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Over 130 homegrown films find home in Iloilo's regional film festival

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The festival kicked off in December 2019 but due to popular demand and support from the local government, it has been extended until January 24, 2020

THE CHANTERS. CineKasimanwa also served as a homecoming of sorts for the award-winning film “The Chanters” directed by James Robin Mayo. The screening of this film became one of the highlights of the festival. Screenshot courtesy of CineKasimanwa

Borongan City's Monika Afable is Sinulog Festival Queen 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, also brings home a number of corporate awards

SINULOG FESTIVAL QUEEN. Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, takes home the crown. Photo from Sinulog Foundation Incorporated

LIST: Where to party during Sinulog 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Whether it's a pool party or a music festival, here's a list of parties you can let loose in during Sinulog weekend

PARTY. Parties are back during the 2020 Sinulog. File photo by Alecs Ongcal

Signal shutdown to proceed during Sinulog 2020 events

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Despite a previous announcement that cellular signal would not be shut down, local police request that these be switched off during Sinulog due to the attendance of President Rodrigo Duterte

SHUTDOWN. The signal shutdown will proceed during this year's Sinulog Festival. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:49 PM

Actress Cate Blanchett will preside over the prestigious film festival's jury this September, two years after she headed Cannes in 2018

Pit Señor: A complete pilgrim's guide to Santo Niño de Cebu

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Joining Sinulog 2020? Here's a rundown of must-dos when on a pilgrimage to Cebu City’s Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

MAGELLAN'S CROSS. A first trip to Cebu City is not complete without visiting Magellan’s cross. The holy site is a mere 15-minute cab ride from WCCHC.

Labella defuses Sinulog 2020 exclusive broadcast rights backlash

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:52 PM

The announcement allays the concerns of media groups who learned of the exclusive broadcast contract between MyTv and the Sinulog Foundation

NO EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS. Mayor Edgar Labella intervened on an exclusive deal between MyTv and Edgar Labella. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Bambu, Rocky Rivera, Gloc-9, Abra and more headline FlipTop Festival 2020

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The festival celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Fliptop rap battle league

FLIPTOP. The rap battle league celebrates its 10th anniversary with the FlipTop Festival 2020. Photo by Nina Sandejas

Cebu political heavies to share stage on final day of Sinulog 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella, together with provincial board members, are dancing on the last day of Sinulog

PIT SENYOR. In this file photo, Cebu Governor  Gwen Garcia dances in the 2013 Sinulog Festival. Photo by Bernardo Arellano III

IN PHOTOS: Beatrice Luigi Gomez wins Binibining Cebu 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Beatrice Luigi Gomez succeeds Steffi Aberasturi as the new titleholder

Beatrice Luigi Gomez reigned supreme during the coronation night of Binibining Cebu. Photo by Jasper Ylanan

Spike Lee to be first black president of Cannes film festival jury

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The 'BlacKkKlansman' director is the first person of black African descent to preside at the world's biggest film festival

Manila's biggest Christian music fest is happening this February

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Catch Rend Collective, Citipointe Live, IV of Spades, The Ransom Collective, Leanne and Naara, and more

LIST: Sinulog 2020 events

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Here's your list of events for Sinulog 2020

MARDI GRAS. Sinulog 2020 is underway in Cebu City. Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

San Fernando's Beatrice Luigi Gomez crowned Binibining Cebu 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Check out the full list of winners here!

BB CEBU. Beatrice Luigi Gomez reigned supreme during the coronation night of Binibining Cebu. Photo by Jasper Ylanan/Rappler

Sinulog 2020 reminder: Only transparent bags allowed in Basilica

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:50 PM

People are discouraged from bringing backpacks into the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Only small and transparent bags will be allowed inside.

CLEAR BAGS ONLY. Only clear bags will be allowed inside the premises of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cebu City allows street parties during Sinulog Grand Parade

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Under the conditions set by the city government, street parties can only be held outside the 100-meter zone of the parade route, and requires a special permit

STREET PARTIES. Parties will be allowed this year but with conditions. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Sinulog officially begins in Cebu City

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:58 PM

The Sinulog Festival kicks off its 40th annual celebration in Cebu City

Cebuana beauty queens who made it in national, international pageants

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Sinulog season is also pageant season in Cebu!

MMFF 2019 gross sales at P955 million in box office

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Aga Muhlach's 'Miracle in Cell No 7' made the most in the box office during the festival

Cebu City police want to impose gun ban during Sinulog 2020

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The Central Visayas Police Regional Office asks Camp Crame's permission to ban firearms in Metro Cebu during the weeklong Sinulog festivities

No cell signal shutdown during Sinulog Festival, says Cebu City mayor

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Mayor Edgar Labella says keeping the signal on would help authorities – as well as families – stay connected but a shutdown may happen if police discover a threat

CELEBRATION. There will be no signal shutdown on Sinulog Day. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity’ review: A worthwhile spoof

Jan 01, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Believe it or not, 'Mission Unstapabol' is a refreshing effort from Tuviera, Sotto and their usual team.'

