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Football Madness of PAPERS IN THE WIND

: from left: Diego Peretti (Fernando), Pablo Echarri (Mauricio), Pablo Rago (Ruso) and Diego Torres (Mono). Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Jude Bautista

Paola Barrientos (Monica) storms into her husband’s car wash and finds him playing FIFA, a football game on Playstation. She drags him out to the street, “I got this credit card bill from the mail. Didn’t I tell you not to apply for a card? The other week we couldn’t pay the bill for the water and electricity. We are drowning in debt. We have two daughters Russo. And I catch you playing video games here?” Pablo Rago (Russo) tries to placate his wife without success. Thankfully she walks home by herself.

Paola Barrientos (Monica) and Pablo Rago (Ruso). Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The next day Russo finds two of his employees in a heated argument. One of them complains that the player they created on Playstation has been edited to gain size and weight making him a horrible striker / scorer. That’s when Russo gets his eureka moment. What if we turn our real life pro footballer Pittilanga “The Donkey” into a defender? Would it make him a better player?

The FIFA game on SONY Playstation platform allows the creation of players from scratch. Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

You can watch PAPELES EN EL VIENTO (Papers in the Wind) for free. It is one of many movies in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. There’s animation film METEGOL (Underdogs) from Oscar winner Juan José Campanella and MUJERES CON PELOTAS (Women With Balls) a documentary on the struggles of women’s football in Argentina and a documentary on football legend Diego Maradona: AMANDO A MARADONA (Loving Maradona) and many more inspiring movies.

Watch them for free: METEGOL (Underdogs) from Oscar winner Juan José Campanella and MUJERES CON PELOTAS (Women With Balls) a documentary on the struggles of women’s football in Argentina. Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Argentinian Ambassador Roberto Bosch said that the fest has a football theme in order to help promote the sport in the Philippines. Filipinos have shown a strong talent in football with the likes of Phil and James Younghusband and many more. In 2014, Unilever brought in Andy Cole and Paul Scholes of Manchester United to give the sport a boost in popularity.

from left: Argentinian Amb Roberto Bosch, Shang Plaza Mrktg Div Head Marline Concio-Dualan and 3rd Secretary Corina Sarli. Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

PAPELES EN EL VIENTO is more than just a football themed film. The story illustrates how the game is revered, elevated into the status of no less than a religion in Argentina. Based on the best selling novel by Eduardo Sacheri, the film has also had similar box office success. In a country that has produced the most recognizable names in football like Diego Maradona and today’s superstar Lionel Messi, we see the sport pervading every facet of Argentinian life.

from left: Pablo Echarri (Mauricio), Diego Peretti (Fernando) and Pablo Rago (Ruso). Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

3 friends attend the funeral of their lost comrade Mono played by Diego Torres. Mono was terminally ill and divorced. The three find out that he was not able to save anything in his bank account and may leave his daughter without any inheritance. While rifling through his things they find a contract and documents owning the rights in representing an unknown football player named Pittilanga. Mono paid a total of $300,000 for the contract.

Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Victoria Parrado (Guadalupe); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

They drive off to the boondocks to the minor league in order to watch him. Because of the hefty contract they had high expectations. While the game was well attended, Pittilanga turned out to be a bust. He had several attempts and chances to score and yet came out empty. One time he was wide open near the goal and still managed to miss. Pitilanga’s team loses horribly in the game. The three of them go home in despair not knowing how they could sell the contract to a player who had no hope of going to the major leagues. The film shows their struggle in salvaging whatever they can from this seemingly ill-fated contract.

Ezequiel Maldonado (Pittilanga); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Bochini Street

The friends: Fernando, Mauricio, Russo and Mono all grew up in the same neighborhood in the city of Avellaneda whose home team is INDEPENDIENTE. The one thing Mono asked his brother Fernando is to make sure his daughter Guada becomes an Independiente fan, more than anything else.

Victoria Parrado (Guadalupe); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Featured prominently in the film is Bochini Street named after iconic player Ricardo Bochini who played for Independiente in the 1970s. The street is the thoroughfare that leads to the stadium. Diego Maradona has confessed that Bochini was his own childhood idol and has influenced much of his game.

The Independiente Stadium is home to thousands of loyal fans. Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The colors of the team are red and white, which are also similar to a team in the Philippine Basketball Association: Barangay Ginebra. Although a different sport, Barangay (meaning village) Ginebra enjoys a similar obsession and devotion from Filipino fans. Perhaps a Jaworski street may be named in the future leading to Araneta Coliseum?

Diego Peretti (Fernando); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall

Cast

The brooding Diego Peretti plays Fernando. Among the friends he has more at stake being the older brother to Mono and uncle to 9-year-old Guadalupe. Being a high school teacher by profession he was nearly laughed out of a meeting by a top sports agent. Peretti will also be starring in MAMÁ SE FUE DE VIAJE and CASI LEYENDAS set for release this year.

Pablo Echarri (Mauricio); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Pablo Echarri is the successful but conniving Mauricio. Between the friends he has the resources, as he is a lawyer in a huge firm. The problem is that his loyalty turns when a pro team asks him to intervene in his friends’ negotiations for Pittilanga without them knowing it.

Watch them for free: EL 5 DE LOS TALLEROS (The Five) and ARGENTINA Y SU FABRICA DE FUTBOL (Argentina and its Football Industry). Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Daniel Rabinovich (Prieto); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Daniel Rabinovich plays one of the controversial characters. He portrays a corrupt sports radio commentator who asks for huge sums of money from the 3 friends to promote their player. To be CLEAR the naming of the role is just by coincidence. The character’s name is Prieto, same as the prominent Prieto clan in the Philippines who happens to own the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Radyo Inquirer DZIQ 990AM.

from left: Pablo Rago (Ruso) and Ezequiel Maldonado (Pittilanga). Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall

Pablo Rago is the scruffy, bearded, tough Russo. His addiction to FIFA in the SONY Playstation platform proves enlightening. The video game has evolved through the years allowing users to be in the role of general manager (acquiring players, hiring coach and other staff), as well as controlling players on the field.

The FIFA game on SONY Playstation platform allows the creation of players from scratch. Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

One of the features also allows the creation of one football superstar from scratch, assigning body type, special skills even hairstyle, complexion and tattoos. Through gameplay, Russo realizes that they were looking at Pittilanga all wrong. They called him a Donkey because he kicks the ball strong but almost aimlessly missing the goal, making him an awful striker. But will the same strength translate to a better defender?

from left: Pablo Rago (Ruso) and Ezequiel Maldonado (Pittilanga). Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall

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Diego Torres (Mono); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Diego Peretti (Fernando) pleads with Cecilia Dopazo (Lourdes). Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall

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The Independiente Stadium is home to thousands of loyal fans. Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Victoria Parrado (Guadalupe); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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from left: Diego Peretti (Fernando) and Pablo Echarri (Mauricio). Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The Independiente Stadium is home to thousands of loyal fans. Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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from left: Pablo Rago (Ruso) and Diego Peretti (Fernando); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Ezequiel Maldonado (Pittilanga); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

 

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Diego Torres (Mono); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Pablo Echarri (Mauricio); Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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: from left: Diego Peretti (Fernando), Pablo Echarri (Mauricio), Pablo Rago (Ruso) and Diego Torres (Mono). Watch PAPERS IN THE WIND and other films for free in the Argentinian Film Festival running from May 11 to 14, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Vitus Takes Flight

Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6) and Bruno Ganz (Grandfather); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Written by

Jude Bautista

Vitus (Fabrizio Borsani) at age 6 resented having a babysitter. Isabelle (Kristina Lykowa) was barely just a child at 12. His mom Helen (Julika Jenkins) told her to let him practice the piano by himself. Seeing her he just passes his hand through the keys and ignores her on his way to his room to read. Isabelle follows him to his bedroom. “Did you know I made this bat for you when you were just a baby?” then pointing to his favorite toy. “Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?” Vitus shakes his head and says ‘No’ with a beaming smile she says, “I want to be a rock singer!”

