Month: July 2016

Award-winning director covers DU30’S SONA

Award-winning director covers DU30’S SONA

The State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte tackled numerous topics, starting with previous governments faults to unilateral ceasefire and human rights, even global warming.

But the highlight of the president’s SONA was none other than crimes, most specifically drugs, the pushers and users. And how the drug lords aren’t here in the country but outside the Philippines. He talked about programs that would help stop the use of drugs, stating that, “The reservists will be mobilized for information campaign against drug use and the dissemination of information regarding drug rehabilitation programs being offered by the government.”

From the moment he started campaigning to the present time, drug related stories have been all over the news. With that being said, acclaimed director, fresh from Cannes 2016 film festival, Brillante Mendoza stepped up and offered to cover the presidents SONA for free.

(Photo Courtesy of Carlo Valenzona)

His film Ma’Rosa, that bagged Jaclyn Jose her Best Actress award, can be related to what DU30 aims to resolve as one of this countries problem.

This years SONA is unlike any other, as the director said in his previous interviews that he wishes to show the real Duterte. Showing off some camera angles that caught a lot of the viewers attention, when asked about his chosen angles, Mendoza said, “It shows power, and we want to show power, we want to show a powerful president, di ba? Yun ang kanyang mensahe. That he’s in control and that he knows what he’s talking [about]. So pag ganun yung shot it means power. Maaaring hindi pa yun nakikita pero psychologically yun yung mararamdaman ng tao.”

(With his two assistants, Line Producer, Carlo Valenzona and Protege, Raymund Gutierrez)
(With his two assistants, Line Producer, Carlo Valenzona and Protege, Raymund Gutierrez)
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PPL Block screening of Ma’ Rosa at The Podium

PPL Block screening of Ma’ Rosa at The Podium

Held at The Podium, Ma’ Rosa block screening happened last July 11. It was around 5 p.m when media and celebrities started arriving at the venue.

The 2016 Cannes best actress, Ms. Jaclyn Jose and her daughter, Andie Eigenmann were among the casts present.

Celebrities were also spotted in the film screening.

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(From left to right: Gabby Eigenmann, Geoff Eigenmann, Andi Eigenmann & Sid Lucero)

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(Rochelle Pangilinan)

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(Andrea Torres & Max Collins)

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(Vivian Velez & Peter Serrano)

Bella Padilla, Jolina Magdangal, Gloc 9 & Benjamin Alves were also spotted in the event.

The screening started at around 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Ma’ Rosa is still showing in Powerplant cinema and Gateway Cineplex.

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Ma’ Rosa Invitational Screening at SM Light Mall

Ma’ Rosa Invitational Screening at SM Light Mall

An invitational screening of Ma’ Rosa took place at SM Light Mall, Mandaluyong City last July 4. Invited guests and media started arriving at around 5 p.m.

Present in the event are the cast and crew of Ma’ Rosa and the Solar executives.

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(Guests getting their movie tickets)

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(From left to right: Aaron Rivera, Jomari Angeles, Timothy Castillo, Mac Mendoza & Buknoy)

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Booths by Ever Bilena, Robust & Bitter Go were also set up in the venue. It was around 6 p.m when the invited guests entered the cinema.

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Solar prepared games & raffle draws for the audience before the screening started.

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(Cast & Crew of Ma’ Rosa)

The cast and crew of Ma’ Rosa took a group photo after the screening which ended at 8:30 p.m.

Ma’ Rosa is still showing in Powerplant cinema and Gateway Cineplex.

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Ma’ Rosa Invitational Screening at S’ Maison, Conrad Manila

Ma’ Rosa Invitational Screening at S’ Maison, Conrad Manila

Another invitational screening of Ma’ Rosa was held at the S’ Maison Director’s Club in Conrad Hotel, Manila on July 1.  The guests started arriving an hour before the screening for cocktails. It was a hectic Friday evening when celebrities and people from the media arrived one by one.

Mae Paner aka Juana Change, a political activist was also present at the event. On her Facebook post, she wrote “From beginning to end nakadagan sa dibdib ko si Ma Rosa. Kaya pala best actress ng Cannes si Jaclyn Jose. Congrats Direk Brillante Mendoza. Lumuha ako para sa mga biktima ng droga. Nainis ako sa sistema. Sana mapanuod ito ni Pres. Du30. At sana i-endorso niya ito. Opens July 6”.

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(Ms. Mae Paner a.k.a Juana Change with Director Brillante Mendoza and Ms. Jaclyn Jose)

Some of the cast members of Ma’ Rosa also attended the event.

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(Ms. Jaclyn Jose)

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(Mr. Mon Confiado)

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