ABS-CBN acquires rights to FPJ movies!

The late Fernando Poe Jr. or FPJ, dubbed as the King of Philippine Cinema for many reasons, had the charm, acting prowess and the heroic guy appeal to succeed as a movie superstar. But more than that, he espoused positive moral values and honorable characteristics throughout his film career that he broke the conventions of a typical celebrity and endeared himself to the Filipino masses.

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FPJ was a well-loved character on- and off- screen who symbolized love for family, concern for others, moral integrity, diligence and hard work, which he embodied in some of his memorable roles that identify with ordinary Filipinos.

Some of FPJ’s roles include the evil-fighting blacksmith Panday, loving father and mechanic Badong inIsusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko, persevering boxer Totoy Bato, sympathetic taxi driver Nanding in May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi and respected village leader Berting in Dito sa Pitong Gatang.

ABS-CBN recently acquired the rights to FPJ’s exclusive movie library, one of the biggest and most important libraries in Philippine cinema, a collection of classic movie titles that FPJ starred in, wrote, directed and produced.

ABS-CBN, which has the widest reach in the country and worldwide, will showcase his iconic movies through its various free-to-air TV channels, cable TV channels, and The Filipino Channel following a deal it recently closed with the Poe family.

ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio said that many Filipinos love FPJ because for them, he was not only a hero in fiction, but also in real life as he made a conscious effort to tell the stories of ordinary Filipinos in his films.

“ABS-CBN is honored to have been entrusted with his body of works that represent FPJ and what he believed in. By showing his films on our different platforms on air and online, FPJ’s fans will be able relive their memories of the beloved icon and the new generation of Filipinos will get to know more about the King of Philippine Movies,” she said.

Susan Roces, meanwhile, said her family and FPJ Productions believe that only ABS-CBN can thoroughly showcase all of FPJ’s masterpieces as its reach is unmatched.

She also stressed that FPJ continues to be an enduring figure in Filipino cinema and culture, not only because the subjects in his films symbolized the Filipino masses, but because he had an affinity for underdogs.

“He liked playing a carpenter, a police officer, or a soldier. He did not play high-ranking officials, but rather ordinary police officers or soldiers because he believed their lives are more colorful. His principles and conviction were the real star in his movies, not the leading ladies. Even if he had leading ladies, he would leave and bid them goodbye, but would continue on his journey because of his principles and conviction,” Susan said.

She added, “When making films, FPJ took into account the beauty of the Philippines. Some of FPJ’s films were shot in far-flung, unknown areas but are now famous tourist spots.”

Some of the definitive FPJ blockbuster films that have made an indelible mark in Filipino culture are Ang Panday, Hindi Ka Na Sisikatan ng Araw, Batas ng .45, Totoy Bato, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Iyo Ang Tondo, Akin Ang Cavite, Agila, Dito sa Pitong Gatang, Batang Quiapo, Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko, Batas ng Lansangan and Isang Bala Ka Lang.

Also known as Da King, FPJ was posthumously declared A National Artist of the Philippines in 2006. He was an award-winning actor who won several accolades from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and was known for promoting the movie industry and the welfare of its workers.

Watch out for FPJ movies soon on ABS-CBN, Studio 23, Cinema One, Jeepney TV and TFC.

Kim Ki-Duk’s ‘Pieta’ premieres tonight on Cinema One!

Viewers’ hearts will race as Cinema One presents the twisted tale of Pieta, the latest film of celebrated and controversial South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk. Pieta received the Golden Lion Award (Best Picture) at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival.

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The film will be shown tonight at 8 on Cinema One (Channel 56 on SkyCable). This marks the Philippine premiere of Pieta across all platforms encompassing theaters and television.

Dubbed in Tagalog, Pieta unravels a series of mind-blowing events depicting both heartlessness and love. The film tells the strange relationship between a loan shark enforcer (Lee Jung-Jin) and a middle-aged woman claiming to be his mother (Jo Min-Soo). Pieta has been hailed for its intense story, haunting visuals and the great performance of the two leads. Variety called it a “blend of cruelty, wit and moral complexity.”

Cinema One airs thriller-drama “Biktima” tonight!

Get your heart racing with Cesar Montano’s first indie film Biktima, also starring Angel Aquino and Mercedes Cabral, airing tonight at 8 on Cinema One.

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Shown in 2012, the thrilling drama tells the story of a life accidentally forgotten. After a rebel ambush during an on-site reporting, newscaster Alice dela Cruz (Aquino) is believed to have been killed in the rampage.

With the passing of this devastating event, her husband Mark (Montano) chooses to move on from what had taken place, and finds himself in love with Sandra (Cabral). However, six months later, Alice is found to have survived, but with a case of partial amnesia — remembering everything only up to the point of the said crisis.

The conflict arises with this discovery, and despite everything, Mark still decides to continue his relationship with Sandra and hides their love affair from Alice. This goes on until Alice begins to remember what had really happened to her.

