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World Premieres Film Festival Philippines Awards 2015

from left: Producer Handoko Hendroyono (FILOSOFI KOPI), Hsu Li Da (END OF LOVE), Remy Van Heugten (SON OF MINE), Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN), Ana Murugarren (THREE LIES), FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Producer Joaquin Trincado (THREE LIES), Actor Rio Dewanto, Angga Dwimas Sasongko (FILOSOFI KOPI) & Russian Emb representative for Alexander Melnik (THE TERRITORY). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Producer Handoko Hendroyono (FILOSOFI KOPI), Hsu Li Da (END OF LOVE), Remy Van Heugten (SON OF MINE), Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN), Ana Murugarren (THREE LIES), FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Producer Joaquin Trincado (THREE LIES), Actor Rio Dewanto, Angga Dwimas Sasongko (FILOSOFI KOPI) & Russian Emb representative for Alexander Melnik (THE TERRITORY). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral & Leading man RK Bagatsing. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral & Leading man RK Bagatsing. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition

Grand Festival Prize

THREE LIES

Spain (directed by Ana Murugarren)

Main Competition Grand Festival Prize winner Ana Murugarren & Producer Joaquin Trincado- THREE LIES (Spain). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Grand Festival Prize winner Ana Murugarren & Producer Joaquin Trincado- THREE LIES (Spain). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grand Jury Prize

CRIMEAN

Turkey (directed by Burak Cem Arliel)

Main Competition Grand Jury Prizewinner Burak Cem Arliel – CRIMEAN (Turkey). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Grand Jury Prizewinner Burak Cem Arliel – CRIMEAN (Turkey). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Special Jury Prize

END OF LOVE

Taiwan (directed by Hsu Li-Da)

from left: Taiwan Representative to the Phil Dr. Gary Song Huann Lin, Main Competition Spl Jury Prize winner END OF LOVE Director Hsu Li Da and FDCP Proj. Coordinator Quintin Cu-Unjieng. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Taiwan Representative to the Phil Dr. Gary Song Huann Lin, Main Competition Spl Jury Prize winner END OF LOVE Director Hsu Li Da and FDCP Proj. Coordinator Quintin Cu-Unjieng. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Best Actor Murat Yildrim (Sadik) of CRIMEAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines.

Main Competition Best Actor Murat Yildrim (Sadik) of CRIMEAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines.

Best Actor

Murat Yildrim CRIMEAN

Turkey (directed by Burak Cem Arliel)

Main Competition Best Actress Nora Nava of THREE LIES – Spain. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Main Competition Best Actress Nora Nava of THREE LIES – Spain. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Best Actress

Nora Navas THREE LIES

Spain (directed by Ana Murugarren)

3rd from left: Indonesian Amb. Johny J. Lumintang with Main Competition Best Ensemble Performance winner FILOSOFI KOPI from left: Producer Handoko Hendroyono, Cast Jajang C. Noer, Rio Dewanto, director Angga Dwimas Sasongko and Achipelago Intl. Film Festival Director John Badalu. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

3rd from left: Indonesian Amb. Johny J. Lumintang with Main Competition Best Ensemble Performance winner FILOSOFI KOPI from left: Producer Handoko Hendroyono, Cast Jajang C. Noer, Rio Dewanto, director Angga Dwimas Sasongko and Achipelago Intl. Film Festival Director John Badalu. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Ensemble Performance

FILOSOFI KOPI

Indonesia (directed by Angga Dwimas Sasongko;

actors: Chicco Jerikho, Rio Dewanto, Julie Estelle, Slamet Rahardjo,

Jajang Noer and Otig Pakis).

THE TERRITORY won Main Competition Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin- Russia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

THE TERRITORY won Main Competition Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin- Russia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography)

THE TERRITORY

Russia (Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin)

Main Competition Technical Grand Prize winner Remy Van Heugten- SON OF MINE (Netherlands). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Technical Grand Prize winner Remy Van Heugten- SON OF MINE (Netherlands). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Technical Grand Prize

SON OF MINE

Netherlands (directed by Remy Van Heugten)

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN Team from left: Alvin Yapan, Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, Male lead RK Bagatsing, Producer Alemberg Ang & FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN Team from left: Alvin Yapan, Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, Male lead RK Bagatsing, Producer Alemberg Ang & FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema

Best Picture 1st Prize

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN

Directed by Alvin Yapan

PIRING Team from left: Terence Velarde, Hiyas Dolor, Carlos Morales, Oriental Mindoro Vice Gov. Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves, Ms Earth 2013 Angelee Delos Reyes, Krista Miller and Gene Padilla. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

PIRING Team from left: Terence Velarde, Hiyas Dolor, Carlos Morales, Oriental Mindoro Vice Gov. Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves, Ms Earth 2013 Angelee Delos Reyes, Krista Miller and Gene Padilla. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Picture 2nd Prize

PIRING

Directed by Carlos Morales

from right: Main Competition Grand Jury Prize winner CRIMEAN director Burak Cem Arliel, Filipino New Cinema Best Actor Ruben Maria Soriquez OF SINNERS AND SAINTS & CRIMEAN Line Producer Neslihan Arliel. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Main Competition Grand Jury Prize winner CRIMEAN director Burak Cem Arliel, Filipino New Cinema Best Actor Ruben Maria Soriquez OF SINNERS AND SAINTS & CRIMEAN Line Producer Neslihan Arliel. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Actor

Ruben Maria Soriquez OF SINNERS AND SAINTS

Ravishing Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ravishing Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Actress

Mercedes Cabral AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN

PIRING team from left: Carlos Morales, Krista Miller, Vice Gov Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves and Gene Padilla. PIRING won Best Screenplay & 2nd Best Film in the Filipino New Cinema category. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

PIRING team from left: Carlos Morales, Krista Miller, Vice Gov Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves and Gene Padilla. PIRING won Best Screenplay & 2nd Best Film in the Filipino New Cinema category. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actor

Rocky Salumbides PIRING

Filipino New Cinema Best Supporting Actress Giselle Sanchez (FILEMON MAMON). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Supporting Actress Giselle Sanchez (FILEMON MAMON). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress

Giselle Sanchez FILEMON MAMON

Filipino New Cinema Best Screenplay winner Carlos Morales – PIRING. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Screenplay winner Carlos Morales – PIRING. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Screenplay

PIRING

Carlos Morales

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN team from left: Prod Mgr Oskie Nuñez, Line Prod Andrea Fe Quizon, Dir. Alvin Yapan, Fil New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, RK Bagatsing and Fil New Cinema Best Editor Benjamin Tolentino. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN team from left: Prod Mgr Oskie Nuñez, Line Prod Andrea Fe Quizon, Dir. Alvin Yapan, Fil New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, RK Bagatsing and Fil New Cinema Best Editor Benjamin Tolentino. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Cinematography

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN

Ronald Rebotica

Filipino New Cinema Best Editing awardee Benjamin Tolentino AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Editing awardee Benjamin Tolentino AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Editing

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN

Benjamin Tolentino

from left: FILEMON MAMON director Will Fredo receives Filipino New Cinema Best Musical Score award from juror Roger Garcia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: FILEMON MAMON director Will Fredo receives Filipino New Cinema Best Musical Score award from juror Roger Garcia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Musical Score

