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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Join KD Estrada and Alexa Ilacad in Exclusive Hong Kong Tour Adventure!

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In the bustling city of Hong Kong, renowned film director Cathy Garcia-Sampana recently premiered the short film "Toss Coin," featuring emerging talents KD Estrada and Alexa Ilacad. The film takes the audience on an enchanting adventure through the lively streets of Hong Kong, where love stories often find their captivating backdrop.

"Toss Coin" narrates the tale of Kiko (KD) and Pia (Alexa), whose unexpected encounter originates from a simple coin toss. As the duo embarks on a journey across the vibrant city, a heartwarming romance unfolds, exploring themes of destiny, belief, and the courage to seize unforeseen opportunities.

While the two lead characters were busy playing hide and seek with fate, the film showcased a variety of fun and fresh attractions every traveler should experience when visiting Asia’s World City. Check out some of the locations featured in Toss Coin below.


1.Stroll alongside the vibrant murals in Sai Kung

In almost every frame of the short film, viewers will find scenic backdrops highlighting Hong Kong’s rich natural landscapes, remarkable architecture, and colorful murals. These elements attracted Director Cathy Garcia-Sampana greatly, resulting in several key scenes (including the opening) being shot in the beautiful district of Sai Kung. “When I first came over here, I fell in love with the place. Their artworks are so beautiful, and we’re going to feature all of them,” she shared.

Also featured in the film is the Sai Kung branch of popular Hong Kong-based coffee chain The Coffee Academics. The building is covered in murals and is a visual treat for visitors to enjoy as they sip their coffee. The IG-worthy cafe is definitely a go-to for coffee lovers looking to take aesthetic photos.

Just a 30-minute drive from the bustling city center, Sai Kung offers travelers a more laid-back and relaxed atmosphere. With beautiful murals everywhere you look and a picturesque view of Hong Kong’s landscape, sit back with a hot coffee and lose yourself in the beautiful district where nature and art intersect.

2.Explore the modern and traditional at the HKMoA and Opera Gallery

Established in 1962, the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA) is the first public art museum in the city. With over 18,800 curated pieces from all over the world, the HKMoA brings together traditional and contemporary pieces that highlight the unique culture and thriving arts scene of the city.

As seen in the film, the museum is also beautifully situated by the famous Victoria Harbour, and the ever-iconic Hong Kong skyline. This choice was intentional by the Toss Coin team, Alexa shares “Every place that we’ve been to has been really beautiful, so we want to showcase the beautiful places to the audience.”

After a day of touring the diverse exhibits at the museum, check out Hollywood Road at Central for more galleries like the Opera Gallery featured in the film. The Opera Gallery is home to works by emerging and internationally renowned artists and sculptors and is sure to be a treat for art lovers on their visit.


3.Spend a day at M+ and the West Kowloon Cultural District
v M+ located in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world. A work of art in itself, the museum stands among other iconic landmarks overlooking Victoria Harbour, with an LED display integrated into the building’s facade to display works of art.

KD mentioned how M+ is his favorite out of all the filming locations visited, “Hong Kong is super fun, going around the different locations. I love M+. It’s so nice there. It’s a place full of inspiration, and it’s really encouraging for us.”

While the film features only a glimpse of the museum, it's important to note that M+ houses thousands of works on display – representing 777 artists from over 35 countries. A trip to M+ and the newly developed WKCD would require almost a whole day dedicated to exploring its various exhibits and attractions, so make sure to set aside some time on your next visit to fully immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s engaging culture.

4.Showcase your creativity with the local artisans at PMQ

PMQ, previously the Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, is a revitalized historical site that houses a variety of design and creative enterprises right at the heart of Hong Kong. This unique space is a go-to for art aficionados and artists alike and also serves as a hub for design and creative innovation.

As shown in the film, PMQ is often the location for interactive events and installations, enjoyed by visitors of all ages. On top of these events, visitors can also sign up and attend workshops by local artisans, covering a range of mediums from crocheting to jewelry-making. A hand-made souvenir will definitely make your trip to Hong Kong a memorable one.

