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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino announces first three finalists

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“Cuddle Weather,” “LSS (Last Song Syndrome),” and “The Panti Sisters” made the cut in this third year of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP).

The festival runs for a week during which only quality Filipino films are screened in all cinemas nationwide. The event is organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with the National Cinema Association of the Philippines.

The producers of the three films — namely Rod Marmol, Jade Castro, and Perci Intalan, respectively — will receive a co-production fund of up to two million pesos grant.

Ben&Ben with the cast and director of ‘LSS (Last Song Syndrome)’ (Photos courtesy of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino’s Facebook page)

Ben&Ben with the cast and director of ‘LSS (Last Song Syndrome)’
(Photos courtesy of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino’s Facebook page)

The remaining five finished films or films in post-production will be selected and announced by June.

Rivals?

“Cuddle Weather, ” produced by Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects, is about sex workers who enter a relationship as “cuddle partners” only to realize they want something more.

The IdeaFirst Company’s “The Panti Sisters,” starring Paolo Ballesteros, Martin del Rosario, and Christian Bables, is about gay sons called back by their estranged and terminally-ill father. Upon reunion, they are offered a huge inheritance in exchange for each of them giving him a grandchild.

Martin del Rosario

Martin del Rosario

At a press conference, Christian and Martin admitted they are nervous to be working together for the first time. Asked if they worry about being compared to each other, the two just shrugged their shoulders.

Martin even said that if there are some scenes wherein one would shine brighter than other, that’s okay.

“The story will showcase the contrast of each character so, really, we will have the chance to shine on our own,” he said.

Christian agreed that there will be no rivalry between them as he is not out to prove anything.

“I just want to quench my thirst in acting,” he said.

Real love

“LSS” stars Khalil Ramos and Gabbi Garcia who are real-life couple.

Globe Studio, Dokimos Media Studio, and Ben&Ben’s film is about dreamers Zak and Sarah who are in a series of connections but they get into a whirlwind romance as they follow the band Ben&Ben.

The indie folk-pop band Ben&Ben play themselves while Elijah Canlas and Tuesday Vargas also play important roles.
According to Ben&Ben, they never imagined being part of a movie. They’re thankful and honored that some of their songs are used in the film.

Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos

Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos

Gabbi found working with Khalil so nice that she doesn’t mind doing it again but not as an official team.
So, it’s an open book from here?

“When people ask us about our relationship, we will answer but we won’t share everything,” Gabbi shared. “We still want some privacy.”

Despite them coming from different networks, Gabbi is thankful that GMA respects her personal life.

“As long as I’m focused on my career, my goals, then there’s no problem,” she explained.

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