Buy Tickets in Advance: HP 7 Part 2

Ayala Cinemas all over the country are inviting you to buy tickets in advance to one of the most anticipated movies of the year: Harry Potter 7 Part 2. Read on for more details.

Hurry! Before you know it, July 14 is upon us already. ^_^

Information and photo courtesy of Ms. Wilma Entera of the Ayala Malls Group.
Thank you much! 🙂

Green Shopping Etc.

For the month of September, the Ayala Center Cebu has cooked up things green for the regular mall-goer and the naturalist in everyone. Go check this out:

ayala green

Image courtesy of Ayala Center Center. Thanks to Ms. Wilma Entera of the Ayala Malls Group for the heads up. 😀

A Different Japanese-Flavored Movie Everyday

japanese film fest 2010

In celebration of the Japanese Film Fest 2010, the Consular Office of Japan in Cebu is showcasing eight (8) different Japanese films at the Ayala Center Cebu on the following schedules:

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We Got Russians for Company

The Ayala Center Cebu is hosting the First Russian Film Festival on Onstage, Cinema One. Please refer to the following screening schedule:

March 26
7:30 PM – Screening: “The Star”
9:15 PM – Film Discussion

March 27
12:00 NOON – Mirror
2:30 PM – Vanished Empire
5:00 PM – Ward No. 6
7:30 PM – Agony

First Russian Film Festival


Director: Nikolai Lebedev
Writer: Evgeniy Grigoriev and Alexander Borodyansky
Producer: Karen Shakhnazarov
Cast: Igor Petrenko, Artem Semakin, Alexei Panin, Alexei Kravchenko, Anatoly Guschin, Amadu Mamadakov, Yuri Laguta, Andrei Yegorov, Ekaterina Vulichenko

The film is a screen version of a novelette by Emmanuel Kazakevich.

The Star takes place in the summer of 1944, when Red Army troops were fighting on the Polish border in hopes of halting Hitler’s advancing forces. In a desperate attempt to gain intelligence on a massive tank attack the Germans are allegedly orchestrating, a team of scouts with the radio code name “Star” is haphazardly put together from the ranks of the surviving soldiers. Though a series of encounters with the enemy quickly follows, the rag-tag group of men are able to broadcast the details of future army tactics and troop movements even as they are annihilated in a brutal battle with the German troops. The Russian soldiers are given posthumous medals for bravery in 1964.


Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer: Alexander Misharin and Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larissa Tarkovskaya, Alla Demidova, Anatoly Solonintsin, Nikolai Grinko, Tamara Ogorodnikova, Yuri Nazarov, Oleg Yankovsky

The film is a non-narrative, stream of consciousness autobiographical film-poem that blends scenes of childhood memory with newsreel footage and contemporary scenes examining the narrator’s relationships with his mother, his ex-wife and his son. The oneiric intensity of the childhood scenes in particular is so hypnotic that questions of the film’s alleged impenetrability dissolve under the impact of moment after moment of the most visually stunning, rhythmically captivating filmmaking imaginable. Tarkovsky’s evocative use of nature is at its most elaborate and accomplished in creating the dreams and memories that we are asked to share with him here. The archive footage of big events that have occurred within the narrator’s lifetime is presented with the contemplative detachment of events considered but not participated in, a contract to the extreme intimacy of the memories. This is mainly due to the extraordinary music and poetry that Tarkovsky use to accompany these ghostly, distant newsreel images.


Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Writer: Sergey Rokotov with the assistance of Evgeny Nikishov
Producer: Karen Shakhnazarov
Cast: Alexander Lyapin, Lida Milyuzina, Egor Baranovsky, Ivan Jupreenko, Olga Tumaikina, Armen Jigarkhanyan, Vladimir Ilyin

The Vanished Empire depicts the heyday of the Soviet State at the peak of its power, which marks the staring point of its collapse as well.

The film’s story takes place in Moscow in the 1970’s. Its plot unfolds around the love triangle between two young men and a girl who study at the same university. They argue, make up, and face their first disappointments and victories. While busy with their personal lives and loves, they miss foreseeing that the country in which they were born and live will soon disappear from the map.

