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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, narito na!

Salubungin at tunghayan ang pagbabalik sa takilya ngayong taon ng mga pelikulang mula sa mapaglarong imahinasyon at kahusayan ng mga Pilipino sa larangan ng sinematograpiya at produksiyon.

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Salubungin at tunghayan ang pagbabalik sa takilya ngayong taon ng mga pelikulang mula sa mapaglarong imahinasyon at kahusayan ng mga Pilipino sa larangan ng sinematograpiya at produksiyon.

Ang Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino o PPP ay isang linggong selebrasyon na kaugnay sa paggunita ng Buwan ng Wika ngayong Agosto. Sa pagdiriwang na ito, bibigyan ng pagkakataon ang ating mga filmmakers  upang isapubliko at maipabatid sa lahat ang kanilang mga likhang-sining na sumasaklaw sa mga kuwentong Pilipino.

Sa selebrasyon ng ikalawang anibersaryo ng PPP, inihahatid muli ng Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) ang iba’t ibang mga dyanra at bagong palabas na ibibida sa mga teatro’t sinehan sa bansa.

Narito ang mga full length na pelikulang kalahok sa kapistahan:

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1. Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi ni Jun Robles Lana

108 na minuto | Romantic Comedy

Dulot ng labis na pagkahumaling sa social media, si Norma (Sue Ramirez), isang tinedyer, ay nagkaroon ng Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) syndromeisang bihirang karamdaman na kung saan ay mahipit na ipinagbabawal sa kanya ang paggamit ng anumang gadgets at WiFi. Dahil sa kanyang kondisyon, napilitan siyang manirahan sa isang probinsya at malayo sa kanyang nobyong si Leo (Markus Paterson). Habang nasa probinsya, ginugugol niya ang kanyang oras kasama si Aries (Jameson Blake) – ang kapatid ni Leo na siyang madalas bumisita sa kanya.

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2. Bakwit Boys ni Jason Paul Laxamana

110 na minuto | Drama & Musical

Gagampanan nina Ryle Santiago, Nikko Natividad, Vance Larena at Mackie Empuerto ang papel ng apat na magkakapatid na tubong Isabela. Kasabay ng paghagupit ng isang kalamidad sa kanilang lugar ay ang paggunaw ng pag-asa nilang maabot ang kanilang pangarap. Nilisan nila ang kanilang probinsya at tumungo sa Pampanga upang manirahan kasama ng kanilang lolo. Nagsimula silang muling tumugtog sa mga pistang dinaraos sa kanilang bayan at doon nadiskubre ni Rose (Devon Seron) – isang babaeng mula sa isang maykayang pamilya, ang kanilang munting talento at tinulungan sila nito sa paglikha ng sarili nilang musika.

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3. Madilim ang Gabi ni Adolfo Alix Jr.

115 na minuto | Thriller

Isang dagok ang dumating sa buhay ng mag-asawang Sara at Lando (Gina Alajar & Philip Salvador) nang mapag-alamang nawawala ang kanilang anak na si Allan (Felix Roco) na isang drug addict. Mas tumitindi ang takot at pag-aalala na bumabalot sa damdamin ng dalawa dahil habang lumilipas ang panahon ay tumataas ang bilang ng mga nagiging biktima ng Oplan Tokhang isang kampanyang inilunsad ng gobyerno laban sa paggamit ng droga, sa kanilang siyudad.

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4. Pinay Beauty ni Jay Abello

104 na minuto | Comedy

Sa lipunang puno ng pamantayan sa kagandahan, isang dalagita (Chai Fonacier) ang nagnanais na sumailalim sa isang operasyon upang baguhin ang kanyang anyo at magmukhang isang Caucasian. Umutang ng malaking halaga ang kanyang nobyo (Edgar Allan Guzman) sa isang usurero upang tugunan ang kanyang kagustuhan.

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5. Signal Rock ni Chito Roño

130 na minuto

Batay sa tunay na karanasan, ang istoryang ito ay iikot sa buhay ni Intoy Abakan (Christian Bable) – isang binatang nangangarap ng isang kumpletong pamilya. Sa hirap ng buhay, lumipad patungong ibang bansa at nakapag-asawa ng isang banyaga ang kanyang nakatatandang kapatid na si Vicky dahil sa pagkakaakalang iyon ang sagot upang maihaon ang kanilang pamilya sa hirap. Nakaranas si Vicky ng pang-aabuso mula sa asawa at humingi ito ng tulong mula kay Intoy upang mabawi ang anak na babae. Upang makausap ang kapatid, inaakyat ni Intoy ang rock formations– ang tanging lugar sa kanilang isla na nakapagbibigay ng senyal sa kanyang telepono.

