Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Senator Imee’s Weekend Double-Header: Launches 'Love Local' Series and a Sit Down Interview with Borgy

IT’S another ΓΌber exciting bonding session with Senator Imee Marcos as she welcomes the month of September with two brand new vlog entries that are set to stream on her official YouTube channel this weekend.

On Friday, September 2, Imee officially launches the pilot episode of her Love Local series as she features the coolest, most amazing finds of her home province of Ilocos Norte. 


Her first stop is at Paoay Church where she munched on the most scrumptious treats around its vicinity such as Ilocos’ famous empanada, fruit ice creams, halo-halo, and a one-of-a-kind longganisa pizza.

The adventurous Senator then segues to La Preciosa where she sampled Ilocano pasalubong staples such as banana chips, mushroom bagnet, and a wide variety of longganisas while showcasing the most mouthwatering selection of Ilocos’ popular dishes. 

As a staunch supporter of local fashion and homegrown artists, Imee also flexed the province's export quality Inabel and Binakol fabrics.


On September 3, Imee sits down with her son Borgy Manotoc in an exclusive and must-watch vlog where she asks him the craziest, zaniest questions in a whacky and heartwarming episode that is guaranteed to be a hot topic among netizens.  

Find out Imee’s best picks in Ilocos and see if she could unlock Borgy’s personal secrets and subscribe to

Saturday, August 27, 2022

FDCP to Celebrate 2nd Philippine Film Industry Month this September

IN celebration of the second Philippine Film Industry Month (PFIM), the annual month-long fete honoring the heritage and legacy of Philippine Cinema, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will be holding a wide array of local and international events for the whole month of September including free film screenings, networking events, book launch, workshops, and many more. 

This year’s PFIM theme “Tuloy Ang Kuwento: Ang Pagbabalik ng Pelikulang Pilipino,” aims to gather the different stakeholders, especially the film community and film audiences, and rally the nation behind the Philippine film industry as it regains its momentum upon the easing of pandemic-related restrictions and as cinemas and theaters become fully operational. Most of the events will be held in-person. 

The month of September will consist of main events such as the Tuloy Ang Kuwento: PFIM Opening Ceremony, PFIM Gala, and the Filmmakers and Shakers Night: PFIM Closing Event, where special screenings of Filipino gems, live performances, and special announcements will take place.

In honor of their significant contribution to the industry, films of National Artists for Film Fernando Poe Jr. and the three new National Artists, Nora Aunor, Ricky Lee, and late director Marilou Diaz-Abaya, will be screened for free  under the Archive Focus event and the FDCP banner Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) Classics in TriNoma Mall and Cinematheque Centres nationwide, respectively. PPP will also be returning for this year’s edition to offer fresh perspectives from the youth and regional narratives featuring the finalists from Sine Kabataan Short Film Lab and Festival and Sine Isla: LuzViMinda Short Film Competition

Since its inauguration last year by former President Rodrigo Duterte through the Presidential Proclamation 1085, s. 2021, declaring September as the Philippine Film Industry Month, the FDCP, as the lead agency in observing the PFIM, has organized programs and activities to recognize and celebrate the invaluable achievements of all the stakeholders and sectors of the film industry. September 12 marks the birth of Philippine Cinema as the first Filipino-directed and produced feature film Dalagang Bukid by Jose Nepomuceno was premiered on this day in 1919. 

Activities for Philippine Film Industry Month 2022 

August 31 to September 3 - Free Screening of FPJ Films at Cinematheque Centres (Manila, Iloilo, Negros, Davao, and Nabunturan)

In line with the celebration of the 83rd birthday of the late actor-director, National Artist for Film Fernando Poe Jr., the PFA will hold free screenings of four of The King of Philippine Movies’ films starting August 31 to September 3 in FDCP Cinematheque Centres nationwide. 

PFA’s “Archive Focus: Celebrating FPJ's 83rd Birth Anniversary feat. FPJ Productions” will screen FPJ’s notable films, some of which he directed and starred in: Ang Padrino, Ang Panday, Pagbabalik ng Lawin, and Asedillo by Celso Ad. Castillo.  

September 2 - Opening Ceremony of Philippine Film Industry Month 

To kick-off the month-long celebration of the Philippine Film Industry Month in honor of the National Artists for Film, the FDCP will hold the “Tuloy Ang Kuwento: PFIM Opening Ceremony” at Cinema 6 of TriNoma Mall in Quezon City to be hosted by Ms. Dianne Medina, with guests Dr. Nicanor Tiongson and Mr. Dik Trofeo. 