Karen Shakhnazarov’s new and rather personal film is a delicate study of this imminent and irrevocably passing era.


Director: Karen Shakhnazarov and Alexander Gornovsky
Writer: Karen Shakhnazarov and Alexander Gornovsky
Producer: Karen Shakhnazarov
Cast: Vladimir Ilyin, Aleksei Vertkov, Alexandr Panlratov-Chyorny, Yevgeni Stychkin, Viktor Soloyov, Aleksei Zharkov

The story is based on a real life incident and centers around the head doctor of an asylum who winds up as the asylum patient. Lonely, estranged, reflecting Doctor Andrey Ragin is one of the focal characters in the work of Chekhov and the entire world literature of the 20th century. The screenplay is an adaptation of Chekhov’s story. Preserving the storyline, the authors deliberately moved the scene into the present. Shooting of the film was done in a real asylum, in a novel semi-documentary manner.


Director: Elim Klimov
Writer: Semyon Lungin and Iliya Nusinov
Cast: Velta Line, Alisa Freyndlikh, Anatoly Romashin, Alexey Petrenko, Alexander Romatsov, Sergey Muchenikov, Yury Katin-Yartsev, Boris Ivanov, Mikhail Danilov, Leonid Bronevoy, Bayten Omarov

The film went unshown until 1981 when it was screened at the Venice Film Festival and attracted very favorable reviews. Released in Western Europe in 1982 it was hailed as one of the most original Soviet films of the 1970’s. In Soviet Russia it was screened only in 1985, at the dawn of the Glasnost era.

The storyline of the film follows the final months of 1916 up to the murder of Rasputin; some events that have been telescoped into this time though they really happened earlier during the war. Rasputin’s effect on the people around him is shown almost as hypnotic, and the film avoids taking a moral stance towards him – breaking not only with Soviet history but also with how he was regarded by people near the court at the time, some of whom regarded him as a debilitating figure who disgraced the monarchy and hampered the war effort.

So, is it a date tonight and/or tomorrow? See you then! 😉

TRIVIA: My most favorite fictional Russian character is Alexander Solarin, a sexy and astute chess grandmaster from the book The Eight by Katherine Neville. My second most favorite is his brother, [Ladislaus] Nim, an equally compelling and enigmatic man. Why they don’t go by the same family names is what you have to find out for yourself by reading the book. (I just re-read it and going to read it again. *wink*) 🙂
Thanks to Ms. Wilma Entera of the Ayala Mall Group for sharing the screening schedule. Tanjew, Naynay. ^_^

Image depicts the turrets of some Russian castles. © Pachuvachuva, 2010. Some brushes used are native from Adobe Photoshop® and the rest were downloaded from various internet sources.

Cine Europa 12

One of the most-awaited filmfests of the year is now ours for the taking.
The EU, in partnership with the Ayala Center Cinema and the Arts Council of Cebu, is presenting Cine Europa 12 – an array of contemporary and critically-acclaimed films participated by 12 EU member states and Switzerland – that will surely delight the Cebuano audience’s rather pihikan palate.

cine europa 12 - cebu

The filmfest will run from October 9-11, 2009 at Onstage (Ayala Cinema 1). Admission is for FREE on a first come, first serve basis. For more details please call the Arts Council of Cebu at (032) 233-0452.

Friday, October 9, 2009 | 10:00am – 11:37 am

Everything seems to be running on track. For Anna and Ferdinand, for Thomas and Hanni. Thomas (Frank Giering) and Hanni ( Corinna Harfouch) are a married couple who live in a steady, well-oiled harmony. Anna (Lavinia Wilson) and Ferdinand (Robert Stadlober) are young lovers in the process of planning a future together. It is just one short moment that changes their whole lives. One kiss – short but impermissible, and nothing is as it was. Thomas Hudetz, train controller for the last twelve years (and without having put one wrong foot in that time), lets himself be distracted by Anna, the innkeeper’s daughter exactly at that point in time where there is traffic chaos due to a lorry blockade on the roads, the whole train timetable has come apart and the situation demands particular attention. By the time Thomas has reacted to the stop signal it is too late. Twenty-two (22) people have been killed, 21 passengers on the Paris to Budapest express and Joseph, Thomas’ best friend (Alfred Dorfer), who unexpectedly drove on to the railway crossing with his delivery van.

