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A Centenarian’s Story of Curiosity, Love & Adventure! (A Review) @NanaFilm


I’m fascinated by people who live for 100+ years and get to tell the story of their life.  

I’ve always wondered, “what is the secret to living a long awesome life?”

This is the story of Jessie Lichauco, lovingly called Nana by her family, immortalized in a documentary film by her granddaughter, Sunshine de Leon.

Here’s what I think about the film, Curiosity, Love & Adventure… 

Curiosity, Love & Adventure
Produced and Directed by Sunshine Lichauco de Leon and Suzanne Richiardone
Facebook: Curiosity, Adventure, and Love
Twitter: @nanafilm
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Sunshine de Leon +63 917 621-9979

Related Article: ‘Tita Jessie’ at 104: A story of curiosity, adventure, love

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WAVES: Heartbreaking Island Romance and the Beauty of Mangenguey, Cebu, & Ilona Struzik! @WaverlyPictures

I felt so proud after watching Waves, a high-quality Philippine movie about an intimate island love story, starring alluring Polish model Ilona Struzik, and Filipino Actor Baron Geisler. Audiences are sure to be mesmerized by the cinematic backdrop of Mangenguey Island in Palawan and the Whale sharks of Cebu, both featured throughout the movie.

Could we finally be seeing a renaissance of the art of film making in the Philippines? Thanks to Waverly Pictures, a Cebu-based motion picture company dedicated to more in-depth, quality, and narrative films, that just might be the case.

WAVES opens today (June 24) in Philippine Cinemas!

Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t miss watching this island love story…

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BOSES: A Tagalog Indie Film about Child Abuse Every Filipino Parent should Watch! @BOSESTheMovie

We watched the homecoming screening of BOSES at Cinemalaya, and Wolverine last Sunday.

Wolverine was visually entertaining, but we never talked about it after the movie. BOSES, on the other hand, kept us reflecting on child abuses at home or around us and what are we doing about it.

  • During the times when you become a “monster” parent, do you verbally and physically harm your kids?
  • What will you do if you heard of a child abuse from your neighborhood? Will you just ignore it and mind your own business, or will you help stop it?
  • Do you bully your own kids or tolerate bullying in any form?

This is the movie that every Filipino parent should watch! 

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Soy Muy Amigo (I Am a Dear Friend)

The Spaniards colonized us through religion, converting native Filipinos into Christians…

The Americans seduced us with the promise of Democracy and Freedom…

Which leads us to the question: What does it really mean to be a Filipino without the influences of our colonial masters?

This movie was made for our generation, maybe to give us a glimpse of what it means to be Filipino.

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Kaya ng Filipino Lumipad… a DAYO Review

11-year old Bubuy meets Anna the Mananangirl for the first time

We were blown away by the first public premiere of Dayo the Movie last Friday. I almost shed a tear when the movie finished because Filipinos have finally created the first All-Digital Animated Movie that we all can be proud of.

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The Dark Knight Premieres in IMAX SM Mall of Asia, Manila

BATMAN – The Dark Knight
premiered in IMAX SM Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines last night.

It is brilliant, dark and disturbing.
It is definitely, a Christopher Nolan masterpiece.
We were emotionally involved with the fears and hopes of the citizen of Gotham.

I was scared of Joker. Heath Ledger’s performance was no joke.
I’m torn between giving him a standing ovation for his performance or
Feeling angry with the way he terrorized the citizens of Gotham.

The IMAX screen brought Batman to life.
It was responsible for the fears and drama that the audience felt.
I felt like I’m a citizen of Gotham City.

Most of the cinematic and action scenes are filmed in the highest IMAX film resolution.
You can distinguish the IMAX 2D scenes where the pictures are taller than it is wide.
With this, you are engulfed by the emotions and drama of the entire scene.

The trailer was just a teaser.
If you love it, wait till you see the rest of the movie.
Bravo to the brilliant writer of The Dark Knight!

A lot of people died in the movie.
Heath Ledger died after shooting this movie.
It was neither a happy or sad ending.

Saying that this is “The Movie Event of the Year” is an understatement.
This is not for kids and I would not consider this a cartoon anymore.
Just watch it.


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

P.S. Reserve your tickets @ SM IMAX (+632) 556 IMAX (4629) / 5560242). P350.
The Dark Knight opens on July 17, 2008.
The best seats in Imax are the top rows M,N,P,Q and pick the center seats.

