10th Spring Film Festival

Movie buffs, prepare your popcorns because the most awaited 10th Spring Film Festival is finally here! Ten (10) amazing Chinese films will be featured in the event including Coming Home, Angel Vera, Qiu Xi,Wild Horse From Shangri-La, East Wind Rain, At That Summer, Full Circle, Lost in Thailand, Back to 1942, and Say Yes. This is to promote appreciation of Chinese language and culture in mainstream Philippine society especially to young Filipinos. As always, you can watch as many films as you can for FREE! However, since it is a first come, first serve basis, you have to be at Cinema 4, Shang Cinepex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall on the scheduled movie dates at least two (2) hours before the screening time to guarantee your seat.

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Synopsis:
Coming Home
  • Acclaimed director Zhang Yimou is back once again with “Coming Home”. This drama stars Gong Li and Chen Daoming. Zhang Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) were a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu was arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, while his wife got injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returned home only to find that his beloved wife had amnesia and barely remembered her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waited for her husband's return. A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi was determined to recover their past life together and also his wife's memory.
Angel Vera
  • This film is adapted from the real experience of Liu Jiada (Vera), an 8-year-old Italian girl who becomes addicted to Beijing opera after visiting China with her mother. She later makes friends with female martial arts actress Yu Xiaoqi and students from an arts school, including Koko (Guogou), Kubi, and others. With the encouragement of her friends, this determined young girl braves many difficulties, and gains entrance to the school, finally realizing her dream, and also helping her friends and her teachers to attain their dreams. In her performance, Vera stages a great opera performance as a normal student from the school and becomes a Beijing opera performer.
Qiu Xi
  • The story takes place in wartime Guangzhou before the country’s liberation by the Communist Party of China in 1949. A young woman named Qiu Xi is a “boat person”, or Tanka, living in the coastal area of Guangdong Province. Qiu Xi, played by actress Jiang Yiyan (Nanking, Nanking), becomes a servant to Yan Haiqing, played by actor Guo Xiaodong (Summer Palace, An Empress And The Warriors). She finds herself falling for the undercover communist agent who works with the Kuomintang regime that ruled China until 1949. The story unfolds as the two fall for each other but are kept at distance because of the wartime situation.
Wild Horse from Shangri-La
  • Geza runs like the wind. In his village on the Tibetan Plateau, friends and family call him “Wild Horse”. But Geza’s little sister was born with a congenital heart disease, and the doctor says that she will die without an operation. Unfortunately, the medical expenses are astronomical for Wild Horse’s poor family. By chance, Wild Horse learns that a marathon is being organized in the province’s capital city. The champion will win a prize that could help save his sister’s life. The competition will take place in four days, but the village where Wild Horse lives is almost 800 kilometers away from the capital city. For the sake his sister, Wild Horse decides to run to the city. On his way, he encounters great dangers, but he also encounters kind people who help and encourage him. After many twists and turns, Wild Horse finally runs in the competition. Although he fails to win the championship, his wish comes from true.
