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Silent Film fest Proves: Culture Has No Border

from left: Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes.  and Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT). Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes.
and Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT). Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

“How do we link young people to their responsibility for development? A silent film festival is an entertaining way to think about how to take over responsibility, how to take care, how to engage and not all things are irrelevant. Musicians from the country can relate to films from other countries. It shows that culture has no border. Silent films as language and music are able to overcome borders,” said Goethe Institut Philipinen Director Dr. Petra Raymond.

Raymond is referring to the 8th Edition of the International Silent Film Festival to be held at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from August 28-31, 2014. This is the festival where Filipino musicians score silent films from different parts of the world live. This year will also feature a world-renowned pianist from France Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch. The screenings are free and open to the public on a first come first served basis. Every year there are long queues so make sure to check listings and schedules.

 

Der Mude: Catch Germany’s DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) with MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB in cooperation with Dr. Pierre Oser. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Der Mude: Catch Germany’s DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) with MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB in cooperation with Dr. Pierre Oser. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

USA-CITY OF LIGHTS starring Charlie Chaplin with RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT (Aug 28), Germany-DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) with MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB in cooperation with Dr. Pierre Oser (Aug 29), France-VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) with pianist HAKIM BENTCHOULA-GOLOBITCH (Aug 29), Italy-MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love Everlasting) with Caliph8 & Soprano Fame Flores (Aug 30), Japan- CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN (Aug 30), Spain- CURRO VARGAS with GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS (Aug 31), Philippines- ANG TIGMO SA AKING PAGPAULI (Riddles of my Homecoming) with KALAYO (Aug 31).

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The silent film festival has been going on at the Shang Cineplex for 8 years. The event has hosted films contributed by embassies and is anything but profit driven. French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal said, “The local cost of organizing a film fest can be prohibitive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shang Rila Plaza for hosting the festival.”

from right: FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Film Development Council has been part of the fest for several years, sponsoring and organizing the Philippine entry. FDCP Executive Dir Teddy Granados adds, “I would like to congratulate organizers and the different embassies. We from the FDCP have told them the Silent Film Festival is the most difficult fest to organize. Looking for a suitable material is very difficult because you’re looking deep into your archives to look during the Silent film era in the 20’s or earlier. And it’s really difficult to find material that’s suitable for showing in a cinema. Especially if it’s already been restored. Finally another difficulty is getting the musicians to play in the festival.”

from right: Fame Flores and Caliph8 will score for Italian entry Love Everlasting. You can catch Fame at Bar 360 in Resort’s World Manila. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Fame Flores and Caliph8 will score for Italian entry Love Everlasting. You can catch Fame at Bar 360 in Resort’s World Manila. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Goethe Institut is one of the founding members of the fest. Dr. Raymond took over from previous director Richard Kuenzel since 2012. She goes on, “When I came to the Philippines years ago and I was inheriting the participation of the Goethe of this festival. I was asking myself what could we do with this to continue? Do we have enough silent films to present? That was my first question. I went back to the archive and thought ok Germany has a big archive. So this is not the problem.”

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The next question is being able to justify the effort and expense. After getting to see the fest she sees the benefits are truly worth it, “I find the construction of this festival very convincing. It is unique it is experimental. It has connections to cultural heritage and traditions. We are able to target young audiences in the Philippines. In the Philippines most of the people are young so how do you connect young people with understanding history? We relate to a lot of issues. This year we commemorate the start of the First World War a hundred years ago. All of a sudden we see not so many things have changed. The world is again in danger.”

Seated from left: Fame Flores, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Carol Bello (KALAYO), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab-- Melita Cruz & Marie Luise Calvero. Standing from left: Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit,  Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Caliph8, Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT) and MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seated from left: Fame Flores, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Carol Bello (KALAYO), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab– Melita Cruz & Marie Luise Calvero. Standing from left: Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit, Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Caliph8, Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT) and MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

She hopes the fest will be an ongoing event for years to come, “I hope that we will find again next year a group of countries who would like to organize the 9th Edition. When Martin (Macalintal) presented his film & music and he was missing. That is also an invitation to other countries, always an open call who would like to join, participate next year. This is an experiment and is working out very well. Maybe we can have deeper relations than just diplomacy.”

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The German film DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) by Fritz Lang is accompanied by an orchestra using the work of Manila Composer’s Lab. Just like last year they consulted and worked with German composer Pierre Osser. Young composers include Pat Rodriguez, Mika Lopez, Marie Luise Caldero and Melita Cruz.

Manila Composer’s Lab from left: Anna Patricia Rodriguez, Ara Janelle Foronda, Feliz  Anne Macahis, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes, German composer Pierre Oser, MCL Exec Dir. Alexander John Villanueva, Patricia Baes and Nikka Mae Lopez. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Manila Composer’s Lab from left: Anna Patricia Rodriguez, Ara Janelle Foronda, Feliz Anne Macahis, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes, German composer Pierre Oser, MCL Exec Dir. Alexander John Villanueva, Patricia Baes and Nikka Mae Lopez. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Manila Composer’s Lab Director Jonas Baes said, “The thing about writing music for film, you have to situate yourself in another space in another time. This particular film put us in this space-time limbo. Just as that happens I asked the composers to think 1921 but also think here and now. That was more complex because the film will happen in 3 settings: China, the Renaissance and Venice. All of those had to be manifested in the music.”

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Baes added that there will be more instrumentalists this year, “Music will create this whole environment, in a way, which the film is trying to project. In a way we are in dialogue with a film. The film answers in a way that is more subtle. So that is what we have been doing in the past 3 months. It’s a long film, we have 4 composers and we have a little orchestra, a bigger ensemble than what we had last year. We have employed 12 musicians and a conductor.”

