Lifestyle
More Than Meets the Eye: Actor David Licauco on Keeping Things Natural
by: Leo Balante | July 31, 2020

Celebrating his 25th birthday amid the community quarantine, model-turned-actor and now young entrepreneur behind a slew of business pursuits shares, David Licauco, shares in a Zoom interview, some honest realizations that led to the birth of his recently-launched online health-commerce portal, As Nature Intended Philippines (ANI).

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Body of Work: Becoming BJ Pascual
by: Leo Balante | June 28, 2020

As we reach the final days of Pride Month, celebrated differently this year, we zoom in on the evolved sensibilities of prominent fashion photographer BJ Pascual as he steps from behind the lens to the forefront, embracing the perks and pitfalls of his now very public persona. As he navigates his newfound sense of conviction using a platform that reaches his army of supporters, we go beyond his celebrity–transcending from a talked-about wunderkind into an advocate and a person of influence with an undeterred voice raring to make a lasting statement.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dissecting YCC’s Historic Best Film Citation for Thop Nazareno’s ‘Edward’
by: Leo Balante | May 21, 2020

In a historic first, movie critics group Young Critics Circle Film Desk hailed Thop Nazareno’s ‘Edward’ as the best film of 2019. This serves as the first time in the group’s 30-year-tradition to announce their annual citations online, given the pressing situation brought by the global pandemic. But more than just a film that talks about the harsh realities of the country’s healthcare system, we talked to the YCC and the film’s director on why ‘Edward’ is worth the second look.

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Culture
Award-Winning Cinemalaya Director Calls for End to the Illegal Sharing of Film Online Amid Quarantine
by: Leo Balante | April 29, 2020

Twitter was swept today with an alarming trending topic that involves 2019 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival entry, Fuccbois, written and directed by award-winning director Eduardo Roy, Jr.

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Screen
FIRST LOOK: Ryan Murphy Welcomes You To Dreamland in New Netflix Original ‘Hollywood’
by: Leo Balante | April 24, 2020

Multi-awarded creator, producer, screenwriter, and director Ryan Murphy, behind some of the most watched and most provocative series in recent years, Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Pose, among others, leads the charge, yet again, with a new limited series Hollywood that frames an insider look into the ups and downs of the glitzy world of show business, coming to Netflix this May 1, 2020.

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Cinemalaya Best Film ‘John Denver Trending’ is Getting an iWant Release on April 25
by: Leo Balante | April 23, 2020

The most awarded film of the 2019 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, John Denver Trending, is getting a national release via the streaming platform iWant starting this Saturday, April 25.

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The Big Bang Manifesto: For These ‘Dead Kids’, The Future is No Child’s Play
by: Leo Balante | February 17, 2020

On Karl Marx, 20:20, ‘El Fili’, and raw sienna bags. The Philippines scored big with an unprecedented industry milestone. Right at the tail-end of 2019, ‘Dead Kids’ became the first locally-made film ever to be licensed and released by streaming powerhouse, Netflix. The hype is good and beautiful. But after the film’s explosive thrust in the global scene, the fan frenzy, and the critical acclaim, what’s left is the inimitable display of acting prowess from the film’s lead cast, Kelvin Miranda, Vance Larena, Gabby Padilla, Khalil Ramos, and Jan Silverio. ‘Dead Kids’, after all, has been seen not just as a source of Filipino pride, but a potent harbinger of the rise of the future of Philippine entertainment.

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Featured
Bong Joon Ho, ‘Parasite’ Make Global Cinematic History with Game-Changing Oscars Wins
by: Leo Balante | February 10, 2020

Parasite today, made cinematic history after sweeping major category wins at the 2020 Academy Awards, that ultimately got attendees at the Dolby Theater and the rest of the world leaping to their feet–celebrating unprecedented victories in the Academy’s 92-year history.

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Will ‘Parasite’ Make Oscars History with a Best Picture Win?
by: Leo Balante | February 8, 2020

We are just hours away from seeing this year’s Oscars race come to an end and it has boiled down to two of 2019’s most talked about front runners to bring their campaigns to a glorious finish today, February 9, at the most anticipated awards show in the world.

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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: Rediscovering the Self in Andoy Ranay’s ‘Open’
by: Leo Balante | September 20, 2019

Black Sheep’s romance drama, Open, stars Arci Munoz and JC Santos in a compelling narrative of a modern-day relationship. A review of Andoy Ranay’s entry for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

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