ARLO CUSTODIO

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Excellent story, good direction and superb acting make a “Class A” movie. If one aspect sagged, Die Beautiful would have not been as beautiful as it is. Good thing, it has all the right buttons pressed at the right time. A good-looking boy from a conservative family whose single dream…

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Even before the start of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) on December 25, those who have seen Die Beautiful in advance were already praising not only Paolo Ballesteros as Trisha but also Christian Bables as Barbs. When the festival started, there was an unofficial movement pushing Ballesteros as shoo-in for…

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Jose Rizal is not only the most revered Filipino hero—with almost every major city or town with a park named after him or a monument erected in his honor—he is also the favorite subject of filmmakers among those who’ve left a legacy to the country. Celebrating his 120th death anniversary…

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Cast: Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos and TJ Trinidad Directed by: Avid Liongoren Produced by: Rocketsheep Studios Animation interspersed in live action has long been used in both local and international filmmaking but has never been employed as masterfully and skillfully as in the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry…

BOX OFFICE TURNOUT MIXED

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Gender-bending Die Beautiful which won for lead star Paolo Ballesteros the Best Actor award in the Tokyo International Film Festival in November is leading the box-office in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) that opened on Christmas Day. The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had no official figures as…

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The Cinema Evaluation Board reviews and grades the quality of films that are to be shown to the public, including the line-up of finalists to the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. Those that are graded “A” and “B” are awarded tax incentives as a way of encouraging Filipino filmmakers to…

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Just a few days after news broke that It’s Showtime host Anne Curtis got engaged to long-time beau Erwan Heussaff, another host of the ABS-CBN noontime show is now betrothed as well. This time, it’s Billy Crawford who proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Coleen Garcia. Director Gino Santos…

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For some up and coming designers, the chance to dress Hollywood celebrities can open endless doors for a flourishing fashion career. But British entrepreneur Tom Cridland got more than just a break after creating men’s chinos—his eponymous brand’s specialty—for no less than Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCarpio in 2015. “Having…

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