(from abs-cbn news.com): ‘Tadhana’ is top grossing local indie film of all time

‘Tadhana’ is top grossing local indie film of all time

by ABS-CBNnews.com


http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/03/15/15/tadhana-top-grossing-local-indie-film-all-time (link)

MANILA – “That Thing Called Tadhana” starring Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman has been declared the highest grossing independent film of all time.

After sold-out screenings in theaters nationwide, the movie is now scheduled to hit theaters in the United States starting on March 27.

According to the official figures, the blockbuster hit already amassed a staggering P134 million last month. It was able to pass the P100-million mark in less than two weeks since it first hit theaters.

Aside from being a box-office hit, the movie has also harvested numerous awards, including the Audience Choice and Best Actress awards at the 2014 Cinema One Originals Film Festival, as well as the Best Actor award at the Gawad Pasado.

“That Thing Called Tadhana” has also been selected in various international film festivals. Jadaone’s film will compete at the Osaka Asian Film Festival 2015 and will be part of the Los Angeles Asian Film Festival, and at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

“I am very excited because our Kapamilya abroad will have the chance to watch the film. I hope that ‘Tadhana’ will experience the same success abroad as it did here in the country,” Panganiban said.

As for De Guzman, he is truly grateful for everyone who watched his movie since this served as his comeback film.

“I am very thankful that the role of Anthony was given to me. From the very start, I have believed in the script and the people behind the film because ‘Tadhana’ has a very compelling story, but I did not expect that it would be such a big hit. Everything is happening so fast. I mean, we already have an international screening and we’re taking part in international film festivals. It’s so surreal,” he said.

Originally an entry to the Cinema One Originals Film Festival last year, the romantic-comedy by Antoinette Jadaone tells the story of Mace (Panganiban) and Anthony (de Guzman), strangers who meet at an airport in Rome, Italy, as they decide to go on a road trip in Luzon to help each other mend their broken hearts.

Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman re-enact their pose on the poster of their movie “That Thing Called Tadhana” during the film's victory party last week. Photo: Handout
Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman re-enact their pose on the poster of their movie “That Thing Called Tadhana” during the film’s victory party last week. Photo: Handout
jm rocks!
jm rocks!


veteran theater icon bernardo bernardo AND jm de guzman appears on “imbisibol”, an indie film entry for sinag maynila indie film fest

bernardo bernardo in "imbisibol"
bernardo bernardo in “imbisibol”

“LAHAT TAYO ME KAKILALA, KAIBIGAN O KAMAG-ANAK NA OFW: Ito ang Tunay na Buhay ng mga “Bagong Bayani” sa Ibang Bansa–IMBISIBOL. Sinag Maynila, happening on March 18-24, 2015, presents Lawrence Fajardo’s “Imbisibol” starring Allen Dizon, Ces Quesada, Bernardo Bernardo, and JM de Guzman. Also starring JC Santos, Onyl Torres, Angelina Kanapi, Fred Lo, Naoki Takai, Shinepi Suzuki, May Alleman, Kaz Sawamura, Masaharu Iwamoto, Oyee Barro, Ms. Cynthia Luster and Mr. Ricky Davao.

“Imbisibol” follows the lives of four Filipino migrant workers in Japan – Linda, Benjie, Manuel and Rodel – who, amidst their individual struggles, are suddenly caught together in an even more complex game of hide and seek where staying invisible is the only way to survive. Shot mostly on location in Fukuoka and Hokkaido, Japan, IMBISIBOL premieres on March 18 as one of the finalists in the first Sinag-Maynila indie film festival spearheaded by Cannes Film Festival Best Director Brillante Mendoza. Based on a script by John Bedia and Herlyn Alegre. Boy Yniguez is Director of Photography and Rolando T. Inocencio is Assistant Director. Kimmy Maclang is Production Manager while Krisma Maclang Fajardo is the Producer.. Catch ‪#‎ImbisibolMovie‬ during the ‪#‎SinagMaynila‬ film festival at the nearest participating SM cinemas.”–BB**

ssip FROM SSSIP 🙂 “I admire him so much since i was just a very small kid. Theater icon Bernardo Bernardo on this new indie film! Tapos kasama pa si baby JM de Guzman ko sa film. Oh, my. Surely, I will watch this film. Skeds below”:



SINAG MAYNILA Film Festival will open on March 18, Wednesday, with opening ceremonies at SM AURA at 6:00 pm officially launching the regular screenings of all the indie finalists in all of the 7 participating SM Cinemas. The Gala screening of IMBISIBOL will be on March 19, Thursday, at SM Aura Premier. The screening will promptly start at 9:00pm, followed by a Q & A after the screening.


a fifteen minute Q & A (question and answer) interview with lance raymundo…

(video above uploaded on youtube.com by:

lance: looks up to the tree of LIFE, after almost being beaten from the GROUND.
lance: looks up to the tree of LIFE, after almost being beaten from the GROUND.

from sssip 🙂

Little miracles are happening everywhere. People just refuse to notice. People just keep on running after some other things, rather than seek and find the true meaning of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for their lives.

In Lance Raymundo’s life, little miracles just keeps on happening. That’s why on his upcoming Senakulo play, wherein he’s going to portray the role of the Lord Jesus Christ, he is giving all his soul and feelings to fully give justice to his demanding “role” as Christ.

Here is our 15 minutes Question & Answer interview with one of the most-loved actors of this generation- Mr. Lance Raymundo.


SSSIP: Lance, you’ve started with the rehearsals of Senakulo 2015 by Teatro Sta. Ana. Were you carried-away with some scenes in your portrayal as Jesus Christ?

