HOOQ Hangouts welcomes the year of the Fire Rooster with the screening of MANO PO 7: Chinoy last February 4th. It was my first time to experience the screening frequently offered by Asia’s largest video on demand service. Held at the Globe Iconic Store – BGC Ampitheater, the screening was free despite the fact that the movie is relatively new, fresh from it’s theatrical release last December.
One of the most successful film series in the Philippines, I had the chance to watch at least 2 installments of MANO PO inside the movie house. Although I don’t watch Filipino films that much, I willingly obliged to watch the very first installment to accompany my mom who wanted to watch it. Same goes with the Vilma Santos-starrer Mano Po 3: My Love. The rest were skipped knowing that we can watch them on TV.
I nodded to the invite to HOOQ Hangouts not because I wanted to watch the 7th installment. I just wanted to experience the outdoor screening. Still, it’s a good thing that the movie is worth watching. MANO PO 7: Chinoy features a star-studded ensemble cast led by Richard Yap, Jessy Mendiola, Enchong Dee and Jake Cuenca. It also stars Jean Garcia, Eric Quizon, Kean Cipriano, Janella Salvador and Marlo Mortel. Mano Po 7 is
Actors Jean Garcia and Richard Yap were present at the screening and shared bits and pieces of the movie. During an interview with host Valerie Tan, Jean Garcia even pointed out that MANO PO 7 is unlike the other installments because this time, the movie focuses on the male characters. And she was right. I would actually say that “Chinoy” is a breath of fresh air.
Although faithful in tackling the ways and traditions of the Chinese-Filipino community, MANO PO 7: Chinoy is about relationships and the modern generation of Chinoys (Chinese-Filipino). Although there are flashbacks of the past, the movie did not dwell on it.
I also enjoyed the storytelling. It’s not heavy drama despite issues about family, drugs and infidelity. The issues were addressed in the current situation, allowing the audience to relate well. I appreciate that HOOQ chose this movie for the HOOQ Hangouts.
HOOQ Hangouts, presented by Globe Live in cooperation with Samsung, is a series of outdoor screening events that showcases HOOQ’s vast library of carefully curated content. The free screening of MANO PO 7: Chinoy is also very timely way to welcome the arrival of the Year of the Fire Rooster.
“We chose Mano Po 7 for this month’s HOOQ Hangouts not only to celebrate the Chinese New Year but also to emphasize that HOOQ will be the first to have the newest local movies after their theatrical run,” says Jane Cruz-Walker, Country Manager of HOOQ Philippines. “Now movie fans don’t have to wait as long since we will try to make it available on HOOQ as soon as possible. Mano Po 7 which was released in cinemas last month will be on HOOQ by this summer.” adds Walker.
Since discovering HOOQ, I’ve been enjoying the vast collection of movies and TV series. I also discovered some interesting titles that I wasn’t aware of. While waiting for the screening to start, the big screen was actually showing teasers of new movies that I missed that will soon be available in the HOOQ library.
Among the most anticipated movies that will soon be available only to HOOQ subscribers include; Camp Sawi, I Love You To Death, That Thing Called Tanga Na, My Rebound Girl, The Escort, Bakit Lahat ng Guwapo May Boyfriend?, Working Beks and of course, Mano Po 7: Chinoy. HOOQ subscribers can now enjoy over 1,200 Filipino movies spanning almost five decades of film making, and over 4,000 hours of local television leaving other video-in-demand services way behind in terms of Filipino content.
Viewers can also watch catch up episodes of the latest GMA 7 TV series including Alyas Robinhood; Someone To Watch Over Me; Meant To Be; Ika-Anim na Utos and more in the coming months. HOOQ Philippines’ Jeffrey Remigio also shared, “As the exclusive presenter of the Metro Manila Film Festival, we will soon have the 2016 MMFF top grosser Die Beautiful and the Nora Aunor starrer Kabisera available on HOOQ. The rest of the entries will also soon find its way onto HOOQ!”
The Hub of Homegrown Content
With the growing local movies and TV series, this goes to show that HOOQ is the hub of homegrown content. “Pinoy films and TV shows are closest to our hearts because it tells the stories of our lives and we can all relate to them. That’s why it’s so importantly for us to continuously enrich our growing library with more quality local content from the top Philippine production studios,” Cruz-Walker added. “One of which is Erik Matti’s On The Job: The Series, co-produced with Globe Studios, which will be the very first local production to be exclusively shown on a video on demand service.”
From romantic flicks such as JaDine’s Diary ng Panget and This Time, John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo One More Chance, Close To You and The Mistress; Pinoy action blockbusters such as On The Job, Muro Ami, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano; thrillers Feng Shui, Sukob, Shake Rattle and Roll series and The Healing; to comedies like Sisterakas, Kimmy Dora, Wang Fam, My Amnesia Girl and Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy are all on HOOQ.
HOOQ is also home to a rich collection of independent titles such as Metro Manila, Sonata, Six Degrees Of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay, Zombadings, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros; and the works of top Filipino directors such as Erik Matti, Peque Gallaga, Aureus Solito, Jade Castro, Real Florido and award-winning writers Moira Lang, Antoinette Jadaone and Michiko Yamamoto.
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