‘Independencia’ Triumphs At Bangkok International Film Festival 2009

The cast and crew of the indie film, ‘Independencia’ brought home smiles as they bagged two main awards in the recently concluded Bangkok International Film Festival 2009.

The indie film was directed by Raya Martin starring Sid Lucero, Tetchie Agbayani, Alessandra de Rossi and Mika Aguilos. The drama film won the Grand Prize award in the Southeast Asian Competition and the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Film Prize beating Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Nepal. ‘Imburnal’ another Filipino Indie Film received a special mention.

Filipino directors must continue in making superb indie films as they get recognition around the globe. Last year, ‘Serbis,’ another Filipino Indie Film received the grand prize in the Film Festival.

Cory Aquino Died Early Today: August 1, 2009

Former President Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino just passed away this early morning at the age of 76.

Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III confirmed that their mother peacefully died due to cardio-respiratory arrest this early morning, August 1, 2009 at 3:18 am at the Makati Medical Center.

Cory Aquino Died Early Today: August 1, 2009

Cory Aquino has been diagnosed of colon cancer early 2008, confined to Makati Medical Center and had gone through a series of chemo-therapy till this year. Her family, specially her five children have never left her alone since then, that her passing away this morning just left them crying quietly.

Her passing away has displayed a mark of strength and tenacity as it was back when she stood up, led and fought for our country’s freedom and democracy back in 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. She was truly an icon of democracy that all of the Filipinos will truly remember.

Senator Aquino III further stated this morning:

“She would have wanted to thank each and every one of you for all the prayers and your continued love and support. It was her wish for all of us to pray for one another and for our country.

“Hinihiling po ng aming pamilya ang kaunting panahon para makasama namin ang aming mahal na ina.

“Later today, we will be announcing further details of her wake para sa lahat ng ating mga minamahal na kababayan na nais magbigay ng respeto sa aming ina. Maraming salamat po.”

Lady Gaga Concert LIVE in Manila 2009

Lady Gaga just finished her first Asian Tour in Japan and Korea last June 21 and now she’s heading towards Manila, Philippines for her first live concert here in the country this coming August 11! We know that you can’t wait for the real thing behind the hit songs Poker Face, Just Dance, Paparazzi and Love Game.

Lady Gaga Concert LIVE in Manila 2009

Here’s the ticket prices:

VIP – Php 7,875
Patron Standing – Php 5,775
Patron (Reserved Seating) – Php 5,775
Lower Box (Reserved Seating) – Php 3,675
Upper Box A – Php 2,625
Upper Box B – Php 1,050
General Admission – Php 525

You can get your tickets at any ticketnet outlets or you can call (02) 911-5555 for reservations, too. Lady Gaga’s first major concert will be held at the Araneta Coliseum on August 11, 2009 at 8 pm. 😉

35th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2009 Official Film Entries

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2009 Executive Committee led by MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, just announced the eight (8) official entries on the35th edition of MMFF this year, which was held at the Metropolitan Manila Development Administration (MMDA) office along EDSA, Makati City last July 3.

35th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2009 Entries Announced

Here’s the star-studded list of film entries that will grace the 35th MMFF this 2009:

MANO PO 6: MY MOTHER (Regal Films)
Starring: Sharon Cuneta
Directed by: Joel Lamangan

NIEVES (Regal Films)
Starring: Marian Rivera
Directed by: Mike Tuviera

Starring: Vic Sotto
Directed by: Tony Y. Reyes

Starring: Ruffa Gutierrez

JUAN (RVQ Productions)
Starring: Dolphy and Willie Revillame
Directed by: Eric Quizon

IKAW NA NGA (Star Cinema)
Starring: Kris Aquino, Kim Chiu, and Eugene Domingo
Directed by: Wenn V. Deramas

ANG PANDAY (GMA Films and Imus Productions)
Starring: Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, Geoff Eigenmann, and Philip Salvador.
Directed by: Mac Alejandre and Rico Gutierrez

WAPACMAN (Solar Films)
Starring: Manny Pacquiao, Nicole Scherzinger, and Batista
Directed by: Topel Lee

These 8 official entries of the MMFF will be shown from December 25, 2009 to January 3, 2010.