The Cinemalaya 2012 Box Office Hit, Bwakaw, after gaining lots of praises and good words from the Cinemalaya Film Festival audience, and after all the requests to have it shown longer, will finally be released in Philippine theaters on September 5.

At last, more Filipinos would be able to watch the film and find out for themselves why this Cinemalaya film raked awards during the festival, including Audience Choice, NETPAC Best Film, and Best Actor Award for the 83-year old industry icon, Eddie Garcia. This Jun Lana-directed drama-comedy has also made its international premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival under the Contemporary World Cinema section, and was also the country’s official selection for the 2012 New York International Film Festival. The film, btw, is produced by APT Entertainment and October Train Films, and was distributed by Star Cinema.

I was fortunate enough to be invited on its Red Carpet Premiere at the Cinema 6 of SM Megamall last August 30, and lots of celebrities were also there to support the film such as JC De Vera, Derrick Monasterio, Kristoffer Martin, and even the TV5’s Artista Academy aspirants, along with directors Mac Alejandre and Louie Ignacio.

Of course, the cast and the director were there, such as veteran actors and actresses Rez Cortez, Bibeth Orteza, Allan Paule, Beverly Salviejo, Soxie Topacio, Gardo Versoza and Armida Siguion-Reyna. The cute dog, Princess, who played the title role, was also inside the theater! Cool, right? Unhappily, its lead star Eddie Garcia wasn’t able to grace the event as he was sick that night.


Just One Summer

I have never tried watching a romantic-comedy Filipino film in a movie theater, not until I got an invite for the block screening of GMA Films’ latest offering, Just One Summer, featuring this generation’s hottest love team, JuliElmo.
Former Popstar Kids finalist, Julie Ann San Jose and the son of Master Rapper, Elmo Magalona, have proven themselves worthy of the special attention they are getting from the fans and from the media people ever since their first duet number in GMA-7’s Sunday variety show, Party Pilipinas. Their performance is always part of Twitter’s trending topics, and is undeniably one of the most-awaited production numbers in the show. All the celebrities who are part of the show can attest that these two always have the loudest screams in the studio.