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‘Deadma Walking’ an MMFF comedy entry not to miss

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A SCENE from ‘Deadma Walking’

A SCENE from ‘Deadma Walking’

Because it promises to be funny and entertaining, “Deadma Walking” is a must-watch movie during the forthcoming 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival. Actually, I think it will be the first movie I will watch, impressed as I was that the movie is based on a screenplay (by Eric Cabahug) that won second prize at the Palanca Awards for Literature, and the fact that it was the first film among the eight entries to this year’s MMFF that was given an “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).

Joross Gamboa (left) and Edgar Allan Guzman

Joross Gamboa (left) and Edgar Allan Guzman

The CEB commended “Deadma Walking” for its fine direction, editing, script, acting and heartwarming message. The CEB summation also stated: “Director Julius Alfonso has an auspicious debut film in ‘Deadma Walking,’ which is brilliantly visualized and combines, humor, drama and camp to come up with the right mix seldom seen in the year-end festival.” And according to a CEB member, “the comic timing and musical numbers give the film an engaging energy.”

The CEB praised the performance of the entire cast, citing the lead stars Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman as “obvious standouts,” and Dimples Romana who, according to CEB “puts in a good turn.”

“Deadma Walking,” produced by T-Rex Entertainment, tells the story of two gay best friends, Joross and Edgar Allan, who mount a fake wake and funeral. “We thought of faking my death and wake because I want to know and hear about what my friends would say about me when I die, during my wake,” Joross said.

While “Deadma Walking” is about dying, the CEB highlighted that it celebrates life and friendship byn reiterating that “the tragicomedy is a different fare for the filmfest and doesnot disappoint.”

“Deadma Walking” opens in cinemas nationwide starting on Dec. 25.

 

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30th Aliw Awards

The 30th Aliw Awards is slated tonight at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel. Applause trophies will be given to the winners of over 40 categories of life entertainers. From them will be chosen the “Entertainer of the Year,” according to Ms. Alice H. Reyes, founder/president of the Aliw Awards Foundation.

Highlights of the event is the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to Celeste Legaspi, Claire dela Fuente, Hajji Alejandro, Jun Polistico, Geleen Eugenio, Onofre Pagsanjan, Spirit of ’67 and George Yang; and the Alice H. Reyes Achievement Awards to Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, Mayor Herbert Bautista and Jomari Chan; the elevation to the Hall of Fame of Ricky Abad, Pinky Amador, Joel Lamangan, Rockin’ ’60s and Vince Tañada; and the presentation of Special Awards to Solaire’s The Theater, the Halili Cruz Junior Ballet Company, Sonny Alvendia, Dean Amado Valdez and Patrick Michael Vargas.

Posthumous awards will also be given to Agileo Baluyut, former AAFI president, and Bong Carrion, former governor of Marinduque.

Manila Bulletin is among media partners. Showtime is 7 p.m.

 

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Dec. 19, go to Erlinda “Liding” Oledan, Lyanne Gonzalez, Efren Cruz, Abraham Divina, Jr., Junie Siytangco, and Rep. Baby Pizarro… Dec. 20: Ricky Alegre, Jim Greene, Cathy Nazareno Revilla, Neneng David, Marilú Velez, Rosie Bitong, Tim Espinosa, Anna Romulo, Jobert Brillantes, Ronald Dominguez and Maybeline dela Cruz…

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