FILEMON MAMON

Sherwin Castillo

Filipino New Cinema Best Sound winner Bryan Dumaguina ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Sound winner Bryan Dumaguina ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Sound

ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA

Bryan Dumaguina

from left: Bryan Dumaguina (ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA), Alvin Yapan (AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN), Ruben Maria Soriquez (OF SINNERS AND SAINTS) & Benjamin Tolentino editor (AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bryan Dumaguina (ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA), Alvin Yapan (AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN), Ruben Maria Soriquez (OF SINNERS AND SAINTS) & Benjamin Tolentino editor (AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Production Design

OF SINNERS AND SAINTS

Gerardo Calagui

MASKARA stars from left: Lance Raymundo, Ina Feleo and Singer / actress Ana Feleo. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

MASKARA stars from left: Lance Raymundo, Ina Feleo and Singer / actress Ana Feleo. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Intercontinental co awardee NAKED ISLAND Directed by Tiha K. Gudac – Croatia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Intercontinental co awardee NAKED ISLAND Directed by Tiha K. Gudac – Croatia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Other Categories

Intercontinental Award (2 Winners)

NAKED ISLAND

Croatia (Directed by Tiha K. Gudac)

LAST EXECUTIONER

Thailand (Directed by Tom Waller)

Intercontinental co awardee THE LAST EXECUTIONER Directed by Tom Waller – Thailand. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Intercontinental co awardee THE LAST EXECUTIONER Directed by Tom Waller – Thailand. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

In photo Gonzalo & Rosa of CINEVERDE Awardee SINCE THE WORLD WAS WORLD Directed by Gunter Schwaiger - Spain/ Austria. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

In photo Gonzalo & Rosa of CINEVERDE Awardee SINCE THE WORLD WAS WORLD Directed by Gunter Schwaiger – Spain/ Austria. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Cineverde Award

SINCE THE WORLD WAS WORLD

Spain/ Austria (Directed by Gunter Schwaiger),

from left: Remy Van Heugten (SON OF MINE), Will Fredo (FILEMON MAMON), Producer Handoko Hendroyono (FILOSOFI KOPI), Hsu Li Da (END OF LOVE), Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN)  & Eurasia Intl Director Serik Zhubandykov. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Remy Van Heugten (SON OF MINE), Will Fredo (FILEMON MAMON), Producer Handoko Hendroyono (FILOSOFI KOPI), Hsu Li Da (END OF LOVE), Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN) & Eurasia Intl Director Serik Zhubandykov. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cineverde Jurors

Raymond Red – Palm D’Or winner, Feature filmmaker, Advertising & TVC director

Rolando Tolentino- Manunuri Ng Pelikulang Pilipino member,

Dean College of Mass Communications U.P

Intercontinental Award Jurors from left: Philip Cu-Unjieng, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, George David. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Intercontinental Award Jurors from left: Philip Cu-Unjieng, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, George David. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Intercontinental Award Jurors

Philip Cu-Unjieng – Exec Editor People Asia, Film & Entertainment Critic

Kara Magsanoc Alikpala – Broadcaster, producer, I Can Serve Foundation founder

George David – Pres. Film Commissioners Intl.

PIRING team from left: Terence Velarde, Carlos Morales, Hiyas Dolor, Oriental Mindoro Vice Gov. Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves, Teri Onor, Jurors Han-Na Lee and HKIFF Dir. Roger Garcia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

PIRING team from left: Terence Velarde, Carlos Morales, Hiyas Dolor, Oriental Mindoro Vice Gov. Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves, Teri Onor, Jurors Han-Na Lee and HKIFF Dir. Roger Garcia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Jurors

Roger Garcia – Executive Director Hong Kong International Film Festival

Han-na Lee – Korean Film Commission member, Film producer

Christian Merer – former French Cultural Attaché to the Phil , Dir of Alliance Francaise Bangkok

2nd from left Main Comp Grand Jury Prize winner Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN) with jurors from left: Ahmet Boyacioglu, Serik Zhubandykov & Chris Fujiwara. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from left Main Comp Grand Jury Prize winner Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN) with jurors from left: Ahmet Boyacioglu, Serik Zhubandykov & Chris Fujiwara. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition

Chris Fujiwara – Independent Film Critic and Programmer

Serik Zhubandykov – Eurasia International Film Festival Director, Kazakhstan,

Ahmet Boyacioglu- Film on Wheels, Festival Programmer, Director and Producer

The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines.

The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines.

Link to Main competition jurors / Intl Film Expo

http://www.ifx.ph/media/upload/resources/20150603/201506038781.pdf

HAND IN GLOVE team from right: director Yusuke Inaba, Emiko Izawa and Producer Tomohiko Suzuki. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

HAND IN GLOVE team from right: director Yusuke Inaba, Emiko Izawa and Producer Tomohiko Suzuki. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Main Competition Grand Festival Prize winner director Ana Murugarren & Producer Joaquin Trincado- THREE LIES (Spain). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Grand Festival Prize winner director Ana Murugarren & Producer Joaquin Trincado- THREE LIES (Spain). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA Team. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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THE TERRITORY won Main Competition - Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin- Russia. The World Premieres Film Festival features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

THE TERRITORY won Main Competition – Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin- Russia. The World Premieres Film Festival features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Main Comp. Spl Jury Prize winner Hsu Li-Da – END OF LOVE (Taiwan). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Comp. Spl Jury Prize winner Hsu Li-Da – END OF LOVE (Taiwan). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Interaksyon’s Edwin Sallan, Claire Agbayani, PDI’s Marinel Cruz and Photographer Allan Sancon. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Interaksyon’s Edwin Sallan, Claire Agbayani, PDI’s Marinel Cruz and Photographer Allan Sancon. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Musical score- FILEMON MAMON Will Fredo & Best Actress Mercedes Cabral AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Musical score- FILEMON MAMON Will Fredo & Best Actress Mercedes Cabral AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN team from left: Producer Alemberg Ang, Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, RK Bagatsing, Dir. Alvin Yapan and Fil New Cinema Best Editor Benjamin Tolentino. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN team from left: Producer Alemberg Ang, Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, RK Bagatsing, Dir. Alvin Yapan and Fil New Cinema Best Editor Benjamin Tolentino. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Host Issa Litton; The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Grand Jury Prizewinner Burak Cem Arliel – CRIMEAN (Turkey), Line Producer Neslihan Arliel and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Grand Jury Prizewinner Burak Cem Arliel – CRIMEAN (Turkey), Line Producer Neslihan Arliel and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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A Heartwarming Tale of Samurai Cooking

from left: Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) & Aya Ueto (Haru). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

from left: Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) & Aya Ueto (Haru). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

My Delicate, My Vixen,

Written by

Jude Bautista

Haru (Aya Ueto) turned down the proposal a second time feeling she is not worthy because of her failed marriage: “They say I am impertinent neither meek nor gentle.” Dennai (Toshiyuki Nishida), “If you are neither meek nor gentle my son needs a wife with spirit and life.” He goes down on his knees and begs her to marry him.

from left: Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki), Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki), Aya Ueto (Haru) and Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

from left: Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki), Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki), Aya Ueto (Haru) and Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

The dialogue above is from A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY. The Japanese title is Warrior’s Menu (Bushi no Kondate). This Japanese film is airing in cable channel SCREEN RED. Check out the link here for schedules on this and other hits from Korea, Hong Kong and other Asian cinema.