East Wind Rain
  • This film stars international star, Fan Bingbing. This period drama is set in Shanghai during the 1940s. Communist spy An Ming (Liu Yunlong), learns through his Japanese source, Nakanishi Masahiro (Miura Kenichi), a fellow communist, that Japan is to attack Pearl Harbor. However, following the assassination of two members of his unit, An Ming has no way of transmitting the unbelievable information to his superiors. Nakanishi subsequently receives confirmation of the attack in a coded weather broadcast on Japanese radio ("East wind, rain") and also hears that a roll of film containing major information is secretly on its way to him from a fellow high-level sympathizer, Ozaki Hidemi (Dong Cheng), in Tokyo. On the night of 7 December, Nakanishi is arrested, the roll of film goes missing, and the Japanese declare war on the U.S., next day taking over the whole city. In the subsequent weeks, a battle of wits ensues between Japanese intelligence head Fujiki Yoshio (Takemoto Takayuki) and An Ming and his colleague Hao Birou (Li Xiaoran), a teacher at a refugee hostel, as both sides try to trace the roll of film. An Ming also comes under pressure from his new liaison officer, Fang Qianmo (Yu Rongguang), and from his girlfriend, nightclub singer Huanyan (Fan Bingbing), to leave Shanghai, but he refuses until his job is done.
At that Summer
  • Tan Yan was a kind and honest young man. He lent his house to his cousin Li Quoqiang. Li wa, an ignorant and incompetent man. He gathered a group of people at Tan Yang’s house to gamble, making a number of troubles. To avoid being caught by the police and the loan sharks, Li Quoqiang ran away. Tan Yang had no choice but to look after Liu Liu, the pregnant girlfriend of Li Guoqiang. Tan Yang and Liu Liu solve many difficult problems with combined efforts. As time passes, they eventually fall in love with each other.
Full Circle
  • This comedy-drama is about a group of rebellious senior citizens. The setting is a town in Ningxi, Northern China. Ge (Xu Huanshan) is a retired bus driver in his mid-70s whose son by his first marriage (Han Tongsheng) doesn't talk to him, and whose second wife, who died six months ago, willed their flat to her own son. Forced to move out, Ge goes to stay with his old friend Zhou (Wu Tianming), another retired bus driver, who shares a room with the crazy Jin (Niu Ben) at Guanshan Nursing Home. Depressed at how his life has ended up, Ge contemplates suicide, but is given hope by the other elderly people of the nursing home. Zhou has recruited some of them into performing a comic sketch he hopes to use when joins a Japanese TV competition, which is situated in Tianjin. During their rehearsal, one of their members was injured, and the nursing home's head (Yan Bingyan) forbids them to go to Tianjin. But Zhou is not dissuaded so easily, so he and Ge, along with friends, plotted a secret plan to "escape".
Lost in Thailand
  • Director Xu Zheng follows the success of Raymond Yip's Lost on Journey with this rambunctious sequel that became China's highest-grossing film of all time. It traces the rivalry between two ambitious business managers in competition for a revolutionary new technology. Having recently played a crucial role in developing a new fuel called “Supergas”, energy-company executive Xu (Xu Zheng) seeks to patent his creation before his crafty associate Bo (Huang Bo) beats him to the punch. But in order to do so, Xu will first need to gain control of the stakes being held by elusive chairman Zhou, who's currently on vacation in Thailand. Meanwhile, Bo, too, has managed to track down Zhou, and he's determined to reach Thailand first. And he might just succeed, because when overzealous cook Wang (Wang Baoqiang) becomes Xu's unlikely traveling companion, his obsessive quest quickly becomes an outrageous comedy of errors.
