Alden Richards and Bianca Umali, Laguna Excellence Awardees


By Crispina M. Belen

Alden Richards and Bianca Umali, Laguna Excellence Awardees

Kapuso stars Alden Richards and Bianca Umali were among the winners in the recent 3rd Laguna Excellence Awards.

The honor of being “Outstanding Male Recording Artist of the Year” went to Asia’s Multimedia Star Alden Richards for his latest single under GMA Music “Goin’ Crazy.” Meanwhile, “Legal Wives”star Bianca won as “Outstanding New Female Recording Artist of the Year” for her single, also  under GMA Music,  entitled “Kahit Kailan.”

Certainly, Alden and Bianca’s fans are super proud of their idols for receiving such awards. Congratulations, Kapuso!

Meanwhile, Claire Castro and  Royce Cabrera are said to have daring roles in ‘“Nagbabagang Luha.”

Claire Castro and Royce CabreraThe sizzling and daring photos of Kapuso stars Claire Castro and Royce Cabrera indicate that they play daring roles in the upcoming afternoon prime series “Nagbabagang Luha.”

For this, netizens’ reaction bordered on both excitement and intrigue, especially with the behind-the-scene photos of Claire af Royce who are seen for the first time on the GMA Afternoon prime block.  The series “Nagbabagang Luha” is the first major TV project of the two.

Claire plays the role of Cielo who was originally portrayed by Alice Dixson. Cielo is the rebellious sister of Maita, who is played by Glaiza de Castro.

Meanwhile, Royce portrays the character Sherwin, who is a big-time drug dealer.

“Nagbabagang Luha” will air soon on GMA Afternoon Prime.


City of Manila to Vaccinate 3,500 FDCP-Registered Film & AV Workers


By Crispina M. Belen

City of Manila to Vaccinate 3,500 FDCP-Registered Film & AV Workers

The City of Manila through Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a noted  actor before he embarked into politics, has approved the partnership between the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ National Registry (NR) and Manila’s “Vaccine Nation is the Solution” program.

In this collaboration between the FDCP’s National Registry and the Manila City Government, the national film agency will help facilitate the City of Manila’s vaccination of 3,500 registrants under the National Registry for Audiovisual Workers (NRAW), which has more than 5,000 registrants.

The FDCP NR will compile and submit the list of NRAW registrants with all their information and requirements to the City of Manila. NRAW registrants are advised to wait for a text message and email from the NR to know the next steps in getting vaccinated under Manila’s “Vaccine Nation is the Solution.”

The FDCP is closely coordinating with the Manila Health Department to finalize the details of the vaccination schedule for NR registrants. Additional information will be released as soon as possible.

“Vaccination is really the solution to restart the recovery of our sector. We express our gratitude to Mayor Isko Moreno for his kindness and generosity in supporting our workers with their vaccination process. Napakahalagang mabakunahan agad ang ating mga manggagawa sa pelikula at mga audiovisual content sector para unti-unting nating maibalik ang sigla ng industriya sa gitna ng pandemya,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

In addition, the FDCP expressed its utmost gratitude to Mayor Isko Moreno and the City of Manila for the vaccination of all FDCP employees at the Cinematheque Centre Manila. This aims to ensure the safety and health of FDCP employees as they have continued to render public service for film and AV industry stakeholders amid the pandemic. The FDCP Office, which houses Cinematheque Centre Manila, is located in the district of Ermita.

“The Film Development Council of the Philippines has been supporting our film and AV stakeholders through assistance and development programs as well as events even amid the pandemic. With a fully vaccinated workforce, the FDCP will be able to do more for the film and audiovisual industry, which needs all the support it can get as it strives to bounce back from the global health crisis,” added Diño.

In June, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte approved the vaccination of 1,500 NR registrants under the #QCProtekTODO program, and “Bakuna Nights para sa Film at Entertainment Workers” was held on June 24, July 1, and July 8 at the Quezon City Hall. The second dose schedules are on July 22, July 29, and August 5.