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY.  The Japanese title is Warrior's Menu (Bushi no Kondate).

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY.
The Japanese title is Warrior’s Menu (Bushi no Kondate).

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY is a compelling saga of Samurai culture through cuisine. The story written by Michio Kashiwada, Yukiko Yamamuro, and writer/director for this film Yuzo Asahara is unique in revealing that samurai spirit is not only about warfare or violence but also of honor and peace. Through every meal there’s a message of peace between the people who prepare and partake of it. Ingredients gathered from the remotest places like mountainous areas to the coastline are used to symbolize the harmony of the kingdoms.

Ingredients from all over the domain were gathered for the huge banquet. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Ingredients from all over the domain were gathered for the huge banquet. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

The film also goes against the grain of the stereotypical submissive Japanese wife. Haru is the central character and often displays common sense and reason greater than her husband Yasonobu (Kengo Kora).

This preparation was a gift from Haru to Lady Shinnoyin. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

This preparation was a gift from Haru to Lady Shinnoyin. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Synopsis

Unless you’re intimately familiar with the Edo period in Japanese history, some dialogue and background information in the film would be helpful in appreciating the film better.

Samurai class of chefs. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Samurai class of chefs. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

The Funaki clan is part of the Samurai class, which serves the Lords as chef. This is a double purpose, not only are they supposed to be skilled in cooking but is also a security measure. Those were chaotic times with upheavals and power struggles within royal clans. Assassination attempts include poisoning apart from deadly armed assault.

Toshiyuki Nishida as Master Chef Dennai presents a special dish to the Lord of the domain.

Toshiyuki Nishida as Master Chef Dennai presents a special dish to the Lord of the domain.

Dennai Funaki (Toshiyuki Nishida) is the master chef of the Funaki clan. Haru’s knowledgeable palate and deep understanding of Japanese cuisine amazed him. He was hoping that her own passion for cooking would be able to guide and rub off on his son Yasonobu (Kengo Kora). Dennai’s eldest son had died of plague, who was supposed to be the heir to his Master chef post.

left: Aya Ueto (Haru) instructs Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) in washing rice. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

left: Aya Ueto (Haru) instructs Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) in washing rice. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Second son Yasonobu had dedicated his life to Kenjutsu (swordsmanship) roughly translated in the subtitles as fencing. He sees cooking as a task for ‘women and children’. Dennai was hoping that through his marriage with Haru, Yasonobu would develop a genuine love for cooking. In one scene Dennai asks Yasonobu, “Waving a sword and shedding blood, is that all a samurai can do?”

Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) cares more for swordsmanship than cooking. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) cares more for swordsmanship than cooking. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

from left: Toshiyuki Nishida (Denai) asks Aya Ueto (Haru) about a rare vegetable. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

from left: Toshiyuki Nishida (Denai) asks Aya Ueto (Haru) about a rare vegetable. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Nishida & Iron Chef’s Chairman Kaga

Samurai chef Dennai played by Toshiyuki Nishida is a 2-time Japan Academy Award winner with dozens of film titles to his credit. One of his most powerful performances was REUNION as a funeral director who dealt with the 2011 earthquake in the city of Kamaishi. REUNION was part of the Eiga Sai film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang rila Plaza. Watch out for the line up of this fest in a week or so, which allows viewers to watch some of the best Japanese films for free. Here, Nishida is the sage chef that trying to impart his knowledge to an unwilling son.

Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki) & wife Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki) & wife Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

International audiences will be delighted with the casting of Takeshi Kaga known more popularly as Chairman Kaga in (the original) IRON CHEF. For those who may not know it Takeshi Kaga is one of the more distinguished actors in Japan having lengthy roles not just in film but in theater namely musicals. You have to look closely as you may miss Kaga underneath the Samurai hair and costume. The film has banked on his fictional identity as a gourmet. He is cast here as powerful Lord Naomi Maeda who has taken over the domain that Dennai serves.

Takeshi Kaga is known more popularly as Chairman Kaga in Iron Chef. He is cast here as Lord Maeda. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Takeshi Kaga is known more popularly as Chairman Kaga in Iron Chef. He is cast here as Lord Maeda. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Aya Ueto (Haru) is able to melt hearts and stand her ground as well. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Aya Ueto (Haru) is able to melt hearts and stand her ground as well. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Aya Ueto

Haru Funaki as the central character had to be cast with someone who is obviously attractive to melt the hearts of audiences. She also had to be able to hold her own in a male dominated society, at least with her husband and role in her family.

from left: Aya Ueto (Haru) & Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

from left: Aya Ueto (Haru) & Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Japanese superstar Aya Ueto more than fulfills this demanding role. She does have that endearing quality and being her own woman, even in real life. Ueto has won several New Comer awards when she debuted as a film star a few years back. She actually started out as a singer early in her career. Filipinos may see a strong parallelism with our own Sarah Geronimo who was an accomplished singer first and then successfully has a film career. Sarah has endorsed huge brands such as Rexona from Unilever alone. Sarah was rumored to endorse Cream Silk (also from Unilever) but turned out to be Anne Curtis. Ueto has been proclaimed as Japan’s Commercial Queen for 5 different years. She’s statistically the most popularly used image for TVCs, billboards and print ads in Japan.

Aya Ueto & Sarah Geronimo both rose to fame, as a singer first then became a movie star. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Aya Ueto & Sarah Geronimo both rose to fame, as a singer first then became a movie star. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Her husband Yasonobu (in the film) called Haru a ‘Vixen’ out of spite. She wouldn’t hesitate to disagree with him and often even go so far as to disobey his wishes. For this he would call her Vixen to connote cunning. In Japanese mythology foxes take the shape of women to seduce men and sometimes marry them and have children with magical powers.

Wedding ceremony from left: Aya Ueto (Haru)  & Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

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Freshness especially in seafood is highly prized in Japanese cuisine. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

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Remembering Junix Inocian

Junix Inocian as Gabriel John Utterson in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Junix Inocian as Gabriel John Utterson in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

We are all still in shock with the news of the death of Filipino theater stalwart Junix Inocian. PDI Lifestyle broke the clearer news of a possible cardiac arrest and the circumstances of how his body was discovered in his flat last Friday, June 12, 2015.

from right: Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson) , Jack Salud (Simon Stride) and Oliver Usison (General Lord Glossop /Minister) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson) , Jack Salud (Simon Stride) and Oliver Usison (General Lord Glossop /Minister) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

Junix shot to fame as the original cast of Miss Saigon in 1989 but has had countless theater and film roles in London and even Hollywood. His last film role was in MORTDECAI with Johnny Depp released January of this year. I can still remember him as the wide-eyed Kuya Mario in BATIBOT, children’s show. BATIBOT has since been revived by TV5 with new characters and is still one of the leading children’s shows that promote Filipino language and culture.

from left: The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The PDI article cited a facebook post by widow Luna Griño-Inocian confirming the loss. Incidentally, I was able to photograph her Thursday night June 11 before the news broke out .The event where I shot her was  the 7th Gawad Buhay awards show—the Philippine equivalent of the Tony’s. Luna is herself a playwright/screenwriter.

from right: Jingay Kaimo, Luna Griño-Inocian, Ana Sta Maria, Santi Sta Maria, Gawad Buhay Manging Dir Audie Gemora and Raul Montesa. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Jingay Kaimo, Luna Griño-Inocian, Ana Sta Maria, Santi Sta Maria, Gawad Buhay Manging Dir Audie Gemora and Raul Montesa. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The timing of his death was in a way auspicious. It was when we here in the Philippines were celebrating theater’s best talents via the Gawad Buhay awards just a day before the news spread online. Inocian himself loved Philippine theater having countless shows with Repertory Philippines.

