sip & sip’s ten most horrifying films of all time!

We saw all these classic horror films, luckily. And we never forgot the fear and the terror we felt when we saw these terrifying films at a young age!

Wow!

There were other horror films we saw in our forty seven years of existence here on earth. But the ten films listed below were truly unforgettable for this blogger.

They are immortal film classics! If you have time in this week-long holiday vacation of Halloween, All Saints Day & All Souls Day, better grab DVD tapes of these films and watch it alone in your room! For sure, you’ll get the creeps! Bwahahaha!!!
Hope you’ll like my choices.

I will never forget these films, really.

Especially ‘The Blairwitch Project” which didn’t make me sleep all week-long when I first saw it. Oh my!!!
Happy Halloween to all avid followers of my blog! Enjoy this feature. I made it just for you all. Mwahhhhhh…..

sip & sip :-)


1.) THE EXORCIST-
It starred the young Linda Blair being possesed by an evil spirit (or the devil himself?). Directed by William Friedkin. Nominated as Best Picture at Oscar Awards. The most haunting scene there, for this blogger, was the scene that Linda Blair turned her head counter-clockwise. It gave me the creeps!!!


2.) HALLOWEEN 1-
This is a psychological film, but indeed, very horrifying! First time we saw onscreen actual bloody killings, done by the main character-evil advocate-“Michael Myers”. Very bloody. Superbly directed and perfect screenplay!


3.) BLAIRWITCH PROJECT-
This is just a school film project which became one of the highest-grossing films in Hollywood. A very authentic and very original horror film. About three young students who became haunted in the woods. Very suspenseful. This film haunted this blogger-writer for one week! We managed not to sleep! Hahaha!

4.) NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD-
The zombies here were almost as real! Oh, my! The music was so horrifying. You could feel like being bitten by the zombies!


5.) THE AMITYVILLE HORROR-
A ghost story that is so hauntingly real! We were so shocked with one scene of the film that the blood poured all-over the house! The actors felt the horror themselves while shooting this film, you could actually see it in their very eyes!


6.) THE GRUDGE-
The character of ‘Sadako’- the Japanese ghost, originated in this film. When I saw this film, I was already afraid of answering phone calls, coz it might be Sadako!


7.) THE CHANGELING-
The horror film with a heart, and an art itself. It’s about the ghost of a boy who was murdered inside a big house. It touched the heart of many people who saw the film- and it became a critically-acclaimed film during the ’80’s. The ghost scenes here were so powerful, so nerve-wracking, but it will make you feel the pains of a restless and kind ghost. One of the best.


8.) THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE-
Gruesome. So bloody. So yuckkkkssss! We always want to vomit everytime we accidentally saw this film in the past years. The scenes were so violent!


9.) THE OMEN-
A perfect horror movie about ‘the devil’. A film classic. Shot in Europe, it told about the story of a couple who got a son who will soon become THE DEVIL.


10.) POLTERGEIST-
A different kind of horror film about ghosts, set in a contemporary urban setting. The technical effects in this film were so good, especially in creating the poltergeist scenes. And truth can be stranger that fiction, indeed. Coz most of the cast members in this film soon died. Leaving a curse on this film? Oh. my.

 

compiled by and words by robert manuguid silverio

“DELIVER US FROM EVIL”: A WORD FROM ‘HELL’ (film review by robert manuguid silverio)

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(VID ABOVE COURTESY OF: machinima, uploaded on youtube.com)

SSSIP’S REVIEW :-)

This film was released month of July this year, and it got a timeless and “horrific” message. That the DEVIL does exist. We may only be ignoring the presence of the DEVIL in our lives, but once you’ve encountered it FIRST HAND, you’ll never forget “HIM”. In the film, the priest (portrayed so genuinely by Edgar Ramirez) told a NYPD cop (portrayed so handsomely by Eric Bana) that in this lifetime, there are two types of evil. The secondary evil (the evil that men do) and the primary evil (the real evil that exists).
“Deliver Us From Evil” is a very fine film. One of the best horror films we’ve seen in years. Eric Bana acted so well as the NYPD policeman who investigated a very strange case of a paranormal event about 3 soldiers who discovered something so evil in a cave in Iraq, so with co-star Edgar Ramirez who portrayed the dual role of a priest/undercover agent.
This film. for us, is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Via this film the devil speaks. That he’s still very much around in the present-day modern society. And he’d got a word to everybody…. A WORD FROM “HELL”.
For those who both believe in the existence of GOD and the DEVIL, please watch this film, and see how COURAGE, FAITH and LOVE will triumph in the end.

