Take part in a TV Documentary

Knickerbockerglory TV are developing a documentary about people in long distance or international relationships and would love someone from the Filipino community to take part. The programme would explore how people in these types of relationships manage and make them successful.

The programme is in the early stages at the moment, if you are interested please email tessa@knickerbockerglory.tv, with no obligation to appear in the programme at this stage.

Creative License

Creative License, winner of the Best Overall Film in the National Film Racing Tour, is a story of a young Filipino immigrant struggling to make it in the big city.

Find out more about the film maker, Paolo Dy, at http://www.paolody.com.

The untold story behind the 86 EDSA Revolution

The objective of the director/author/owner of the video is to expose hidden facts about the EDSA Revolution Yellow Propaganda. By simply stating the FACTS, everything becomes astoundingly simple and clear. For 25 years, media has been forcibly feeding people about their mystical notion of People Power, an event that was not participated by more than 80 million Filipinos back in 1986. 25 years after this so called “bloodless” revolution (Ironically, thanks to Marcos), the rich has gotten more wealthy and are poised to own the utilities and infrastructures of the country while the entire populace of the Philippines is mired in POVERTY, MEDIOCRITY and constant SUFFERING.

The Filipina on Top: Deconstructing Maria Clara

Getting to the heart of the Pinay’s Madonna-Whore Syndrome. Is the modern Filipina well-informed enough not to fall into bad situations? Or are we unknowingly contributing to our own problems?

PRESS RELEASE

New Mini Documentary Discusses
Filipina Sexual Empowerment Issues

  • New mini-documentary film directed by award-winning director Kamil Roxas is one of the highlights of this year’s edition of Illustrado Magazine’s annual event Women of Substance
  • The film titled “Filipina on Top” – revolving around empowering Filipinas in overcoming prevalent concerns such as sexual harassment, sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies – is a follow-up to last year’s successful release of “The Empowered Filipina”

26TH APRIL 2011, DUBAI, UAE – Following last year’s successful release of the specially produced mini-documentary film “The Empowered Filipina,” Dubai-based Filipino lifestyle publication, Illustrado Magazine, announced yesterday the online release of the film’s follow-up “Filipina on Top,” which was premiered during its annual Women of Substance event to be held last 1st April 1st at the Godolphin Ballroom in Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

“Filipina on Top” is also directed by Kamil Roxas, winner of the Hayah Film Competition at the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in 2008. It talks about the sensitive yet significant issues concerning Filipinas, hoping to create awareness on the harsh realities Filipinas face and, at the same time, provide relevant information and worthwhile advice.

The film discusses the various attitudes towards pre-marital sex and the complex conservative-modern value system of Filipinas. Also tackled in the film is the lack of sex education in the country, contrasted with the omnipresent influence of the highly sexualized Philippine media and how all these shape cultural attitudes, behaviors and the choices Filipinas make for themselves.

Other prevalent concerns among the Filipinas tackled by the film are unwanted pregnancies and sexual harassment – the latter, furthered by Illustrado Magazine’s random survey of around 100 Filipinas in the ages of 20 to 50 years old based in the Middle East, where 75% said that they have experienced sexual harassment of some form, whether mild or serious (where sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that tends to create a hostile or offensive environment).

According to Illustrado Magazine’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Lalaine Chu-Benitez – “While the debate continues on the decaying moral values in Philippine media, especially after the Willie Revillame TV5 fiasco; while the RH bill remains a bone of contention; and more conservative villages follow Alabang’s footsteps seeking to ban the sale of condoms, and artificial birth control without prescription, Filipinas in the Middle East are already on ‘stage three.’ They are experiencing the repercussions of our contradictory value system – suffering sexual harassment of various forms, while some have been jailed due to unwanted pregnancies and illicit relationships (sex without marriage). Clearly, something’s wrong here and we need to wake up and do something.”

Speaking on Illustrado’s Women of Substance advocacy, she says, “Last year, with the showing of the mini-documentary ‘The Empowered Filipina’, we were able to call on our fellow Pinays around the world to uplift themselves despite prevalent negative stereotypes. This year, we would like to encourage them to take charge of all aspects of their life, to protect themselves and to safeguard their situation, as well as future.”

Dubai-based award winning director Kamil Roxas comments, “I think a documentary has always been a beautiful medium and a vitally necessary form of information. Filming ‘The Empowered Filipina’ and ‘Filipina on Top’ with Illustrado’s Women of Substance team is indeed a privilege. I’m pleased that they use this medium of communication to aim for significant awareness campaigns.”

“Because of the cultural sensitivity of the topic, we ensured that we were careful on how we presented the issues, the differing opinions on the matter and as always, the film ends with a call to action and that is for Filipinas to take charge,” Kamil concludes.

The film, which is slated to be screened in various community events, in the UAE, Gulf and other parts of the globe through voluntary and charity groups, will also facilitate the launch of the spin-off “Pinays Take Charge” campaign where Filipinas are invited to pledge on a specific 10-point guideline hoping to inform, educate and alert them on how to handle compromising situations.

Illustrado’s Women of Substance 2011 is a project done in cooperation with Dove and Nikon, and supported by London Dairy, SM Development Corporation and Anlene.

For more information, please contact Illustrado at +9714-3654547 / +9714-3654543.

Jerico Rosales in ‘SUBJECT: I LOVE YOU’

Jerico Rosales stars in his first international film (very) loosely based on the Love Bug virus. Also featuring Dante Basco and apl.de.ap.

Interview with the producers:

Faculty, a short film

A short film about social awareness and education in the Philippines.

Mark Villarosa

Mark Villarosa a British Filipino singer and songwriter, is to play at The Roadhouse, Manchester, on Jan 29. For more information, please head over to Fil-Event.

He’ll also be playing at The Camden Head in London, on Jan 23.