‘GomBurZa’ review: Empowering tribute to Filipino martyrs

MANILA, Philippines — Much has been documented about the revolutionary history of the Philippines, though much can still be learned about it as depicted in Pepe Diokno’s entry to the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) “GomBurZa.” The film borrows its name from three Filipino Catholic priests — Mariano Gomes, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora — who were […]

‘Gomburza’ wins big, ‘Firefly’ bags Best Picture at 49th MMFF

MANILA – The 49th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Gabi ng Parangal celebrated the winners and the festival became livelier once more as moviegoers returned to the theaters to watch Filipino films. Historical movie “Gomburza” took home the most wins with seven trophies: Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award, Best […]

GomBurZa: A tale of heroism for the new generation

After watching GomBurZa, the very little that audiences, the stars and production crew knew from their textbook GomBurZa, was undoubtedly changed by the two-hour narrative that director Pepe Diokno and his team painstakingly completed.

CBCP head shares 5 reasons why Filipinos should watch ‘GomBurZa’

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) shared important reasons why “GomBurZa” is a must-watch historical biographical film. Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, CBCP president, shared his insight in a social media post regarding one of the 10 entries in this year’s prestigious Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). He outlined his points […]

‘Big Night!’ takes the spotlight at 2021 MMFF awards night

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) — It was definitely a big night for the dark comedy film “Big Night!” which bagged several awards, including the highly coveted Best Picture, during this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Gabi ng Parangal. The movie, directed by Jun Robles Lana, dominated the event as it emerged the winner […]

Film review: Big Night (2021) by Jun Robles Lana

Duterte’s war on drugs is the Philippines 21st century witch hunt on individuals who might or might not be related to drug distribution and consumption, which doesn’t really matter the moment someone is labelled a dealer or addict. A slightest suspicion of either can make a person a living target, as literally anyone can claim […]

Philippines bags multiple awards in the 19th Asian Film Fest

THE PHILIPPINES came out of the 19th Asian Film Festival with a slew of awards. Film director Brillante Mendoza received a lifetime achievement award, actors Vince Rillon and Christian Bables were jointly named Best Actor, while Erik Matti’s On the Job: The Missing 8 bagged the award for Best Film at the festival awarding ceremony held on April […]

Review of Director Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Resbak,’ a gritty film about corruption told from the point of view of a small time motorcycle thief 

WE saw the special preview of Director Brillante Mendoza’s “Resbak” (translated in English as ‘Payback’), produced by Cignal and shown in the Tokyo International Filmfest. The lead character is Isaac (played by Vince Rillon, in his first starring role as this was made ahead of his ‘Siklo’ and “Sisid” on Vivamax), a small time thief who […]

Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi: Sweet… like an afterthought

It’s safe to assume that majority of Filipinos are romantics, as concepts like panliligaw and harana exist up to this day. The hugot is known as a witty way to express the lows when it comes to loving someone. Pick-up lines, on the other hand, are corny, sometimes funny ways to flirt with other people. Filipino languages also have extensive translations […]