Explosive EXPENDABLES 3

foreground from left: Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Arnold Schwarzenneger (Trench), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Sly Stallone (Barney Ross) and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) background from left: Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Ronda Rousey (Luna) and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

foreground from left: Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Arnold Schwarzenneger (Trench), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Sly Stallone (Barney Ross) and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) background from left: Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Ronda Rousey (Luna) and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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The extraction point is the top of a building that’s about to explode. The Expendables have to get on a helicopter to avoid the oncoming army. Smilee (Kellan Lutz) is on a motorcycle wreaking havoc on tanks. How does he get on a roof without an elevator? He sees an incline right beside the abandoned building. He goes 250kph and ramps the bike off it. The bike is literally up about a hundred feet in the air for a few seconds, he jumps away from it and hangs off from a ledge on one of the top floors of the building. Two floors below him, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) is running for his life and narrowly escapes a blast from a tank. Barney turns a corner and now faces a dozen armed soldiers waiting for him.

Kellan Lutz (Smilee) on motorcycle. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kellan Lutz (Smilee) on motorcycle. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

After two huge action packed installments in Expendables 1 & 2, it’s hard to believe but the 3rd one is actually an even bigger film. Known for getting the biggest action stars of the past few decades: Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren are at it again. In this installment they are joined by Wesley Snipes of BLADE fame. Missing in this sequel are Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis.

From left: Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Glenn Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), Harrison Ford (Drummer), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stalllone (Barney Ross), Ronda Rousey (Luna), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Jet Li (Yin Yang) and seated Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

From left: Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Glenn Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), Harrison Ford (Drummer), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stalllone (Barney Ross), Ronda Rousey (Luna), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Jet Li (Yin Yang) and seated Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench) will be the T-800 again in TERMINATOR GENISYS set to be released in 2015. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench) will be the T-800 again in TERMINATOR GENISYS set to be released in 2015. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

After quoting “I’ll be back” in EXPENDABLES 2, Arnold as Trench repeats his old lines, “Get to the chopper” from PREDATOR and “I lied” from COMMANDO. Arnold is reprising his most famous role as the T-800 in TERMINATOR GENISYS set for release in 2015. Emilia Clarke more popularly known as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES plays the pivotal Sarah Connor role.

from left: Drummer and Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left: Drummer and Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Harrison Ford as Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Harrison Ford as Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

One of the biggest names in Hollywood replaces Bruce Willis as CIA control that hires Barney: Harrison Ford. And unlike Willis’ character Church he also gets in on the action pretty quick. Harrison Ford made his career kicking ass IN SPACE as Han Solo, in the original religion starting STAR WARS. While Barney brags about piloting an airplane, try flying the Millennium Falcon. After INDIANA JONES where Ford fought the Nazis, he became the president of the United States in AIR FORCE ONE fighting hand to hand against terrorists. Ford is not just the last name of the biggest star here but also the vehicle of choice for Barney: Ford’s SVT Raptor.

Glenn Powell as Thorn uses the Canon EOS 5D mark III to survey the enemy. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Glenn Powell as Thorn uses the Canon EOS 5D mark III to survey the enemy. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Sylvester Stallone is Barney Ross who rides the Ford Raptor SVT in this film. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Sylvester Stallone is Barney Ross who rides the Ford Raptor SVT in this film. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mad Mel Gibson is a fantastic bad guy. Jean-Claude Van Damme was the previous bad guy in 2 following Eric Roberts in the original. After Mel’s recent run in with the law and his lunatic recorded threats and rants from real life, casting him as weapons dealer who has committed crimes against humanity is perfect. Whether or not you love Mel Gibson from the Lethal Weapon series or despise him for his racist, alcoholic stupor, you’re going to want to have to see him in EXPENDABLES 3. In light of everything that’s happened, he’s become this figure you’d love to hate.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Truthfully, performance wise, story wise Mad Mel is the one that gives this film a real edge. As a viewer you can’t wait for that scene when Rocky gets to lay his hands on him and vice versa. Their rivalry and hatred is something that just has to be released and seen through a fight.

Barney Ross and Trench. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Barney Ross and Trench. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Blonde bombshell Ronda Rousey joins the Expendables ranks as Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Blonde bombshell Ronda Rousey joins the Expendables ranks as Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The stars aren’t the only reason this movie levels up. The earnings for each installment has increased and by now they have the money to blow up a real building. The Expendables get to do battle against a dozen tanks. They chose to have the setting in a fictional country called AZMANISTAN, yeah where all the badass people live. The backdrop is actually in Bulgaria, where a lot of Soviet weapons and arms were left over. So producers were able to take advantage the old buildings and even the manpower.

Dozens of tanks attack the Expendables. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Dozens of tanks attack the Expendables. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer toast their casting. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer toast their casting. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

More than the previous sequels, this film also acknowledges that the Expendables are getting on with age. So Sly decides to recruit a younger team. Kelsey Grammer is in the role of Bonaparte recruiting a skillful but somewhat suicidal crew to go after the dreaded Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Kelsey leaves his famous TV persona FRASIER for this film.

Glenn Powell turns into a fan and shoots Ronda Rousey with his i-phone5. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Glenn Powell turns into a fan and shoots Ronda Rousey with his i-phone5. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

UFC and MMA fans have been clamoring for the film debut of current Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who might as well be playing herself! She is being touted as UFC’s biggest star with the recent exit of Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre. Fans will not be disappointed with the action sequences as she is seen as a bouncer using her judo throws and punches on five men all at the same time.

