Tuesday, July 20, 2021



(MANILA, July 20, 2021) Kimverly Santillan, the lovestruck heroine at the heart of WeTV Original series Boyfriend No. 13, has a dilemma. 

Her officemate Bob has volunteered to step in as the “unlucky” 13th boyfriend slot, paving the way for Kim to get close to her “soulmate” Don. The problem is, both destiny and Kim’s heart are not making it a clear cut choice. What happens next and who wins the girl? 

WeTV gives its users a treat with two new episodes this week, dropping this Wednesday, July 21, and Friday, July 23 at 7:00PM. And you can stream it for FREE!

Sue Ramirez, JC Santos and JC De Vera certainly deliver on the charm and comedic timing as their characters not only navigate love and relationships, but also attempt to figure out what destiny has in store. During casting, Sue and JC Santos were locked in for their roles, while director John 'Sweet' Lapus saw in JC De Vera just what the story needed complete this unique love triangle. The fact that both handsome actors shared the same name was just pure serendipity! But how alike or how different are JC and JC? 

Read on and decide if you are going to be Team Bob or Team Don.

BEST CHARACTER TRAIT: “I enjoy telling stories. I like the idea of collecting memories and experiences so I can tell stories from and to people. I think that’s why I am madaldal in real life.”

SKY’S THE LIMIT, IDEA OF A PERFECT DATE: “We can travel the whole world, with unlimited access on the plane. Or Jack Kerouac-style driving West – to – East, East – to – West of the US or Europe.”

BEST PICK-UP LINE THAT’S WORKED: “Saan ka? Puntahan kita.” Straighforward.”

JC’s THOUGHTS ON BOB: Masyadong straightforward si Bob. He says what he thinks. Di ba may mga kaibigan ka na sabihin “O eto naramdaman ko para sa iyo, ikaw na bahala.” Sa character niya, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not. He’s too real.

WHY IS BOB THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR KIM? “Bob is the best for Kim because hindi na nya kailangan mag put-on ng character. She can be real in front of him. He can be real in front of her.”

 “I am a very good observer. Everytime I do a project, I do my own research - I observe people para maka-create ng bagong character. I also believe in hard work. Lahat ng nangyayari sa buhay ko is because of hard work.”

SKY’S THE LIMIT, IDEA OF A PERFECT DATE: “We’d be in Iceland. Titira muna kami ng ilang months in a mansion with a nice tennis court. There would be a jet plane with unlimited gas. ‘Pag may naisip kami na, “let’s go to this place” punta kami. 

BEST PICK-UP LINE THAT’S WORKED: Maraming times nag-work sa wife ko yung “Kumain ka na ba? Tara kain tayo.” Hindi kasi ako ma-pickup line.”

JC’s THOUGHTS ON DON: “I am impulsive in many ways. I think Doc Don can relate to that part of me. Nung nakilala nya si Kimverly, he grabbed the opportunity to have a conversation outside of his workplace. Hindi nya talaga naisip what happens next or ano ba talaga nararamdaman niya. Is it love? Is it infatuation? Gusto lang ba kitang kausap at kasama kasi nakakatuwa kang kasama? Nakaramdam siya ng freedom nung nakilala nya si KimVerly.”

WHY IS DON THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR KIM? “Kim should pick Don because she is the happiest when she is with him. That is her state of mind when they are together.”


So Team Bob or Team Don? If you were Kim, which of these good-looking and charming guys would you choose? Join her on this fun and tadhana-driven journey to true love with two new episodes of Boyfriend No. 13 on WeTV dropping this week to stream for FREE. Drop us a note on the WeTV Philippines and Boyfriend No. 13 social media accounts on who you think should get the girl.   

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

‘Dancing the Tides,’ 33 Filipino Companies Participate in Cannes Lab, Online Film Market

ONE regional film project and 33 production companies, institutions, and organizations comprise the Philippine representation at the La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut français and Marché du Film of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Established in 1959 during the 13th edition of the Festival de Cannes, the Marché du Film is the business side of the festival where film industry professionals gather to discover new film projects and gain experience from one of the biggest film markets in the world.

While the Marché du Film this year will have its onsite events as well, its online platform will cater the same experience in Cannes with live and real-time meetings to facilitate business and networking for film industry professionals from all over the world. For this year’s edition, the Philippines’ total of 37 individual delegates come from the Producers Network and Filipino Film Producers.


The Philippine delegates are from Atom & Anne Mediaworks Corp., Chimera Visions, Creative Caboose, Digital Dreams Inc., Globe Studios, IndieGo Pictures Entertainment Inc., Rein Entertainment Productions, and RR Entertainment.