Meanwhile, NR registrants who wish to register with their respective local government units may present as proof of occupation their FDCP National Registry Certification, which can be downloaded from their MyFDCPRegistry Profile on the NR website ( This is useful for freelance workers without a company ID because they need to prove that they belong to the A4 Priority Group.

The FDCP, which has lobbied for the vaccination of film and AV workers since 2020, seeks to assist all NR registrants with their vaccination. For film and AV workers and freelancers who wish to register with the FDCP NR, they may visit the NR website to fill out the registration form.

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‘Agimat ng Agila’ airs action-packed finale


By Crispina M. Belen

‘Agimat ng Agila’ airs action-packed finale

This Saturday, July 24, get ready for the biggest and most gripping battle yet between the bearers of the Agila and the Bakunawa’s mystic powers as GMA Network’s top-rating fantasy drama series “Agimat ng Agila” airs its final episode.

The GMA original series marks the television comeback of well-loved and versatile actor Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. as Major Gabriel Labrador. He is joined by the stellar roster of cast including Sanya Lopez as Maya Lagman, Elizabeth Oropesa as Nanay Berta, Roi Vinzon as Alejandro Dominguez, Benjie Paras as Sgt. Wesley Dimanahan, Allen Dizon as Capt. Gerry Flores, Michelle Dee as Serpenta, EA Guzman as Julian, Miggs Cuaderno as Bidoy, and Ian Ignacio as Malvar. 

In the previous episode, Gabriel (Bong) receives a poisonous kiss from Serpenta (Michelle) after his battle with Maya (Sanya) who is then bewitched by the mystic powers of the Bakunawa’s bertud. 

Gabriel embarks on a journey to rescue Maya from her estranged father, Alejandro (Roi), and to finally put an end to his wicked ploys now that he is endowed with the venomous powers of the Bakunawa. 

Will the bearer of the Agimat ng Agila triumph over the possessor of the Bakunawa’s bertud? 

With all the positive feedback and high ratings the show has been receiving, Bong conveys his utmost gratitude to the viewers and teases viewers for an exciting revelation. “Nakakataba ng puso na mahal pa rin tayo ng viewers, lalong-lalo na ng mga Kapuso. Sa init ng kanilang pagtanggap, para na rin tayong hindi nagpahinga sa paggawa ng mga palabas sa telebisyon. Kaya mas nakaka-inspire pagandahin ang Agimat ng Agila. Regalo namin ito sa kanila. Mas may malaki pa kaming regalo na nag-aabang sa ating viewers kaya tumutok lang po sila,” he said.

Don’t miss the exciting finale of “Agimat ng Agila” – under the helm of acclaimed director Rico Gutierrez – this Saturday, 7:15pm, on GMA-7.

Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV. It is also available for streaming via iQiyi International or for subscribers in the Philippines.


Mr. M begins duties as GMA Artist Center’s newest consultant 


By Crispina M. Belen

Mr. M begins duties as GMA Artist Center’s newest consultant 

Less than a week after being introduced as GMA Artist Center’s new consultant, Johnny Manahan, better known as the starmaker “Mr M.,”  has already begun one of his main tasks –  that is to help the agency discover promising new talents.

As a talent agency, GMA Artist Center has discovered and honed several of the network’s talents who have made names for themselves as actors, and endorsers, singers.

When the pandemic started in March 2020, GMA Artist Center immediately shifted to hold online auditions via its official website.

For the first time, Mr. M sat on the screening panel for this week’s auditions. Always present during these auditions are GMA executives, GMA Entertainment directors, GMA Artist Center Senior Talent Managers, GMA Artist Center’s Talent Development team, and GMA Artist Center’s Talent Recruitment team.

Mr. M, a Philippine entertainment industry pillar, and GMA Artist Center, one of the top talent agencies in the Philippines, are excited to collaborate and discover the country’s next superstars. 


Sarapdibalympics with EJ Salamante and Echo


By Crispina M. Belen

Sarapdibalympics with EJ Salamante and Echo

It’s a fun-filled “Sarap Di Ba” this Saturday, July 24, 2021.