Kristina Lykowa (Isabel-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Next thing you know, Vitus is playing the piano while Isabelle is lip syncing to a song blaring on the radio. When parents Leo (Urs Jucker) and Helen come home, they see them asleep in each other’s arms on the sofa. The next day Vitus tells his grandfather (Bruno Ganz), “I know who I’m going to marry.”

Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6) and Kristina Lykowa (Isabel-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

VITUS is only one of several movies that will be shown in the Swiss Family Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall for free on a first come first served basis. The fest will be held on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

It has won Best Feature from the Chicago international Film Festival and Best Picture in the Swiss Film Prize for Writer Director Fredi M. Muhrer.

from left: Swiss Amb. Andrea Reichlin and Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Concio-Dualan. Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Vitus is a child prodigy with an IQ of 180 and being able to play Bach as a toddler. He was bored in school, often too advanced for the curriculum. Even when he was accelerated joining college at 14, he was reading a newspaper in the middle of class. His professor asked him to solve a math problem, computing bank interest earnings. Vitus solved it twice as fast as his classmates who used calculators.

Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12) antagonized even his teachers. Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

The problem wasn’t his intelligence but rather his emotional quotient. People around him like classmates, older students tend to hate and bully him. Although he did love music and the piano there was this growing pressure to live up to his potential. There was this need in him to be a normal everyday kid who just wants to play and be with others his own age. Little do they know, Vitus’ talents and abilities go much farther and wider than just being a piano prodigy.

Left-Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12) enjoyed being w kids his own age. Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

All children can relate with Vitus, while education and developing his talent is important, love, affection and understanding can be more uplifting. This is where his grandfather played by Bruno Ganz, has had a tremendous influence on him. He is the one who nurtures a sense of adventure and the creative side in the child.

Watch HEIDI for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

A cabinetmaker by profession, he never fails to bring flowers to Vitus’ pretty mom Helen. He loves to play chess with his grandson and has shared his obsession with planes and becoming a pilot. In fact he wrote love letters to his late wife by tying them to a balloon and has Vitus release them to the sky. “I used to write love letters to Anne Marie, now I write to the beautiful woman who sits across from me in the train, the glistening lake, the peach tree that gives me shade and the lovely figure skater on TV.”

Bruno Ganz (Grandfather) and Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Bruno Ganz is one of the most established Swiss actors, having starred in countless roles from UNKNOWN with Liam Neeson in 2011 to playing Adolf Hitler in DOWNFALL (2005). One of Ganz’ most recent hit (also as the grandfather) is HEIDI (2015) which is part of the Swiss Family Film Festival. This live action film from the classic Swiss novel written by Johanna Spyri is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Watch HEIDI and RASCALS ON THE ROAD for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Playing the 12-year-old Vitus is real life piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu. For his performance he won Best Male Debut from the Undine Awards in Austria. Gheorghiu, looks like a young Christian Bale in the film EMPIRE OF THE SUN. These days he has concentrated more on his music than his acting career.

Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Since starring in the film Gheorghiu has truly become an international classical artist. He has played in ‘London (Queen Elisabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall), New York, Paris, Tokyo, Zurich, St Petersburg, Madrid and Prague. He has performed with orchestras including Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Bern Symphonie Orchester, Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orquestra Filamonica de Minas Gerais, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Müncher Symphoniker.’ From official website.

Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

One of the elements that make this film great is its ability to open classical music to a wider audience. When you see a brilliant 12 year old execute Mozart’s ‘Rondo a-Moll KV 511’ or Franz Liszt’s ‘Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 6’. There’s no denying the power and emotion of the music especially when he’s playing it with passion and love, which he had to journey so he could discover it himself.

Julika Jenkins (Helen); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Those who are already fans of classical music will enjoy them even more: ‘Der wilde Reiter’ by Robert Schumann, ‘Alborada del gracioso’ by Maurice Ravel, ‘Goldberg Variationen (29, 30, Aria)’ by Bach and the list goes on. Incidentally, the rock song Isabelle lip-synced from the radio that made Vitus fall in love with her is a Tina Turner original entitled ‘Nutbush City Limits’.

Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

In a way Gheorghiu has fulfilled his film character’s ambition in real life by becoming the international classical artist that he is today. VITUS should be viewed by anyone at any age, so you can be inspired to pursue your dreams in your own way.

Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Parents Urs Jucker (Leo) and Julika Jenkins (Helen); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6) and Bruno Ganz (Grandfather); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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center – Urs Jucker (Leo) Julika Jenkins (Helen); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Julika Jenkins (Helen); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Tamara Scarpellini (Isabel-age 19); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Julika Jenkins (Helen) and Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12). Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Heidy Forster (Gina Fois); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Bruno Ganz (Grandfather); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

from left: Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12) and Bruno Ganz (Grandfather); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Julika Jenkins (Helen); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6) and Bruno Ganz (Grandfather); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Parents Urs Jucker (Leo) and Julika Jenkins (Helen); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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LA LA LAND: Hollywood In Love

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

For those who love me

Written by

Jude Bautista

Mia (Emma Stone) stopped Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) in his tracks with what she said next. Mia: We might as well get this out of the way–I hate jazz… You ok? He immediately takes her to a smoky jazz club. Seb: It’s just that when people say they hate jazz they don’t have context. They don’t know where it comes from. Jazz was born in a little flophouse in New Orleans. People were crammed in there spoke five different languages. The only way they could communicate was with jazz.

LA LA LAND broke the record for most Golden Globes win with 7 awards. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

LA LA LAND broke the record for most Golden Globes win with 7 awards. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Mia: But what about Kenny G? What about elevator music? You know jazz music that I know? Seb: What about it? Mia: I find it relaxing. Seb: It’s not relaxing. It’s not. It’s not. Sidney Bechet shot somebody because he was told he played a wrong note. It’s hardly relaxing. Mia: In where I grew up there’s this station called KJAZZ 103. People just put on that station when they had a cocktail party. And everyone would just talk over it.

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Seb: I know I think that’s part of the problem. You have to hear it. You have to see what’s at stake. Look at the sax player he just hijacked the song. He’s in his own trip. Every one of these guys they’re composing they’re rearranging. They’re writing and playing the melody. Now look the trumpet player he has his own idea. It’s conflict and its compromise. Its new every time. It’s brand new every night. It’s very, very exciting. And it’s dying. It’s dying Mia. And the world says let it die. It had its time. Not on my watch.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Mia and Seb at first glance aren’t remarkable people. What they do have in common is that they live for their dreams. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with them when you see their eyes light up talking about their passions.

Emma Stone (Mia); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Mia is obsessed with old Hollywood. She sleeps under the gaze of Ingrid Bergman whose image is the size of her bedroom wall. Her love for movies inspired her to become an actress. Meanwhile she’s a barista at the Warner Brothers lot, which has a lot of film history.

Ryan Gosling (Seb) trained for 3 months to play the piano. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Ryan Gosling (Seb) trained for 3 months to play the piano. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Sebastian or Seb for short is an extremely talented musician but is having a hard time making ends meet. He finds difficulty in compromising his art and passion for jazz. There’s a huge gap between what he wants to do and the music that he’s paid to play in his gigs.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Rialto Theater was one of many historical landmarks they shot in. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Rialto Theater was one of many historical landmarks they shot in. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Hollywood isn’t just about fame and fortune, although it doesn’t hurt having them. LA LA LAND shows that Hollywood is still about having a dream and going after it against all odds. Theirs is the struggle of thousands of Angelenos, dreamers searching for that big break. That’s why the story is so inspiring and entertaining in the most classical sense. They made old Hollywood come alive and relevant in a magical way. They harkened to a time when musicals were king and was considered the best way to tell the story. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and the recently passed Debbie Reynolds would be proud of the song and dance work in LALALAND.

Hollywood legends Gene Kelly and the recently passed Debbie Reynolds would be proud of the song and dance work in LA LA LAND. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Hollywood legends Gene Kelly and the recently passed Debbie Reynolds would be proud of the song and dance work in LA LA LAND. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Featurette- homage to Musicals – filmaker’s own words

Millennials who are not able to relate with Hollywood’s glory days are given a lyrical and eloquent introduction. Hopefully they’re infected with the same passion that Mia grew up with and was inspired by. After all movies like CASABLANCA, BRINGING UP BABY and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE are now just a YouTube click away.

