Costanilla: Drug addiction, theme of ‘Tulak’ film

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

THERE is a drug addiction awareness, prevention and recovery advocacy film that we should watch if only to learn more about the alarming rise in drug addiction cases in our midst. I am referring to Tulak, a full-length movie that is a joint production of We Do Recover (WDR), Cebu Business Club and the Cebu City Government. WDR Center director Tico Aldanese sent an e-mail saying that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Dangerous Drugs Board and the Department of Education are endorsing the film (it stars Maria Isabel Lopez, Rafael Rosell and Mara Lopez with Neal Tan as director).

Tulak will be showing at SM City Cinema One on on Nov. 20 and 21. Regular showing is at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cocktails with the stars and director will be at 6 p.m. Tulak is a must-see movie, so I hope you will find time to squeeze it in your hectic schedule.

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BEING an advocate of the local film industry, this writer wants to felicitate businessman Romeo Sy of RSY Productions for joining the fray by producing a Cebuano/Visayan telemovie with Tagalog subtitles. Katarungan will be filmed and edited in Cebu but will be shown not only here but also in Manila and other Tagalog-speaking parts of the country. I am told that shooting starts next week. My friends Alan Yncierto, Celes Tanajura, Rene Tanajura, Edgar Ylaya and several local stuntmen are involved in the production of Katarungan, which they say is an action-packed telemovie.

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THEY also informed me that the telemovie is not just intended to amuse but also to inject the moral lesson that crime does not pay. I am 101 percent supportive of this venture by RSY Productions even as I pray that the outfit will be able to sustain the production and enjoy the financial sponsorship of all well-meaning individuals.
THERE is a brand new radio program that will have its maiden airing this afternoon.

Titled “Sumbonganan,” the daily program will go on the air daily from 4 to 5 p.m. on dyRB 540 KHZ on the AM dial. A concept of Anad Partylist Rep. Jun Alcover, the program serves as a public service mouthpiece of Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy in its quest to attend to the needs of its members, particularly those who have less in life.

“Sumbonganan” will be closely coordinating with different government agencies here so that all concerns affecting the people may be given priority attention. The hosts in the program are broadcasters Greg Senining, Max Andrino, Edgar Alcover and his sidekick Ka Andres, Loy Jurado and Jamie Llanos among others. The program will also have a number of reporters in the field.

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THIS guy, a certain Mario Abella (must be a pseudonym), continues to assail the screening committee of the Cebu Popular Music Festival (Pop Fest), a yearly project of the Cebu Arts Foundation Inc., for what he has been calling as an erroneous and anomalous choice of songs that made it to the magic 12 in next year’s Pop Fest.

As a member of the screening body, this writer would like to stress that this guy’s criticism is off-tangent, baseless and doesn’t hold water. He certainly doesn’t know what he is talking about. In a previous column, I even advised him to attend a songwriting workshop before irresponsibly assailing the Cebu Pop screeners Anyway, the screening body isn’t affected by this guy’s unfounded criticism.

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COME Dec. 19, the officers and members of four local media clubs will hold their joint Christmas party at the residence of Alcover, the outgoing president of the Cebu Association of Media Practitioners Inc. (Camp). There will also be an informal oath-taking of the new set of officers of Camp and Sugboanong Komentaristang Nagpakabana Inc., headed by yours truly and photojournalist Loy Jurado, respectively.

The other clubs are the Cebu Tri-Media Association Inc., led by broadcaster Ed Batiquin of dyRB and Visayas Media Association Inc., led by Pol Bulilan of dyRB. (E-mail: or call/text cellphone number 09053540000)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 15, 2010.


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