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By Admin, Aug 2 2019 11:39AM

The characters of Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards faces a dilemma that will either make or break the life they have long planned in the upcoming Star Cinema film, “Hello, Love, Goodbye”


Love and career are two of the important things that most people consider in making major decisions in their lives. Most generations were asked which they prioritize and often their answers vary—but what does the younger generation get to say about this topic?


TFC asked two young overseas Filipinos to answer the question “what will you choose, love or career? Why?”


Snooky, 27, from Japan, chose career. She explains: “Love can come anytime, while you have to build your career from scratch until you reap what you sow. Also, frankly speaking, nowadays there is a bigger chance to find an ideal partner once you are financially stable. It makes me feel happier and satisfied to attain my personal goals in life first before settling down.”

On the other hand, Bianca, 28, from Canada chose love over career. “I’ll choose love because this will make me the happiest. I feel that love can give me the more genuine kind of happiness, while my career is only fulfilling the ambitious side of me. Love is a complete package even in its simplest form,” she explained.


This is the dilemma that the characters of Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards are facing in the Star Cinema film “Hello, Love Goodbye”, written by Carmi Raymundo and under the direction of the multi-awarded and blockbuster director Cathy Garcia-Molina.


Joy (Kathryn) and Ethan (Alden) are two overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong with different goals in life. Joy is a domestic helper who is determined to do everything to have a better life, compared to the life she had as a child. While Ethan is a bartender who is building a permanent life in Hong Kong but has always been afraid of commitments.


In the process of getting to know each other, Joy and Ethan also discover new things about themselves, which could possibly affect the plans they have with their respective lives.


“Hello, Love, Goodbye” marks the first time that two of the prime stars today from Philippines’ media giants, ABS-CBN and GMA, are working on one project that tackles the lives of the overseas Filipinos.


“I appreciate the OFW more after seeing how hard their life is,” Kathryn said about portraying the life of an overseas Filipino. “In Hong Kong, they live a fast-phased life because they need to save. This movie opened me to different things and experiences that I can say made me whole. I salute the OFWs.”


On the other hand, Alden shared a bit what the audiences will expect in watching the film. “With this movie, the audience will see the struggles and the good side of being an OFW. Also, they will see how they evolved from the usual OFW whose only concern is the welfare of their family into someone who also thinks of their self,” he said.


Also part of the film are Maymay Entrata, Jameson Blake, Joross Gamboa, Kakai Bautista, Lovely Abella, and Jeffrey Tam.

Get a glimpse on the life of the overseas Filipinos and how it has changed over the years via the film “Hello, Love, Goodbye” as it screens in the different regions on these dates: August 1 in Papua New Guinea; August 2 in Saipan and Guam; August 4 in Norway; August 8 in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Brunei; August 9 in the U.S., Canada, and Tel Aviv, Israel; August 10 and 11 in United Kingdom; August 11 in Ireland, France, Austria, Italy, Malta, and Taiwan; August 18 in Hong Kong; August 23 in Malaysia; September 1 in Spain and Japan; September 9 in Greece; September 28 and 29 in South Korea; and coming soon in Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.


Also catch the premiere happening on August 5 in the U.S. with Kathryn Bernardo, while it will be Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards who will grace the premieres in Dubai on August 9, in Abu Dhabi on August 10, and in Singapore on August 18. There will also be a special screening on August 25 in Cambodia.


For the cinema list, visit usa.mytfc.com/hellolovegoodbye, emea.kapamilya.com, mytfc.com, or TFC’s official Facebook page applicable to your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.



By Admin, Apr 16 2019 05:20PM

A film inside a film is Star Cinema, N2, and EMBA’s latest movie offering that will be screening in most countries worldwide via TFC at the Movies starting April 18


Some people fantasize about seeing their life turned into a film, with their favorite stars portraying them and the people in their lives. But what will happen if your life will be turned into a film and you must be the film’s director?


This is the theme of the romantic-comedy film “Last Fool Show” which stars real-life friends Arci Muñoz and JM de Guzman under the direction of Eduardo Roy Jr. and produced by Star Cinema, N2, and EMBA that will be screening in most countries worldwide via TFC at the Movies.