Czech Republic
Friday, October 9, 2009 | 11:45am – 1:40pm

Peter, a brave but poor young man, is forced to leave home by his stepmother after his loving father’s death. While he is crossing the countryside, he saves two princesses when their horses get wild during a walk.

He falls in love with one of them, beautiful Angelina, but the other one, timid and kind Adela, will fall in love with Peter. On his journey, Peter meets the nice devil Jan, who was sent to bring his stepmother to hell. But their journey only starts and the friendship will bring them to various unexpected situations.

Friday, October 9, 2009 | 2:00pm – 3:31pm

At an old age. Prince Andrei Morudzi retreats to his castle in Romania during the two world wars, after having lead an eventful youth. There he is seen upon as a rare bird by the local folk, due to his strange attitude towards life and his exquisite manners, which don’t fit in the way of life of the villagers. But, in the end, despite trying to distance himself from the local people, he can’t but influence their humble existences.

Friday, October 9, 2009 | 3:45pm – 5:30pm

Jonas is a nice, but worn-down husband and father, with wife, two kids and a house in the suburbs. One day, his life takes a dramatic, unexpected turn when he is the likely cause of a young woman, Julia, crashing her car. The next day, Julia wakes up in the hospital with amnesia and Jonas comes to visit. In a grotesque mix-up, Julia and her family mistake Jonas for her new exotic boyfriend Sebastian, whose return from abroad they had all been expecting. Jonas assumes the other’s identity, playing the part of the man Julia considers the love of her life. A whole new identity, a whole new life, a wide open, boundless world opens up to Jonas. But life is not lived on fantasies and exotic dreams – and one day truth comes knocking at the door.

Friday, October 9, 2009 | 5:45 pm – 7:20 pm

A Finnish Christmas film for the entire family tells the touching story of how Santa Claus came to be Santa.

Hundreds of years ago in Lapland, a little boy named Nikolas loses his family in an accident. The villagers decided to look after the orphaned boy together. Once a year, at Christmas – Nikolas moves to a new home. To show his gratitude, Nikolas decodes to make toys for the children of the families as good-bye presents. Over the years, Nikolas’ former adoptive families become many, and soon almost every house has presents on its doorstep on Christmas morning. At thirteen, Nikolas is sent to live and work with Iisakki, a grumpy old carpenter, who forbids Nikolas to continue making presents for Christmas. Gradually, however, Nikolas wins Iisakki’s trust. Together, they began to look after the Christmas tradition that Nikolas has begun. When the aged Iisakki has to leave Nikolas and move away, the traditions of Christmas presents is once again at risk. Thankfully, Nikolas comes up with a solution that brings children joy every Christmas, even continuing today.

Friday, October 9, 2009 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm

The film follows a Spanish late-night television reporter, Angela Vidal, through the lens of her cameraman, Pablo. During one report of the happenings in a local fire station in Barcelona, the duo follow a team of firefighters who got a call from an apartment building nearby about a trapped woman. When they arrive, they find the apartment’s residents huddled in the lobby. They go upstairs to find a woman who is obviously distressed. What follows is a night that none of them will ever forget.

Saturday, October 10, 2009 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Editor of the magazine, “Toi et Mio”, Ariane tends to write her love life and that of her sister Lena, embellishing them. Meanwhile, their real life is far from Romanesque: Ariane clings to Farid who hardly cares about her, while Lena is bored with her companion, Francois. What if Ariane abandons her love for Pablo, the handsome Hispanic worker in her building, and if Lena allows herself to fall for Mark, the talented violinist? Between their real life and the glossy magazine stories, will the two sisters find their true love?

Saturday, October 10, 2009 | 11:45 am – 1:13 pm

The Blind Flyers follows the adventures of best friends Maria and Inga as they audition for a school band in the hope of appearing on a TV show. The two are just like typical music-loving teenagers, except for one thing; they are blind. The Blind Flyers is a refreshingly unsentimental film that promotes neither stereotypes nor puty, it is simply a film that shows that the handicapped are truly just like “normal” people.