RATING: ***** “5 STARS”

HOLLYWOOD ACTOR ERIC BANA MAGNIFIES IN THIS FILM

HOLLYWOOD ACTOR ERIC BANA MAGNIFIES IN THIS FILM


VENEZUELAN ACTOR EDGAR RAMIREZ ASTOUNDS IN THE FILM "DELIVER US FROM EVIL"

VENEZUELAN ACTOR EDGAR RAMIREZ ASTOUNDS IN THE FILM “DELIVER US FROM EVIL”

vj mendoza succumbs to the acting business: “when I decided to become an actor, I promised myself that the only time I will stop learning is the moment I stop breathing.”

vj: half-bare

vj: half-bare

VJ MENDOZA, commercial model, is now deep into the acting business, and he says:

“As Cadet Private Fourth Class Miko “Bisoy” Banatikla para sa pelikulang Esprit De Corps ni Kanakan Balintagos. Mahigit Dalawang buwan na preparasyon. I had to gain 10 lbs., cut my hair military style at mag-training sa ROTC. Isang karangalan sa akin na mapabilang sa pelikulang na ito so early in my career. Malayo man sa mundo ng mga TV commercials at pagmo-modelo ang pelikula at showbiz world… Pero, when I decided to become an actor, I promised myself that the only time I will stop learning is the moment I stop breathing.”

vj mendoza in the film "esprit de corps"

vj mendoza in the film “esprit de corps”Photo by the brilliant (c) Adrian Gonzales


vj: the cebuana lhuillier guy!

vj: the cebuana lhuillier guy!

vj: candid shots

vj: candid shots

awesome VJ; OH, MY.

awesome VJ; OH, MY.

vj mendoza in the film "esprit de corps"

vj mendoza in the film “esprit de corps”Photo by the brilliant (c) Adrian Gonzales

vj mendoza in the film "esprit de corps"

vj mendoza in the film “esprit de corps”Photo by the brilliant (c) Adrian Gonzales

ms. np picadizo writes: “that sweet cherry on top of everything else” (or, winning as best indie film producer for shirt film category at international film festival in manhattan, new york)…

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np picadizo with the lead stars of "astray": althea vega (left) and ms. angel aquino (right)

np picadizo with the lead stars of “astray”: althea vega (left) and ms. angel aquino (right)

np: first big step, great achievement

np: first big step, great achievement

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 “”A PERSONAL WRITE-UP OF Ms. NP Picadizo “”

That sweet cherry on top of everything else…

Last month, a big ‘door’ was closed at me and that hurt a lot… after a couple of days, I received an awesome news from the wonderful people of the International Film Festival Manhattan NYC (IFFM) that “Astray” got in at their festival. Talk about how God knows how to balance things in our life.

I am at heart a Film Director, but by necessity I also became a Producer because I realized early on that it will be a rare situation that someone will give you money to direct one’s films. I busted my ass and I worked so hard to put ASTRAY together so receiving this “Best Indie Producer Award” (short category) feels sweet and hard-earned. If you had been following my ASTRAY diaries two years ago and all those struggles that the film went through (which are all tip of the icebergs FB posts) you would somehow know how meaningful this “great gift” from Heaven feels like.

Being thrown at this other war called ‘marketing/promotion & distribution’ with a measly battle-ready armor is another hard climb… for a while it felt like a lone-warrior fighting the good fight… running on empty, I was sick and exhausted while working on the festival requirements and grass-root promotions of ASTRAY.