The traumatic experience unfolds and leads to Alice’s becoming a different, more violent version of herself, especially when the truth is finally fully exposed as she discovers her husband’s affair with another woman.

Thai Hit Movie ‘ATM’ Airs on Cinema One this Sunday!

Laugh and fall in love as “Blockbuster Sundays,” Cinema One’s highest rating movie block presents Thailand’s hit romantic comedy movie “ATM” this Sunday (April 7).

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The 2012 Thai film revolves around a couple Jib (Preechaya “Ice” Pongthananikorn) and Sua (Chantavit “Ter” Dhanasevi) who work in a bank and have kept their five-year relationship a secret from their colleagues because the company forbids workplace romance. But when they finally decide to get married, one of them must resign. However, neither was willing to give up his or her job.

To settle their dilemma, Jib and Sua compete with each other in recovering the money from the bank’s malfunctioned ATM machine that dispenses twice the amount of money its depositors withdraw. They agree that whoever loses should quit his or her job.

“ATM” or originally “ATM Er Rak Error,” is one of the highest grossing movies of 2012 that also gained positive reviews from the public. Yahoo OMG Philippines’ Walden Belen praised the film, which he described as “a surprisingly funny movie you’ll fall in love with.” Belen also said that the story was well-structured and straight-forward where comic antics of the characters flowed naturally.

Don’t miss “ATM” this Sunday (April 7), 8:00 p.m., only on the number one cable channel in the Philippines, Cinema One, available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators. For more information and updates, log on to http://www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel.

Kris Aquino is Cinema One’s Numero Uno this February!

The Queen of All Media Kris Aquino, is also Cinema One’s Numero Uno this love month. As February’s choice artist, Kris, who is also celebrating her birthday this month, will have her timeless and box office hit films featured on Cinema One, the number one cable channel in the country.

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Watch her drama films “Bakit Pa Kita Minahal” (Feb. 11), “Mano Po” (Feb. 18) and “Mano Po 2 My Home” (Feb. 25) on Monday Drama block every 9:00 p.m., her comedy films “Mahal Kita Walang Iba” (Feb. 7), “Pido Dida 3” (Feb. 8) on Laughternoon Out Loud block every 1:00 p.m., and her horror films “Feng Shui” (Feb. 12), “Sukob” (Feb. 13), “Dalaw” (Feb. 14), and “Segunda Mano” (Feb. 15) on Must-See Movies block every 5:00 p.m.

Her versatility as an actress knows no boundaries as she has also made films different from the above genres such as “Geron Olivar”, “Myrna Diones Story”, “Humanda Ka, Mayor” and “Ang Siga at ang Sosyal”.

Get your daily dose of Kris Aquino films only on Cinema One. For more information and programming schedules, visit www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel. Cinema One (Skycable Ch. 56), is available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide.

Cinema One Features Piolo Pascual Best Romantic Films for The Month of January!

Get your weekly dose of heart-fluttering Piolo Pascual films on Cinema One this month as it presents the award winning actor-singer on the channel’s Romance Central  Block, Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Watch out for his films “9 Mornings”, “Paano Kita Iibigin”, “Milan” and “Till There Was You”.

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The 2002 film by Jose Javier Reyes, “9 Mornings”, is a romantic comedy film featuring Piolo and Donita Rose. He plays as Gene, the workaholic obsessive-compulsive event organizer who has a tragic past that resulted to his loss of faith and belief in God. The conflict begins when his late grandmother leaves him wealth in a condition that he should complete the nine dawn-masses (simbang gabi), a religious practice he abhors. “9 Mornings” airs on January 6.

Paano Kita Iibigin” is Joyce Bernal’s 2007 film starring Piolo and Regine Velasquez that revolves around the romance between Martee (Regine), a broke and recently unemployed single mother and Lance (Piolo) a rich and arrogant resort owner. The two meet when Martee decides to flee from the city to find comfort in Lance’s resort where Martee’s son accidentally damages an expensive motorcycle prompting her to work for Lance as payment for the damages. “Paano Kita Iibigin” which also stars Eugene Domingo, Erich Gonzales, and Iya Villania marked the first time that Pascual worked with Viva Films and the first time that Velasquez worked with Star Cinema. This airs on January 13.

The 2004 blockbuster hit, “Milan”, directed by acclaimed director Olivia Lamasan and filmed in different cities in Italy stars Piolo and Claudine Barretto and mirrors the life of Filipino migrant workers who found love and refuge in each other. Piolo and Claudine’s performance as Lino and Jenny garnered them the prestigious Best Actor and Best Actress awards in FAMAS while the film was nominated for Best Picture. According to a review on Showbizpinoy.com, “Piolo was able to convey various layers of emotions in the most effective manner all throughout the movie. You feel his sadness, desperation and helplessness in this foreign land.”  The film also stars Iza Calzado, Ryan Eigenmann, and Lotlot de Leon and airs on January 20.

