Category: Films

At the NETPAC 25th Anniversary in Bangkok

At the NETPAC 25th Anniversary in Bangkok

It was a great crowd, at the screening of ‘Foster Child‘ today, at the FCCT, in the presence of Director, world-renowned film-maker Brillante Mendoza, as well as the much-respected Netpac President Dr Aruna Vasudev.

The occasion was the 25th Anniversary of NETPAC ( Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema).

The event attracted a large range of people: Ambassadors, diplomats, corporates and journalists.

Congratulations! Director Brillante Mendoza for another recognition award from FCCT

(Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand) and Ministry of Tourism Thailand.

Vice Minister of Tourism, Assistant Professor Dr. Chavanee Tongroach, was the Chief Guest,who facilitated the two film guests, and gave them lovely souvenirs.

Brillante Mendoza’s Foster Child to be screened in Bangkok

Brillante Mendoza’s Foster Child to be screened in Bangkok

Brillante Mendoza’s film to be screened at NETPAC’s 25th anniversary in Bangkok.

“Foster Child”, one of Brillante Mendoza masterpieces, will be screened in Bangkok on October 12, 2015 in a special film event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC).

This is a simple and moving story of Thelma, from a poor urban family, who is hired by a local foster care facility to provide a temporary home for abandoned babies until they are formally adopted. 

The abandoned baby in this case is the adorable John-John, whom Thelma lovingly feeds, bathes, and takes to school on her last day with him, before he is adopted by a wealthy American family.


The diverse scenarios and tones almost divide the film into two halves. The happy, cheerful caring Thelma is broken when she’s separated from her foster child.

NETPAC is composed of well-known filmmakers, artists and critics, and others who serve on NETPAC juries at more than 40 film festivals around the world.

Admission is free for FCCT members while 150 baht will be charged for non-members.

Foster Child is a 104 – minute film which tells the story of Thelma (Cherry Pie Picache), together with her husband Dado (Dan Alvaro) and teenage sons Gerald (Alwyn Uytingco) and Yuri (Jiro Manio). They are urban poor family hired by a local foster care facility to provide temporary home and care to abandoned babies pending the latter’s formal adoption.

Screening starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) at the penthouse floor of Maneeya Bldg in Chidlom with Mendoza gracing the event along with Dr. Aruna Vasudev, founder and president of the India-based NETPAC.

Brillante Mendoza gets achievement award in Russia

Brillante Mendoza gets achievement award in Russia

Published on Tuesday, October 6 in The Philippine Star, page C-6

by: Celso de Guzman Caparas

Brillante Mendoza received the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award in the 25th International Film Festival “Message to Man” in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he headed the main competition jury.

Mendoza’s masterpieces Lola, Kinatay and Taklub were showcased in the festival. He was also invited to a Master Class at St. Petersburg State Institute of Film and Television.

The international competitive documentary, short and animated film festival was founded by the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the USSR, Goskino of the USSR, the USSR Union of Filmmakers, Gosteleradio of the USSR and the Executive Committee of Lensoviet, and supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Russian Federation, St. Petersburg City Government and Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg. Ninety films from 45 countries participated in this year’s nine-day festival, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3.

Meanwhile, Taklub will grace four international film festivals this month, namely:

20th Busan International Film Festival, Window on Asian Cinema Section, Oct. 1 to 10 in Korea;

15th Beirut International Film Festival, Panorama Section, Oct. 7 to 15 in Lebanon;

59th London Film Festival by the British Film Institute, Debate Section, Oct. 7 to 18 in United Kingdom;

and 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, Crosscut Section, Oct. 22 to 31 in Japan.Brillante Mendoza gets achievement award in Russia


Brillante Mendoza receives Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from Message2man

Brillante Mendoza receives Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from Message2man

Good news to all!

Brillante Mendoza receives the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from The International Film Festival “Message to Man

He serves as this years’ PresOutstanding Artistic Achievement Awardident of Jury. Message to Man is the only international documentary, short, animated and experimental film festival in Russia officially registered by FIAPF. It has more than 20 years’ history and it has always been a very significant event in the Russian cinema culture.

Every year the Festival presents over 30 Russian premieres. More than 200 films from around the world are screened in the competition and special programs. On average the festival receives about 3000 films for selection each year.

This year is the anniversary of the festival – Message to Man which was founded 25 years ago and for all this time this festival was showing the viewers only the best documentary, short, animated and experimental films.

Screening of his films includes Taklub, Lola and Kinatay.

TAKLUB – International Film Festivals

TAKLUB – International Film Festivals

After its successful world premiere at the recent 68th Cannes International Film Festival.

TAKLUB is reaching its global stature in the upcoming four international film festivals in South Korea, Britain, Lebanon, and Japan Since France, TAKLUB has been showcased as well in Poland, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Russia.

TAKLUB got Ecumenical Jury Mention at this years Cannes.

The Ecumenical Jury gives special attention to works of artistic quality that are testimonies ‘to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings and the complexity of our society.