So with this recognition for ASTRAY, I have a lot to be grateful for…

Thank you sooo much to all the wonderful people of IFFM for this awesome award! I truly feel grateful for this recognition. A special THANK YOU to Gerry Balasta and Luis Pedron of IFFM! Thank you guys! And an even BIGGER THANK YOU for showcasing our film at your amazing festival!

And Thanks dear Luis for taking a photo of this award

But this will never happen at all if not for all those friends/people who gave help & support in their own small or big ways to help me make things happen, especially to those who gave funding support and in-kind resources. You guys are the one who gave me ‘bricks’ so that I can truly start building ASTRAY… I will write to each and every one of you, soon… Thank you DEEPLY to all of you!

Of course, to all the Cast and Crew of ASTRAY, this is for us! You are the backbone of our film. ASTRAY was built on our efforts and contributions to create something together. You know who you are, THANK YOU!

A BIG THANK YOU to my “Happy Astray Screenwriters” group & longtime collaborators/colleagues, all of you are a huge part of this!

A shout-out of thank you to everyone who has helped us in our grass-root promotions for ASTRAY! To everyone who has shared/liked our ASTRAY FB post and esp. to our friends from the media and bloggers who had greatly help us to put the word out there.

And yes you can still help us by liking/joining ASTRAY’s fb page so we can further build the audience of our film:
https://www.facebook.com/AstrayLGBTfilm
THANK YOU for joining!

Aside from my family, there are 3 other important people who were an essential part of the journey in the making of ASTRAY… I hope you guys know who you are…. My deepest gratitude goes to you.

Although I made this film out of those life lessons that I learned and themes that I wanted to talk about, this film was also made for “Mocha Amore”… it’s a postcard for YOU…

After the many challenges that ASTRAY went through, finishing this film was the true award. It’s the cake itself. Having Angel Aquino & Althea Vega for this film were the other prize-treat; trophies on its own. They are like those two figurines that beautifully stand on top of a multi-tiered cake. Having a festival screening is like that much needed icing on the cake to present one’s film elegantly in a great stage like IFFM. This award is that sweet cherry on top of everything else…its worth might be small in comparison to the whole cake… but it made the struggles feel sweeter and worth it.

To anyone who is reading this up until this part, THANK YOU for reading this long post… I just want to say my Gratitude to where it’s due.

Above all things, I want to honor God in this recognition because He is the one who is always beside me in the ups and downs voyages of my life… and for me, He is my constant collaborator as a Filmmaker. Thank you God for this! I LOVE YOU & THANK YOU! Let’s focus on the next one…

(np picadizo, taken from her fb status)

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GAY LOVE CAN NEVER BE AS GOOD AS THIS

GAY LOVE CAN NEVER BE AS GOOD AS THIS

ang lahat ng ito ay para sa ‘yo…

 

LOVEX

“ANG LAHAT NG ITO AY PARA SA ‘YO”

 

OO, ANG LAHAT NG ITO AY PARA SA ‘YO…

SA KAGANAPAN NG IYONG NATUPAD NA MGA PANGAKO,

SA PAGASANG IBINIGAY MO SA PUSO KO,

AT,

SA PAGMAMAHAL NA HINDI MAIHAHANTULAD SA

KUNG ANUPAMAN.

 

ANG LAHAT NG ITO AY PARA SA ‘YO,

PARA DIN SA ATING MGA KAIBIGAN,

MGA KATUNGGALI

AT MGA KRITIKO.

 

ITO ANG AKING ALAY.

SA AKING SIMPLENG MAKAKAYA,

PARA MAIBALIK ANG KABUTIHAN MO,

DAHIL SINUKLIAN MO AKO

NG PAGMAMAHAL.

 

NASAAN KA MAN NGAYON,

NARITO PA RIN AKO

MAGHIHINTAY…

 

HANGGANG SA WAKAS…

 

AT MAGPAKAILANMAN.

