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The Script to perform in Manila
IRISH POP-ROCK band The Script is coming to Asia for its Greatest Hits Tour 2022. The band will be performing in Manila on Sept. 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The concert is presented by Wilbros Live and Midas Promotions. The group is touring in promotion of their Tales from The Script album, a compilation of the biggest hits and fan favorites from their six studio albums so far. The album highlights classic cuts from the trio’s catalogue, including the UK No. 1 hit “Hall of Fame” (featuring will.i.am), and chart-topping hits “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” “For the First Time,” “Superheroes,” and the new single “I Want It All.” Their last studio album, Sunsets & Full Moons, marked the band’s sixth No. 1 in their home country and fifth No. 1 in the UK, with more than 143-million streams worldwide. Tickets to THE SCRIPT: Greatest Hits Tour 2022 in Manila will go on sale beginning June 11, 10 a.m. at SMTickets.com and all SM Tickets outlets nationwide.
Ace Banzuelo’s ‘Muli’ reaches No. 1 on Spotify
SINGER-SONGWRITER Ace Banzuelo’s “Muli” is officially the No. 1 most streamed OPM song in Spotify Philippines this week. Initially released in 2020, the track has found renewed popularity online on TikTok, as well as other social media platforms. The song has reached the top three of Spotify Top 200 Philippines and top two of Spotify Viral 50 Philippines chart. It continues to rack up impressive numbers even outside the country, peaking at No. 6 on the Spotify Viral 50 Global and No. 3 on Spotify UAE Viral 50. The song has also been included in two major playlists: No. 2 on both Hot Hits Philippines and Tatak Pinoy, a flagship OPM playlist. To date, “Muli” has racked up more than 5 million streams on Spotify, with an increase of more than 3.2 million streams after gaining traction on TikTok. Written, and produced by Mr. Banzuelo in a small bedroom in Laguna, “Muli” sets itself apart from formulaic “hugot” ballads with its subtle electronic production “Muli” is available on all digital music platforms via Sony Music Philippines.
Shanti Dope and Flow G collaborate
RAPPERS Shanti Dope and Flow G have released their collaboration, the song “Kamusta.” The title translates to “How are you?,” an ice breaker at the start of a conversation or an acknowledgement of someone going through tough times. Written in collaboration with Flow G, Shanti Dope’s latest release touches on a very delicate topic — depression. The music video was released globally on Universal Records Philippines’ YouTube channel (Shanti Dope feat. Flow G – Kamusta (Official Music Video) – YouTube). It is directed by Jeremy Lim of Blck Mrkt.
Pinoy docu on plastic waste screens in Italy
LONDON International Film Festival awardee ALON (WAVE), a documentary on plastic waste, will be screened at the 5th European Philippine International Film Festival (EPIFF) in Florence, Italy. EPIFF aims to strengthen the cultural relations between the Philippines and Europe through cinema. Written and directed by the late award-winning filmmaker and educator Gabriel Fernandez and produced by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, ALON was selected by the festival curator to be part of EPIFF 2022. The documentary aims to create awareness on the immense impact of plastic pollution by presenting the contrast between the wonders of the Philippines’ growing surf tourism and its relationship with the looming environmental problem. It projects the issue through the lenses of local surfers as eco-warriors who thrive to help save the environment in their own ways. It features breathtaking views of the six leading surfing communities in the country — Siargao, La Union, Baler, Mati in Davao, Gubat in Sorsogon, and Sabang Daguitan in Leyte — where resurfaced pieces of plastic trash from packaged commodities hold proof of the extensive presence of plastic across the country. ALON took home the Science and Education Award from the 2020 London International Film Festival and was nominated as the Best Foreign Language Documentary and Best Director of Foreign Language Documentary in the UK competition. It was also nominated for Best Documentary Film at the 2021 World Cinema Milan and was an Official Selection at the 2020 Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival. EPIFF will be conducted from June 10 to 12, with both on-site and online screening.