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Six Filipino films are competing in the 17th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), and these are twice as many Filipino features than last year.

Kylie Padilla and Ruru Madrid on 'The Cure'

Kylie Padilla and Ruru Madrid on ‘The Cure’

The six Filipino films this time are “BuyBust” directed by Erik Matti, “Neomanila”(Mikhail Red), “On The Job” (Erik Matti), “Respeto” (Treb Monteras II), “Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story)” (Irene Villamor), and “We Will Not Die Tonight” (Richard Somes).

“Neomanila,” “On The Job” and “Respeto” have already earned nominations, and received accolades from prominent award-giving bodies in the Philippines. “BuyBust,” an action-thriller will make its world premiere at NYFF, along with “We Will Not Die Tonight.”

Representatives of the Filipino films will be supported by the FDCP’s International Film Festival Assistance Program (IFFAP), including Gawad Urian Best Actor Abra of “Respeto,” producer Dondon Monteverde, and directors Somes, Monteras II and Matti.

“All around the world, Filipino films continue to compete and be recognized by the most prestigious of film festivals and we are proud that NYAFF is doing its part in introducing Filipino Films – genre Filipino films especially – to the North American audience. We hope that this is the first step for more of our films to be recognized and distributed in that side of the world,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

The 2018 NYAFF runs till July 15.

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Ruru on ‘The Cure’
Ruru Madrid is the latest addition to the cast of the GMA series “The Cure.” He joins former “Encantandia”co-star Kylie Padilla who plays Adira.

According to the actor, he’s delighted to be working again with Kylie especially in action scenes. He certainly will enjoy doing the action scenes since it has been his dream to be an action star.

So what will be his role in the life of Adira and Charity (Jennylyn Mercado) and Greg (Tom Rodriguez)? Watch out for it.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, July 10, go to Rep. Evelio Leonardia, Marco Sison, Princess Revilla, Linda Dizon, Armand Brawn Jr., Philip Nazareno, Alex Timbol, Sally Ancheta, Millie Gurfinkel, Bert Agliam, Senedy Que, and Wilma Doesnt… July 11: Sylvia Gala, Baby Monroy, Robert Roque, Eliseo Aurelio Jr., Charmaine Gail Pagente, Meynard Penalosa, Oliver Teves, Bex Vinaviles, Hannah Flores, Herminio Agunias, Editha Nacion, and Mercy Lejarde…

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