What’s up Davao?


With President Duterte’s popularity still at an all-time high, his hometown of Davao continues to draw attention from different industries with a new movie and a major event shot and mounted in the southern city.

Davao wild captured in QCinema entry


A scene from the movie ‘Baboy Halas,’ entirely shot in the Marilog district of Davao, directed by Davao-based filmmaker Bagane Fiola

An indigenous or lumad family coping with the changes in their environment as they struggle to stay in their natural habitat is captured on film in the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival entry, Baboy Halas, Wailings In The Forest.

Davao-based filmmaker Bagane Fiola captures the richness of the Mindanao wild as he tells the story of one of the last forest peoples, the Matigsalug tribe, who has yet to adjust to the lifestyle of the more sociable tribes in the plains.

Shot mostly against the backdrop of Maharlika in the Marilog District, Fiola’s movie features a Mindanaoan cast, complete with the participation of the lumads.

“The trees of Maharlika were saved from logging. We are very lucky to still have the Maharlika, so that’s where we shot the film,” he said.

Marilog, a popular Davao City destination known for its cool air and beautiful sceneries, is also home to the indigenous group Matigsalug.

The founder of Origane Films, a digital film production company, Fiola has been making films for more than 10 years and has already produced seven narrative shorts, two feature films, and numerous experimental movies independently developed in Davao City.

His films have been showcased in local film festivals including the Mindanao Film Festival, Cinema Rehiyon, Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival and Binisaya Film Festival.

It is his first time to receive a film grant and to participate in an international film festival.

“I have always loved making films. You can interact with people, touch people’s lives, and be surrounded with creative individuals,” he said about his filmmaking experience.

QCinema 2016 runs from October 13 to 22, 2016 at four venues namely, Ayala Trinoma, Gateway Cinemas, Robinson’s Galleria, and UP Town Center. It will also hold special film seminars at the QCX, the new museum complex at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

For more information, visit www.qcinema.ph.

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Jasmine Curtis headlines #SmarterDavao event


Jasmine Curtis

Jasmine Curtis leads PLDT-Smart telco endorsers and brand influencers in the first digital event of its kind in the city dubbed “Connected Davao.”

Ongoing at SM Lanang this weekend, the event showcases the latest products and services from the giant telco to celebrate the development that Davao City is now an LTE-covered city.

“Connected Davao is a digital convergence that features experiential zones where subscribers can get to experience PLDT-Smart’s products, services and innovations firsthand. There will also be a selling area where the public can look at the best deals and bundles available. A highlight of the event is the digital discussions where the region’s top influencers and business owners will talk about how PLDT and Smart help them pursue their passions. Of course, at the center of the event is a full LTE rollout in Davao City,” the company’s Consumer Operations head Katrina Luna-Abelarde related.


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