Friday, June 10, 2011

Free Film Showing: Nestle Kasambuhay Habambuhay Film Anthology

The night of the pre-screening for bloggers' Nestle Kasambuhay Habambuhay Film Anthology was characterized by a strong rainfall and heavy traffic. But despite it all, most, including I, braved the rains to see the films in Nestle's building at Rockwell.

In fact, I missed the first three films but appreciated the next three that I watched. I highly recommend for you to watch as the short films which highlighted Filipino values as background to Nestle's themes of celebrating 100 years.

Sadly, I had to miss the next three as I leave for a while to get my dinner across the street - Powerplant Mall.

It's good that I got to catch the last one when I came back which featured one of the the biggest celebrity in the local industry - John Lloyd Cruz.

The story was light and funny. I'm sure his fans would appreciate it. Below are the list of the 10 featured movies and their short descriptions.

Catch them on the following schedules:
June 10 – Premiere night at SM Megamall Cinema 3
June 11 to 12 – Free Movie Weekend at SM Megamall Cinema 3, SM Southmall Cinema 6, SM Rosales Cinema 1, SM Cebu Cinema 7 & SM Davao Cinema 1
June 4 to 24 - Photo Gallery at SM Megamall Cinema Lobby
As Nestle turns 100 years old, they are sharing a film anthology consisting of a set of stories about being partners in life for 100 years told in 100 minutes.

Genre: A Family Comedy of Manners
8-YEAR OLD AARON (Gerald Pesigan) is dead set on winning the Grand Prize in his 2nd Grade declamation contest. He is determined to win despite his obvious “f” and “p” speech defect, a proclivity common amongst some Filipinos to interchange the pronunciation of English words with the letters “f” and “p”. His mother (Eugene Domingo) takes an active albeit humorous role in preparing him for the competition. This is a story of perseverance, family unity and the real meaning of triumph and possibly the “Rocky” of all declamation contests!
Directed by: RAUL JOROLAN
Genre: A Feel-Good Adventure of Discovery
A Football coach (Marvin Agustin) takes his team of teenage boys out on a fieldtrip to the provincial home of his grandfather (Eddie Garcia). But instead of bonding as a team, the boys are more caught up with their gadgets. The coach’s grandfather is determined to change all that as he challenges the boys to detach from their virtual distractions and explore the great outdoors instead. The boys then unlock a new world of natural wonder and discovery, realizing that going offline is the only way to reconnect back to life. A life that is… unplugged.
Directed by: JUN REYES
Genre: A Gritty Urban Drama
SILUP IS “PULIS” (Police) SPELLED BACKWARDS. We peek into the life of a Manila cop (Sid Lucero) whose day is made up of dealing with denizens and the crimes they commit. At work, he may be all tough and stern, but at home, we see his more sensitive side. He has this mysterious routine of taking out a can of sterilized milk from a cupboard and depositing his revolver in its place. Later on, it is revealed why he makes the switch and symbolizes how it is like to live by his duty as a policeman to serve and protect.
Directed by: SID MADERAZO
Genre: A Comedy of Epic Proportions
IN A SMALL TOWN DEVASTATED by calamity and chaos, Elias (Ramon Bautista), still holds on to the one thing he considers sacred—a shiny red coffee mug. For him, this mug not only symbolizes his love for coffee but his hope for a better life. After an enlightening encounter with a strange sari-sari store owner, he is suddenly gifted with the ability to tell the future. Soon enough, he is proclaimed as “The Coffee Psychic” and personifies hope for the townsfolk. But can hope truly spring eternal in this comedic homage to the award-winning epic Filipino film, “Himala” (Miracle)?
Directed by: A/F BENAZA
Genre: A Family Fantasy Drama
A MOTHER WHO WRITES children’s storybooks, ironically, doesn’t have enough time to create stories for her own son. Therestless child finds a chance to create his own stories when his grandfather (Bodjie Pascua),comes up with a game. They fill an old milk can with pieces of paper, each containing a word which will be a “story-starter”. Tales of heroes and villains, magic and places fill up the child’s imagination. But the child’s made-up story is in need of a happy ending. Now, it depends on the storyteller mother to create the greatest ending of them all.
Genre: An Original Pinoy Musical Comedy
THE CLEMENTE FAMILY IS OFF TO AN OUTING but teenage son, Nicos (Neil Coleta), seems out of it. Nicos is besotted with his ladylove, Mattina (Colleen Garcia), whom he can’t quite figure out. The inside info that Nicos gets from Mattina’s younger sister, Bettina (Jillian Ward), doesn’t seem to help. Seeing his son’s despair, Nicos’ father finally shares to his son an ancient family heirloom. It is a 100-year old manual containing the secrets, alphabetically arranged, of how men in their clan courted women. Through this, Nicos finally learns what every man should know by heart — the ABC’s of what women truly want.
Directed by: STEPHEN NGO
Genre: A Quiet Story of Love
IN A CHINESE COMMUNITY IN DOWNTOWN MANILA, we meet a man who has floated through life with his ladylove by his side. But now, times have changed as he begins each day waking up alone on his bed made for two. He realizes that his coffee has it better because, at least, it has a creamer to be its mate. In these moments, he misses his beloved the most and decides to get his act together for a second shot at the greatest thing in life— love.
Directed by: HENRY FREJAS
Genre: A Coming-of-Age Satire
IN A TYPICAL PLAYGROUND, life plays a game of irony when two 8-year old kids are on a seesaw. One is a rather hefty child from a well-to-do family who is stuck at the bottom, whereas a lanky child brought up in poverty is on top. Rich kid is looking up to the poor boy, who in turn, is looking down on him. How will the rich kid reverse his position? The answer to that question will make one realize that friendship is more valuable than money, while the other one would discover his true worth as a friend.

Genre: A Shakespearean Food Film
THIS COMEDIC VERSION OF THE CLASSIC “ROMEO AND JULIET” narrates two star-crossed lovers born into warring families who each happen to be proud owners of their own carinderias (local eateries) battling for their town’s cuisine supremacy. Old wounds are reopened among the Montano and the Capule families when the former’s loyal customers start patronizing the latter. Young lovers Romina Montano and Julius Capule are caught in this web of intrigue, espionage and extra rice.

Directed by: Carlo Directo
Genre: A Romantic Comedy
A SUPERSTITIOUS GUY, Bien (John Lloyd Cruz), seeks all sorts of “divine” signs that will determine his decision of asking the girl of his dreams (Solenn Heussaff) out on a date. The fear of rejection swallows him whole, making him justify his cause to willfully seek for more unfathomable signs. But when each sign he seeks for materializes, he soon learns that he has to be careful with what he wishes for.

Catch these free film showing of Nestle Kasambuhay Habambuhay film anthology at the indicated cinemas.

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