Ilo Ilo (2013)

Ilo Ilo is a 2013 debut feature-length film by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen. This drama movie, which won numerous awards abroad, stars Yeo Yann Yann, Chen Tian Wen, Angeli Bayani, and Koh Jia Ler. This film is brought to us by Fisheye Pictures.

Synopsis: Set in Singapore, ILO ILO chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who has come like many other Filipino women in search of a better life.

The entire family needs to adapt to the presence of this stranger, which further threatens their already strained relationship. Still, Teresa and Jiale, the young and troublesome boy she cares for, soon form a bond. Their unique connection continues to develop and soon she becomes an unspoken part of the family.

But this is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is starting to be felt in all the region…

Supporting Cast: Jo Kukathas

Splendid Film!

Da Possessed (2014)

"Da Possessed" is a 2014 Filipino suspense horror-comedy movie starring Vhong Navarro and Solenn Heussaff. This comeback pinoy film of Vhong and debut movie of Solenn under Star Cinema is directed by the multi-awarded director, Bb. Joyce Bernal. This is a joint project of Star Cinema and Regal Films.

Synopsis: The mother-reliant and weakling Ramon (Vhong Navarro) is forced to work as a landscape artist to pay off their family’s debt. In his work field, he meets the lovable femme fatal boss Anna (Solenn Heussaff), who he falls in love head over heels with. Working hard as he tries to impress, Ramon unknowingly digs the graveyard of three victims of injustice whose souls begin to haunt and possess Ramon’s body for vengeance; thus ruining his courtship and eventual relationship with Anna. Meanwhile, to prove the purest of his intentions, Ramon needs to stand up for Anna against her father Don Demetrio (Joey Marquez) who is a syndicate leader. But because of Ramon’s cowardice, this comes as a major challenge, on top of the disturbance brought by the three ghosts headed by Kemerut (John Lapus). As Ramon tries to solve the mystery behind these hauntings, he discovers that ghosts are trying to revenge against Don Demetrio. Ramon, in able to save himself from the possession was compelled to work with the ghosts who are seeking for justice. As Ramon struggles to fight for love and justice, he also learns the true meaning of courage which leads him into peacefully serving justice to the three ghosts and at the same time, save himself and Anna from the impending danger that Don Demetrio poses on them.

Supporting Cast: Joey Marquez, John Lapus, Empoy Marquez, Smokey Manaloto, Matet de Leon, Beverly Salviejo, Joy Viado

Introducing: Aaliyah Belmoro

Busong (2011)

Busong is a 2011 Pinoy independent drama movie starring Alessandra de Rossi. This Filipino film is directed by Auraeus Solito. Brought to us by Cinemalaya, it is also produced by Solita Arts Productions, Alternative Vision Cinema, and Voyage Studios.

Synopsis: Punay was born with wounds in her feet so that she cannot step on the earth. Her brother, Angkarang, carries her through a hammock, as he searches the changing landscape of Palawan in hoping to find a healer who can cure Punay. Different people help him carry his sister along the way- a woman looking for her husband, a fisherman who lost his boat and a young man who is searching for himself- and each one meets their fate.

Supporting Cast: Clifford Banagale, Rodrigo Santikan, Bonivie Budao, Vincent Magbanua, Mina Tesorio, Dax Alejandro

Fine Film!

Kalayaan (2012)

Kalayaan (Wildlife) is a 2012 Pinoy independent drama movie starring Ananda Everingham and Zanjoe Marudo. This Filipino film is directed by critically-acclaimed director, Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr. Co-produced by Phoenix Features and Wa Entertainment, this is an entry to the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.

Synopsis: Julian, a Filipino soldier stationed in Kota Island, is ready to leave Kalayaan. He already completed his three months of service. News of a pending coup d' etat in Manila orders him to stay in the island until further notice. With nothing much to do, he spends his waiting hours walking by the beachfront, cleaning his rifle, watching porn, listening to songs on his old radio to overcome boredom and loneliness. He also has to contend with ‘someone’ seemingly watching him. Not until his officer from the main island sends the loud mouth Lucio and the newbie Eric to station with him on the island. Their moments together - chatting, drinking, playing basketball and exchanging stories about a ghost soldier opens up things that Julian tries to forget. He is now confronted with a growing loneliness and remembers a traumatic experience in his past, which he doesn’t want to talk about. His only option for survival is to cope with reality or lose his own sanity.

Supporting Cast: Luis Alandy, Rocky Salumbides, Kiki Sugino, Angeli Bayani

Ok Film!

Leona Calderon (2013)

Leona Calderon is a 2013 Pinoy independent romantic dramedy movie starring Pilar Pilapil. This Filipino film is written and directed by Fil-Briton Jowee Morel ("Mga Paru-Parong Rosas," "Mona Singapore Escort," "When a Gay Man Loves"). This Viva Films release is produced by Simon Luckin, Jowee Morel, Pilar Pilapil, and Andy Villalba, a Filipino community leader in the United Kingdom.