BRINGING UP BABY & CASABLANCA are among Mia’s favorite movies. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

BRINGING UP BABY & CASABLANCA are among Mia’s favorite movies. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Vocals and Choreography

It’s hard not to fall in love with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. They have that combination of adorable and sexy as a couple. Their previous rom com CRAZY STUPID LOVE with Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore was a hilarious hit. They were also a pair for period film GANGSTER SQUAD. Gosling though, could be seen more as the top romantic lead after THE NOTEBOOK with Rachel McAdams.

John Legend (Keith); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

John Legend (Keith); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Their vocals weren’t spectacular but were definitely moving. Neither of them may not necessarily be the next Luciano Pavarotti nor even to the level of co-star and executive producer John Legend. But both of them sang with such sincerity that audiences can’t help but be drawn to their performances. There’s the longing in CITY OF STARS by Gosling and heartfelt AUDITION (The Fools Who Dream) by Emma Stone. Of course John Legend had his stellar START A FIRE performed in a huge concert scene.

START A FIRE performed by John Legend

Where Gosling truly shines is his newly acquired skill on the piano. He trained for 3 months and called it “his most fulfilling pre-production experience”. John Legend (known for his piano playing) in turn also had to learn the electric guitar as Keith.

Ryan Gosling (Seb) trained for 3 months to play the piano. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Ryan Gosling (Seb) trained for 3 months to play the piano. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Ryan and Emma also excelled in the dance portions with choreography that paid homage to the sequences from SINGING IN THE RAIN and other classics. The sequence in A LOVELY NIGHT where it was just Mia & Seb during sunset was memorable although not as complex as the others.

A LOVELY NIGHT

Mandy Moore Cameo?

There was some confusion when Writer Director Damien Chazelle credited Mandy Moore as choreographer during his Best Director acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. It turns out that their choreographer Mandy Moore is the (exact) namesake of the pop star. Mandy, the actress/singer, is currently starring in the TV show THIS IS US. She also had a concert here in EASTWOOD CITY MALL (Quezon City, Philippines) last 2008. Her hits include: I WANNA BE WITH YOU, CRY and performed the official soundtrack I SEE THE LIGHT for Disney’s TANGLED.

Choreographer Mandy Moore (left) was mistaken for her namesake during a speech for Pop star and actress Mandy Moore (right). Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Choreographer Mandy Moore (left) was mistaken for her namesake during a speech for Pop star and actress Mandy Moore (right). Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

The choreographer / professional dancer Mandy Moore is no slouch having worked on SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, AMERICAN HUSTLE, JOY and TV shows SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and DANCING WITH THE STARS. She is one of many creative people like composer/ film scorer Justin Hurwitz, lyricists Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and cinematographer Linus Sandgren who have made LALALAND the award winning film that it is. Screenwriter and director Damien Chazelle also wrote the lyrics for the song IT HAPPENED AT DAWN.

Writer Director Damien Chazelle has already earned several Best Director nods: Golden Globes, Director’s Guild and is nominated for an Oscar. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Writer Director Damien Chazelle has already earned several Best Director nods: Golden Globes, Director’s Guild and is nominated for an Oscar. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Awards

Almost throughout the movie Mia goes from one dehumanizing audition after another. Although the story celebrates the history and glory of Hollywood, it also sheds light on some the negative aspects. The challenge of the audition is something that all performers go through. Lili Tomlin during her acceptance speech for Screen Actors Guild -Lifetime Achievement, said she’d accept any part as long as she didn’t have to audition. That same night Emma Stone won for Best Actress; it was one of several for her and Ryan Gosling.

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LA LA LAND is one of the favorites in the upcoming Oscars after earning 14 nominations. They’ve nearly swept every major category in the GOLDEN GLOBES: Best Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Actor – Ryan Gosling, Best Actress – Emma Stone, Best Director / Best Screenplay Damien Chazelle, Best Original Song – Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Pau and Best Musical Score- Justin Hurwitz. The number of trophies from International and U.S. based awards are too many to mention such as the Director’s Guild of America etc. listed here.

Golden Globes winners from right: Prod. Designer Justin Hurwitz, Writer Director Damien Chazelle, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Golden Globes winners from right: Musical Scorer Justin Hurwitz, Writer Director Damien Chazelle, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) passed by screen legends on mural. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) passed by screen legends on mural. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Film History & L.A. Landmarks

In one of the early scenes, her friends in a late night party abandon Mia and she has to make her way home by herself. She passes by a mural and the camera reveals the faces of screen legends albeit in a humorous way: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, child star Shirley Temple sits on the lap of W.C. Fields (who reportedly hated children). The wall Mia passes is a real location: YOU ARE THE STAR MURAL on 1648 Wilcox Ave and Hollywood Boulevard. Artist Thomas Suriya completed it in 1983 and was restored by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles in 1995.

Emma Stone (Mia) passed by screen legends on mural. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) passed by screen legends on mural. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Production designer Dave Wasco encapsulated the emphasis on location and history when he said, “It was an opportunity to do a movie about a place we deeply loved”. Dave along with wife Sandy Reynolds-Wasco has already won Best Production Design for LA LA LAND from the Art Director’s Guild, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards and Georgia Film Critics Association along with a nomination in the Oscars and BAFTA.

Prod Designers David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco have earned several awards. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Prod Designers David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco have earned several awards. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

There are so many ways that Chazelle honors the past, the places that Mia & Seb visit around L.A. are landmarks that have been made famous by the movies. There’s the Griffith Observatory (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, THE TERMINATOR, TRANSFORMERS), The Light House Café where they shot the jazz club scene is near Hermosa Beach and was made famous by Miles Davis. Check out the list with photos of film locations made by Conde Nast Traveller here.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Griffith Observatory interiors were recreated on set. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Griffith Observatory interiors were recreated on set. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

After more than a century of filmmaking, Hollywood is still a city of dreamers that can still make you fall in love. As Mia sings in Audition (The Fools Who Dream)–

 

“A bit of madness is key

To give us new colors to see

Who knows where it will lead us?

And that’s why they need us”

So bring on the rebels

The ripples from pebbles

The painters, and poets, and plays

And here’s to the fools who dream

Crazy as they may seem

Here’s to the hearts that break

Here’s to the mess we make

AUDITION (The Fools Who Dream)

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Cara Mia, Amoré, Deep Kiss, Delicate, Beloved, Warmth, Sweet Angel.

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from left: Choreographer Mandy Moore paid homage to the steps made famous by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in SINGING IN THE RAIN. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

from left: Choreographer Mandy Moore paid homage to the steps made famous by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in SINGING IN THE RAIN. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Griffith Observatory interiors were recreated on set. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Griffith Observatory interiors were recreated on set. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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(Left) Ryan and Emma leave their mark at Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Right) Single LP cover for LA LA LAND Soundtrack. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

(Left) Ryan and Emma leave their mark at Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Right) Single LP cover for LA LA LAND Soundtrack. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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John Legend (Keith); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb)on the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena California, one of the many landmarks they shot in. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb)on the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena California, one of the many landmarks they shot in. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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Ryan Gosling (Seb) is pissed off playing for 80s retro band. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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from left: John Legend (Keith) and Ryan Gosling (Seb). Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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Learning from RED AMNESIA

Lü Zhong (Deng); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

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Deng (Lu Zhong) walks the busy thoroughfare, trucks and cars whizz by. When she gets to a corner she enters a two-story shop.  She ignores the displays and sales people and enters a backdoor. After climbing a flight of stairs she goes through a dark maze of Laundromats and massage cubicles all occupied. She finally gets to her son Bing (Qin Hao) in front of an i-mac who is startled to see her. Bing immediately gets up to go to a small kitchen and pulls a man in an apron before she sees him. Bing snatches the apron from the man and shoos him away but kisses him before he leaves. Deng busies herself in the kitchen to make her son dinner. In spite of this he barks at her, “Don’t you feel bored having to come here everyday?”

from right: Qin Hao (Zhang Bing) and Lü Zhong (Deng). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

from right: Qin Hao (Zhang Bing) and Lü Zhong (Deng). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

RED AMNESIA is one of 6 films you can watch for free at the SPRING FILM FESTIVAL starting January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. Organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University, mall guests can look forward to more events to ring in the lunar new year at the Shang’s Grand Atrium.

Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Catch the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University Chinese Painting Exhibit from January 25 to 31; enjoy An Afternoon of Beautiful Chinese Melodies: Chinese Musical Concert by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University on January 28 at 3PM, and take part in a Pastel Painting Workshop with Master Fidel Sarmiento, President of the Art Association of the Philippines, on January 29 at 1PM. Finally, get to witness the traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance on February 5, 2pm. Admission is free for all activities.

Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Deng is a senior citizen who feels left out of her sons lives more and more. Things change when a spate of robberies happens in her neighborhood. She gets prank calls and a brick gets thrown through her window making her sons worry about her safety. Something in her past comes back to haunt her. She also learns that a greater number of the elderly are getting sent to old age homes by their children. There’s less reverence for the tradition of caring for parents and grand parents in this modern, fast paced Chinese society.

from left: Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun) and Lü Zhong (Deng). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

from left: Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun) and Lü Zhong (Deng). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Awards / Cast

RED AMNESIA won a Best Actress award for Lü Zhong  in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the ARRI/OSRAM Special Mention for director Xiaoshuai Wang in the MUNICH Film Festival. The film also earned a nomination for a Golden Lion in the Venice Film Fest. RED AMNESIA is a third in the Cultural Revolution series by director Xiaoshuai Wang.

Director Xiaoshuai Wang (in blue) discusses scene with cast. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Director Xiaoshuai Wang (in blue) discusses scene with cast. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

One of the big names in the cast is Qin Hao (秦昊) who was the star in SPRING FEVER which won Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2009. Here in RED AMNESIA he plays the gay son Bing who has difficulty opening up to his mother. Homosexuality is not a common theme in Chinese cinema, director Wang should be commended for his courage for dealing with the subject.

from left: Qin Hao (Zhang Bing) and Lü Zhong (Deng). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

from left: Qin Hao (Zhang Bing) and Lü Zhong (Deng). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lead Actress Lu Zhong as the neglected mother here is far removed from her usual role.  She gives up her royal garbs as she has played the Empress Dowager in at least 3 separate TV projects (1 film) and or the royal grandmother in others.

Lü Zhong (Deng); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Feng Yuanzheng as older brother Zhang Jun is very familiar to Chinese audiences as he has numerous roles on film and TV. Feng is also an obsessive middle aged fan who kidnaps a sexy video blogger in CASE SENSITIVE (敏感事件) recently aired in RED by HBO.

Amanda Qin (Wang Lu) and Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Amanda Qin (Wang Lu) and Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Cultural Revolution vs War On Drugs

This is one of several films that have a theme of the Cultural Revolution’s traumatic experiences that have returned to haunt the people of China today. Last year the Spring Film fest premiered COMING HOME starring Gong Li. That film also dealt with the immeasurable damage to one family by that turbulent phase in Chinese history.

A choir of seniors sings a Maoist hymn. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

A choir of seniors sings a Maoist hymn. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

It spanned from 1966-76 and has some parallelisms with our own experience of President Duterte’s War On Drugs in the Philippines. Mao Tse Tung during that time wanted to consolidate his hold on power. To do this he believed he had to get rid of his enemies, which eventually spread out to a whole category of individuals such as intellectuals, professionals, doctors, engineers, lawyers anyone who was capable of thinking for themselves and opposing Maoist ideals. Tens of thousands of people were executed, arrested and exiled.

Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Chairman Mao is definitely among those leaders that Duterte admires, seeing himself as a Strongman. The infamous list includes Vladimir Putin, Adolf Hitler and has aligned himself with U.S. President elect Donald Trump.

More and more of China’s elderly are no longer cared for by their children. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

More and more of China’s elderly are no longer cared for by their children. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

The current number of people killed since President Duterte came to power (in 2016) is 6,000 and still growing. The similarity with the Cultural Revolution is the lack of judicial process. Whether or not these people killed really are involved with drugs or not that can’t be fully determined. All we know is that bodies are found everywhere and are broadcast everyday on TV. Children, senior citizens and other by standers are also caught in the crossfire and are killed.

Rice paddies in Gui Zhou; Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Rice paddies in Gui Zhou; Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

The difference between them is the sheer scale, the Cultural Revolution lasted a decade. And because a drought happened during that time millions also starved to death as a refusal of China to receive foreign aid.

Lü Zhong (Deng) visits her husband’s grave. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng) visits her husband’s grave. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lessons Unlearned

Going back to the story of RED AMNESIA lead character Deng is haunted by what she had to do to survive during that painful period also called The Great Leap Forward. This was a time when her whole district in Beijing was exiled to a remote and poor mountain province in Gui Zhou. There’s a certain amount of nostalgia and a huge contrast to their lives today. Beijing is now a bustling metropolis with the most modern transportation system. With the visuals of shops and neon lights the Chinese megalopolis is as capitalist as any city in the world.

from left: Qin Hao (Zhang Bing), Lü Zhong (Deng) and Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

from left: Qin Hao (Zhang Bing), Lü Zhong (Deng) and Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Deng returns to Gui Zhou in an effort to confront her past. She visits the old brick factories and dormitories that are now abandoned. She seems to represent the whole population of China wanting to bury its painful past to never think about it, hence the title RED AMNESIA.  The problem with forgetting is that people are condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Lü Zhong (Deng) visits the old abandoned brick factories they lived in Gui Zhou. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng) visits the old abandoned brick factories they lived in Gui Zhou. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

We in the Philippines seem to have not learned from this experience as well, believing that killing people without due process is a solution the way Mao Tse Tung did and now with President Duterte. We see in this film that people are still paying the price today for injustices committed 40 years ago.

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Lü Zhong (Deng) comes back to visit old friends in Gui Zhou. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng) comes back to visit old friends in Gui Zhou. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

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Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

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Amanda Qin (Wang Lu) and Zhao Zelong (Little One). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Amanda Qin (Wang Lu) and Zhao Zelong (Little One). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

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Lü Zhong (Deng) picks up grandson in school. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng) picks up grandson in school. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

More and more of China’s elderly are no longer cared for by their children. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

More and more of China’s elderly are no longer cared for by their children. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

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Lü Zhong (Deng) visits the old abandoned brick factories they lived in Gui Zhou. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng) visits the old abandoned brick factories they lived in Gui Zhou. Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Shiliu (Boy); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Shiliu (Boy); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

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from left: Amanda Qin (Wang Lu), Qin Hao (Zhang Bing), Zhao Zelong (Little One), Lü Zhong (Deng) & Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

from left: Amanda Qin (Wang Lu), Qin Hao (Zhang Bing), Zhao Zelong (Little One), Lü Zhong (Deng) & Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

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from left: Qin Hao (Zhang Bing) & Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

from left: Qin Hao (Zhang Bing) & Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Lü Zhong (Deng); Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

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from left: Feng Yuanzheng (Zhang Jun), Zhao Zelong (Little One) and Lü Zhong (Deng). Watch RED AMNESIA and other Chinese films for free at the Spring Film Fest from January 25-29, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The annual Spring Film Festival is organized by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo De Manila University.

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The SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN (s) In Our Lives

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Beauty Pageant Candidates in their native costume. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Jude Bautista

Leo Selomenio (addresses a crowd of Filipino maids): Wag niyong isipin katulong lang ako binabayaran lang ako ng amo ko. Nandito ako dahil may sahod akong dollar may ipapadala ako sa Pilipinas. It’s not that. Isipin ninyo sa sarili ninyo manager kayo! Syempre ako nag mamanage ng bahay ng amo ko. Bakit kayo hindi? O? Tatawa sila. Bakit kinahihiya mo trabaho mo? Sabihin mo muna manager ka. Siyempre titignan ka niya from head to foot. Oo may nakasabay ako sa eroplano. Anong ginagawa mo sa Hong Kong? Manager. Manager? Manager ka ng ano? Manager ako ng amo ko. O tinapat ko nga i-phone ko ha! Manager? Tapos tinignan niya ko from head to foot.

