Arts and Entertainment

September declared ‘PH Film Industry Month’

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring the month of September as the “Philippine Film Industry Month” to recognize the invaluable contribution and sacrifices of all stakeholders and sectors of the film industry.”Duterte, in his Proclamation... Read More

NCCA, Catriona Gray introduce 'Kultura 101'

MANILA–Arts ambassador and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will showcase the "Kultura 101" web series on February 20, as the country celebrates Arts Month.In a virtual presser Wednesday afternoon, Gray said this is... Read More

Find time for passion, MMFF’s Tagpuan star Alfred Vargas says

MANILA – Actor-turned-politician Alfred Vargas urged the public to continue doing their passion despite the busy schedule with their chosen vocation.“It is a different kind of thrill, of happiness that you feel when you do your passion. Kaya kapag may panahon na medyo bakante na pwedeng... Read More

Film body urges production firms to prioritize workers' safety

MANILA – Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chair Liza Diño-Seguerra on Tuesday asked production outfits to prioritize safety and observance protocols, following reports that some production workers have contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) at work.In a Laging... Read More

Knowledge Channel partners with NCCA for 'Wikaharian'

MANILA – Knowledge Channel and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on Tuesday announced a partnership for the "Wikaharian" --an animated series of lessons for Grade 1 students.In a virtual presser, NCCA deputy executive director Marichu Tellano said the partnership would... Read More

Twilight Glory ‘a must-read’ book for Filipinos: Lambino

MANILA – Presidential Assistant for Northern Luzon Raul Lambino on Wednesday cited the historical significance of a newly published book “Twilight Glory: A Tribute to Heroes and Veterans” as a must-read book for every Filipino.Lambino, who is also the administrator and chief... Read More

Senate adopts resolution mourning death of actress Mila del Sol

MANILA – The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing its profound sympathy and sincere condolences to the family of veteran actress Clarita Villarba Rivera, popularly known as Mila del Sol.Rivera Del Sol, dubbed as the “Queen of the Golden Age” of Philippine cinema,... Read More

Film fest in 2020: From big screen to virtual

MANILA – Cinemas have been forced to close as the pandemic virtually halted life as we know it, compelling everyone to stay at home and avoid any risk of infection.It likewise put on hold highly anticipated film festivals where up-and-coming movies often emerge.However, for the EU Delegation... Read More

KCC, Smart team up to give front-liners a treat

MANILA – Giving back to front-liners battling the pandemic is something that organizations and companies do in their own simple ways these days.The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) has just joined this roster, by launching the "K-Healing: Overcome Together" campaign that aims to... Read More

NCCA seeks proposals for Competitive Grants Program

MANILA – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on Friday called for proposals for the 2021 Competitive Grants Program. Submissions will be accepted until September 30.In a virtual presser, NCCA Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts section head Renee Talavera said the... Read More

NCCA sees surge in project proposals using online platforms

CEBU CITY – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is opening its doors for competitive grant applications for culture, arts and music projects that will be implemented using the online platform under the new normal amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.Veronica... Read More

NCCA continuously aid artists; prepares programs digitally

MANILA --The National Commission for Culture and the Arts' (NCCA) provision of cash assistance to cultural workers affected by the pandemic is still ongoing, and it has also rolled out programs digitally, chairman Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso said Thursday. In a virtual presser with... Read More

TV host Kuya Wil gives P5-M aid to over 3K PUJ drivers

MANILA – Television host and actor Wilfredo “Willie” Revillame gave away PHP5 million pesos worth of donations to public utility jeepneys (PUJ) drivers, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said on Wednesday.In a Facebook post, the LTFRB said Revillame,... Read More

Laurice Guillen, Nick Lizaso named MMFF Execom members

MANILA – Two renowned film directors have been appointed to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Executive Committee (Execom) on Tuesday, days after Film Develop Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chair Liza Diño was removed from the panel for alleged attempts to take over the... Read More

Glee star's body recovered in California lake

WASHINGTON – A body found in a southern California lake was that of actress Naya Rivera, who starred in the hit TV show Glee, who has been missing for nearly a week, law enforcement confirmed Monday.Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said the body was recovered earlier Monday morning floating... Read More

FDCP chair reiterates importance of safety in production

MANILA– Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chair Liza Diño-Seguerra on Wednesday reiterated the importance of observing safety measures and following the guidelines in production. During the Laging Handa briefing, Diño said the clarificatory guidelines that the... Read More

Oscars 2021 postponed by 2 months over Covid-19

LOS ANGELES – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that the 93rd Oscars ceremony, scheduled to be held on Feb. 28 in 2021, will move to April 25 "as a result of the global pandemic caused by Covid-19.""For over a century, movies have played an important role in... Read More

FVR biographer named Rotary International district governor

MANILA – Melandrew Velasco, biographer of the family of former President Fidel V. Ramos, was elected the next Rotary International District 3780 Governor.District Governor Bernandette “BH” Herrera on Wednesday confirmed Velasco’s recent election as governor for Rotary Year... Read More

Online film fest, stargazing for Viva Europa 2020

MANILA – The European Union (EU) is launching its first-ever virtual cultural fair featuring an online film festival, stargazing and the diverse Euro-Pinoy concert.Chargé d’ Affaires Thomas Wiersing of EU Delegation to the Philippines said the Viva Europa 2020 event aims to... Read More

NCCA eyes online platforms as pandemic affects many workers

MANILA --The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will look for ways on how online platforms could be maximized, as many of the cultural artists and workers were greatly affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, officials said Thursday. In a virtual presser, NCCA... Read More