Back to 1942
  • A North Henan landlord in China embarks on a pilgrimage to Sha’anxi province during the 1942 famine, struggling to survive as war with Japan looms on the horizon. His house beset by starving villagers, Landlord Fan (Zhang Guoli) endeavors to calm the crowd by preparing a feast. But his house is burned down in the chaos, prompting Fan, his teenage daughter Xingxing (Fiona Wang), his servant Shuanzhu (Zhang Mo), and his tenant Huazhi (Xu Fan) to embark on a treacherous journey south. Along the way, encounters with an American journalist (Adrien Brody), and a priest (Zhang Hanyu) who has lost his faith reveal the true depth of the despair that grips the country. All of these hardships prompt Fan to make some devastating sacrifices that leave him a broken man. Meanwhile, the Japanese government attempts to turn the Chinese people away from their government by offering them sustenance, while the Chinese government finds themselves forced to choose between feeding their troops or the masses.
Say Yes
  • Movie setting is in Shanghai, the present day. Star Taiwanese cellist Yeh Shun, played by supermodel Lin Chi-ling, is set up by her best friend, bridal dress-shop owner Taozi (Qin Hailu), on a blind date with a rich businessman, Zhao (Wang Xun). By mistake, however, she meets blue-collar handyman Huang Da (Huang Bo), who is separately on a different blind date, to meet a woman called Tan (Chen Ran). After they resolve their misunderstanding, each meets their planned dates - still in the same restaurant, where it turns out that Huang Da already knows Zhao. A person who turns out still owes him over RMB100,000 (US$16,000) for construction work on his mansion. When Zhao's suspicious wife (Jiang Xiwen) suddenly turns up, Yeh Shun pretends that Huang Da is her date. While driving him home, she learns that Huang Da was on his 99th blind date: he's almost given up trying to find a partner. When Yeh Shun urges him to keep trying and to believe in himself, Huang Da falls for her on the spot. How will this odd partnership develop into something more meaningful?
Promo Mechanics:
  1. Log on to and like the Spring Film Festival Facebook page to view the screening schedule
  2. Go to Cinema 4, Shang Cinepex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall on the scheduled movie dates at least two (2) hours before the screening time to guarantee your seat
  3. First come, first served basis
  4. Watch and enjoy as many films as you can
Promo Period: January 29 - February 7, 2016
  • January 29
    • At That Summer - 2:30PM
    • East Wind Rain - 5PM
  • January 30
    • Full Circle - 2:30PM
    • Lost in Thailand - 5PM
    • Say Yes - 7:30PM
  • January 31
    • Coming Home - 2:30PM
    • Qiu Xi - 5PM
    • Back to 1942 - 7:30PM
  • February 1
    • Angel Vera - 2:30PM
    • Full Circle - 5PM
    • Lost in Thailand - 7:30PM
  • February 2
    • Wild Horse From Shangri-La - 2:30PM
    • Coming Home - 5PM
    • Say Yes - 7:30PM
  • February 3
    • Qiu Xi - 2:30PM
    • Back to 1942 - 5PM
    • At That Summer - 7:30PM
  • February 4
    • Angel Vera - 2:30PM
    • Coming Home - 5PM
    • East Wind Rain - 7:30PM
  • February 5
    • Lost in Thailand - 2:30PM
    • Wild Horse From Shangri-La - 5PM
    • Qiu Xi - 7:30PM
  • February 6
    • East Wind Rain - 2:30PM
    • Back to 1942 - 5PM
    • Full Circle - 7:30PM
  • February 7
    • Say Yes - 2:30PM
    • Lost in Thailand - 5PM
    • Coming Home - 7:30PM
Promo Prize:
  • FREE Chinese Films
Upside
  • Watch FREE films
Downside
  • None
For more info, log on to ateneo.edu or facebook.com/SpringFilmFestival

