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The 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is an annual film festival held in Manila. The festival, which will run from 25 December 2021 to 7 January 2021, focuses on locally-produced films. It is organized by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). During the course of the festival, no foreign movies are shown across the Philippines. Moreover, only films approved by the jurors of the MMFF will be shown. MMFF culminates with Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night), where the major acting awards are announced.

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"During election season, we hear about nuisance candidates. What makes a candidate a nuisance? Who may file a petition to declare a candidate a nuisance? When should such a petition be filed? Are there penalties for nuisance candidates? -Sara


According to Section 1 of Part V, Rule 24 of the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) Rules of Procedure, candidates “for any elective office who filed [their] certificate of candidacy to put the election process in mockery or disrepute” may be declared nuisance candidates and have their certificates of candidacy denied due course or altogether cancelled. Other grounds for being declared a nuisance candidate are when a candidate aims to “cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of the names of the registered candidates” and when a candidate is “clearly demonstrated to have no bona fide intention to run for the office for which the certificate of candidacy has been filed.” Any candidate for any position may file a petition to declare any other candidate for the same position a nuisance on any of the aforementioned grounds within five days of the last day for filing certificates of candidacy.

To date, no sanctions or penalties are in place for nuisance candidates. COMELEC, however, has expressed support for a current bill in the House of Representatives that proposes to penalize and ban nuisance candidates from elections. As of 15 November 2021, of the 97 individuals who filed their certificates of candidacy for the 2022 presidential elections, 82 have such petitions filed against them.

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Blusang Itim is a fantasy/drama komiks novel that tells of the story of an ugly woman who was given a blouse that has the magical power of turning her beautiful. Written by Elena Patron and illustrated by Joey Celerio, the novel was serialized from 1981-1983 in the pages of Aliwan Komiks and was eventually adapted into a film that starred the very popular love team of Snooky Serna and Richard Gomez.

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  • December 7, 1956 – The Philippines was elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Ambassador Carlos P. Romulo was designated as the country's representative on the Council.
  • December 7, 1933 – The US government led by Governor Frank Murphy signed the Woman Suffrage Bill in the Philippines, even when Filipinas already exercised the right during the Katipunan revolutionary government.

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Manuel Tinio was a young revolutionary general who led the Filipino freedom fighters in the attack against the American garrison at Vigan, Ilocos Sur. However, they were severely repulsed which led to the death of around 100 native freedom fighters.

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