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Year of the Rooster has arrived!

Celebrating the Chinese New Year, Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Ateneo Celadon and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China brought Spring Film Festival at Shangri-La Plaza, launched last January 25.

The Gala Night opened with a bang as the traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion dance opens the program. The Chinese, Filipino-Chinese guests were astonished with the colorful setting of the Shangri-La Grand Atrium together with the different institutions that made the event possible.


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Movie Review: Book of Love a.k.a Finding Mr. Right 2, Expectation: VIOLATED

“Expectation: VIOLATED!”

The Spring Film Festival broke my expectations when it comes to Chinese Films. When I have heard of this film fest, it didn’t give me that hype of an upcoming Jackie Chan’s movie. I thought it was a marathon of old Chinese movies coz hey, it’s for free! But this Book of Love a.k.a Finding Mr. Right 2 broke that mindset that I have when it comes to Chinese films. The plot is generic having that touch of happily ever after, two strangers with totally different circumstances and status in life who, ate the end, will eventually meet, not a story that everyone will get excited to watch. But,  Xue Xiaolu, the director and writer of the Book of Love was able to play with my emotions through this film. Continue reading “Movie Review: Book of Love a.k.a Finding Mr. Right 2, Expectation: VIOLATED”

AdMU, Shangri-La welcomes Year of the Fire Rooster with a feast

As the Chinese/ Filipino-Chinese community welcomes the Year of the Fire Rooster, Shangri-La Plaza and Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies held its annual Spring Film Festival, for the 11th year this time which happened on January 25-31. Continue reading “AdMU, Shangri-La welcomes Year of the Fire Rooster with a feast”

Chinese Painting Exhibit

Be sweep over the timeless artsy of Chinese painting  at Shangri-La Plaza mall as a part of celebrating the Spring Film Festival organized by Ateneo De Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies.

The Festival exhibits variety of Chinese paintings featuring Fire rooster, Flowers, Woman and nature as their subject.

It will indeed move you from being blunt to appreciative because of its amazing painting techniques and fascinating pictures. – Jeanilyn Bino

Ateneo De Manila University helds free movie viewing for Chinese New Year Festival

The 11th Spring Film Festival was successfully launched from January 25-29, 2017 at Shangri- La Plaza Mall as a part of Chinese New Year’s Celebration.

The Film Festival is packed with 6 Chinese films entitled; “Horseplay”,“Everbody’s Fine”,“A Complicated Story”, “Red Amnesia”, “Book of Love”, “Finding Mr. Right 2”, and “Wolf Totem”.

The Ateneo De Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese studies goals to bring enjoyment on the artistry of chinese films for Filipino-Chinese Community and locals as well.


“A Complicated Story”

” Love wins, love always wins” says Mitch Albom.

The utterance of “love wins” is my verdict to the movie “A complicated story”, a Chinese film directed by Kiwi Chow adapted from the novel of the prevalent author Yi Shu.

       The story goes with a young-witted woman who attempts to pursue her career and studies in Hong Kong, but like what some other immigrant’s fall, Liu Yazi turns to sign a contract of being a surrogate mother for that way beyond rich bussiness man, Mr. Yuk Cheong.

Liu Yazi enjoys all the perks attended by Kammy Au, a lawyer.

Afar from what this young woman’s visible reason for taking the contract lies a hidden,untouchable and unthinkable intention of hers.

Liu Yazi faces lots of difficulty on committing  herself to an intimate relationship with her current boyfriend and with her pursuant Mr. Yuk Cheong that eventually falls for her.

At the end of the story Liu Yazi made her mind to keep coming back on what her true feelings is telling her to do. Kammy Au, the lawyer turns out have had an affair with Liu Yazi and yet she was more comfortable with her.

But more than that Liu Yazi reveals her true motiation on pursuing to be a surrogate mother of cute little twins, and that is aside of having a preference of loving a same sex as her, she wanted to be a mother of a child that will complete her being. Being a conceiving woman of little joys in the world.

To reflect this in my review, I would love to see more movies that contains message like this. The mere fact that this movie explains what and how love can make your life a big turn around and at the end makes you realize that every person is made for a certain reason that gives you reason not to let you waste your life.

On the Technical Aspects, this movie have that realistic feeling that transports you to every settings. Establishing shots, close ups and amazing techniques had been observed in this movie which can educate film makers.

The portrayals of the characters are convicingly passionate on their craft because the movie comes out really well.

People who wants to understand well what “Love wins” you can watch for this movie and enjoy! -Jeanilyn Bino

“A Complicated Story” Poster released in 2013

Chinese Paintings: ON FLEEK

Gong Xi Fa Cai! The Year of the Fire Rooster was anticipated in an artsy fashion. Why? It’s because the Continue reading “Chinese Paintings: ON FLEEK”

Spring film festival marks its 11th year.

Year of the Fire Rooster was celebrated early through series of activities at Edsa Shangri-La’s 11th Spring Film Festival last January 25-29. Continue reading “Spring film festival marks its 11th year.”

Book of Love: The film that would make you believe in forever.

maxresdefault.jpg                Xue Xiaolu’s sequel to Finding Mr. Right, Book of Love, is a film that offers a bit of twist in today’s romantic motion pictures, and I am so fortunate to watch the film for free in the Spring Film Festival at Edsa Shagri-La. It featured two different storylines until the end of the film. Although it is mainly a romance film, it also showed a mix of comedy and drama in its genre. The film also bared the beauty of some of the world’s famous tourist destinations such as Macau and Las Vegas. The overall film is good but it could’ve been better in some aspects. Continue reading “Book of Love: The film that would make you believe in forever.”

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