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Pinays take over Hong Kong’s Central District during Sundays. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

(Don’t think of yourselves as mere helpers. You’re here just for your salary to send back home. It’s not that. Think of yourselves as managers. Of course I manage my employer’s household. Don’t you do the same? They laugh at me. I met someone on the plane and asked my job. Tell them you’re a manager. They look at me from head to foot. You’re a manager? Yes I manage the affairs of my employer. Then I whip out my i-phone. Then they look at me from head to foot.)

SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN is a touching love letter to all mothers, sisters, aunts anyone who has sacrificed something to make us who we are. When you think about it, it’s for every Filipino, for any parent and child, family in the world. It will make you want to hug every woman in your life.

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Cherrie Bretaña & her ward Hayden; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Directed by Babyruth Villarama Gutierrez, it is the only documentary to ever win BEST PICTURE in the history of the Metro Manila Film Fest Awards. It also garnered BEST EDITING- Chuck Gutierrez, GATPUNO ANTONIO J. VILLEGAS CULTURAL AWARD, CHILDREN’S CHOICE along with SAVING SALLY and VINCE & KATH & JAMES.

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Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

It’s a story we’re all familiar with regardless of race. There’s someone a mother, an aunt, a sister, a father, a provider who sacrifices themselves so we can go to school, have food to eat, clothes on our back. They are stories that don’t attract million-dollar blockbuster excitement, its not necessarily Gal Gadot of WONDER WOMAN or Hugh Jackman as LOGAN for 2017. More often than not they are the people we take for granted and not really think about.

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Beauty Pageant Candidates own Hong Kong’s Central District. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

We feel and see the ‘sacrifice’ through the experiences of Leo Selomenio (Science Education Graduate), Rudelie Acosta (IT Graduate), Mylyn Jacobo (AB English Graduate), Hazel Perdido (Computer Science Graduate) and Cherrie Mae Bretaña (Hotel Management Graduate).

They are all Overseas Filipino Workers who work as domestic helpers in Hong Kong but have found meaningful activity during Sundays. Leo is an organizer of pageants and other events specifically for Filipina OFWs since 2008. The rest of the subjects are the candidates. The pageants are held only on Sunday as their one free day in the week.

We go through their typical day, hear their stories and even hear from their employers. As you can see from their college degrees they’re actually overqualified for the position of domestic helper. That doesn’t protect them from experiencing verbal abuse from their employers or looked down upon even by their own countrymen. Even as the government hails our OFWs Overseas Filipino Workers as modern day heroes, other Filipinos sometimes look down on domestic helpers.

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Cherrie Bretaña; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Just like the joke that Leo shares above, SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN isn’t just a tearjerker but more of an inspirational journey. We see that they cope with loneliness through mutual support, performances and yes beauty pageants.

Ju-Chen Chen, an Anthropologist at the University of Hong Kong was at first puzzled at their efforts, time and passion for these activities even after an exhausting workweek. Chen witnessed firsthand the camaraderie during an event.

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Our domestic helpers become Philippine flag bearers in Hong Kong through their costumes and dances. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

She discovered that they literally carry the Philippine flag through the performances of cultural dances, pageants and concerts. There are elaborate costumes, choreography. They are proud bearers of Filipino identity. Chen realized that the fulfillment they get is far greater than their day-to-day difficulties. Through their gatherings, performances, they find a greater sense of self worth. In the face of stressful or often discriminatory work environment, they take the one-day they should have for themselves and still find the energy to put on a show for others.

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Our domestic helpers become Philippine flag bearers in Hong Kong through their costumes and dances. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

HK Mindset

There’s no doubt that domestic helpers in Hong Kong have a vital role. Long time TV producer Jack Soo was interviewed and said, “I live alone by myself. Mylyn is the only one taking care of me in my daily life…Let me tell you something. IF Hong Kong has no foreign helpers Hong Kong will be in trouble. Just imagine those family without a foreign helper. How are they gonna work how will they take care of their children? How are they going to do their daily lives? So if the Philippine government stop all the helpers in all of the country, the whole world will be in big trouble without helpers. There’s a big problem.”

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Jack Soo; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall

Not everyone though has a glowing opinion of foreign domestic helpers. In April of 2015, Executive Councilor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee made some derogatory comments against Filipina domestic helpers accusing them of seducing their employers. The comments on her blog and official facebook page were particularly painful knowing the abuse that a majority of foreign domestic helpers endure. Some of them have even suffered physical and sexual abuse. For Filipinas who sacrifice so much this is has the potential to damage their familial relationships back home.

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Pinays take over Hong Kong’s Central District during Sundays. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The issue came up in the Q&A portion in one of the pageants. Mylyn Jacobo very ably replied: “It’s a big insult to us that most Filipina OFWs are called prostitutes. I will cite something what Mrs. Regina Ip told us. We Filipino domestic helpers are working here to provide the needs and support our families in the Philippines. Whatever you do abroad you should think twice.”

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Mylyn Jacobo poses w pals; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

2 Week Rule

Documentaries put important issues to the forefront because viewers see real people in real situations not actors. In this case it’s the policies of the HK SAR concerning domestic helpers. This affects not just the DH themselves but their wards, the elderly not to mention their own families back home reliant on the money they earn.

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Pinays take over Hong Kong’s Central District during Sundays. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Discrimination against foreign domestic helpers is built into the system. A clear example is what happened to Rudelie Acosta. After one of the pageants she was late coming back to her employer and went over her curfew hours. She was fired on the spot and was asked to leave the only lodgings that she had. Even after pleading to at least spend the night her employer refused and kicked her out without a roof over her head. On top of this she only has 2 weeks to find another employer or lose the right to stay in Hong Kong.

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Rudeline Acosta buys Filipino food during gathering; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Although the termination was abrupt and unfair, because of the 2-week rule there’s almost no recourse to file a complaint and immediately find a new job. Rudelie’s case is an example of the unfairness and injustice that thousands of foreign domestic helpers find themselves in Hong Kong.

Different foreign workers associations of Indians, Indonesians, Thais, Malaysians, Nepalese, of course Filipinos have banded together to formally complain against the 2 Week Rule since the late 1990s. But HK SAR has stuck to its guns allowing this discriminatory and racist policy to continue.

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Mylyn Jacobo shares the sash she earned with Jack Soo. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

A comprehensive article entitled Maid in Hong Kong: Protecting Foreign Domestic Workers explained clearly how the 2 week rule is unjust: “Beyond cramped housing conditions, isolation of domestic workers means that abuses by employers often go unreported. A 2013 survey conducted by another Hong Kong-based group, Mission for Migrant Workers, found that 58 percent of the more than 3,000 workers surveyed experienced verbal abuse in the home, 18 percent physical abuse, and 6 percent sexual abuse.”

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Hong Kong translates to Fragrant Harbour. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The report continues, “Another policy, the “two-week rule,” mandates that once foreign domestic workers quit or are let go, they must depart Hong Kong within two weeks. This policy, critics say, discourages domestic workers from seeking justice, for fear they could lose their jobs. It also makes finding a new employer difficult, as this process can take from four to six weeks. Moreover, a visa extension, the length of which varies by case, costs HK $190 (US $24), and during the extension application period migrants cannot work and must pay for their housing and food. Many domestic workers, therefore, choose to stay silent about abuses.”

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Beauty Pageant Candidate in native costume. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Interestingly enough a possible solution also came from one of the victimized helpers in the documentary. She theorized that no less than our own Philippine government along with other nations like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and others should negotiate in behalf of their workers with the Hong Kong authorities to abolish the 2 Week Rule.

