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Indie-Siyensya extends deadline to February 25

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:23 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The contest is open to all Filipinos who may join as individuals or in groups

Indie-Siyensya judges (L-R) Dr. Ruby Cristobal, Prof. Seymour Sanchez, and Dr. Aimee Lynn Dupo with DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo and PSHS Western Visayas Campus Director Dr. Shena Faith Ganela led the program launch of the 4th Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition at the Regional Science and Technology Week Celebration last October 19, 2020 in Iloilo City.

Games for learning and social change

May 25, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Philippine game developers continue to use games as a medium to create awareness, to educate, and hopefully to affect change in society

COGNITIO TERRA. Let the power of mathematics help you in this action game! Screenshot from Facebook video

Indie actor Kristofer King dies

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The actor is best known for his roles in Brillante Mendoza's movies

Indie rock band Vampire Weekend drops new music after hiatus

Jan 25, 2019 - 5:24 PM

After nearly 6 years, the New York rock band is releasing a new album, complete with 18 tracks

Pinoy science docus reap awards in 3rd Indie-Siyensya film contest

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:29 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 7 films earn the nod of judges and selected viewers in the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition

IN PHOTOS: Phum Viphurit, Boy Pablo, and more indie faves at All of the Noise 2018

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Check out the international and local acts that performed at the two-day music fest at Century Mall on November 24-25

Iza Calzado open to kissing transgender actor in future projects

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Iza stars in the Cinemalaya film 'Distance'

SAKSIKAN: Rappler Nongkrong Bareng The Rain

May 30, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The Rain kembali dengan 'Rencana Berbahaya' mereka!

'RENCANA BERBAHAYA'. The Rain merilis single terbaru mereka bertajuk 'Rencana berbahaya'. Foto oleh Sakinah Ummu Haniy/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Filmfest Entry

Dec 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Pengalaman Calvin Jeremy sebagai musisi independen

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:55 AM

‘Nostalgia’ akan jadi album perdana bagi Calvin Jeremy bersama manajemen indie miliknya, C & J Management

INDIE. Calvin Jeremy bercerita tentang pengalamannya sebagai musisi independen. Foto oleh Sakinah Ummu Haniy/Rappler

What's going on? A timeline of the indie music scene's sexual misconduct scandal

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Jensen and the Flips, MilesExperience, Sud, and Ang Bandang Shirley are among several local bands now in the spotlight for alleged inappropriate behavior

LOOK: What's on CINE LOKAL this September

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Select SM cinemas have been showcasing indie films on a regular basis; with the screening of at least one indie film every single week

PUTI. Mike Alcazaren's 2012 thriller is returning to movie screens this month for Cine Lokal. Screengrab from

15 musisi indie Indonesia yang berprestasi

Feb 24, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Indonesia memiliki bakat bakat musik yang dapat menembus pasar internasional Pembuktian tersebut diberikan oleh para musisi indie dalam negeri

Sotto files Senate resolution for indie film fest

Jan 05, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III wants the MMDA to create a film festival for independent movies saying that the revamped MMFF is prejudicial to regular moviegoers

TITO SOTTO. The senator and actor files a resolution to have an independent film festival during the semestral break. Screengrab from Instagram/helenstito

4 upcoming Filipino indie games you need to keep an eye on

Nov 01, 2016 - 9:29 AM

The future is bright for these sweet looking titles showcased at the eSports and Gaming Summit 2016

OCEAN 16 to promote musicians, artists as future of PH micro-entrepreneurship

Sep 28, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Not only are Filipinos good technologically we re also probably the most creative people in the ASEAN region Let s celebrate that says PLDT Capital managing director Winston Damarillo

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: BP Valenzuela

Jun 08, 2016 - 6:09 PM

From selling EPs door to door at school to playing at major music festivals BP Valenzuela has come a long way Listen to her set live on Rappler com

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

WATCH: 5 PH indie musicians to check out

Jun 15, 2015 - 11:23 PM

Tired of the usual top 40 radio fare? Music enthusiast and Jam 88 3 DJ Russ Davis gives us the lowdown on 5 local indie music acts worth checking out

IN PHOTOS: Closeup Forever Summer 2015

May 17, 2015 - 6:37 PM

Closeup s summer music event is back

Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

‘Alimuom ng Kahapon’ Review: Forgettable and whiny

May 10, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The film is riddled with a chronic lack of subtlety and sophistication writes Oggs Cruz