“Last Fool Show” tells the story of Mayessa (Muñoz), an award-winning director who will take inspiration from her failed relationship with Paulo (de Guzman) to create her first romantic-comedy film.


But things will get a bit more complicated for Mayessa when she crosses paths again with her ex-boyfriend Paulo.


How does doing this film affect Mayessa’s view on her failed relationship with Paulo? Will this lead them to have a second chance or will this forever end the love story they once had?


Find out what will become of Mayessa and Paulo’s story as “Last Fool Show” screens via TFC at the Movies in the following regions on these dates: in the Middle East starting April 18; in the U.S. & Canada starting April 19; in Paris, France on April 28; in Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, and Papua New Guinea starting May 2; and in Saipan starting May 3.


By auraxiiltd, Sep 15 2016 01:32PM

The Olivia M. Lamasan and Carmi Raymundo masterpiece brings back Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in a movie that tells of a love that remains unfinished and a life wanting of a fresh start


In the tradition of bringing to life the most stirring stories as created by the industry’s finest talents and featuring various generation’s most celebrated performers, Star Cinema presents “Barcelona: A Love Untold,” set to screen in key cities worldwide starting this September via TFC@theMovies.


“Barcelona: A Love Untold” marks several milestones for Star Cinema and the film industry as it is multi-awarded Olivia M. Lamasan’s newest masterpiece after her blockbuster movie “Starting Over Again.”


The movie about two individuals’ journey to love and life is written by Carmi Raymundo, the writer behind some of the most iconic Star Cinema films such as “A Second Chance,” and who is also reuniting with Lamasan after their last movie together which also happens to be “Starting Over Again.”


Finally, it brings back one of the most-loved team ups in Philippine entertainment: Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in a movie that showcases them in more mature roles.


According to Lamasan, in this movie, the two leads have transcended their status from teen stars to actors. “Natutuwa ako. Now they’re not only concerned with their fans, but their audience and connecting with their audience beyond the fans that they have,” Lamasan explains.


In “Barcelona: A Love Untold,” Padilla is Ely, a student taking his masters in Architecture and at the same time working as a tour guide and waiter in Barcelona. He is a man trying to move on from a past love.


Lamasan was impressed with Padilla portraying Ely. ‘Ang talino ng tao na ito. Grabe ang depth.’ Iba talaga if one has lived through and lived with pain. Right away, dini-discuss mo pa lang ang eksena nakikita mo na sa mata.”


On the other hand, Bernardo is Mia travels to Barcelona to start anew. She wants to make up for her past mistakes and prove herself worthy.


Like Mia, Bernardo also wants to prove herself further, specifically in terms of acting. According to Lamasan, “Ako based on experience on the set, I asked Kathryn, ‘Kathryn, why did you accept this project?’ She said, ‘Inang, I want to be able to explore kung hanggang saan ko madadala ang aking acting ability.’ Lamasan added that Bernardo was very open, saying: ‘I want to be able to prove myself,’ and ako malaki ang tiwala ko kay Kathryn kasi lumaki ‘yan sa akin.”


According to Bernardo it was an honor for the team to be directed by Lamasan. “Dito talaga all out. Talagang pag si Inang (industry nickname for Lamasan), hindi namin alam kung paano niya napapalabas ang lahat gaano pa kabigat o kagaan ang scene. Kaya siya Inang talaga. Grabe ang guidance niya. Lahat iyon binabantayan niya. And we’re very thankful na tinanggap ni Inang itong project na ito. Grabe ang pasasalamat namin dahil lahat ng artista gusto siyang makatrabaho.”


Padilla said they repaid the privilege with their willingness to learn. “Ang hirap lang minsan ng eksena. Pero hanggang pinipiga ka ng pinipiga lalabas at lalabas naman eh. Hanggang bukas ang puso mo kay Inang, lalabas at lalabas iyon sa take, kung hindi walang mangyayari.”


Together, Mia and Ely travel through their individual struggles until they find themselves falling for each other. The story details a budding romance until Mia realizes that Ely has yet to move on from his past. It is in this light that the famous line from the movie, “Huwag mo akong mahalin dahil mahal kita. Mahalin mo ako dahil mahal mo ako because that is what I deserve” reverberates for Filipino viewers.