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6. The Day After Valentine’s ni Jason Paul Laxamana

114 na minuto | Romance & Drama

Sa paghahanap ni Kai (JC Santos) ng sagot sa kanyang mga katanungan ay nakilala niya si Lani (Bela Padilla) – isang babaeng matatag at wari’y maraming baon na sagot sa lahat ng problema. Sa pagkukrus ng kanilang mga landas, ang kani-kanilang mga tanong ay mabibigyan ng sagot sa hindi inaasahang paraan.

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7. Unli Life ni Miko Livelo

103 na minuto | Comedy

Ang gabing inakala ni Benedict (Vhong Navarro) na magiging puno ng kasiyahan ay napalitan ng pighati’t kalungkutan nang nakipaghiwalay sa kanya ang nobyang si Victoria (Winwyn Marquez) bago pa man niya ito alukin ng pagpapakasal. Lumagi siya sa isang bar at isang inumin ang ibinigay sa kanya ng bartender na si Sir Saro (Joey Marquez)–ang inuming babago sa takbo ng kanyang kapalaran at makapagbabalik sa kanya sa nakaraan.

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8. We Will Not Die Tonight ni Richard Somes

115 na minuto | Action & Thriller

Si Kray (Erich Gonzales) ay isang stunt performer. Sa kabila ng paghina ng kanyang karera ay itinuloy pa rin niya ang kanyang trabaho. At dahil sa matinding pangangailangan sa pera ay nag-atubili siyang pumayag na sumabak sa isang misyon kasama ng kanyang mga kaibigan na sa huli ay maglalagay sa kanila sa kapahamakan.

 

Bukod sa walong pangunahing pelikula, tampok din sa kapistahan ang Special Feature Section kung saan bibigyan ng oportunidad na mapanuod ng madla ang mga pelikulang nagkamit ng parangal sa mga lokal na independent film festivals noong nakaraang taon.

Ang mga full length na pelikulang kalahok sa kapistahan ay mapapanood mula Agosto 15 hanggang Agosto 21, 2018 sa lahat ng teatro at sinehan sa bansa. Habang ang mga pelikulang nakapaloob sa espesyal na seksyon ay mapapanuod lamang sa mga piling sinehan ng SM Manila, SM Sta. Mesa, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Gateway Cineplex at Robinsons Galleria sa parehong petsa.

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Excelsior! The true hero who does not need to wear a cape

Stan Lee may not have been able to fly or lift buildings, but he was blessed with the superpower to make us believe that we can be our own heroes.

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A LEGEND IS BORN.

To stan something is “[to look up to it] and that you genuinely watch or truly love their content”, according to Urban Dictionary. In line with this colloquialism, as fans of comic book readers and movie-goers alike, it would not be far off to say that we all stan Stan Lee and the tremendous impact his creation has made to our culture today.

This article offers a tribute to a very strong contemporary legend, to who we can credit decades of entertainment, fantasy, and full-unadulterated enjoyment.

When Marvel first hit the presses (though it wasn’t called Marvel yet at that time) with their Captain America #1,  the world was introduced to the concept of superheroes, and what could arguably be one of the largest movements in media in history. Who could have then imagined, that just after more than fifty years, that single Captain America issue would branch out into more than tens of thousands of other stories, notable works would of course include the solo-runs for Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, Thor, and the like.

Stanley Martin Lieber, born December 28th, 1922 in Manhattan, New York, dreamed of nothing less than to work in the industry he would be famous for today. Known now as the Comic Book Legend and Pop Culture Creator, from this endeavor would result the hundreds of superheroes we know today, of which the Avengers and the X-Men are only a small part of.

Marvel Comics, originally started out as Timely Publications, of which Stanley Lieber, or as we know him better as Stan Lee, was a crucial part of. Established in the 1940’s, the comic publication would soon usher in the Golden Age of Comics, from which the modern heroes we find today would be created.