This inspiring film has won awards such as the 2004 German Film Awards for Best Children’s Film, a special mention in the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival, and a Euro Kids Film Award in 2004.

Saturday, October 10, 2009 | 1:30 pm – 3:28 pm

St. Petersburg, 1860. A member of the Imperial family is assassinated. A few days later the writer Fyodor Maikhailovich Dostoevsky meets Gusiev, a young man being treated in a psychiatric hospital. Gusiev confesses that he is part of the terrorist group involved in the assassination and reveals that his comrades are planning to kill another of the Tsar’s relatives. The young man also gives Dostoevsky the address of Aleksandra, their leader. Dostoevsky must find her body and try and convince her to stop this new attack. The writer is at his wits end, hounded by his creditors, under pressure to deliver his next book and plagued by frequent attacks of epilepsy. By day, with the help of Anna Grigoryevna, a young stenographer, he dictates “The Gambler”. At night, he continues his desperate search for the terrorist group.

The Netherlands
Saturday, October 10, 2009 | 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Love is like Santa Claus: you have to believe in it, otherwise it will not work.

Following her husband’s infidelity with their son’s teacher, Klaasje falls for a teenage Don Juan. Her best friend Simone seems happy with her own husband but her tenacious striving for perfection is beginning to take its toll on the marriage. Kiki is in love too, and enjoying her fling with Prince Valentijn, the most eligible prince within the Dutch royal family. Kees, an undertaker, and lifeguard Victor are in love. They intend to get married soon, but now Kees seems to be holding back.

All the storylines within this romantic comedy are linked to a greater or lesser degree. But sooner or later, every character ends up meeting Jan, the hero of this film, who, in his role of dues ex machine, sees to it that, in the end, love conquers all.

The Netherlands
Saturday, October 10, 2009 | 6:00 pm – 7:40 pm

While on the trail of an extremely rare butterfly, the ZOO Rangers save the South American rainforest form total destruction. When the ZOO Rangers are asked to find an extremely rare species of butterfly in South America, they initially split up into two groups. A number of rangers pay a visit to the members of the expedition that originally found the butterflies. The others go into the tropical rain forest to seek out the butterflies themselves.

Czech Republic
Saturday, October 10, 2009 | 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

March 15, 1939: Germany invades Czechoslovakia. Czech pilots flee to England, joining the RAF. After the war, back home, they are put in labor camps, suspected of anti-Comminist ideas. This film cuts between a post-war camp where Franta is a prisoner in England during the war. Franta is like a big brother to Karel, a very young pilot. On maneuvers, Karel crash lands by the rural home of Susan, an English woman whose husband is MIA. She spends one night with Karel, and he thinks he’s found the love of his life. It complicated Susan’s attraction to Franta. How will the three handle innocence, love, friendship and the heat of war? When war ends, what then?

Sunday, October 11, 2009 | 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm

It is late in the Ceausescu era in Romania, and Cristina is having a difficult time with her boyfriend. He wants her to have sex with him before he goes off to do his obligatory stint in the army. She wants him to marry her first. She also gets involved with her slightly rebellious actor, a would-be ladies’ man. He has some vague plans to defect – could those be the reasons he is receiving mysterious phone calls? Or are they the work of his anonymous admirer?

Sunday, October 11, 2009 | 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Desiree, a modern librarian with urban friends and interests is visiting her late husband’s grave when she meets Benny, a simple farmer. After his mother’s death Benny lives alone on the run-down farm, desperately seeking a woman to take care of him. In spite of their differences the two have that special dream of finding that special someone in common, and fall passionately in love. Benny wants Desiree to move in with him and start a family as soon as possible. But being a farmer’s wife is not something she is very enthusiastic about. Just presenting Benny as her boyfriend proves to be an embarrassing experience. And when she gets a tempting job offer in Stockholm she has to consider her priorities carefully.

Sunday, October 11, 2009 | 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Eugen, Wrigley, Baschteli and Eduard are four young rascals who spend their time playing pranks upon the citizens of 1960’s Berne.

Incidents involving an antique helmet and a leaky boat get them into hot water with their parents, and Eugen and Wrigley face cruel and unusual punishment: no scouts’ camp, and banishment to boarding school.