The Legaspi family will have loads of fun in store for their viewers with their guests, stand up comedians EJ Salamante and Echo. They will play hilariously fun games in Sarapdibalympics!

For this Sarapdibalympics episode, it’s going to be a battle between EJ and Echo, while at the Legaspi home, it’s father versus daughter, Zoren and Cassy.

Find new game ideas for your next family bonding in Blow in the Wall, Talbog Kabog and Blowling played by the Legaspi family and their guests in this fun and entertaining episode of Sarap Di Ba?!

Adding smiles to their viewers is the chance to win P5,000 just by uploading your fun family picture with the Legaspi’s in the Sarap Di Ba’s P5K Giveaway!

Have fun and win with Sarap Di Ba, Saturday’s at 10:30am on GMA7.

‘From Spices to Start-Ups’ Online Special Panel



By Crispina M. Belen

‘From Spices to Start-Ups’ Online Special Panel

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Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anne M. Feria during her welcome remarks in the “From Spices to Start-Ups” special panel on 10 July 2021. (Lisbon PE photo)

Last July 10, the Philippine Embassy in Lisbon, in partnership with the School of Humanities of the Ateneo de Manila University, and of the Centro de Humanidades of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, co-organized the online special panel entitled “From Spices to Start-Ups.”

This special panel is part of the virtual international conference series entitled “Contacts and Continuities: 500 years of Asian-Iberian Encounters” which was officially launched on June 23, 2021 and will run until July 23, 2021.

In her welcome remarks, Philippine Ambassador to Portugal, Celia Anna M. Feria revealed that “we named this panel ‘From Spices to Start-ups’ as it best encapsulates how we know the history of Portugal in our part of the world, when they first went to Southeast Asia in search of spices over 500 years ago, and, carrying over this influence to the 21st century through the business and tech and digital ecosystems, where both Filipino and Portuguese businesses actively participate.”

The Philippine Embassy has come up with three main themes and has invited seven panelists from different fields and are involved with Philippine and Portuguese trade relations and investments. “Economic Diplomacy Never Tasted This Good,” the first theme of the special panel, was participated by Mr. Nuno Rocha, Sales Director of Pinhais & Co. Lda, the Portuguese manufacturers of Mabuti Sardines which used to be exported from Portugal to the Philippines.  Followed by an interesting presentation of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Gina Jamoralin of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the Department’s new approach to finding markets for innovative Philippine products.

From Portuguese sardines to Portuguese start-ups, the special panel also highlighted the biggest Lisbon-hosted tech conference where the Philippines has been participating. “Philippine Start-ups in the Web Summit” was presented by Mr. Froilan Pamintuan, the Philippine Trade Attaché based in Paris, and Mr. Ricardo Lima, head of Start-Ups in the Web Summit. Both panelists provided their first-hand experiences and perspectives on the growing interest of Philippine startups in participating in the largest annual technology conference. 

Lastly, the special panel acknowledged the existing PH and Portugal bilateral investments in each country. This discussion was represented by Mr. Lawrence de los Santos, CEO of Filipino-owned clothing factory NST Apparel located in Paredes, Portugal, and which manufactures top of the line high-end garments for renowned international brands; and two Portuguese companies with contracts and business with Philippine entities namely Steconfer, headed in the Philippines by Mr. Henrique Santos, who is in charge of laying down the tracts in the MRT7 light rail transit project of the Philippine government; and Sarraiva e Associados Lda., managed by Mr. Sergio Silva from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, and which won the design contract for a major residential condo project in Cebu and the first high-end residential condo that will be multi-certified as green and sustainable.

“From Spices to Start-Ups” is one of the many initiatives of the Philippine Embassy that aims to draw attention to the long-standing friendship between the Philippines and Portugal by revisiting historical economic connections and linkages as a way to stimulate emerging trade and investment potentials between the Philippines and Portugal.