They gang up on The Dawn front man Jett Pangan (center) as Dr. Jekyll from right: Red Nuestro (Bishop of Basingstoke), Jamie Inocian (Sir Archibald Proops) , Oliver Usison (General Lord Glossop /Minister) and Reuben Uy (Lord Savage). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

They gang up on The Dawn front man Jett Pangan (center) as Dr. Jekyll from right: Red Nuestro (Bishop of Basingstoke), Jamie Inocian (Sir Archibald Proops)
, Oliver Usison (General Lord Glossop /Minister) and Reuben Uy (Lord Savage). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

In spite of having a thriving acting career abroad he was able to demonstrate his love for his roots when he came back here 2012. I was fortunate enough to photograph Junix during his return to stage here in Manila for Jekyll & Hyde in 2012. Most of the photos here are from that musical. The lead star of the musical Jett Pangan was almost in awe of the dozens of plays and musicals of Inocian’s work in Repertory Philippines alone.

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the title role with Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the title role with Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn vocalist and esteemed theater actor Jett Pangan was in the lead role of Jekyll & Hyde along with Michael Stuart WIlliams. Jett described his experience, “Junix Inocian was an absolute ball to work with. He loved cracking jokes offstage but very professional once the work starts. He knew how to lighten everyone’s load. His acting. Never over the top but got his character across, a true icon.”

from left: Michael Williams as Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde, direk Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyderan from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Michael Williams as Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde, direk Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyderan from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The director of ‘Jekyll’ Menchu Lauchengco Yulo was very proud to have him as part of the cast then. Menchu has since moved on from that post to Artistic Director in Resort’s World Manila. She also plays Madre De Dios, leader of super heroes in the grand musical KUNG PAANO AKO NAGING LEADIG LADY. After receiving rave reviews it will have a second run in July at On Stage Greenbelt.

from right: Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson) and Mayen Bustamante-Cadd (Lady Beaconsfield) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson) and Mayen Bustamante-Cadd (Lady Beaconsfield) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

I asked her to give her thoughts and fondest memories of Junix, “My fondest memory of JUNIX is his ability to make me laugh. We started in Repertory at the same time. 1978 A Fiddler On The Roof. When I started being given supporting and lead roles, I use to be very nervous… JUNIX saw that and would always find ways to relax me. I love him for that. So naturally when I heard he was gonna be in town for Jekyll &Hyde I offered him a role immediately. It was a dream come true to direct him and he was so proud of how far I had come; from very insecure and shy performer to actress and director and then associate artistic director for Repertory.”

from right: RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, (Outstanding Choreography nominee) Nancy Crowe, TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef and Gawad Buhay Manging Dir Audie Gemora. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, (Outstanding Choreography nominee) Nancy Crowe, TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef and Gawad Buhay Manging Dir Audie Gemora. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Menchu on Junix contribution to Philippine theater: “If I am not mistaken, he was the first Filipino engineer to take over from Jonathan Price. And he crossed over to playing Deuteronomy in Cats in the West End. He has done lots of work for the BBC and a series of movies in London. He has shown the world what true Filipino talent is, and has opened the door to many other Filipino theater actors.”

Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Michael Williams (Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde) and Cris Villonco (Emma Carew). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 17, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Michael Williams (Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde) and Cris Villonco (Emma Carew). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 17, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Michael Stuart Williams is also one of the premiere names in Philippine theater. His most recent role is Mitzi in Resort’s World Manila’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The adaptation produced by Full House garnered 3 major awards: Outstanding Female Featured Performance in a Musical (Bituin Escalante), Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical (Red Concepcion) and Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical. Williams is also co- Artistic Director in Resort’s World Manila.

RWM Grp: from right: Nominee (Outstanding Costume) Edgar San Diego, (Outstanding Choreography) Nancy Crowe, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, (Outstanding Prod. of Existing Material for a Musical) RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, (Female Featured Perf. In a Musical awardee) Bituin Escalante and Ultimate Production Mng Dir. Christine Manalang. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Grp: from right: Nominee (Outstanding Costume) Edgar San Diego, (Outstanding Choreography) Nancy Crowe, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, (Outstanding Prod. of Existing Material for a Musical) RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, (Female Featured Perf. In a Musical awardee) Bituin Escalante and Ultimate Production Mng Dir. Christine Manalang. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Williams and Junix have also worked together in Repertory Philippines: “Junix was always the jokester. There was never a dull moment with him around. This is not to say that he never took any of the work seriously. In fact, he was the go to guy if you wanted someone to thresh out a scene with. He always had a ready smile and a gag to lighten your day. It was like old times. You see, I was very young when I started and Junix had already been in Rep for a while. Then there was our stint in London for Miss Saigon. So having him back working on stage with me in Rep was like a coming home of sorts.

RWM group from right: Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical Red Concepcion, Outstanding Prod. of Existing Material for a Musical RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Jon Santos, RWM Artistic Dir Michael Stewart Williams & RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM group from right: Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical Red Concepcion, Outstanding Prod. of Existing Material for a Musical RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Jon Santos, RWM Artistic Dir Michael Stewart Williams & RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Hans Eckstein (Bisset)  and Cara Barredo (Swing). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Hans Eckstein (Bisset)
and Cara Barredo (Swing). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Williams adds that Junix had that charisma that directors like Bibot Amador and even Cameron Mackintosh needed, “Junix went against all the stereotypes. He was not conventionally handsome or super buff or anything like that and yet he would get great roles in Rep purely on his acting chops. That is to say he was handsome but not in a conventional way (like the Richard Gomez or Piolo Pascual leading men of today). His was more substance than style. Bibot knew she could count on him to deliver and he always did. And of course this was recognized by Cameron in London. I think that this is his contribution. He was consistently good and for all those who came after him, he was a shining example of dedication to one’s craft.”

from right Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Kalila Aguilos (Lucy Harris) , Jett Pangan (Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde) and Cris Villonco (Emma Carew). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Kalila Aguilos (Lucy Harris)
, Jett Pangan (Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde) and Cris Villonco (Emma Carew). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines’ from left: (Female lead Perf. Classical Dance) Denise Parungao, Dennis Marasigan (La Revolucion Filipina Librettist), BP Artistic Dir. Paul Alexander Morales, and (Male lead Perf. Classical Dance) Earl John Arisola. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines’ from left: (Female lead Perf. Classical Dance) Denise Parungao, Dennis Marasigan (La Revolucion Filipina Librettist), BP Artistic Dir. Paul Alexander Morales, and (Male lead Perf. Classical Dance) Earl John Arisola. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Theater actor, playwright and film director Dennis Marasigan posted this on his fb page: “The world is sadder with the passing of Junix Inocian, a true man of the theater — an actor and a technical theater person. I first met him in Dumaguete when he was still a Technical Director at the Luce Auditorium, then in Repertory Philippines where his performances in Pirates of Penzance and Fiddler on the Roof, among many others, were imprinted in my memory.”

