Thursday, December 19, 2019

Judy Ann Santos is Muslim Mom in MMFF entry 2019 "Mindanao" by Brilliante Mendoza

December 19, 2019 0 Comments

Judy Ann Santos is Muslim mom in MMFF 2019 entry ‘Mindanao’ by Brillante Mendoza
Judy Ann Santos plays a Muslim woman in “Mindanao,” one of the eight official entries to the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival. The film is directed by Brillante Mendoza, the first and still the only Filipino filmmaker to win Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival.
Written by Honee Alipio with Armando “Bing” Lao as the creative consultant, “Mindanao” marks the first time animation is included in a film directed by Mendoza. It features Santos as Saima Datupalo, a Muslim woman who is taking care of her cancer-stricken daughter Aisa Datupalo (Yuna Tangog) in a temporary home for children with cancer called the House of Hope in Davao.
At the House of Hope, Saima retells to Aisa the epic tale of warrior brothers Rajah and Sulayman fighting against the dragons Ginto and Pula, a story that mirrors the harrowing life in Mindanao. Allen Dizon plays Saima’s husband Malang Datupalo, a combat medic who is in an offensive operation in Maguindanao.
To play Saima in “Mindanao,” Santos had to learn how to perform a Muslim dance. She was trained by choreographer Al Bernard Velarde Garcia.
As a Christian actor, Santos did not find it difficult to play a Muslim character. Aside from having Muslim friends in real life, she said what made it easy was the guidance of Mendoza and Muslim cast and crew on the set of “Mindanao.”
Ketchup Eusebio, Epy Quizon, Richard Manabat, Kiko Matos and Jun Nayra play soldiers in “Mindanao.” Also in the cast are Vince Rillon, Ruby Ruiz, Chai Fonacier, Fe Saligumba, Perry Dizon, Nezzar Piti-Ilan, Vicky Ozawa, Emma Ressureccion, MJ Jacobo, Aileen Sahibad, Racma Caman Tonga, Abdulhakim Suare and Jenny Mondido.
Executive produced by Mendoza, “Mindanao” features Team App’s animation, Hiroyuki Ishizaka’s sound design and Teresa Barrozo’s music. Maan Chua also appears in the film as a singer, performing her original song “Itadyak.”
Prior to the MMFF 2019, “Mindanao” was screened in several international film festivals including the 24th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival and the 41st Cairo International Film Festival in Egypt. The film earned Santos the Best Actress award in the 2019 Cairo International Film Festival.
The MMFF 2019 is the 45th edition of the annual Filipino film festival organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority. Along with the other seven entries, “Mindanao” will be screen in theaters all over the Philippines from December 25, 2019 to January 7, 2020.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

3 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Videographer

December 07, 2019 0 Comments

Canva Design

Your big day is just around the corner. The wedding dress is sealed in its plastic bag. The rings are polished to a shimmering shine. The band’s setlist is finalized and the caterer’s menu has been checked and double-checked. Still, you can’t help but feel like you’re forgetting something.

Oh no, you forgot to hire find a videographer for hire!

Hmmm, well… maybe you don’t even need one. Do you?

Who are you kidding? Of course you need one! You just need to be reminded of why.

Memories in Motion

Still photos are great, but they can’t move or speak or sing or laugh or cry. By all means, hire a photographer to take posed and candid photos. But get a videographer too; the two complement each other wonderfully. With video, you won’t have to worry about scenes looking stiff and unnatural, nor will you risk missing out on the smaller memories hidden between the big ones: the teardrop your mother dabbed from her eye so it wouldn’t ruin her makeup or those teeny tiny steps the flower girl took as she walked down the aisle. More importantly, without video how will you ever be able to relive the best man’s toast, your inebriated father-in-law’s questionable dance moves, or your spouse’s heartwarming’ vows?

Subtlety and Style

If you’re picturing a situation where some nosy cameraman is following you around all night with a boom mic and a bright light giving you point-blank sunburn, think again. It’s not the ‘80s anymore. Today’s videographer knows how to be a fly on the wall. With smaller-than-ever digital cameras, powerful mini microphones, and lenses that can pick up light in even the darkest settings, neither you nor your guests are likely to even notice you’re being filmed. All the better to capture your loved ones in their natural state. What’s more, most videographers work in groups of two or more, ensuring that your most important moments are immortalized from every angle.

Versatility of Vision

Where photography is limited in what and how it can depict your most cherished memories, with video, the possibilities are endless. Want a full-fledged two-hour documentary about your big day? A videographer can do that. Prefer to have a bunch of smaller, shorter clips that you can watch and share with ease? A videographer can do that too. Go traditional or get creative: turn your wedding into a music video or a movie trailer. Request a filter to make your reception footage look like vintage film, or use slow-motion replays to see the bouquet toss in all its chaotic glory. Videographers have a multitude of tools at their disposal and the knowledge of how best to use them, so don’t be afraid to ask for anything, no matter how unconventional it may seem. A good videographer knows how to make it work.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

5 Places for Kids to Have Fun in San Antonio

December 05, 2019 0 Comments

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If you’re heading to San Antonio, Texas with your little ones in tow, you may be unsure what this city has to offer as far as family activities. Fear not, as there are many exciting adventures that are family-friendly, and most will entertain parents just as much as they’ll engage children. For experiences that are both exciting and educational, check out some of these suggestions. You might even have a better time than your kids and find yourself looking for San Antonio houses for sale so you can keep the fun going!

San Antonio Zoo

What kid (or adult) doesn’t love animals? The San Antonio Zoo is home to many amazing species and is dedicated to the conservation of rare animals who may be at risk to become endangered or extinct. Pick up a day pass to check out the animals and exhibits the zoo has to offer, or enroll your child in the Will Smith Zoo School for an unforgettable, hands-on experience.
The Science Mill

For kids who are enthralled by the world of science and technology, this interactive experience is perfect! The Science Mill uses state-of-the-art technology to get students (and adults!) interested in the way science impacts us every day. Through engaging exhibits, children are encouraged to explore their love of science and consider pursuing careers in STEM fields to better our society for tomorrow and beyond.

Natural Bridge Caverns

For those who are seeking a thrilling outdoor activity, look no further than the Natural Bridge Caverns of San Antonio. There is more to do than just explore these caves, but that itself is reason enough to check this place out. If you’re looking for more excitement, try your hand at their ropes course or take a ride on a zipline. Not a thrill-seeker? You can also mine for gems and fossils like an old-time gold miner.

San Antonio Botanical Gardens

If you’re looking for a more relaxing family-friendly adventure, check out the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. This place has so much to offer, and you can experience new colors and textures in the plants all year ‘round. Check out the bird-watching area for some relaxing family bonding, and see who can spot the beautiful Black-chinned Hummingbird!

The Magik TheaterFor those who are looking for a night filled with art and culture, check out one of the many kid-friendly plays put together by The Magik Theater of San Antonio. They’ve been a staple in the community since 1994, putting classic pieces of literature on the stage for children to experience and learn from. See what amazing stories they’re bringing to life this season.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Empowering People To Eat More Plants

December 04, 2019 0 Comments
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I just want to be healthy and stay alive and keep my family going and everything and keep my friends going and try to do something so that this world will be peaceful. That is the most ambitious and the most difficult thing, but I'm there trying to do it. How can we do it?

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