Philippine cinema - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine cinema


Who is the Filipino? Cinema, criticism, and representation

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:02 PM

We talk to Richard Bolisay about film criticism and what cinema says about the Philippines

LOOK: PHLPost releases 'Sandaan' stamp

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The commemorative stamp is released in celebration of 100 years of Philippine cinema

PHLPost 100 years of Cinema commemorative stamps . Photo from PhilPOST

'Sine Sandaan' to kick off 100 years of PH cinema celebration

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:42 AM

'Sine Sandaan' is a 3-hour event to honor the men and women of Philippine Cinema

Filipinos online fume after mall chain announces 'Avengers: Endgame' screenings with Chinese subs

Apr 22, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Select screen times at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls for 'Avengers: Endgame' will have Chinese subtitles

ENDGAME WITH SUBTITLES. Megaworld announces select screenings of 'Endgame' with Chinese subtitles. Image from Southwoods' Facebook page

These PH cinemas will screen 'Avengers: Endgame' 24 hours a day during opening week

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Plus: Where to catch it first on April 24 and where you can rewatch 'Infinity War'

'ENDGAME.' The long-awaited Part 2 to 'Infinity War' hits Philippine cinemas on April 24, 2019. Poster courtesy of Disney Philippines

The most anticipated of Philippine cinema this 2019

Jan 13, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Exciting projects await Philippine cinema’s centennial year

Here’s where you can watch – and sing along to – 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in PH

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Movie? Karaoke? You can do both here, apparently

SING ALONG, TOO. A version of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with on-screen lyrics will screen in Philippine cinemas soon. Still courtesy of 20th Century Fox

18 PH films to screen at New York's MoMA

May 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Movies by Lav Diaz Brillante Mendoza Erik Matti and more will be part of a Museum of Modern Art feature on Filipino films

'MA' ROSA.' Brillante Mendoza's film is one of the movies to be screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Screengrab from Facebook/marosafilm

IN PHOTOS: A Celebration of Philippine Cinema 2016

Oct 19, 2016 - 1:39 PM

The Film Development Council of the Philippines recognizes standouts in the film industry and shares a few plans for the coming year

3 women, a scandal, and the search for truth

Mar 23, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Whistleblower opens in Philippine cinemas on April 6

[IN PHOTOS] UP Lantern Parade 2015: A tribute to Philippine cinema

Dec 16, 2015 - 10:20 PM

See the photos of the 2015 UP Lantern Parade

'The Love Affair': Richard, Dawn, and Bea on filming intimate scenes for the movie

Aug 12, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Richard Gomez Dawn Zulueta and Bea Alonzo share their thoughts on making the movie

Screengrab from YouTube

Veteran actress Lucita Soriano dies at 74

Jul 09, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Film and television actress Lucita Soriano whose career spanned 5 decades before she retired a few years ago passes away

5 Lessons from (some of) our favorite Pinoy pairs

Jun 22, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Two can play the game of life

An artist for the people

Apr 04, 2015 - 10:13 AM

The artist is well advised to take on the challenge of creating art that will contribute to social change by enlightening viewers and audiences about the nature and causes of the problems they face as Filipinos today

Dolphy and COPD: Remembering his legacy

Feb 08, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Brothers Eric and Epy Quizon share their memories of their father and his journey with COPD

2013: The year that was in Philippine cinema

Jan 04, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Hopefully in 2014 Filipino films get to attract more Filipino audiences

'Plus' factor in Cinema One Originals Filmfest 2013

Nov 03, 2013 - 7:34 PM

Cinema One launches 15 full length fils to be screened from November 11 to 19 in Glorietta Trinoma and Robinson s Galleria cinemas

Photo from the festival's Facebook

Rappler profile: Cherie Gil

Sep 11, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Few celebrities in Philippine cinema can match the range and versatility of Sonata lead actress and Rappler columnist Cherie Gil

'On the Job': Adrenaline shot

Sep 07, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Film shows off what you can do if you have the money to realize your vision

DEFINITE DARKNESS. Anderson and Torre are soused in film's atmosphere. Still courtesy of ABS-CBN

The odyssey of 'OTJ'

Aug 17, 2013 - 9:30 AM

Erik Matti film helps revive long dormant action genre in Philippine cinema

SOCIAL-REALIST ACTION. Gerald Anderson in 'OTJ.' Photo courtesy of Star Cinema

Behn Cervantes, 74

Aug 15, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Actor director a leading light on stage and screen and in the theater of street protests

