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Erik Matti says ‘love-hate’ relationship with late Peque Gallaga toughened him as filmmaker

“You are the last of the mavericks, Peqs. You are a genius. Thank you for everything.” Multi-awarded director Erik Matti penned a heartfelt message for his mentor, the late Peque Gallaga.  The veteran director Peque Gallaga passed away on Thursday “due to complications arising from past health conditions.” On his message posted on Facebook, Matti […]

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‘How come we’re not growing an audience?’: Here are Erik Matti’s thoughts on our independent film scene

In the telethon Mamatay Kang Hayup Na Covid Ka, organized by a collective of creative industry advocates, Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti shared his thoughts on the country’s independent cinema scene.  Matti said that local film festivals exploit filmmakers who have no other avenue for their creations. He stressed that “hungry” filmmakers will agree to the […]

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Judy Ann Santos ‘unanimous’ choice to portray Mother Lily in biopic

Judy Ann Santos will portray Regal Entertainment matriarch Lily Monteverde — more popularly known as Mother Lily — in a biopic to be directed by Erik Matti. The 41-year-old Kapamilya star felt honored to work on a project that brings her closer to one of the pillars of Philippine cinema, who heads the oldest surviving […]

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‘That was a mistake’: Erik Matti apologizes for comments on food docu

A few months ago Director Erik Matti drew flak online after criticizing Netflix’s Street Food for “bad research”. “The #Cebu episode of #StreetGood at @netflixph borders on poverty porn. The dishes except for lechon are food that are not really a staple of Filipinos. All the other Asian countries had their classic world-renowned street food […]

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HBO Asia series showcases Erik Matti’s Island of Dreams

HBO Asia announced a brand-new anthology drama series, Food Lore, that showcases an episode set in the Philippines. Erik Matti directs the episode titled Island of Dreams.   The eight-episode, hour-long series explores human conditions through narratives inspired by Asian cuisine. Along with the BuyBust director are six other filmmakers who will handle the episodes […]