WHY IT MATTERS.

To newer and more recent fans of Marvel’s cinematic works, Stan Lee’s fame is only attributed to the old man he plays that appears in every single Marvel movie ever made.

But the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) would not be possible if it were not built upon a vast and colorful universe that spanned decades in the making in that old man’s original masterwork: Marvel comics.

If you’re not a hardcore fan (or a casual or simply not a fan at all ), then perhaps Stan Lee’s passing would not hit you as hard as it should.

But we should not be deterred! For it was from his interview with Playboy Magazine that he said, “You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ It’s on the seal of the state of New York. Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.” Indeed, nothing lasts forever, even Lee. But what will continue on is the wondrous world he created, and all of the heroic characters that reside in it.

It’s important to note, throughout all this, that Lee was never alone. He may have been the mastermind behind the stories we love, but the rest of the ensemble can’t have functioned by his powers alone. It was through his collaboration with other artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, both of whom really helped the company flourish during the Silver Age of Comics, around the 1950’s to 1970’s.

LEE AND HIS CREATION IS CULTURALLY ICONIC.

I can speak for more than myself when I say that Stan Lee’s works as they were originally depicted in the comics and as some were given a cinematic adaptation were key pieces of our childhood, well into our adolescence and until now.

The Comic Book Legend truly left an iconic piece of work that has grown and expanded over the more than half-century since its inception; and we can say it’s iconic because we can mention the name Spiderman and those around us will almost always immediately know we’re talking about Peter Parker, and not a mutant hybrid half-spider half-man. We can mention any names of the marvel superheroes out of context and people would just know about them. Stan Lee’s characters have inarguably become household names.

Of course this doesn’t even come close to the amount of detail and worldbuilding that has truly highlighted the scope of the universe that Stan Lee has created. It is not right to say that Stan Lee is solely responsible for all of Marvel Comics, as he was simply but also the most important first step, first domino, first push. Everything else quickly followed suit.

It is hard to imagine how different the world would be if the Avengers or the X-Men never existed. Of course, we are referring to works of fiction, but the concepts and stories have been ingrained so effectively into the nooks and crannies of our culture and society that we just can’t help but imagine that they are real, and that in itself is a great tribute to someone who devoted all his life creating comic content.

Personally as a fan, I see both the MCU and the Comics not only as very creative sources of inspiration and entertainment, but also as the ever-changing medium through which different artists and authors send a message. A message that although spoken now through a different voice and written with a different pen, all originated with that first stroke of ink that Stan Lee himself wrote on the first piece of paper when he was just starting out. That is to say, he may no longer be with us, but the essence of his work will continue to persist, no matter who is behind the visuals for the comic, or is directing the movie.

It’s thanks to Stan Lee’s devotion and passion to his craft that he was able to give the world countless tales and mishaps of the many superheroes we know and love today. And we know and love them especially because they are superheroes: they are role-models who stand up for justice and fight for what’s right; perhaps more so than Stan Lee could have ever imagined, they became the creative source and inspiration for countless children all around the world.

But yet, fans and non-fans alike feel the world’s loss of a great icon: an icon who brought us more than a hundred diverse, unique, and very creative heroes, situated in a world built and cultivated over the longest time: and now time will continue on without him. It couldn’t have been done without him, but we have to see it through without him.

So here’s to Stan Lee. He may not have been able to fly or lift buildings, but he was blessed with the superpower to reach out to people by the millions, over many generations to come. He will surely be remembered as the one and only Comic Book Legend.

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On Octobers, we wear red

A day before the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) released the supposed list of schools which are allegedly recruiting grounds of communists rebels for the “Red October” ouster plot against the regime, we were already protesting along Dapitan denouncing it.

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A day before the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) released the supposed list of schools which are allegedly recruiting grounds of communists rebels for the “Red October” ouster plot against the regime, we were already protesting along Dapitan denouncing it.

We knew very well at that point that the University would be tagged: after all, UST had welcomed the Lumad bakwit school into the campus—the Lumad schools that AFP considers to be training grounds of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), the schools that have experienced harassment and abuses from the military. The student activist movement in the University also saw a boom in recent months, and the University itself had become more outspoken against state violence and human rights violations under the regime of Rodrigo Duterte.

