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‘Ulan’ gets HOOQ-ed

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It’s HOOQ’s fourth anniversary in the Philippines and it’s celebrating with a major collaboration with Viva Films.

Last Monday, the largest Video-on-Demand service in Southeast Asia, announced its first foray into Filipino originals with Ulan, a romantic drama starring this generation’s biggest and brightest stars in Filipino cinema – Nadine Lustre and Carlo Aquino

It HOOQ’s first Original Movie from the Philippines, in partnership with Viva Films. Ulan is now screening in cinemas nationwide.

Jennifer Batty, chief content officer of HOOQ, said, “This is a significant milestone for HOOQ and HOOQ Originals. We are continuing with our promise to bring the very best content from the most promising and talented actors, scriptwriters and directors in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia. Ulan is already one of the most highly anticipated titles of the year, and the first of many more HOOQ Original Movies to come.  To partner with Viva on our first HOOQ OriginaI film is super exciting.  Viva is a powerhouse here and we look forward to doing more with them in the future. ”

‘Ulan’ gets HOOQ-ed
‘Ulan’ lead actress Nadine Lustre with director Irene Villamor and co-star Marco Gumabao

Sheila Paul, country manager of HOOQ Philippines, said, “The Philippines has an abundance of talented filmmakers that are really pushing the boundaries of the medium – in terms of storytelling, format and style. We see great promise in the market, and will continue to invest in original content in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia. Not only do we want to support local content creators, we want to encourage them to challenge conventions and develop engaging, high-quality Filipino content that we can all be proud of.”

Ulan is the fourth feature film from Irene Villamor, who continues to make waves in the local film industry. Irene’s vision of an unconventional love story with a supernatural twist has all the makings of a future classic. She also directed Sid & Aya, Camp Sawi, and Meet Me in St. Gallen

HOOQ’s extensive library of Filipino movies and shows include Irene’s complete catalogue of films as well as Nadine Lustre’s hits; Never Not Love You, This Time, Diary Ng Panget, On The Wings of Love, Sisterakas and Beauty and the Bestie

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PETA Summer Workshop

Everyone seems to be always on their toes waiting for the most fun part of the year—summer. 

Where deadlines are over and shorelines are closer and the thought of it makes you jump in full glee and awe. Summer is the time to unearth new things to enjoy or spice up your craft to its fullest potential.

Joining in on the fun is Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), one of the country’s pioneer theater groups. PETA is opening up its stage during the exciting sunny days with its annual PETA’s Workshop Express coming to you this April. 

Known for its fun and exciting theater arts workshops, PETA assures the best summer experience through activities that develop the inner artists in you. With this year’s eight sets of intensive theater arts courses, every single one is bound for a summer well-spent. 

Little ones ages 6 to 8 years old are in for a meaningful treat as they flourish their imagination and self-confidence through the art of rhythmic movement, dance, songs, games, painting, puppetry, storytelling, and role-playing done in various artistic processes. 

Kids from 9 to 12 years old can also unfold the beauty of exploring through music, visual arts, writing poetry and short stories, storytelling, drama improvisation that leaves no space for boredom as this will be coupled with fun-filled games and activities. 

With PETA’s one-of-a-kind Integrated Theater Arts approach, teens ranging from 13 to17 years old— in their phase of seeking daring ventures, go through creative drama, sound and music, creative writing, body movement and dance, and visual arts assuring them the fulfillment of their heart’s content. 

Students, professionals, and even moms and dads can have their spot at center stage with a range of courses for beginners to more intermediate performers. Adults can choose from Theater Arts for new learners, Basic Acting for experienced performers, and Creative Musical Theater for the musically inclined.

This holistic theater experience with PETA Artist-Teachers makes for a go-to pursuit during the summer break. Workshop schedules are especially designed for the young ones looking for a creative way to spend their vacation and busy adults in need of an exciting break from school or work. 

Adult courses are on April 27, May 4 to 5, 11-12, 18, 25-26, June 1 to 2, 8 to 9. Two merry weeks await kids and teens who may choose from two batches: (Batch A) April 8 to 13, 15 to16, 22-26 and 28, (Batch B) April 30, May 1 to 3, 6 to10, 14 and 19. 

Enrollment is made easier with three quick steps. 

To register, secure an interview from Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Jill Raz at (02) 725 6244, or 0917 804 2618 or by visiting 

On the day of your interview, don’t forget to bring two passport sized photos and your reservation fee. Early enrollees, groups of three or more people, and returning students can enjoy exclusive discounts.

The PETA Summer Workshop will be held at the PETA Theater Center in New Manila, Quezon City.

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