4 things to know about alt-J

May 07, 2015 - 3:36 PM

alt J is set to perform in Manila May 19

Screengrab from Instagram/Karpos Multimedia

IN PHOTOS: Cynthia Alexander performs at Jack Daniels Indie Music Awards

Apr 19, 2015 - 2:05 PM

Among the songs she played were Dumaan Ako and Comfort in Your Strangeness with the audience joining her in song

Court says Dutch state must pay Indonesia war widows

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:46 AM

The Dutch state is liable to compensate Indonesian relatives of men who were illegally executed between 1946 49 in the former Dutch East Indies

RAWAGEDE. Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Tjeerd de Zwaan (C) attends a ceremony at the Hero Cemetery in Rawagede, West Java, on December 9, 2011. The Dutch government has apologized officially to the victims of Rawagede massacre following the lawsuit filed by the victims' widows against the Dutch government in The Hague civil court, the Netherlands. Photo by EPA

Cinemalaya 2014 announces movie lineup

Jul 11, 2014 - 12:42 AM

The Nora Aunor movie Hustisya is among the movies to be shown in the film festival

World Cup: Netherlands now on verge of round of 16 after downing Australia

Jun 19, 2014 - 2:16 AM

The Netherlands moved to the verge of the World Cup last 16 on Wednesday with a breathless come from behind 3 2 win over Australia

FLY LIKE A ROBIN. Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring the 2 - 2 equalizer against Australia. Photo by Armando Babani/EPA

Violence reigns in 'Bang Bang Alley'

Apr 11, 2014 - 6:41 PM

First time film directors Ely Buendia Yan Yuzon and King Palisoc present Bang Bang Alley

VIOLENCE REIGNS. Filmmakers Ely Buendia, Yan Yuzon, and King Palisoc present Bang Bang Alley. Screengrab from the film's trailer

Yolanda storm survivors pledge processions as thanks

Mar 14, 2014 - 5:04 PM

For the lucky community of Opong who lived through Typhoon Yolanda weekly processions are their way of giving thanks for their survival

DEVOTION. This picture taken on November 18, 2013 shows survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan marching during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte, over one week after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Cinemalaya 2014 finalists announced

Mar 12, 2014 - 7:17 PM

Finalists for Cinemalaya 2014 feature a variety of themes

CINEMALAYA. The festival aims 'discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.' Screengrab from Cinemalaya Faceboook

Cinemalaya 2014 accepting entries for Short Feature Category

Jan 29, 2014 - 7:34 PM

Entries to the Short Feature Category of the 2014 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition are now being accepted

MMFF Cinephone: From film to phone

Dec 23, 2013 - 6:01 PM

MMFF releases a series of text only films that are viewable completely through a wide variety of mobile phones

TEXT FILM. The Cinephone category features 4 films made entirely out of text characters. Screen grab from 'Make Love' trailer

Metric: Saving the best for last

Dec 08, 2013 - 3:14 PM

Canadian indie rock band Metric solidifies itself as one of the top acts to grace the Manila Music scene in 2013

BEATING LIKE A HAMMER. Metric rocks the Samsung Concert hall las December 5, 2013. Photo by Michaela Romulo

'Woman of the Ruins': A marriage in ruins

Nov 21, 2013 - 12:36 PM

Keith Sicat effectively captures a society crumbling not from natural or man made disasters but from persisting norms and religion

'WOMAN OF THE RUINS'. The film reflects present-day society, where religion has a grab hold of the very concept of marriage. Screen grab from the trailer

‘Islands:' In the ocean of isolation

Nov 18, 2013 - 5:17 PM

An astronaut a grandmother a tribesman and a director round up this journey that transcends time space and reality

LOVE, LOSS, MEMORY. It is the isolation that separates us, and at the same time, binds us. Screen grab from the trailer

‘Shift' is not a love story

Nov 17, 2013 - 1:29 PM

When sexual preference becomes the immediate obstacle of love what real choice does anyone have?