Ronda Rousey is sexy bouncer Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Ronda Rousey is sexy bouncer Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Ronda takes on 5 men causing trouble in club. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Ronda takes on 5 men causing trouble in club. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Her looks are closer to that of Renee Zellwegger, if the Oscar award-winning actress was buff and athletic. It was only natural for the physically gifted and athletic Rousey to do her own stunts and fight scenes. In a cage fight among the Expendables crew, she could easily knock out or submit all of them in real life. This is with the exception of former UFC Champ Randy Couture and Jet Li who is versed in Shaolin Kung Fu.

Yin yang and Toll Road may be the only 2 guys skilled enough to handle Rousey in the cage among the EXPENDABLES team. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Yin yang and Toll Road may be the only 2 guys skilled enough to handle Rousey in the cage among the EXPENDABLES team. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda gets to use her deadly arm bar. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda gets to use her deadly arm bar. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Reviews and fan feedback have been so overwhelming that she has already worked in FAST & FURIOUS 7 (2015) as well as ENTOURAGE (2015). There are also plans to give her the lead role in THE ATHENA PROJECT, based on a novel written by Brad Thor about an all female delta force team.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Antonio Banderas as Galgo. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas as Galgo. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The new recruits also include Antonio Banderas as the overzealous Galgo. In a scene the ZORRO star sings El Novio de la Muerte (Bridegroom of Death) to Barney Ross. The anthem is the official hymn of the Spanish Legion of which Banderas was made honorary member in 2013. Former boxing WBC Welter weight champ turned actor Victor Ortiz also plays Mars in the new team. Maybe in the future Sly will include Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in EXPENDABLES 4, battling Steven Seagal?

The young guys in the team from left: Thorn, Mars and Smilee. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The young guys in the team from left: Thorn, Mars and Smilee. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Just thinking about the casting makes every combat sports fan excited. People need that throwback, slam-bang action flick that has become few and far between these days. THIS IS IT with all of our heroes in one go. Whether it’s a flying leg lock from Rousey, a knife throw from Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes, machine gun fire from Terminator and Indiana Jones to an epic hand to hand combat between Rocky and Mad Mel, EXPENDABLES 3 blows the minds of every action fan.

from left: Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes show off their knife skills. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left: Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes show off their knife skills. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen) in shooting range. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen) in shooting range. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Wesley Snipes was cast in the original EXPENDABLES but missed it because he was incarcerated for Tax evasion. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Wesley Snipes was cast in the original EXPENDABLES but missed it because he was incarcerated for Tax evasion. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

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(Toll Road) Randy Couture’s Cauliflower ear makes him stand out as an MMA fighter. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Terry Crews is the funny and intimidating Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey is even hotter with a gun. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Terry Crews is the funny and intimidating Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Jason Statham (Lee Christmas). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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The 2 big guys from left: Gunnar Jensen and Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Antonio Banderas (Galgo) shoots. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Sly Stallone is Barney Ross. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Ronda tries to reach for her pistol. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Jason Statham as Lee Christmas leads charge. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood from left: Arnold Schwarzennegger and Harrison Ford (Drummer). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Two Europeans in the team Antonio Banderas (Galgo) of Spain and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) of U.K. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Two Europeans in the team Antonio Banderas (Galgo) of Spain and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) of U.K. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Kellan Lutz (Smilee). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Kelsey Grammer is Bonaparte. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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New Expendable stars from left: Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Harrison Ford (Drummer) Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Wesley Snipes (Doc) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

New Expendable stars from left: Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Harrison Ford (Drummer) Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Wesley Snipes (Doc) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Chaplin, Divas and Yakuzas in Silent Film Fest

Catch USA’s CITY OF LIGHTS starring Charlie Chaplin with RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch USA’s CITY OF LIGHTS starring Charlie Chaplin with RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The International Silent film festival this year for the first time will have a film by icon Charlie Chaplin in his work CITY OF LIGHTS. It will be accompanied by the RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT, which is known for their quirky lyrics and booming horn section perfect for the slapstick film.

Catch USA’s CITY OF LIGHTS starring Charlie Chaplin with RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch USA’s CITY OF LIGHTS starring Charlie Chaplin with RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

CITY OF LIGHTS is the entry of the U.S.A. in the 8th Edition of the International Silent Film Festival to be held at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from August 28-31, 2014. This is the festival where Filipino musicians score silent films from different parts of the world live. This year will also feature a world-renowned pianist from France Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch. The screenings are free and open to the public on a first come first served basis. Every year there are long queues so make sure to check listings and schedules.

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USA-CITY OF LIGHTS starring Charlie Chaplin with RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT (Aug 28), Germany-DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) with MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB in cooperation with Dr. Pierre Oser (Aug 29), France-VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) with pianist HAKIM BENTCHOULA-GOLOBITCH (Aug 29), Italy-MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love Everlasting) with Caliph8 & Soprano Fame Flores (Aug 30), Japan- CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN (Aug 30), Spain- CURRO VARGAS with GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS (Aug 31), Philippines- ANG TIGMO SA AKING PAGPAULI (Riddles of my Homecoming) with KALAYO (Aug 31).

