PBO (Pinoy Box Office), the pioneer in the 24-hour all-Filipino movie channel on cable TV since 2003, marks its 17th anniversary this month of August.
And by way of celebration, the No. 1 Movie Cable Channel in the Philippines, proudly presents The PBO Digitally Enhanced Film Festival.
Starting off with Bagets—the iconic coming-of-age movie of Aga Muhlach, William Martinez, Raymond Lauchengco, JC Bonnin, and Herbert Bautista—which aired August 1, PBO brings back to the screen the digitally-enhanced versions of four more Viva Films classics namely Maging Sino Ka Man (August 8), Darna, Ang Pagbabalik (August 15), Anak ni Baby Ama (August 22), and Working Girls (August 29).
All movies air at the 9:30 PM slot.
PBO’s August 8 offering, Maging Sino Ka Man, is the first movie collaboration of Sharon Cuneta and Robin Padilla. Here, the Megastar plays a famous singer whose life is in danger. To escape her pursuers, she assumes a new identity and crosses paths with a petty thief (played by the Bad Boy of Philippine cinema), who welcomes her into his home which also includes six orphaned children.
The August 15 slot is reserved for the 14th version of Mars Ravelo’s Darna, which is Darna, Ang Pagbabalik. This Darna version starred Anjanette Abayari who was fighting to recover her magic stone to save people from the disaster brought about by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.
The Robin Padilla classic, Anak ni Baby Ama, comes in on August 22. This film, which is a fictional account of what the future might have been for the son of Baby Ama (a real-life hoodlum who was sentenced to death by electrocution in the ’60s), was a blockbuster hit in the ’90s. The film tried to answer if the son, who was burdened by the awful legacy of his father, would suffer the same fate as him.
The PBO Digitally Enhanced Film Fest culminates on August 29 with Working Girls. Directed by Ishmael Bernal, this classic was starred in by some of Philippine cinema’s finest actresses: Hilda Koronel, Chanda Romero, Gina Pareño, Rio Locsin, and Carmi Martin. The women issues tackled in this timeless classic such as discrimination in the work place, dealing with the male ego, trying to make ends meet, and accidental pregnancy, still reverberates in the present time.
PBO is seen in over 250+ key cities and municipalities nationwide, with 400 Pay TV operators, 23M individuals in 5.7M households, thus making up 92.5% of the Pay TV population.
As the most wanted movie channel in the country, PBO is hailed for showcasing the latest blockbuster movies and timeless classics either produced exclusively by Viva Films or co-produced with other big movie outfits, like Star Cinema, Spring Films, and FPJ Productions, to name a few. But more than that, PBO also features original productions and special events.
PBO is available on Cignal (Channel 41), Sky Cable (Channel 60), Cablelink (Channel 52), GSAT (Channel 12), Sky Direct (Channel 20), and other local cable providers.