As technology offers more than what people during the ancient times had never imagined, the world of internet continues to expand, creating a new place of real time and bytes--cyberspace it is.
Since the limited timeslot that can be blocked on television has remained dominated by the same group of people, the multiple orgasmic experience internet TV has opened to us completely wiped out the borders that had kept many great artists contained and unseen.
I am one of them.
It is truly an amazing experience to see an actress from doing cheesy soap operas and corny romantic comedy movies to a relaxing artistic film--"Ploning".
Actually, I planned to write a story for Ryan Agoncillo's better half with her international movie nominated in the Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Film. But since we are all in this common illusion of time space reality, access granted for a certain task became limited in my part.
Thankfully, GMA 7 had its premiere telecast a couple of weeks ago.
Every adroit filmmaker can tell this masterpiece was shot in High Definition using a professional digital movie camera. The 16:9 widescreen was not converted by the broadcasting network for television format. The crystal clear scenes had brought more relaxation to each and every human eye focused on it as well.
Reaching thousands of views from different people on the internet, I was so surprised that several Kapuso fanatics around the world share the same perception with me, regarding the shameful failure of the Filipino adaptation of Rosalinda on GMA 7.
Before the remake was shot for broadcasting, I came up with the idea of creating and uploading a fan-made video of Lovi Poe and Aljur Abrenica for the lead roles. Photos came to life on slideshow with the song "No Me Ames" by Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. This visual demo is on my YouTube channel--Julius Roden.
Uploaded in 2008 for public viewing and continues to get more hits.
The 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival will showcase many Filipino independent films refreshing the whole world's perception about our talent, and what we can offer.
Christopher Gozum unleashes the very first digital full-length feature film in Pangasinan language with the title "Anacbanua" (Child of the sun). A producer, director and scriptwriter he is. We, Filipinos, should be very proud of.
Decades ago, veteran actress Aurora Sevilla made Visayan movies as well as Cesar Montano with his hilarious "Panaghoy Sa Suba," totally expanding the horizon of Philippine cinema.
Aside from that, Pampanga has begun aligning its vibrational match by producing Kapampangan soap operas and short films like "Anak Ning Kapri".
This time, Pangasinan takes the scenario, dazzling the painting of light with its amazing mixture through the artistic cinematography of Joni Gutierrez.
Before our local silverscreen catered overrated crybaby exclusive Star Cinema actors, there were tough and hard men John Regala, Philip Salvador, Monsour del Rosario, Raymart Santiago, Jestoni Alarcon, Keempee de Leon and Ronnie Ricketts.
Having their films shown on buses on pirated DVDs, Pasay/Cavite vice-versa trips, serves as time killer to some rush hour energy-drained passengers.
It felt like my soul needed some spoonfeeding for the know-how reason why our mainstream action movies are still under chemotherapy.
As a matter of fact, it has elevated the excitement of joyride despite of the terrifying random robberies that happened a couple of months ago; particularly, buses in Makati and Pasig.
After the successful screening of the controversial film "Walang Hanggang Paalam" (Endless Farewell) at CCP during the Cinemalaya-Netpac 2009, the next project for Lovi Poe is "Familia Sagrado" (Sacred Family).
Unlike the past roles she did on television, a more daring Lovi Poe will be seen in this movie. "Endless Farewell" was some kind of prologue for Lovi in becoming a real actress.
As the filming went on, the beautiful actress/singer got into a mess when her car wouldn't start. She immediately called her manager Leo Dominguez and asked for help. As most people in showbiz know, Joel Lamangan is a monster when one provokes him to be so.
The Filipino pop music scene is ready to take off as bootylicious Sarah Geronimo kicks major ass in this awesome track "Record Breaker".
When Lovi Poe released "Everything You Wanted" in her debut album, we thought she was going to give a boost to the Philippine music industry, penetrating international music scene the way South Korea and Japan do. Well, it looks like it needed some "Mason Remix" to keep us begging for more. Her second album may have delivered catchy songs but ballad's majority caused boredom in all.
In 2009, it's time for change as the Filipino pop princess Sarah Geronimo returns with her bitchy ass-kicking song "Record Breaker".
When Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes used to be queens of soap operas on Philippines television, Thalia Sodi came and changed everything. Mesmerizing the entire nation, Thalia was the individual form of Spanish wave second invasion to the Philippines. Although Hispanic she is, the aura she exudes captured the hearts of many Filipinos who had seen the beauty of Latin telenovelas - passionate and sensual.
Televisa could be the biggest TV network in Mexico that broadcast worldwide smash hit telenovelas. Europe and Middle East purchase the rights to run the show in their respective countries. Be it dubbed or subtitled.
Thalia brought Philippine soap operas to the next level. From the phenomenal Marimar on RPN 9, then followed by Maria Mercedes on ABS-CBN 2 and closed the 90's with Maria la del Barrio. Actually, "Maria Mercedes" was her very first telenovela of the Maria Trilogy but Marimar was first aired in the Philippines. It caused a Latin fever all over the country. RPN 9 got loaded with commercials as advertisers wanted to get seconds to endorse their products in between breath taking scenes in "Marimar."
The recent Cinemalaya-Netpac films in competition had paraded several local independent movies that many Filipinos can be proud of.
The usual scenario just like any other film festival was to bestow awards to the directors, writers, cinematographers and actors. A very tremendous event so to speak.
Local Filipino actor Dennis Trillo in his entry film "Astig" (Boys In The Bronx) was given special awards that surely made his lead actress Glaiza de Castro feel better since some slight discomforts came in upon watching the prolonged rough but fake sex scene she did with the main actor.
To my non-Filipino readers, "Astig" is a street language for Tigas which means "hard". See the "tig" and "as" separated and changed position, giving you the slang "Astig".
This word can be used by someone who is very much impressed by something or someone. It could be a gadget, fashion sense, idea, story, technique, plan and everything that is like it.
Therefore, "Astig" can mean cool, awesome, amazing, impressive, nice, hot or great.