Seated from left: Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson, Fame Flores, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Carol Bello (KALAYO), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Institut Philippinen Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab-- Melita Cruz & Marie Luise Calvero and FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Standing from left: Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Fons, Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit,  Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Caliph8, Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT) and MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seated from left: Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson, Fame Flores, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Carol Bello (KALAYO), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Institut Philippinen Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab– Melita Cruz & Marie Luise Calvero and FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Standing from left: Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Fons, Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit, Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Caliph8, Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT) and MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Francis De Veyra representing RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT said, “Music composed was also by Charlie Chaplin himself which made it difficult to change the original music. So we plan to make it close to the original music with modern arrangements. Its gonna be fun and the music is an integral part of the film. Live scoring is a double treat for an audience.” Lead singer of the band Lourd De Veyra is a famous commentator/comedian in several shows from the TV5 network: SAPUL SA SINGKO, AKSYON on TV5, TAYUAN MO AT PANINDIGAN, WASAK on AksyonTV and LUPET.

from left: Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT), Caliph8 and Fame Flores. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT), Caliph8 and Fame Flores. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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ITALY- MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love everlasting)

Italian entry MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love everlasting) directed by Mario Caserini is one of the diva films, one of the most famous silent cinemas in Italy.Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini explained, “Caserini specifically wrote this for a real Diva at that time one of the most famous actresses Lydia Borelli. She was a celebrated theater actress, having renown in Italy, France and all over the world at the time. She was the protagonist in SALOME by Oscar Wilde. She was the Diva par excellence a bridge between fantasy and modernism an interpreter of liberty culture as she was a fashionable person. The women copied her hairstyle the way she dressed at the time.”

Catch Italy’s MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love Everlasting) with Caliph8 & Soprano Fame Flores. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch Italy’s MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love Everlasting) with Caliph8 & Soprano Fame Flores. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adesini also noted how Diva Lydia Borelli distinguished herself, “On her first attempt at movies, she knew how to use the camera and cinema to explore her own expressive art in an experimental way. She could not use her voice but she could use her movements how she dressed and she was also a dancer. The first part is a drama, a tragic love story. The second part is on a stage. This gives her the opportunity to dance and perform as a stage actress.”

from right: Carol Bello (KALAYO), Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori , Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN) and Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Carol Bello (KALAYO), Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori , Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN) and Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

For MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love everlasting) DJ Caliph8 collaborates with Fred Sandoval and Malek Lopez. The trio are also part of the group which also made the soundtrack for ON TH JOB directed by Erik Matti. OTJ was one of the selected films screened in the director’s night 2013 festival in Cannes, which had a 2 minute standing ovation.

Soprano Fame Flores will perform for Italian entry Love Everlasting, you can catch her at Bar 360 in Resort’s World Manila. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Soprano Fame Flores will perform for Italian entry Love Everlasting, you can catch her at Bar 360 in Resort’s World Manila. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Along with them is Soprano Fame Flores who can currently be seen as one of the many talented performers in Resort’s World Manila’s Bar 360. Flores is a multi awarded artist having won the ALIW awards for Best Crossover Classical Performer in 2013 and multiple nominee in the Best Classical performance category. After graduating in Voice in U.P College of Music she is currently taking up a second degree in Music in the same institution. As a stage actress she was Maria Clara in Gantimpala’s NOLI ME TANGERE, Gregoria De Jesus in Gerry Dapdap’s ANDRES BONIFACIO Musical. She is also an opera performer she was in Merry Wives of Windsor at U.P. College and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in CCP.

Catch Japan’s CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch Japan’s CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN.
Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japan- CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN

In 2012, one of the most well received films was from Japan entitled POOR MEN WHO ARE GREAT directed by Yasujiro Ozu. This year it’s a more action packed entry with CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) directed by Daisuke Ito. Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, gave some background on the director, “Daisuke Ito was the leader of new style of Samurai films that featured sword fighting scenes. The movie was originally a trilogy where some parts were lost. By 1991 they were able to find enough footage to restore the current version which will be screened.” CHUJI TABI NIKKI was also well received at the Pordenone Silent film festival in Italy in 2001.

from left: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori and FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori and FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch Japan’s CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch Japan’s CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN.
Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The film will be scored by a trend setting band KAAPIN which proudly hails from Cagayan De Oro. KAAPIN was chosen by Bandwagon Singapore for their “5 Regional Bands to Check Out in 2014″ along with other bands from Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia. Members are Michael Nuesca (Vocal Orchestra, Glockens, Melodica) and Rotsanjani Mojica (Programming, Synths, Beats, Glitch, Noise). Their self-titled EP made it to the Top 20 Filipino EP’s of 2013.

from left: Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson and Sharlene Bareng. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson and Sharlene Bareng. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Robin Williams, O Captain, My Captain!

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Just like the world, I AM more than sad for the loss of Robin Williams.

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Robin Williams was my first exposure to great, wild, exciting comedy through Mork & Mindy. Later on he made some of the most powerful films with his brilliant acting: DEAD POET’S SOCIETY, THE FISHER KING, GOOD MORNING VIETNAM, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP.

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The Dead Poets were concerned with sucking the marrow of life…” That you did O Captain My Captain!

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French Pianist for Silent Film Fest 2014

Catch France’s VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) with French pianist HAKIM BENTCHOULA-GOLOBITCH. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch France’s VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) with French pianist HAKIM BENTCHOULA-GOLOBITCH. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

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By Jude Bautista

The International Silent film fest has always been known for the soundtracks being scored live by Pinoy musicians like RAZORBACK, SINOSIKAT from previous years and drawing large audiences in the process. This year will be something special as French pianist Hakim Benthchoula-Golobitch will be one of the performers.

from left: French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal and Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal and Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal said, “Benthchoula is of Algerian descent although of course he is French national. He studied in the Conservatory of Paris. He’s been awarded scholarships and grants in different prestigious festivals and piano competitions in Europe. And he had accompanied many silent films VISION D’HISTOIRE is one of his latest projects. This festival is a wonderful event that not just shows cultures from different countries but most of all the collaboration and the talent of Filipino musicians.”

