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Not so long ago, couples, families and singles seeking a night out would head to the cinema for an entertainment experience, whereby going to the movies was a special outing involving sweet treats, pull-down seats and films that wouldn’t be aired on TV until a year later.

 The cinematic experience is slowly changing to meet the demands of an evolving technology race between cinema chains and consumer electronic firms. Now with iTunes and Netflix available, watching a movie anytime is easily accessible. Some may go see films in the cinema for the popular culture, social atmosphere or plainly for the distraction-free environment. I personally prefer the latter with a box of sweet popcorn. Although I do enjoy the cinema trips, I also do enjoy a more relaxed ambience slouched on a couch with close friends watching a good chic-flick.

 With this in mind, a friend had suggested to watch a film together before the festive season but with a slight twist… rooftop cinema. I couldn’t resist the opportunity!

 Tucked away at a restaurant and bar in the city, was a small space with sofas and candlelight’s. Unfortunately with the heavy rain cloud over us, we couldn’t be placed on the rooftop, so instead we settled in the restaurant area and immediately I could feel the homely aura so I perched myself on a nice comfy seat.

 The flow of mulled wine began and so did the movie, Love Actually. The film was very fitting for the festive season and despite the fact that I have watched this film numerous times, it was the idea of watching a film in a different setting.

 This was quite an incomparable film experience with the presence of a unique urban environment. I would certainly attend these rooftop nights in the future, and you should too. Find out more about their upcoming films on Hush Up Events website –


 – Melissa Yeung, IAFT



IAFT Cebu, Philippines is a film school that delivers an educational experience that reflects Hollywood roots and traditions. Founded in 2004, IAFT Cebu offers Certificate and Diploma programs in film , acting and 3D animation. Located in: One Hollywood Blvd
, Bigfoot I.T. and Media Park, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu, Philippines. Email:, Contact Numbers: Globe/Viber: +63-917-314-3456 Smart: +63-947-991-9659 Phone: +63-32-495-2111

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