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Here's Another Reason To Love SpongeBob Squarepants: He Is Gay!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Gays Are Winning!


In celebration of Pride month, Nickelodeon has officially shared that Bikini Bottom's most famous resident, SpongeBob SquarePants is a member of the LGBTQ community.

Earlier today, Nickelodeon tweeted this statement in celebration of Pride — which also features pictures of Korra from The Legend of Korra, actor Michael D. Cohen from Henry Danger:



Interestingly enough, SpongeBob's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, had also given his opinion on the issue in 2005, stating that SpongeBob, alongside his best friend Patrick Star, are asexual.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with what we’re trying to do,” Hillenburg told Reuters at the time.

“We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We’re just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show.”

He added that there are “more important issues to worry about. I really don’t pay much attention to this.”

Nickelodeon’s sent the internet into a frenzy on when it tweeted about LGBTQ pride month, prompting “SPONGEBOB GAY” to trend on Twitter world-wide.


Happy Pride Month Everyone! 





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This Youtuber Makes Cooking Fun With Hilarious Kitchen Antics

Monday, June 8, 2020


If there’s one thing we all can agree on about being a Filipino, it’s that we are naturally funny with an appetite. We love to eat and laugh. But who would've thought food and humor would mix well? Luis Azcona and Sharlene Gumpal did.

Listening to Luis narrate his fiancΓ©, Sharlene’s cooking videos is undeniably a comical breakthrough. Puns and jokes in the entire videos were hidden in between ingredients presentation, clumsy errors, and the fun process. "Hello sa inyo, mga bata!" impersonations. Vanilla jokes. Strawberries na nakipagsapalaran sa Maynila. Nanay ng almond. These are just a few of "Luis Azcona Videos'' hidden gems.

The 32-year-old music and video producer with a natural sense of humor, paves his way to an original social media content. His videos are very much unique and pure that it makes one unconsciously smile at a cooking tutorial. And he's not even trying too hard.

In an exclusive interview with Metroscene Mag, Luis and Sharlene unveils how they find inspiration and motivation to create this one-of-a-kind content.

Kitchen stories



Just like his real-life heroes, Anthony Bourdain and Elon Musk, Luis is a visionary and prefers to live in the moment. It’s a strategy he calls “just having fun.” According to him, his motivation comes from the fun that goes along with the entire process of filming.

“My motivation is the fun that we experience during production, and interacting with our subscribers," he said.

Creating unique and valuable content is a multifaceted challenge, and for our dear Sharlene, it's a challenge accepted.

“Na-cha-challenge 'yung inner artist ko, how I will execute in a creative way especially the plating. I look up to Joshua Weissman, Adam Liaw and Marion’s Kitchen. Mel Thompson for makeup,” she shared.
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The imperfect recipe for perfection


One strength of their content is how they do not cut out the mistakes in cooking--in clumsy holding or filling, breaking eggs, or missing out an ingredient. It's an added ingredient to what makes it so natural. A testimony that says: one's flaws does not make one flawed. Otherwise, clean it up then grow from it.

“I think it's the fact that we don't hide the mistakes in the process. We are home cooks that make mistakes all the time and I think our viewers can resonate with that. Plus, I think the rhymes, the puns, the humour in the voice over instructions help too,” Luis answered as to what makes their content unique from others.

Aside from their online cooking shows, Luis first started uploading musical content, travel vlogs, and educational and witty videos like Tagalog-Bisaya Tutorials and Bokabularyo ni Yorme. Now, Sharlene's make-up tutorials made it to the ensemble still alongside Luis' funny remarks.



Dealing with the bad eggs


Although social media really gives everyone a platform to showcase their talents and creativity, it is also filled with bored trolls. Luckily, the couple is blessed with supportive and loving fans.

“Not really. There's maybe 1% of them. We're very lucky to have a nice, supportive community,” they answered when asked about handling online criticism.

A pinch of life lessons and a smidgen of wisdom


Just like in cooking, the couple have had their fair share of trial and error in terms of finding the right content that suits everyone's taste. The couple now has more than half a million followers on Facebook and almost eighty thousand subscribers on Youtube, and counting. The couple has proved that the secret to achieving success in one's life is doing what you love and loving what you do.

“Create what makes sense to you. If you're on a beach and you got a surfboard, make a surfing video. Obsessed with gardening? Gardening channel. And so on. That way, you will never fail, because if no one watches it, at least you had fun. Most of the time, fans can sense if the creator is having fun and that kind of appeal converts to shares and views.”