Completing the list of participating companies are ABS-CBN Film Productions, Amaya Films, Animation Vertigo Asia, Inc., Binisaya Movement Inc., Cignal TV Inc., Daluyong Studios, Eichief Media/HFilms, Epicmedia Productions Inc., ERK Productions, Filcor Media and Events Production, Firestarters, Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc., Heartleaf Film Production, Heaven's Best Entertainment, IRONoriel Productions, Ladder Production Films, Lakan Media Creatives, Mandala Video and Event Productions, Micromedia Digital Video Productions, QCinema, Reelabilities Studios, Sine Abreno, Ursa Studios Inc., UXS Inc., and Vineyard Films.


The delegates will be given access to online events and programs, Marché du Film Online booths and screenings, pavilions and participants’ information, online networking events to meet potential business partners, a 1-year free subscription to Cinando, and a  feature of their company profiles in the Marché du Film publication. The producers at the Producers Network will have access to Producers Network Programs and Meetings. The Marché du Film runs from July 6 to 15 in a hybrid format, while the 74th season of Festival de Cannes is from July 6 to 17 onsite.


“Over the years, the prestigious film market in Cannes has made international partnerships and collaborations available for our filmmakers. This year, regardless of the market being held online, it will continue to provide the same opportunities and experience that will greatly benefit our filmmakers in the industry,” said Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

Meanwhile, “Dancing the Tides” by Xeph Suarez is representing the country in the 2021 edition of La Fabrique, a film lab of the Cannes Film Festival. Suarez’s first feature film is about a Muslim transwoman named Astri, who is living in bliss with her boyfriend Tambulah in their conservative community. As Astri turns 16, her father reminds her that as a “man,” she must honor their tradition by marrying the girl betrothed to Astri.


In 2019, the film project was among the participants in the FDCP’s 1st Southern Voices Film Lab (SoVo Lab) where it received a development fund worth PHP 100,000. In the same year, the project was selected for the First Cut Lab Manila that was also supported by the Agency.


Suarez was a delegate to the 2019 Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC) and the following year, “Dancing the Tides” was selected for the Pustnik Screenwriters Residency 2020 and Ties That Bind 2020. At the 2021 SoVo Lab Awarding Ceremony in June, it received the Special Jury Prize with a Co-Production Grant worth PHP 500,000.


From July 6 to 17, “Dancing the Tides,” alongside nine other chosen projects, will take part in the film lab, a tailored program to help talented young directors from emerging countries increase their international exposure to create links with various partners.


The Cannes Docs under Marché du Film invited Daang Dokyu Festival Director Baby Ruth Villarama as a guest speaker for the event “Connecting the Dots: Asian documentaries and their home ground windows” to be held on July 8, while Suarez and producer Alemberg Ang will be part of the pitching session at La Fabrique Cinéma 2021 on July 11 to highlight on Coprocity partnership.


For more information on the Marché du Film, visit https://www.marchedufilm.com/. For the participating Filipino film project in La Fabrique, visit https://www.lescinemasdumonde.com/en/la-fabrique/2021/projet/dancing-tides.



The Philippine Delegation in the Marché du Film Online:


Producers at Producers Network


      Atom & Anne Mediaworks Corp. - Anne Prado-Magadia, President

      Chimera Visions - Marvin Lyndon Carmelo Matias, Creative Producer / Director

      Creative Caboose - Kim Homer Garcia, Producer

      Digital Dreams Inc. - Danzen Katanyag, President and Producer

      Globe Studios - Pauline Zamora, Producer

      IndieGo Pictures Entertainment Inc. - Vincent Soberano, Director and Producer

      Rein Entertainment Productions - Charmaine Guzman, Producer

      RR Entertainment- Rommel Ricafort, Owner



Filipino Film Producers


      ABS-CBN Film Productions -  John Paul Abellera, Creative Manager - International

      Amaya Films - Clint Taynan, Manager

      Animation Vertigo Asia, Inc. - Cris Dumlao, Animation Producer

      Binisaya Movement Inc - Gale Osorio, Producer

      Cignal TV Inc. - Aileen Samson, AVP-Syndication and Affiliate Sales Head

      Daluyong Studios - Alemberg Ang, President

      Eichief Media/HFilms - Howard Yambao, Managing Director

      Epicmedia Productions Inc. - April Batican, Producer/ Line Producer

      ERK Productions - Robert Rodriguez, Producer

      Filcor Media and Events Production  - Alan Filoteo, CEO

      Firestarters - Real Florido, Chief Creative Officer

      Freelance Commercial/Content Director and Filmmaker -  Jose Carlos Soliongco

      Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc. - Maricel Ticar Santos, Executive Producer

