Newest indie fest on the block, ToFarm Film Festival 2016, officially opened on Wednesday and will run until July 19. Six finalists written and directed by indie filmmakers are showing in SM Megamall and SM North EDSA cinemas.
The films that have been chosen to compete are Free Range by Dennis Marasigan with Paolo O’Hara, Jackie Rice, Mads Nicolas, Michael de Mesa, Jojit Lorenzo, Leo Rialp and Ana Feleo as actors;
Kakampi by Victor Acedillo, Jr. with Neil Ryan Sese, Gloria Sevilla, Felix Roco, Suzette Ranillo, Kate Brios and Perry Dizon as actors;
Pana-Panahon by Zig Dulay with Garry Cabalic, Anna Luna, Joan dela Cruz, Manel Sevidal, Natasha Cabrera, Norman King, Gigi Locsin, Joel Saracho Upeng Fernandez, Kenken Nuyad, and JC Santos as actors;
Pauwi Na by Paolo Villaluna with Bembol Roco, Cherry Pie Picache, Meryll Soriano, Chai Fonacier, Jess Mendoza, Jack the Dog, Boots Anson Roa, Gio Alvarez and Tessie Tomas as actors.
Pilapil by Jojo Nadela with David Remo, Pancho Magno, Diva Montelaba, Bonbon Lentejas and Rez Cortez as actors; and Pitong Kabang Palay by Maricel Cariada with Arnold Reyes, Sue Prado, Mickol Laurente, Alfonso Ynigo Delen and Precious Miel J. Espinosa as actors.
This filmfest is a brainchild of Milagros Ong-How of Universal Harvester, Inc. with Maryo J. delos Reyes as festival director. The stories, diverse they may be, are all about agriculture as a source of livelihood and the farmers’ plight and struggles to keep both ends meet.
Awards night will be on July 20 at the Shangri-La Makati Ballroom.
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According to our most reliable source (a gossip columnist who’s super close to Jessy Mendiola’s family), the actress and Luis Manzano are officially on and playing sweet music together.
“Happy sila together and I think this status is gonna last for a long, long time”, predicts our mole. “Want to know what Jessy finds in Luis which endears him the most to her? His unique sense of humor! Alam mo naman si Jessy, bungisngis. Si Luis kasi, kahit ordinaryong bagay o pangyayari lang, may comedic sundot kaagad! Mana talaga sa ama niyang si Edu Manzano. For her, there’s no dull moment with him.”
So, would that mean that JC de Vera (allegedly Jessy’s ex) has no sense of humor?
Our source’s reply: “Meron din siguro kahit papaano, pero hindi nag-measure up to her standards.”