Friday, December 4

Letters

Reality Amid Fantasy in Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids

Reality Amid Fantasy in Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids

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By FATIMA B. BADURIA   WITHIN the gloom of Philippine folklore are monstrous creatures that drive the stories told in the dark. These horrors may seem fictional, however, they do not stray far from reality. In legends, there are ravenous aswangs who possess great strength and hunt on human bodies. On the other hand, in real life, there are power-hungry people who prey on the less fortunate to acquire more wealth. Although these exploitations initially only bring grief, it can also ensue the emergence of heroes. In the case of Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids, aswang slayers are the line of defense against the insatiable hunger of the man-eating creatures. However, the waging war is not founded on the natural differences between the two sides. The film ingeniously portra
He Who Is Without Sin: Stripped Of Virtue

He Who Is Without Sin: Stripped Of Virtue

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By TAFFY ARELLA M. BERNALES   WHAT one reveres and idolizes on screen, he might also grow to detest. Similarly, Martin Pangan’s (Elijah Canlas) admiration for TV reporter Lawrence Manalastas (Enzo Pineda) significantly gets distorted when Martin discovers the true nature of his idol after a night of coffee.  Written and directed by Jason Paul Laxama, He Who Is Without Sin is an official entry for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020. It tells the disturbing story of how broadcasting student Martin was left traumatized after an encounter with his idol. In the film, seventeen-year-old Martin tells three versions of his experience to his friends Klarisse (Lara Fortuna) and Neil (Gio Gahol), separately.  The three versions can be compared to the Kardashev scale. In a random e
Dwindle Out

Dwindle Out

Letters, Photo of the Week
She rubbed her right eye with her thumb before blinking rapidly. Her eyes were starting to hurt from staring at her computer all day.   It was a familiar photo of a girl that caught her attention. Squinting, she leaned closer to the computer’s blinding screen.  The girl in the photo was smiling toothily and waving with glee. At first examination, she thought it was her younger sister wearing the AB uniform in front of St. Raymund’s building.  Recognizing the girl’s neatly-done half-updo, she realized how wrong she was. It was her in the photo, back from freshman year. The caption of the image file read, ‘Future lawyer over here!’  A weak laugh escaped her mouth as a memory tickled her mind. Her parents did not have to persuade her to mark her first day in college— she posed
Ulan: A Force of Nature

Ulan: A Force of Nature

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By PATRICK V. MIGUEL LIKE THE WEATHER, there are forces of nature that are at times unpredictable. Even so, if the rain pours hard in life, people are taught how to dance with it. This shows that sometimes, there is nothing wrong with letting the stream take you wherever it goes. After all, the rain will eventually pass and life will still go on. Written and directed by Irene Emma Villamor, Ulan was released in 2019 and is currently one of the films featured in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Ulan tells the story of Maya (Nadine Lustre), a hopeless romantic who experiences consecutive misfortunes. She is the typical archetypal girl who grew up consuming love stories that would build up her high expectations in romance. Unfortunately, expectations could lead to a grea
Dispirited

Dispirited

Letters, Photo of the Week
Raging storms have never dispelled the silence and desolation in this amusement park— until today.  An odd shadow arrived with a frozen, troubled gaze. I cared less of its expression and more of how it saved me from forlornness, giving me the chance to finally exhibit my bright colors. I excitedly readied my chains to give this visitor the most enjoyable ride that I have craved to offer for so long. Slowly, the mysterious entity tilted its head upwards, revealing its bluish skin etched with abrasions. Its red glassy eyes widened and reflected the glimmer of my light bulbs. Froth also began to spill over from its badly-shriveled lips and bubbled down its convulsing jaw. Deprived of hearing howls of thrill and enjoyment after months of abandonment, I was shaken by its r
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020: Loss handled with love