Piolo and Judy Ann Santos stars in their 3rd blockbuster hit “Till There Was You”directed by Joyce Bernal. A short bus ride begins the romantic film where Joanna (Judy Ann) leaves a book with her photograph in it, picked and kept hidden through the years by Albert (Piolo), a single father. Joanna was drawn into the lives of Albert and his daughter Pippa when the latter saw her by chance and remembered her face in the photograph that she always thought was her long-lost mother. “Till There Was You” airs on January 27.

Begin the year filled with love through Cinema One’s Romance Central Block featuring Piolo Pascual Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. The number one cable channel in the country, Cinema One (Skycable Ch. 56), is available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide.

‘Praybeyt Benjamin’ Premieres on Cinema One this Sunday!

Homes will be filled with nonstop laughter as the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time, “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin”, premieres on Cinema One’s Blockbuster Sunday movie block on August 26, Sunday, at 8 p.m.

Directed by acclaimed comedy film director, Wenn Deramas and starred by Vice Ganda, the film depicts the life and struggle of Benjamin “Benjie” Santos VIII as he enters the military service to save his grandfather, General Benjamin Santos VI (Eddie Garcia) when a civil war breaks out in the Philippines. Even though he is openly-gay, Benjie will try to hide it to prove that he is as brave as his ancestors. However, his secret will be revealed and he will be kicked out of the academy but it won’t stop Private Benjie from fulfilling the duties of a real soldier.

“The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin” is the second starring film of comedian-host Vice Ganda. He felt that the film will be an instant hit to viewers but didn’t expect that it would gross P330 million.

Catch “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin”, which also stars Derek Ramsay, Jimmy Santos, Kean Cipriano, Nikki Valdez, DJ Durano, Vandolph Quizon and Ricky Rivero, on Sunday, August 26, at 8 p.m. on Cinema One, the number one cable channel in the Philippines.

Daniel Padilla is on the spotlight on Cinema One’s ‘Rising Star’!

Kapamilya heartthrob Daniel Padilla takes the spotlight in Cinema One’s “Rising Star.”

Since his debut as a primetime actor and singer, Daniel’s career has been constantly on the rise. On Cinema One’s Rising Star, the talented actor will share his experiences in the romantic royalty-themed primetime television series, “Princess and I”, his team-up with Kathryn Bernardo and the success of his first album,Hinahanap-Hanap Kita that was given a Gold Record Award only after ten days of its release. The album literally ‘flew off the shelves’ as it sold more than 10,000 copies in less than a week. “It’s always been my dream to have my own album that’s why I am really happy that I was given this opportunity. I am really enjoying this chance not just for me, but for my fans as well,” he said. Find out more about Daniel’s plans, dreams and aspirations on Cinema One’s Rising Star on August 14 (Tuesday), 7:00 p.m.

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Eugene Domingo is Cinema One’s ‘Numero Uno’ this July!

Cinema One gives emphasis to comedy this month as it presents Eugene Domingo as “Numero Uno”.

Known for her exaggerated yet hilarious portrayals of characters in films like the “Ang Tanging Ina” and “Kimmy Dora” series, succumb into laughter and craziness through a marathon of her movies. The multi-awarded actress of Gawad Tanglaw and Metro Manila Film Festival will have her movies aired on “Tuesday Comedy”, every 6:00 p.m. featuring “Mamarazzi” on July 24 and “Kimmy Dora” on July 31. Also on “Must-See Movies” every 5:00 p.m., “Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat” on July 18, “Ang Tanging Ina Mo Last Na ‘To” on July 19, and “Ang Cute ng Ina Mo” on July 20. Laugh out loud with Eugene this month on Cinema One.

Cinema One is available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide. For more information about the latest happenings in the Philippines’s number cable channel, visit to http://www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel.

‘Dolphy Marathon’ on Cinema One this Week!

A marathon of the films of the late Dolphy will be aired the entire week to salute the Comedy King’s stint in show business.

The “Kool Pinoy Cinema” block which airs every 7:00 a.m. features “John and Marsha” on July 17, “Anthony and Cleopatra” on June 18, “War Kami ng Misis Ko” on July 19 and “Dolphy’s Angel” on July 20. The “Laughternoon Out Loud” block which airs every 1:00 p.m. features “Jack & Jill of the Third Kind” on July 17, “Nang Maghalo Ang Balat Sa Tinalupan” on July 18, “Captain Barbell” on July 19 and “The Godfather” on July 20. Dolphy’s latest movies will also be aired every 5:00 p.m., “Father Jejemon” on July 23, “Home Alone da Riber” on July 24, “Nobody, Nobody But Juan” on July 25, “Tataynic” on July 26 and “Dobol Trobol” on July 27.

Reminisce all the funny memories of Dolphy through his timeless comedy films on Cinema One, the number one cable channel in the Philippines. Cinema One is available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide.

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