LANCE: Yes, I was really carried-away with some scenes. Pinaka-na-carried-away ako du’n sa mga scenes wherein Jesus Christ have started to suffer. Nu’ng nagumpisa na ang mga paghihirap Niya. Especially the Agony in the Garden scene. Because you see, I went through with the same physical and emotional sufferings myself when I experienced my accident last year. I never questioned why it had to happen to me, though. Maybe God Has his own reasons why… But contrary to what I thought, no amount of pain and suffering can be as greater as that of jesus Christs’s suffering. He carried the sins of everyone.

Kaya I really got so emotional during our rehearsals. Minsan, hindi ko mapigilang umiyak. But I have to control my tears, because I know, as a theater actor, I should know when to use my tears and my emotions on proper ways. Kaya thakful ako, I am sorrounded by people like Lou Veloso and Bernardo Bernardo, mga elders and veterans in the theater scene na tumulong sa akin sa paggamit ko ng proper emotions ko sa acting. 

SSSIP: It’s almost one year today since your accident, how emotional can you get this time ba?

LANCE: My accident last year didn’t affect me emotionally, but spiritually. In better words, I was more touched on it spiritually. When I medidate at times, I ask Jesus Christ why did he allow me to live again? Why did he give me this second chance at life? I guess, more answers to that question of mine will be seen by me soon.

SSSIP: How do you find working again with theater people? Especially the likes of Mr. Lou veloso, the director of the Senakulo, and Mr. Bernardo Bernardo who became your acting coach in this religious play?

LANCE: This time, I can say I am more mature. I am more giving and more humble. I am more open this time to open my doors for more knowledge on acting onstage. Feeling ko kasi, marami pa akong dapat na ibigay within me. That’s why I sought the help of Lou Veloso and Bernardo Bernardo, and they both gave me the best advices and tips on acting again onstage.

I believe, that being a part of this Senakulo and this group of theater people, hindi yung pagalingan sa isa’t-isa ang dapat na pairalin, eh. You work as a team. You will perform a show as a whole. So this new learnings was helping me all-throughout, not only as an actor, but as a person as well.


SSSIP: What are your expectations to the crowd or the audience who’ll all gonna watch you perform as Jesus Christ?

LANCE: I can’t have much expectations. The Senakulo was actually made for the masses. Kaya nung minsang nag-rehearse kami sa San Juan plaza, yung mga ordinaryong tao na nanonood, nagre-react talaga doon sa scene nina Barabas at Kristo, kung sino ang pipiliin na palayain sa dalawa. Sigaw sila ng sigaw na si Kristo! Kaya nakakatuwang isipin na nakaka-relate sila sa scene na iyon… So, I am preparing myself for anything. On how the audience will react, it’s up to them. Basta ang hiling ko lang, they will be touched by the story of Jesus.

SSSIP: Maiba na tayo ng topic, lance. What are your plans this Summer of 2015 and the Holy Week itself?

LANCE: I plan that after our final performance in Baguio of the Senakulo, gusto ko munang magpa-iwan sa Baguio with my family and have a short break there. After that, I plan to move-on with my career na. I am positive and looking forward to greater horizons on my career this time.

As of now, my manager, Shandi bacolod, told me na pasok daw ako sa next film project ni direk Ato Bautista. So I may probably be very busy shooting again after Holy Week. I am also starting to host a travel show for ANC channel. It’s show na bibistahin ko ang mga scenic places dito sa Pilipinas. And I am now open for possible new TV shows or teleseryes. I missed acting on TV.

SSSIP: Last question, Lance. Who is Jesus Christ in your life?

LANCE: Jesus Christ is the center of my life, Robert.

—end of interview— 



vl vl2


THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is now accepting applications for the Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program which will be held on June 30 to July 12, 2015. The Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program is a project of the CCP Artist Training Division of the Arts Education Department. 

To qualify, the applicant must:

1.        be a college student or a young professional;

2.        be 29 years old or below;

3.        not have had any play produced by a professional theater company;

4.        not have had any play published in a literary journal;

5.        not have won in any national/ international playwriting/ screenwriting competition; 

6.        be able to submit the following requirements via email to ccp.artist.training@gmail.com:

a.   Fully accomplished Application Form (downloadable from the CCP website)

b.    One (1) to two (2) sample stage plays, full or excerpts which should have the following requirements:

·         Written either in Filipino or English;

·         In .doc format (12 points, double-spaced, 8” x 11” paper);

·         The maximum number of pages of the submitted sample stage play(s) is 10 (whether one or two plays).

·         The real name / identity of the applicant must not be written on any part of the sample work(s).

7.        be present for the entire duration of the program, rehearsals and performance for the Culminating Showcase.


Only complete application requirements will be considered.


Deadline for submission of requirements is at 12 midnight, May 22, 2015. Announcement of accepted applicants is on May 29, 2015.


The Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program is a two-week mentorship program on the study and practice of dramatic writing for the stage. The fellows will take part in lectures, discussions, and workshops on playwriting and script critiquing. They will also be given an access pass to this year’s festival plays and selected rehearsals, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Talkback and Interaction with known playwrights, directors and selected actors. The Fellowship Program will culminate in a staged reading of the fellows’ works on July 12 at the CCP Bulwagang Amado Hernandez at 6 PM.

A minimal registration fee of Php900 will be required of all fellows to cover tickets for the shows. 

The Virgin Labfest is a highly distinguished annual festival of unpublished, unstaged, untried and untested works of playwrights, directors and actors. It has gained its reputation by producing provocative and outstanding ‘virgin’ plays mostly which have been recognized by the Palanca Awards for Literature. The Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program is part of the Center’s desire to train young aspiring playwrights.

For inquiries on the Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program, go to www.culturalcenter.gov.ph, emailccp.artist.training@gmail.com, or call 832-1125 loc 1605.