The story is inspired by the story of the church of Sagrada Familia which was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi as the people’s apology to God but has remained unfinished because of his death in 1926. According to Raymundo: “So hanggang ngayon hindi natatapos ang apology na ‘yon, so ang gandang metaphor. Ang gandang metaphor sa character na either hindi pa natatapos magmahal, mangarap. Kasi di ba tayo naman kapag gumagawa tayo ng kuwento ang ganda na naging coherent ‘yong lugar sa kuwento ng pelikula.”


“Barcelona: A Love Untold” which has earned Php 23 million on the its first day at the Philippine box office, also features award-winning actress Aiko Melendez, actor Joey Marquez, esteemed actress Ana Capri and up and coming teen actor Joshua Garcia.


Will the love Ely and Mia find be enough for them to let their story begin? Find out in key cinemas worldwide: September 18 in Malaysia (with a premiere featuring the cast and director of “Barcelona” A Love Untold;” September 22 in Papua New Guinea, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman; September 23 in North America and Saipan; September 24 in Europe; and September 25 in Singapore and Hong Kong; September 29 in Australia and New Zealand.


For more updates visit: tfc-usa.com/barcelona and tfc-ca.com/barcelona, emea.kapamilya.com, and TFC facebook pages applicable in your area.


By auraxiiltd, Feb 12 2016 07:44AM

Xian Lim and Joyce Bernal create a stir in virtual Middle East and Europe press, Star Cinema opening salvo for 2016 extended in UK and ME


After creating a stir in Philippine cinema for bringing a powerful ensemble of film thespians for the first time in a movie that crosses genres, “Everything About Her” generated new excitement for the Filipino community, members of the press and online denizens in the recent virtual press conference held three-way among the ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Manila offices.


Like a literary oxymoron, “Everything About Her,” combined two genres to present a twisted plot about an alpha woman named Vivian (played by Vilma Santos) diagnosed with a terminal disease. She hires a private nurse Jaica (played by Angel Locsin) who she eventually gives the almost impossible task of bringing home his estranged son Albert, played by Xian Lim.


The press conference revealed more welcome contrasts as director Bb. Joyce Bernal admitted that the most challenging part for her while doing the film was the fact that she is a Nora Aunor fan and she directed what the industry experts call her arch rival, the Star for All Seasons.


“Noong ime-meet ko na siya (Santos), sabi ko kaya ko ba ito? Mabait si Ate Vi. Pero the moment na sinabi kong kaya ko ito, nahirapan ako. Iyong proseso madali pero iyong before or after, hirap na hirap ako. Nakakasira ng bait si Ate Vi. Isa po siyang actress na kailangang paghandaan. (When I met her, I asked myself can I do this? Ate Vi was kind. But the moment I said I can do this, I fell short. The process was easy but I had a hard time with the before and after. I went crazy. Ate Vi is one actress that one needs to prepare for.”


The online press conference, the second for ABS-CBN Europe, Middle East and Africa, also welcomed Kapamilya Heartthrob Xian Lim to face the FilCom and the members of the press who were delighted to see Lim in dramatic movie on his own (outside his famous KimXi love team) and deliver against two seasoned actresses.


According to Kai Rodriguez, ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Africa Managing Director, Lim and Santos and Locsin’s performances are proof that the Philippines is not just rich in culture but also in talent and TFC has the avenues, such as the mainstream screenings, to bring this to the fore.


“TFC is bent on bringing the Filipino talent to the world stage. We are happy that Filipino communities and members of the media help us in bringing the good news on the Filipino’s greatness or ‘galing ng Filipino,’” Rodriguez shares.


In the film, critics are saying that Lim truly delivered as an actor. Lim admitted: “Naranasan ko na mabigyan ng oras ang characterization at pagi-imerse with the direction of Direk Joyce. Ang pinaka-importante is what the people don’t see. Iyong script, given na iyan. Lalo na iyong mga experiences na binibigay ni Vilma Santos, that’s priceless. Hindi lahat ng artista hindi makakatanggap ng ganoon. (I gave time to internalizing and immersing under the direction of Direk Joyce. What’s most important is what people don’t see. The script is given. But what’s priceless is things like the advice of Vilma Santos. Not all artists get to have that.”