When AFP released their supposed “list” of schools yesterday, the condemnation from the administration and the Central Student Council was swift—and rightfully so. It is irresponsible and dangerous, a blatant attack on academic freedom and the rights of students to free expression and organization. The list put the security of the University at risk, particularly student leaders and those involved in the martial law week campaigns, which the AFP said was how communists recruited students.

However, it is not enough for us to condemn that one incident: the past few weeks saw the regime relentlessly (or desperately?) tag protests and opposition groups as part of a supposed communist-led “Red October” ouster plot, from the mass mobilization  at Luneta last Sept. 21 to leaders of the political opposition—a not-so-subtle attempt to silence and scare dissenters by tagging dissent as “terrorism” or “rebellion,” regardless of political color affiliation.

If the list has a target, it’s definitely not the University administration, as AFP pointed out themselves. The AFP is tagging groups that are at the forefront of political struggle under Duterte: striking workers calling for an end to contractualization and abusive labor practices, urban poor groups demanding decent housing, Lumad students and teachers calling for an end to military attacks in their schools and communities—and now, the military is targeting students leaders and student activists for their alleged connections to the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

This a serious allegation, and the University must actively continue to campaign against it. Such accusations have dire, even deadly implications and consequences as it puts the lives of students and their security at risk—a brazen example of red-baiting or red-tagging, in which state actors “publicly and detractively classify government-critical individuals and organisations as state enemies, communist terrorists or members of communist front organisations.”

The consequences are fatal, and it spares none—not even students activists like Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, who were illegally abducted, detained and tortured at the hands of military forces in 2006 after they were accused of being members of the CPP-NPA. The AFP is putting the security and lives of students at risk simply because of their affiliations or even for simply being critical of the regime.

No different to how the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos arrested his opponents on the basis of being “communists,” “rebels” and “subversives,” Duterte is using the same cheap tricks from his idol’s playbook.

The AFP might say that this article is part of the CPP-NPA’s information drives linking martial law atrocities to those committed under the Duterte administration—but then again, communist or not, where is the lie? Nothing can cover up the fact Duterte is a cheap, fascist dictator wannabe who’s now using McCarthy-style red scares against his opponents who are out to supposedly “destabilize” Duterte’s regime, a regime that was never stable to begin with.

By doing so, the President is simply orchestrating his own downfall by giving his attention to a fabricated and poorly-concocted fake news of an ouster plot while turning a blind eye to the plight of the people—just like what he did to Sheila Eballe who simply asked the President to put an end to quarrying in Naga City, Cebu after a landslide.

Duterte’s response? A misogynistic remark and a claim that Eballe was being trained by NPA.

In the face of the crisis of rising prices of rice, bread, and other basic commodities brought by inflation and higher taxes, this “destabilization” is Duterte’s own doing—and if our memories serve us right, he was the one who repeatedly told the public that he is a murderer, and he even threatened to bomb Lumad schools and shoot female rebels in their vaginas.

Duterte is this country’s top terrorist, along with his lapdogs in the military and police force. Expect an intensified crackdown on activists and dissent this October, but we will not be scared into silence—they are only forcing more and more people to join the growing resistance to Duterte’s murderous regime. State violence breeds militant resistance, and fascist dictators only build their downfall.

Now is the time to fight, and to fight a madman like Duterte is just. After all, it’s no secret that the people already want him out—and it’s not because of any conspiracy for an ouster plot. It’s Duterte’s own fault.

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The Greatest Siomai: The Battle of Siomai around UST

No matter how siomai-ny choices we have, it will never be enough. Today, the competition amongst every siomai stall around UST has definitely gotten harder — with each of them vying to be the best among the rest.

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Ang Tomasinong gipit, sa siomai kumakapit!” This line has had reverberated through the minds of almost every Thomasians even up to date. However, had they chosen siomai as their meal solely for its cheap price alone?

Through the years, siomai has emerged as one of the staple foods that many Thomasians enjoy. From the options of having a pork, beef, or shrimp-based mince, up to the way it is cooked, whether fried or steamed — siomai has already become an acceptable rice meal wherein one’s starving appetite can certainly be satisfied.

