Saturday, July 13, 2024



Twenty years into navigating the cinematic imagination, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival sets sail once more from August 2 to 11, guided by the Filipino people’s inner constellation, imagery, and creativity.

Embracing the theme “Cinemalaya Bente: Loob Lalim Lakas,” the pioneering independent film
festival returns with 10 compelling full-length and 10 captivating short films in competition. For its 20th edition, Cinemalaya promises top-tier visual storytelling that ignites imaginations while amplifying diverse voices in cinema.

Competing for the Best Film Balanghai Trophy in the Full-Length Category are: ALIPATO AT MUOG by JL Burgos; AN ERRAND by Dominic Bekaert and Sarge Lacuesta; TUMANDOK by Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay and Richard Jeroui Salvadico; BALOTA by Kip Oebanda; GULAY LANG MANONG (NO MORE THAN VEGGIES) by BC Amparado; KANTIL (TRENCH) by Joshua Caesar Medroso; KONO BASHO by Jaime Pacena II; LOVE CHILD by Jonathan Jurilla; THE HEARING by Lawrence Fajardo and Honee Alipio; and THE WEDDING DANCE by Julius Lumiqued.

Short Feature films in competition include: ABOGBAYBAY by P.R. Monencillo Patindol; ALL THIS WASTED SPACE by Cris Bringas; AMBOT WALA KO KABALO UNSAY I-TITLE INI by Rey Anthony Villaverde; CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE by Sam Manasca; I WAS WALKING ON THE STREETS OF CHINATOWN by Ryan Capili; MAMA by Alexandra Brizuela; MARIPOSA by Melanie Faye Tampos; PAMALANDONG SA DANOW (REFLECTION IN THE MARSH) by Breech Asher Harani; PRIMETIME MOTHER by Sonny Calvento; and THE RED TRAILS (AN BAGA SA DALAN) by Mariel Ritchie Jolejole and RoniƱo Dolim.

Amidst ongoing rehabilitation of the CCP Main Building, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. proudly bring this cinematic feast to Ayala Malls Manila Bay. For over two decades, Ayala Malls has steadfastly supported CCP and Cinemalaya as a valued partner.

During its 10-day run, Cinemalaya films in competition and exhibitions will be screened at Cinema 2, Cinema 8, Cinema 9, and Cinema 10. These screenings secure a safe space for independent filmmakers to tell their stories and share perspectives on issues shaping the nation, while propelling the Philippine cinema industry to new heights.

Festival fans and film enthusiasts continue to enjoy mainstays like: Retrospective, which brings back previous Cinemalaya winning films; Best of the Festivals, showcasing the best films from local festivals; Visions of Asia, featuring award-winning Asian and NETPAC films; Premieres, with never- before-screened films; Dokyu, showing award-winning documentaries; and Digital Classics, featuring newly-restored Filipino classic films.

Running concurrently is the 36th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, the longest- running independent film competition of its kind in Southeast Asia. Films compete in categories such as Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary, and Animation. Pre-selected entries will be screened on August 3-6, 2024 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, with the awards ceremony on August 10 at Cinema 2.

Now in its 20th year of unfettered exploration of truthful storytelling and imagery, Cinemalaya continues to discover, encourage, and support the cinematic works of upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers who boldly articulate and freely interpret the Philippine experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

Since 2005, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of Filipino full-feature independent films and short films, many of which have won awards in local and I competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers, including full-feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

For more information, visit the CCP website ( and the Cinemalaya
website ( Follow the official CCP and

Friday, July 12, 2024

Pizza Hut's Melt & Mix Combos: Solo Dining, Elevated


Sometimes, the best company you can keep is yourself. There’s something undeniably refreshing about spending quality time alone. It's a chance to recharge, reflect, and indulge in your own little world. And what better way to enhance your solo escapade than with a flavorful feast? Enter Pizza Hut's new Melts & Mix combos!

A Flavorful Solo Adventure

Pizza Hut has just leveled up solo dining with its exciting new Melts & Mix combos. Imagine this: crispy, cheesy Melts paired with your favorite Pizza Hut sides, all in one satisfying package. Starting at only P179, these combos are the perfect companions for your "me time."

