Independent Film Festivals in the Philippines: A Quick Guide for cinephiles

Manila is now popular as a megacity that is ideal for cinephiles. Although it usually show Pinoy romantic comedies and Hollywood blockbusters, movie-goers today embrace the introduction of independent film festivals which showcase originally made Filipino films.As a matter of fact, it’s no secret that many film buffs from around the world visit the Philippines just to watch local films which help boost Philippine tourism in that aspect. Many luxury hotels and even budget inns in Manila, especially the ones near Cultural Center of the Philippines or Quezon City, get full bookings during the festival duration. Patron of the arts are willing to spend just to take part in these inspiring gatherings!

Film lovers gather once a year in the Cultural Center of the Philippines to support their favorite Cinemalaya entries

Film lovers gather once a year in the Cultural Center of the Philippines to support their favorite Cinemalaya entries

The annual hosting of local film festivals made Metro Manila popular among film makers and film watchers hailing from various parts of the globe. Now, refer to the following list of independent film festivals in the Philippines for a quick guide on what to expect in the indie film industry!

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Glaiza de Castro Charity Showcase Event and Fan Meet in UP Cine Adarna!

Key Elements Creative Media, in partnership with RCG Global Services, Inc., brings you a Charity Showcase Event featuring Filipina actress and singer, Glaiza De Castro.


Glaiza De Castro is known for her roles in the top-rating primetime series in GMA called The Rich Man’s Daughter, and currently, she plays the role of Pirena in the 2016 remake of the fantasy series Encantadia. In 2015, she launched her self-produced album called Synthesis which has already won a Gold Record Award.

The GDC Charity Showcase and Fanmeet is a 2-hr event happening on October 22, 2016, Saturday, at the UP Cine Adarna. Gates open at 6pm. Tickets only cost Php 1,500 for the VIP and Php 500 for General Admission.

What’s more? All proceeds will go to our chosen beneficiary, which is the PGH Pediatric Cancer Ward. As you can see, it’s all for a good cause!

See Glaiza perform her songs live, get a chance to ask her your questions, and interact with her through fun games! Not only that, Glaiza is also launching something big on the said event. So grab your tickets right away!

Album Review: Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande


While Ari’s latex bunny mask on her record’s artwork could be best described as Happy Tree Friends meets 50 Shades of Grey, Dangerous Woman makes up for the gimmicky cover by giving us a performance that tops her last two albums Yours Truly (2012) and My Everything (2014). Although a predominantly pop album, Dangerous Woman also incorporates R&B influences throughout the record and is ultimately Grande coming to terms with her sound and her maturity as an artist.

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