The renowned French Pianist will provide live scoring for VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) in the 8th Edition of the International Silent Film Festival to be held at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from August 28-31, 2014. The screenings are free and open to the public on a first come first served basis. Every year there are long queues so make sure to check listings and schedules.

Catch France’s VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) with French pianist HAKIM BENTCHOULA-GOLOBITCH. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Catch France’s VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) with French pianist HAKIM BENTCHOULA-GOLOBITCH. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

USA-CITY OF LIGHTS starring Charlie Chaplin with RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT (Aug 28), Germany-DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) with MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB in cooperation with Dr. Pierre Oser (Aug 29), France-VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) with pianist HAKIM BENTCHOULA-GOLOBITCH (Aug 29), Italy-MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love Everlasting) with Caliph8 & Soprano Fame Flores (Aug 30), Japan- CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN (Aug 30), Spain- CURRO VARGAS with GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS (Aug 31), Philippines- ANG TIGMO SA AKING PAGPAULI (Riddles of my Homecoming) with KALAYO (Aug 31).

from right: Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Fons. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Goethe Inst Phil Dir. Petra Raymond, Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Fons. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Benthchoula has received the gold medal for piano at the National Conservatory of Toulouse. He has been awarded in international competitions and the Mozart Henessy Scholarship. He specializes in French music and has worked with contemporary composers, to perform in solo recitals or chamber music concerts. He has accompanied Judex by Louis Feuillade as his first silent film, then played the sound- track for GRIBICHE by Jacques Feyder, SAFETY LAST with Harold Lloyd, and VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE by Léon Poirier.

from right: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini and French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini and French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

France was absent the last two years and has been missed by audiences. Macalintal said, “I would like to thank our co organizers for welcoming France back to the Festival. I have heard that France has been missed in the past editions. There is a real partnership with Shang Rila Plaza Mall and I’d like to thank them for that.”

Speaking about the film, “ We are very privileged to bring to the Philippines a film that was restored last year in commemoration of the 100 years of the First World War. Verdun is one of the key battles of the First World War, which ended with an armistice in 1918. After that in 1928 the director Leon Poirier decided to make a film to recreate the Verdun Battle.”

Soprano Fame Flores will perform for Italian entry Love Everlasting, you can catch her at Bar 360 in Resort’s World Manila. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Soprano Fame Flores will perform for Italian entry Love Everlasting, you can catch her at Bar 360 in Resort’s World Manila. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The silent film may have also been an early form of what people see today as the docudrama with an added realism, “It is some kind of reenactment of the battle. What is symbolic about this film is the actors he got were actual soldiers in the battle. You can just imagine the emotions of these actors when they reenacted the actual fighting in the trenches. The film has been restored, remastered by the Cinematheque of Toulouse. The French agency to promote culture is sponsoring the French pianist accompanying the film. He is touring along with this film all over the world. We are going to be very privileged to have him in the Philippines.”

from right: Carol Bello (KALAYO), Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN) and Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Carol Bello (KALAYO), Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN) and Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The renowned pianist was actually born in Algeria but is now French citizen. Macalintal was also able to explain the deep relationship of the two nations, “Just to go back to history the independence of Algeria is directly related to the creation of the 5th Republic of France up to now exists. France’s constitution today is still that of 1958. That’s strongly related to the independence movement in Algeria. In LA GRAINE ET LE MULET (The Secret of the Grain) actress Hafsia Herzi, from the French Film fest is also of Algerian Descent playing a Tunisian. That North African, Mediterranean influence is ever present in France.”

IMG_9683Turkey is another Mediterranean country that has immigrants in Italy. The MOVIEMOV Italian film festival also held in Shang Plaza had a Turkish director. Opening film ALLACCIATE LE CINTURE (FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT) was directed by Fernan Ozpetek. Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini explained, “The reason why Ozpetec has chosen Italy instead of Turkey and has become an Italian director as a matter of fact. In Italy he has found freedom. He is gay and his films have that theme. He experienced many problems in Turkey other reasons are political. He found freedom and liberty in Italy that is why he has chosen to stay and work. He has an actress that always cast also from Turkey. She has also chosen Italy for political reasons.”

from left: French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal and Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal and Italian Language and Culture Officer Prof. Emanuela Adesini. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

Schedule

Cinemalaya Awards X-1

Sophie Albert and director Gino Santos receive the Special Citation Ensemble for #Y. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sophie Albert and director Gino Santos receive the Special Citation Ensemble for #Y. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Short filmmakers from right: Sari Estrada (ASAN SI LOLO ME?), Christopher ‘Thop’ Nazareno (EYEBALL), Chloe Anne Veloso (INA-TAY), Joris Fernandez (INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK), Kevin Ang (LOLA), Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO), Paolo O’Hara (NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN), Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and—NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Short filmmakers from right: Sari Estrada (ASAN SI LOLO ME?), Christopher ‘Thop’ Nazareno (EYEBALL), Chloe Anne Veloso (INA-TAY), Joris Fernandez (INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK), Kevin Ang (LOLA), Janne Eric ‘JE’ Tiglao (MGA LIGAW NA PARU PARO), Paolo O’Hara (NAKAKABINGING KADILIMAN), Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano (TIYA BENING), David R. Corpuz (THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO) and—NOT IN PHOTO is Fedwilyn Villarba Sadolboro (PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

BWAYA producer/actor RS Francisco and Gretchen Barretto during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

BWAYA producer/actor RS Francisco and Gretchen Barretto during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cinemalaya Awards 2014 in photos

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#Y cast from left: Director Gino M. Santos, Kit Thompson, Coleen Garcia, Slater Young, Sophie Albert and Elmo Magalona. #Y won the Special Citation for Ensemble Performance for the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

