‘Tanabata’s Wife’ gets push from Japan Foundation

One of the entries to the upcoming To Farm Film Festival on Sept. 12 to 18, get’s the much needed boost from The Japan Foundation Manila that pledges its support for Tanabata’s Wife

It is one of the six finalists in this year’s ToFarm Film Festival, an annual farming advocacy project of Dr. Milagros How, MD, president of the ToFarm Film Festival Foundation. 

Now on its third year, the film festival will be in major cinemas nationwide. 

Inspired by Sinai Hamada’s short story of the same title, Charlson Ong’s Tanabata’s Wife tells the story of Tanabata, a Japanese immigrant farmer in the 1920s Trinidad Valley in the Mountain Province. He meets and falls in love with Fasang, maiden farmhand in Bontok. He marries her and soon bears a son. 

‘Tanabata’s Wife’ gets push from Japan Foundation
 'Tanabata's Wife,' is a film based on a short story of the same name
But all is not too well between the two as personal, cultural and language differences get in the way of their relationship. 

Will love eventually prevail against all odds?  

The film features renowned international Japanese actor Miyuki Kamimura as Tanabata and introducing Mai Fanglayanas Fasang, Tanabata’s alluring wife.  

Directed by Charlson Ong and my friend Lito Casaje, with cinematography by Nap Jamir, editing by Mayi Padilla, production design by Martin Masadao, and line produced by Choy Pangilinan, the resonance of this poignant and lyrical film still rings true today as Japanese farmers in Baguio would entice this time Filipino farmers to tend their farms in Japan.   

Ably supported as well by the University of the Philippines Film Institute, Tanabata’s’ Wife premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Trinoma Cinema. 

Tickets are available at the cinema ticketing office.

What’s FOMO?

If you have #FOMO or “Fear of Missing Out” when it comes to hilarious TV moments, make sure to tune in to Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s well-loved show on GMA, Sarap Diva!

You will definitely not miss out on catching up and bonding with Kapuso fan favorites Ruru Madrid and Kyline Alcantara.

Comedian Tetay will also provide endless punch lines as they all talk about the joys of stress-free days, and they will all give tips on how to have a cost-free fun bonding time at home.

For your weekly dose of interesting and drool-worthy recipes, make sure to catch Kyline’s Seafood Chowder in a bun and get ready to serve that delicious comfort food to your family and friends.

Of course, along with the great cooking and bonding moments, make sure to catch great singing moments with the Asia’s Songbird!

Catch it all this Saturday morning, only on GMA! Sarap Diva also airs on GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life. 

Soap bubbles that levitate


Ayra Mariano returns to help out Chris Tiu, James and Roadfill in creating soap bubbles that levitate and in demonstrating pixilization by continually shredding a picture. 

The Street Genius crew employ a sports car to perform the table cloth pull trick while hoping no dishes break. 

They also make bread from ice cream and flour.

 I-Bilib partners once more with the DOST by highlighting amazing inventions of Phil. Science High School students from the 2018 National Science and Technology Week. 

And in “Huling Hirit,” the barkada becomes instant artists by crumpling paper and coming up with shadow art! 

All these on your favorite science show every Sunday morning on GMA.

HBO Asia and Viu partnership

Today, HBO Asia and Viu, a leading OTT Video service by PCCW and Vuclip, announce that the Viu Original The Bridge licensed by Endemol Shine Group, will be available on HBO Asia’s channels and services throughout Asia. 

From Nov. 26, the show will be available day and date on Viu in all available markets and on HBO, HBO GO and HBO ON DEMAND in the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Fans of Viu Originals will now have the opportunity to view this latest adaptation of global phenomenon, The Bridge, on multiple platforms.

“HBO Asia is committed to quality original local programming and working with Viu on The Bridge’is another step towards that,” said Jonathan Spink, CEO, HBO Asia. “This adaptation of The Bridge will add to our ever-growing line up of Asian Original content that will resonate with audiences in the region and around the world.”

 “Our approach is not just to produce great content, but also continue investing in the local ecosystem by providing a platform for sustained growth. It is great to partner with HBO Asia on the Bridge, because they share our vision and passion when it comes to Original content,” said Kingsley Warner, country manager Malaysia and executive producer of The Bridge, Malaysia and Singapore.

Viu is working with longtime partner, Double Vision, to produce a Malaysia-Singapore localized, 10-episode adaptation of global phenomenon, The Bridge, starring Bront Palarae, Rebecca Lim, Cheryl Samad and Tony Eusoff

It will be directed by Lee Thean-jeen and Jason Chong. A body is found on the border of two countries, Malaysia and Singapore, forcing an investigator from each country to work together to solve the case. This is a licensed format from international production and distribution house, Endemol Shine Group and is a compelling storyline, which lends itself to great localization.

The Bridge (Bron/Broen) was originally created and written by Hans Rosenfeldt as a joint production of Sweden’s Filmlance International, part of Endemol Shine Group and Denmark’s Nimbus Film. The Bridge (Bron/Broen) was produced in co-production with Sveriges Television, DR, ZDF German Television network, ZDF Enterprises Gmbh, Film i Skåne, NRK, Copenhagen Film Fund, Lumiere Group, Stiftelsen Ystad Österlen Filmfond, with from Norvision and in co-operation with Malmö Stad.

Topics: ToFarm Film Festival Foundation , ToFarm Film Festival , Sinai Hamada , Charlson Ong , Milagros How , Mai Fanglayanas Fasang , Ayra Mariano , Chris Tiu , Kingsley Warner , Jonathan Spink
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