Filipino films today at the French Film Festival.

If it weren’t for a friend inviting me to watch the screening of her short films, I wouldn’t have noticed the French Film Festival currently screening at the Shangri-la Plaza.

Later, the film festival will be featuring works from Filipino filmmakers:

Traditionally, on Independence Day, the festival pays tribute to Philippine cinema by screening Filipino films that have been shown in festivals in France, or whose directors have participated in French workshops or seminars. Among the films to be shown this year are “Busong” by Auraeus Solito (Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2011), “Manila” by Raya Martin and Adolfo Alix, Jr. (Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2009), “Bakal Boys” by Ralstom Jover (participant in the Cinéfondation Atelier, Cannes Film Festival 2012) and the short films “Little” and “Au Revoir Philippe” by Sigrid Bernardo (One Country One Film Festival, Apchat).

Because of limited time, I probably will only be able to catch the short films. Which is too bad because I want to see “Busong”.

The schedule for the remaining screenings at the Shangri-la Plaza are below:


June 12
1:30 pm – Bakal Boys
4:00 pm – Short films
8:00 pm – Busong

June 13
12:30 pm – Demon Lover
3:30 pm – Irma Vep
5:30 pm – Summer Hours
8:00 – Sentimental Destinies

June 14
12:00 pm – Rebellion (L’ordre et la morale)
3:00 pm – The Art of Love (L’art d’aimer)
5:00 pm – Heartbreaker (L’arnacoeur)
7:30 pm – The Artist

June 15
12:00 pm – Cold Water (L’eau Froide)
2:30 pm – Demon Lover
5:30 pm – All That Glitters (Tout ce qui brille)
8:00 pm – Clean

June 16
12:00 pm – Hideaway (Le Refuge)
3:00 pm – The 3 – Way Wedding (L’ Mariage a Trois)
5:30 pm – Sentimental Destinies
8:00 pm – Summer Hours

June 17
12:30 pmh – Clean
3:00 pm – Roses A Credit
5:30 pm – Deep in the Woods (Au Fond Des Bois)
8:00 pm – The 3 – Way Wedding (L’ Mariage a Trois)

Citi-Rustan’s French Film Festival

Haute Auteur: Silent Video Competition is accepting entries until February 10.

Got this from one of my Facebook groups:

Haute Auteur 2012

The Haute Auteur Silent Video Competition invites EVERYONE interested in films and filmmaking. This year’s theme is Cinema Nostalgia: Icons Reimagined and Recollected. All you have to do is submit 3-5 minute silent video that reflects your re/interpretation of ‘the iconic’ in Philippine Cinema. Deadline of submission is on February 10, so submit now!

The chosen entries will be publicly screened in Shangri-la Plaza Mall from February 20-24 and scored live by a musical act at B-Side, at the Collective in Makati on February 25. Here’s your chance to win cash, a Canon camcorder, and other cool prizes! Just visit our Facebook page for more information regarding the mechanics, updates on the competition, and the panel of judges.

We look forward to seeing you there! This festival is brought to you by the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film, Canon, Asia Pacific Film Institute, and the UP Cineastes’ Studio, the country’s premier student film organization.

Haute Auteur: Silent Video Competition

OMG Nosferatu is screening on the 26th at Shangri-la Plaza.

I thought I had our Baguio trip this month planned out but it seems we will have to delay it.

My sister sent me a Facebook invitation for the 5th International Silent Film Festival. It coincides with our planned Baguio trip and one of the featured movies is Nosferatu.

Director: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1922 (94 min.)
Genre: Horror


The film Nosferatu – A symphony of horror is a German silent film produced by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. The premier was on the 04 March 1922 in Berlin. For the first time Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau showed vampires in a movie thus, making it the precursor of vampire films.

It’s a relatively easy choice: Baguio will always be just a few hours away from Manila, but how often does one get the chance to see a movie like Nosferatu?

Silent Film Screening
26 – 28 August 2011
Shang Cineplex (Cinema 2), Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong Manila
Free entrance
+632 8405723-24

Bread from Shangri-la.

Bread from Bakersfresh

Bern and I were following Leo to the lighter store yesterday afternoon when the three of us passed in front of a bakery. At once and without discussion, the inviting smell of fresh bread made us stop, head back, and step into the store. Next thing we knew, Bern was holding a tray and tongs and we were deciding which bread we should be buying.

I haven’t passed by that area of the Shangri-la Mall in some time and did not notice Bakersfresh before. I’m not that much of a fan of fancy bread, really. Most of the time, I’m happy with pan de sal and whole wheat loaf from Pan de Manila. Often, bread for me is merely that thing that wraps a sandwich.

Bread from Bakersfresh

Obviously, I don’t know how to bake.

But sometimes, really good bread will catch my attention. Or in this instance, our attention.

I picked some garlic and butter sticks (which I though would go well with pasta and could be eaten fine on their own). I also picked what was labeled yema bread, because it reminded me of a similarly-named bread I once had in Laguna. Leo got himself a ham and pineapple wrap, while Bern choose a bread topped with pork floss. We joking at how we’re going to store the bread at home; actually, we already ate nearly have of what we bought within 30 minutes of us arriving at the apartment.

The yema bread actually looked homely compared with the others. It was a bit pale and round, built like a dome on a flat base. It could remind someone of a really huge, really nasty boil. It was also surprisingly good.

The dome used normal bread floor with some yummy custard as filling; that, I suppose, was the “yema” bit. The base, however, was sweet and used cake flour; it tasted like pacencia.

The other kinds of bread were good, in a rather uniform and generic kind of way. Of good quality, but no surprises. Next time I pass by Bakersfresh, I’ll pick another random bread and see if it will wow me.

Bread from Bakersfresh