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Princess Urduja – The First Filipino Animated Film

(Thanks to Michelle Morelos for the Urduja photos)

Congratulations to Producer Tony Tuviera (of Eat Bulaga fame) and Director Reggie Entienza for Urduja! It is “the first-ever Philippine full-length digital and traditional animation film” that showcase Filipino talent and animation capabilities (see more info: Life is an Animation) This is history in the making. Who said that the Filipino film industry is dead?

Urduja is a fictional story of a warrior princess in the land of Taliwisi which is in Pangasinan. The story revolves around the forbidden love story of Princess Urduja(voiced by Regine Velasquez) and the Chinese Pirate, Lim Hang (voiced by Cesar Montano). It also offers a view of the tribal lives and ancient traditions in the Philippines. I love the movie’s theme song “Babae Ako” sang by Regine Velasquez.

Urduja reapplies some of Hollywood animation’s winning formula which uses a woman as a lead character like in Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. The musical romance scenes of Urduja and Lim Hang are reminiscent of Pocahontas. It is like watching anime-like cartoons but dubbed in Tagalog. You’ll get entertained by the Eat Bulaga humor between Tasir (a tarsier voiced by Allan K) and Kutkut (a rat voiced by Michael V). They resemble the tandem of Timon (a meerkat), and Pumbaa (a warthog) from the Lion King.

What I did not like about the movie is the over use of romantic cliches,and tired Eat Bulaga jokes. The plot is also predictable.

I sincerely hope that this opens the door to animated movies featuring the enchanted tales of Filipino folklore or the lost island of Lemuria in the Philippines.
I am proud that we finally have our first Filipino-made animated film! Watch it for its historical significance and realize that “Kaya pala natin ito (We can do it!)!”

Have you watched Urduja? What do you think of it?


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

Movie Reviews

U2 3D Premieres in Manila

rache U2 3D Up Close

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Official U2 3D Website: U2 3D Movie

I watched the premier press preview of U2 3D movie last night. I was not ready to witness a historic technological advancement in concert films history. I would agree that this is even better than watching the U2 concert live. At one point in the movie, I felt I was in the front row crowd singing “Sunday Bloody Sunday” with U2. The imagery created by the concert performance and video screens are something to see. You can be intimate with Bono who sings directly in front of you in virtual reality — a defining moment in 3d movie history. The combination of 3d images and text, 5.1 surround sound quality and actual participation of the IMAX crowd, makes the experience surreal.

It would have been great if the entire crowd in IMAX was standing up with the crowd and singing. But again it was press night and most of the oldies just decided to sit back and watch. I know that you will be watching this specially the U2 fans out there. Please come with a mindset that you are attending a concert and having the best virtual reality interaction with U2 and the stadium crowd. Sing, wave your hands, clap, bring out your cellphones and forget for a moment that you are in a 3d IMAX theater.

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U2 3D was shot during the last leg of the “Vertigo” tour in South America. U2 is not only recognized for their musical invention but also for reaching out to millions of fans through new technologies. This technologies include the use of video screens during the 1992-93 “ZooTv” tour, LED displays on their 1997-98 “PopMart” tour, and recently, the use of dimensional, light beaded video curtains above the stage at their 2005-06 “Vertigo” tour. They were also the first bands to embrace the Apple iPod device coming out with a U2 branded iPod. Bono wanted to go somewhere magical with the creation of U2 3D. He decided to shoot the South America Vertigo tour to capture the enthusiasm of the crowd who are excited to watch U2 after an eight-year hiatus from the continent.

Here is a 30 second clip on the U2 3D movie:
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Spiderman 3 @ IMAX. Is it Worth it?

By now, I’m sure that most of you were part of making Spiderman hit a record-shattering opening day in the Philippines! There won’t be any spoilers in the post. Some say that this is the best Spiderman ever and there are a lot of villains just in one movie! Others also say that it is dragging, there are a lot of inconsistencies in the movie and the drama is predictable. Overall, I liked it but I don’t think it was worth watching it in IMAX because there are no 3d effects. However, if you want to impress a date, here are the top reasons for watching Spiderman 3 in IMAX:

Top 3 reasons for watching Spiderman 3 in IMAX!

1. Watch Spiderman 3 in the biggest screen in the country and the no.1 IMAX theater worldwide (in terms of sales).

2. Get a chance to see and take a picture of the biggest bubble wrap sticker in the Philippines!

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