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from right: Actor/ Playwright/ director Dennis Marasigan, PR guru Toots Tolentino and Kalila Aguilos of Rak f Aegis. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Kalila Aguilos as the seductive Lucy Harris. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Kalila Aguilos as the seductive Lucy Harris. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Dawn front man Jett Pangan is an accomplished actor with the lead role in  Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Dawn front man Jett Pangan is an accomplished actor with the lead role in  Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan is an accomplished actor with the lead role in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Kalila Aguilos as the seductive Lucy Harris. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Kalila Aguilos as the seductive Lucy Harris. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cara Barredo (Swing) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” which ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cara Barredo (Swing) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” which ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Kalila Aguilos (Lucy Harris) and Director Menchu Lauchengco Yulo. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Thank God the Golden State Warriors are Champs!

The 2015 NBA Finals series has been one of the most exciting in history with Games 1 & 2 going to overtime.

The 2015 NBA Finals series has been one of the most exciting in history with Games 1 & 2 going to overtime.

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For the record, the CLEVELAND Cavaliers just tied the series 1-1, 95-93. This has to be one of the tightest, most exciting finals series I’ve seen. For the first time in finals history games 1 & 2 have gone to overtime. But most observers believe the Golden State Warriors will still be eventual champions.

The headline for 2014 was Lebron’s return to his hometown of CLEVELAND.

The headline for 2014 was Lebron’s return to his hometown of CLEVELAND.

Personally, I have a strong affinity with the Warriors. San Francisco is the only U.S. city that I have gotten to know. 15 years ago, the team was one of the worst in the NBA. But I couldn’t care less. In the Philippines basketball is a religion, being able to watch an NBA game live is a dream come true.

San Francisco aka THE CITY, Oakland aka THE TOWN, they both call the Golden State Warriors their team.

San Francisco aka THE CITY, Oakland aka THE TOWN, they both call the Golden State Warriors their team.

The Warriors is a team the Bay Area could really unite and get into. I remember the Oakland Raiders getting to the AFC finals when I was there in 2000. The Baltimore Ravens beat them as AFC champs 16-3. But obviously not everyone was behind them in the Bay Area as San Francisco also had the 49ers. In baseball it’s the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants. For basketball’s most prestigious league, however, it was the Golden State Warriors or nothing for The City (San Francisco) and The Town (Oakland).

San Francisco aka THE CITY, Oakland aka THE TOWN, they both call the Golden State Warriors their team.

San Francisco aka THE CITY, Oakland aka THE TOWN, they both call the Golden State Warriors their team.

Coincidentally the Bay Area is home to two large ethnic Asian groups. The 2000 census had the official number at 320,000 Filipinos. But I honestly think it’s far greater (about double or more). You could easily walk downtown and hear a few people passing by speaking in Tagalog. So you can imagine alot of our Fil-Am kababyans rejoicing with a Warriors championship.

JP Nebres a long time Warriors fan shoots his fellow Filipino Americans tailgating outside the Oracle Arena.

JP Nebres a long time Warriors fan shoots his fellow Filipino Americans tailgating outside the Oracle Arena.

Nayah Damasen on giant screen while singing the Star Spangled Banner. Photo by Greg Nelson for Sports Illustrated. From SI fb page: https://www.facebook.com/SportsIllustrated/photos/a.10150607059961367.377609.14553116366/10152820772231367/?type=1&theater

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It’s no surprise they’ve chosen Fil-Am Nayah Damasen to sing the Star Spangled Banner the past couple of years. The talented 10 year old gained recognition since the Western Conference Finals and Game 1 of this championship series. The Warriors have won each game she sings the anthem in this year’s playoffs. IF the Irish can lay claim to Boston, I think us Pinoys can consider The City as our second home.

(left) The Warriors lucky charm Nayah Damasen cheer the Warriors with her cousins. Official Nayah Damasen fb fan page https://www.facebook.com/NayahDamasen/timeline on twitter https://twitter.com/nayahdamasen

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Thousands lined up in Bonifacio High Street just to get a glimpse of the King Lebron James.

Thousands lined up in Bonifacio High Street just to get a glimpse of the King Lebron James.

Although back here in Manila, the old country, there are quite a few LeBron James fans. There were thousands, people lined up for blocks when Nike brought King James here at their Bonifacio High Street outlet. As I’m sure there are Pinoy fans in Cleveland as well, it’s just that the Filipino connection is far stronger with the Warriors.

Cavs power forward Kevin Love was in Manila 2014 for the Master’s Game Face Challenge with PBA stars Chris Tiu and Marc Pingris.

Cavs power forward Kevin Love was in Manila 2014 for the Master’s Game Face Challenge with PBA stars Chris Tiu and Marc Pingris.

Master Facial Wash also brought all-star power forward Kevin Love for the Master Game face challenge. The SMART Araneta Coliseum was filled to watch the exhibition game that also featured PBA stars Chris Tiu, Marc Pingris and many more.

Kyrie Irving had a crucial block on Steph Curry at the end of regulation to send Game 1 to overtime.

Kyrie Irving had a crucial block on Steph Curry at the end of regulation to send Game 1 to overtime.

One might wonder if LBJ’s decision to abandon the Miami HEAT may have had some karmic effect on Kevin Love’s season ending injury. The CAVS would definitely be a better team with both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love healthy. One never knows how our actions can come back to haunt and harm us in the future even if those affected never get back at us.

from left: Cavs All stars Kevin Love & Kyrie Irving have been lost to injury but Cleveland is still going ALL IN with LeBron James.

from left: Cavs All stars Kevin Love & Kyrie Irving have been lost to injury but Cleveland is still going ALL IN with LeBron James.

The second large Asian ethnic group in the Bay area is even more obvious. San Francisco is home to the oldest and largest Chinatown. To be accurate there are innumerable nationalities and races that live in The City. My point is the large Filipino and Chinese communities will definitely be behind their beloved Golden State Warriors.

Golden State Warriors with the Oakland Bay Bridge on the left and the Golden Gate Bridge on the right signifying their home is in the whole Bay Area and not just either city.

Golden State Warriors with the Oakland Bay Bridge on the left and the Golden Gate Bridge on the right signifying their home is in the whole Bay Area and not just either city.

Stephen Curry has won the 2015 MVP and will soon have his first NBA ring.

Stephen Curry has won the 2015 MVP and will soon have his first NBA ring.

