‘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.
First film about GomBurZa wins big at MMFF 2023
Historical biopic “GomBurZa” won big at the recently concluded Gabi ng Parangal of the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City on December 27.
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 […]
‘Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi’ Is the Wake-Up Call Our Generation Needs
( As if by some pre-arranged twist of fate,  Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFidirector Jun Lana’s phone stopped working while he, the cast, and crew, were filming on the set in Batangas. Being disconnected was unnerving at first, but he was soon able to work around it by borrowing phones from the crew. Lana’s predicament is all too relatable. Many of us feel a […]
Movie Spotlight: Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi
Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi (2018) Genre/s: Romance To Be Released on August 15, 2018 (PH Release Date; Limited Release Only) Presented by Cignal Entertainment, OctoberTrain Films, and The IdeaFirst Company Writer and Director: Jun Robles Luna Starring:  Crew: Life without WiFi … the mere thought of it makes we want to hyperventilate. And why not? Our […]
‘Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi’ reminds us of social media’s distractions
When I saw the Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi trailer, I thought it was going to solely focus on EHS Syndrome, a disease caused by exposure to Wi-Fi signals, and how Norma (played by Sue Ramirez) is going to deal with being offline to heal. But the film tackled the importance of spending time with family and friends, and […]
Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi: Movie Review
In the age of the internet and instant gratification, there has always been a judgement on how effortless courtship has become. “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi” subtlety plays with this concept and so much more. It’s a film that not only tackles the obsessive and constant need to be bombarded by technology but more so […]
‘Big Night,’ ‘Resbak’ bag top plums at 19th Asian Film Festival in Italy
Philippine cinema takes the spotlight on the international stage following the remarkable victory of Cignal Entertainment’s Big Night! and Resbak (Payback), which bagged major awards at the 19th Asian Film Festival held from April 7 to 13 at the Farnese Arthouse in Rome, Italy.  Deemed one of the most significant exhibitions of Asia films in […]
Those Fabulous Filipino Brothers – the Bascos
“Stories about us, that are written and directed by us, are, of course, going to hold a deeper meaning. And by us, I mean ethnic filmmakers,” said Dionysio Basco about The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, a film which he and his siblings – Dante, Derek, and Darion – and their parents, grandparents, children, aunts, uncles, and cousins […]
‘The Fabulous Filipino Brothers’ Review: A Culturally Specific Comedy With Universal Appeal
Director-star Dante Basco’s family affair is an engagingly freeform portmanteau that runs the gamut from joltingly dark to sweetly romantic. The title for “The Fabulous Filipino Brothers” makes it sound like a movie about a now-obscure troupe of singing-dancing siblings who once opened for Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas, and were audience favorites back in […]
“Babae at Baril” bags most awards at Gawad Urian
The Rae Red movie, "Babae at Baril", recently bagged the most awards at the 43rd Gawad Urian, which was held online on 10 November.
Cignal Entertainment’s ‘Big Night!’ featured on Prime Video in Southeast Asia, bags big FAMAS Awards
Cignal Entertainment continues to shine on the international stage as its critically-acclaimed film, Big Night!, is now exclusively available across Southeast Asia on Prime Video starting Aug. 1. This will give subscribers here and abroad the opportunity to watch this highly acclaimed masterpiece by writer-director Jun Robles Lana which centers on the country’s war on drugs.