The timing of this special panel could not come at a better time as both the Philippines and Portugal are commemorating several milestone events this year: (1) The 75th Anniversary of the establishment of  Diplomatic Relations between the Philippine and Portugal  on July 4, 2021; (2) for the Philippines, the 5th Centennial Celebration of the Victory at Mactan, as well as the  Commemoration of the 500 years of the Philippine part in the First Circumnavigation of the World by the Magellan-Elcano expedition, and (3) for Portugal, the 5th Centennial celebration of the Magellan Expedition. 

The special panel was simultaneously broadcasted live on the official Facebook page of the Philippine Embassy. It received a total of 4,000 views and continues to garner more likes, shares and engagements. This special panel can still be viewed through the Philippine Embassy in Portugal’s official Facebook page, and on the Contacts and Continuities YouTube Channel,



‘Family History’ streams on Netflix this July 30


By Crispina M. Belen 

‘Family History’ streams on Netflix this July 30

GMA Pictures and Mic Test Entertainment offer online viewers a treat as its heartwarming movie “Family History” debuts on Netflix Philippines beginning July 30.  

A brainchild of multi-awarded comedian and content creator Michael V., “Family History” serves as the actor’s directorial debut film which was released theatrically in 2019. The movie captured the hearts of viewers and received critical acclaim for its refreshing take on the values of life, marriage, and love.  

The movie follows the story of Alex Dela Cruz, played by Michael V., a happily married man who finds himself at a crossroads when a life-changing disease challenges his marriage to his wife, May, portrayed by none other than highly-acclaimed actress Dawn Zulueta.  

Joining them in the movie are talented Kapuso stars Miguel Tanfelix as Malix Dela Cruz, Alex and May’s only son; and Bianca Umali as Jenna Roque, Malix’s girlfriend who longs for a family figure. 

Also part of the stellar cast are John Estrada, Paolo Contis, Nonie Buencamino, Kakai Bautista, Ina Feleo, Mikoy Morales, Nikki Co, Jemwell Ventinilla and Vince Gamad. 

Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and comedienne and TV host Eugene Domingo play special cameo roles as Dr. Ronaldo Cruz and Liza De Guzman, respectively. 

“Family History” is the latest addition to the growing list of GMA Network’s shows available on the popular video streaming platform. The list includes the internationally-acclaimed primetime series “Descendants of the Sun Philippines,”  the groundbreaking “I Can See You,” and the top-rating drama series “Love of My Life” on Netflix Philippines.   

Catch the premiere of “Family History” on Netflix Philippines beginning July 30.  

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Full Circle Lab Philippines returns with Online Edition


By Crispina M. Belen

Full Circle Lab Philippines returns with Online Edition

Organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with Tatino Films, the Full Circle Lab Philippines will have another virtual edition from September 20 to October 1 as the capacity-building program led by international industry experts continues to support Filipino and Southeast Asian filmmakers in enhancing their projects to become globally competitive. 

Now in its third year, the online Full Circle Lab Philippines will be held during the celebration of the Philippine Film Industry Month as declared in the Presidential Proclamation No. 1085.

The lab will be composed of the Fiction Lab, Series Lab, First Cut Lab, and the newest addition, the Creative Producers Lab, designed to nurture producers in project development, legal and financing issues, and company development to enhance the production value of their films. 

Filmmakers from the Philippines and Southeast Asian countries Brunei, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are eligible and encouraged to submit their projects for consideration into the program’s four labs. 

The submission of applications will be until July 30, 2021, and the FDCP will be announcing the final selection of projects in the first week of September.  

FDCP, with Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño at the helm, seeks to make the Philippines a creative hub for filmmaking in the Southeast Asian region in collaboration with Full Circle Lab director Matthieu Darras, former Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Torino Film Lab. 

The international film lab has supported the development of film projects such as “Fan Girl” by Antoinette Jadaone, “Babae at Baril” by Rae Red, “Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story” by Avid Liongoren, and “John Denver Trending” by Arden Rod Condez that competed in the world’s A-List Festivals. “Fan Girl” had its world premiere at Tallinn Film Festival, “Hayop Ka!” just recently competed in the Annecy Film Festival, while “John Denver Trending” competed in the New Currents section of the Busan International Film Festival.