#Y cast from left: Director Gino M. Santos, Kit Thompson, Coleen Garcia, Slater Young, Sophie Albert and Elmo Magalona. #Y won the Special Citation for Ensemble Performance for the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Special Citation – Ensemble Performance

#Y

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from left: Sophie Albert, Chynna Ortaleza  and director Gino Santos receives the Special Citation Ensemble for #Y. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sophie Albert, Chynna Ortaleza and director Gino Santos receives the Special Citation Ensemble for #Y. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Previous awardees/presenters Jasmine Curtis Smith and Art Acuña. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Previous awardees/presenters Jasmine Curtis Smith and Art Acuña. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actor Director’s Showcase Nicco Manalo THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actor Director’s Showcase Nicco Manalo THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Supporting Actor

Nicco Manalo THE JANITOR Director’s Showcase

Miggs Cuaderno CHILDREN’S SHOW New Breed

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Best Supporting Actor New Breed Miggs Cuaderno CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actor New Breed Miggs Cuaderno CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Journalists from left: MB’s Janet Susan Rodriguez Nepales, PDI’s Bayani San Diego and S6PARADOS Producer Noel Ferrer during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Journalists from left: MB’s Janet Susan Rodriguez Nepales, PDI’s Bayani San Diego and S6PARADOS Producer Noel Ferrer during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Multi awarded film editor and Kerala Intl Film fest Dir Vina Paul gives Best Editing New Breed award to Gerone Centena CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Multi awarded film editor and former Intl Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) Director Bina Paul Venugopal gives Best Editing New Breed award to Gerone Centena CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Editing

Tara Illenberger THE JANITOR Director’s Showcase

Gerone Centena CHILDREN’S SHOW New Breed

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Best Editing New Breed award Gerone Centena CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Editing New Breed award CHILDREN’S SHOW from right: Gerone Centena and Producer/Editor Jedd Dumaguina. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Francis Xavier Pasion (BWAYA), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Producer Hannah Espia representing Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Director Janice O’Hara & Producer Denise O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

New Breed from left: Gino M. Santos(#Y), Real S. Florido (1ST KO SI 3RD), Francis Xavier Pasion (BWAYA), Roderick Cabrido (CHILDREN’S SHOW) , Producer Hannah Espia representing Giancarlo Abrahan V (DAGITAB), Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS), Director Janice O’Hara & Producer Denise O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress Director’s Showcase Cris Villonco HARI NG TONDO. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress Director’s Showcase Cris Villonco HARI NG TONDO. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Supporting Actress

Cris Villonco HARI NG TONDO Director’s Showcase

Barbie Forteza MARIQUINA New Breed

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Best Supporting Actress New Breed Barbie Forteza MARIQUINA. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress New Breed Barbie Forteza MARIQUINA. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Shilbert Manuel and TRIBU rap group during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Shilbert Manuel and TRIBU rap group during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Cinematographer Director’s Showcase Mycko David KASAL. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Cinematographer Director’s Showcase Mycko David KASAL. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Cinematography

Mycko David KASAL Director’s Showcase

Neil Daza BWAYA New Breed

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Best Cinematographer New Breed Neil Daza BWAYA during the Cinemalaya X Awards held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Cinematographer New Breed Neil Daza BWAYA during the Cinemalaya X Awards held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy Pop Superstar & WCOPA champ Jonalyn Viray had a stirring performance of the Cinemalaya theme together with Ballet Phil. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy Pop Superstar & WCOPA champ Jonalyn Viray had a stirring performance of the Cinemalaya theme together with Ballet Phil. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy Pop Superstar & WCOPA champ Jonalyn Viray had a stirring performance of the Cinemalaya theme together with Ballet Phil. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy Pop Superstar & WCOPA champ Jonalyn Viray had a stirring performance of the Cinemalaya theme together with Ballet Phil. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Production Design Director’s Showcase Harley Alcasid KASAL. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Production Design Director’s Showcase Harley Alcasid KASAL. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Production Design

Harley Alcasid KASAL Director’s Showcase

Toym Imao K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER New Breed

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Best Production Design New Breed Toym Imao with friend Sinag De Leon. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Production Design New Breed Toym Imao K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER with friend Sinag De Leon. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

KASAL lead star Arnold Reyes is dapper in a white tux. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

KASAL lead star Arnold Reyes is dapper in a white tux. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director’s Showcase from left: Louie Ignacio (ASINTADO), cast member Rafa Siguion Reyna representing his father Carlitos Siguion-Reyna (HARI NG TONDO), Jay Altarejos (KASAL) and Michael Tuviera (THE JANITOR); not in photo is Joel Lamangan (HUSTISYA). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director’s Showcase from left: Louie Ignacio (ASINTADO), cast member Rafa Siguion Reyna representing his father Carlitos Siguion-Reyna (HARI NG TONDO), Jay Altarejos (KASAL) and Michael Tuviera (THE JANITOR); not in photo is Joel Lamangan (HUSTISYA). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Musical Direction

Richard Gonzales KASAL Director’s Showcase

Erwin Fajardo BWAYA New Breed

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Best Musical Direction New Breed Erwin Fajardo BWAYA. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Musical Direction New Breed Erwin Fajardo BWAYA. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nathan Lopez corrects himself after mistaking Angel Aquino for Angel Locsin during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nathan Lopez corrects himself after mistaking Angel Aquino for Angel Locsin during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes lit up the screen as Dennis Trillo’s loving wife in THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes lit up the screen as Dennis Trillo’s loving wife in THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Sound Director’s Showcase-Mike Idioma THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Sound Director’s Showcase-Mike Idioma THE JANITOR. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Sound

