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Koji Arsua - The Philippine Star

Watch Nora Aunor in ‘Dementia’

MANILA, Philippines - In Perci Intalan’s horror film Dementia, Nora Aunor plays a woman suffering from dementia who is sent home to Batanes to help jog her memory. Instead, she starts hallucinating, and her niece, played by Jasmine Curtis-Smith, wonders if it’s an effect of her dementia or if she really is seeing things. Horror is a genre that we haven’t seen Nora in for some time, but it’s still unmistakably Ate Guy, whose eyes speak a language of their own. Dementia is in cinemas now.


See beautiful documentaries at CineTotoo

The first Cine Totoo International Documentary Film Festival is currently taking place at TriNoma, SM Megamall, and SM Manila. The GMA News TV-organized fest features 11 Filipino documentaries in competiton as well as a slate of films from South East Asia. Among our top picks for this year’s finalists are Carla Ocampo’s Walang Rape Sa Bontok, about two rape victims who search for a utopia where women can live without being assaulted; Rafael Froilan’s Mananayaw, where he tackles the lives of male ballet dancers; Jan Tristan Pandy’s Gusto Nang Umuwi ni Joy, which traces the journey of an undocumented Filipina in the UK as she tries to secure legal status so she can fly home to her family; Nawruz Paguidopon’s A Journey to Haifa, which follows the openly gay filmmaker on a religious pilgrimage to Israel; and Migkahi E Si Amey Te, ‘Uli Ki Pad, about a tribal community that tries to pick up its pieces after the death of their chieftain. The festival runs until Tuesday.


Support indie comics at the Meganon comic book launch

To most Filipinos, the phrase “Meganon!” is known as the catchphrase of a radio DJ. But for an informed few, Meganon is a Filipino publishing house that aims to support a sustainable community of indie comics. And if you haven’t read their books, you’re in for a Ka-pow! moment. They will be having their comic book launch today at Fully Booked, BGC, and you can buy Filipino indie comics, meet the artists, and win original artworks and limited edition collector’s items. The Meganon Facebook page compared seeing local comic books to seeing a unicorn. Now, imagine a glorious stable of the mythical creatures, ready for you to ride them into the sunset. That’s what Meganon’s comic book launch will be like. The launch will begin at 5:30 p.m., fourth floor of Fully Booked.


Go on a bar crawl aboard the party jeepney

Manila PubCrawl’s infamous party jeepney will zoom around the metro with a little more flair next Saturday for their 2nd anniversary with a whopping four-part crawl. Turn strangers into friends as fast as you can say “Isa pang shot!” The registration fee of P990 will include a ride on the party jeepney (airconditioned so you can arrive in style), free entrance into the featured bars and clubs like Space Club, Prime Upscale Club, and The Dragon Bistro, 10 shots, and the iconic PubCrawl shirt plus other merch. You can register for the event online at or call 0917 808 8433. Sorry, you can’t make sabit on the jeep. Sakay na!


Attend the Philippine International Jazz and Blues Guitar Festival

The 3rd Philippine International Jazz and Blues Guitar Festival is being held this weekend at Venice Piazza and Murphy’s Irish Pub. Let the kids enjoy their DJs while you sit back and relax as hip cats serenade you with songs that will make you jazz. Human Folk, Ronell Santos, Jeff Pagaduan, Jerome Rico, Diwa de Leon, Cacophony, Ugo Guido, Khaossia (from Italy), and Hare Krishna will perform at the Venice Piazza starting 6 p.m., while Cygnet, Electric Sala, Bleu Rascals, and Open Jam will hold the fort at Murphy’s Irish Pub. Tomorrow, Electric Sala, Nino Mendoza and the BJJ, Noli Aurillo, Russell Flamenco, Jeriko Aguilar, Jazz Almonacid, Keith Delleva, Charlie Y, Blue Rats, Gary Perez, Bleu Rascals, Wally Gonzalez, Pepe Smith, Caren Tevany, KO Jones, and Betrayed will close the show at the Venice Piazza. The festival is free of charge and is so laidback, you don’t even need to wear a fedora.

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