Lim adds that he can relate to Albert “Mga 80 to 90% of his character. Noong binabasa ko iyong script, may mga instances na sinasabi ko ako ito eh. (About 80 to 90% of his character. When I was reading the script, there were instances that I tell myself that this is me).


Most overseas Filipinos could also relate to the story as well as it narrates the story of a mother and son estranged not only by physical distance but also by their personal differences. Bernal shares that what is most important is that despite everything, people try to go beyond their differences and move on.


Anne Lora Santos of The Filipino Times said "Everything About Her” is a finely made movie that teaches OFs like her, a lesson. “It is the right combination of comedy and drama. It is a movie that will remind you of what's important in life and it should defy pride and ego and achieve love and forgiveness."


Bernal confirms that this was the lesson she wanted to impart. “You try to forgive every day. Kung puwedeng po sana mag-forgive po kaagad. Huwag mag-create ng pain or sakit na iyong hindi ka nakaugapay. Ang gusto ko sana ay kung may nanakit sa inyo, o nakagawa ng kasalanan sa inyo - try to forgive agad-agad. We try to have a good relationship with our friends and co-workers but we find it hard to have an easy relationship with family, Bernal ends. (You try to forgive every day. Forgive when you can, as soon as you can. Don’t create pain and wallow in pain. I wish that you forgive the people who hurt you or have caused you pain).”


Adelina Duenas of Albayanon UK said that this lesson is her greatest take away from the movie. “We are only in our borrowed time in this earth so we should do the best for others and learn to accept mistakes and be ready to forgive.”


Nikko Tolentino of Planet Philippines agrees and says I've learned that forgiveness is an important theme that people take for granted." Tolentino adds that he is excited to see the first on-screen collaboration of Locsin and Santos. "I'm looking forward for the great interaction of the Star for All Seasons, the box office royalty and the Kapamilya Heartthrob,” Tolentino ends.


Turning the press con from a mid-day revelry into an entertaining tete-a-tete was Lim who re-enacted his dance scene with Locsin, much to the delight of the members of the press and Filipino community.


“Everything About Her“ is extended in Vue Cinemas in Shepherd’s Bush in the United Kingdom on February 13, 14 and 16 and select cinemas in the Middle East until February 17.


Hosted by DJ Jhai Ho of “Pangako Sa `Yo,” MOR and abs-cbn.com’s “Hotspots,” the press conference plus the complete listing of theatrical screenings of “Everything About Her” can be seen on emea.kapamilya.com


By auraxiiltd, Dec 4 2015 02:30PM

Star Cinema’s ‘A Second Chance’ now showing in the Middle East, 'One More Chance' sequel also to be shown in Europe’s major theaters

on December 5 and 6 via TFC@theMovies


While their movie delved on subsequent opportunities in love, A Second Chance’s lead actress Bea Alonzo and one of its creators Vanessa Valdez met the members of the international press and Filipino community in Europe and the Middle East for the first time via an online press conference held this week by premier network The Filipino Channel (TFC).


For the first time, TFC held a three-way press conference that brought together This Generation’s Movie Queen Bea Alonzo, and co-creator Vanessa Valdez to meet the members of the international press and the Filipino community in Europe and the Middle East.


The online press conference was organized to mark more milestones for TFC and the already record-breaking A Second Chance: the 10th anniversary of TFC’s first screening of a Filipino film in the Middle East via the movie via ‘Dubai,’ and TFC in Europe’s first venture into the mainstream film circuit via Vue Cinemas and other major cinemas across Europe.


According to ABS-CBN Managing Director for Middle East, Europe and Africa Kai Rodriguez, “There is a lot to celebrate about the renaissance of the Philippine movie industry. This movie is breaking all records. You’ve also heard about the recent successes even of our independent movies. The audiences in the Philippines are coming out to watch movies again and that’s not only of because of the audience but because the Philippine industry is making more movies, and number two, better movies - better movies that tell real stories. Because of technology, we’re also seeing now that it’s easier to make a movie. But even the writers are also getting way better about being realistic about the stories they are telling. And because of this, a milestone like this is really worth-telling.”


Alonzo and Valdez express their gratitude to TFC for bringing A Second Chance to worldwide audiences via TFC@theMovies, specifically in the two continents.


Valdez said, “First of all thank you to TFC. We appreciate it so much. We invite all of you to come join us as you make the story of Popoy and Basha as your own. It’s not just our movie but your movie as well.”


