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November 4, 2021

3SF Festival bares 20 finalists

ORGANIZERS of the Three Shots Film (3SF) Festival revealed the finalists to its new and unique competition. Media Underground or MUD Studios challenged students 16 to 25 years old to make a short film — fiction, documentary, or animation — using only three shots and three cuts for a story composed of a beginning, middle and end, with a minimum running time of one minute and a maximum of 15 minutes. Making it to the Top 20 are Cedric Dalangin (Sa Tanan Nga Adlaw), Calvin Ponteblanca (Feelingerong Feline) and John Thomas Trinidad (Boom Tiyaya) from University of the Philippines-Diliman; Mark Wilson S. Catindig (Ip-) and Christine Anne C. Crisostomo (Kabtang), Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila; Lyka Calingasan (Lamang Lupa) and Janina Cortez (4:00 p.m.), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde; Angelo P. Gillo (Ninong, Enge Arep) and Mark Jhon Villanueva (Living), University of the East-Caloocan; and Rainner S. Cion (Sakaling Makalipad), Far Eastern University-Manila; Jhody Alessandra Sacramento (Laruan), St. Dominic College of Asia; Jermaine Tulbo (Bulawan), Meridian International College; Ma. Aizil Blues Turen (Alpas), San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Manila; Peter Solano (Do or Die), Universidad de Manila; Alyssa Maxine B. Balayo (Nilaga), University of Santo Tomas; Faith Carisa Lacanlale (Bagito), UP Baguio; Francis Lester S. Lacambra (Per Kilo), Gordon College, Olongapo City; Francis Ryan Basa Pabiania (Paghibi sang Langit), Silliman University, Dumaguete; Preanne Nicole Parojinog (Kalat), Malayan Colleges Mindanao, A Mapua School, Davao; and Dominic Howell Dumogho (Sumalangit Nawa), Father Saturnino Urios University, Butuan City. The 3SF Festival finalists will be available for viewing on MUD’s website from Nov. 5 to 11. Awarding ceremonies will be held on Nov. 12, 8 p.m. The Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Cinematography winners will receive cash prizes and plaques of recognition. The festival will also hand out a People’s Choice award.

DC blockbusters and series on HBO GO

DC blockbusters, including James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and other series featuring crime-fighting heroes, can now be streamed on-demand on HBO GO. Mr. Gunn gives a new twist to Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC franchise on the team-up of the most notorious criminals as they put their lives on the line to save the world. The film stars Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Michael Rooker, Sylvester Stallone, and John Cena. Viewers can watch more DC movies anytime on HBO GO, including box-office hits Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and the series Arrow, Batwoman, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl, Doom Patrol, and more. Monthly subscription is priced at P99 which can be charged to a SKY subscriber’s monthly bill. HBO GO is also accessible as a built-in app on SKY EVO, SKYcable’s latest digibox innovation.

Robinsons Malls, Ben&Ben team up for Christmas song

THIS year, Robinsons Malls has chosen the popular, nine-member group Ben&Ben to get mall visitors into the holiday mood. With their cool vocal stylings and relaxing chords, the “famband” is the perfect complement to the mall chain’s aim to be the favorite place of Filipinos eager to celebrate with family and friends. For this new partnership, Ben&Ben created a fresh take on the popular Christmas song “Tuloy na Tuloy pa rin ang Pasko” which is expected to receive heavy airplay in music streaming platforms and at Robinsons Malls nationwide. Fans can likewise look forward to performances by the band exclusively presented by Robinsons Malls.

K-drama Happiness premieres on iQiyi

KICKING off on Nov. 6 on iQiyi is the new K-drama HAPPINESS, which takes place in a time when infectious diseases are the new normal. Set in a newly constructed apartment where the higher floors are for sale and the lower floors are rented out, the series depicts the subtle psychological battle and the class discrimination that occurs. Police officer Yoon Sae-bom (Han Hyo-joo) and her high school classmate Jung Yi-hyun (Park Hyung-sik) are also trapped in the apartment, fighting for survival as fear and distrust spreads amongst its residents. Directed by Ahn Gil-ho, the series stars Han Hyo-joo, Park Hyung-sik, and Jo Woo-jin. Beginning Nov. 6, new episodes of Happiness will be released at 12 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the iQiyi International app or

The Sopranos prequel premieres on HBO GO

THE MANY Saints of Newark, the feature film prequel to David Chase’s groundbreaking, award-winning HBO drama series The Sopranos, premieres exclusively on HBO GO on Nov. 11. Viewers can also stream or download all six seasons of The Sopranos on HBO GO now. In The Many Saints of Newark, young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities — and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know as Tony Soprano. The Many Saints of Newark stars Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom, Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stol, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga. Alan Taylor, who won an Emmy for his directing work on The Sopranos, helmed the film from a screenplay by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner. One can subscribe to HBO GO online at or the mobile app via the App Store or Play Store for ?99.70/month. Or access HBO GO via Cignal, Globe and Skycable. HBO GO is also available on Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV and Samsung Smart TV.

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