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Executive Producers Vincent R. Nebrida, Fernando Ortigas and E.A. Rocha have another award winning film. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Track Record

SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN is another meaningful and significant creative contribution from executive producers Vincent R. Nebrida, Fernando Ortigas and E.A. Rocha. These are the same executive producers who brought us the historical hit HENERAL LUNA and the enchanting KANA THE DREAMWEAVER. In a short period of time they have established a winning track record of award winning and critically acclaimed films.

Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Director Babyruth Villarama’s loving and supportive husband Chuck Gutierrez is both Producer and Editor. Chuck has added yet another BEST EDITING award from the MMFF to his wins in Cinemalaya, Cinema One and many others.

Dexter Dela Peña as cinematographer also deserves credit in being able to make everyday scenes more cinematic. Even though it was a run and gun style we were able to see the character of the city and more importantly the beauty of the contestants. Babyruth must have also handled the secondary camera. The trio of Babyruth, Dexter and Chuck have already been together for several projects including JAZZ IN LOVE another documentary that was part of Cinemalaya in 2013.

Its Miss Luzon 2016 Manilyn Salapare’s silhouette on the now iconic poster. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Its Miss Luzon 2016 Manilyn Salapare’s silhouette on the now iconic poster. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Invaluable

Watching SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN is so enriching and educational in so many ways and levels. There are many touching moments between the families that helpers literally care for. Employers address Leo as ‘he’ even if he is biologically a woman. They see him as who he is, as a person. If you bring every family member, every maid, yaya, kusinera, labandera to this movie you will all come out richer for it. Respect and kindness truly goes a long way.

Leo Selomenio (center) is treated like family by (from left) Bonny Lee and daughter Yoanna. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Leo Selomenio (center) is treated like family by (from left) Bonny Lee and daughter Yoanna. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Leo uses the earnings from the pageants to help domestic helpers who were abused and need emergency assistance. In truth he has given those who participate in them and even those who watch something more valuable. He has given them a chance to see and feel the beauty they have. You can see the pride in the costumes, dances, unique to their provinces and hometowns in the Philippines. This pride extends not just to participants but to the audiences as well.

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SAVING SALLY: Pinoy’s Creative Showcase

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

My Delicate, my artist, you are the best of me.

Written by

Jude Bautista

Marty (Enzo Marcos): The girl is stolen by a band of monsters who keep her in an impenetrable fortress, enslave her and keep her from her birthright. She thinks her only way out is marrying this monster prince. Coz she feels that living with one monster is better than to live in a fortress full of them. All this time the boy plots her rescue. Toto the Publisher (Peejo Pilar): Well… Marty: So it’s a fantasy. Toto: It’s a love story. Marty: You hate it. Toto: No I don’t I haven’t cried this much since Optimus Prime died in Transformers the movie, the animated one ok?

from left: Peejo Pilar (Toto the Publisher) & Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

from left: Peejo Pilar (Toto the Publisher) & Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Marty: You’re not crying. Toto: I weep inside. Marty: This story just came to me. You know? Toto: OK, OK visually its good. It’s surreal and light at the same time. I love the hero and the fact that he is flawed. He’s skinny…(looks at Marty) The girl is a victim of circumstance. She makes good of what she can. It’s just that love stories’ not the path I was headed. Marty: I know you wanted mayhem, war, chaos… Toto: Yes!

Marty: Isn’t that what love is all about?

SAVING SALLY is pretty much summed up in the dialogue above between Marty (Enzo Marcos) and his comic book publisher Toto (Peejo Pilar). The story is basically a love story but the way it is told is vastly different from any other made in the Philippines, certainly from any other entry in the MMFF (at least for 2016).

Enzo Marcos (Marty)& Rhian Ramos (Sally) interact with animated backgrounds. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty)& Rhian Ramos (Sally) interact with animated backgrounds. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

SAVING SALLY combines animation, both 2D and 3D with live action with elements of sci-fi and fantasy. This ‘film’ is the perfect example of the 180-degree turn of the Metro Manila Film Fest to give other, newer, creative minds, filmmakers a chance to tap into that lucrative Christmas market. More importantly it allows the vast majority of our kababayan to see in this case a work where a multitude of different artists like illustrators, animators, comic book artists-sketchers, painters, all come together to tell a story that anyone can relate to.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Everyone from Pixar, production places in Singapore, Korea and the U.S. even France are all aware of the talent of Filipinos in animation. In fact the producers are French: Alain De la Mata, Herve Pennequin, Catherine Jacques. These countries tap into our rich talent pool in their studios.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Oscar & Golden Globe winning INSIDE OUT (Best Animated Feature) co written and directed by Pinoy Ronnie Del Carmen with Phil Docter is only the most recent example. It’s our own audiences here who have yet to appreciate our animators, with a story and production that’s 100% Pinoy.

TJ Trinidad (Nick); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

TJ Trinidad (Nick); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

We can safely proclaim that SAVING SALLY has changed all that with the glowing reception by fans at the MMFF and showcasing the talent we have in animation and the excellence of the cast. The sacrifice of director Avid Llongoren over a decade to complete this dream project has been rewarding. From a short story by Charlene Sawit-Esguerra, Carlo Ledesma helped Avid Llongoren develop the screenplay. There were 2 reshoots, re casting and other problems. Anna Larrucea was originally cast as Sally.

Director Avid Llongoren has sacrificed so much to get SAVING SALLY made and finished. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Director Avid Llongoren has sacrificed so much to get SAVING SALLY made and finished. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Back in 2011, PINTAKASI produced by Gov. Imee Marcos was part of the New Wave category of the MMFF. It was a film that also combined live action with animation. That was more action oriented with monsters, demons, heroes battling it out. If you can imagine it also cast the best hip-hop dance crew in this side of the world: The Phil All Stars. The problem being it was only screened in very few cinemas and for about 3 days–total. Coming from that we see how the full exposure and support of SAVING SALLY as part of the main competition of the MMFF is beneficial to everyone concerned.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Zach Sycip (Bully/monster); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Zach Sycip (Bully/monster); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

SAVING SALLY has attracted the younger audiences from kids to teens and has had relatively better commercial success. More Filipinos now have the chance to see the work of our celebrated animators. We know we have the talent, the dearth has been content, the will to create an audience for it and that’s what the MMFF has done this year.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) is every man’s dream. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) is every man’s dream. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

RHIAN RAMOS

Rhian Ramos as Sally is the perfect girl every man can fall for but even more so for every teenage geek. She is a comic book artist. She is not only obsessed with gadgets she makes them too. Sally almost fits Rhian to a tee except for the inventing gadgets part. Mr. Avid was very lucky in being able to get someone in her caliber of an actress. She’s young enough to be convincing as a teenager and yet experienced enough as an actress to portray the more complex scenes. Rhian seems to enjoy the challenge of unconventional roles that she has told GMANews of her intentions to add more indie projects for 2017.

Archie Adamos & Shamaine Buencamino are Rhian Ramos’ (Sally) abusive parents. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Archie Adamos & Shamaine Buencamino are Rhian Ramos’ (Sally) abusive parents. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

VAW

Her adoptive parents played by Shamaine Buencamino and Archie Adamos abuse Sally both verbally and physically. We’re all familiar with Shamaine Buencamino who has done it all from lead roles to villains from TV to theater. It is Archie Adamos who seems almost unrecognizable as an upper-class terror of a father. He cleans up very well and was very convincing. He’s played a lot of bad guy parts but never in a role as big as this and gave a great account of himself. The conflict for Sally is something not expected in an animated piece. But delivering the message of how and why violence against women (VAW) is wrong is relevant more than ever.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) was a victim of abuse in the story. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) was a victim of abuse in the story. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

ENZO MARCOS

Producers may have felt that with the casting of Rhian Ramos, she’s enough of a box office draw (which turned out to be correct). They could take a risk with newcomer Enzo Marcos. The experiment has proven to be successful. Viewers understand how Enzo’s character Marty is so in love with Sally and how he is so insecure and fearful of declaring his love for her. They both have an obsession for anime, comics, alternative film,music and the like.