Mike Idioma THE JANITOR Director’s Showcase

Jedd Dumaguina, Yves Patron and Bryan Dumaguina

CHILDREN’S SHOW New Breed

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Best Sound New Breed from left: Gerone Centeno, Jonathan Hee, Bryan Dumaguina CHILDREN’S SHOW. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Sound New Breed is CHILDREN’S SHOW receiving the award from left: Monoxide Works’ Sound Engr Producer/Editor Jedd Dumaguina, Sound Designer Yves Patron and Musical Scorer Bryan Dumaguina. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

BWAYA lead stars: Urian Best actress Angeli Bayani and Karl Medina during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

BWAYA lead stars: Urian Best actress Angeli Bayani and Karl Medina during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kevin Ang (LOLA) receives Audience Choice Award- Short film from CHILDREN’S SHOW Producer/actress Suzette Ranillo during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kevin Ang (LOLA) receives Audience Choice Award- Short film from CHILDREN’S SHOW Producer/actress Suzette Ranillo during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Audience Choice

LOLA by Kevin Ang Short Film

SUNDALONG KANIN by Janice O’Hara New Breed

HUSTISYA by Joel Lamangan Director’s Showcase

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Janice O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN) receives Audience Choice Award- NEW BREED during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Janice O’Hara (SUNDALONG KANIN) receives Audience Choice Award- NEW BREED during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Audience Choice Director’s Showcase awardee-HUSTISYA cast from left: Bernardo Bernardo, Tony Mabesa and direk Joel Lamangan. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Audience Choice Director’s Showcase awardee-HUSTISYA cast from left: Bernardo Bernardo, Tony Mabesa and direk Joel Lamangan. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

CHILDREN’S SHOW D.O.P Mycko David wins the Canon Award for Cinematography and a C100 camera (worth $5,000 U.S.) from Canon Mktg Phl Asst. Mktg Mgr for Imaging Communications Products Rolando Romero Jr. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

CHILDREN’S SHOW D.O.P Mycko David wins the Canon Award for Cinematography and a C100 camera (worth $5,000 U.S.) from Canon Mktg Phl Asst. Mktg Mgr for Imaging Communications Products Rolando Romero Jr. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Canon Award for Cinematography

Mycko David CHILDREN’S SHOW

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from left: Louie Ignacio ASINTADO receives the Best Poster Design for Justin Besano from Lilit Reyes. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Louie Ignacio ASINTADO receives the Best Poster Design for Justin Besano from Lilit Reyes. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Poster

Justin Besana ASINTADO

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Previous Cinemalaya awardees/presenters Shamaine Centenera Buencamino and Manila Councilor Yul Servo. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Previous Cinemalaya awardees/presenters Shamaine Centenera Buencamino and Manila Councilor Yul Servo. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

New Breed from left: Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

New Breed from left: Ida Anita Del Mundo (K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER) , Milo Sogueco (MARIQUINA), Nick Olanka (RONDA), GB Sampedro (S6PARADOS). The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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SUNDALONG KANIN cast: standing Jelson Bay w Executive Producer Shiela Ambray, Reg De Vera and Diana Alferez seated from left Urian Best Actress Angeli Bayani, Max Celada, Sheenly Gener, Mara Marasigan and DOP Dexter Dela Peña.  The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

SUNDALONG KANIN cast: standing Jelson Bay w Executive Producer Shiela Ambray, Regina De Vera and Diana Alferez seated from left Urian Best Actress Angeli Bayani, Max Celada, Sheenly Gener, Mara Marasigan and DOP Dexter Dela Peña. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

Previous Cinemalaya awardees Ina Feleo & Epi Quizon during the Cinemalaya X Awards last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Supporting Actress Director’s Showcase Cris Villonco HARI NG TONDO. The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Watch out for Cinemalaya films’ commercial release in the coming months. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Zarzuela, Spanish Roots in CURRRO VARGAS

from left: Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS) and Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS) and Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The link between the traditional Zarzuela and cinema is closer than we think. Here in the Philippines it harkens back to one of the earliest forms of theater. But Instituto Cervantes Manila Director Dr. Carlos Madrid believes that there is a direct link to movies, “We have a very significant movie in Silent film cinema in Spain. CURRO VARGAS is one of the earliest examples of 2 forms of entertainment. From Zarzuela, the days of pre cinema to cinema is the adaptation of a Zarzuela to silent film. CURRO VARGAS for generations in Spain its an iconic symbol of the country boy who has to struggle to survive, to win the heart of his beloved. In that sense CURRO VARGAS encompasses so many topics of traditional Spanish dramas.”

Spain’s CURRO VARGAS with live scoring by GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Spain’s CURRO VARGAS with live scoring by GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Madrid is referring to the Spanish entry in the 8th Edition of the International Silent Film Festival to be held at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from August 28-31, 2014. This is the festival where Filipino musicians score silent films from different parts of the world live. This year will also feature a world-renowned pianist from France Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch. The screenings are free and open to the public on a first come first served basis. Every year there are long queues so make sure to check listings and schedules.

from right: Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT), Fame Flores ( watch her at Bar 360 in RWM), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan & Caliph8. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT), Fame Flores ( watch her at Bar 360 in RWM), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan & Caliph8. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

USA-CITY OF LIGHTS starring Charlie Chaplin with RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT (Aug 28), Germany-DER MÜDE TOD (Destiny) with MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB in cooperation with Dr. Pierre Oser (Aug 29), France-VERDUN: VISIONS D’HISTOIRE (Verdun:Versions of History) with pianist HAKIM BENTCHOULA-GOLOBITCH (Aug 29), Italy-MA L’AMOR MIO NON MUORE! (Love Everlasting) with Caliph8 & Soprano Fame Flores (Aug 30), Japan- CHUJI TABI NIKKI (A Diary of Chuji’s Travels) with KAAPIN (Aug 30), Spain- CURRO VARGAS with GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS (Aug 31), Philippines- ANG TIGMO SA AKING PAGPAULI (Riddles of my Homecoming) with KALAYO (Aug 31).