5.Shop till you drop around Causeway Bay

What initially looks like any other street crossing in this final Toss Coin scene is actually the ever-iconic Causeway Bay. A popular spot among locals and tourists, Causeway Bay is the place to check out if you’re looking to shop till you drop.

From street markets and food stalls on one end, to luxury boutiques and upscale restaurants on the other, this bustling neighborhood will get you energized and buzzing to explore all it has to offer.

Like KD and Alexa, fall in love with the vibrant and dynamic streets of Hong Kong through a tour of these iconic attractions. With Hong Kong’s Arts Month and Art Basel coming up, add these locations to your itinerary for your next visit and experience first-hand the charm and diverse wonders Hong Kong has to offer.

Go on your own journey around Hong Kong and see where destiny takes you. Get inspired by Toss Coin and rewatch the short film on Viu or on ABS-CBN Star Cinema’s official Youtube channel and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. You may also visit for other itineraries and for the latest events and activities happening in Arts in Hong Kong 2024.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera: A Heartfelt Reunion on the Big Screen

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Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, known as DongYan, are back together in a new film. While we often see this celebrity couple in their daily lives, watching them collaborate on-screen adds a unique touch.

Following their previous movie, "You To Me are Everything," the couple returns with a Christmas treat – a film that will warm your heart and make every moment worth cherishing.

Penned by Enrico Santos, the movie is a family-oriented story that everyone can relate to. Santos emphasizes that the narrative is tailor-made for Dingdong and Marian, aiming to showcase their chemistry.

The trailer reveals emotionally charged scenes, ensuring that if you remain unmoved after watching, you might be as tough as stone.

Set to hit cinemas nationwide this Christmas as part of the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), "Rewind" follows John (Dingdong), attempting to reconcile with his family after a tragic accident claims his wife's life.

With unexpected assistance from Pepe Herrera's character, Lods, John gets a chance to rebuild his life and repair relationships. However, this opportunity comes with a hefty price tag.

Dingdong and Marian express their joy and gratitude for being part of Star Cinema's official MMFF entry, co-produced with APT Entertainment and Agosto Dos Pictures.

Dingdong shares, "From the first day we read the script, we were thrilled to bring it to life. We feel fortunate to be chosen for the MMFF. I guarantee that viewers, whether part of a family or a group of friends, will relate."

Marian adds, "It's a proud moment for me to fulfill a dream of making a film. I always look forward to working with Dong, and to this day, I still love being onscreen with him."

Director Mae Cruz Alviar and writer Enrico Santos commend Dingdong and Marian for their poignant performances, highlighting that their roles perfectly suit DongYan and will bring tears to the audience.

Mae shares, "Having DongYan portray John and Mary is a significant factor. The genuine love they feel translates into the material."

Enrico emphasizes, "We've been dreaming of a DongYan movie for the longest time. We wrote this for them. When the material is such a perfect fit, why wait? Dingdong and Marian were the unanimous decision."

The film boasts a stellar cast, including Sue Ramirez, Joross Gamboa, Lito Pimentel, Ina Feleo, Ariel Ureta, Pamu Pomerada, Mary Joy Apostol, Via Antonio, Chamyto Aguedan, and Coney Reyes.


Don't miss "Rewind" in the upcoming MMFF 2023, showing in cinemas nationwide from December 25. For film updates, follow ABS-CBN Films on social media platforms.

For more news, follow @abscbnpr on social media or visit

Monday, December 11, 2023

Unspoken Letters Delves into Neurodiversity with Lead Star Jhassy Busran

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Movies are a potent way to tell stories and advocacies, influencing not only individual lives but entire communities. The upcoming film, "Unspoken Letters," takes a fresh approach by sharing a unique story that mirrors the experiences of individuals facing similar situations. This family drama provides Jhassy Busran with a platform to deliver an outstanding performance, unraveling a touching narrative that connects with viewers and brings attention to the hurdles confronted by those with intellectual disorders.

In this heartfelt movie, Busran steps into the shoes of Felipa, a seventeen-year-old living a life with the cognitive abilities of a seven-year-old. The film gracefully weaves through a family's journey, tackling neurodiversity, a father's illness, and the disclosure of long-hidden family truths.