Today, the competition amongst every siomai stall around UST has definitely gotten harder — with each of them vying to be the best among the rest. And in identifying which of these stalls serves the finest pieces of siomai in town, TomasinoWeb explored the streets of España, Padre Noval, Dapitan, and Lacson.

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Angkong Dimsum House

Delos Reyes Street cor. Padre Noval Street | Asturias Street, Dapitan

Angkong’s fried dumpling, at times, may have been labelled as “mainstream.” Nonetheless, this siomai place has continuously proved that they were not labelled as one for nothing. Its highly acclaimed ‘fried dumpling’ has been loved by most Thomasian for its crispness in every bite. For only P55.00, one can enjoy four delectable dumplings and a cup of rice. With two stores located at Dapitan and P.Noval,satiate your dumpling cravings anytime, anywhere. However, only a few can enjoy the “dine in”  experience since the place is a bit small. Despite the limited space that it offers, Angkong has never failed in embedding its love and sapid flavors in every piece of siomai that they serve.

Recommendations:

  • Quail Egg Siomai w/ rice (Php 55)
  • Japanese Siomai w/ rice (Php 60)

 

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Dimsum Treats

Besides “Starbucks”, Pacific Suites, Dapitan Street

Every Thomasian knows that what lies within the bustling streets of Dapitan is the long time rival of Angkong — that is Dimsum treats. At a price of only Php 55.00, students can feast on four huge pieces of siomai and a generous amount of rice. Although some of the siomai that they offer may at times be bland in taste, Dimsum Treats offers some array of sauces which will surely make ones meal more exciting. This siomai outlet offers a sweet and sour sauce as well as a hearty serving of Yang Chow ricemaking it a perfect meal combination for a hungry tummy.

Recommendations:

  • Chinese Chicken Siomai (Php 40)
  • Meaty Mushroom Siomai (Php 40)
  • Pork & Quail Egg Siomai (Php 40)
  • Japanese Dumpling (Php 40)

 

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D’Sons Dimsum

Stall near 7/11, Padre Noval Street

Standing only steps away from the gates of UST, along P. Noval Street, is D’Sons Dimsum. Even with just a small stall, D’Sons has still caught the attention and tastes of many Thomasians through offering wide varieties of siomai. The siomai that they are offering is jam-packed with luscious meat partnered with sweet and sour soy sauce, which is far different in comparison with the other siomai houses. To make it more meal-worthy, one can also incorporate it with rice, and surely it would be the best combo one can have either as lunch, snack or even dinner meal.

Recommendations:

  • Pork (Steamed) Siomai (Php 28)
  • Fried Siomai (Php 28)

*Additional Php 10 for a cup of rice.

 

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Chi: Authentic Dimsum House

Third floor of The One Torre De Santo Tomas, España Boulevard

In terms of variety, Chi: Authentic Dimsum House has, by far, topped all the other siomai stalls. Their gigantic “mega siomai”, wrapped in yellow wonton, definitely is one of the students’ favorite for it incorporates a savory mix of its minced pork and several other spices. In addition, this dimsum house has as well brought in to its menu ‘Kuchay Siomai’ — a must try for vegetable lovers! Although Chi offers one of the most expensive pieces of siomai, the different twists and varieties that they bring to the siomai community is still admirable.

Recommendations:

  • Mega Siomai (Php 50)
  • Kuchay (Vegetable) Siomai (Php 50)
  • Sharksfin Dumpling (Php 30)

*Additional Php 10 for a cup of rice.

 

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Siomai King

Barlin cor. Padre Noval Street

In this stall, one can feel that siomai truly is king for the sumptuous amount of servings that they offer. Unlike other stores, ‘Siomai King’ serves a total of 5 appetizing pieces of siomai for only 30 pesos. Known as the stall’s bestseller is its HongKong Siomai — a delicate mix of ground pork and shrimp with a dash of minced flavourings. Aside from that, the zestiness coming from the chilli-garlic is what sets ‘Siomai King’ apart from others.

Recommendations:

  • HongKong Siomai (Php 30)
  • Shanghai Siomai (Php 30)

*Additional Php 10 for a cup of rice.

Regardless of the diversifying flavors and varieties that each siomai stall offer, what they bring to us comes with only one goal — to satisfy our hunger and taste buds without expending too much money for a palatable meal.

Karl Efraim Duldao and Sheena Joy Emnace

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