If you're reading this, know one thing or two: you love food or you just love watching videos in general. If that's the case, Luis and Sharelene's channel might just be the perfect thing for you!

The couple uploads their videos every week on  Facebook and Youtube.

Text by: Kyle Cadavez & Mark Baccay



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"Pamilya Ordinaryo" and other Filipino films to hit Netflix this June

Friday, May 29, 2020

"Pamilya Ordinaryo" and other Filipino films to hit Netflix this June - Metroscene Ma


To make this year's Independence Day even more special, a new slate of critically-acclaimed Filipino films is coming to Netflix!

The world's biggest on-demand video streaming app partnered with local production studios, including Viva, ERJ Found Films, Black Cap Pictures and Changhe Films, to showcase diverse and real stories from the Philippines.

Below are the synopses of the five films coming out on Netflix this June.

PINOY SUNDAY (Changhe Films Ltd)




Synopsis: Inspired by a 1958 Roman Polanski short, this lighthearted examination of modern life in Taipei follows two Filipino immigrants, Manuel and Dado, during their day off from work, when the chance discovery of a discarded couch leads to adventure.

Director: Widing Ho

Cast: Bayani Agbayani, Jeffrey Quizon, Nor Domingo, Dave Ronald Chang, Meryll Soriano, Alessandra de Rossi

Release date: June 5, 2020

“I never thought the feature debut I made ten years ago can have a second life and finally get shown to the Philippine audience, thanks to Netflix. It is a tremendous honor to have my second movie after ‘Cities of Last Things’ to be included on a platform which has done so much to promote filmmakers' works from around the world to a global audience. I am lucky to be part of the family.” Director, Widing Ho said.


SUNOD (Black Cap Pictures Inc)




Synopsis: As the medical expenses for her daughter stack up, a mother takes a demanding call center job where the building's sinister secrets begin to haunt her.

Director: Carlo Ledesma

Cast: Carmina Villarroel, Mylene Dizon, JC Santos, Kate Alejandrino, Krystal Brimner, Rhed Bustamante, Susan Africa

Release date: June 14, 2020

“Having Sunod screen theatrically during the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival was an incredible experience, and now I'm excited for the film to find a new audience online, especially on Netflix, which has the best streaming. Speaking on behalf of myself and my crew, we took great pains to make the movie look and sound good, so it'll be a rush to see it stream in high quality.” Ledesma said in a statement.


LOLA IGNA (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)




Synopsis: An elderly woman finds her life disrupted when her family and village realize she has a chance at a world record for being the oldest grandmother alive. (Lola Igna was awarded Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score and Best Actress at the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awards Night)

Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Angie Ferro, Yves Flores, Meryll Soriano, Maria Isabel Lopez, Royce Cabrera, Jojo Riguerra, Armando A. Reyes

Release date: June 18, 2020

“I felt flabbergasted when I got the news from Netflix that the team loved my film, not just one but two of my films. I’m personally thankful to Netflix for introducing ‘Lola Igna’ and ‘Ordinary People’, to a larger audience, not only in the Philippines, but to the whole world. Now my films can be easily accessible anytime, and anywhere around the world.” The director said.

UNTRUE (Viva Communications, Inc.)




Synopsis: Mara moves from the Philippines to the country of Georgia, where she meets a mysterious man, Joachim. They develop feelings for one another, until Joachim claims to hear peculiar sounds and see visions of a strange woman.

Director: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo

Cast: Cristine Reyes, Xian Lim

Release date: June 22, 2020


PAMILYA ORDINARYO (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)



Synopsis: Barely making a living as pickpockets, a teenage couple in Manila resort to desperate measures when their one-month-old child is kidnapped. (Ordinary People was awarded Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actress, Best Director at the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, as well as Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and FAP Awards) Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Kilip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Raymon Lee, Karl Medina, Erlina Villalobos, Menggie Cobrarrubias

Release date: To be announced

The five films will join  EerieThe Girl Allergic to Wi-Fi, and Miss Granny,  which were among the top ten most popular titles in the Philippines in 2019, as well as the Filipino Netflix Film Dead Kids by award-winning director Mikhail Red.


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“Atlantis” Is Reportedly Getting a Live-Action Remake Starring Tom Holland

Thursday, May 28, 2020


If there’s one thing every Disney fan can agree on, it’s that ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire’ is an underrated gem.
Luckily, Walt Disney Studios has (allegedly) found its next live-action remake of one of their animated films with Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Though the details about the live action is very limited at the moment, a source at The Illuminerdi shared that  the live-action remake will feature Tom Holland as ‘Milo’. 
ICYF: The Disney animation classic features Milo (Michael J. Fox) discovering the lost world of Atlantis. He and his team of daredevil explorers meet the Atlantean people and eventually become entangled in the fate of their world.