The brilliance of the film "Unspoken Letters" lies in its capacity to share a complex subject accessible and understandable. With this, Felipa in the film becomes the lens through which viewers witness the everyday struggles and triumphs of neurodiverse individuals. The film succeeds not only as entertainment but also as a powerful medium for fostering understanding and empathy.

In an interview, Busran shared, "The character I portray, Felipa, is a special child. What we want to convey to the audience, especially those who share similarities with Felipa, is that your circumstances should not be a hindrance."

The movie's narrative beautifully unfolds Felipa's dreams, aspirations, and her admiration for her older siblings. It skillfully navigates the challenges faced by families dealing with neurodiverse members, presenting a story that is both heartwarming and thought-provoking. It's as almost real as it is.

To prepare for her role, Busran engaged in mental preparation and extensive online research, ensuring an authentic portrayal. Her dedication to breaking stereotypes and promoting empowerment shines through in every scene.

"Unspoken Letters" marks Busran's third cinematic venture, showcasing her versatility as an actress. Her notable performances in previous films and accolades at film festivals, including the Manhattan Film Festival New York 2021, attest to her rising star in the industry.

Beyond the silver screen, Busran's influence extends to television with appearances in "Roommate," "Bubble Gang," and "Imbestigador." Upcoming projects like "Genius Teens – Season One" and "Tropa Peeps" further showcase her growing presence.

"Unspoken Letters" is not just a movie; it's a conversation starter. The film's premiere on December 13 is not to be missed, promising an emotional and enlightening experience. It invites audiences to step into Felipa's world, fostering a greater understanding of neurodiversity and leaving a lasting impact.

Friday, December 8, 2023

From Fear to Horror to MMFF: Discovering the Secret of Mallari

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This famous quote from the writer-philosopher George Santayana is a fitting introduction to my story about this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry from Mentorque Productions. What makes it even more interesting is that this film creates history in both the MMFF and the Philippine film industry. In essence, this film is a historical journey in every aspect of its MMFF entry.

The MMFF has become a part of Filipino culture during the yuletide season, offering a unique way for Filipinos to celebrate Christmas day—by enjoying the festival of Filipino films.

For those who are avid fans of the MMFF, it's noticeable that horror or suspense films have always been a staple in the film selections. There's something about horror films that Filipinos seem to enjoy watching during the Christmas season.

In 2023, Mentorque Productions presents a one-of-a-kind horror film titled 'Mallari,' inspired by the true story of Fr. Mallari, a parish priest in the 1800s who committed a shocking crime, killing 57 people. He was believed to be the first Filipino serial killer and, notably, the first Filipino priest to be executed.

Mallari Makes History

Mentorque Productions has indeed made history with its MMFF 2023 film entry, 'Mallari.' It marks the first Filipino movie distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures. To create a buzz about the film, Mentorque, in cooperation with Cleverminds Incorporated, organized the biggest and grandest media and fan conference last December 1 at The Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. This event served as the kick-off for a month-long journey leading up to the December 25 release of MMFF 2023.


'Mallari' features the Philippines' ultimate heartthrob, Piolo Pascual, portraying Fr. Juan Severino Mallari, the first Filipino priest executed by the Spanish colonial government. Alongside Piolo, the movie boasts a talented cast that adds depth and intrigue to the story.

The media conference saw the presence of key figures, including John Bryan Diamante, President of Mentorque Productions; the main cast - Piolo Pascual, Janella Salvador, JC Santos, Gloria Diaz, and Ron Angeles; director - Roderick Cabrido; and writer - Enrico Santos.

Mallari: Partly Fiction and Partly True-to-Life

According to Director Roderick Cabrido and Writer Enrico Santos, 'Mallari' is a gripping blend of fiction and a true-to-life account inspired by the shocking story of Fr. Mallari. The film revolves around a Parish Priest in the 1800s who committed a heinous crime, becoming the first and only recorded Filipino serial killer, predating Jack The Ripper by more than 60 years.