Xeph Suarez’s “Dancing the Tides,” one of the selected projects for the First Cut Lab Manila in 2019 and Southern Voices Film Lab’s Special Jury Prize awardee winning the Co-Production Grant worth P500,000, is participating in this year’s La Fabrique Cinéma of the Cannes Film Festival.

Full Circle Lab alumni projects “Sam” by director E Del Mundo and producer Pamela Reyes and “Don’t Cry Butterflies” by Duong Dieu Linh are among the selected projects in this year’s Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors, while “Pierce” by Nelicia Low participated in this year’s Far East Film Festival’s Focus Asia. 

“For the past two years, Full Circle Lab Philippines has supported Filipino and Southeast Asian projects that have evolved into critically-acclaimed and internationally competitive films. By continuing this partnership with Tatino Films and Full Circle Lab, we are honored to be able to give guidance, support, and platforms to our filmmakers. We are excited to become a part of their Full Circle Lab journeys that will certainly mold the future of the Philippine film industry,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Diño.

Last year, the 2nd Full Circle Lab Philippines was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Full Circle Lab has supported 20 projects from various countries in Southeast Asia, including 13 projects from the Philippines and seven projects with productions and co-productions from Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan. 

Full Circle Lab Philippines aims to identify, nurture, and train creative talents in the Philippines and Southeast Asia; Support Filipino and Southeast Asian film projects along  with their development and post-production processes – to enhance their artistic and audience potentials with a focus on storytelling;

Foster the internationalization of the Filipino film industry and positioning the Philippines as a creative hub in the Southeast Asian region; Create synergy between industry experts and professionals across the globe through sessions and talks via online platforms.

The program is composed of four labs: Fiction, Series, Creative Producers, and First Cut Labs.

The Fiction Lab nurtures feature films in development, combining works in plenary, groups, and individual consultations. 

The Series Lab aims at answering the growing demand for episodic content from VOD platforms and will nurture series projects – both mini-series and multi-season series are accepted. 

The Creative Producers Lab is the newest addition to the Full Circle Lab that will nurture producers with projects in development. 

The First Cut Lab is open to feature films at the editing stage and helps creative teams to reach the film they envision, fostering their artistic and circulation potential.

The Lab will be preceded by sessions headed by world-class experts as part of the FDCP’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) International Film Industry Conference from September 17 to 19, 2021.

Full Circle Lab Philippines is open to filmmakers from the Philippines and Southeast Asia countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Applicants should submit their entire application by the 30th of July 2021.

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The Full Circle Lab mentors shall review the materials of eligible applicants and shall confer to select the final selection, ensuring the diversity of the lineup.

FDCP will be announcing the final selection of the official projects by 1st week of September 2021.

Applicants must submit the following:

Duly accomplished Application Form

Logline (50 words), Synopsis (1 page), and Concept/Treatment (Up to 10 pages)

Director’s and producer’s statements (Up to 2 pages)

Director’s and screenwriter’s filmographies (1 page)

Producer’s filmography (1 page) and Production company profile (1 page)

Rights to Adaptation if applicable.

All requirements must be submitted in separate PDF documents.


For the Creative Producers Lab, producers must attend the whole duration of the lab. Independent Producers are welcome to apply.


Applicants must submit the following:


Duly accomplished Application Form

Producer’s statement (Up to 2 pages)

Producer’s filmography (1 page) and Production company profile (1 page)

All requirements must be submitted in separate PDF documents.

For the First Cut Lab, the film’s producer, director, and editor must attend the whole duration of the Editing Lab.

Applicants must submit the following:

Duly accomplished Application Form

A minimum of 30 minutes of scenes from the film. Must be subtitled in English. Scenes can be separate and can be in the rough cut.

Logline (50 words), Synopsis (1 page)

Director’s and producer’s statements (Up to 2 pages)

Director’s and editor’s filmographies (1 page)

Producer’s filmography (1 page) and Production company profile (1 page)

All requirements must be submitted in separate PDF documents.

Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival journeys anew to the digital platform


By Crispina M. Belen

Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival journeys anew to the digital platform

The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival navigates the social currents and plugs in the life support for the Philippine cinema industry as it journeys anew to the digital platform this coming August 6 to September 5, 2021, streaming on 

Banking on the know-how built-up from last year’s edition, the country’s biggest independent film festival presents its second online edition this year with 13 short films competing for the prestigious Balanghai trophies. 

Competing for the Best Film are: “An Sadit Na Planeta (The  Little  Planet) by Arjanmar H. Rebeta; “Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-asa At Panlasa” (The  Lost  Hopes And Flavors) by Kevin Jay Ayson; “Ang Pagdadalaga  Ni Lola  Mayumi” by Shiri De Leon; “Ate  O.G.”  by Kevin Mayuga; “Beauty Queen” by Myra Aquino; “Crossing”  by Marc Misa; “Kawatan  Sa  Salog”  (A Toy In The River) by Alphie Velasco; “Kids  On Fire”  by Kyle Nieva; “Looking For  Rafflesias And  Other  Fleeting Things” by James Fajardo; “Maski Papano” (I Mask  Go On) by Che Tagyamon And Glenn Barit; “Namnama  En Lolang” (Grandmother’s Hope) by Jonnie Lyn P. Dasalla; “Out Of Body”  by Enrico Po; and “The  Dust In Your  Place” by David Olson. 

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“An Sadit na Planeta” follows the adventure of a young man as he explores a little planet. “Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-As at Panlasa,” meanwhile, is a documentary on the quest of finding “pagkaing iloco” in the midst of a pandemic. 

In “Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Lola Mayumi,” a virginal old woman hires a callboy to change her perspective about men. “Ate O.G.” tells about a struggling aging house helper who finds herself going through an unexpected and uplifting experience. 

A young woman struggles to find herself after losing her father during World War II in “Beauty Queen.” On the other hand, a desperate robber is forced to choose whether he should become a hero to his victims or fall victim to a robbery himself in “Crossing.”

“Kawatan sa Salog”  is about a mischievous child who learns the value of time and life as he finds his way back home to his father. “Kids on Fire” is the story of a prepubescent boy who discovers the power of his sexuality during a religious camp. 

“Looking For Rafflesias And Other Fleeting Things” narrates how a tikbalang transforms into a teenage boy to disprove the rumor that horse demons are killing civilians in the mountain. 

A disposed facemask turns into a humanoid and starts an adventure looking for its previous owner in “Maski Papano,” while a grandmother and her baby grandson find solace in each other and face the harsh reality of the pandemic together in “Namnama En Lolang.”

“Out Of Body” takes the audience in a macabre commercial shoot with a young model. Meanwhile, career and friendship are on the line when a comic strip artist tells her writer the truths about his relationships in “The Dust In Your Place.”

On its 17th year, the film festival re-thinks its direction and strategy to remain significant in the contemporary time, while continuing to fulfill its mission of discovering, encouraging, supporting, training and recognizing gifted Filipino independent filmmakers. 

While Cinemalaya has remained the vanguard of the Philippine independent filmmaking since its inception in 2005, the Selection Committee has observed that submissions for the Main Competition have become predictable and followed recurrent themes such as gender, poverty, and social inequalities. 

To unearth new cinematic voices and develop a growing audience for independent cinema for its 2023 edition, the Cinemalaya introduces new direction and further expands its cinematic boundaries through the Cinemalaya Film Lab, a three-month-long film-laboratory mentorship program happening on September to November 2021. 

The CCP will open its ground with a hybrid drive-in cinema, dubbed Cinema Under the Stars, where film habitués can watch a film in the hybrid drive-in cinema at Liwasang Ullalim. The first audience-centered on-site event since the lockdown, the hybrid outdoor cinema welcomes everyone, whether they are riding their cars or bikes, or even just walking and jogging. 

Meanwhile, the Cinemalaya mainstays remain. Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia, will also continue its run this year. 