Choose from four irresistible Melt flavors: Double Bacon, Meat Lovers, Hawaiian Supreme, or Four Cheese and Mushroom. Then, pick your preferred side from a tempting lineup: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Spaghetti Bolognese, Tater Tots, Regular Fries, Caesar Salad, Crab Salad Rolls, or WingStreet wings. And to quench your thirst, a refreshing glass of ice-cold Pepsi completes the combo.

Pizza Hut's Melts are a game-changer. With their perfectly thin and crispy outer crust and generous filling of cheese and toppings, they're a solo-snacking dream. Dip them in the provided marinara sauce for an extra burst of flavor.

Indulge Solo, Every Day

Treat yourself to a Melts & Mix combo anytime, anywhere! These delectable offerings are available for dine-in all day, every day at Pizza Hut branches nationwide. So, the next time you crave some quality alone time, head to your nearest Pizza Hut and savor the perfect blend of flavor and solitude.

What's your favorite way to enjoy a solo dining experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Kublai Millan Presents "Land of Premise" at The Art Gallery of The Manila Hotel


Acclaimed Filipino painter and sculptor Kublai Millan is set to unveil his latest exhibit, Land of Premise, at The Manila Hotel’s Art Gallery from August 1 to 31, 2024.

Born Rey Mudjahid Ponce Millan, Kublai Millan is a third-generation descendant of settlers from Ilocos, who grapples with this legacy through his art. Land of Premise seeks to reclaim the original promise of Mindanao—a land of peace, prosperity, and unity—while exploring the complex history and unfulfilled potential of the southernmost island of the Philippines.

"This exhibit is a call to action," says Kublai. "We must remember the premise on which Mindanao was built—its strengths, its unique identity, and its people. Words alone cannot build a future. Action and shared resources are what's needed."

Kublai Millan

Kublai emphasizes that this exhibit is about the entire Mindanao island and its unrealized potential. Land of Premise serves as a bridge, inviting viewers to learn about Mindanao, connect with its stories, and envision a future where the island lives up to its original promise. “I’m taking this chance as an artist to visualize Mindanao as a truly land of promise fulfilled. Inviting other people to learn, identify, connect, and commune with this blessed land. Words cannot build a future, only actions and resources can. Know the premise so we can conceive a fulfillable promise,” he added.

Land of Premise 1

Land of Premise, comprising a total of 14 paintings, promises to be a feast for the senses, featuring Millan’s signature blend of vibrant colors and intricate details that have captivated art enthusiasts worldwide. Known for his unique style that combines traditional Filipino motifs with contemporary techniques, Kublai 's work is a reflection of his deep connection to his cultural heritage and his relentless pursuit of artistic excellence. His paintings are not only visually stunning but also carry profound messages about identity, history, and social issues.

The exhibit will transport viewers to a captivating realm where imagination and reality converge. By delving into the sources of inspiration for his paintings, viewers can gain insight into the creative process that drives his work and the underlying messages he seeks to convey through his art.

Land of Premise 2

The Manila Hotel's Art Gallery provides the perfect backdrop for Kublai 's exhibit, offering a sophisticated and elegant setting that complements the beauty of his masterpieces. This collaboration between The Manila Hotel and Kublai Millan is sure to attract art enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Land of Premise will be showcased at the Art Gallery from August 1 to 31, 2024. Admission is free.

Private previews for collectors are available by appointment until July 30, 2024. To arrange, call Richard Lo at +632 8527 0011 or +632 5301 5500, or email

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 and National Bookstore: A Perfect Match for Your Convenience!


Great news, everyone! is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with National Bookstore! This collaboration means that you can now conveniently pick up your PSA documents at selected National Bookstore branches nationwide.

PSAHelpline( understands our frustration when it comes to trying to maximize our time in as much as we can and it has established itself as a reliable partner for PSA certificate online ordering and delivery nationwide. By leveraging this user-friendly platform, individuals and businesses can navigate the task of acquiring PSA certificates with minimal effort. PSA Helpline empowers Filipinos to reclaim control of their time and resources, paving the way for greater efficiency and productivity.