I STILL BELIEVE The Warriors are Champs

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that LeBron James can easily be one of the best to play the game EVER. He’s certainly in the top 5 of anyone’s list. People say he’s far more athletically gifted than either Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson. Thing is basketball is a team game. You need a whole team to work together.

left: Current 2015 MVP Steph Curry faces 4-time MVP winner LeBron James in the Finals

left: Current 2015 MVP Steph Curry faces 4-time MVP winner LeBron James in the Finals

NOT even three hall of fame players can guarantee you a championship. LeBron learned that the hard way in Miami, even with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade they were beaten by Dallas Mavericks in their first year (2011). MIAMI got their acts together and won two titles back to back (2012/2013) until the Spurs beat them again in 2014.

Cavs Stars from left: Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson, LeBron James & Kevin Love

Cavs Stars from left: Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson, LeBron James & Kevin Love

The problem is not that the Cavaliers don’t have enough good players. Even with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving injured they still have a decent frontline in Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson and an emerging point guard in Matthew Dellavedova who hit crucial free throws / plays in game 2. J.R. Smith is talented, Shawn Marion & James Jones have more finals experience than the whole Warriors roster.

Dellavedova played better defense than Irving on Steph Curry on Game 2.

Dellavedova played better defense than Irving on Steph Curry on Game 2.

Splash Brothers Steph Curry & Klay Thompson.

Splash Brothers Steph Curry & Klay Thompson.

The difference is that The Golden State Warriors work better together as a team. Of course the Splash Brothers: Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson always gets the headlines. They’re certainly splashy to watch with their fancy passes, dunks and 3 pt bombs. But everything really is a team effort whether on offense or defense. Every single player’s passing is snappy and quick, finding the open man, the best player to score and its not always one of the Splash Brothers. Harrison Barnes made a crucial trey at overtime to put them up permanently 108-100 in game 1.

The Warriors’ Harrison Barnes is called the Black Falcon.

The Warriors’ Harrison Barnes is called the Black Falcon.

Apart from Le Bron James and Kevin Love (who’s injured). Golden State has Cleveland beat in every player position. Steph Curry is the current MVP and is also the 2015 3point Foot Locker Champ as well.

Stephen Curry has won the 2015 MVP and will soon have his first NBA ring.

Stephen Curry has won the 2015 MVP and will soon have his first NBA ring.

Andre Iguodala has been the epitome of self-sacrifice for the Golden State Warriors.

Andre Iguodala has been the epitome of self-sacrifice for the Golden State Warriors.

Andre Iguodala is the epitome of self-sacrifice that the whole Warriors team has bought into. He was a former All Star turned sixth man. He was a starter for most of his career, it took some convincing but his better defense and scoring is a boost off the bench. His defense on LBJ didn’t prevent the big numbers (44pts in Gm 1/39-Gm2). But made him struggle in ‘key plays’ especially in the last 2 minutes. Every single player knows their role and does it well: Andrew Bogut, Shaun Livingston, Festus Ezeli and Leandro Barbosa.

Rookie head coach Steve Kerr will lead his young players to their first NBA Championship. The Golden State Warriors won the championship in 1947 and 1975.

Rookie head coach Steve Kerr will lead his young players to their first NBA Championship. The Golden State Warriors won the championship in 1947 and 1975.

Is it just me or does Draymond Green look like Martin Lawrence’s twin brother? Green is a great example of Defense, passing and rebounding. FYI Martin Lawrence is alive and well in spite of an Internet death hoax. The BIG MOMMA and BAD BOYS star is not in any way related to Draymond Green except with their similarities in facial and goatee features.

left: GSW’s hyperactive Draymond Green has strong likeness to Hollywood star Martin Lawrence (right) who is alive & well no thanks to fake internet death rumors.

left: GSW’s hyperactive Draymond Green has strong likeness to Hollywood star Martin Lawrence (right) who is alive & well no thanks to fake internet death rumors.

Even former All Star David Lee who has hardly seen playing time in the finals has bought into the team concept: “We’ll just see what happens. I love it here. We have accomplished a lot here. We’ll see once the season’s over. The most important thing, though, is getting this ring first and then worrying about that later.” Quoted by Scott Howard Cooper in his story: ‘Lee focused on Finals now, uncertain future later’

IN spite of being benched David Lee still wants to stay with the Warriors.

IN spite of being benched David Lee still wants to stay with the Warriors.

The statement is significant especially with the imminence of Lee being traded as he admitted. It’s going to be a really tough and exciting series. But the Warriors are a true team in every sense of the word that’s why they’ll be the 2015 champs.

The Warriors work better together as a team vs the Cavs and the rest of the league. That’s why they’re going to be champs.

The Warriors work better together as a team vs the Cavs and the rest of the league. That’s why they’re going to be champs.

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The 2015 NBA Finals series has been one of the most exciting in history with Games 1 & 2 going to overtime.

The 2015 NBA Finals series has been one of the most exciting in history with Games 1 & 2 going to overtime.

Russian star Timofey Mozgov stepped up his game to fill the void of losing Kevin Love to injury.

Russian star Timofey Mozgov stepped up his game to fill the void of losing Kevin Love to injury.

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The 2015 NBA Finals series has been one of the most exciting in history with Games 1 & 2 going to overtime.

The 2015 NBA Finals series has been one of the most exciting in history with Games 1 & 2 going to overtime.

Klay Thompson lead the Warriors in scoring with 34 pts for Gm 2.

Klay Thompson lead the Warriors in scoring with 34 pts for Gm 2.

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Stephen Curry’s adorable daughter Riley has gained a lot of fans.

Stephen Curry’s adorable daughter Riley has gained a lot of fans.

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right: Current 2015 MVP Steph Curry faces 4-time MVP winner LeBron James in the Finals.

right: Current 2015 MVP Steph Curry faces 4-time MVP winner LeBron James in the Finals.

Dellavedova played better defense than Irving on Steph Curry on Game 2.

Dellavedova played better defense than Irving on Steph Curry on Game 2.

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left: GSW’s hyperactive Draymond Green has strong likeness to Hollywood star Martin Lawrence (right) who is alive & well no thanks to fake internet death rumors.

left: GSW’s hyperactive Draymond Green has strong likeness to Hollywood star Martin Lawrence (right) who is alive & well no thanks to fake internet death rumors.

The ORACLE Arena is one of the loudest in the league.

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far left: Matthew Dellavedova has taken over the injured Kyrie Irving’s staring line up spot and has done well so far.

far left: Matthew Dellavedova has taken over the injured Kyrie Irving’s staring line up spot and has done well so far.

The 2015 NBA Finals series has been one of the most exciting in history with Games 1 & 2 going to overtime.

The 2015 NBA Finals series has been one of the most exciting in history with Games 1 & 2 going to overtime.

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Russian star Timofey Mozgov stepped up his game to fill the void of losing Kevin Love to injury.

Russian star Timofey Mozgov stepped up his game to fill the void of losing Kevin Love to injury.

ALL IN: the Cavs tagline for the 2015 finals.

ALL IN: the Cavs tagline for the 2015 finals.

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Cavs power forward Kevin Love was in Manila 2014 for the Master’s Game Face Challenge with PBA stars Chris Tiu and Marc Pingris.

Cavs power forward Kevin Love was in Manila 2014 for the Master’s Game Face Challenge with PBA stars Chris Tiu and Marc Pingris.

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Apart from the starting line up, they have Andre Iguodala, Leandro Barbosa, Shaun Livingston, Festus Ezeli, Mareese Speights coming off the bench.