 

(mga salitang nilikha ni robert manuguid silverio, iniukit sa kanyang “aklat ng pagibig”, petsang oktubre 29, 2014)

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CCP OUTREACH CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF NURTURING ARTS IN THE REGIONS

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“CCP OUTREACH CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF NURTURING ARTS IN THE REGIONS”

 

To mark the 35th year of the CCP’s Outreach Program, a series of regional cultural exchanges and community tours billed as “Sining ay Buhay, Buhay ang Sining” has been organized by the CCP Cultural Exchange Department.

 

The series began last September and will continue until November 2014 featuring the most prominent regional cultural groups.

 

The Sining ay Buhay, Buhay ang Sining series highlights the flourishing of arts and culture in the regions, and how art has made an impact in the lives of the people and the creative industry in the local communities. Through this program, the CCP CED endeavors to support and motivate local cultural performing groups to achieve artistic excellence and promote local art and cultural expressions in various venues and communities. The program will certainly be a fitting celebration of the center’s regional cultural work in the last three and a half decades.

 

Last September 21-29, three exceptional performing groups from Luzon toured the Visayas region Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc. (BKFI) of Malolos, Bulacan; Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe (LBDT) of the Lyceum University of the Phils. Batangas City; and the Baao Children and Youth Choir (BCYC) of Baao, Camarines Sur.  Over 6,000 audiences attended the five full performances, three move-over shows and three lecture-demonstrations conducted by the three featured groups in Bacolod, Iloilo and Sta. Barbara. The Luzon production concept evolved around the theme “Luzon: Art is Life, Art is Alive” – The Making of Bayanihan.

 

Some of the crowd’s favorite and well applauded numbers are BKFI’s storytelling of the legends of Lam-Ang, Bernardo Carpio, Bul-ul, Ulo ng Apo, the romantic kundimans, and balagtasan.  The regional viewers delightfully enjoyed the traditional dances performed by the LBDT such as Bendian & Palook from the Cordilleras, Sala Ti Mais from Isabela, and Subli from Batangas. The young choristers from Baao, Camarines Sur added more excitement to the whole production as they showed their musical prowess in the local songs like Scenes from the North, Chua-ay, & Ang Maya. The performance finale had all the performers sing Salamat sa Sining at Musika, composed/arranged by Ato del Rosario, with lyrics by Chinggay Bernardo and chorale rendition by the Phil. Madrigal Singers.

 

The outreach performance tour in Visayas was made possible thru the support and partnership of the Negros Cultural Foundation in Bacolod, Central Philippine University in Iloilo City, the Municipality of Sta. Barbara and SM City Iloilo.

 

Following the Luzon groups, the Visayas performing groups led by the Kabataang Silay Rondalla Ensemble of Silay City, Dagyaw Baile of Iloilo National High School and the University of Visayas Chorale of Cebu City will Tour Mindanao from November 4-9. 

 

DAGYAW BAILE, formerly known as Dagyaw Theatre and Dance Company, is the Flagship of Cultural Excellence of the Iloilo National High School. Dagyaw is composed of high school students enrolled in the School for the Arts, majoring in dance. It was organized in July 16, 1990 through the efforts of Dr. Riza S. Amaguin. With its present Artistic Director, Ria B. Española, Dagyaw maintains a 35-member troupe, which required to attend major classes, offered by the program in acting, ballet, folkdance, modern ballet and contemporary dance.  

 

KABATAANG SILAY RONDALLA ENSEMBLE was founded in 1993 with 36 primary school students who successfully passed the auditions conducted by the cultural staff of the city, the KSE served as the LGUs advocates in the promotion not only of Silay City’s cultural and tourism potentials but also the rich culture of the province and the country through traditional folk dances and music. The group won 1st Place in the Children’s Rondalla of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Regional Level in 1998, and again in 1999. The KSE Rondalla is under the guidance of Mr. Jegger Anjao, conductor and Mr. Achilles Corteza III, cultural affairs officer.