‘3Pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon’ review: Toxic cinema

Dec 31, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'3Pol Trobol' peddles the most obsolete of ideals

‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ review: Improving on the original

Dec 31, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'The localization makes not just its charms but also its tragedy more profound'

MMFF 2019 reviews: The full list

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Here's a quick guide to reviews of all the MMFF 2019 films. Which one are you watching?

‘The Mall, the Merrier’ review: More of the same, but messier

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

There is nothing discreet about 'The Mall, the Merrier'

‘Sunod’ review: More than standard horror fare

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:15 PM

'Sunod' is a solid effort

‘Write About Love’ review: More wrong than right

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The film sounds good on paper but fails to register fully

‘Mindanao’ review: A betrayal

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Mindanao' is dulled by its attempts at safe neutrality

Joji is coming to Manila for Wanderland 2020

Dec 29, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Are you ready for Joji?

JOJI IN MANILA. The singer and producer is part of the Wanderland 2020 lineup. Photo from Joji's Instagram

IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 awards night

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:10 AM

The festival celebrates its 45th year

PUP Sta. Mesa students win MMFF 2019 top prize for short film

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:24 PM

'Pamana ni Lola' tells the story of Alissa, a teenager who is slowly discovering what it means to grow up in their household

Pokwang hits cinemas for early pullout of 'Mindanao,' 'Culion': 'Huwag naman tayo puro sa pera lang'

Dec 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Films like 'Culion' and 'Mindanao' have apparently been pulled out of some cinemas over low ticket sales

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Award-winning 'Mindanao' director Brillante Mendoza asks more cinemas to screen film

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The day after winning all major MMFF 2019 awards, only 38 cinemas nationwide screened the movie

Judy Ann Santos on MMFF 2019 Best Actress win: 'A wonderful end to my 2019'

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The actress picks up her second award for the film 'Mindanao'

FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2019 awards night

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Mindanao' wins Best Picture

Judy Ann Santos on being culturally sensitive in the film 'Mindanao'

Dec 25, 2019 - 6:54 PM

In the film, Judy Ann plays a Muslim mother who cares for a cancer-stricken daughter

'MINDANAO.' Stars Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon wave to the crowd from atop the 'Mindanao' float at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars on December 22. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Sunod' director Carlo Ledesma on what makes his film stand out: 'I have the best actors'

Dec 24, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The film is the only horror entry in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival

SUNOD. The cast and team behind the upcoming film parade through the streets of Taguig at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 Parade of Stars on December 22. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Vice Ganda says ‘The Mall The Merrier’ different from MMFF films he’s done before

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The film stars Vice and Anne Curtis in their first movie team-up

VICE GANDA. The comedian waves to fans at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars, alongside his 'The Mall The Merrier' co-stars. Photo by Alecs/Ongcal

HIGHLIGHTS: The MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Both fans and stars endure the afternoon heat for the Metro Manila Film Festival's annual opening spectacle

FOR THE FANS. Vic Sotto, Maine Mendoza, and Pokwang were among the celebrities that joined the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 Parade of Stars. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Coco Martin's Paloma returns at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Coco stuns in his orange-and-pink drag look!

PALOMA. Coco Martin dresses up as his female alter-ego for the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Celebs we spotted at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The stars say hi before their films premiere at the Metro Manila Film Festival

PARADE OF STARS. Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon wave to the crowd from atop the 'Mindanao' float at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019's annual parade. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Vice Ganda arrives in photo finish at MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars

Dec 22, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The comedian rides a bike to the annual parade – straight from the Sunday variety show ASAP

VICE GANDA. The comedian catches up with the MMFF Parade of Stars on a motorbike. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

James Reid, Curtismith to perform in California music festival

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The two local acts will be performing in Orange County, California for the 'Overpass Music Festival,' headlined by Jhene Aiko

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: MMFF 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Bibidang muli ang 8 pelikulang Pinoy dahil Metro Manila Film Festival na naman!

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Mylene Dizon, JC Santos on ‘Sunod’

Dec 20, 2019 - 3:02 PM

The film premieres as part of the Metro Manila Film Festival on December 25

Pinoy kids make waves at Surf in the City Festival

Dec 18, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Kai Alcala and Nano Capacite may look like ordinary kids but they are showing spectators at the Surf in the City Festival in Borongan, Eastern Samar, a glimpse of the future of Philippine surfing

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Meryll Soriano, Suzette Ranillo, and Ricky Lee on 'Culion'

Dec 18, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The film is part of the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival

Taylor Swift to headline UK's Glastonbury Festival

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:31 AM

The singer is scheduled to perform at the festival on June 28, 2020

US singer Taylor Swift performs onstage during the Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York on December 13, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Vic Sotto says MMFF entry 'Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity' 'definitely different' from past movies

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'Gusto ko naman kasi paglabas nila ng sinehan may mga ngiti sa kanilang mga mukha,' Vic says

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler