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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Cinemalaya 2022 (Year 18): Full List of Winners

Cinemalaya Film Festival 2022 has just announced its winners at the awards night held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila on August 14, 2022.

Here are the full list of winners:

FULL LENGTH FILM Category

Best Film – THE BASEBALL PLAYER by Carlo Obispo
Best Director – Ma-an Asuncion-Dagñalan for BLUE ROOM
Special Jury Award -- BLUE ROOM by Ma-an Asuncion-Dagñalan
Best Actor -- Tommy Alejandrino for THE BASEBALL PLAYER
Best Actress -- Max Eigenmann for 12 WEEKS
NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award -- 12 WEEKS by Anna Isabelle Matutina
Best Supporting Actress -- Ruby Ruiz for GINHAWA
Best Supporting Actor -- Soliman Cruz for BLUE ROOM
Best Screenplay -- Carlo Obispo for THE BASEBALL PLAYER
Best Cinematography -- Neil Daza for BLUE ROOM
Best Editing -- Zig Dulay for THE BASEBALL PLAYER
Best Production Design -- Marxie Maolen Fadul for BLUE ROOM
Best Sound Design -- Pepe Manikan for BULA SA LANGIT
Best Original Musical Score -- Isha Abubakar for RETIRADA
Audience Choice – KARGO by TM Malones

SHORT FILM Category:

Best Short Film -- BLACK RAINBOW by Zig Dulay
Best Director – Gabriela Serrano for DIKIT
Special Jury Award -- DIKIT by Gabriela Serrano
NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award -- BLACK RAINBOW by Zig Dulay
Best Screenplay -- Zig Dulay for BLACK RAINBOW
Audience Choice – MGA HANDUM NGA NASULAT SA BARAS by Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay and Richard Jeroui Salvadico

#Cinemalaya2022 #Cinemalaya18 #CinemalayaFilmFestival #FilmFestival 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Your Song of Excellence 2022 (Season 2)

LAST year, three musical hopefuls who have dreamt of making it big in the music industry in the Philippines accomplished their goal of achieving musical excellence through “Your Song of Excellence,” a virtual singing competition that took the country by storm.

For Grand Champions Edel Quibol, Renz Robosa, and music groujp Monzterjam, it was a dream come true that changed their lives forever.

And now, this year, from hordes of auditionees, a new set of individuals who value musical excellence will be crowned as music royalty in the Philippines as “Your Song of Excellence,” organized by Taiwan Excellence, is back for its second season, and promises to be bigger, fresher and more innovative.

With a total prize pool amounting to a whopping P1,000,000 worth of cash and products up for grabs, plus a recording deal with major recording company Ivory Music, one of the biggest independent record labels in the country, “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 will be the perfect platform for those who dream of becoming a real-life recording artist.
For this year, “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 will have a fresh set of judges who will once again meticulously assess the performances of each of the contestants. 

Tasked to do this are #YourSongOfExcellence2022 jurors led by pop-rock royalty and singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino, music producer and songwriter Paulo Zarate, multi-awarded vocalist of local rock band Wolfgang and singer-songwriter Basti Artadi, and award-winning singer and composer Noel Cabangon. They will be joined by acclaimed TV, film and theater actress Bituin Escalante, one of last season’s judges.

And also, a new set of musical categories will be introduced for “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2. The categories include #EpicRock for singers who love to belt out rock and pop rock music, #HeartsAtHome for those who love going ballad in their performance, and #FreshVibes for those whose singing talents cover acoustic music.

“Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 is open to all male, female, and group amateur and professional singers. They must be Filipino citizens and residing in the Philippines, must be 18 years old and above upon submitting their audition video, must present a valid government or school I.D. and must not have an existing recording contract.

Is that dream of becoming a musical star still alive? Here’s your chance to make that dream a reality. Register for “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 via https://bit.ly/YSOE2022Auditionor email your audition video at yoursongofexcellence2022@gmail.com.

Deadline for submission of audition entries is on August 10, 2022. To know more of contest mechanics, visit https://bit.ly/YSOE2CONTESTMECHANICS.
“Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 is organized by Taiwan Excellence, with premier brands Aromase PH, Asus PH, and Predator Gaming as sponsors, with Ivory Music as music partner and Far Eastern University as performing arts partner.
Major brand partners include Acer Philippines, Annie's Way 安妮絲薇果凍面膜第一品牌, FECA PH, Johnson Fitness Philippines, LUFTQI空氣淨化專家, Transcend Philippines, Zyxel.ph, Dacian, and Tatung.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

How increasing fuel prices affect our considerations when buying a car?

The ongoing health crisis from the pandemic has negatively impacted the way people are living all over the world. For nearly three years, many are financially challenged and with the ongoing invasion of Russia on Ukraine, petrol prices are uncontrollably increasing with looming recession that could happen sooner than expected.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Call for Submission: SEA Lit Circle Writers Workshop

The SLC Writers Workshop is now open for submissions. If you have a poem, short story, script, or any other literary work you want to improve on or get people's honest and constructive feedback on, SEA Lit Circle can help. Our community is composed of experienced writers, aspiring writers, and avid readers that are committed to helping other people tell their stories and produce stronger literary works.

The SLC Writers Workshop is a special program of the Writers Club, and it will workshop all submitted entries on our website. To get the feedback you're looking for, as well as a supportive group of writers behind you, join SEA Lit Circle and submit to the Writers Workshop.