There will be a special screening of the newly-restored film The Moises Padilla Story by National Artist Gerardo de Leon. There will also be a Cinema Books Expo featuring books from National Artist Mr. Ricky Lee, Mr. Doy del Mundo, Mr. Nick Deocampo and Mr. Nestor Cuartero in cooperation with DLSU Publishing House and UST Publishing House. 

September 3 to 5 - Venice International Film Festival 2022

The Philippine delegation to one of the most significant and prestigious film festivals in the world, the 79th Venice International Film Festival (VIFF), will be composed of two Filipino co-produced films, one Out of Competition film, two Filipino talents, and one FDCP-led panel discussion at the Venice Production Bridge—the networking side of the festival. 

Indonesia-France-Germany-Poland-Singapore-Qatar-Philippines co-produced film and FDCP FilmPhilippines Office’s (FPO) ASEAN Co-production Fund grantee Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak will compete in the Orizzonti section of VIFF. Romanian film To The North by Mihai Mincan, starring Filipino actors Soliman Cruz and Bartholome Guingona, will also compete under the same section. 

World-famous Filipino auteur Lav Diaz’s Kapag Wala Nang Mga Alon (When the Waves are Gone), an International Co-production Fund grantee of FPO, will have its world premiere under the Out of Competition section of the festival. 

The FDCP will host the panel discussion “Fostering Creative Collaborations – Common Strategies and Opportunities” at the Venice Production Bridge, in collaboration with Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual - Ministry of Culture of Italy, Philippine Embassy in Rome, and FDCP’s UniPhilippines Office. 

September 7 - Opening of Kidlat Tahimik Exhibit 

FDCP will hold an opening ceremony for National Artist Kidlat Tahimik’s exhibit at the Cinematheque Centre Manila titled “Indio-Genius: 500 Taon Labanan Kontra Magellan, Marilyn, Mickey at Padre Damaso,” featuring art installations and a special screening of his Balikbayan #1: The Silent Movie. The exhibit is a playful depiction of the  resistance/non-resistance, the cultural encounters ,  of the Philippines to colonial icons.

Homecoming from a six-month exhibit in Spain’s Palacio Cristal, the exhibit is fanned out across six venues: the National Museum of the Philippines, Museo Pambata, Rizal Park Visitor’s Center, Intramuros Administration, NCCA, and at FDCP’s Cinematheque Centre Manila.

September 9 - Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) Opening Ceremony Featuring PPP Classics

FDCP’s flagship film festival, PPP, returns for its 6th edition featuring restored films for PPP Classics and short films from Sine Kabataan and Sine Isla: LuzViMinda. 

This year’s PPP Opening Ceremony will hold free screenings of restored classic films starring National Artist actress Nora Aunor—Atsay by Eddie Garcia and Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos by Mario O’Hara at TriNoma Cinema in Quezon City. 

September 10 to 24 - PPP 6 at Cinematheque Centres 

After its opening ceremony in TriNoma, PPP Classics and Sine Kabataan and Sine Isla: LuzViMinda short films will have another free screening at Cinematheque Centres nationwide. For PPP Classics, feature films Atsay and Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos, will be screened on September 10; Cain at Abel and Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak written by National Artist Ricky Lee on September 15; and Brutal and Karnal by late director National Artist Marilou Diaz-Abaya on September 16. These screenings are supported by Solar Films, ABS-CBN’s Sagip Pelikula, and Viva Films.

PPP Classics PPP will also be screened together with Sine Kabataan and Sine Isla short films starting September 17 to 24 in all Cinematheques Centres. 

September 10 to 11 - 3rd Philippine Film Festival in Italy (Festival del Cinema Filippino in Italia)

Marking the 75th anniversary of the formal establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines in Italy with the theme “Philippines-Italy: Rising Together,” the Philippine Embassy in Rome and Sentro Rizal Rome, in partnership with the FDCP, will hold the third edition of the Festival del Cinema Filippino in Italia (Philippine Film Festival in Italy) to promote Philippine culture, tourism, cinema, and creative industries in Italy. 

September 12 - Philippine Film Industry Month Gala

September 12 is a significant day for Philippine Cinema—it was the release of the first Filipino-produced and directed film Dalagang Bukid by Jose Nepomuceno in 1919. In line with this, the FDCP will hold the “Awit at Pelikula: Philippine Film Industry Month Gala” at Teatrino in Promenade, Greenhills in San Juan City. 

