazine – everything except for her uptight image. But when the young and charming Balthazar, barely 20 years old, crosses Alice’s path, her colleagues’ attitude inexplicably changes. Realizing that the she holds the key to her promotion, Alice stages the comedy of an improbable idyll.

Feature Films

La Vénus à la fourrure (“Venus in Fur”)

Synopsis: Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for the lead role in his new play, writer-director Thomas complains on the phone about the poor caliber of talent he has seen. No actress has what it takes to play his lead female character – a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic – and, it turns out, erotic – energy.

Mon âme par toi guérie (“One of a Kind”)

Synopsis: Frédi has the gift of healing hands, transmitted to him by his mother. He wants nothing to do with this ‘gift,’, but when his mother dies, he’s obliged to make use of it. Although he wonders where this ability came from, he can do nothing but accept it.

Une autre vie (“Lovers”)

Synopsis: Jean, an electrician, installs alarms in the South of France. He encounters Aurore, a famous pianist. Despite their differences, they immediately fall in love with each other and envisage a life together. Jean wants to leave Dolorès, his longtime companion. But she’s prepared to do anything to hold on to him.

Amour et turbulences” (“Love is in the Air”)

Synopsis: On her way back from New York to Paris, where she’s soon to be married, Julie finds herself sitting next to Antoine, an attractive cad whom she dated 3 years earlier. She’ll do everything she can to avoid him, whereas he’s counting on the 7-hour flight to win her back! It’s an opportunity for us to travel back in time and witness their encounter, their love affair, their break-up… So many incredible, romantic, and caustic scenes that will make this journey the most moving one of their lives.

Les beaux jours (“Bright Days Ahead”)

Synopsis: Bright days ahead? Caroline has retired, at last. A new life lies before her: time to take care of her children, her husband, and, most of all, herself. However, she soon comes to realize that this new freedom is synonymous with boredom and idleness. Especially when she receives a membership to her neighborhood’s senior club as a birthday present… Reluctant at first, she nevertheless decides to take the plunge. Oddly enough, she meets great people there, starting with the young computer science teacher, who is far from insensitive to her charms. Caroline gradually takes control of her life again and lives a second youth: taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what’s expected of her… Who said that retirement was the beginning of the end and not a new beginning?

L’Écume des jours (“Mood Indigo”)

Synopsis: This is the surreal and poetic story of Colin, an idealistic and inventive young man, who meets Chloé, a young woman who seems to be the incarnation of a blues by Duke Ellington. Their idyllic marriage turns to sorrow when Chloé becomes ill, due to a water lilly growing in her lung. To pay for her medical care, in a fantastical Paris, Colin must work in increasingly absurd conditions, while their apartment falls to bits around them and their circle of friends, including talented Nicolas, and Chick, a fanatic of the philosopher Jean-Sol Sartre, disintegrates.

Quai d’Orsay

Synopsis: Alexandre Taillard de Worms is tall, magnificent, a dashing man attractive to women and, incidentally, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the land of the Enlightenment: France. His silver mane and his robust athlete’s body are everywhere, from the United Nations tribunal in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. He admonishes powerful men and invokes the finest minds in order to bring peace and calm the trigger-happy – and to justify his aura of a future Nobel Prize for cosmic peace.

Situation amoureuse : C’est compliqué (“Relationship Status : It’s Complicated”)

Synopsis: Thirty-year-old Ben is about to marry Juliette. His quiet, ordered life will fall to pieces when he meets up again with the person he secretly wants to see the most: Vanessa, the high school bombshell who never so much as looked in his direction. She’s back in Paris, and the only person she now knows is him.

To pay tribute to Filipino filmmaking, the festival will also showcase 3 Filipino movies on Independence day on June 12. These masterpieces of the our Filipino directors were already screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Filipino Masterpieces

Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag

Synopsis: The story revolves around Julio Madiaga, a poor fisherman, who goes to the city to look for his long lost love, Ligaya Paraiso. His search leads to a radical shift in his character, from that of a naïve probinsyano (country boy) to angry man thirsting for justice.


Synopsis: On The Job is about the ambitions passions of four men trying to make a living, for themselves and their families. It shows the parallels between two prison inmates who are contract killers, and the two agents of the law investigating the murders. As they get caught in a web of machination of corrupt government officials, their jobs lead them on a head-on collision against each other with their loved ones as collateral damage.

Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan

Synopsis: The lives of three people take a turn when one of them commits a crime. Joaquin (Archie Alemania) is failing miserably at providing for his family when his money lender gets murdered. The crime is pinned on him. Misery and solitude would transform him in prison. Left to fend for the family, his wife Eliza (Angeli Bayani) pours all of her strength to battling with despair and eking out a living for their children. The real perpetrator, Fabian (Sid Lucero), roams free. His disillusionment with his country – its history of revolutions marred by betrayal and crimes unpunished – drives him to the edge of sanity, of humanity.


For further details, you can check the French Embassy FB Page.

Grab this chance to French Films. After all, you’ll only shed P100 for the movie ticket. 🙂



Posted by on June 4, 2014 in Events, Movies & Television


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SpeedyCourse DAREs you to Create a Motivational Video and Win!

(November 19, 2013, Pasig City, Philippines)SpeedyCourse is looking for young, creative minds to join

DARE you to Learn? Video-Making Contest, which aims to promote the importance of learning and feature how help a person find learning opportunities. Deadline for submission of entries is on January 14, 2014. One team will win a grand prize of P50,000 in cash.




DARE You to Learn?

DARE (Discover. Achieve. Reach. Excel) You to Learn? Is SpeedyCourse’s first video-making contest. The contest aims to promote the importance of learning and how can help find learning opportunities. Interested college students must be from colleges and universities from Metro Manila area. Participants must form a team with 3-10 members. The video can be in any genre or style (documentary, short film, music video, etc.) and must not be more than ten (10) minutes or shorter than one (1) minute in length.

Video format should be as follows: AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, MP4, MPG or MOV. The video submissions must be one entry (1) per participant team. Participants must accomplish the following official entry forms:

Video entries can be uploaded here:



SpeedyCourse is an online course finder for short courses, training, seminars, workshops, conferences and other learning events. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive list of courses from reputable providers making it convenient for learners to find the learning and training information they need.

SpeedyCourse has a simple and easy-to-use search tool which allows to narrow down subject categories of choice.

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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Events


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Cinema One Originals 2013

On its 9th year, Cinema One Originals showcases unique and unpredictable 15 full length stories. Along with that, the opening night on November 10 at Trinoma will feature the digitally restored Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon (1976) of the late National Artist Eddie Romero.

Here’s the complete schedule for the upcoming Cinema One Originals for three movie houses:


BLUE BUSTAMANTE – Finding himself unemployed in Japan, a Filipino migrant worker becomes a double for a superhero character on a TV show.

SHIFT – The unconventional relationship between an idealistic call center slacker and her pragmatic gay senior colleague.

BUKAS NA LANG SAPAGKAT GABI NA – Three related occurrences caused by the tragic accidents of a Filipino-Spanish priest.

ISLANDS – A spacecraft lands within the geography of a fictional film, blurring reality and reel fiction.

ISKALAWAGS – Reflections on a man’s coming-of-age during his teenage years in a small town.

RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING – In Mindanao, there is a traditional belief that when a person dies his soul goes back to his homeland.

ALAMAT NI CHINA DOLL – The life of a high school girl on an idyllic island takes a drastic turn before graduation after an article is published.

SITIO – A family from the city returns to the province in search of a simpler life but instead finds problems and setbacks.

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Events, Movies & Television


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The Aklatan 2013

Glad I was able to attend Aklatan 2013, the first all-Filipino book festival. It’s like visiting a bookstore with lots of Filipino Literature; from novels to short stories to poems and even graphic novels. Good stuff, I tell you but my pocket didn’t allow me to indulge more. The book fair started at 8AM and I went there around 9. My only goal that day was to buy the TRESE Book (The Diabolical stories) and have it signed by the authors; Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Mali ata ang basa ko ng program. I thought they will be at the book fair at 9am (because the program said that it will be a book launching for the said title) but turned out to be in the afternoon. Thought I would be disappointed but no. I stayed a little bit more and saw more interesting stuff and well, people 🙂


So, what can you say? May movie na! Then the writers during their childhood days. Can you guess?

The publishers


Visprint. Ang pasimuno.




ADMU press and I forgot the name of the other publishing company.


UST press and Vibal


Adarna. Summit Media. KOMIKON.

The Sidetrip


The National Book Development Board Chair FLOR MARIE “NENI” STA. ROMANA-CRUZ gave speech and some information about the reading books statistics and development. The guitarist of Ang Bandang Shirley performed two songs for the bookworms.

There was a mini tulaan.


The people

The contemporary Filipino writers signing their books for the bookworms.

The chance of meeting these awesome people. Yey for Lourd de Veyra, Eros Atalia, Carlo Vergara and Ricky Lee!

The bookworms were listening attentively to these awesome writers. 🙂


Some stuff


Went home with these.

Thank you, Visprint!


Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Books, Events


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