Plot: Leona Calderon is a retiring altruistic music lover earning her living cleaning establishments and private homes. Having a fun loving nature she is fancied by her landlord who dreams of dancing with her to her favorite tune. Another admirer is a homeless man who gets endears by her jolly disposition and not by her loose pennies for a can of lager. She befriends an isolated elderly English lady, a migrant worker with no visa and a charitable middle age woman. As a breadwinner she looks forward to her much awaited retirement which is now doomed following a diagnoses of cancer. The island where she comes from where she plans to spend her life with her family becomes just a dream. She now faces a dilemma between losing her hard earned savings to medical expenses or losing the time with her family if she spends her retirement in a country where her treatment is free. Leona's wit and fun nature will make you smile, laugh and cry. What happens to this happy lady in this funny world?

Supporting Cast: Irene Alano, Gabriela Belard, Sarah Borges, Greg Canestrari, Junix Inocian, Virginia McKenna, Imelda de los Reyes

Nice Film!

Basement (2013)

Basement (Park at Your Own Risk) is a 2013 Filipino suspense movie starring Chynna Ortaleza, Sarah Lahbati, and Pilita Corrales. This pinoy film is directed by critically-acclaimed horror director, Topel Lee ("Amorosa: The Revenge", "Tumbok"). Co-produced by Coffee House Productions and Springboard Film Productions, this is GMA Films' thriller movie for 2013.

Plot: A group of people gets stuck in a basement parking for the night. At the onset, some are irritated and just can’t wait to go home, while some don’t even give a damn, knowing they can easily come out the next day. But when the power is shut off and as it gets close to midnight, strange things start to happen. It all starts with one death. Followed by another and another. They don’t really witness the killings, but they hear the screaming, and they see the bloodied bodies thereafter, making them fear for their lives. As the night unfolds, they soon realize they’re not dealing with an ordinary being. There’s an evil creature stuck inside the basement with them. But what kind of creature is this? And how can they fight it?

Supporting Cast: Albert "Betong" Sumaya, Alvin Aragon, Carl Acosta, Dex Quindoza, Dion Ignacio, Ellen Adarna, Enzo Pineda, Jan Manual, Kevin Santos, Kristoffer Martin, Louise delos Reyes, Mona Louise Rey, Ron Padilla, Teejay Marquez

Special Participation: Aljur Abrenica

Splendid Movie!

Third Eye (2014)

"Third Eye" is a 2014 Filipino horror movie starring Carla Abellana, Denise Laurel, Camille Prats, and Ejay Falcon. This pinoy film is directed by Aloy Adlawan. This is Regal Films' comeback thriller movie for 2014.

Plot: Mylene Trinidad (Carla Abellana) is an ophthalmologist whose ability to see ghosts when she was a child brought her much trauma. Mylene’s grandmother closed her ‘third eye’ to protect her but left her with a warning that it will ‘open’ again one day when she is most vulnerable.

Now married without a child to Jimmy (Ejay Falcon), Mylene suspects that her husband is having an affair. To finally shed light to the truth, she follows Jimmy one day as he picks up pregnant Janet (Denise Laurel). What Mylene does not realize is that her quest to confront Jimmy and his lover will lead her to a horrifying encounter with Susan (Camille Prats) and Cenon (Alex Medina), a mysterious couple whose thirst for life and blood will not only challenge Mylene’s resolve to survive but will change her life forever.

Supporting Cast: Alex Medina, Boots Anson Roa, Dimples Romana

Splendid Movie!

She's Dating the Gangster (2014)

"She's Dating the Gangster" is a 2014 Star Cinema movie starring Kathryn Bernando and Daniel Padilla. This romantic comedy is directed by Cathy-Garcia Molina.

Plot: It all started when 17-year-old Athena Dizon unwittingly plays a trick on resident heartthrob and bad boy, Kenji de los Reyes. All of a sudden, she finds herself pretending—unwillingly at that—to be his girlfriend to make his ex jealous. Now, not only does she have to deal with dirty looks from the girls in school who want Kenji for themselves, but her supposed boyfriend is getting on her nerves. He's hotheaded, never seems to agree with her on anything—and everything about him screams gangster. Has Athena gotten herself into more trouble than she can handle? Or has she actually found herself a boy she can call hers—gangster be damned?

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Diary ng Panget (2014)

Diary ng Panget is a 2014 Filipino romantic comedy movie starring Nadine Lustre, James Reid, Andre Paras, and Yassi Pressman. This pinoy film is an adaptation of the 2013's best-selling book series with the same title and is based on 19-year-old fiction writer Denny’s hit. It is helmed by critically-acclaimed director, Andoy Ranay under Viva Films.