Apart from the starting line up, they have Andre Iguodala, Leandro Barbosa, Shaun Livingston, Festus Ezeli, Mareese Speights coming off the bench.

Klay Thompson lead the Warriors in scoring with 34 pts for Gm 2.

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from left: Matthew Dellavedova & JR Smith need to score more for the Cavs to win the championship.

from left: Matthew Dellavedova & JR Smith need to score more for the Cavs to win the championship.

The Cavs are ALL IN and will never give up.

The Cavs are ALL IN and will never give up.

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left: Current 2015 MVP Steph Curry faces 4-time MVP winner LeBron James in the Finals

left: Current 2015 MVP Steph Curry faces 4-time MVP winner LeBron James in the Finals

GSW solid frontline from left Draymond Green, Festus Ezeli and Harrison Barnes. NOT in photo is Aussie star center Andrew Bogut.

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STRENGTH IN NUMBERS signifies the teamwork of the Golden State Warriors.

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS signifies the teamwork of the Golden State Warriors.

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Harsh Reality of Hippocrates

Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste); Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste); Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

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Before anything else Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste) should have seen the literal writing on the wall. The young intern with Josh Grobin’s curly hair and boyish face tries to find his hospital assigned quarters. He walks through a dingy hallway lit by dusty fluorescent lamps. There’s graffiti all over, he passes a green door having a penis drawn with a marker. Benjamin finds his room and sees the words written above his bed: “Your future depends on your dreams. Don’t waste time.” Beside it as if in response, “Go to bed.”

Graffiti in Benjamin’s decrepit hospital quarters; Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Graffiti in Benjamin’s decrepit hospital quarters; Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. 

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HIPPOCRATE (English title Hippocrates) is one of many titles in the French Film Festival running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Similar to last year, tickets for each screening are priced at P100.00 to cover the operational costs of the cinema. Tickets are available at the box office or through http://www.sureseats.com. Log on to visit www.frenchfilmfest.com for schedules and synopses of films.

Abdel Rezza (Reda Kateb)  & Dr. Denormandy (Marianne Denicourt). Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Abdel Rezza (Reda Kateb) & Dr. Denormandy (Marianne Denicourt). Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Nothing in med school could have prepared Benjamin for the challenges of internship. Just like anywhere, he finds out the hard way the best medical solution isn’t what is applied in the real world. Doctors always have to make life and death decisions but only if it was THAT simple. There are so many other things going on that prevent them from giving the ‘best’ care and even that is never clear cut. Sometimes the best treatment is to ease the pain of a dying patient. Economics, budgetary constraints, lack of qualified staff all contribute to sometimes disastrous consequences.

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Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste); Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste); Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Lead actor Vincent Lacoste was also recently cast in ASTERIX AND OBELIX: GOD SAVE BRITANNIA with Gérard Depardieu (Obelix) and Catherine Deneuve as the Queen of England, Lacoste was cast as Goudurix. For his role in THE FRENCH KISSERS he won the Lumières Award for Most Promising Actor.

HOUSE is popular in Paris hospitals. Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

HOUSE is popular in Paris hospitals. Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

In almost every scene, patients and staff watch medical TV series HOUSE, often criticizing his theories and diagnoses but are otherwise glued to the drama. The statement is that real world problems aren’t’ truly resolved within the confines of the 45 minute TV episode. Which is true not just in the film but everywhere else.

Abdel Rezza (Reda Kateb); Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Abdel Rezza (Reda Kateb); Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Everyone’s just trying to get by doing the best they can. Overworked doctors release pent up stress by smoking and the occasional party. Abdel Rezza (Reda Kateb) is a French Algerian doctor trying to establish himself in Paris. In real life Kateb is the grandnephew of the Algerian writer Kateb Yacine. His portrayal of Abdel, serious demeanor reveals his determination to earn enough money to bring his wife and daughter to France. He played the role balancing the bookish nature with natural concern for patients. Kateb was rewarded with the Cesar award for Best Supporting Actor.

Digital screen schedule of Bonifacio High Street Cinemas

Digital screen schedule of Bonifacio High Street Cinemas

Dr. Denormandy (Marianne Denicourt); Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Dr. Denormandy (Marianne Denicourt); Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Marianne Denicourt plays the tough Hospital administrator Dr. Denormandy. Her undeniably attractive Gaelic features make her an even more intimidating figure. Those deep-set blue eyes with dark brown hair commands attention more than her lofty position. Denicourt is a screenwriter, actor and director. She has 2 documentaries to her credit both fighting for women’s rights in Afghanistan: A HOUSE IN KABUL and NASSIMA, A CONFISCATED LIFE.

The original French Connection starring Gene Hackman was a huge commercial & critical success in 1971.

The original French Connection starring Gene Hackman was a huge commercial & critical success in 1971.

LA FRENCH (THE CONNECTION)

This year’s selection in the French Film festival has something for everyone from animation for the kids 108 Rois-Démons (108 Demon-Kings) to comedies ME MYSELF & MUM and DANS LA COUR (In the Courtyard). But I am personally excited to watch the action packed LA FRENCH. The original French Connection starring Gene Hackman was one of the first films to elevate the car chase in the 1970s. This 2014 version promises to be more glamorized and larger than life, with more complex action sequences. No American cops here only Jean Dujardin as a new magistrate trying to battle the most powerful international heroin ring. Dujardin won the Oscar Best Actor for THE ARTIST. The result is a cooler, suave hero in the French tradition.

LA FRENCH is an updated & glamorized French Connection starring Oscar winning actor Jean Dujardin. Catch LA FRENCH and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

LA FRENCH is an updated & glamorized French Connection starring Oscar winning actor Jean Dujardin. Catch LA FRENCH and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

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from left: Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste)  & Abdel Rezza (Reda Kateb). Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

from left: Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste) & Abdel Rezza (Reda Kateb). Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

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right: Abdel Rezza (Reda Kateb) explains to family the options of the patient. Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

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from left: Dr. Guy Barois (Jacques Gamblin) & Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste). Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

from left: Dr. Guy Barois (Jacques Gamblin) & Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste). Catch HIPPOCRATE and other titles at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

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20 Years of France-Phil Cinematic ties

(Center) French Pres. Francoise Hollande (left) Manila Mayor Joeph Estrada &  (right) Vice Admiral Jesse Millan at the Rizal monument; during Pres. Hollande’s State visit to the Philippines last Feb 26, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

(Center) French Pres. Francoise Hollande (left) Manila Mayor Joeph Estrada & (right) Vice Admiral Jesse Millan at the Rizal monument; during Pres. Hollande’s State visit to the Philippines last Feb 26, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

This year French President Françoise Hollande visited the Philippines to commemorate 20 years of diplomatic ties. In reality France has had a longer more established relationship with the Philippines through cinema. Nora Aunor’s work made her return to Cannes through TAKLUB directed by Brillante Mendoza. Based on the story of Yolanda survivors highlighting the dangers of climate change the film earned the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention.

While Mendoza has won several awards from Cannes in recent years, Aunor’s connection to the fest goes further to BONA. The Lino Brocka directed film was screened at the Director’s Fortnight in 1981.