Seated from left: Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson, Fame Flores, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Carol Bello (KALAYO), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Institut Philippinen Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab-- Melita Cruz & Marie Luise Calvero and FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Standing from left: Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Fons, Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit,  Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Caliph8, Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT) and MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seated from left: Japan Foundation Proj. Coordinator Rolando Samson, Fame Flores, French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Carol Bello (KALAYO), Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Dualan, Officer for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Prof. Emanuela Adesini, Goethe Institut Philippinen Dir. Petra Raymond, Manila Composer’s Lab– Melita Cruz & Marie Luise Calvero and FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. Standing from left: Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Fons, Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit, Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Rotsanjani Mojica (KAAPIN), FDCP Exec Dir. Teddy Granados, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid, Caliph8, Francis De Veyra (RADIOACTIVESAGO PROJECT) and MCL Founder Prof Jonas Baes. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The silent film festival has been going on at the Shang Cineplex for 8 years. The event has hosted films contributed by embassies and is anything but profit driven. French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal said, “The venue is beautiful. The venue is wonderful and it’s been lent to us very generously. I’m grateful for their continued hosting of this important cultural event.”

from right: Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid & Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Fons. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Razorback Mgr. Patrick Pulumbarit, Sammy Asuncion (GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS), Inst Cervantes Mla Mng Dir Dr. Carlos Madrid & Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Fons. Catch Silent films for free with live scoring by the hottest bands at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dr. Carlos Madrid explained there were several agencies involved with the Spanish entry, “For Instuto Cervantes and Embassy of Spain to bring the film here we got the support of the Ministry of Culture through the Filmoteca Española. It was likely that this film was screened in the Philippine before World War II given the appeal of the Zarzuela had before. It is a very live movie sample of the early days of Spanish movie making.”

IMG_9929The fest according to him unites contries culturally and historically, “We got for the music part no less than Sammy Asuncion. We gave him the freedom to do whatever they feel. I would like to emphasize the Silent film festival is such a success. It unifies so many aspects; it is film they go beyond language barriers. It is something you understand, whether you know the language of the country or not. When we connect it to music you are also going beyond language barrier. So the Intl Silent Film festival we are recovering the cultural heritage of different countries from the world. Connecting film with contemporary heritage of which we have the privilege of being a guest and also creating a live event. As you may know all the audiences respond quite well to it. We are lucky to participate in this festival.”

Spain’s CURRO VARGAS with live scoring by GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Spain’s CURRO VARGAS with live scoring by GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS. Entrance is for free on first come first served basis at the Intl Silent Film Fest at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Aug 28-31, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Legendary Guitarist Sammy Asuncion has participated in the Silent Film Fest since the early years with his band SPY and PINIKPIKAN. This year he has a new band called GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS, which has a renowned musicians like Megan Aguilar on vocals, Ronald Tomas (sax) and Nicky Cabardo (keyboards).

Maegan Aguilar on drums and vocals for LAHI in Ka Freddie’s Bar, Adriatico cor Pedro Gil, Malate Manila. Photo was taken February 2013, Maegan is now with THE GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS with Sammy Asuncion scoring live for CURRO VARGAS, August 31, 2014 5pm Sunday. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Maegan Aguilar on drums and vocals for LAHI in Ka Freddie’s Bar, Adriatico cor Pedro Gil, Malate Manila. Photo was taken February 2013, Maegan is now with THE GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS with Sammy Asuncion scoring live for CURRO VARGAS, August 31, 2014 5pm Sunday. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Asuncion during the course of researching the film found a lot of similarities between Spain and the Philippines, “You will realize that we have a lot in common that we also do in our everyday lives in the Philippines. The older guys like me who was able to witness the Spanish way of living before. You will realize a lot of things that we’re doing now in the movie: costume, dance in the plaza. In our province in Bukindon you pay to be able to dance with a woman. I didn’t realize that maybe this is where it came from. The music was from 1923 the kundiman that we’re doing now is based on the old Spanish music before. You can really hear that. I’m very grateful to do this because I am a musician.”

LAHI from left: Jonan Aguilar (Bass), Maegan Aguilar, Freddie Aguilar and Jericho Aguilar (Lead guitar). Photo was taken last February 2013 in Ka Freddie’s Bar, Adriatico cor Pedro Gil, Malate Manila by Jude Bautista. Maegan is now with THE GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS with Sammy Asuncion scoring live for CURRO VARGAS, August 31, 2014 5pm Sunday.

LAHI from left: Jonan Aguilar (Bass), Maegan Aguilar, Freddie Aguilar and Jericho Aguilar (Lead guitar). Photo was taken last February 2013 in Ka Freddie’s Bar, Adriatico cor Pedro Gil, Malate Manila by Jude Bautista. Maegan is now with THE GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS with Sammy Asuncion scoring live for CURRO VARGAS, August 31, 2014 5pm Sunday.

Asuncion’s personal style of improvisation works perfectly with live scoring, “When I play I like to improvise. I cannot enjoy my night if I can’t do it my way. Even my own songs I tend to change it every time I play it. It’s never the same. Here I would like to feel the music and intertwine. We will be doing some patterns but during the actual presentation there will be a lot of surprises the band is capable of doing that.”

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