Plot: The teen romance-comedy follows the interesting tale of Rhea “Eya” Rodriguez (Nadine), an ordinary-looking but hard working girl with an extraordinary character. She earns a scholarship to the topnotch Willford Academy, a school for beautiful, smart but mostly snobbish students. She works as a part-time food assistant in her aunt's karinderya and to further make ends meet, she applies as the personal maid to the only son of Mr. Sandford, a multi-millionaire businessman. It is later that Eya realizes she will be working for Cross Sandford (James), the most popular guy in Willford Academy, student council president, star athlete and commercial model. Beneath the public persona of being the perfect Prince Charming in every girl’s dream, Eya’s ward is nothing but disrespectful and arrogant, quickly nicknaming her “Panget” (ugly). He dumps seemingly endless tasks on Eya and seems to enjoy seeing her suffer and humiliated even in public. However, Eya’s determination, wit and resourcefulness put her at par with her privileged torturer. And just like that, Cross has met his match. In school, Eya is befriended by Lori (Yassi), a beautiful, down-to-earth British girl who turns out to be secretly in love with Cross since childhood. In a chance encounter at the karinderya, Eya meets Chad (Andre), a handsome and sensitive boy, almost as popular as Cross in school. But unlike Cross, Chad is sweet, thoughtful and doesn’t seem to judge Eya by her looks. In all her years as a non-existent wallflower, Eya develops her first real crush. Despite having a monster for a boss, Eya feels lucky enough to find two new friends in Chad and Lori. As time passes, Eya's friendship with Chad and Lori deepens while her constant sparring with Cross escalates. In one of his most devious plots, Cross makes Eya the most hated girl in school by spreading the rumor that she is his girlfriend.Chad, meanwhile, confides that he is madly in love with Lori and enlists Eya’s help in professing his love for her. Suddenly, Eya is caught in the middle of the complicated love triangle between Lori-Cross and Chad-Lori. Will she succeed in turning either pair into reality or will she end up joining the fray and find love of her own?

Supporting Cast: Gabby Concepcion

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Cavite (2005)

Cavite is a 2005 Filipino independent film starring Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana, both of which are also the film's writers and directors. This thriller movie is produced by Gorilla Films and are distributed by Truly Indie, Magnolia Home Entertainment, and Magnolia Pictures.

Plot: Flying back to the Philippines to bury his father, an American man is informed by a mysterious phone caller that his mother and sister have been kidnapped and will be killed if he doesn't comply with certain demands. As he follows the phone caller's every wish, he slowly realizes that he is involved in a large conspiracy hatched by the Abu Sayyaf.

Supporting Cast: Edwin Lagda, Edgar Tancangco, Norma Tancangco, Quynn Ton, Mariza Levario, Dominique Gonzalez, Ryan Lagda, Nestor B. Casilis, Rico V. Lagda, Robert Sanque, Joven F. Abrenica, Solita R. Nadal

Nice Movie

Starting Over Again (2014)

"Starting Over Again" is a 2014 Filipino romantic comedy movie starring Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, and Iza Calzado. This pinoy film is directed by the multi-awarded director Olivia M. Lamasan. This is Star Cinema's Valentine offering for 2014.

Plot: "Starting over Again" follows the love story of Ginny (Toni) and Marco (Piolo). They met on campus where Ginny was an Architecture student, while Marco is a professor. Ginny pursued Marco, her crush. In time, Marco also fell for Ginny and they began a one-of-a-kind love story. Unfortunately, their relationship ended when she left for no apparent reason. When she returned, Ginny found herself wanting to rekindle her past with Marco. Can her love be enough for him to forget the pains of the past? Can they ever start over again?

Supporting Cast: Lito Pimentel, Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Beauty Gonzales, Cai Cortez, Bryan Santos, Ryan Yllana, Nina Dolino, Cecil Paz

Special Participation: Liza Lorena

Entertaining Movie!

Once A Princess (2014)

"Once A Princess" is a 2014 Filipino romantic drama movie starring Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales. This book-turned-film is directed by the award-winning director, Laurice Guillen ("Tanging Yaman" and "I Love You, Goodbye"). "Precious Hearts Romances" bestselling title of all time is produced by Star Cinema. This pinoy movie is Enchong and Erich's second movie together, after "I Do."

Plot: Once upon a time, there was a princess who could not live happily ever after… Erin Almeda, one of the princesses of Gibbons International School belongs to a clique all-girl group whose members’ are considered as the most glamorous and richest of all. One day, Erin played with the innocent heart of their class geek, Leonard Jamieson. Seven years later, Erin and Leonard cross path once again. It seemed their roles have been reversed. At they meet again, it is Erin’s turn to feel the pain. And so Erin needed to find the magic that will lift that curse. Or she will die of heartache soon.

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