The movie A Second Chance is the sequel to the modern classic One More Chance which tells the story of the iconic characters Popoy and Basha now married, after having given each other just that – one more chance.


Valdez admitted to the press and the Filipino community that making the movie was a challenge but the core team composed of herself, Bea, Director Cathy Garcia Molina and co-writer and creative producer Carmi Raymundo stood up to the challenge mainly because of their love for the fans.


“I don’t think we ever really considered that we’d want to do it again up until we started working the novel, ‘One More Chance,’ novel (written by Juan Miguel Sevilla). It was received so well and people were constantly asking us, ‘Does the story of Popoy and Basha have a sequel?’ They want to know what happened after the end of the first movie and coming off that, we’ve been discussing over the years - ano nga bang nangyari? What really happened to Popoy and Basha?”


Valdez further shared: “We were all pressured that you know we needed to meet people’s expectations because it such a well-loved movie. But at some point, the rest of the team, were saying, you know what, forget the expectations. This is what’s going to happen. This is the reality. Be brave to take the risk.”


Valdez defined this. “It’s said in the movie. ‘It’s brave to ask what is but it’s even braver to accept what is.’ How do we tell a story that is truthful to us? What is a good story to tell? Simply, it was something they (fans) can relate with.”


The press and Filipino community asked if Alonzo believed in second chances herself to which the award-winning actress replied: “Of course (I believe in it) because everyone deserves a second chance. I believe in second chances. I believe in a lot of chances.”


Also, Alonzo shared that she finds a lot of herself in Basha. “May malaking parte ng pagkatao ko si Basha. Maybe doon sa kung paano siya nagmahal and kung paano niya pinangalagaan ang [isang] pangako A huge part of me is like Basha. It’s in how she loves and cherishes promises that’s been imparted),” she said.


TFC for its part, is making good of its promise of continuing to share the galing ng Filipino through content including for film which are reflective of the stories of Filipinos. As a response to one of the questions on whether TFC will create more movies on overseas Filipinos, Rodriguez shared: “The movie that we ever released Dubai was shot here. We had a movie shot in Milan, in San Francisco. A movie that’s shot overseas is really in the works. It’s really not new. What’s new is if we can premiere Hollywood-style. We’ve been working with Star Cinema and film fests abroad so the answer is yes.”


An excited Alonzo said in response to the question and the challenge, “Maybe the third one (of the One More Chance series) should be shot there (Middle East).”


To end, Rodriguez said: “We in TFC are relentless in our mission of being in the service of the Filipino. We are in the service of the Filipino when we think of the Filipino talent. And we show the true galing ng Filipino when we show it beyond the Filipino audience and bring it to the world stage for others to appreciate. That is what was ASAP Live in London and Duel in Dubai was about and this is what TFC@theMovies is about.”


Rodriguez added “We’re all in the service also when we tell our stories and proudly tell them to the world – Filipino values on life and love; the stories of our dreams, hopes and challenges; and the way we chase after them. These stories will help us let the world understand what we are about. For us it’s really important that we share movies and content with our fellow Filipinos who have been away for a long time and also to our friends and family who may not be Filipino. If you may note, our movies in the theaters and content on television are sub-titled in English. We are in the service of the Filipino when we are able to bring communities together.”


The virtual conference was attended by members of the press from Europe and Middle East and the management team of ABS-CBN Middle East FZ, LLC and Europe including News Bureau Chief Danny Buenafe and Regional HR and Admin Head Bernard Bandonell. “A Second Chance is now being shown in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait in the M.E. and will be seen Birmingham, Leeds, Greater London and East London starting December 5 and 6; Milan, Rome, Messina and Padova on December 6; in Paris on December 5 and 6; in Madrid on December 6; and in Vienna on December 5 at 6.


Interested parties can visit www.myvue.com; +33676998115 in Paris, France; +393385480378 in Milan, Italy; +393731100012 in Rome, Italy; 393890535164 in Padova, Italy; +34911434351 in Madrid Spain; and +436763573492 in Vienna, Austria. For more screening details, visit facebook.com/TFCEurope, facebook.com/TFCMiddleEast or visit http://emea.kapamilya.com.


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