PNB Swipe & Be Rewarded 2016

Treat yourself to a world of rewards in PNB Swipe & Be Rewarded 2016 promo. Receive awesome discounts and FREE GCs from partner merchants for every single-receipt transactions worth P2,000, P6,000 or P10,000. Be entitled to P100, P300 or P500 GCs from National Book Store or discounts of the same amount from Mr. Pizza, Century Park Hotel or Royce'. You may only redeem one (1) freebie per charge slip but you can avail up to P20,000 worth of redemptions regardless of the number of your cards. Do note that redeemed items are not convertible to cash and discounts and it must be used on the same day as the redemption.

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Promo Requirements:
  • Open to all active principal and supplementary PNB MasterCard cardholders in good credit standing
  • Minimum single-receipt purchase of P2,000, P6,000 or P10,000 local retail transactions (straight and installment)
Promo Mechanics:
  1. Present your card and surrender your charge slip at any partner merchant establishments
    • National Book Store
    • Mr. Pizza
    • Century Park Hotel
    • Royce'
  2. For the charge slip to be valid
    • Original customer's copy and electronically authorized 
    • Name and card number on the charge slip must be the same as the name and card number on the credit card being presented. It must also be written at the back of all charge slips submitted 
    • Transaction date must be within the promo period 
    • Transaction must be within the required amount
  3. You may only redeem up to P20,000 regardless of the number of cards. Supplementary cards will fall under the account of the principal cardholder
  4. You may only redeem one (1) freebie per charge slip
  5. Redemption may only be made by the owner of the card. Authorized representatives will not be allowed to redeem on behalf of the cardholder
  6. Redeemed items are not convertible to cash. Discount must be used on the same day as the redemption
  7. Splitting of one transaction into smaller transactions for the purpose of generating multiple slips is not allowed
  8. View complete promo mechanics
Promo Period: January 16 - April 16, 2016 (Redemption until June 16, 2016)

Promo Prize:
  • National Book Store
    • For single charge slip of P2,000, get P100 GC (no expiry)
    • For single charge slip of P6,000, get P300 GC (no expiry)
    • For single charge slip of P10,000, get P500 GC (no expiry)
  • Mr. Pizza
    • For single charge slip of P2,000, get P100 discount
    • For single charge slip of P6,000, get P300 discount
    • For single charge slip of P10,000, get P500 discount
  • Century Park Hotel
    • For single charge slip of P2,000, get P100 discount
    • For single charge slip of P6,000, get P300 discount
    • For single charge slip of P10,000, get P500 discount
  • Royce'
    • For single charge slip of P2,000, get P100 discount
    • For single charge slip of P6,000, get P300 discount
    • For single charge slip of P10,000, get P500 discount
Upside
  • Redemption until June 16, 2016
  • More freebies to choose from
Downside
  • Minimum single-receipt purchase of P2,000, P6,000 or P10,000
  • Authorized representatives will not be allowed to redeem on behalf of the cardholder
For more info, log on to pnbcards.com.ph

SM Gift Passes w/ Visa Credit

Get a chance to win SM gift passes with your Visa Credit Card everytime you make a single-receipt purchase worth P3,000 at any The SM Store. Upon transaction, your receipt will display a message if you win or not. If you did get a good news, head on at the Customer Service Counter A (BCO) of The SM Store where the transaction was made and present the winning transaction receipt, charge slip and the VISA Card used. The claim stub should also be surrendered upon verification of the winning transaction. Everyday, ten (10) shopping spree winners will each receive P5,000 SM Gift Passes which you can use at The SM Store. Start swiping and expect a shopping splurge in return.

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Promo Requirements:
  • All Visa credit cardholders, in good credit standing
  • Minimum single-receipt purchase of P3,000 at any The SM Store. Note: Only transactions within the store; exclude mall selling
Promo Mechanics:
  1. Shop at any The SM Store using your card during the promo period
  2. Upon completion of the transaction, your receipt will display any of the following information:
    • For the winning transaction
      • Congratulations! You Won P5,000 Shopping Spree at The SM Store!
        Please present receipt to the Customer Service Counter to claim.
        Promo Period: January 15 – March 31, 2016
        Per DTI FTEB SPD Permit No. 15174, Series of 2015
    • For the non-winning transaction
      • Enjoy shopping at The SM Store with your VISA card for a chance to win a Shopping Spree!
        January 15 – March 31, 2016
        Per DTI FTEB SPD Permit No. 15174, Series of 2015
  3. Present the winning SM transaction receipt, charge slip and the VISA Card used at the Customer Service Counter A (BCO) of The SM Store where the transaction was made
  4. Surrender your claim stub to Customer Service Representative upon verification of the winning transaction
  5. You may claim your prize at the same branch of The SM Store where the transaction was made
    • Note: If you can't claim your prize on the same day due to an emergency or for whatever personal reason, it will be handled on a branch to branch, case to case basis. Customer Service may list down details to accommodate you the next day or next week. For representatives, they must have authorization letter and 2 valid IDs of the winner plus another 2 valid IDs of her/his own.
  6. All prizes are not convertible to cash
  7. View complete promo mechanics
Promo Period: January 15 - March 31, 2016
 
