Dance of the Steel Bars opens on June 12 in all Cinemas Nationwide!

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Latest National Geographic Documentary published in Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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Marnie Manicad on latest projects, juggling career and family

Marnie Manicad on latest projects, juggling career and family

MANILA, Philippines – TV and documentary director Marnie Manicad makes programs with two main purposes: to convey messages of hope to the masses, and to evoke their sense of nationalism.

“TV is a very powerful medium. A lot of people, you know, just turn on their TV [and] marami ka nang nakukuhang iba’t-ibang klaseng information. So I think it’s one of the best media to convey these kinds of messages,” Marnie told Bulletin Entertainment in an exclusive interview.

She continued, “We’re creators of a show, so we have to impart also to the younger generation ‘yung ganitong mga klaseng good messages. Especially kids nowadays, ‘di ba? I have two kids so I know how it feels to be a parent these days. It’s hard, iba’t-ibang klaseng pinapalabas sa TV and you really have to learn how to manage it well, ‘di ba?

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Docu filmmaker Marnie Manicad spearheads show on every Filipino’s foremost dream

Docu filmmaker Marnie Manicad spearheads show on every Filipino’s foremost dream

Quick on the heels of the National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) documentary “Inside Malacañang,” filmmaker Marnie Manicad embarks on a new project—a weekly program dubbed “Home Base” which debuts April 28 on GMA News TV.

Before that, she came up with a motoring show entitled “Turbo Zone,” also on GMA News TV. This time she will focus on every Filipino’s dream of home ownership.

“Our thrust is ‘building homes, changing lives,’” she pointed out. “We advocate sustainable community building. We are not just building houses, but homes.”

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An exclusive look ‘Inside Malacañang’

MANILA, Philippines – It was once dubbed as a “foremost home” by Spanish governor generals. The Americans made it a social hub for the country’s elite while the Japanese transformed it into a garrison.

Yet after all these changes, Malacañan Palace still stands proudly by the Pasig River today. One would wonder what is now inside the cordoned-off areas of the palace.

On March 18, at 9pm catch the premiere of the original documentary Inside Malacañang as National Geographic Channel (NGC) takes you to an exclusive guided tour inside the official residence of the country’s chief executive.

This exclusive feature, which took one and a half years to produce, delves into chambers of the palace that were previously off-limits to the media and the public.

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Marnie Manicad helms first Pinoy NGC docu

MANILA, Philippines – Creating documentaries isn’t always a walk in the park, especially if it is for an international audience and about a country’s heavily-guarded seat of power.

Such is the case with lady director Marnie Manicad’s latest undertaking, “Inside Malacañang,” which will be aired as part of the National Geographic Channel’s “Inside” series. Producing the hour-long feature took a year and a half, with the main roadblock being acquiring permissions and other clearances from the very strict Presidential Security Group (PSG) to shoot inside the Palace grounds.

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Documentary peeks into Aquino’s Palace, through 4 men closest to him

With a small flashlight in hand, the man known around the Palace as Caster inspects the array of dishes before him, hoping he won’t find anything sinister lurking in the meat and vegetables to be served to his boss a few hours later.

As President Benigno Aquino III’s personal food tester, Senior Police Officer 3 Jaime Castro relies on his senses to keep the country’s most powerful man safe from something unedible and harmful in his food.

This moment in Caster’s daily routine has been captured in “Inside Malacañang,” the National Geographic Channel documentary on the Philippine presidency.

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Better Shooters

Manila, Philippines – Taking time out from his hectic presidential duties, President Aquino has trained some of his close-in security aides to be good or better shooters than him.

One of the impressive gun shots taught by the President is how to split a playing card with a single bullet, according to his personal bodyguard.

The classic trick shot displayed by the President’s bodyguard, Senior Police Officer 4 Lito Africano, will be shown in the upcoming National Geographic Channel (NGC) documentary on the exclusive behind-the-scene look in the Palace.

The documentary, titled “Inside: Malacañang”, followed the life of the President via Africano, Presidential Security Group commander Col. Ramon Mateo Dion, presidential food taster Jaime Castro and close-in photographer Jay Morales. The NGC documentary, which took 18 months to produce, will be aired on March 18.

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Aquino Aides Take ‘Shooting 101 Class’

MANILA, Philippines — Splitting a playing card with just a single bullet is one of the trick shots taught by President Benigno S. Aquino III to his close security aides in a bid to make them better shooters than him.

The classic trick shot displayed by the President’s bodyguard, Senior Police Officer 4 Lito Africano, will be shown in the coming National Geographic Channel (NGC) documentary film on the exclusive behind- the-scene look in the Palace.

The documentary titled “Inside: Malacañang” followed the life of the President via Africano, Presidential Security Group commander Col. Ramon Mateo Dion, presidential food taster Jaime Castro, and close-in photographer Jay Morales. The NGC documentary, which took one and a half year to produce, will be aired on March 18.

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Filipina director helms Inside Malacañang for the National Geographic Channel

It was once dubbed as a "foremost home" by Spanish governor generals. The Americans made it a social hub for the country's elite while the Japanese transformed it into a garrison. Yet after all these changes, Malacañang Palace still stands proudly by the Pasig River today. One would wonder what is now inside the cordoned-off areas of the palace.

On March 18, at 9pm catch the premiere of the original documentary Inside Malacañang as National Geographic Channel (NGC) takes you to an exclusive guided tour inside the oficial residence of the country's chief executive. This exclusive feature, which took one and a half years to produce, delves into chambers of the palace that were previously off-limits to the media and the public.

Inside Malacañang also examines and breaks long-held myths and beliefs about the President's entourage. Get to know the everyday routines of the Presidential Security, Group commander, the close-in security aide of President Benigno S. Aquino III, the presidential photographer, and even the presidential food tester.

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