Visions of Asia, one of the major components of the film festival, will screen award-winning indie films from Asia; while IndieNation showcases notable and critically acclaimed feature length and short films produced in the past year that will have a continued run at Cinemalaya. 

Don’t miss out on other components such as the Cinemalaya Retrospectives, featuring past Cinemalaya films, and Cinemalaya Campus, among others. The film festival will also pay tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the Philippine film industry, including director Mel Chionglo, former head of the Cinemalaya Competition and Monitoring Committee with the screenings of three of his best films.  

Catch the Premieres, featuring full-length and short films which have been produced in the past year and will be screened for the first time in the Philippines, as well as the book launching of the “Riding the Waves: 15 Years of Cinemalaya,” a complete guide to the colorful history of the country’s biggest independent film festival. 

The 2021 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc., in partnership with streaming partners and Kumu, corporate partners Huachen Bayfront Hotel, McDonald’s Philippines, Optima Digital, B+C Design Inc., and media partners Rank Magazine, Adobo Magazine, Our Awesome Planet,, ArtPlus Magazine, ClickTheCity, Business World Online, WeThePvblic, Philippine Primer, and the Manila Broadcasting Company.  

For more updates, please visit the CCP and Cinemalaya websites. Follow the official CCP and Cinemalaya social media accounts. 



Deputy Speaker Legarda Legarda, Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores talk about  Philippine Textiles at Humboldt University


By Crispina M. Belen

Deputy Speaker Legarda Legarda, Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores talk about  Philippine Textiles at Humboldt University

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Last July 14, Humboldt University (HU), one of the largest universities in Europe, through its Advancing Philippine Studies Program and in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Berlin held an online panel discussion entitled “Habi: Weaving Philippine Textiles’ Future,” with guest speakers Deputy Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives Loren Legarda and Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores of the University of the Philippines-Baguio and the Museo Kordilyera.

The discussion was one of the best attended sessions co-organized by the Philippine Embassy this year with over 140 participants eager to learn more about the textile weaving culture of the Philippines.

Dr. Salvador-Amores shared with the audience how cultural revival of weaving and production of textiles is taking place in the Cordillera Region of the Philippines through the Cordillera Textiles Project or CordiTex, a multi-disciplinary research approach in analyzing textile production and how this tradition can be made sustainable in contemporary times. It is the goal of advocacy projects like CordiTex, which brings together cultural studies and technology, to empower weaving communities and sustain the critical cultural practice of weaving.

Deputy Speaker Legarda, one of the most vocal and active champions of Philippine cultural preservation, shared efforts by the Philippine legislature and other institutions in the promotion and preservation of Philippine weaves and weaving culture. The Deputy Speaker focused on the production of pineapple fiber-sourced weaves more popularly known in the Philippines as piña and piña-seda (pineapple silk) to illustrate the urgent need to preserve and sustain Philippine weaving traditions and production.

She spoke of the need for convergence in the efforts of legislators like herself, in pushing for responsive legislation and the effective implementation of sustainable programs by all stakeholders in the entire weaving process. She emphasized that it literally takes an entire community of advocates and practitioners to realize this and in the process engender cultural preservation and identity, promote sustainable practices, institutionalize fair trade practices, provide livelihood, and cultivate Filipino artistry. 

Deputy Speaker Legarda also showed photos of more than a century old Philippine artifacts, including piña items and Philippine weaves, donated by Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal and now housed at the Berlin Ethnological Museum.

Likewise, present at the talk were Philippine Ambassador to Germany Theresa Dizon-De Vega, German Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel, Prof. Dr. Vincent Houben of Humboldt University’s Institute for Asian and African Studies, and Dr. Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo of Humboldt University and Program Director for the Advancing Philippine Studies Program who served as session moderator.

Advancing Philippine Studies at HU aims to advance and promote Philippine and Filipino studies through various academic and research platforms. The program is made possible through the efforts of Deputy Speaker Legarda who facilitated the program grant, Humboldt University, and the Philippine Embassy in Berlin. 


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