GIRL MEETS GAY. If 'Shift' tells us anything, it is a subtle reminder that we do not choose who we love. Photo from the film's Facebook

WINNERS: 2013 CinemaOne Originals filmfest

Nov 16, 2013 - 10:21 PM

15 films are part of this year s CinemaOne Originals film festival happening November 11 to 19

'KABISERA' WINNERS. Best Supporting Actress Bing Pimentel, Best Actor Joel Torre, and his nephew Best Director Borgy Torre. Photo by Ira Agting/Rappler

‘Bukas Na Lang Sapagka't Gabi Na:' The art of rebellion

Nov 16, 2013 - 2:32 PM

A film of 4 tangentially related stories with the resulting form impressively more expansive than each of its individual parts

POWER OF VISUALS. a quieting reminder that every frame tells its own story. Photo from the film's Facebook

'Riddles of My Homecoming:' A profound purgatory

Nov 15, 2013 - 1:43 PM

More than a film it is a poem it is performance art – an abstract mosaic of an island’s profound agony

RIDDLES. The souls are as broken and fractured as the limbo they roam. Photo from the film's Facebook

‘Blue Bustamante’ review: A hero with heart

Nov 14, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Blue Bustamante is an effective nostalgia trip to a time of Japanese styled superheroes and building sized monsters

FORCE FIVE. 'Blue Bustatamante' is an endearing ride with a single destination – childhood. Screen grab from the trailer

Cinema One: The revolution is sometimes televised

Nov 11, 2013 - 11:01 AM

If there is a revolution it is a deeply flawed one It remains marginalized with only a few of the films having a life outside of the festival

PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE. Cinema One takes risks with content selection but remains conservative when it comes to distribution

Indie film Nuwebe tackles rape and incest

Aug 07, 2013 - 10:46 PM

Cinemalaya film entry Nuwebe deals with the ugly sins of society rape and incest and a child’s journey to transcend her trauma

'Burgos' marks Cinemalaya premiere

Aug 04, 2013 - 6:30 PM

CCP filmfest closes with a bang with Joel Lamangan s politically charged film starring Lorna Tolentino

LT'S 'FIRST INDIE.' Mrs. Burgos is all praise for Lorna's portrayal. Photo from the film's Facebook page

Gretchen finds 1st indie its own reward

Aug 02, 2013 - 4:53 PM

Actress says winning an award in Cinemalaya is far from her mind It s enough that she took part in an independent film

AFRAID OF HORROR. Gretchen at the set of 'The Diplomat Hotel.' Photo from the film's Facebook page

Cinemalaya at Ayala Malls

Jul 29, 2013 - 5:39 PM

Going down south as Cinemalaya steps out of its home base to reach the broader audience

MODERN JAZZ. Documentary about a gay couple is simply a love story for its director. Photo from Voyage Studios

Jasmine Curtis-Smith's first film an indie

Jul 28, 2013 - 12:49 PM

She s a Filipino Israeli in the Cinemalaya entry Transit She gets to speak Hebrew too

INSPIRED BY 'TRANSIT.' Jasmine feels she belongs to the indies. Image from her Facebook page

Docu on love and migration opens Cinemalaya

Jul 27, 2013 - 4:03 PM

Jazz in Love is not just about a gay love story It s about love says filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama

ALL ABOUT LOVE. Villarama's docu, she says, isn't just about a gay relationship. Poster from Voyage Film Studios

Vilma nervous about first indie

Jul 27, 2013 - 1:59 PM

A lot of people seem to have high expectations for the film the Star for All Seasons says of Ekstra

JITTERS. Vilma said she became more tense when the trailer went viral. Photo from the film's Facebook page

Lively cast fuels 'Turbo'

Jul 21, 2013 - 1:58 PM

DreamWorks fastest snail also geared up by humor and a lot of heart

RACE TO A DREAM. 'Turbo' is charged up by voice acting and character work. Poster from the film's Facebook page

Marginalized filmmaking: a review of 'Rekorder'

Jun 21, 2013 - 6:18 PM

Rekorder is the one Cinemalaya entry that may carry the whole festival

POST-MODERN THESIS. Red's 'Rekorder,' in the Godardian tradition, is a film about filmmaking. Production still from Rekorder 2013 Facebook Page.

'Transmigrate:' A different kind of indie

Jun 15, 2013 - 6:27 PM

Film maker Criselle Quinn expands the definition of indie in her film Transmigrate

BRAVE NEW WORLD. Criselle Quinn is among a new breed of film-makers taking 'indie' film-making to a different level. Screenshot from YouTube (SpartanSeriesFilms)

Entertainment wRap: Cannes 2013

May 15, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Here s the latest news on the forthcoming Cannes International Film Festival

CANNES WRAP. Here are news about the forthcoming festival. Photo from the Cannes International Film Festival Facebook page