Santos shared their experience of gathering recorded data about Fr. Mallari. Due to the scarcity of information, they even reached out to Madrid for additional details. As a result, the story was crafted to be partly fictional but set in a Filipino context.


Mallari Piques Warner Brothers Picture's Interest

Crafted and developed in 2018, this outstanding story and its production excellence caught the attention of Warner Brothers Pictures, leading to it being the film's distributor. 'Mallari' takes pride in its high-quality production and a team of exceptional caliber, promising to be the scariest movie this Christmas season during the MMFF 2023 run in cinemas nationwide.

Under the direction of Derick Cabrido, the film was shot in various historic locations in the Philippines, including a village built specifically for the project to recreate an authentic setting. Notably, it incorporates three timelines, blending retro horror with the immediate relatability of current terrors.


Mallari: A Film to Watch This December 25

With numerous entries in the 2023 MMFF, it will be interesting to watch them all. However, if there's a "first movie to watch," it undoubtedly should be 'Mallari.' If the trailer entices you, catching it on the big screen this coming December 25 would be a great choice.

For more information and updates, visit its Facebook page at and Instagram at @mentorqueproductions.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

"Broken Blooms" producer Benjie Austria credits Jeric Gonzales for local and international recognitions.

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Rainy days or not, fans continue to be delighted by the successes achieved by their idols. One of these is Jeric Gonzales, a talent of GMA Sparkle who continues to demonstrate his acting prowess. Of course, Benjie Austria, the producer of the movie "Broken Blooms", is also making waves. Jeric is currently leading the pack with the number of awards he has received as Best Actor in various international film festivals such as the Harlem International Film Festival in New York, Mokho International Film Festival, Tagore International Film Festival in India, and Montelupo International Film Festival in Italy.


Because of these achievements, he is among the 33 personalities who were honored by the President and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). This was conferred at the 15th Ani ng Dangal Awards of the NCCA, led by President Bongbong Marcos and First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos last February 22, 2023, at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace.

These accomplishments are not just for Jeric but also for the entire production team, especially for Benjie Austria who provided support to Jeric and their movie. In an interview with Benjie Austria, "Of course, I am happy and overwhelmed that he received international recognition as the best actor in Harlem, New York, so thank you to the government for acknowledging this through NCCA since this is a first venture project under Bentria productions."

This is a great honor not only for Jeric but also for the entire country. The Dangal of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts pays tribute to artists who demonstrate their skill and talent in the field of arts and culture.

"Broken Blooms" is a first venture project of BenTria Productions and stars Jeric alongside veteran actors such as Therese Malvar, Boobay, Royce Cabrera, Lou Veloso, and Ms. Jaclyn Jose. Despite the pandemic, their film continues to compete in various international film festivals.

With every success achieved by Filipino artists, not only are they showcasing their excellence but also their production team. These are the people behind the camera who tirelessly work to make a successful movie a reality.

Friday, February 24, 2023

She's Sexy, She's Beautiful, She's the Star of 'Lagaslas' - Manang Medina, Watch what she does in the movie!

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Vivamax is in again for another beauty in its long list of sexy actresses. It has just welcomed a new nymphet to their latest film offering, "Lagaslas" - the stunning Manang Medina from Olongapo. This may sound different but we're used to hear the word 'manang' as a part of our respect for the generations ahead of us (elders) but this time it seems that we're in for an unlikely quonotation of the term - a more sexy and erotic. While she (Manang Medina) may not be a traditional "manang," she is certainly an actress ready to take the world by storm, even if it means shedding her clothes to do so. As it implies in an interview, “Artista po ako. Teatro po ang training ko. Basta kung ano ang dapat sa ikagaganda ng istorya, handa ko itong gawin.” [I am an actress. I trained in theater. Whatever is needed to make the story more beautiful, I am willing to do.] And based on the recently-released teaser for the film, it seems that she fully lives up to her promise.

Anyway, 'manang' or not, she will definitely a new color to expect in Vivamax color pallette of sexy stars.

To define about the title, "lagaslas" in Filipino can be describe a gush of water or can be used as a sense of sensuality or eroticism, as it implies a slow, steady, and tantalizing flow or drip.

