PLDT lauds ‘unbreakable spirit’ of PH enterprises amid challenging times

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented immense challenges to industries around the world. With mobility restrictions in place, business owners had to rethink their operations and adjust to navigate the uncertainties in the new normal. Although some companies were able to adapt and seamlessly shift to the new norm, the process was not easy with many struggling with financial losses and temporary business closures. A survey from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released September last year reported that the Philippine economy experienced the worst impacts of the pandemic. The Philippines logged the highest number of business closures and layoffs among its peers in Southeast Asia. Despite that, Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP and Head of PLDT & Smart Enterprise and International Business Groups, said that resilience is one of the core values that helped businesses conquer the challenges of the pandemic. This ‘unbreakable spirit’ of enterprises allowed them to embr

Fantasy and Reality, Soap Opera Movie Review.

By Aga Posadas
Contributor

"Parang teleserye lang..." We are always surprised if we see drama in real life.

The film Soap Opera manifests the difference between reality and fantasy. It is the story of Liza (Natileigh Sitoy) and Noel (Matt Daclan) on how they try to live a normal family life and how the teleseryes they follow affect them. When their son got sick, they plotted to trick a foreigner for financial support. As they gain from this, their family falters, incidentally mirroring the soap operas.

Soap Opera is directed by Remton Siega Zuasola, an entry to this year's Cinema One Originals. Typical could be the best word to describe this film. No surprises. What you expect to happen, will happen. Although, this could be the point of the film. While we are enthralled by the drama of the teleseryes, we should not be alarmed that it could happen in real life.  The film could have been better as the plot is promising. There could have been more humor with the soap opera part with Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino. This film is worth watching but not memorable.

What's commendable is the acting. Kudos to Sitoy and Daclan for the outstanding performances. Daclan's Best Actor award is well-deserved.

Verdict: B-. Watch it. It's better than the "kabit" teleseryes nowadays.


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