Philippine Film Industry Month’s main event will top bill live performances of the unforgettable soundtrack songs of some of the great Filipino classic films, to be performed by the country's top performing artists including Christopher de Leon, Anna Feleo, Jed Madela, and Bituin Escalante featuring a tribute to Ms. Cherie Gil. The event will be hosted by actor-singer Piolo Pascual. 

The PFIM Gala will also feature a new original composition by National Artist of the Philippines for Music Mr. Ryan Cayabyab and written by Mr. Jose Javier Reyes. 

September 16 to 18 - PPP Premiere and Awards Night Featuring Sine Kabataan and Sine Isla: LuzViMinda

PPP 6 will premiere the 10 short films from Sine Kabataan and 10 short films from Sine Isla: LuzViMinda, to be followed by the Awards Night for this year’s PPP and a special screening Martika Escobar’s Leonor Will Never Die on September 16 at TriNoma Cinema in Quezon City. 

On September 17 to 18, PPP will continue to hold free screenings of the in-competition short films with a talkback session with the Sine Kabataan and Sine Isla filmmakers at TriNoma. The September 18 schedule will be succeeded by a free screening of feature film John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez.   

September 21 - Keeping Memories SEAPAVAA Book Launch

FDCP, in partnership with the South East Asia Pacific Audio-visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA), will hold a book launch with a film archiving forum for Keeping Memories: Cinema and Archiving in the Asia-Pacific edited by filmmaker and historian Nick Deocampo at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.  

The book is a joint publication of SEAPAVAA, FDCP, Ateneo Press, and the Vietnam Film Institute. 

September 23 - International Film Industry Conference Press Conference

FDCP’s International Film Industry Conference (IFIC) is an annual conference that consists of a series of sessions and masterclasses that supports the development of Filipino filmmaking and its stakeholders by bringing together experts from the local and international film industries to become panelists and speakers. 

For its 6th edition, IFIC will hold an online press conference to announce this year’s lineup of topics and mentors for its public sessions and masterclasses for its hybrid conference in October. 

September 24 - FDCP Channel Game Night

FDCP Channel will host a “FDCP Channel Anibersaya Game Night,” an online game night where audiences can join and win exciting prizes. This will be streamed live from 7 PM to 8 PM via FDCP Channel, and FDCP’s official Facebook and YouTube pages. 

September 24 - UFlix Screening

In order to support student films and encourage them to pursue their passion in filmmaking, FDCP will be relaunching UFlix—an exhibition platform where FDCP will be announcing an upcoming incentive program for student filmmakers on the 24th. 

The UFlix inauguration at this year’s PFIM will hold screenings for student films for a day at Cinematheque Centres nationwide. 

September 28 - Webinar in Film Incentives (WIFI)

To raise awareness and encourage more filmmakers about the film incentives and funding programs they can apply to, the FDCP FilmPhilippines Office (FPO) will hold an online session of the Webinar In Film Incentives (WIFI) to discuss its Film Location Incentive Program (FLIP), International Co-Production Fund (ICOF), ASEAN Co-production Fund (ACOF), and Film Location Engagement Desk (FLEX) and CreatePHFilm Funds for Development (Script Development and Project Development), Production (Small Budget and Large Budget), and Post-Production. FPO will also announce the opening of their new cycle for their incentive and funding programs. 

September 30 - Closing of Philippine Film Industry Month

Capping off the month-long festivities, the “Filmmakers and Shakers Night: Closing Event of the Philippine Film Industry Month” programme will be hosted by Robi Domingo, featuring tributes for Queen of Visayan Movies Gloria Sevilla and Queen of Philippine Movies Susan Roces, a Cinema Books Expo, and announcements from FDCP and FDCP Channel.  The closing event also serves as an opportunity to honor and thank all the partners, stakeholders, and filmmakers who supported the Philippine film industry.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022


COLUMBIA Pictures’ gripping mystery-drama Where the Crawdads Sing boasts of the new original song by Taylor Swift titled Carolina which she composed after reading Delia Owens’ bestselling novel from which the film was based.


[Watch the song’s lyric video at]


“About a year and half ago I wrote a song about an incredible story, the story of a girl who always lived on the outside, looking in. Figuratively and literally,” said Taylor Swift. “The juxtaposition of her loneliness and independence. Her longing and her stillness. Her curiosity and fear, all tangled up. Her persisting gentleness… and the world’s betrayal of it.”


