Ploning: A New Age of Philippine Cinema?

16 04 2008

A bright new film in the horizon for Philippine cinema. “Ploning” will be released in the Philippines at the end of this month. It’s an indie film by a new production studio, Panoramanila. Their goal is to create a new brand of Filipino cinema that will hopefully ignite the fire under our cold film industry. I support this movement all the way!

For a long time, I’ve wondered why the Philippines has not produced a breakout film that will attract critical attention not only in the Philippines but also internationally. Not just something that will be successful critically, but also something that will change the film industry. I feel like this will be the film that breaks the mold.

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Philippines Economy Doin’ the Damn Thing!

30 01 2008

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The possibility of a recession in the economy of the United States is the center of attention these days in the global scene. And with a good reason, because a recession in the biggest economy in the world will have far-reaching effects in the economies of the world. But even with this slowdown in the United States economy, many countries like China are still experiencing tremendous economic growth. You can add the Philippines to that list.

The Philippines economy surged 7.4% in 2007, which is the fastest growth in 31 years! For those with bad math skills, that’s since 1976! Wow. Well since I became interested in the state of my home country about two years ago, this is probably one of the best news since then. The economy grew 5.4% in 2005 and 5.5% in 2006.

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