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Review: ‘Mula sa Buwan’ is a Glorious Theatrical Marvel that Needs to Be Seen, Heard, and Felt—Now More than ever
Leo Balante | September 7, 2022

For what it is and what it represents, “Mula sa Buwan” , in all its splendor and jaw-dropping glory, transcends its very description of a “story of love and defiance”. It is not merely a story of love and loss, but a deep well of narratives that question ‘what is’ and shows us ‘what could be’ if all the man-made and socially constructed concepts on which the edifices of judgment and othering are built do not exist. In all its grandiosity and surrounding fan-clamor, “Mula sa Buwan” goes beyond a celebration of the return of theater. It is a declaration and a reminder of the strength and power of the human spirit.

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What Makes ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ a Well-woven Whirlpool of an Insane Multiverse Experience
Rylyn Sabijon | July 14, 2022

To call “Everything Everywhere All At Once” an absurd, genre-bending cinematic masterpiece is every bit of an understatement. From googly eyes to the hotdog fingers, the Everything Bagel to the now canonical “Yeoh-verse,” life’s sensible yet carnivalesque nature was captured, highlighting the humor, chaos, and unconventional structure of the temporal in A24’s biggest film to date.

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In High Gear: Samsung S21 FE 5G Makes for an Epic, Well-Rounded, Everyday Partner
Leo Balante | February 4, 2022

As Samsung welcomed the newest member of the Galaxy S21 family, packed with fan-favorite S21 features basking on powerful performance, pro-grade camera, and seamless ecosystem connectivity, we took the S21 FE 5G to the test to uncover what makes it an epic everyday wonder.

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Marrying Utility and Creativity: What Makes HUAWEI MatePad 11 a Lightweight Heavy Hitter
Leo Balante | December 30, 2021

For years now, HUAWEI has been releasing tablets that respond to the call for tools that aid in heightening productivity, while stimulating creativity through entertainment and leisure to fuel one’s passion. This year, the global tech giant has welcomed its 2021 slate of tablets with the MatePad 11. Rank Magazine looks into this new addition into the HUAWEI ecosystem of smart devices, to see what makes it a lightweight but sleek productivity and creativity powerhouse.

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Air It Goes: Preparing Guilt-free Meals with the Electrolux Explore 6
Christina Zabat | October 28, 2021

Now, more than ever, with the growing concerns brought by the global health crisis, staying healthy and being healthy, has gone from a “trend” to a need. Rank Magazine got dibs on the Electrolux 3L Explore 6 to see what innovations the new model adds to the air fryer hype that brings consumers to a gateway to a healthier way to cook our food.

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What Makes Samsung S21 5G and its Feature Updates a Galaxy of Star Power?
Christina Zabat | August 20, 2021

Sleek and modern-looking—you’ve probably seen the Samsung S21 5G in one of your recent Netflix K-Drama binge-watching sesh. The premium Samsung offering was officially launched this January 2021. With a few months left into the year, does it still hold up with its predecessor? We list down the four features we loved about this smartphone.

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Cinemalaya 2021: Shorts B Tackles Loss, Privilege, and Challenging Existing Social Order
Karen Briones | August 18, 2021

Exploring social issues using new modes and technologies in storytelling, the curated films in the Shorts B category chart the human condition dealing with grief and loss and a commentary on existing social structures emblematic of the Cinemalaya stamp on filmmaking.

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Cinemalaya 2021: Shorts A Explores Questions of Life, Identity, and What it Means to Be a Disposable Face Mask
Pauline Nacar | August 16, 2021

With all the films and entries available for your viewing pleasure at this year’s Cinemalaya run, does the “Shorts A” lineup measure up? Spoiler alert: Of course it does.

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Heart and Conviction Elevate ‘Gameboys: The Movie’ to Transcendent Genius
Leo Balante | August 3, 2021

For a game-changing and culture-shaping series as Gameboys, expectations run high on continuing its careful and meticulous handling of a subject matter that has not been given “proper” representation, particularly in mainstream media. With the record-breaking success of Gameboys: The Movie, we look at how the cast of talented young actors, the series and film writer Ash Malanum, director Ivan Payawal, and The IdeaFirst Company step up to the challenge.

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Why ‘Rak of Aegis’ Remains a Timeless Filipino Theater Triumph
Leo Balante | May 24, 2021

In every sense, “Rak of Aegis”, beyond its high-octane numbers, its hilarious skits, and blaring vocal performances, is a story of human triumph. Beneath the surface—the razzle-dazzle and the knee-slapping comedy—is a poignant story of persistence and resilience, of clinging on to hope in a time of restlessness and desperation—making it an important achievement in Filipino theater.

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