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Director Peque Gallaga’s Facebook rant goes viral

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It was meant only for his small circle of online friends, but when filmmaker Peque Gallaga’s rant on Facebook about the government’s handling of the relief efforts in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” went public, it quickly went viral and was soon enough picked up by mainstream media.

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Gallaga not afraid of failure

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PEQUE Gallaga’s latest film “Sonata” stars Cherie Gil, Joshua Pineda and Chino Jalandoni (left).

It’s not everyday we get to watch a film as beautiful as Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ “Sonata” (runs Sept. 11-17 at the Sineng Pambansa in all SM Cinemas). We gave it a unanimous rating of “A” at the Cinema Evaluation Board, which rarely happens. It’s about an opera diva (Cherie Gil) on the verge of a nervous breakdown after losing her voice. She returns home to Negros Occidental and through a young boy (Chino Jalandoni) rediscovers her art and life. They both discover the healing power of love.

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Summer sonata in Negros

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CHERIE Gil, with Joshua Pineda and Chino Jalandoni (right) in “Sonata”

In a lot of ways, it was like a summer reverie for filmmaker Peque Gallaga, who returned to his home province of Negros Occidental to shoot his latest work, “Sonata,” last April.

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Studios take industry awards; indies win critics’ citations

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PEQUE Gallaga is the recipient of the Manuel de Leon award.

Underscoring the gap between mainstream and independent movies, studios ran away with the trophies from the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Awards, while indies hogged the citations of the Young Critics Circle (YCC).

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Cherie Gil puts on producer’s hat

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In her more than 35 years in show biz, Cherie Gil has starred in numerous films and television shows, acted in stage plays, and recorded music.

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