Promo Prize:
  • P5,000 SM Gift Passes/Shopping Spree at The SM Store
Upside
  • Win shopping spree!
  • Instant win
  • Ten (10) winners everyday
Downside
  • Prize is not convertible to cash
  • Minimum spend requirement of P3,000
For more info, log on to pnbcards.com.ph

Super Bowl Unlimited Yang Chow for P60

Super Bowl is bringing back their Unli Yang Chow Promo for the 5th time. Get all you can eat bowls of their signature Yang Chow Fried Rice for only P60 per person. Promo is valid only during 11AM to 2PM and 6PM to 8PM, Mondays through Fridays. Promo runs until March 30, 2016! Load up on carbs. Just make sure to exercise so it doesn't turn to fat.

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2016 Cinemalaya Short Film Category

Calling all filmmakers. Get your creative juices running and start submitting your entries for the 2016 Cinemalaya Short Film Category Competition. Produce a 20-minute film in Filipino or any Philippine language as appropriate, with English subtitles. Make six (6) DVD copies of your final work and submit it along with the other required documents at the CCP Media Arts Division. Don't forget to include your duly accomplished entry form which can be downloaded online. You may submit a maximum of three (3) entries, but only one (1) movie per proponent may be considered as a finalist. From all the submissions received, ten (10) best films will be shortlisted and will be screened during the 2016 Cinemalaya Festival. The Best Short Featured film will take home P150,000 cash and Balanghai trophy. Showcase your creativity and use this as an opportunity to get recognized in the film industry.

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Contest Requirements:
  • All local-based Filipino filmmakers
Contest Mechanics:
  1. Log on to culturalcenter.gov.ph and download the entry form
  2. Entry Guidelines
    • Entries must have been produced within the period of March 7, 2015 to February 26, 2016
    • Six (6) copies of the final work in DVD format, labeled with the title, production company address and contact numbers, production date, director's name and running time
    • Synopsis in English
    • Dialogue should be primarily in Filipino or any Philippine language as appropriate, with English subtitles
    • A brief résumé/biodata and two (2) recent 2x2 photos
    • Short film entries that have been featured in other local and international festivals and competitions are qualified for the competition
    • Should not exceed 20 minutes, inclusive of credit titles
    • Music used in any entry must be original, licensed or in the public domain
    • All entries, along with the completely filled out entry form must be submitted in a long brown envelope properly labeled with proponent's name, title and contact details
  3. Submission Guidelines: For screening and archival purposes
    • 6 DVDs with English subtitles
    • HD file (MP4 with bit rate not more than 15mbps) of film with English subtitles and a 30-seconder trailer
    • Data file copy of film on DVD
    • DCP and HD File (Apple Pro res HQ) of film with video frame rate of 24fps
  4. Submit your entries to
    • Media Arts Division
      Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
      Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
  5. You may submit a maximum of three (3) entries, but only one (1) entry per proponent may be considered as a finalist
  6. Entries selected as finalists cannot be withdrawn from the competition
  7. You must assign a single representative to act on behalf of your team. All official communications shall be addressed to the representative
  8. The decision of the Board of Judges is final
  9. View complete contest mechanics
Contest Period: Deadline for submission of entries until February 26, 2016 6PM
  • May 6, 2016 -Announcement of the ten (10) best short features
  • May 17, 2016 - Submission of requirements by the selected ten (10) finalists
  • August 5-14, 2016 - 2016 Cinemalaya Festival. Screening of ten (10) short feature films
  • August 14, 2016 - Cinemalaya Awards Night
Contest Prize:
  • Best Short Featured will receive:
    • P150,000 CASH
    • Balanghai trophy
Upside
  • Huge CASH prize
  • You may submit a maximum of three (3) entries
Downside
  • No online submission
  • Time consuming
For more info, log on to culturalcenter.gov.ph