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‘Anak ng Macho Dancer’ producer goes after pirates

STAR CIRCUIT - Ricky L. Calderon (The Freeman) - February 4, 2021 - 12:00am

A majority of Filipinos are in favor of ABS-CBN’s return on television and radio, according to a recent mobile-app survey reported in the Manila Bulletin last Saturday, January 30.

Asked if they are in favor of ABS CBN resuming its broadcast operations, eight in every 10 respondents told data analytics firm WR Numero they support this, while only 11 percent opposed, and eight percent were uncertain.

Manila Bulletin reported that the research firm conducted the nationwide survey from Jan. 11 to 15 with 5,000 respondents via a quota sampling method based on geographic location, age, sex, and income.

The objective was to gauge the level of support among Filipinos for ABS-CBN’s return on air as talks on the network’s franchise were ignited again with new bills seeking its renewal being filed. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto sponsored the bill in the Senate, while Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto and Rep. Edcel Lagman sponsored the new bills in the House of Representatives.

Back in May 2020, the said technology-driven polling and data analytics company also conducted a survey wherein 80 percent of Filipinos believed that the network should continue to operate.

Similarly, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey last July 2020 also showed that 75 percent of Filipinos agree that ABS-CBN should be granted with a new 25-year franchise. For this July 3 to July 6 survey, SWS had 1,555 respondents from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, despite the absence of a franchise, ABS-CBN continues to produce new and existing content which it distributes in its own cable and digital platforms, as well as in other networks such as A2Z channel and TV5.

It also remains a favorite among award-giving bodies. Last month, it received the “Natatanging Hiyas ng Sining sa Telebisiyon,” the highest honor for TV given in the 5th GEMS Awards and its fifth straight Platinum Brand Award from the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands.

Winners of GEMS Awards are selected by members of the Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students, while the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Awards is voted by consumers through a survey that looks into the trustworthiness, credibility, quality, value, understanding of consumer needs, innovation, and social responsibility of brands.

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Witness a showcase of Filipino world-class talents as they take part in an international online event One Million Rally of Hope Philippines on Feb. 6, 3-5 pm, and also airing live on PTV-4.

The event is a call for collective prayers for greater hope, peace and solidarity during these dire times. Organized and spearheaded by the Universal Peace Foundationan NGO holding general consultative status with the United Nations, Rally of Hope Philippines is special insofar as it will gather millions of Filipinos and citizens around the world online in an interfaith gathering to collectively pray for the healing of the world from the COVID-19 pandemic, raise awareness for the healing of Mother Earth and address climate change issues and for the healing of humanity from divisions to bring about a world of lasting peace for the sake of future generations.

Featured performers are Grand Champion Performer of the World Jed Madela, two–time winner of World Championship of Performing Arts 4th Impact, Asia’s Golden Girl Gerphil Flores, recipient of the Luciano Pavarotti Trophy for winning the coveted title Choir of World 2011, The Philippine Meistersingers, the first ever World of Dance Philippines Champion FCPC Baliktanaw Dancers and the phenomenal REO Brothers.

This year’s theme for the Rally of Hope Philippines is “One Million People Praying for the Healing of the Nation and the World.”

The public may register to attend the rally live at: www.rallyofhope-asia.org or in the event’s official FB page:  www.facebook.com/rallyofhopeph

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Film producer Joed Serrano is determined to get back at people who made money of the pirated copies of “Anak ng Macho Dancer,” his initial offering under his Godfather Film Productions that had a Jan. 30 digital premiere.

Joed filed a complaint before the Optical Media Board last Tuesday, together with the stars of the movie namely Ricky Gumera, Miko Pasamonte, Mhack Morales and Charles Nathan.

“I didn’t imagine the noise created by the film will prompt other people to pirate it,” said Joed over dinner after filing a complaint before the OMB. He discovered that pirated copies of the link were likewise shared in different websites.

“They have to suffer the consequences of their actions. We hope somebody gets punished. If we don’t stop piracy, we might no longer be able to produce movies in the future.”

“Anak ng Macho Dancer” will be shown again with tickets priced lower at P169. He is submitting the film for review to MTRCB as he plans to screen the movie in Sta Lucia East Grand Mall cinema.

“I want to hear the audience reaction to the film,” said Joed.”I’d like to watch the movie in a regular theater but with safety protocols followed.”

rickcalderon2005@yahoo.com

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