“Taylor Swift writing a song for the film based on these characters was the greatest gift we that we could have received,” says the film’s producer, Reese Witherspoon. “We got a call from Taylor and her team to tell us she had written a song, ‘Carolina,’ that incorporates so many of the haunting elements of the movie. I’ve gotten to talk with her a couple of times about what inspired the song and how she wrote it. Obviously, she’s a beautiful songwriter who understands so much about folk and country music, and it’s her appreciation of those genres that made the song so perfect for this film. And who doesn’t love a gorgeous, haunting Taylor Swift song?”

Swift used instruments from the era of the film’s setting in creating the song. “Where The Crawdads Sing is a book I got absolutely lost in when I read it years ago,” says Swift. “As soon as I heard there was a film in the works starring the incredible Daisy Edgar-Jones and produced by the brilliant Reese Witherspoon, I knew I wanted to be a part of it from the musical side. I wrote the song ‘Carolina’ alone and asked my friend Aaron Dessner to produce it. I wanted to create something haunting and ethereal to match this mesmerizing story.”

About Where the Crawdads Sing


From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

3000 Pictures presents in association with HarperCollins Publishers a Hello Sunshine production, Where the Crawdads Sing. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer, Jr., and David Strathairn. Directed by Olivia Newman. Produced by Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter. Screenplay by Lucy Alibar. Based upon the novel by Delia Owens. The executive producers are Rhonda Fehr and Betsy Danbury. The director of photography is Polly Morgan, ASC. The production designer is Sue Chan. The editor is Alan Edward Bell, ACE. The costume designer is Mirren Gordon-Crozier. The music is by Mychael Danna.


In cinemas across the Philippines starting September 14, Where the Crawdads Sing is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  

Connect with the hashtag #CrawdadsMovie

Imee and Borgy's Food Binge Redux; Maginhawa St., Here They Come! 

SENATOR Imee Marcos entertains her YouTube followers with a new food lovers’ vlog to be featured on her official YouTube channel this weekend. 

On Friday, August 26, Imee and son Borgy reprise their much-talked about foodie adventure after the megawatt success of their Binondo food crawl that has garnered almost a million views on YouTube. 


This time, the mother and son duo went straight to Quezon City and feasted on the delish culinary finds along Maginhawa St. in Teacher’s Village. 

Imee and Borgy first sampled Rodic’s Diner’s ultra-famous Tapsilog. They then segued to Crazy Katsu to try out its fantastic Japanese dishes and then made a pitstop at Mang Larry’s to chow on their popular grilled isaw


Imee and Borgy also surveyed Uno Cinquenta Lifestyle Food Park – a food lover’s paradise that offers a vast selection of delectable goodies that will surely satisfy every imaginable craving. 

On Saturday, August 27, the hardworking Senator – who is widely acknowledged as one of the ultimate purveyors of pop culture – is put to the test as she loosens up in a whimsical and hilarious game where she will guess the meaning of the latest millennial slang.  


ALL three Peter Parkers - Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire - plus all your favorite characters are swinging back into theaters with the re-release of Spider-Man: No Way Home.  

A movie this epic was made to be seen on the biggest screen possible, and this is the last chance to enjoy it with the full cinema experience.

[Watch the film’s re-release spot at]


Arriving in cinemas across the Philippines on September 7, the updated version of Spider-Man: No Way Home will feature extended scenes and 11 minutes of never-before-seen footage.  The return engagement comes in celebration of 60 years of the Spider-Man comic book character, in addition to the last two decades of Spider-Man films gracing the big screen.

The return of Spider-Man: No Way Home to cinemas is a welcome development for Filipino fans as theater seating capacity was limited when it opened back in January, plus children weren’t still allowed outside their homes.  With the re-release, fans who were deprived of the opportunity to experience the movie in the big screen will now be able to, along with those who want to see it again.  


Fans are advised to check with their favorite theaters for tickets and screening schedule.

About Spider-Man: No Way Home


In Spider-Man: No Way Home, for the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, and based on the MARVEL Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producers and Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, JoAnn Perritano, Rachel O'Connor, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are executive producers. The film stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau with Marisa Tomei.


Spider-Man: No Way Home - The More Fun Stuff Version is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Connect with the hashtag #SpiderManNoWayHome