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Video #1: How the Story Came About From the ‘Inside Out’ Directors

This is a documentation filmed during the "Inside Out" Press Conference in Manila, Philippines with director Pete Docter and co-director Ronnie del Carmen. This video features the filmmakers' introduction to the "Inside Out" story development and Pete and Ronnie's working relationship at Pixar. These came from the unplanned handheld shots with the GoPro I apparently brought with me during the press conference invitation, and I guess the footage turned out fine and worth watching. Thanks to the awesome responses from these two

Movies for Mother’s Day: Musicals with memorable mom characters

While it is expected that movies for Mother's Day should primarily feature likeable mom characters and stories about a mother's love, going a little more festive and distinct can actually add a more special appeal to the celebration. Choosing fun or heartwarming musicals for a Mother's Day movie marathon or for a movie night to cap off a pleasing family day can make the occasion even more vibrant, touching, and memorable. With the many ways to celebrate Mothers' Day from fine

Film Forum Invitation: ‘It’s More Fun in the PhiliFILMS’ with screening of ‘Sakaling Di Makarating’

We are inviting all film and tourism professionals, film students and film enthusiasts to our forum on film tourism this coming Monday, July 24, 2017,  1 p.m., at the SDA Cinema, School of Design and Arts (SDA) Building, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, along P. Ocampo Street in Malate, Manila. This free event entitled "It's More Fun in the PhiliFILMS" is open to the public. Guest speakers are filmmaker Ice Idanan and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson

MMFF 2016: The Reelvolution

This Reelvolution is a mover and shaker in Philippine Cinema. Due to the rush of almost going straight to work upon arrival in Manila and until now still finishing the unpacking of a total of seven luggage, plus enjoying the time with the newborn (although currently minimizing physical touch due to my cold virus), I was only able to watch two MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) entries this year. Unfortunately, I had to skip the third one which I already had

My experimental short film ‘Isthmus’ screens at Gawad Alternatibo

"Isthmus" screens at the 31st Gawad Alternatibo on Aug. 5, 2019, Monday, 10:00 a.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It screens under the Special Curated Section of the festival entitled "Food for Thought" (films that relied with balloons, eggs, and various food as symbolism). Check out the rest of the films for this year's Gawad Alternatibo from Aug. 3 to 5. Screenings are free and are open to the public.

Film Event Invite: ‘One Shot: A Forum on Shooting Your First Feature Film’ and screening of Pepe Diokno’s ‘Engkwentro’

BenildeFilm invites everyone to my class’ free public event: Filmmaker in Focus Forum (FFF). This term’s FFF is entitled “One Shot: A Forum on Shooting Your First Feature Film” featuring Pepe Diokno and his first feature, the Cinemalaya film “Engkwentro.” This happens on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m. at the SDA Cinema, School of Design and Arts Building, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde along P. Ocampo St. Malate, Manila. Film screening of this Venice International Film Festival-winning

Film Event: 4th Navoteno Film Festival

Congratulations to all the participating schools of the 4th Navoteño Film Festival 2019. This project by the Navotas City Hall Public Information Office (PIO), which celebrates the theme "Navotas History and Culture," started last summer with a two-day filmmaking workshop with students and their teacher-advisers, followed by mentorship for the screenplays and the first cut of the films, and capped off with the awards night on June 22, 2019 at the Navotas Sports Complex. It is my privilege to be part of

First Friday Las Vegas: The artsy side of the city

Every first Friday of the month, gallery lamps and artsy music dominate the Las Vegas Arts District, the home of the monthly arts event First Friday Las Vegas. A Vegas tradition now running for more than a decade, First Friday helps integrate local artists and their works with the community. It generally caters to people of all ages and admission is free. This underrated arts and culture gathering situated in between the Strip and the Downtown area is popular to local artists

Film Event Invitation: ‘Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Conference’ celebrates the industry’s 100 years

In celebration of the 100 years of Philippine Cinema, Filipino film workers organized the "Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Conference" at the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (BenildeFilm) this September 2017. I am moderating one of the talks for the BenildeFilm leg of the conference on Sept. 15, 2017 (Friday), 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the School of Design and Arts (SDA) Theater in Manila: Panel 5: "Regional and Diasporic Cinema" with Tito Valiente,

‘Cinema Rehiyon: Alter Nativo’ opens at CCP

"Cinema Rehiyon: Alter Nativo," the first national film festival solely focusing on films created outside of Metro Manila, opens at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on Feb. 18 and will run until Feb. 21, 2009. In celebration of the Philippine International Arts Month, this four-day event will feature short and full-length films created by regional filmmakers and is open to all audiences for free. A project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in cooperation with the