Source: TAKLUB-starring-Ms-Nora-Aunor page

TAKLUB in 28th Tokyo International Film Festival

TAKLUB in 28th Tokyo International Film Festival

Brillante Mendoza’s TAKLUB (2015) and ‘Thy Womb’ (2012) are among the 10 Filipino films selected to be showcased at the Asia Crosscut section of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.


The 10 Filipino films are:

Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III – Kidlat Tahimik

Balut Country – Paul Sta. Ana (Sinag Maynila)

Kid Kulafu – Paul Soriano

Himala [Digitally Restored Version] – Ishmael Bernal

Taklub – Brillante Mendoza

Foster Child – Brillante Mendoza

Thy Womb – Brillante Mendoza

Serbis – Brillante Mendoza

Lola – Brillante Mendoza

Imbisibol – Lawrence Fajardo (Sinag Maynila)

The 28th TIFF will take place October 22-31, 2015 at Roppongi Hills, Shinjuku Wald 9, Shinjuku Piccadilly, TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku and other theaters in Tokyo.

Taklub in Gijón International Film Festival

Taklub in Gijón International Film Festival

Brillante Ma Mendoza’s “Taklub” will be shown at the 53rd Gijón International Film Festival, in Spain, from Nov. 20 to 28.

In past editions, such “revered” filmmakers as Abbas Kiarostami, Tsai Ming-liang, Claire Denis, Aki Kaurismaki graced the festival. Mendoza attended the Gijón fest as its guest of honor last year.

“Taklub” premiered in the Un Certain Regard of Cannes where it won the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention.

ECCD recognizes Brillante Mendoza

ECCD recognizes Brillante Mendoza

IN PHOTO: Dr. Teresita G. Inciong, Director Brillante Mendoza, Sen. Tessie Aquino-Oreta and Ms. Leticia Pichay

Recently, the Early Childhood Care and Development Council has held their event, ECCD Stakeholder Summit, on July 7, with the theme Call to Action for Early Learners.

In the said event participated by approximately 100 mayors, local chief executives and other local officials, non-governmental organizations, and known champions of ECCD, a documentary made by world-renowned Filipino director, Brillante Mendoza was launched. In the documentary entitled INAKAY, Director Mendoza has shared about the film’s conception, development and production and his personal reflection and insights on the film.

The film’s subject matter which is the critical need to provide quality learning to children 0-4 years old was very well connected with one of the event’s aims which is promoting the importance of ECCD programs and services to young Filipino learners. Other aims of the said event was developing strong partnerships with stakeholders, and highlighting best practices in implementing the ECCD programs and services in the country.



Rediscover PAMPANGA

Rediscover PAMPANGA

A tourism video directed by Brillante Mendoza.

He was born in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines.


A province situated on Central Luzon, an hour and a half drive from Manila through the North Luzon Expressway.

Who would have thought that this Great Plains, a sanctuary to abundant wildlife…

…and bountiful natural resources, is just within reach?


With unmatched artistry that carves-up your soul, Let the Betis artisans showcase their ingenuity and creativity, as they preserve a long legacy of woodcarving.

Sooth your heart to the strumming beat of the best guitars; a strong and living tradition of fine craftsmanship that Guagua proudly shares.

Stop over and take a look of Floridablanca’s fine aluminum and kitchenware, molded by diligence and hardwork.

Learn the rich culinary heritage this province has to offer. Our sumptuous and definitely creative dishes await the foodie in you.

Take a sip. Indulge to the fullness of our Tsokolate de Baterol…

…and savor yourself to the exquisite and mouth-watering Turones De Casoy of Sta. Rita that surely gratify your appetite.

Reconnect to your faith…

Visit Santa Rita Parish Museum and be amazed with their collection of world-class religious artworks intricately sculpted by local hands.

Walk along the aisle of Betis Church. Its ceiling paints the story of Filipinos’ strong devotion to God.

Come to the second oldest church in the Philippines. Lubao Church houses the relics of St. Monica and St. Agustin of Hippo.

Pay homage. Learn from the lessons of the past as we visit the Macapagal Museum and commemorate the contributions of our forefather.

Feel the thrill! Dash through the excitement and submit to the carefree sensation as we conquer our fears and soar to the top to the mountains of Porac up to the skies of Lubao.

Experience all these and explore in a day.

REDISCOVER PAMPANGA! Your one stop travel destination.

Sinag Maynila graces the 20th French Film Festival (VIDEO)

Sinag Maynila graces the 20th French Film Festival (VIDEO)

In Photo:
French Ambassador Gilles Garachon, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Senator Loren Legarda, Superstar Nora Aunor, Director Brillante Mendoza

Last June 3. Solar Entertainment Corporation graced the opening of the 20th French Film Festival where Sinag Maynila festival director Brillante Mendoza opened the event with his most recent Cannes entry “Taklub” which won a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury.

‘Cannes was really a great experience’ – Taklub entourage