Enzo Marcos (Marty); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Marty is the more skilled comic book artist and is looking to make it a career even before graduating art school. Sally is better at conceptualizing and making gadgets that make her life easier like improvised telescopic goggles, robot arms that iron clothes and scare off bullies.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) and Zach Sycip (Bully); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) and Zach Sycip (Bully); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo very easily portrays Marty because they both have a creative mind. Enzo is a filmmaker who has produced music videos for Pinoy super bands KJWAN and GREYHOUNDZ, apart from being a musician himself. He has also directed TV commercials for international brands. So the need to express himself through his art, through images is something that he can fully relate to.

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Enzo has also produced an interesting web series on YouTube featuring artists, performers and thinkers called MANILA REGARDLESS. Casting Enzo as Marty is very natural since he lives in that world of artists in different media. Both Marty and Sally use their love for comics, cartoons and fantasy as a way to escape their problems.

Manila Regardless

Carme Sanchez (Marty’s Mom) and Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Carme Sanchez (Marty’s Mom) and Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Carme Sanchez & Bodjie Pascua

Carme Sanchez is the loving mother to Marty. She can’t help but be excited about the prospect of Marty having Sally as his first girlfriend. Bodjie Pascua on the other hand is the senior geek of the family. His field of expertise is slot car racing (it’s the matchbox sized cars that go around in plastic tracks). If the movie is to be believed there is a community of racers right here in the Philippines. Dad may not be an expert in love but just like his famous TV character Kuya Bodjie, he has a lot of wisdom to impart to our unlikely hero Marty.

from left: Bodjie Pascua (Dad) and Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

from left: Bodjie Pascua (Dad) and Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty)& Rhian Ramos (Sally) interact with animated backgrounds. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty)& Rhian Ramos (Sally) interact with animated backgrounds. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

The A-Team

Visually there’s a lot going on in each scene. There are weird monsters walking by. These are bullies, villains that oppress ordinary folk like Marty. In his mind they’re monsters. Then there are the colorful animated backgrounds from skies, carnivals to the dark castle of a house Sally lives in. Responsible for the look are Lead Visual Artists Jether Amar and Jethro Razo. Credited as Supporting Art Ninjas: Peyer Raphael Mutuc, April Fonda and Joshua Tata Selo Panelo. I’m sure there are other artists that participated. These are only the tip of the iceberg that deserves praise and congratulations.

from left: TJ Trinindad (Nick), Rhian Ramos (Sally) & Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

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Then there’s the production side that fill the gap between animation and live action. They are crucial in making the illusion that real people can interact with animation. These are: cinematographers Rommel Sales, Odyssey Flores, Production Designers Rocketsheep Studio, Rommel Laquian and Erik Manalo and Sound master Joshua Cantillon. Director Avid learned the hard way that hard drives could crash and destroy one’s hard work (Part of the reason the project took more than 10 years). Enter I.T. Warrior Hermie Cabrito to ensure, this no longer happens.

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All of these talented, hard working people have come together to drive home the idea in SAVING SALLY. And that is if you love someone you should never pass up the opportunity of showing it. As difficult it is to see, the rewards always outweigh the risk. You never know what may happen to prevent you from being with that person. From that enduring Alfred Lord Tennyson quote: “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

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Cathartic MANO PO 7: CHINOY

foreground: Enchong Deee (Son son), behind him from right: Richard Yap (Wilson Sr), Jean Garcia (Debbie), Rebecca Chuaunsu (Ama), Janella Salvador (Carol) & Jana Agoncillo (Shobe). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

foreground: Enchong Deee (Son son), behind him from right: Richard Yap (Wilson Sr), Jean Garcia (Debbie), Rebecca Chuaunsu (Ama), Janella Salvador (Carol) & Jana Agoncillo (Shobe). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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Jude Bautista

Homosexuality, drug addiction even infidelity (by the wife), these things occur in the real world. MANO PO 7: CHINOY has everything any Filipino-Chinese family would be hard pressed to talk about. The confrontation of the issue with drug addiction is particularly courageous considering the War On Drugs by the Duterte administration. Whether you are of Chinese descent or not, there are still a number of gay men and women out there who struggle for acceptance even from their own families.

from left: Enchong Dee, Carlo Orosa, Rosalind Wee, Richard Yap, Mother Lily Monteverde, Jean Garcia, Rebecca Chuaunsu and Marlo Mortel. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

from left: Enchong Dee, Carlo Orosa, Rosalind Wee, Richard Yap, Mother Lily Monteverde, Jean Garcia, Rebecca Chuaunsu and Marlo Mortel. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

The story by screenwriter Senedy Que captured the conservative attitude in the community. Director Ian Loreños has consistently told the Filipino Chinese experience in his previous films in Cinemalaya (THE LEAVING), Cinema One (ALAGWA). Regal films Mother Lily Monteverde must have appreciated this and the decision of putting him at the helm has paid off quite well.

from left: Enchong Dee (Son son), Jean Garcia (Debbie) & Richard Yap (Wilson Sr). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

from left: Enchong Dee (Son son), Jean Garcia (Debbie) & Richard Yap (Wilson Sr). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

from left: Kim Jones, Echo Rosales, Exec Producer Gloria Lao and Director Ian Loreños. Photo was taken at ALAGWA premiere in Shang Cineplex during the Cinema One fest back in 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kim Jones, Echo Rosales, Exec Producer Gloria Lao and Director Ian Loreños. Photo was taken at ALAGWA premiere in Shang Cineplex during the Cinema One fest back in 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

All families who are going through issues of acceptance will find healing, a catharsis if you will in MANO PO 7: CHINOY. This is more contemporary and relatable than previous MANO PO stories of humble beginnings, rags to riches tagline. For international audiences, the term Chinoy is a combination of Chinese and Pinoy shortened term for Filipino. It is the newer term for Filipinos of Chinese descent who grew up in the Philippines.

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Richard Yap (Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Chinese Patriarch

Richard Yap as the real estate tycoon Wilson Wong Sr. is very different from the charming, jovial Sir Chief character on TV that a lot of fans know him to be. Acting stoic and unfeeling is more difficult than expressing emotion. Although in an interview with Rcky Lo of Philstar, Yap admits that Wilson is closer to him and more accurate portrayal of the Chinese male attitude. Yap shared that his Pinay wife taught him how to love. This coldness or lack of affection by Wilson Sr could be traced to his childhood, shown through flashbacks. It’s this difficulty in showing empathy that permeates his relationship with his wife and children.

Vince Gabriel (Young Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Vince Gabriel (Young Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee’s Evolution

Enchong Dee has proven his evolution as an actor. His role of Son son (Wilson Jr) gives a human face to the drug problem. He didn’t do it recreationally or because of his barkada but more of his need for validation from his father. From here we see how and why he turned to drugs. Although, Son son has the luxury of getting checked into a super high-end rehab facility, that looks more like a resort. This is where he meets another troubled soul in Jocelyn played by Jesse Mendiola. Pinky Amador plays her mom.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Critics and award giving bodies will certainly consider Enchong’s performance as worthy of a Best Supporting Actor win. Urian, Star Awards will have their nominees filled with this particular cast as it is a superb ensemble performance.

Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn) does taichi in high end rehab center. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn) does taichi in high end rehab center. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong’s character is very relevant today. The difference between Son son’s situation and the drug menace is that there are tens of thousands of addicts who can’t afford to go to that high-end facility or any rehab center for that matter. Enchong has made Son son empathetic, willing to change for the better. He helps us realize that drug addicts deserve that chance. Unlike the thousands of users who have already been killed from extrajudicial killings across the country robbed of the opportunity for reform.

Enchong Dee (Son son); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Close up’s hit TVC w Janella Salvador & Elmo Magallona. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Close up’s hit TVC w Janella Salvador & Elmo Magallona. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

 Jean Garcia and Janella Salvador

Janella Salvador is growing as an actress as the uninspired cellist Carol. We’ve seen her prominently in the CLOSE UP TVC with Elmo Magallona. UP DHARMA DOWN performed the infectious jingle from that ad. She’s the favorite daughter of Wilson who is into classical music. She has her own love triangle with creepy college Professor Vera (Kean Cipriano) and classmate/suitor Henry Santos (Marlo Mortel).