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020: Loss handled with love

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By JUSTIN ANDREW CRUZANA FILIPINO SHORT FILMS are inherently magical. These small, bottled-up epochs could contain large and compelling stories. Even when the narratives differ, they are still tied together through one universal emotion: loss. Three short films from this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, in diverse ways, deal with the issue of losing hope— from losing one’s path, a loved one, and even one’s home.  Dagiti Tallu A Birhen This eight-minute short film by director Melver Ritz L. Gomez shows the qualms of a nun who lost interest in staying within the convent. While seemingly incohesive at first glance, Dagiti Tallu a Birhen is a collection of beautiful scenes strung together, relying on isolated scenery rather than the story. In truth, Dagiti Tallu a Birhen is mor
Lilim

Lilim

Letters, Photo of the Week
Matindi ang tirik ng araw, nang napatigil ako sa lilim ng puno. Ramdam ang pagkapawi ng uhaw sa maginhawang simoy ng hangin. Nang nabatid ang futbol, biglang sumagi sa aking isipan si Rosa. Siya ang maginhawang sinag sa aking umaga. Napapasakit ang tiyan sa mga kwentong pabaon niya. Nababahagian ng grasya sa mga kaalaman na hindi madaling maintindihan. Sinasayang namin ang oras sa mga kaligayahan ngunit sulit naman ang mga nabubuong ala-ala. Noong nagdaang pasko, niregaluhan niya ako ng bola. Napakataas ng paningin niya sa akin kaya magsanay raw ako sa paglalaro nito. Ang bigay ko naman sa kaniya ay simpleng kwaderno paglikha ng mga piyesa niya. Kahit hindi magarbo ang natanggap niya ay nakapagiwan pa rin ito ng pagkasabik ng puso. May mga asal na hindi namin masikmura sa isa’
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020: Rewriting Maria Clara on Screen

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020: Rewriting Maria Clara on Screen

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By DAWN DANIELLE O. SOLANO   WOMEN EMPOWERMENT secures a woman’s right to have full control over her life. As the battle for gender sensitization continues, it is unfortunate that some women’s issues remain untouched. For this reason, Filipinos now take the opportunity to use the media in influencing and shaping the future of women in society. This year’s online edition of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino includes CineMarya, a women-centered collection of short films made to further female empowerment and gender sensitivity. She’s Perfect The 3D animated short film is about a girl named Mahalia, who desperately tries to cover up a hole on her chest. Directed by Jochelle Casilad, the light-hearted short-film teaches a lesson of self-acceptance. Its title, She’s Perfect, abridge
The Sea Is

The Sea Is

Letters, Photo of the Week
Calm.   the sea is never treacherous. it is without a doubt, a treasure to behold. its secrets are not for all to see. it lies beyond the sunlight’s touch, with the truth not  appearing as something atrocious. the crystalline horizon would never be a sight one should miss. the way the water gleams as it roars is truly a magnificent view. how its waves come to crash on the shore is never violent. it is absolutely tranquil. peaceful. serene. never would it be drowning you in its incumbent lies, luring you in so it can begin deceiving you, with a beckoning tone like that of an enchanting siren. its presence is as devilishly captivating as you’d believe. it uses its hypnotic voice to be the epito
COVID 19 Virologues: Staging the Societal Plague

COVID 19 Virologues: Staging the Societal Plague

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By FATIMA B. BADURIA & RAMON CHRISTIAN G. PLACIDO A COMMON enemy threatens the globe that preys on mankind. It is transmitted through physical contact, thus restricting close proximity. However, the virus proves to be more powerful than anticipated. Seemingly, masks, face shields, and disinfectants cannot obstruct its more profound contamination in society. Without prior notice, it creeps into the core of humanity and people’s principles. This notion is portrayed in COVID 19 Virologues, a set of nineteen monologues written by the Artistang Artlets alumni and directed by Bong Figueroa. Each monologue revolves around the societal equivalents of COVID-19 that deprave the ethics of humankind. The play was held via Zoom from Oct.31 to Nov. 1 and was live-streamed on Artistang Artl