Category Events & Promos

Cinemalaya 2011

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The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers – works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine filmmaking by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers.

For this year 2011, they showcased films under three categories — Directors Showcase, New Breed (Full Length) and Short Feature Category.

Let me share snippets from the 2 full length indie film I intend to watch.


Ang Babae sa Septic Tank chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film. They believe they have a winning script, the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. Like most filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the real essence of our culture: poverty. In the course of one day, they brainstorm and exhaust all possible treatment of their project: the story of Mila (Eugene Domingo), a mother from the slums, who out of desperation to survive, has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible executions of the story, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in Jocelyn’s imagination several times. As a gritty no frills neo-realist film, as a glossy musical, as an over-the-top melodrama and as a docu drama using non-actors. For their last task of the day, they visit the dumpsite for the first time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the ”beauty” of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with reality as they come face to face with the real effects of their chosen subject. Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty.

This indie film achieved several recognition such as Best Screenplay, Best Direction, Best Performance Of An Actress, Best Film and Audience Choice Award.


Karl Vladimir Lennon J. Villalobos, aka Intoy, is secretly in love with his friend Jenny, the most beautiful girl in the campus. Jenny is rich and quirky; Intoy is street-smart and ordinary. But this friendship is not simple, since Jenny has bestowed on Intoy some perks and privileges, including going to bed with her on the condition that they will not fall in love with each other. Before graduation, Intoy feels that he has to shed his pretensions of being astig and finally profess his love for Jenny. But he is devastated to learn that Jenny is pregnant. Worse, Jenny tells him: “Don’t worry, this is not yours.” Based on the bestselling novel of Eros S. Atalia, Ligo na U, Lapit na Me is an examination of postmodern love and relationship and the way this generation deals with their love and fear.

The lead actor in this film won Best Performance Of An Actor.

Let’s support indie film makers and catch the screening of this year’s films in cinemas nationwide on August 3. Don’t miss it!

Want to get the best deals in Manila?

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*re-post* Lots of exciting deals for as low as 90% discount. Sign up now, links below!

Online bargain hunting has never been exciting! Thanks to the myriad of Groupon sites that started sprouting left and right here in our beloved place, Manila.

Groupon is a shortcut for “Group Coupons” that offers unbeatable deals to the hottest restaurants, spa and salon services, health, beauty and fitness, hotel and travel package, store outlets for a minimum of 50% and as high as 90% discount!

How it works? Groupon sites features an amazing deal everyday. Most of these sites require a minimum number of purchases for the deal to be activated. If it didn’t reach the required number, then nobody gets the deal.

Groupon sites in Manila patterned their business model from a popular website called Groupon itself which is a deal-of the-day website that is localized to major geographic markets in the United States and Canada.

Now it’s our time to take advantage of these amazing deals!

Let me share some of the leading Groupon sites here in Manila:

CashCashPinoy has got to be the leading groupon site in Manila. (and my favorite, too!)

What I like about Cash Cash Pinoy is it doesn’t require a minimum number of purchase for the deals to get activated. It is more of a deal/bargain site for us consumers. *lucky*

BUYanihan features good deals everyday. You can buy the deal if you like it but you won’t be charged unless the minimum number of people required to sign up is met to make the deal successful.

Ensogo is a FREE service that offers great deals of 50%-90% savings on the best things to enjoy, see, eat, and buy in Manila.

LocalRoam is a great way to explore your city with your friends without breaking the bank. Each day, LocalRoam offers an amazing deal–up to 90% off–on stuff to do, see, eat, or buy in and around cities in the Philippines.

I personally am a bargain hunter and I would love other groupon sites to spread their wings and offer us a lot of amazing deals between 50-90% off! E.v.e.r.y.d.a.y!

I’ll be sure to share more of my groupon discoveries here with you on the blog, so stay tuned.

Promo: iPad™? Chikka lang yan!

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Here’s your chance to bring home an iPad™or an iPod nano®. How? Join the Chikka Text to Win promo!

Chikka, the easiest way to exchange text and online instant messages, gives you the chance to win an iPad™ or a iPod nano® whenever you send messages from your mobile phone to your online Chikka buddies.

Starting November 15, Chikka text messages sent from a Globe, Smart or Sun mobile phone to an online Chikka buddy who’s using the new Chikka Messenger in or the downloadable Chikka version 5 can earn raffle entries. Message source or recipient should show this number format: access code 2814<Chikka ID or mobile number> (ex. 2814639171234567) to earn raffle entries.

How to join the promo

The promo is open to all Chikka users. Simply visit to register for the promo.  Tell all your friends about it! One lucky mobile texter and his online Chikka buddy will get a Merry Christmas bonus.

Earn entries now!

Mobile Chikka users can start earning entries by sending messages to online Chikka buddies between 12am to 6am at P1/text message sent (earns 5 raffle entries for every text message sent); or subscribing to a Bucket Reply plan (P5.00 = 10 text messages; P10=20 text messages) or an UNLI Plan. * Every text message sent using a Bucket / UNLI plan or between 12am to 6am during the promo period will earn 5 raffle entries to the Chikka Text to Win raffle promo.

Promo period is from November 15 to December 15, 2010, so get ready to be part of the most exciting Chikka-han in the country!

* For more details on how to subscribe to an UNLI or BUCKET plan, log on to The UNLI plan is available only for Smart mobile subscribers.

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