Our two heroes hightail it in order to look for Fritzli Buhler, the erstwhile King of Rascals, whose legendary pranks are still the talk of Berne’s cobbled streets. Their odyssey takes them to the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, where they are joined by Baschteli and Eduard, and by bicycle across the Alps to Zurich.

Pursued by worried parents, wrathful peasants and any number of policemen they travel all over Switzerland. While their parents and the authorities launch a nationwide search, the four boys strengthen their friendship and enter into a bond to rival that of the Swiss Confederation: “ We shall stand united as a people of brats..”

By the end of their adventures the four rascals will be famous – and much more.

United Kingdom
Sunday, October 11, 2009 | 8:15 pm – 10:05 pm

Academy award nominees Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes star in the Duchess: the compelling true story of a lavish world filled with smoldering passion, heartbreaking deception and stifling demands. Beloved by a nation but betrayed by her husband, Georgiana Spencer – the Duchess of Devonshire and “Empress of Fashion” – graced an agonizing choice between responsibility and love. This gripping portrayal of England’s “It Girl” has won acclaim from audiences and critics alike. She was vivacious. She was heroic. She was the Duchess.
This list is also available on the website of the Arts Council of Cebu.

Original image of CE 12 poster courtesy of and edited for this purpose using brushes downloaded from the internet and a pattern native to Adobe Photoshop.
Special thanks to Ms. Wilma Entera of the Ayala Mall Group for forwarding the schedule. Ambyo, nay! 😀


It has only been a month or so that the Japanese Film Fest in Cebu was featured here on Pachuvachuva and now we are going to highlight another must-go-to event — The Rakugo.

Rakugo - Japanese Sitdown Comedy
Rakugo according to Pachuvachuva. My version of the event poster.

Rakugo is a Japanese entertainment that depicts a lengthy and complex funny monologue usually about two or more characters. As the lone performer, the Rakugoka in the customary kimono, stays in a seiza sitting position in the middle of the stage and illustrates the different situations using only a paper fan (sensu) and a small cloth (tenugui) as props. Being a traditional art form, Rakugo demands the highest skills from the artist. The years of discipline and mastery of this art manifest when by only changing the pitch and tone of his voice or by turning his head slightly, the performer is able to show the differences in the story’s characters.

This month, the Cebuano audience will be treated to a unique experience as the Japan Foundation, Manila and the Consular Office of Japan in Cebu will present the English Rakugo! Japanese Sit-down Comedy in English on September 26, 2009, Saturday, 7 pm at the Ayala Center Cinema 1. Admission is free on a first-come first-serve basis.

Official Rakugo Event Poster
Official Rakugo Event Poster. Image courtesy of, the official event partner of the Japan Foundation, Manila.

Performing Rakugo in English is premier Rakugo artist Kaishi Katsura. With over 180 performances worldwide under his belt and more than his fair share of awards including the prestigious NHK Japan National Television Award for Young Artists, the Ministry of Culture Yew Artist Award, and the Hanjoutei Yose Theatre Award for Explosive Laughter, Katsura was recently appointed Cultural Exchange Ambassador by the Agency of Cultural Affairs. With the goal of bringing Rakugo to the western audience and the rest of the world, Katsura is on an international tour promoting the art. Read more about it on Kaishi Katsura’s blog.

“English Rakugo!” will be staged in Cebu on Saturday, September 26, 7:00 pm at the Ayala Center Cinema 1. This performance is organized by the Japanese Consular Office in Cebu, in cooperation with the Japanese Association in Cebu, Inc., the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Cebu, Inc., and the Ayala Center Cebu.
TRIVIA: Some events hosted in Ayala Center Cebu have already been featured on Pachuvachuva like the 2008 Moonrise Film Fest, the Speedo Summer Soiree 2009, and the 2009 French Film Festival all thanks to Ms. Wilma Entera of the Ayala Mall Group who keeps Pachuvachuva in the know. Looking forward to capturing the best of Cebu from here on out. ^_^

The first image in this entry was created using Adobe Photoshop and goodies downloaded from the Internet. It is not the official event poster. Image concept copyright by Pachuvachuva.

You can read more about Rakugo on wikipedia.