DEADLINE OF SUBMISSIONS: July 10, 2022

WORKSHOP WEEK: July 17 onwards (to be scheduled based on each author's availability).

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Call for Entries: Fifth Wall Fest Competition 2022 (3rd edition)


As the Philippines’ first international dance film festival continues to gain momentum towards its 3rd edition, works that challenge artistic experimentation between dance and film are invited to enter the FIFTH WALL FEST Competition 2022

Friday, June 10, 2022

Malacañang confers 8 new National Artists for 2022

Malacañang Palace declared eight ( 8 ) new National Artists for 2022, namely Agnes Locsin for Dance, Salvacion Lim-Higgins for Design (Fashion), Nora Villamayor a.k.a Nora Aunor, Ricardo “Ricky” Lee and Marilou Diaz-Abaya for Film and Broadcast Arts, Gemino Abad for Literature, Fides Cuyugan-Asensio for Music, and Antonio “Tony” Mabesa for Theater.

On June 10, 2022, Malacanang Palace, upon joint recommendation of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), officially announced the eight ( 8 ) new National Artists by virtue of Proclamation no. 1390.

The Order of National Artist, established under Proclamation no. 1001 signed in 1972, is the highest national recognition conferred upon Filipinos who have made distinct contributions to the development of the Philippine arts and culture.

For more information about the Order of  National Artist Awards, visit https://ncca.gov.ph/about-culture-and-arts/culture-profile/national-artists-of-the-philippines/

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Word Games to keep boredom away

Who wouldn’t love online games? Nowadays, they aren’t only for the young ones but also for the young-at-heart. They are truly entertaining especially if you find games that you love to play over and over again. If you want to take a break from work or household chores, there are websites offering free online games that you can easily access. More than just card games, these sites offer classic online games and the word games are the best choices for online interesting games that all ages can enjoy playing with online.

Monday, June 6, 2022

5th EPIFF European Philippine International Film Festival | June 10-12, 2022


The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, through its Sentro Rizal – International Cultural Affairs Office (SRICAO) renews its partnership with The Philippine Italian Association (PIA) for the 5th Edition of the EPIFF European Philippine International Film Festival 2022.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

How does Credit Counselling Work?

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A lot of people dive into the decision of getting a loan without proper planning which is why it goes out of control most of the time. When that happens, they need a service of professionals to help them manage their debt which is called Credit Counselling. This essential service assists borrowers to get out of debt through the help of experts called credit counsellors. These people know how to establish a repayment plan that the borrower can afford. They know how much of a monthly payment a borrower can afford, how many months it will take to repay the loan and if the borrower is eligible for bankruptcy or not. Also, they can help people avoid getting into more debts in the future.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

SMDC: Building places Filipinos can call home


A home, to which one can call their own, is one of the most fundamental human needs for survival. In building one’s family, buying housing or investing in property is often a crucial discussion that takes into consideration price, location, amenities and even the environment as these all impact the way people and families live and grow and how communities thrive in the long-run.

Recently, the many changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused Filipinos to reassess the way they live, work and reside. The topic on home ownership and residential space has only become much more prominent as its impact towards one’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing was emphasized when companies shifted to work-from-home setups and schools introduced blended learning. It has become likely that up and coming homeowners are looking for new and affordable housing that responds to the new realities of school and work, as well as a healthier and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

For leading real estate developer SM Development Corporation (SMDC), the residential arm of SM Prime Holdings, satisfying personal needs and meeting basic survival for the homeowners of today can be done through meaningful and strategic planning and property development. 

Over the years, SMDC has been continuously redefining residential spaces to bring accessibility, convenience, function, style and sustainability in the face of evolving trends and lifestyle changes—assuring prospective buyers of the great value that SMDC properties offer.

This means presenting a range of residences located in prime urban and suburban communities, conveniently situated near major road networks and transportation hubs, and designed to reflect SM’s commitment to luxurious urban living. SMDC properties bring commercial retail shops, entertainment venues, banks and leisure facilities closer to residents against a backdrop of lush and walkable spaces. Such open spaces encourage homeowners to dwell outside and take a break from the isolation that has become a norm lately, and allow residents to safely interact with their neighbors. These spaces also provide amenities that promote a healthy lifestyle among the residents. 

Across the available properties, prospect homeowners are able to choose their housing type to fit their own or their family’s needs and functions with units ranging from studio rooms to deluxe two-bedroom suites. On top of being able to customize their living spaces, state-of-the-art facilities such as 24-hour security and CCTV system, fire alarm system, numerous WIFI-ready zones and standby generator set ensures continuous function and prime livability. 

However, SMDC’s promise not only pertains to providing a greater quality of life, but to also have its communities take an integral role in their commitment towards sustainability. SMDC aims to promote many green living practices by designing walkable and transport-friendly developments, introducing energy-saving and eco-friendly green buildings and encouraging effective waste management programs among residents. For the property developer, homes are seen as a legacy for future generations and should be built for sustainability and for ease in future modification.

With developments still ongoing and more projects in the pipeline, SMDC allows homebuyers the opportunity to have the home of their choice. Through its affordable investment and flexible payment options, new families or young millennials will be able to live independently in communities that cater to their specific needs.

With its ability to empathize and understand current housing needs while having the foresight to address evolving requirements, SMDC continues to create sustainable and resilient living spaces for Filipinos to call their own.