Watch the video below



Disney is also now developing:


 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruella, starring Emma Stone

 The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey

 Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods


Which Disney animated film would you like to see get a live-action remake? What is your dream cast for the Atlantis remake? Let us know in the comments below.



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'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: ABS-CBN

In collaboration with ABS CBN’s iWant TV and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the leading exponent of Philippine theater, Tanghalang Pilipino will be streaming six theater productions online starting on May 30 to June 30, 2020.


The month-long event will showcase the productions of three native stories from the Philippines and three adaptations of William Shakespeare’s works in Filipino.

Lam-Ang


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: ABS-CBN
'Lam-ang' is an ethno-epic musical inspired from the original story of Biag ni Lam-ang, an Ilocano folk epic of Luzon by Isabelo delos Reyes and translated in Filipino by Angel Acacio and Ariel Tabag. The production starred JC Santos as Lam-ang and Anna Luna as Kannoyan, Lam-ang’s beloved.

Mabining Mandirigma


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: ABS-CBN
'Mabining Mandirigma' is about the legal and diplomatic heroism of Apolinario Mabini. The play is written by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, and earned 12 out of 13 awards at the Gawad Buhay Awards in 2015.

Sandosenang Sapatos


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: Abigail Ravalo
'Sandosenang Sapatos' is a classic story for children written by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan. The story revolves around a wheelchair-bound girl named Susi, and her dream to become a ballerina. Layeta Bucoy adapted the story for the theater production.

Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: Vera Files
'Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw' is an adaptation play of William Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', translated by Rolando Tinio and directed by Carlos Siguin-Reyna.

Coriolano


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: Denise Mallabo
'Coriolano' is a story of a legendary Roman soldier turned into tyrant but failed miserably. The story was translated by Guelan Luarca and directed by Carlos Siguon-Reyn.

Der Kaufmann


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: Jessica Zafra
'Der Kaufmann' is an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice.' The production was was directed by Rody Vera and translated by Rolando Tinio. The theater production garnered seven Gawad Buhay Awards.


Text by: Novie Nunez




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'Gameboys', a much healthier choice than 'Sakristan'

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Gameboys: A much healthier choice than 'Sakristan' - Metroscene Mag

Set in the present day of pandemic, a fresh series that will surely captivate hearts and create buzz comes in a surprise, and it's a much healthier option than 'Sakristan.'

In a quarantine period where Pinoy viewers were hooked and laser-eyed to the popular Boy Love (BL) series from Thailand, '2gether', a Filipino BL series entitled 'Gameboys' will surely make a mark.

                   Also Read:  The Metro Manila Pride and Festival is going virtual this year


Recently premiered last May 22 in The IdeaFirst Company's Youtube page, the show's first episode 'Pass or Play' opens with the lead actor, Cairo, played by Elijah Canlas, Facebook live-watching his online play with fans.

Next comes Gavreel, starring Kokoy dos Santos, who defeated Cairo in an online match. But what happens when two unexpected friends not just play their consoles, but play in the name of love?

The first time I watched the pilot episode, I was in awe, maybe because I didn't expect this kind of a daring move for a show to be shown in the country. But then I found myself smiling as the episode ran.

Gameboys: A much healthier choice than 'Sakristan' - Metroscene Mag


'Gameboys' is a promising BL series that will create history in the theme of LGBTQ+ in the country. Sure, shows like this is still considered as a taboo but it will effectively create discussions and discourse.

Not to mention that it is the first Filipino BL series, because while there were a lot of gay media produced beforehand, none were really using Thai's BL formula, not like this one.

It's a great start. A fearless dip of toe in the water. With two actors who have been harnessed by numerous indie films, their acting prowess is definitely a no doubt.

Shooting in this quarantine period, the show is oustanding considering the limited production and social distancing each one should observe. The editing and shoot-from-webcam tone is a notable work.




Although cringey at some parts, the actors' exchange and delivery of lines and 'pabebe' acting is great. Also noting Kokoy's charm and Elijah's cuteness are off the charts.

Who said boys can't play games then eventually fall in love? Fingers crossed.

However, the producers of the show are still collecting the audience's reactions and are still deciding on the show's future. Help in making it a regular BL series and show them your love and support!

Who knows the Philippines is ought to have its own version of SarawatTine?



Text by: Kyle Cadavez



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