      Globe Studios - Armi Rae Cacanindin, Producer

      Heartleaf Film Production, Carl Adrian Chavez

      Heaven's Best Entertainment - Harlene Bautista, President

      IRONoriel Productions - Noriel Jarito, Producer/Director

      Ladder Production Films - Andy Denson, Founder, CEO

      Lakan Media Creatives - Maria Lourdes Jimenez, Producer

      Mandala Video and Event Productions - Johanna Kirsten Lagman, Owner/Producer

      Micromedia Digital Video Productions - Keisha Therese Halili, Co-Founder

      QCinema - Ed Lejano, Festival Director

      Reelabilities Studios - Alex Poblete, Producer

      Sine Abreno - Dexter Macaraeg, Founder

      Ursa Studios Inc. - Suzanne Richiardone , Producer

      UXS Inc - Maria Madonna Tarrayo Bueno, President/CEO

      UXS Inc. - Grace Quisas, Producer

      UXS Inc. - Noemi Peji, Producer

      Vineyard Films - Raymark Estael, Director

Monday, July 5, 2021

Cignal TV and APT Entertainment, Created 'BuKo' (Buhay Komedya), The First 24/7 Feel-Good Comedy Channel


CIGNAL TV sealed a momentous partnership APT Entertainment for the creation of BuKo (Buhay Komedya), the first-ever 24-hour local comedy channel that will bring a feel-good  Filipino entertainment available to Cignal subscribers across the country.

Set to be launched in August 2, 2021, BuKo channel offers a refreshing lineup of continuous TV amusement — from treasured comedy classics, hit sitcoms and gag shows, to all-new original programs featuring some of the country’s most sought-after talents. With BuKo powered by Cignal TV and APT Entertainment, this all-new comedy channel is sure to re-invigorate and satisfy viewers’ thirst for true entertainment.


BuKo, as its name suggests, serves a refreshing blend of comedy and lifestyle shows divided into three programming blocks: BuKo Originals, Tawang Pinoy Klasiks!, and Throwback Tawanan.

BuKo Originals is the flagship block encapsulating authentic Pinoy humor and creativity in an exciting lineup of “fresh” original programs. Featured in the BuKo Originals block are #MaineGoals, a lifestyle-oriented show hosted by Maine Mendoza where she will tick off tasks or “goals” from her checklist; Kusina ni Mamang, a cooking show hosted by Pokwang; and News Patol, hosted by Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola, a comedy show bringing “mga patolang balita.”


Tawang Pinoy Klasiks! offers a treasure trove of well-loved Pinoy comedy classics such as Iskul Bukol, Wow Mali, Bubble Gang, OGAG, Loko Moko, Tropang Trumpo, among other TV hits.

Throwback Tawanan brings a variety of popular comedy series and game shows that Filipinos have been clamoring to watch again on TV, including Pidol’s Wonderland, Celebrity Samurai, Mac & Chiz, Sugo Mga Kapatid, and more.


With this unique mix of classic, well-loved, and new programs in one non-stop comedy destination, BuKo will surely be a welcome addition to Cignal TV’s channel offerings. A perfect source of feel-good content and laughter for the whole family, this new comedy channel brings feel-good laughter to viewers of all ages.

“Cignal TV Inc. is committed to continuously provide the best possible content for our viewers. It is an honor for us to partner with APT Entertainment, a stalwart in the industry when it comes to providing entertainment that resonates with Filipino audiences. With our collaboration to produce BuKo, and with it historically being the first 24/7 local comedy channel in the country, we are further fueled by our shared passion to create and offer quality programming and top-notch entertainment for all,” said Cignal TV Inc. FVP/Head for Channels and Content Management Sienna Maris G. Olaso.

Similarly, APT Entertainment shares the honor of being a partner in creating BuKo, producing exciting shows and providing unique content for the new comedy channel. Having had success in multiple genres across various platforms, APT Entertainment has carved its own niche as one of the most acclaimed TV and film producers in the country.

“In these unprecedented times when Filipinos need to be entertained more than ever, we are pleased to work with Cignal TV Inc. in bringing BuKo to life. Through this new comedy channel, we take pride in offering highly entertaining content that will fill homes with collective laughter as families spend quality time watching our shows on BuKo,” APT CEO & President Michael Tuviera added.

BuKo channel will officially open this August 2, 2021 on Cignal TV Channel 2 and SatLite Channel 2, and on the Cignal Play app, available via App Store and Google Play. For Cignal postpaid and prepaid subscription inquiries, visit http://cignal.tv. Cignal Plan is available for Prepaid 100 and Postpaid 250, while SatLite Plan starts at P49 load.