Nora Aunor raises her Cinemalaya Best Actress Award for HUSTISYA (Director’s Showcase Category) at the CCP last August 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nora Aunor raises her Cinemalaya Best Actress Award for HUSTISYA (Director’s Showcase Category) at the CCP last August 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apart from the awards he won at Cannes, Mendoza also had a French co production-starring actress Isabelle Huppert and Angel Aquino in the film CAPTIVE in 2012. This year’s French film festival also features the latest co production in ABOVE THE CLOUDS directed by Pepe Diokno.

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The French Film Festival celebrates its 20th year of bringing critically acclaimed films and blockbusters to local audiences. The festival aims to promote French culture and, at the same time, support the local film industry by screening and paying tribute to classic and contemporary Philippine films.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Similar to last year, tickets for each screening are priced at P100.00 to cover the operational costs of the cinema. Tickets are available at the box office or through http://www.sureseats.com.

La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Brillante Mendoza’s Taklub to be honored at the French Film Festival

To commemorate the two decade run of the French Film Festival, two films will be screened at the red carpet opening night on June 3 at Greenbelt 5. The opening French film, La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family), tells the story of a provincial deaf-mute family that must deal with the desire of their daughter to study music in Paris. On the same night, Taklub, Brillante Mendoza’s latest film and the only Philippine entry to the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, will be premiering at the festival’s red carpet opening night.

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

TAKLUB will be the opening film of the French Film fest. Ambassador Gilles Garachon was very much impressed with Nora Aunor in TAKLUB, “Her performance is breathtaking. I think she personifies the Filipina, very courageous, very dedicated not showing off. The way she plays is minimal but very efficient way. She communicates emotions easily so it’s very moving.”

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Center: Amb Gilles Garachon left: Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant and French Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Michel Villar. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Amb Gilles Garachon left: Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant and French Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Michel Villar. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garachon was also very touched with how modest Aunor is in person after meeting her, “I googled her before going into the theater just to see. I saw her in google in make up. But when she visited the embassy she was very very casual. I saw the Lacoste t-shirt but she was casual and nice. It was very casual, two human beings speaking and it was very pleasant. She told me about Cannes with a very nice sense of humor. If she could be at the opening that would be very meaningful.”

Amb Gilles Garachon & Eagle Broadcasting Producer Feamor Tiosen. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amb Gilles Garachon & Eagle Broadcasting Producer Feamor Tiosen. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

On a personal note Amb Garachon will be wrapping up his term in the Philippines by the end of June. For him his host country has been a special experience, It was a wonderful experience I’ve been here 3 and a half years. It was the first time for me in the Philippines. I’ve been to Boracay as a tourist. So it was a fascinating discovery because of the people. The country is amazing and beautiful with a lot of sceneries beautiful beaches and historical places. But the real prize is the people. The Filipino people for me is no.1. People are very nice but with a great sense of humor. Everyday here is joyful and nice a real privilege to work and live in the Philippines. The past 3 years will be absolutely unforgettable for my family and me. I think and hope we have become a part of the Filipino family. Definitely we feel at home here, we shall come back as tourists.”

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Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pepe Diokno’s ABOVE THE CLOUDS & BROTHERHOOD

Pepe Diokno, with his film Above the Clouds, is the first recipient of the World Cinema Fund granted by the France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Institut Français. This fund seeks to provide funding for joint French and Filipino co-productions.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Moreover, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) signed a cooperation agreement with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to facilitate the establishment of a National Film Archives for the conservation of Philippine film heritage.

from left: Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, PDI Writer Bayani San Diego & Filmmaker Pepe Diokno. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, PDI Writer Bayani San Diego & Filmmaker Pepe Diokno. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Diokno talked about the French role in the post production work on ABOVE THE CLOUDS starring Pepe Smith and Rue Madrid. After qualifying for a grant called Aide De Cinema Du Monde, the World Cinema Support Grant he was able to get funding to the tune of 110,000 Euros. A prestigious French production company called UNLIMITED helped with the facilities and technical expertise.

Spnsor3.5Diokno explains, “Last year I was in Paris close to 4 months to do post production on our film. We did editing, sound editing, sound mixing, color grading, mastering. It was a really really beautiful experience. It was good because the first thing our French co producer said was, they’re here not to make a French film they’re here to make a Filipino film first and foremost. It just so happened to be supported by France. That’s one of the best things working with the French to them its all about the soul of a film. Working with them was about that. My upcoming film KAPATIRAN (BROTHERHOOD) which is about lawschool hazing was just invited to the Paris co production village next month. So I’m going back to Paris to meet with co producers under NCS agents.”

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

It was very much collaboration between Diokno, editors foley artists and other creative and technical people. Being exposed to the hallowed halls of the Louvre or the Cinematheque was also a source of inspiration. The people who worked with according to him are more than happy to share their expertise here in the Philippines.

Spnsor4Diokno added, “The kinds of people we worked with in France, we had someone who worked with Michelle Gondry, we had a guy who just won a French Oscar. Those were the level we were working with. But one ofthem turned to me and said you know what your actor looks like Billy Joe Crawford. Kilala pala nila si Billy Joe Crawford. They’d expressed interest to come here just to travel and do a workshop for free. I intend to hold them up to that promise.”

Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant invites people to attend CINEMIX a concert w DJ Oof on June 5 at 8pm at Greenbelt 3 Park. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant invites people to attend CINEMIX a concert w DJ Oof on June 5 at 8pm at Greenbelt 3 Park. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinémix live in Manila 

In addition to the film screenings, this year’s festival goes beyond cinema with a concert on June 5, 8:00pm at the Greenbelt 3 Park. French DJ Oof will be fusing electro and cinema with the Cinémix project. Cinémix is a collection of reinterpretations of French soundtracks from the 1960s and 1970s synced to videos flashed onscreen. Entrance is free of charge.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

An evening of fashion closes the 20th French Film Festival

This year’s festival ends with glamour and style with a fashion night hosted by L’Officiel Manila and the SSI Group, Inc. at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street on June 9. Capturing the essence of France as one of the world’s fashion capitals, guests would be able to enjoy special shopping perks and discounts offered by the various brands housed by Central Square.

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sked_BHSThe 20th French Film Festival is organized by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, Institut Français, the Alliance française de Manille and Cebu, in cooperation with the Ayala Malls Cinemas, Bonifacio High Street and Greenbelt. This event would have not been possible without the support of the platinum sponsors: SSI Group, Inc., Beauty Bar, Eden Park, Lacoste, L’Occitane, Oliviers & Co., and Vilebrequin; gold sponsors ThinkBIT and Chateau; bronze sponsors Delsey, Kickers, Sledgers, Peugeot, Bizu, Le Cellier, Don Papa, Monin and TWG; and media partners ANC, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, BusinessWorld, High Life, HerWord.com, L’Officiel Manila and Rogue Media, Art Plus Magazine, Expat News, Mellow 94.7 Sounds Good, and Spot.ph.

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For more information and for the screening schedule, visit www.frenchfilmfest.com.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Asian Eyes

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A poem by

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Asian eyes what mysteries

do you hold?

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They inspire me with lust

that cannot be contained

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Your graceful face eases

the burden of my life

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Denying it is futile I am

powerless from the inevitable

path of love

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