Getting your hands on those important PSA certificates just got a whole lot easier! No more worries about missed deliveries or long queues at government offices. With National Bookstore as a pick-up point, you can grab your documents at your own pace while enjoying a leisurely shopping spree.

How does it work?

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  1. Order your PSA documents online: Visit and place your order for the required certificates.
  2. Choose Your Certificate Type: Select the specific document you require, be it a birth, marriage, CENOMAR, or death certificate. 

  3. Request for Yourself or Someone Else: Indicate whether you're requesting the document for yourself or another person (parents, children). This ensures the document reaches the intended recipient.

  4. Provide Requester Information: Fill out the required details, including your name, contact information, and address. Ensure accuracy to prevent delays.

  5. Specify Your Purpose: State the reason for requesting the document (passport application, employment, etc.).

  6. Delivery or Pick-Up? Choose your preferred method of receiving the document – either convenient door-to-door delivery or pick-up at a designated National Bookstore branch. The National Bookstore pick-up option( is currently available in select branches in Metro Manila and provincial areas like Batangas, Cabanatuan (Nueva Ecija), Paniqui (Tarlac), and Angeles (Pampanga). You may refer to their FAQ page ( for the most updated list of National Bookstore branches where PSA certificate pick up is available.

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Pick Up Your PSA Certificates at National Bookstore

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  4. Receive your pick-up notification: Once your order is ready, you’ll receive a notification via email or SMS with instructions on how to claim your documents.
  5. Head to your chosen National Bookstore: Bring a valid ID and your pick-up notification to the designated counter.
  6.  Bring a valid ID and the SMS notification to claim your PSA certificate at the branch.

    Remember: Only you can claim it (no representatives allowed), and you have 30 days to pick it up!

Why choose National Bookstore as your pick-up point?

  • Convenience: With numerous branches nationwide, there’s a National Bookstore near you.
  • Reliability: Enjoy the trusted service and wide range of products offered by National Bookstore.
  • Safe and secure: Your documents are handled with care and professionalism.

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You will receive the latest information regarding the status of your request, be it for a PSA birth certificate, PSA marriage certificate, PSA CENOMAR, or PSA death certificate. This level of transparency and convenience allows you to stay informed and manage your expectations throughout the process.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Enjoy Back-to-School Gadgets with Home Credit’s Sulit-Skwela Offers


As students increasingly rely on technology for their studies, old devices can hinder their learning if they struggle to keep up with new and required school-related applications and requirements this academic season. 

To address this need, Home Credit, the country’s leading consumer finance company, officially introduces its Sulit-Skwela deals, making it easier to provide students with up-to-date gadgets, ensuring that they are well-prepared for the upcoming school year.

With Sulit-Skwela offers, Home Credit users can enjoy a wide range of back-to-school essentials with 0% interest deals until September 30, 2024. This promo covers laptops, allowing students to upgrade their learning tools for their schoolwork, such as crafting documents and presentations, editing videos, and much more.

It also extends to smartphones and tablets, which students can use for communication, note-taking, and research. Additionally, the 0% interest deals can help customers update their home printers this back-to-school season for the young ones, which is essential for creating study materials or submitting printed documents whenever teachers require.

Buyers can take advantage of the incredible 0% interest offer with various installment plans, ranging from six to 18 months. This way, the back-to-school season will not cause strain in their finance

The Sulit-Skwela offer is available at over 15,000 Home Credit partner stores across more than 75 provinces nationwide. For easy transactions, download the My Home Credit Loan App for pre-approval of product installments, or approach a Home Credit representative at any of its partner stores.

Check Home Credit back-to-school deals by visiting and browsing through a broad range selection of laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other essential devices for learning.

Seize this wonderful opportunity now with Home Credit’s Sulit-Skwela promo! Upgrade student gadgets—be it laptops, tablets, and smartphones—until September 30, 2024, ensuring a smooth and productive academic year ahead!

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, You may also follow its official FacebookInstagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in 

Get your device repaired or replaced for damages for no extra cost! It even extends your device’s warranty for one year after the manufacturer’s warranty period has expired. Just add the Home Credit Protect Device Protection plan to your installments so you can enjoy peace of mind for up to two years for as low as P3 per day.


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