Marlo Mortel (Henry) & Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Marlo Mortel (Henry) & Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Just A Smile by Up Dharma Down

from left: Janella Salvador (Carol) & Jean Garcia (Debbie). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

from left: Janella Salvador (Carol) & Jean Garcia (Debbie). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Jean Garcia is the trophy wife Debbie Wong. Garcia’s features seem to defy time, which makes her even more attractive now than her younger days. Wilson’s distant manner towards her seems baffling. Because she’s a cougar you understand how the young and dashing Marco (Jake Cuenca) falls for her. You almost want her to have an extra marital affair to fill the romantic void in her life.

Jean Garcia (Debbie) & Jake Cuenca (Marco); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Jean Garcia (Debbie) & Jake Cuenca (Marco); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Casting as Statement

The genius of casting here is being able to find the perfect face and performer for each role, which can be a statement in itself. Richard Yap’s character Wilson gets a life-changing lesson from his Aunty that helps him make a paradigm shift.

Rosalind wee (Aunty) and Enchong Dee (Son son); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Rosalind wee (Aunty) and Enchong Dee (Son son); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

The words of wisdom may be from the heart as Aunty is not performed by a professional or theater actor, but from a real life success story and philanthropist in Rosalind Wee. Her delivery, look and mastery of the language lend her credibility in the role. Aunty in the film is part of the prestigious board that Wilson presents his ideas to. In real life Rosalind Wee is President of Pearl S. Buck Philippines, established the Marine Resources Development Corporation, owner of the First Marcel Properties and serves as the treasurer of the Philippine National Red Cross– Quezon City chapter. The posh office interiors and lavish homes may have also been part of Marcel Properties which were perfect film locations.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Rebecca Chuaunsu (Ama) in front of the Mount Potalaka Avalokiteśvara Shrine. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Rebecca Chuaunsu (Ama) in front of the Mount Potalaka Avalokiteśvara Shrine. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Even Rebecca Chuaunsu gave noteworthy performance as Wilson’s mom Erlinda. Rebecca will remind a lot of Chinoys of their chatty, overbearing, extremely conservative Ama (translated as granny). The brilliant performance is not a surprise considering her long experience as film and theater actress who has branched out into Rebecca Chuaunsu Film Production.

from right: Eric Quizon (Jason) meets Richard Yap (Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

from right: Eric Quizon (Jason) meets Richard Yap (Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Coming Out?

The statement of casting is even more evident in the role of Eric Quizon. He plays Jason, the gay older brother of Wilson who was banished by the family for decades. There’s never been official word of Eric Quizon as being gay in real life. Curiously, he was markedly absent in the press cons and mall tours for the movie. Eric was part of love teams in the 80s and 90s and has transitioned to a successful career as TV and film director.

Eric Quizon (Jason); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Eric Quizon (Jason); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

It would be hard to imagine him having a difficult time coming out to his own parents. His father, the late Comedy King Dolphy essayed countless gay roles. In fact the three Quizons: Dolphy, Eric with brother Epi were highly praised for the film MARKOVA COMFORT GAY. Could this role be Eric’s own way of coming out to the public? Either way his performance as Jason is not any less powerful. There’s a definite need for Chinoys to be more open and accepting of family members who are LGBTs.

from left: Vince Gabriel (Young Wilson Sr), Nicole Lee (Erlinda) and young Jason. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

from left: Vince Gabriel (Young Wilson Sr), Nicole Lee (Erlinda) and young Jason. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Breathtaking Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

If there is one minor quibble from this gem of a movie it’s the many cuts between dialogue especially when only two people are talking. The camera switches frequently and abruptly from speaker to speaker. The result can be jarring to the viewer. This is done to sustain visual interest in a not so exciting scene. Sometimes less is more. Even when the conversation is very intimate particularly with the developing sexual tension between Enchong Dee and Jessy Mendiola, the camera flits/cuts from one face to the next barely finishing a sentence. Sometimes you have to let the performance breathe and marinate with viewers in one angle. Let their delivery of words, their facial expressions stand out more by doing less.

left: Gloria Maris interior and high end rehab center. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

left: Gloria Maris interior and high end rehab center. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

In terms of camera work there are a lot of grand landscape and cityscape shots from cinematographer Lee Meily. Even the restaurant scene in Gloria Maris is given a grandiose exterior shot. The place is significant because of its reputation for authentic Chinese cuisine and is frequented by Chinoys.

Fo Guang Big Buddha in the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Fo Guang Big Buddha in the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

In September 28, Philippine Entertainment Portal reported that cast and crew were stranded in Kaohsiung, Taiwan because of a typhoon. Thankfully no one was hurt, only some scary moments during a bus ride. The trip was worth the inclement weather. They were able to get some breathtaking aerial shots of the Fo Guang Big Buddha, which stands 355 ft. tall and was cast using 1,800 tons of metal.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Rebecca Chuaunsu (Ama) in front of the Mount Potalaka Avalokiteśvara Shrine. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Rebecca Chuaunsu (Ama) in front of the Mount Potalaka Avalokiteśvara Shrine. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

There was a touching scene between Wilson (Richard Yap) and Ama (Rebecca Chuaunsu) in front of a very ornate sculpture called Mount Potalaka Avalokiteśvara Shrine. The shrine is part of a bigger complex, Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, recently opened to the public in 2011.

MANO PO 7 CHINOY is both a technical and creative triumph. More than this is the timeless message that family is where we should all find love and acceptance.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Jean Garcia (Debbie); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Jana Agoncillo (Shobe). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Jana Agoncillo (Shobe). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Jean Garcia (Debbie); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Jean Garcia (Debbie); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Kean Cipriano (Denver Vera); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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Marlo Mortel (Henry) & Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Marlo Mortel (Henry) & Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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from left: Jake Cuenca (Marco) & Marlo Mortel (Henry). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you. Pic from REGAL ENTERTAINMENT official fb: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RegalEntertainmentInc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1363597170340369

from left: Jake Cuenca (Marco) & Marlo Mortel (Henry). MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you. Pic from REGAL ENTERTAINMENT official fb: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RegalEntertainmentInc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1363597170340369

Jake Cuenca (Marco); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Jake Cuenca (Marco); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Jean Garcia (Debbie); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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Jean Garcia (Debbie) & Jake Cuenca (Marco); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Jean Garcia (Debbie) & Jake Cuenca (Marco); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Kean Cipriano (Denver Vera); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Kean Cipriano (Denver Vera); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

from left: Jana Agoncillo (Shobe) & Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you. Pic from REGAL ENTERTAINMENT official fb: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RegalEntertainmentInc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1363597170340369

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Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you

Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you

Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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Eric Quizon (Jason) & Rebecca Chuaunsu (Ama); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Eric Quizon (Jason) & Rebecca Chuaunsu (Ama); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you. Pic from REGAL ENTERTAINMENT official fb: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RegalEntertainmentInc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1363597170340369

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you. Pic from REGAL ENTERTAINMENT official fb: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RegalEntertainmentInc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1363597170340369

Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Janella Salvador (Carol); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Jean Garcia (Debbie); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) & Jean Garcia (Debbie); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) & Jessy Mendiola (Jocelyn); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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Vince Gabriel (Young Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Vince Gabriel (Young Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) in his power address. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr) in his power address. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Jean Garcia (Debbie); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Jean Garcia (Debbie); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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8 Pagodas in the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you. 8 Pagodas in the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

8 Pagodas in the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you. 8 Pagodas in the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Jean Garcia (Debbie) & Enchong Dee (Son son); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Jean Garcia (Debbie) & Enchong Dee (Son son); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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Richard Yap (Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Richard Yap (Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) hugs Richard Yap (Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

Enchong Dee (Son son) hugs Richard Yap (Wilson Sr); MANOPO 7: CHINOY opened last December 14, 2016 at a mall near you.

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