ACTIVIST. Behn Cervantes joined the Martial Law anniversary rally in 2012. Photo from @natoreyes

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

Behn Cervantes taken to hospital

Jul 29, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Renowned stage and screen actor director to be treated for pneumonia with complications

ACTOR-DIRECTOR. Cervantes (seated) at a recent awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of Pablo Tariman

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

Brocka's 'Maynila': A film that lives

Jul 27, 2013 - 9:43 AM

Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag still thrives in its critical acclaim almost 40 years after its release

FRANTIC. Bembol Roco in this iconic closing frame. Photo from The Urian Anthology 1970-1979

Cinemalaya: A platform for raw talent

Jul 25, 2013 - 5:39 PM

Now on its 9th year the CCP film festival diversifies further in the cause of committed cinema

SOLIDARITY. Cinemalaya is also a celebration of community. Photo by Arcel Cometa

Variety in Cinemalaya 2013

Jul 05, 2013 - 12:53 PM

Suspense horror comedy advocacy in Cinemalaya 2013

COMPLEX MATERIAL. Portes and the cast of 'Liars.' Photo courtesy of CCP

Nora Aunor wins 7th Urian Best Actress

Jun 19, 2013 - 9:10 AM

The Superstar’s comeback one trophy shy of matching Vilma’s record

BEST ACTRESS. Nora Aunor receives the Best Actress award for 'Thy Womb' amidst thunderous applause and cheers from her fans in the audience. All photos by Andrew Robles

WINNERS: 36th Gawad Urian Awards

Jun 18, 2013 - 8:34 PM

Here is the rolling list of winners updated as they are announced

FILM'S BIG NIGHT. Cherie Gil, Richard Gomez, Iza Calzado and Xian Lim host the 36th Gawad Urian awards with showbiz veteran Butch Francisco. Image courtesy of ABS-CBN

HIGHLIGHTS: 36th Gawad Urian

Jun 18, 2013 - 7:10 PM

Rappler brings you the event as it happens at the NBC Tent Bonifacio Global City Taguig

GAWAD URIAN 2013. Measuring Filipino talent in gold. Photo by Ivy Pangilinan/

Be steel, my heart: A 'Steel Bars' review

Jun 13, 2013 - 11:37 AM

Rappler reviews Cesar Apolinario s latest masterpiece starring Dingdong Dantes and Patrick Bergin Photos Courtesy of Portfolio Films

DANCING INMATES. Dingdong Dantes and Patrick Bergin are among the dancing inmates of Cebu in Cesar Apolinario's 'Dance of the Steel Bars.' All images from the movie's Facebook page courtesy of Portfolio Films

Oil and water: Complexity of Danny Zialcita

Mar 21, 2013 - 2:05 PM

An appreciation of some of the finest work by the late Filipino director

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. Dindo Fernando and Laurice Guillen in ‘Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi.’ Photo from the Danny Zialcita Facebook fan page

Nora Aunor, Eddie Garcia win at Asian Film Awards

Mar 19, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Aunor is Best Actress for her role in Thy Womb while Garcia is Best Actor for Bwakaw

BEST ACTORS. Nora Aunor and Eddie Garcia bolster Pinoy pride after winning top acting honors at the 7th Asian Film Awards. Photo from 'Thy Womb' Facebook page

No more melodramas: Farewell, Direk Danny

Mar 15, 2013 - 9:42 AM

The esteemed filmmaker behind some of Philippine cinema’s most memorable dramas has passed away

SHOOT, HE’S GONE. Danny Zialcita at his prime spot: behind the camera. All images from the Danny Zialcita Facebook fan page

'Bwakaw' brightens Philippine indie film industry

Nov 05, 2012 - 12:33 PM

Head of FAP Leo Martinez says Bwakaw would in all likelihood not have the financial backing for a marketing campaign to get a final nomination for the Oscars

LOVELY PAIR. Eddie Garcia and Princess star in 'Bwakaw.' Image from the Bwakaw Facebook page

The last bow

Jul 17, 2012 - 10:52 AM

The truth is that Rodolfo Vera Quizon didn’t need to be perfect; he didn’t need to wage wars against occupiers or the corrupt; or to enrich his country’s coffers or radically transform society in order to become Dolphy