The UNIVERSITY OF VISAYAS CHORALE, with Anna Abeleda Piquero – Choirmaster, was founded in 1999 by Jose R. Gullas to grant scholarship and opportunities to musically talented students. The group represented the Philippines in various international choral festivals and competitions, winning silver and bronze awards in the Busan Choral Festival and Competition 2007 in Korea, and bagged three gold awards in the 1st Tomohon International Chorale Competition 2009 in Indonesia. It was the only Filipino Choir to perform in the World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia. It achieved three gold Awards at the CCP International Choral Competition 2009 in Manila and became grand champion in FEUropa 2011. A two-time grand champion of the Manila Broadcasting Company National Choral Competition 2009 and 2011, the group won several awards in various prestigious international choral competitions in Europe in 2012.

 

The last leg of the regional exchanges will feature performing groups from Mindanao – MSU Kabpapagariya Ensemble of Gen. Santos City,  Helubong Community Dance Troupe of Lake Sebu;  Mebuyan of Davao City;  RMMC Teatro Ambahanon of Gen. Santos;  and Bayang Barrios  will tour in Luzon from November 12-19, 2014.

 

For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department at telefax no. 832-3674 and 832-1125 locals 1708-1709 and email address ccp.ced2014@gmail.com

 

AN EVENING WITH CHRISTIAN LEOTTA AT CCP

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“AN EVENING WITH CHRISTIAN LEOTTA AT CCP”

ITALIAN pianist Christian Leotta will perform on November 11, 2014, Tuesday, at 7:30pm at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Billed as An Evening With Christian Leotta: From Bach to the Romantic Piano of Schubert, Rossini and Beethoven, the event is presented by the Embassy of Italy in Manila, the Philippine Italian Association and the Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with Furnitalia and with the support of Trevi Foundations Phils. Inc., Sta. Elena Golf & Country Estate, SSI Group Inc., Diamond Hotel, Shopwise, Global Executive Solutions Group and Lombardi’s Authentic Italian Restaurant for the benefit of the Philippine Italian Association Endowment Fund.

The program consists of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettismo BWV 992 (Capriccio on the departure of his most beloved brother), Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A minor Opus posth. 143, 0784, Gioachino Rossini’s Memento homo and Une caresse a ma femme, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 “Appassionata”.

Born in Catania, Italy, Christian Leotta is an award-winning Italian virtuoso pianist. He has a vast repertoire and is now recognized for being the youngest pianist since Daniel Barenboim to perform and record all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas. He began his study of piano at the age of 7, furthering his studies at the Milan Conservatory under Mario Patuzzi and is a former pupil of the acclaimed pianist Karl Ulrich Schnabel. Christian studied at the Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation and also with Rosalyn Tureck at the Tureck Bach Research Foundation at Oxford, England. Likewise, he studied at the Literature and Philosophy faculty of Milan State University. Christian officially began his career in 2002 in Montreal at the age of 22 and began to perform the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, which he completed in a period of less than a month.

Christian Leotta has worked with major orchestras such as the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Italian RAI National Television Orchestra, the Milan’s Symphony Orchestra “Giuseppe Verdi”, regularly performing in important theatres and concert halls such as the Philharmonie at the Gasteig in Munich, the Konzerthaus of Vienna, the Tonhalle of Zurich, the Sala Verdi and the Auditorium of Milan, the Salle Claude-Champagne of Montreal, the Great Hall at the Bunka Kaikan Theatre of Tokyo.

The international press hailed Christian as “one of the major Beethoven soloists of our time” (Pizzicato, Luxembourg), defining his complete recording of the 32 Piano Sonatas as “a major addition to other sets currently available” (Fanfare, USA); “his prodigious technique used to better express the poetry of Beethoven’s music” (The Whole Note, Toronto), to “his capability of really seizing your attention at unexpected moments” (All Music Guide, USA), gaining a reputation as “a pianist of the highest order: technician, musician and interpreter all at once” (La Presse, Montreal). Leotta has been defined by the legendary Rosalyn Tureck as “an extraordinary talent with a beautiful innate musicality”, and praised by the great Karl Ulrich Schnabel for “his respect of the indications of the Classical and Romantic composers as perfect and their understanding considerable.”

Ticket prices are Php1,000 and Php800, with a 20% discount available to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

For details, contact the CCP Box Office (832-3704), Ticket World (891-9999) or the Philippine Italian Association (815-1310).