"Lagaslas" tells the story of Edmar, a young man played by newcomer VR Relosa, who becomes infatuated with his neighbor Karisma (played by Manang) after catching her bathing. What begins as a simple peeping habit soon turns into a full-blown obsession, as Edmar becomes fixated on Karisma's naked body.

To his surprise, Karisma doesn't get angry when she finds out about Edmar's voyeuristic tendencies. Instead, she invites him to explore her body more intimately, leading to a series of steamy sexual encounters.

Edmar believes he is the luckiest man in the barrio, but his world comes crashing down when he discovers that Karisma's stepfather has been doing the same for years. Faced with this shocking revelation, Edmar must decide what to do next.

The movie is directed by Christopher Novabos, which is crafted to balance eroticism with storytelling. With Manang Medina's captivating performance and a plot that keeps audiences guessing until the very end, this is a film that is not to be missed. Watch it exclusively on Vivamax.

Friday, February 17, 2023

AQ Prime's 'Baka Sakali' heats up as April Gustilo turns up the heat in sexy scene, even felt it for real?

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AQ Prime's first BL movie, 'Baka Sakali,' is now exclusively available for streaming on the AQ Prime app as their Valentine's Day offering. The movie tells a non-traditional love story that conveys the idea that love is boundless and that everyone deserves to be happy and free. The film stars Drei Arias, Leandré Adams, Seon Quintos, and April 'Congratulations' Gustilo and is directed by Bong Ramos.

While the movie follows a typical love story narrative, what sets it apart is the intimate scenes involving the lead actors Drei, Leandré, and April, who confidently display their sexy bods on the screen.

During the film's media conference, Drei and Leandré revealed their sexual perspectives, generating curiosity among the present media. They emphasized the importance of educating people about the diversity of love, as it is not confined to gender. Drei identifies himself as gender-fluid, while Leandré is bisexual, but both believe that their gender preferences do not impede their professional pursuits.


Additionally, the film features the return of April 'Congratulations' Gustilo to showbiz, she became popular on the variety show Wowowin, and on this film she shares a daring intimate scene with her co-actor, Drei. When asked about the experience, especially the intimate scene, April simply laughed, and Drei responded that they are professionals.


Seon Quintos, who previously starred in "Mang Kanor," takes on a gay role in this film, which he finds challenging.

Overall, AQ Prime's BL film is an exciting viewing experience that is worth watching, especially if you're a fan of BL films. The AQ Prime app is available for download on iOS, Android, and Huawei devices, and the film can only be streamed exclusively on AQ Prime app.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Uncovering the Truth Behind the Mang Kanor Scandal: Watch the Shocking Story Unfold on AQ Prime

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The image of Mang Kanor left a negative connotation to all. For most of the guys, it's more admiration, while for the ladies, it's disgust.

Who wouldn't be, knowing that you're filming all your sexual acts? Worst, it was leaked and uploaded to the internet. And that's when he became famous and sensational, because the videos went viral. It was a scandal that made his name known.

According to stories, the videos on his phone were for himself only. Unfortunately, it was snatched, and that's where it all started.




According to stories on the internet, Mang Kanor was an ex-police officer, but it wasn't clear if he retired from the service. Or he went absent without leave, or was AWOL.

He was a generous man. He helped most of the students that he knew with their financial needs. And probably this sparked a few dark thoughts in him since some of the students are pretty.

At present, Mang Kanor is a name coined for a dirty old man dating young girls.

Though the act and name of Mang Kanor became a sensational story, only a few people knew the story. So, this 2023 AQ Prime streams his story to give a platform to describe who Mang Kanor was. Also, what had happened in his life, and the real story.

In this movie, Rez Cortez plays the role of Mang Kanor. Together with some of the sexy stars in AQ Prime, this ensemble is the whole cast of this movie.

We have known Rez Cortez, and throughout his career in showbiz, he has played plenty of roles. From kontrabida to sidekick, from drama to comedy, has nailed and concreted his acting skills in the industry.

Watch the stream on AQ Prime!

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