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Metro Manila, the movie (Part 1)
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When I heard that a Tagalog movie was chosen by the British Academy Of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) as its official entry to the Oscars (Best Foreign Language Film category), I had to ask, why is it a UK entry instead of Philippine?
Well, because the director of the movie, Sean Ellis, is British.
My friend Melvin says Sean used to date British model Erin O’Connor, and after Googling him, I thought, OMG he’s so chica.

Sean Ellis, Metro Manila

After further research, I realized this was the same movie Celine Lopez co-produced and accepted an award for at Sundance Film Festival last January.
From what I gathered, Sean Ellis took a trip to the Philippines and fell in love. He decided to write a story after witnessing two armored truck drivers having an argument.
To finance the movie, Sean even had to mortgage his house.
The movie was written in English, and he allowed the Filipino actors to translate it in their own words.
After seeing this trailer and the fab logo, I was intrigued.

I wanted so much to see it, I looked for downloads online (there are none).
I decided to join an online Twitter contest to win tickets to a special screening. Lo and behold, the lead actor, Jake Macapagal, read my tweet and gave me tickets!!

Jake Macapagal

Trivia: Jake Macapagal played my son Ben’s father in an Orange and Lemons video directed by Marie Jamora

Last night, my friends and I saw Sean Ellis at an intimate screening of Metro Manila at SM Megamall.
OMG he’s so chica in a Robert Downey Jr. way, with the jacket, the jeans, and the trainers!!

Sean Ellis, Metro Manila

The suit and the trainers remind me of Comme des Garçons CEO Adrian Joffe (left, with Jappy Gonzalez)

Adrian Joffe and Jappy Gonzalez

In other words, chicang afam! (To be continued)

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cab

Hi! do you know where i can get to watch the film this december? i cant seem to find it. many thanks.

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Walter Robles

Cecile, do you know when it actually comes out commercially? If it’s possible, I would love to be able to screen it here in Australia to raise funds for distressed Filipino migrant workers here. I’m part of Migrante Melbourne.

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October 9 in Manila

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alei

I love that from time to time you give a movie recommendation. Will watch this one.

And Ben is so cute and adorbs.

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chelsea

100% at rotten tomatoes. will definitely watch!

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pepper

sayang, ang chaka ng background ng SM megamall (look at at that dirty dirty board) pero he’s still gwapo!

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CVS Reply:

i know right! the floor!

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juandelacruzjr0

Loved this film. The actors we’re brilliant and the story was well executed. Nice to know that there are two other pinoy related movies competing for the same category, TRANSIT and ILO-ILO.

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Angela G. Magpayo

Will it be shown commercially here? Sana naman. We need to infuse ourselves with these kinds of films para gumana ang brains natin at nakakapag isip nang hindi naloloko ng kung sino.

Cute cute ni Ben!

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yes it will be shown on October 9 in theaters

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Angela G. Magpayo Reply:

Yehey!!!

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Juliane

Do you like the film? I loved it!!!! Saw it in one of the small cinemas in London. It was a full house & it took a few minutes for people to stand. I think I was the only one who stood up straight after because I was bawling my eyes out. I hope the Filipino market is ready for films like that. Its so heart-wrenching……

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Pee

Cute ni Ben sa music video.

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