A “confidential” book on PH films


Veteran entertainment journalist Nestor Cuartero’s book is a collection of essays on the factors that helped shape the local film industry to what it is today.

Why are some actors typed? Is fan mentality a disease? Why are some actors afraid to play gay roles? What happens after the actors have shot an intimate scene? What about the evolution of Tagalog film titles, from “Nabasag ang Banga” to “Pag-ibig sa Kapirasong Banig” to “The Panti Sisters?”

These are some of the questions veteran entertainment journalist Nestor Cuartero presents in his first film book, PH Movie Confidential. The book will be launched on March 8 at the FDCP Cinematheque in Manila in cooperation with the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEEd).

The slender 130 glossy page volume, Cuartero said, is a humble collection of essays on the trends, practices, beliefs, quirks and moves that helped shape the Philippine film industry past and present. today. The book is partly the result of his passion for cinema over the past six decades.

“Let’s just say a good chunk of those years were spent as a close, first-hand observer of the industry as a working journalist covering the beat of entertainment,” Cuartero explained.

Published by Ultimate Learning Series by Carl Balita Review Center (CBRC) in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), PH Movie Confidential is a partial account of Cuartero’s years as a movie buff and entertainment journalist.

It covers a wide range of topics that might interest and inspire Filipino film fans, students, enthusiasts, and seekers about what was and what might yet be.

Cuartero is an award-winning veteran entertainment journalist who has worked for print and broadcast media. During his decades-long career, he received the Grand Prize of Primer Premio de Periodismo awarded by the Instituto Cervantes in 2000; First Prize at the 2007 La Sallian Scholarum Awards for coverage of youth and education issues in the media; and 2010 Binhi Awards’ Environment Journalist of the Year from the Philippine Agricultural Journalists (PAJ), among others.

The book is available at over 100 CBRC schools across the Philippines. Orders are also welcome via [email protected] or by mobile phone 09178005986.


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