By Nestor U. Torre
For some strange reason, a number of people are making too big of a loud deal of Karla Estrada’s decision to audition for “The Voice.” Daniel Padilla’s feisty mom made it to the singing tilt’s “blind audition” phase, but none of the competition’s mentors turned their chairs for her, so Karla’s critics or dissers are sardonically concluding that she was “napahiya”—and, by maternal association, also her son.
By Nestor Corrales
In recognition of the Philippines’ stature as a promising area in mounting huge productions of live entertainments, hit Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast” will be staged in Manila in January 2015.
Sony Channel will launch new and exciting shows this October.
Apart from Khavn de la Cruz’s “Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal and a Whore” in the main competition, two more Filipino films will be screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Filipino filmmaker Anna Isabelle Matutina’s “Magdalena” is competing in the Asian Vision section of the Taiwan International Film Festival, which will be held from Oct. 9 to 19. The docu, shown at the Wiesbaden (Germany) film fest last year, focuses on a traditional midwife who struggles to make ends meet and care for a pregnant daughter who’s afflicted with leukemia.